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Oilers Fantasy Hockey Forecast - 04/05/2011

Last call for the 2010-11 season, monthly winners & more in this week's Forecast

Tuesday, 05.04.2011 / 4:50 PM / Features
By Ryan Dittrick  - edmontonoilers.com
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Oilers Fantasy Hockey Forecast - 04\/05\/2011
The conclusion of the Oilers’ 2010-11 regular season is quickly approaching. While the team’s next crack at the playoffs won’t come until the spring of 2012, the mid-April atmosphere will be in full bloom as the Fantasy Hockey campaign wraps up with an equally as thrilling race to the finish line.

With our last Forecast of the season, we’re not going to be featuring any new players for salary change purposes. Instead, our trio of highlighted youngsters will remain at top dollar, as their performances have earned that distinction.

Instead, our target will focus on matchups and how you can succeed against the Oilers’ opponents, based on recent trends and developing storylines.

 


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VS. VANCOUVER


Tonight the Oilers and Canucks conclude the home-and-home set at Rexall Place. What these two clubs have proven this season, in particular this past Saturday in Vancouver, is that special teams will likely be an integral component to the success of each squad.

Power-play goals and power-play assists will most certainly be of great value, particularly for an Edmonton team that will be looking for a second consecutive win, courtesy of strong play with the man-advantage.

When assembling your lineup, remember that the key to success revolves around special teams. Include players that will see action on the power-play, as well as players that could excel on the disadvantage. Blocked shots and shorthanded chances could very well present great value this evening.

Players to consider:


AT CALGARY

With Calgary in the heat of an intense run to the post-season, the Oilers will be in tough to duplicate the performance they put forth two weeks ago on Hockey Night in Canada.

Not impossible, mind you. But most certainly a tremendous challenge.

Thanks in large part to a dominating physical style, Edmonton was able to establish a strong forecheck which led to some early goals. Although the Oilers eventually fell in a shootout decision, an unrelenting physical game was the key element to individual success.

In preparation for Wednesday's game, make sure to include players that have been bringing consistent production on the physical side.

Players to consider:


VS. MINNESOTA

Having lost all five meetings with the Wild this season, Edmonton will get one last chance to put a dent in the season series schedule between these two teams. The biggest test for the Oilers in Friday’s game will be matching Minnesota’s potent offensive attack.

In order to have success against the Wild, you need to include players will that will, at least, present a scoring threat. Shots on goal are important, but so too are the remaining offensive categories to help balance the load.

Edmonton will be looking to close out the 2010-11 home schedule on a high note, so your best bet is to include a crop of the Oilers’ more offensively talented forwards.

Players to consider:


AT COLORADO

This is it. The Oilers and Avalanche do battle in the final game of the 2010-11 season. While the importance of this matchup will certainly be downgraded from the league’s potential playoff races, these two teams will be looking to end the year on a positive note and head into the summer with a much-needed sanity win.

In many ways, the Avalanche present a threat similar to the Oilers. Although Colorado does have some talent up front, the decline on the backend has been the team’s downfall all season. The mid-February acquisition of netminder Brian Elliott hasn’t helped the cause either. With only two wins in his 11 games since the trade, the Oilers will have a prime opportunity to unleash their offensive will, assuming the 25-year-old gets the start in the Sunday matinee.

Even so, options are endless. The goal of this game will be to feature a balanced attack. Offence and defence should play equal importance, making sure spread your points across the many available categories.

Players to consider:


WE HAVE A WINNER

In addition to our year-end prizes, we recognize the success of two players each month for their accomplishments in two of our most important scoring categories: Most points accumulated and the highest point average.

Most points accumulated: It was another close race, but Gazo emerged victorious as he captures the top spot in this category with 1617 points during the month of March.

Highest point average: User tad2bad came out on top with a 149.38 point average in March, narrowly edging out second-place BenchBrawl who was able to attain a 134.75 average in that same span.

On behalf of the entire edmontonoilers.com team, I would like to say congratulations to each of our winners! Both our winners will receive an autographed 8x10 photo. We will be in contact with both of you shortly to arrange the delivery of your prizes.

Author: Ryan Dittrick | edmontonoilers.com

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