Looking Ahead: Week 20

Bob Fisher

2014-02-21

 AnzeKopitar

 

After Sochi: taking a look at the teams to target/avoid due to the schedule

 

Here are some teams to target and avoid for the next week or two, several players to target who may be available in your league as well as teams that play a light schedule in the upcoming week.

 

Los Angeles Kings = Target

 

Games: 4 (2H/2A)

Favorable Matchups:

    – @ Colorado

        > 6th most shots allowed per game

        > Ten goals allowed in three games prior to Olympic break (3.33 GAA)

        > Semyon Varlamov was pulled in the quarterfinal elimination game against Finland after allowing three goals on just 15 shots (0.800 SV%)

    – @ Calgary

        > 5th worst defensive team

        > 10th worst penalty kill

        > Reto Berra strung together three solid games plus another one at the Olympics, can he pick back up where he left off?

 

The Kings are the 29th best offense (also read as: 2nd worst) in the league while also being ranked 29th in powerplay efficiency.  If the Olympics have shown us anything, it's that L.A. has some offensive talent (although most of us already knew that).  Just look at Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter and how they are doing in Sochi.  Anze Kopitar had three points for a vastly outgunned Slovenia squad.  Hell, even Dustin Brown has three points in four games (he has 16 through 58 NHL games this season)