Dobber checks in every Monday to force-feed you the latest fantasy hockey trends. The founder of DobberHockey.com and a columnist for The Hockey News website, he long ago immersed himself into this rollercoaster world and is unable to escape.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have played 10 games. Other teams, such as Detroit, New Jersey and San Jose, have played just six. The impact that this could have on a fantasy squad is often ignored, like an impressive young rookie on a Barry Trotz team.
But think about it for a second — 67 percent more games than some other teams. Would you rather own a Penguin with seven points or a Red Wing with five?
This discrepancy is doubly-sucky for Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby owners. Malkin's patched up knee did not react well to the heavy early schedule and he has been forced to rest it. If he's on the Red Wings, resting it for 10 days would have meant missing three or four games. On the Penguins, it means six. Take three games away from Malkin and y...