Oilers Fantasy Hockey Forecast - 01/31/2012
Eberle, Smyth & Dubnyk highlight this week’s forecast
The Edmonton Oilers come out of All-Star week with some momentum to build upon. The team played two strong games prior to the break with a shootout win over San Jose followed by a full effort in a 3-2 shootout loss to Vancouver. Taking three of four points was encouraging but it was the back-to-back 60 minute efforts against good teams that was really promising.
The All-Star break also allowed an Oilers team decimated by injuries a chance to continue to get healthy. With Eberle, Hall, Whitney and Belanger all safely back in the lineup, the Oilers hope to have a couple more key pieces back shortly. With Cam Barker and Tom Gilbert getting closer to a return any day now, the team looks to be headed in a good direction.
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The Oilers come out of the break with a record of 18-26-5 for 41 points on the season.
THE WEEK AHEAD
The Oilers will jump right back into the fire this week with four games, three at home and one on the road. This stretch of games may very well define how this second part of the season will go for this team.
The week starts with the Colorado Avalanche in town on Tuesday night. Things will then get difficult when the talented Chicago Blackhawks come to Rexall on Thursday followed by the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night. The fantasy week will then conclude with a trip to Toronto to play the Leafs on Monday.
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 31st.
The newly introduced salaries for all our highlighted players will take place following Tuesday's game versus Colorado . At this time all remaining players salaries will be reset to their real cap hit values.
Here are this week’s salary amendments:
JORDAN EBERLE ($1M > $3M)
Fresh off his first All-Star appearance, Jordan Eberle comes into the back-half of the season with a load of confidence.
Eberle is the team's leading point getter with 45 points in 45 games. He also leads the team in goals with 18 and is enjoying a breakout season as a star in the NHL. With 588 fantasy points so far this season, Eberle is also the team leader in this category.
The Oilers will continue to rely on Jordan for offensive production and if this season is any indication, he is more than capable of producing.
RYAN SMYTH ($5M > $3M)
Ryan Smyth has definitely cooled off in his return to Edmonton. What was a great start offensively has dried up for Smyth and left the team looking for more scoring up and down the lineup.
While Smyth's 34 points in 49 games are certainly not terrible numbers, he has only registered a point in 1 of his last 11 games. Smyth needs to find his offensive ways if the Oilers are going to have any success down the stretch.
This may be just the time to buy Smyth at 3 million dollars as a fully healthy lineup might be just what is needed to get Ryan back on track.
DEVAN DUBNYK ($1M > $3M)
Devan Dubnyk definitely stole the show in the final two games before the break. Dubnyk played two strong games for the Oil in getting them the three points.
Dubnyk would stop 44 of 45 shots against San Jose for the win before stopping 33 of 35 the next night in Vancouver. The strong play of Dubnyk should help push Khabibulin and create more starts for the young netminder.
If Dubnyk can continue to play the way he did before the break, he will surely see more ice-time and hopefully be worth every bit of the 3 million price tag.
Tom Gilbert: day-to-day with ankle
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: 7-10 days with shoulder
Cam Barker: day-to-day with an ankle injury.