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Saturday, January 10 marks the half way point in the NHL season.  The optimists and pessimists can debate whether the season is half over or half remaining.  For your fantasy skaters some NHL truths remain the same.  The southeast is still the easiest place to get goals, thanks in large part to the Thrashers, while the northwest is toughest place to rack up the points.  While poolies have long since noticed that Boston and Chicago has improved defensively and Dallas' fall from grace it might have gone unnoticed the defensive step back that the NY Islanders, Blues and Anaheim have taken.  But fear not, the charts below are keeping up with these trends, recognising where the real strengths and weakness are for your fantasy skaters.

 

 

Looking at a team's schedule may help your chances of finding a good injury replacement.  Here are some of the high and low ratings for teams over a two, three and four week period starting January 9, 2009. The rating is shown in brackets.

 

Two weeks

High ratings: Blackhawks (7.24), Lightning (7.08)

Low ratings: Flames (5.07), Islanders (4.83)

 

Three weeks

High ratings: Blackhawks (9.04), Lightning (8.98)

Low ratings: Flames (6.12), Islanders (5.97)

 

Four weeks

High ratings: Ducks (12.56), Lightning (12.32),Bruins (12.28)

Low ratings: Islanders (9.13), Canucks (8.85)

 

Friday, January 9, 2009 to Thursday, January 15, 2009
Best Bets
San Jose 4.01 - four games EDM, VAN, TB, CGY
Detroit 4.00 - four games BUF, DAL, ANA, LA
Vancouver 3.99 - four games STL, SJ, NJ, PHX
Buffalo 3.99 - four games NYR, DET, CHI, DAL
Washington 3.91 - four games CBJ, MTL, EDM, PIT
Steer Clear
Florida 1.26 - ONE game ATL
NY Islanders 1.79 - two games NYR, BOS
Atlanta 1.90 - two games FLA, OTT
Calgary 1.92 - two games STL, SJ
New Jersey 2.66 - three games LA, ANA, VAN
Saturday, January 10, 2009 to Friday January 16, 2009
Best Bets
Philadelphia 4.31 - four games TOR, PIT, TB, FLA
Toronto 4.28 - four games PHI, NAS, CAR, ATL
Colorado 4.10 - four games PIT, CBJ, STL, EDM
Detroit 4.00 - four games BUF, DAL, ANA, LA
Chicago 4.00 - four games NAS, NAS, BUF, NYR
Steer Clear
NY Islanders 1.79 - two games NYR, STL
Calgary 1.92 - two games STL, SJ
Florida 2.42 - two games ATL, PHI
Columbus 2.84 - three games MIN, COL, NJ
Vancouver 2.84 - three games SJ, NJ, PHX
Sunday, January 11, 2009 to Saturday January 17, 2009
Best Bets
Nashville 4.11 - four games CHI, TOR, MTL, ATL
Chicago 4.09 - four games NAS, BUF, NYR, STL
Tampa Bay 3.92 - four games LA, SJ, PHI, FLA
St. Louis 3.90 - four games EDM, CGY, COL, CHI
Edmonton 3.82 - four games STL, WAS, MIN, COL
Steer Clear
Columbus 2.00 - two games COL, NJ
Vancouver 2.00 - two games NJ, PHX
NY Rangers 2.00 - two games NYI, CHI
Florida 2.20 - two games PHI, TB
Phoenix 2.57 - three games MIN, VAN, CGY
Monday, January 12, 2009 to Sunday January 18, 2009
Best Bets
Colorado 4.19 - four games CBJ, STL, EDM, CGY
Pittsburgh 4.09 - four games PHI, WAS, ANA, NYR
Calgary 4.02 - four games STL, SJ, PHX, COL
Tampa Bay 3.82 - four games LA, SJ, PHI, FLA
Edmonton 3.71 - four games WAS, MIN, COL, PHX
Steer Clear
Florida 2.20 - two games PHI, TB
NY Islanders 2.73 - three games NYR, BOS, NJ
Montreal 2.76 - three games BOS, NAS, OTT
Columbus 2.85 - three games COL, NJ, VAN
Anaheim 2.86 - three games DET, PIT, MIN
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 to Monday January 19, 2009
Best Bets
Carolina 4.30 - four games OTT, TOR, BUF, TOR
Tampa Bay 4.23 - four games SJ, PHI, FLA, DAL
Nashville 4.20 - four games TOR, MTL, ATL, NJ
Boston 4.30 - four games MTL, NYI, WAS, STL
Toronto 4.19 - four games NAS, CAR, ATL, CAR
Steer Clear
Los Angeles 2.19 - two games DET, DAL
Detroit 2.57 - three games ANA, LA, SJ
Montreal 2.76 - three games BOS, NAS, OTT
Columbus 2.85 - three games COL, NJ, VAN
Anaheim 2.86 - three games DET, PIT, MIN
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 to Tuesday January 20, 2009
Best Bets
Carolina 4.40 - four games TOR, BUF, TOR, PIT
Atlanta 4.21 - four games OTT, TOR, NAS, MTL
Pittsburgh 4.10 - four games WAS, ANA, NYR, CAR
Buffalo 4.00 - four games CHI, DAL, CAR, FLA
Washington 3.98 - four games PIT, BOS, NYI, OTT
Steer Clear
Philadelphia 2.00 - two games TB, FLA
Columbus 2.75 - three games NJ, VAN, EDM
St. Louis 2.76 - three games COL, CHI, BOS
Calgary 2.76 - three games SJ, PHX, COL
NY Islanders 2.84 - three games BOS, NJ, WAS
Thursday, January 15, 2009 to Wednesday January 21, 2009
Best Bets
Tampa Bay 4.52 - four home games PHI, FLA, DAL, BUF
Florida 4.51 - four games PHI, TB, BUF, DAL
Boston 4.49 - four games NYI, WAS, STL, TOR
Carolina 4.40 - four games TOR, BUF, TOR, PIT
Atlanta 4.20 - four games TOR, NAS, MTL, PHI
Steer Clear
Ottawa 2.00 - two games MTL, WAS
Detroit 2.57 - three road games LA, SJ, PHX
Vancouver 2.86 - three games PHX, CBJ, SJ
Washington 2.93 - three games BOS, NYI, OTT
NY Rangers 2.95 - three games CHI, PIT, ANA
Friday, January 16, 2009 to Thursday, January 22, 2009
Best Bets
Florida 4.51 - four games PHI, TB, BUF, DAL
Atlanta 4.20 - four games TOR, NAS, MTL, PHI
Chicago 4.19 - four games NYR, STL, MIN, STL
New Jersey 3.99 - four games CBJ, NYI, NAS, MTL
Anaheim 3.80 - four road games PIT, MIN, NYR, NYI
Steer Clear
Detroit 1.71 - two road games SJ, PHX
Vancouver 1.81 - two games CBJ, SJ
Ottawa 2.00 - two games MTL, WAS
San Jose 2.00 - two games DET, VAN
Nashville 2.21 - two games ATL, NJ
Saturday, January 17, 2009 to Friday January 23, 2009
Best Bets
Tampa Bay 3.36 - three home games FLA, DAL, BUF
Florida 3.36 - three games TB, BUF, DAL
Boston 3.35 - three games WAS, STL, TOR
Chicago 3.24 - three games STL, MIN, STL
Carolina 3.14 - three road games BUF, TOR, PIT
Steer Clear
Philadelphia 1.26 - ONE games ATL
Detroit 1.71 - two road games SJ, PHX
Vancouver 1.81 - two games CBJ, SJ
Toronto 1.89 - two games CAR, BOS
Colorado 2.00 - two games CGY, LA
Sunday, January 18, 2009 to Saturday January 24, 2009
Best Bets
Columbus 2.76 - three games VAN, EDM, CGY
Boston 2.40 - two games STL, TOR
Florida 2.31 - two games BUF, DAL
Tampa Bay 2.31 - two games DAL, BUF
Carolina 2.19 - two games TOR, PIT
Steer Clear
Nashville 0.95 - ONE games NJ
San Jose 0.95 - ONE games VAN
Detroit 0.95 - ONE games PHX
Ottawa 1.05 - ONE games WAS
Philadelphia 1.26 - ONE games ATL

 

 

 


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