Oilers Fantasy Hockey Forecast - 12/06/2011
Jones, Smid & Belanger highlight this week’s forecast
Fantasy hockey came to an end for the month of November but not before the races for monthly winners came right down to the wire. The month saw multiple players battle for lead in both categories right down to the final game of the month.
When it was all said and done, alaind47AD came from behind to beat out Tuff in the 'average points' category with 110.86 points. In the 'total points' category, impit88 edged out spreebase by just a single point, 1367 to 1366.
Congratulations to the winners and good luck to everyone as we enter the month of December!
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THE WEEK THAT WAS
This past week saw the Oilers play three games all at Rexall Place, going 1-1-1. It started off last Wednesday with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild. It was the third shootout loss to Minnesota this season. The Oilers failed to gain ground on the division leading Wild in that game, currently sitting eight points back on Minnesota in the standings.
The week would continue with back-to-back games on the weekend. Friday night saw Columbus come to town and the Oilers pick up the 6-3 victory. Trialing 2-1 heading into the third, The Oilers would get five goals in the period, including a hat-trick from Ryan Jones, his first in the NHL.
The week concluded Saturday night with the Battle of Alberta. It was the second meeting of the season between the long time rivals and produced a second win for Calgary. The Oilers actually led 3-2 early in the third but allowed two quick Flames goals en route to the 5-3 loss.
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THE WEEK AHEAD
The coming week will follow a similar pattern for the Oilers. They will welcome Carolina to town on Wednesday night. It will be the first and only meeting between the clubs this season.
The team will then follow that up with back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday night again. The Oilers will finish a six-game homestand with a visit from the Colorado Avalanche on Friday. They then travel down the road to Calgary to try and get revenge and get on the board in this year's Battle of Alberta.
No more than one hour following the completion of Wednesday's game vs. Carolina, the newly introduced salaries for all our highlighted players will take effect. At this time all remaining players salaries will be reset to their real cap hit values.
Here are this week’s salary amendments:
RYAN JONES ($2M > $3M)
What a week for the Oilers Ryan Jones. The gritty forward continued his strong year by recording his first National Hockey League hat-trick against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Jones now has 14 points (9G, 5A) in 27 games this season. Jones has continued to provide a source of secondary scoring on a team that has lacked that at times. Jones seems to have a nose for the net and can be a threat to chip in some offence at any time.
While not a first choice fantasy player, Jones is a great secondary pick to fill out any roster. Anytime you see back-to-back games on the schedule you know that depth scoring will be needed, Ryan Jones is that guy.
LADISLAV SMID ($2M > $3M)
It's hard not to feel good for Smid. After finally scoring his first goal in so long last week against Colorado, Smid was out to make sure this next stretch didn't take as long.
Ladislav blasted home his second goal of the year Friday night against Columbus. He then added an assist against Calgary on Saturday, bringing his season total to four points.
With some signs that Smid might be ready to chip in some points here and there, his fantasy value jumps considerably. Already racking up points by being one of the best shot blockers in the league, any points are a bonus when it comes to Smid.
ERIC BELANGER ($2M > $1M)
Belanger continues to struggle offensively this year for the Oil. Counted on to provide some extra scoring, Eric has managed just seven points (0G, 7A) in 27 games.
Belanger saw himself moved around the lineup a bit lately, seeing a bit of time on the powerplay in hopes of getting him out of this slump. So far nothing has worked although he remains a top faceoff guy for the Oilers.
At this point it is hard to find a reason to buy Belanger for your fantasy team, he has just not done enough to get the nod. That being said, if there was a reason, a 1 million price tag might be it.
Taylor Hall: 2-4 weeks with a shoulder injury.
Cam Barker: 3 months with an ankle injury.
Corey Potter: 2 weeks with an ankle injury.
Andy Sutton: day-to-day with groin
Anton Lander: day-to-day with hand
Ben Eager: day-to-day with back
Author: Travis Knee | edmontonoilers.com