Fantasy, NHL

Abandoned Points

December 1, 2015

With no games on US Thanksgiving Thursday, we saw ton of NHL games fell on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday this week – so many, in fact, that each of us was forced to sit players on the bench.

This was definitely the most unusual NHL schedule so far, where we saw a four day stretch with 13 games-0 games-12 games-12 games. We won’t see anything quite that compact again, but looking at the schedule ahead we can see a few similar circumstances. In December there’s a 5 day period with 11-2-11-6-10, a stretch in the beginning February that sees 12-3-12-4-12, 10-2-11-3-14 in March, and we have 11-3-13-1-15 in April to finish off the regular season.

So what did can we learn from this week’s roster decisions? And how did this jam-packed schedule affect this week’s matchups?

(note: I didn’t bother averaging the time on ice for the totals because it was a huge pain and wouldn’t affect the outcomes significantly)

Rhys

Wednesday
Brandon Saad  –  0 G | 0 A | +0 | 0 PPP | 0 SHP | 0 FOW | 13:49 | 0 SOG

Friday
Jakub Voracek  –  0 G | 1 A | -1 | 1 PPP | 0 SHP | 0 FOW | 17:01 | 4 SOG
Brandon Saad  –  0 G | 1 A | +1 | 0 PPP | 0 SHP | 0 FOW | 17:49 | 3 SOG

Saturday
none

Total Lost – 0 G | 2 A | +0 | 1 PPP | 0 SHP | 0 FOW | –:– | 7 SOG

Rhys did pretty good, with only 2 A, 1 PPP and 7 SOG left on the table. Artemi Panarin and Ryan Suter had blank stat lines on Friday, but both had tons of icetime, which was important considering that Frank was only 22 seconds behind for the week. All things considered, keeping Saad on the bench was probably the best case scenario for Rhys.

Jace

Wednesday
Filip Forsberg  –  0 G | 0 A | -1 | 0 PPP | 0 SHP | 0 FOW | 18:24 | 3 SOG
Gabriel Landeskog  –  1 G | 1 A | +0 | 1 PPP | 0 SHP | 0 FOW | 23:45 | 1 SOG
Ryan McDonagh  –  0 G | 1 A | -2 | 1 PPP | 0 SHP | 0 FOW | 21:21 | 4 SOG

Friday
none

Saturday
TJ Oshie  –  0 G | 0 A | 0 | 0 PPP | 0 SHP | 0 FOW | 17:41 | 1 SOG
Filip Forsberg  –  0 G | 0 A | -1 | 0 PPP | 0 SHP | 0 FOW | 22:24 | 3 SOG
Gabriel Landeskog  –  1 G | 2 A | +2 | 1 PPP | 0 SHP | 0 FOW | 23:35 | 5 SOG

Total Lost – 2 G | 4 A | -2 | 3 PPP | 0 SHP | 0 FOW | –:– | 17 SOG

The Oshie and Forsberg sittings look smart, and losing 1 A from McDonagh is fine, but boy oh boy, losing 2 G and 3 A from Landeskog could have been disastrous. As it turns out, Jace won both those categories, but the lost PPPs hurt the most as Jace ended up tying that category this week. With the benefit of hindsight we can see that putting TJ Oshie on the bench earlier in the week, and sitting Sean Monahan in place of Landeskog on Saturday would have been the better choice.

Davin

Wednesday
Jack Eichel  –  1 G | 0 A | -1 | 0 PPP | 0 SHP | 0 FOW | 17:06 | 3 SOG
Kyle Okposo  –  1 G | 0 A | +1 | 0 PPP | 0 SHP | 0 FOW | 19:31 | 1 SOG
Alex Galchenyuk  –  1 G | 1 A | +2 | 1 PPP | 0 SHP | 4 FOW | 15:47 | 1 SOG
Dylan Larkin –  0 G | 0 A | -1 | 0 PPP | 0 SHP | 0 FOW | 17:22 | 3 SOG

Friday
Ryan Johansen  –  1 G | 0 A | +1 | 0 PPP | 0 SHP | 11 FOW | 18:36 | 6 SOG
Kyle Okposo  –  0 G | 0 A | +0 | 0 PPP | 0 SHP | 0 FOW | 19:29 | 1 SOG
Alex Galchenyuk  –  1 G | 0 A | +2 | 0 PPP | 0 SHP | 2 FOW | 16:59 | 1 SOG

Saturday
Ryan Johansen  –  1 G | 0 A | +0 | 0 PPP | 0 SHP | 4 FOW | 18:00 | 4 SOG
Kyle Okposo  –  0 G | 0 A | +1 | 0 PPP | 0 SHP | 3 FOW | 15:08 | 1 SOG

Total Lost – 6 G | 1 A | +5 | 3 PPP | 0 SHP | 0 FOW | –:– | 17 SOG

No one left more goals on the bench than Davin did this week, which is why it’s a miracle he still won that category. Galchenyuk was the big producer, collecting 2 G and 1 A as well as ending up +4 overall. He also collected 1 PPP, which would have been enough to break the tie and give Davin the win in that category. Oops. Sitting Leon Draisaitl on Wednesday and Friday would have been better for Davin’s stats.

Brett

Wednesday
Max Domi  –  0 G | 2 A | +1 | 1 PPP | 0 SHP | 0 FOW | 14:32 | 0 SOG
Joel Ward  –  0 G | 1 A | -2 | 0 PPP | 0 SHP | 4 FOW | 18:27 | 3 SOG
Dale Weise  –  0 G | 0 A | +0 | 0 PPP | 0 SHP | 1 FOW | 15:46 | 1 SOG
Artem Anisimov  –  0 G | 0 A | +1 | 0 PPP | 0 SHP | 5 FOW | 17:42 | 0 SOG

Friday
none

Saturday
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins  –  0 G | 1 A | +0 | 1 PPP | 0 SHP | 7 FOW | 19:33 | 3 SOG
Scott Hartnell  –  0 G | 0 A | -1 | 0 PPP | 0 SHP | 0 FOW | 15:22 | 0 SOG
Joe Thornton  –  0 G | 1 A | +0 | 1 PPP | 0 SHP | 3 FOW | 15:21 | 2 SOG

Total Lost – 0 G | 5 A | -1 | 3 PPP | 0 SHP | 20 FOW | –:– | 9 SOG

The 5 A left on the bench made all the difference for Brett this week as Davin took the category by only 2. Max Domi’s 2 A performance on Wednesday would have tied it up, and his 1 PPP would have tipped that category into a win for Brett as well. Sitting Scott Hartnell would have been a better bet, and in fact Hartnell found himself on the bench on Saturday.

Chris

Wednesday
Martin Hanzal  –  0 G | 0 A | +0 | 0 PPP | 0 SHP | 9 FOW | 20:13 | 3 SOG

Friday
none

Saturday
none

Total Lost – 0 G | 0 A | +0 | 0 PPP | 0 SHP | 9 FOW | –:– | 3 SOG

Chris had the easiest decision this week, only having to sit one guy on Wednesday. Hanzal turned out to be a solid choice, as his 9 FOW and 3 SOG wouldn’t have been enough to tip those categories. Although if Chris had sat Mats Zuccarello, his +/- for the week would have been only -23, so I guess we’ll nitpick and say that would have been a better choice.

Frank

Wednesday
Jonathan Toews – 1 G | 0 A | +2 | 0 PPP | 0 SHP | 14 FOW | 20:10 | 2 SOG
Duncan Keith  –  1 G | 0 A | +3 | 0 PPP | 0 SHP | 0 FOW | 29:23 | 1 SOG
Kyle Turris –  1 G | 1 A | +1 | 0 PPP | 1 SHP | 7 FOW | 17:00 | 4 SOG

Friday
Jonathan Toews – 0 G | 0 A | +0 | 0 PPP | 0 SHP | 14 FOW | 19:05 | 1 SOG
Duncan Keith  –  1 G | 1 A | +0 | 1 PPP | 0 SHP | 0 FOW | 26:09 | 3 SOG

Saturday
James Van Riemsdyk –  0 G | 1 A | +0 | 1 PPP | 0 SHP | 0 FOW | 16:49 | 3 SOG

Total Lost – 4 G | 3 A | +6 | 2 PPP | 1 SHP | 35 FOW | –:– | 14 SOG

Tough week for Frank, as the 4 lost goals would have won him that category and the 3 lost assists would have tied that category this week. Duncan Keith was the big point getter this week, with 2 G and 1 A. Torey Krug would have been a better choice, putting up zeros across all categories this week.

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