Originally posted on The Hockey Program  |  Last updated 1/16/12

 

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Week 15 PROSPECTUS:

Welcome to Week 15 ladies and gentlemen.  Today is a mini edition of the Fantasy Hockey ONE with just a little over a week until the All Star Break, the time is now to rack up points or wins in head to head struggles.  The condensed schedule sees quite a few teams play three, four, or even in Boston's case five times this week.  So if you had Brad Marchand, for example, you still get to play him three times this week.  Several teams have four matchups this week like Florida, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Buffalo, just to name a few.  Clustering your fantasy starts in back to back and three in four scnearios may be the key to sneak out a tough victory this week against a superior foe.

It really has been a crazy fantasy season for all involved.  GM's have not seen roller coasters like this in maybe ever.  As the injuries continue to mount once again, we want people to be mindful of injuries during and around practice because that has seemed to rear its ugly head as of late.  Please follow some of the MSM out there for the latest injury news because as we all found out with Chad LaRose, we are talking about practice and it can be dangerous.

Now time for the schedule of today's games and here goes something.....

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SCHEDULE TIME:

Monday, January 16, 2012 TeamsNotes Nashville at NY Islanders 1:00 PM | Gameday
Colorado at Phoenix 4:00 PM | Gameday
Boston at Florida 7:30 PM | Gameday
Winnipeg at Ottawa 7:30 PM | Gameday
Buffalo at Detroit 7:30 PM | Gameday
Dallas at St. Louis 7:30 PM | Gameday

With the Martin Luther King holiday, there is a robust six pack of games this afternoon and tonight.  Please note there are no late games at all tonight so fantasy action will be over just a shade around 10pm ET or so. 

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KEEP AN EYE ON......

The Rookies -- For example, Craig Smith has hit the proverbial rookie wall with only a goal in his last 25 games.  Yes he has his fair share of assists but the shots on goal have not yielded instances of tickling the twine.  With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins injured and Adam Henrique a bit hobbled (could play tomorrow VS. WPG), it just seems a time of year where the youngsters do slow down in production (especially the ones that started the season making the team).  That 40 game barrier is pretty commonplace but for some, there is the 60 game wall as well.

Goalie Controversies? -- Look in Buffalo and Florida for how goaltending has kind of become a bit of a problem as to who will start and who will not.  Let this be a lesson, injuries, and inconsistent play have been a killer on a ton of fantasy rosters and will continue to do so this year.  Elite goaltending is the most precious commodity in fantasy hockey.  Anyone that tells you otherwise does not realize how many categories you can steal.  Keep an eye on Philadelphia as well.  Sergei Bobrovsky should be the starter but Ilya Bryzgalov has the bucks.  Here come the fantasy fireworks.

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Well let us get to the action ladies and gentlemen.  Good luck today in your leagues as Week 15 gets underway NOW!


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