Oilers Fantasy Hockey Forecast - 03/06/2012
Schultz, Hemsky & RNH highlight this week’s forecast
Another long and difficult season continues for the Oilers as they roll into the final stretch of the season. The past fantasy week was a difficult one as Edmonton dropped all three games, scoring just five times over that period.
The Oilers simply couldn't handle a talented St. Louis team to kick off the week last Wednesday. That 5-2 loss was followed up by a 3-1 setback to Dallas at home on Friday night. The Oilers then took off for this California trip, losing the first game in Anaheim last night to the Ducks, 4-2.
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The Oilers come out of the week with a record of 25-34-6 for 56 points on the season.
THE WEEK AHEAD
The Oilers will be busy in the upcoming week with four games in total. They start tonight in San Jose where they will finish up this road swing before heading back home to welcome the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.
Edmonton will head out on the road again on Saturday for an afternoon tilt with the Colorado Avalanche. The week will then conclude with second battle in as many weeks with the San Jose Sharks at home on Monday night.
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TUESDAY, MARCH 6th.
The newly introduced salaries for all our highlighted players will take place following Tuesday's game versus San Jose. At the end of Tuesday's game, all remaining players salaries will be reset to their real cap hit values as normal.
Here are this week’s salary amendments:
NICK SCHULTZ ($2M > $3M)
The Oilers' newest addition has come in and played well for his new team. Schultz was brought in at the trade deadline to provide steady defensive play, and he's done just that.
On top of his play in the Oilers own end, Schultz has also contributed two points(0G, 2A) in the three games. As he settles further into his new surroundings, Schultz should prove to be a valuable fantasy option.
ALES HEMSKY ($4M > $2M)
Ales Hemsky signed a new contract just prior to the NHL trade deadline, but that hasn't changed his production. Hemsky would record only one assist in the three losses last week.
On top of the lack of offence, Hemsky was also a -3 during the past week, providing very little in terms of fantasy points. If Hemsky isn't producing on the scoresheet, his value to a fantasy team isn't there, thus the drop.
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS ($4M > $5M)
The return of RNH to the lineup makes a huge impact on the Oilers ability to ice a balanced attack and put points on the board. The rookie has enjoyed a wonderful first season and despite the games lost to injury, he is still only four points back of the rookie scoring lead.
Nugent-Hopkins was able to put up two points(1G, 1A) in the three games this week and should be extra motivated to finish off the season strong and maybe track down Adam Henrique in the rookie scoring race.