Five players to pick up for Week 17.
* This article was written prior to the NHL games on Thursday, January 16th, 2014
Here are some teams to target and avoid for the next week or two, several players to target that may be available in your league as well as teams that play a light schedule in the upcoming week.
Dallas Stars = Target
Games: 6 (4H/2A)
– @ Nashville
> 10th worst defensive team
> 49 goals allowed in the past month (15 games) (3.27 GAA)
> Devan Dubnyk: 3.36 GAA / .894 SV% / 2 SHO (Worst stats = new starter)
> Carter Hutton: 2.95 GAA / .902 SV% / 0 SHO
> Marek Mazanec: 2.80 GAA / .902 SV% / 2 SHO (Best stats = minors)
– vs. Toronto
> 7th worst defensive team
> 4th worst PK
> Allow the most shots per game
> 29 goals allowed in last seven games (4.14 GAA)
The Stars have been struggling lately winning only one game in their past seven (their last game against the Oilers). They were scoring below average in those seven games, netting only 17 goals for a 2.43 goals/game average, which is over a third of a goal per game less than their season average. I would expect them to improve their offense over the next string of games. The second line of Ryan Garbutt, Cody Eakin and Antoine Roussel has been leading the charge, as of late. But we all know the explosiveness that Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin possess. They'll go several games with only a point or two and then both explode for four point nights. Facing whatever sieve is in the Nashville net when they play, along with Toronto's last place shots per game should help Benn and Seguin have a multi-point game or two in the coming days.
Carolina Hurricanes = Consider
Games: 7 (4H/3A)