Here is your final edition of the Fantasy Planner for this year's regular season, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (4/4 through 4/11). If you made it this far, that means you're in the finals and may have room for one last tweak to that roster.
Week 25 Matchups
Teams with 4 games:
Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Colorado, Edmonton, Florida, LA, New Jersey, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Washington
Teams with 2 games:
Only the Nashville Predators will wind down the season with a 2 game schedule. Beyond that, most teams will play 4 games next week. If you're looking for an edge, look to the Lightning. They start out at home against Carolina and Ottawa, before wrapping up the season with 2 softballs against the Panthers.
On the other end, it's a bad time to have Thrashers in your lineup, as they finish with contests against NJ, Pittsburgh, and Washington.
Curtis McElhinney (G - ANA)
With Hiller on the IR, McElhinney has given the Ducks a last breath run at the playoffs. He's won his last four games, allowing just 6 goals in the process. I wouldn't take a chance on him for the final week, however, as Hiller may return and will assume his spot in the crease.
Brian Elliot (G - OTT)
Elliot has led the Senators on a 6 game winning streak with outstanding play. He's been in net for all 6 games, including 2 shutout performances.
Lee Stempniak (F - PHO)
Nobody has been hotter than Stempniak since the trade deadline. He has 13 goals in 14 games and was named the NHL's player of the month in March.
Bobby Ryan (F - ANA)
Ryan has cooled off considerably. He's now gone 6 games without a point. He's clearly missing Getzlaf's presence in Anaheim.
Mike Richards (F - PHI)
Richards has just 1 assist in his past five games and is a -3 during that time. His ice time has gone down considerably lately for the Flyers.
Just one name to consider for the final week of the season:
Erik Karlsson (D - OTT)
- Karlsson has been on a tear for the past two weeks in Ottawa. His two goals last night give him 10 in his past 6 games. He has just 24 points on the season, but most of them have come in the month of March. If you're looking for a quick boost in the last week, give Karlsson a look.
And while we're at it, here's your Landshark Hockey Daily Fantasy Feed for today...
#1 -Dustin Brown (F - LA) - The Kings are getting back on track, and Brown is doing his part to help. Last night, Brown brought the hats down with 3 goals and an assist in LA's 8-3 routing of Vancouver.
#2 -Scott Clemmensen (G - FLA) - The Panthers played spoiler last night with a 1-0 win over Boston. Clemmensen stopped all 36 shots he faced.
#3 -Erik Karlsson (D - OTT) - (see above).
#4 -Jason Spezza (F - OTT) - Spezza has been the hottest player in the league for the past couple of weeks. In addition to his 3 assists in regulation, he scored a beauty in the shootout to seal the win for the Senators. He has 15 points in the last 7 games.
• Pavel Kubina missed the game against Washington with an upper body injury
• Brooks Laich returned last night for the Capitals wearing a full cage, after missing 4 games from a puck to the face
• Tim Connolly and Thomas Vanek remain out for the Sabres.
• Daniel Sedin missed the matchup against LA with back spasms. He's questionable for today's game against Anaheim.
• Alex Burrows left the game last night after being hit by a shot to the chest.
• Niklas Backstrom hit the 30 goal plateau for the first time in his career with a goal last night. He remains 4th overall in points this season.
• Blake Comeau put up 2 goals for the second straight game. The Islanders winger has been streaky this season, so maybe he'll keep it up to close out the season.
• Jeremy Duchesne became the fifth goalie to play for Philadelphia this season. To nobody's surprise, the Flyers are closing the season with a #1 goalie, for roughly the 20th straight year.
• Jimmy Howard wins again, bringing his total to 34 for the season. He's making a serious late-season play for the Calder Trophy.
• Patrick Hornqvist has 12 points in his last 13 games after a three point night
• Henrik Sedin and Alex Ovechkin each has 1 assist last night, so they remain separated by 3 points for the Art Ross. Each of them has 5 games remaining.
• Roberto Luongo continues to struggle in March. He allowed 8 goals on 29 shots against LA last night.
• Pekka Rinne has been unstoppable in Nashville. His GAA in March is 1.81 with 9 wins and a save percentage of .934.
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