NHL

Matchup 8 – Easy Plateau

November 27, 2017

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With American Thanksgiving this week, the NHL schedule was a little wonky. We saw almost all teams playing games on Wednesday and Friday, which means making decisions on which players to play and which to keep on the bench. So how many points did we all miss out on?

DayRhysJaceDavinBrett DChrisFrankBrockSohaylBrett RSteveBrennanCal
Wed0.92.52.402.50.82.30.66.3-0.30.45.3
0.42.3-0.94.60.63.70.512.50.4-0.10
0.72.80.50.23.40.8-0.52.40.60.1-0.12.5
3.740.21.1-0.23.603.23.80.5-0.37.3
0.60.32.40.51.530.43.63.6
-1.53.2-0.30.7
Fri0.55.42.251.2-0.82.30.63.80.32.50.6
0.83.20.702.90.11.20.74.80.80.2
0.450.30.4-0.10.40.62
4.82.60.70.20.800.6
0.40.22.1
2
Total13.220.28.919.611.58.66.311.724.1106.818.5

It should be noted that this chart doesn’t take into consideration the players each team did play, and in the end the only matchup where it may have made a difference was between Brock and Sohayl. For instance, if Sohayl had played Vesey, Nyquist and Franson instead of Buchnevich, Keller and Yandle on Wednesday, he would have juuuust beat Brock on the week. Just goes to show how luck can come into play in our matchups.

Matchup Recap

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Best Forward: Jonathan Marchessault 26.8 (Chris)
Best Defenseman: Oliver Ekman-Larsson 15.4 (Sohayl)
Best Goalie: Pekka Rinne 19.3 (Frank)
Best Individual Performance: Phil Kessel 13.4 (Brett R)
Best Team Performance: Connor’s Cup 192.9

This week’s matchups left a bunch of teams with matching records, as Brett D, Cal, Steve, Rhys and Jace all sit at 4-4 on the season. Davin couldn’t find victory against Rhys, and finds himself still winless at 0-8. Brock’s narrow victory over Sohayl means both of them are at 6-2, leaving Chris once again alone at the top of the standings following his narrow win over Brennan.

Team In-Depth

Team In-Depth will return next week.

Projected Playoff Bracket

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Now that we’re into the meat of the season, we’re bringing back our playoff segment. See who is in, who is on the outside, and who needs to burn it all down. And before we get started, a quick recap on our revamped playoff format this year.

Six of our twelve teams make the playoffs, with the top team in each division getting a bye through the first round. The rest of the teams are seeded based on their records. In the event that multiple teams have the same record, seeding is determined first by head-to-head record, then overall points, division record, overall points against and finally, if necessary, by random coin flip.

If the Playoffs Were Today

#1 Sabretooth Chickens (7-1) – bye
#2 Jean Claude Van Damphousse (6-2) – bye

#3 Bo Knows Hockey (6-2) vs #6 Phantom of the Pacific (4-4)
#4 Frank the Tank (5-3) vs #5 Blades of Glory (4-4)

In the Hunt

Going for the Calder! (4-4)
Fists of Fuhry (4-4)
Connor’s Cup (4-4)

Fighting Chance

OH DANG DONK (2-6)
Takin a Darren Puppa (2-6)

Waiver Wire

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Brandon Dubinsky has had a disappointing season by his standards, collecting a mere 9 points on the season. So why whould you think about picking him up? Well for one, his shooting percentage is almost exactly half of where he normally is, which suggests the goals will soon be coming. He’s been picking up assists though, and as one of Tortorella’s favorite guys, you know he’s going to get all of the chances to turn this season around.

Alex Edler is one of those defensemen that always seems to be on the fringes of fantasy lineups. He’s struggled with injury over his career – in fact, he hasn’t played a full 82 games since the 2011-2012 season – so it’s tough to allocate a permanent roster spot for him, but he can be very valuable to stream. He had a productive week, with 3 A in as many games, and he’s always good for a couple SOG per game.

So the Vegas Golden Knights are the Cinderella story of the season, despite churning through goaltenders like Spinal Tap did with drummers. Malcolm Subban is back from the IR, and with four games this week, I’d expect him to split those with Manny Legace, so if you need some extra goalie starts this week, he’ll be a decent option.

Matchup Precap

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Some big matchups to watch this week, starting with Brock (6-2) versus Frank (5-3). Brock needs to keep winning if he wants to keep pace with Chris (7-1) who is taking on Steve (4-4). Davin (0-8) now tries to collect his first win against Jace (4-4), and Rhys (4-4) and Brett D (4-4) battle to see who can go over .500 for the first time this season. Sohayl (6-2) looks to improve his record against Cal (4-4), and Brennan (2-6) takes on Brett R (2-6).

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