Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday March 27 fantasy hockey preview

Chris Morgan
Fantasy Hockey Examiner

Wednesday is in the rear view mirror, so let's look in the forward view mirror for the Friday preview. Six games on the docket, let's see what's in store for us.

Washington plays Tampa Bay, a great matchup for that potent Capitals offense. Good chance for a win for Jose Theodore as well. I really like all the Caps worth playing, including Brooks Laich and Sergei Fedorov. For the Lightning, Ryan Malone and Steve Stamkos are good spot starts.

Detroit takes on the Islanders, and even with New York's better play recently, they are a bad road team and the Wings are, after all, the Wings. Much like with the Capitals, I like all the Red Wings worth playing, including Jiri Hudler, Valtteri Filppula, Dan Cleary, and Mikael Samuelsson as pretty good spot starts. None of them really stand out as options, but they are all usable. Nobody from the Islanders worth playing. Also, I like either Chris Osgood or Ty Conklin as a good start.

Buffalo faces Toronto as Dominic Moore seeks vengeance against his old team. Or not. In fact, these two teams may have even played since that trade. I wouldn't play a goalie from either team. Tim Connolly is a great spot start from the Sabres, and Drew Stafford is a decent option as well. Alexei Ponikarovsky and Mikhail Grabovski are good plays from the Maple Leafs, and Matt Stajan isn't a bad spot start either.

Chicago hosts New Jersey in a game I could see being either high scoring or low scoring. On the one hand both teams have excellent offenses, but on the other hand Marty Brodeur is a great goalie and the Blackhawks have two netminders who aren't slouches. As such, I'd play both teams goalies, but I would brace myself for potentially a rough outing. No spot starts from the Devils, Chicago has Dave Bolland and perhaps Cam Barker on defense as good plays. They also have mediocre options in Kris Versteeg and Andrew Ladd.

The Canucks play the Avalanche, who've all but given up on this season. Roberto Luongo is an excellent play in this one, and Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows are very good spot start options. Nothing going on for Colorado as per usual .

Lastly, the red hot Ducks and the room temperature Oilers face off in a battle with big time ramifications on the last couple of seeds out West. Dwayne Roloson is a solid option in net, and I'd play either goalie from Anaheim. Light on spot starts for both teams. Bobby Ryan is a good play for the Ducks, Edmonton has decent plays in Patrick O'Sullivan and Tom Gilbert on defense. Maybe Denis Grebeshkov on D as well.

There is nothing more to say so I wouldn't take up any more of your time. Good luck in tonight's games.

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