Looking Ahead: Week 19

Bob Fisher

2014-01-31

MikaZibanejad


Five players to consider for Week 19…


* This article was written before NHL games were played on Thursday, January 30, 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.

 

Washington Capitals = Target

 

Games: 5 (4H/1A)

Favorable Matchups:

    – vs. NY Islanders

        > 2nd worst defensive team

        > Worst PK

        > 9th most shots allowed per game

    – vs. Winnipeg

        > 10th worst defensive team

        > Nine goals allowed in last three games (3.00 GAA)

        > Ondrej Pavelec leads the league in losses and has allowed the second most goals

 

The Capitals are one of eight teams to play five games between now and the Olympic break.  They have also scored five goals in both games since the return of their captain, Alex Ovechkin.  And those two games weren't against super weak defensive teams either.  Their pre-Olympic schedule looks pretty promising with a home-and-home with the struggling Red Wings followed by three home games against the Isles, Jets and Devils.  Of that group, the Devils are the only true strong defensive team.  Ovechkin and Mike Green should continue to put up points and look for Nicklas Backstrom to join in as well because he is too good to only have two points in nine