Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 6 (11/15 to 11/21):
Teams with 4 Games: Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, Colorado, LA, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, San Jose, St. Louis, Vancouver
Every team is looking at a full schedule this week, with either 3 or 4 games each. The Bruins look to have it particularly good, with 3 of 4 at home, and games against the struggling Devils and Sabres.
Caps. Go figure. Last five games, check out these number:
• Alex Semin (F) - 6 goals, 4 assists
• Alex Ovechkin (F) - 2 goals, 8 assists
• Nicklas Backstrom (F) - 8 assists
• Mike Green (D) - 3 goals, 3 assists
• Brooks Laich (F) - 2 goals, 4 assists
• Phil Kessel (F-TOR) - no points in his last 7 games. This one hurts.
• Jordan Eberle (F-EDM) - just 1 assists in his last 5 games
• Andrei Kostitsyn (F-MON) - after a strong start, he has just 1 assist in his last 7 games
• Shea Weber (D-NAS) - pointless in 4 games
• Marc-Andre Fleury (G-PIT) as if the whole world didn't know.
Tuomo Ruutu (F-CAR)
7 points in his last 8 games. Only taken in 18% of CBS leagues and 7% on Yahoo.
Nik Antropov (F-ATL)
4 goals and 2 assists in his last 7 games, after a horrendous start. He has been dropped in many leagues, and should see a rebound based on his recent performance. He's available in the majority of Yahoo leagues.
Peter Regin (F-OTT)
6 points in his last 4 games. He's available in 80% of CBS leagues and almost 100% of Yahoo leagues. He showed this kind of scoring potential in the playoffs, so this may be signs of good things to come, as opposed to a brief stretch of good fortune.
Keep or Drop?
Fantasy owners are facing decisions on several injured or struggling players. Here's my take on what to do.
Jussin Jokinen (F-CAR)
Jokinen was the most dropped player on CBS this week, and it's easy to see why. After a tremendous goal scoring stretch over the past year or so, he's dried up. He hasn't tallied one in 9 games, and he's currently serving time on the dreaded fourth line. With younger options emerging in Carolina, his role is clearly diminishing at this point. If you can find a better option, take it.
James van Riemsdyk (F-PHI)
If you're in a keeper league, this decision becomes harder. Clearly, the future will be bright for owners of the Flyer rookie; however, the present is harder to deal with. He's been a healthy scratch on a team overflowing with talented forwards. In a non-keeper league, drop him immediately. In a keeper, I'd hold on.
T.J. Oshie (F-STL)
Oshie broke his ankle and will be out at least 3 months. No point deliberating here. Move on and check back in late January if you want to add him back to your team.
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