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As a hockey fan you have to love those days when most NHL teams are in action. However, there is a downside too. For some fantasy owners these days can mean painful decisions. Which two centers to play and which one to bench? The next day you have your answer but it is too late. There is no predicting the future but here is a spreadsheet tool that minimizes the amount of times you have to make these tough decisions.

 


 
The first tab in the spreadsheet "Two Teams" is a chart showing the number of games on the same night between any two teams. If you read the number in the Canadiens rows and the Coyotes column you will see that they play 57 games on the same day. That is 70% of their games. Conversely if you compare the Ducks and the Penguins you see they only play 28 games on the same night, about 34% of their games. This is potentially useful if trying to get two players to share one roster spot.
 
But why stop there? Go to the second tab of the spreadsheet "Three teams" where the same principal can be expanded to three teams. If you have two center spots to use daily and want to rotate three players though this spot this tab helps you see what teams you might want to have. Say you have Sidney Crosby and Mike Richards. If you pick up an Anaheim player as your third centre would have only 18 games when all three centers play on the same night. If you pick a Minnesota player you would have 44 games when all three play in the same nights. By picking a third center from the right team you may be able to get a lot more games, and therefore points, out of your third centre.
 
As the season progresses you can keep using this tool but changing the date, shown in blue, and looking only at the results for the rest of the season. If you are in a pool with daily moves and you are trying to get the most points out of your bench players this is a tool for you. It could help you decide which teams you want to get those key depth players from.  However, be careful if you are in a league with maximum games per position - don't burn your games too early.

 

Saturday, October 11, 2008 to Friday October 17, 2008
Best Bets
San Jose 4.21 - four games LA, LA, CLB, ANA
NY Rangers 4.21 - four games, three at home PHI, NJ, BUF, TOR
Anaheim 4.19 - four games, three at home PHX, LA, EDM, SJ
Phoenix 3.81 - four games, three on the road CLB, ANA, CHI, OTT
Philadelphia 3.80 - four games NYR, MTL, PIT, COL
Steer Clear
Boston 1.90 - on the road to play the Wild and Montreal
Ottawa 2.00 - home to Red Wings and Coyotes
Tampa Bay 2.31 - home to CAR and NYI
Florida 2.31 - home to ATL and MIN
Columbus 2.76 - three games PHX, SJ, NAS
Sunday, October 12, 2008 to Saturday October 18, 2008
Best Bets
Anaheim 4.19 - four games PHX, LA, EDM, SJ
NY Rangers 4.11 - four games NJ, BUF, TOR, DET
San Jose 4.00 - four games LA, CLB, ANA, PHI
Buffalo 3.99 - four games NYI, NYR, VAN, ATL
Colorado 3.90 - four games EDM, CGY, PHI, DAL
Steer Clear
Boston 2.00 - away to Montreal and Ottawa
Carolina 2.09 - home to Wings and visit the Kings
Ottawa 2.10 - home to Coyotes and Bruins
Tampa Bay 2.21 - home to Islanders and Wild
Florida 2.21 - home to Wild and Islanders
Monday, October 13, 2008 to Sunday October 19, 2008
Best Bets
Anaheim 4.29 - four games, three at homes LA, EDM, SJ, CAR
NY Rangers 4.11 - four games NJ, BUF, TOR, DET
Chicago 4.00 - four games NAS, PHX, STL, VAN
Buffalo 3.99 - four games NYI, NYR, VAN, ATL
Nashville 3.81 - four games CHI, DAL, CLB, CLB
Steer Clear
Boston 2.00 - to road games against Montreal and Ottawa
Los Angeles 2.00 - home to the Ducks and Hurricanes
Ottawa 2.10 - home to Coyotes and Bruins
Tampa Bay 2.21 - home to NYI and MIN
Florida 2.21 - home to MIN and NYI
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 to Monday October 20, 2008
Best Bets
Anaheim 4.29 - a visit to LA followed by EDM, SJ, CAR at home.
Pittsburgh 4.21 - home to PHI, WAS, TOR and a visit to BOS
NY Rangers 4.11 - four games BUF, TOR, DET, DAL
Colorado 4.00 - four games CGY, PHI, DAL, LA
Dallas 3.91 - four games NAS, STL, COL, NYR
Steer Clear
Detroit 1.89 - home to Canucks and Rangers
Toronto 1.71 - visit to NYR and PIT
Carolina 1.90 - visit to LA and Anaheim
Washington 1.80 - PIT and NJ
St. Louis 2.00 - home to Stars and Blackhawks
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 to Tuesday October 21, 2008
Best Bets
Anaheim 4.20 - four games EDM, SJ, CAR, TOR
Buffalo 3.99 - four games NYR, VAN, ATL, BOS
Bruins 3.99 - four games MTL, OTT, PIT, BUF
NY Rangers 4.11 - four games BUF, TOR, DET, DAL
Dallas 3.91 - four games NAS, STL, COL, NYR
Steer Clear
Philadelphia 1.71 - two road games COL and SJ
San Jose 1.81 - back-to-back games against ANA and PHI
Detroit 1.89 - two games against top goalies VAN an NYR
Carolina 1.90 - two games LA and ANA
St. Louis 2.00 - two games DAL and CHI
Thursday, October 16, 2008 to Wednesday October 22, 2008
Best Bets
Florida 4.20 - four games MIN, NYI, MTL, OTT
Vancouver 3.80 - four road games DET, BUF, CHI, CLB
Dallas 3.71 - four games STL, COL, NYR, NJ
Tampa Bay 3.47 - three home games NYI, MIN, ATL
Calgary 3.25 - three games EDM, EDM, WAS
Steer Clear
Carolina 1.90 - two road games LA and ANA
Phoenix 2.00 - two road games OTT and MTL
Nashville 2.00 - two back-to-back games CLB, CLB
NY Islanders 2.09 - two road games TAM, FLA
Minnesota 2.09 - two road games FLA and TAM
Friday, October 17, 2008 to Thursday, October 23, 2008
Best Bets
Calgary 4.20 - four games EDM, EDM, WAS, NAS
Boston 4.19 - four games OTT, PIT, BUF, TOR
Buffalo 4.09 - four games VAN, ATL, BOS, MIN
Edmonton 3.90 - four games CGY, CGY, CHI, COL
Dallas 3.81 - four games COL, NYR, NJ, NYI
Steer Clear
Philadelphia 1.60 - two games SJ, SJ
New Jersey 1.90 - two games WAS, DAL
NY Islanders 1.90 - two games FLA, DAL
Detroit 1.90 - two games NYR, STL
St. Louis 2.00 - two games CHI, DET
Saturday, October 18, 2008 to Friday October 24, 2008
Best Bets
Boston 4.19 - four games OTT, PIT, BUF, TOR
Florida 3.99 - four games NYI, MTL, OTT, SJ
Dallas 3.81 - four games COL, NYR, NJ, NYI
Pittsburgh 3.26 - three games TOR, BOS, CAR
St. Louis 3.26 - three games CHI, DET, LA
Steer Clear
Carolina 1.62 - two road games ANA, PIT
NY Islanders 1.90 - two games FLA, DAL
Vancouver 1.90 - two road games CHI, CBJ
Phoenix 2.00 - two games MTL, WAS
Los Angeles 2.00 two games COL and STL
Sunday, October 19, 2008 to Saturday October 25, 2008
Best Bets
Boston 4.41 - four games PIT, BUF, TOR, ATL
Anaheim 4.20 - four games CAR, TOR, OTT, MTL
Dallas 3.81 - four games NYR, NJ, NYI, WAS
Florida 3.79 - four games MTL, OTT, SJ, STL
Colorado 3.45 - three games LA, EDM, BUF
Steer Clear
Montreal 1.89 - two games FLA, ANA
Phoenix 2.10 - two games WAS, CGY
NY Islander 2.10 - two games DAL, CAR
Tampa Bay 2.10 - two games ATL, SJ
Minnesota 2.21 - two games BUF, CBJ
Monday, October 20, 2008 to Sunday October 26, 2008
Best Bets
Boston 4.41 - four games PIT, BUF, TOR, ATL
Dallas 3.81 - four games NYR, NJ, NYI, WAS
Florida 3.79 - four games MTL, OTT, SJ, STL
Colorado 3.45 - three games LA, EDM, BUF
St. Louis 3.26 - three games DET, LA, FLA
Steer Clear
Montreal 1.89 - two games FLA and ANA
Carolina 1.90 - two games PIT, NYI
Chicago 2.10 - two games EDM, DET
Phoenix 2.10 - two games WAS, CGY
NY Islanders 2.10 - two games DAL, CAR

 

The number next to the team indicates the 'multiplier' to use on a player's point-per-game pace to give you an idea how many points to expect for that week. Example:
 
Example: For the week starting on October 7 the NY Islanders have a rating of 4.20. That means that if you think Mike Comrie is a 0.80 point-per-game player then you should expect about 3.4 points from him (4.20 X 0.80). Boston has a 1.90 rating over the same period. If you think Marc Savard is a 1.10 point-per-game player then you should expect about 2.1 points from him. So even though Marc Savard is a better player you may choose to go with Comrie over Savard. 

 

 

 


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