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Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 | 02:34 PM

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Alex Pietrangelo is emerging as a force on the blue-line for St. Louis. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) Alex Pietrangelo is emerging as a force on the blue-line for St. Louis. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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Jordan Fontaine recommends for the KIA Fantasy pool Detroit's stellar goaltender as well as a St. Louis Blues defenceman and Boston Bruins forward.

This week is the second week of the second half contest in The CBC Hockey Night in Canada Fantasy Pool presented by Kia.  The second half winner will drive away with a 2012 Kia Sorrento!

Week 17 is actually a shortened week due to the NHL All Star break. No team plays more than three games and 16 teams play just twice. It will be important for owners to pay close attention when picking goalies since the compressed week will mean virtually all teams play in back to back games. Each team is off from Jan. 26 to Jan. 30, with games resuming on the final day of the month.

You can catch the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition live from Ottawa on CBC Television and CBCSports.ca on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. ET and then the All-Star game on Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. ET.

Goalies

Considering the shortened week I want to recommend the only goalie whose team plays three times and doesn't have a back to back situation. He is also the current wins leader in the NHL and his team sits in first place in the Western Conference. 

Any guesses? That goalie would be Detroit Red Wings net minder Jimmy Howard. I have given him my recommendation in the past and will do so again. This guy is a stud and his 27 wins on the season are full marks for the 4 player value points he will cost you. When it comes to goalies, this pool rewards wins, overtime losses, shootout losses, and shutouts. 

Applying this formula to Howard he scores you points in 74 per cent of his games played.  In Week 17 Detroit plays three games (VS. CBJ, VS. STL, @ MTL) and none of them are on consecutive days. Backup Ty Conklin has seen five of his eight starts on back-to-back days, so odds are decent Howard starts all three games. Make him your 3 Star selection and score double the points.

Defence

For my defence selection I am staying away from any team who is playing two games. I think it's important to grab a guy who will see a lot of ice time and guys playing two games may be on the ice 20 plus minutes less than a guy playing three.

In Week 17 I like St Louis Blues rearguard Alex Pietrangelo. Initially he fits my games played criteria but when delving deeper you find a great value play with a player value cost of 1 and a guy who is tearing it up lately.  Pietrangelo has 10 points in his last 10 games and leads St Louis in ice time with an average of 24:16 minutes per game. 

He is on the top power-play unit on a team who is 13-4-4 since the beginning of December.  St Louis plays on the road against Detroit and at home against Buffalo and Pittsburgh. These matchups may not be the easiest ones but Pietrangelo is very affordably and worth the risk for your roster this week.

Forward

In Week 17 there are only 14 teams who play in three games and I want to try my best to keep all six of my forward selections from these teams. 

The guy I have my eye on most is Boston's David Krejci. He is a solid and consistent point producer and plays on an elite team. Krejci is providing almost a point per game on the season and has 14 points in his last 10 games. In that span he has also notched four multi-point performances.  

Krejci is second on the team in forward ice time and also sees his fare share with the man advantage. At a player value of 2 he is very affordable and should be a must-add in Week 17.

Good luck with your picks for this week and be sure to have your rosters set in time for the 1 p.m. ET deadlin on Jan. 21!

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