Looking Ahead: Week Three

Bob Fisher

2013-10-11

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Looking ahead at some of the best fantasy options for Week Three.


The season has started with some odd results: Colorado is currently undefeated and leading the Central Division.  Calgary is second in the Pacific Division.  Everyone thinks Tomas Hertl is the next coming of Wayne Gretzky.  Don't worry, things will settle back down.  If your fantasy team is struggling right now, don't forget that we've only had two to five games played by each NHL team.  Hang in there.  If you're looking for some help to turn things around, or you're looking to maintain a lead you're holding right now, take a look at these teams to target (or avoid) for the coming week or two.

 

Minnesota Wild = Target

 

Games: 6 (2H/4A)

Favorable Matchups:

  • @ Buffalo – Has allowed 11 goals in their past three games, all losses.
  • @ Florida – Have allowed 18 goals in four games this season, including two seven goal games against St. Louis and Tampa Bay.  Third worst defensive team in the league.   Even crazy Tim Thomas can't save this team.
  • vs. Nashville – 13 goals against in 4 games for a 3.25 GAA.  Nashville doesn't look very good this year.

 

The Wild finally got their first win of the season last night against Winnipeg.  They are about to hit a favorable stretch of games in the next couple weeks so guys like Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Mikko Koivu should make their fantasy owners happy, although the Niklas Backstrom owners may not be (especially if he's out long with that leg injury).

 

Nashville Predators = Consider

 

Games: 6 (3H/3A)

Favorable Matchups:

  • vs. Florida – Have allowed 18 goals in four games this season, including two seven goal games against St. Louis and Tampa Bay.  Third worst defensive team in the league.
  • vs. Los Angeles – Have uncharacteristically allowed at least three goals against each in the past three games.
  • @ Winnipeg – Until last night, Winnipeg had not allowed fewer than three goals in a game this season.

 

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