Ramblings: Rough Week for Cancellations, Huberdeau/Forsberg 5-Point Duel, Something Left for Spezza? (Feb 5)

Ian Gooding

2021-02-05

The Colorado Avalanche are the latest team to have games postponed due to COVID. The NHL announced on Thursday that the Avalanche will be out of action until February 11. This cancellation includes games against St. Louis on Saturday and Sunday and Arizona on Tuesday and Thursday. Move your Avalanche players to your bench, although chances are a few of them (eg. Nathan MacKinnon, Devon Toews, Pavel Francouz) were already there or on IR anyway.

The Coyotes and Blues were quick to come up with a creative partial solution, arranging to move their March 29 and 31 games up to this coming Saturday and Monday. Both teams would otherwise be sitting idle for the next few days because their opponents (Minnesota and Colorado) have both been shut down. This games shuffle also helps when the NHL has to reschedule cancelled games later. Arizona and St. Louis will now be facing each other SIX times in a row – three games this week, and three games next week. I'm sure it'll have the feel of a playoff series to those tuning in every night.

The Avalanche are the fifth team to be shut down in the last week, joining Vegas, New Jersey, Buffalo and Minnesota. This week has easily been the roughest one when it comes to COVID-related cancellations. Three games that were scheduled for Thursday (Minnesota/Colorado, Buffalo/NY Islanders, New Jersey/Pittsburgh) were cancelled, while a net three fewer games than originally scheduled will be played on Saturday. If you've fallen way behind in your head-to-head matchup (like I have), this is the wrong week to be trying to play catch up. 

As much as we can control the fates of our fantasy teams with the decisions that we make, circumstances will play more of a role this season than in any. If you're looking for some tips on how to get ahead or at least keep your head above water during these challenging times, have a look at this recent Goalie Ramblings from Goalie Post.

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The Nashville/Florida game