Oilers Fantasy Hockey Forecast - 01/17/2012
Hall, Smid & Khabibulin highlight this week’s forecast
The week did not start well for the Oilers. A 2-1 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils was followed by a real low point in the loss to Anaheim. The Ducks, who are one of the few teams below the Edmonton in the standings, came into Rexall and handed the Oilers a 5-0 loss. It was the fifth in a row for an Oilers team that was injured and clearly lacking some confidence.
The week would finish on a more positive note though. In their last game of a three-game homestand before heading back out on the road, the Ollers would get the effort and result they had been looking for. Los Angeles was coming to town having just beaten the Calgary Flames 4-1 and looked poised to take advantage of a struggling Oilers club. Instead the Oil played a solid 60 minutes resulting in Taylor Hall's OT winner, giving Edmonton the 2-1 win.
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The Oilers record now sits at 17-23-4 for 38 points on the season.
THE WEEK AHEAD
It will be a busy fantasy week for the Oilers with four games on tap. The Oilers will hope to take the momentum from the win over Los Angeles on the road with them as they travel to Columbus and then St. Louis. The week will start with the league's worst team in Columbus tonight where the Oilers will hope to put some distance between them and the Blue Jackets. The Oil will then travel to St. Louis to play a hot Blues team on Thursday.
The week will then shift back to Edmonton for another Battle of Alberta on Saturday night when the Flames come to town. Lastly the Oilers will have to contend with a top-tier team on Monday night when they play host to the San Jose Sharks. This week should definitely be a real test for an injury-riddled Oilers team, as well as for fantasy owners.
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 17TH.
The newly introduced salaries for all our highlighted players will take place following Tuesday's game versus Columbus . At this time all remaining players salaries will be reset to their real cap hit values.
Here are this week’s salary amendments:
TAYLOR HALL ($5M : $5M)
With a real lack of offensive production over the past week coupled with the key injuries, Taylor Hall will hold his price tag for the third straight week.
Hall scored the overtime game-winner in the game against Los Angeles and also added an assist against New Jersey. Although it was not Hall's best week offensively, his drive and competitive nature made him a force nonetheless.
The Oilers will be counting on Hall to be at his best during this busy fantasy week. If the Oilers are to have any success on the trip, he will probablly have to be just that.
NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN($4M > $2M)
Khabibulin got off to a fantastic start to this season and was a great fantasy option for much of the year. Times have changed for Khabby as we enter this week's forecast. Khabibulin has lost his last five starts and thus deserves the drop in salary.
The league best statistics that Khabibulin was posting to start the year have come back down to earth. Although still sporting a solid SV% at .919 and GAA at 2.41, these total have continued to rise from the staggering numbers he started with. Add to this a record of 11-13-4, and we see the need for a salary change.
Khabibulin will continue to see his share of time between Edmonton's pipes and this new price could provide fantasy owners with a huge return at 2 million dollars.
LADISLAV SMID ($2M > $3M)
Smid continues to be a really quiet but steady fantasy producer this season. Although no means an offensive weapon, Smid continues to rack up fantasy points through hits and blocked shots.
Smid's 467 total fantasy points still place him among the top fantasy player's the Oilers have. With a team leading 105 hits and 100 blocked shots, Ladislav is a great option on any given night.
Smid's dependability and durability(has played in all 44 games) always make him a great buy even at 3 million.
Tom Gilbert: Out 3-4 weeks with ankle
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: Out 3-4 weeks with shoulder
Jordan Eberle: Out 2-3 weeks with knee
Cam Barker: 2 months with an ankle injury.
Ryan Whitney: week-to-week with ankle tendinitis.
Alex Plante: Out indefinitely with a concussion
Eric Belanger: day-to-day with leg