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Operator: “911 … what is your emergency?”

Caller: “I need some assistance – I am at risk of not making my fantasy hockey playoffs!”

Must win. This is a must win game. You hear that and believe your season is over if you lose. That could be the case here in week 11, with only one weekly matchup remaining before the fantasy playoffs begin week 13. Hopefully you don’t need to win both weeks 11 and 12 to get in, maybe just win one and you’re in. Anyway, your season is no doubt on the line right now to secure your spot this week and get the best seeding possible. Isn’t every week a “must win?” Good luck coaches!

Taking calculated chances playing the waiver wire while watching favorable schedules can win leagues. Waiver wire considerations: (Ownership in Fantrax leagues)

SSG Streamer Scoring Group (getting dropped, some available stream or roster)
Kyrou-STL, Dvork-ARI, Verhaeghe-FLA, Schmaltz-ARI, Thornton-TOR, Hyman-TOR
Pick them up and stream for the hot week!

Forward Team Own Notes
Nick Ritchie BOS 46 Great playoff schedule, streaky scorer
Cam Atkinson CBJ 78 Another hot streak coming?
Keiffer Bellows NYI 26 Scoring for the Isles, aggressive player with puck
Defense Team Own Notes
Jared Spurgeon MIN 42 Must score on power play for best value
Jeff Schultz WAS 45 Secondary apples available for the picking
Josh Morrissey WPG 73 Good schedule, good exposure
Goalies Team Own Notes
Jack Campbell TOR 35 Out playing Freddie to get starts
Cal Peterson LAK 52 Back in again

Schedule advantage for Mon 3-22 thru Sun 3-28 week 11:
4 games 20 teams
2 games 3 teams: LAK, TOR, VAN (All other teams 3 games)
Tuesday night NYI at BOS game cancelled.

Schedule advantage for Mon 3-29 thru Sun 4-4 Week 12:
4 games 16 teams: BUF, CAL, CAR, COL, CBJ, DAL, DET, FLA, LAK, MIN, SJ, TB. TOR, VEG, WAS, WPG
2 games 1 team: STL (All other teams 3 games)

Looking ahead to the fantasy hockey playoffs, the best schedules for the final 3 weeks:

Team Week 13 4-5 to 4-11 Weeks 14 & 15 4-12 to 4-25 3-wk Playoffs 4-5 to 4-25 Key Playoff Pickups
Boston Bruins 5 games 8 games 13 games Ritchie
Minnesota Wild 4 8 12 Zuccarello
New York Rangers 4 8 12 Buchnevich
New Jersey Devils 4 8 12 Hughes
Philadelphia Flyers 5 7 12 Farabee
Toronto Maple Leafs 3 8 11 Hyman

Dave Schneider can be contacted by email at daveytrane1@yahoo.com. Sometimes I can be found trolling Twitter or linking to a new 911 article posting @daveytrane1. Feedback is always welcome and encouraged! Let’s hear ya!

Cheers, Dave