Tag:Alex Pietranglo
Posted on: November 25, 2010 11:32 pm

Ice Chips- The Week Ahead 4 Game Skeds

Happy Thanksgiving to those American readers of this here fine blog....assuming I have more then myself reading this.
Last week saw 14 teams play 4 games, for those astute owners you added players like RJ Umberger, he of 5 points in the last week.  Others like Mattias Tedenby 4 pts, Derek Stepan 5 pts, Ryan Malone 4 pts, and Teddy Purcell 6 pts put of good production and likely sat on your waiver wire all week long, that being said, let's take a look at how many games the teams play, and which players you should add or keep an eye on.

Saturday 27th- Fri-3rd

Anaheim Ducks- 4
Atlanta Thrashers- 3
Boston Bruins- 3
Buffalo Sabres- 2
Calgary Flames- 4
Carolina Hurricanes- 2
Chicago Blackhawks- 3
Colorado Avalanche- 3
Columbus Blue Jackets- 3
Dallas Stars- 3
Detroit Red Wings- 3
Edmonton Oilers- 4
Florida Panthers- 3
Los Angelas Kings- 3
Minnesota Wild- 4
Montreal Canadeins- 3
Nashville Predators- 3
New Jersey Devils- 2
New York Islanders- 2
New York Rangers- 4
Ottawa Senators- 3
Philadelphia Flyers- 2
Phoenix Coyotes- 3
Pittsburgh Penguins- 3
San Jose Sharks- 3
St. Louis Blues- 2
Tampa Bay Lightning- 3
Toronto Maple Leafs- 3
Vancouver Canucks- 2
Washington Capitals- 3

Not too many teams seeing ice the majority of the week, so this weeks options are limited.
*Stats are as of Thursday night-excuding the Oilers/Avalanche game*
Again ownership is based on Yahoo! numbers....so some players may not be available in your league.


Martin Havlat- 41% Ownership- 3 pts, -1, 2 PIM, 9 SOG- He's still hot, his ownership hasn't gone up much since last being mentioned in last week's article, and he's got 4 games in the next week. Over the last two weeks, he's put up 8 pts, 2 of which have come on the PPP. If you're looking for PP production Havlat may not be the ideal option, but offensively he'll bring it and deliver.

Saku Koivu- 27% Ownership- 2 pts, -1, 1 PPP, 6 SOG- The old man is still producing, and with 4 games in the upcoming, and 8 total in he next two weeks, he should be able to pick up a few points over that stretch so those in daily leagues should consider adding him if they need the extra hand.

RJ Umberger- 20% Ownership- 5 pts, +2, 4 PIM, 10 SOG- As mentioned above, Umberger has been on fire over the past two weeks, with 7 pts. Yahoo managers must play all have all-star rosters to not capitalize on that kind of production. If he's still available in your league, snap him up. Don't expect a Pt/G pace, but ride the hot streak while it lasts.

James van Riemsdyk- 7% Ownership- 5 pts, +6, 9 SOG- van Riemsdyk, has been good, but this week's schedule, doesn't bode well for much fantasy production with just 2 games. Though inspite of that he does warrant a spot on your watchlist. Next week the Flyers play 4 games, if he produces a 3-4 pt week this week, then he's worth adding in medium to deep leagues.


Dan Girardi- 26% Ownership- 4 pts, -1, 2 PIM, 2 PPP, 6 SOG- Three straight weeks of 4 games is bound to help the production. Unfortunately that's not always the case, Giradi is only worth a mention on the strength of last week's strong performance. Don't expect much more then 2-3 pts with a handful of shots. Worth watching but not worth adding at this point.

Kevin Shattenkirk- 6% Ownership- 4 pts, +1, 3 PPP, 4 SOG- Off the watch list, make the pick up. I've convinced. The kid is good, and the production should continue at a similar pace thanks to the offensive juggarnauts that are the Colorado Avalanche. 6 games in the next two weeks will give him plenty of opportunity to continue producing. His ownership will only go up, be one of those that got in on the ground floor.

Alex Pietranglo- 14% Ownership- 4 pts, 3 PPP, 4 SOG- I said it last week, so I'll just quote myself, "PP time, SOG, low ownership, highly touted, highly skilled. Put him on the radar, add him if you have injuries on your blue line." I told ya....good thing he's still available, unfortunately the Blues only play 2 games this week, so he may not be worth the add immediately but those in deep leagues should pounce.


Ondrej Pavalec- 34% Ownership- 3 W, 0.66 GAA, .978 SV%, 1 SO- I told ya so.

Johan Hedberg- 8% Ownership- 2 W, 0.84 GAA, .968 SV%, 1 SO- We've seen The Moose carry a team before, what's to say he can't do so while Martin Brodeur is injured? Of course the concern is the lack of talent around him, primarily the D is missing from the Devils. If you're minders are injured or struggling, Hedberg may help eliviate some of that strain. But consider him nothing more then a number three, one you can cut at the first sign of concern.

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