Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 01/07/2010

01/08/2010
Nashville Predators v Dallas Stars

In this section, I break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every night and cite why I chose them in particular. In addition, I will track the amount of times the players have received this honor and tally them at the end of the season. For the sake of clarity, I will be using Yahoo! standard categories (Forwards – G,A,+/-, PP, PIM, SOG; Goalies – W, GAA, SV%, SHO) and thus exclude player’s salaries.

Really big night for hockey, as there were 10 games and 20 teams playing.  A ton of great efforts as you will see from our extensive honorable mention section.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for January 7, 2009:

THIRD STAR:  Matt Carle, Philadelphia Flyers (0-0-1) –  Carle stood out in Philadelphia, posting three of the Flyers seven points.  The 25-year-old scored a powerplay goal and assisted on both a powerplay goal and even strength goal.  Now with his third team, the 2006 Hobey Baker Award winner seems to be settling down once again.  He also managed a plus three rating and two shots on goal in over 23 minutes of ice time.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 01/05/2010

01/06/2010
Boston Bruins v New Jersey Devils

In this section, I break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every night and cite why I chose them in particular. In addition, I will track the amount of times the players have received this honor and tally them at the end of the season. For the sake of clarity, I will be using Yahoo! standard categories (Forwards – G,A,+/-, PP, PIM, SOG; Goalies – W, GAA, SV%, SHO) and thus exclude player’s salaries.

Busy night with 10 games and 20 teams in action.  A few young stars took the spotlight tonight as we witnessed pretty balanced scoring.  I cannot vouch for myself watching these games as I was too busy watching Team USA win in the WJHC!  In other news, our betting expert Anthony Curatolo went an impressive 8-2. Here are our standout fantasy stars for January 5, 2009:

THIRD STAR:  Tomas Fleischmann, Washington Capitals (0-0-1) –  Fleishmann played center tonight, for the first time since his junior days, to great results.  In over 15 minutes of ice time the 26-year-old scored a powerplay goal and assisted on two more leading the Caps to a 4-2 victory over the Canadiens.  He also took three shots on goal while posting a perfect plus two making him a solid contributor across five categories.

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Keeper Watch: Another Wave of Rookies

12/31/2009
New York Islanders v New Jersey Devils

‘Keeper Watch’ will come out every Wednesday, noting the changes in value for top prospects who are most likely available in your league. We will also focus on young players once considered top prospects. Similarly to our ‘Endorsed Pickups’ I will try not to focus too much on one position, which will leave some noteworthy players off the list.

This edition of Keeper Watch much like last week’s edition will take an extended look at the rookies getting their chance around the league.  Most on this list are recent call ups with some already receiving their demotions.  Still there are some young guys worth looking at in your keeper:

C: Mattias Ritola, Detroit Red Wings – Ritola received a call-up from Grand Rapids on December 27th and coach Mike Babcock almost immediately inserted him on the second line alongside Valtteri Filppula and Drew Miller.  In 32 games in the AHL the 22-year-old scored eight goals and added seven assists a modest total but certainly not lighting the lamp.  At this rate second line seems like an absolute ceiling but you never know the way Detroit develops players.

Prognosis: I would not project more than 30-40 points as a career-high once he lands a full-time gig.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 11/26/2009

11/29/2009
Vancouver Canucks v Los Angeles Kings

In this section, I break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every night and cite why I chose them in particular. In addition, I will track the amount of times the players have received this honor and tally them at the end of the season. For the sake of clarity, I will be using Yahoo! standard categories (Forwards – G,A,+/-, PP, PIM, SOG; Goalies – W, GAA, SV%, SHO)

THIRD STAR: Kristian Huselius, Columbus Blue Jackets (0-0-2) – Since there were only four teams in action during Thanksgiving, the results will be a little slanted.  Nevertheless, our first repeat offender!  Huselius scored a powerplay goal, added two penalty minutes with four shots on goal.  Certainly not his most impressive outing but a solid effort and solid enough to earn our third star.

SECOND STAR: Alex Burrows, Vancouver Canucks (0-1-0) – The prime recipient of the playmaking Sedins scored a goal and an assist in the Canucks 4-1 victory over the Kings.  Burrows finished with a plus three rating to go along with a whopping seven shots.  The 28-year-old continues to impress his fantasy owners and is proving he belongs beside the superstar twins.

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

11/26/2009
Columbus Blue Jackets v New York Rangers

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.  Here are today’s picks:

D: Brad Stuart, Detroit Red Wings – The 30-year-old is first in line to take Niklas Kronwall’s PP time.  Although scoreless in his last two, Stuart did score a goal on the PP against Montreal.  The former 3rd overall pick can assume most roles and has scored 9+ goals three times in his career.

Prognosis: Stream him for the points, as mentioned in the most recent ‘Keeper Watch’ Derek Meech of Jonathan Ericsson could replace him.

D: Joe Corvo, Carolina Hurricanes -The veteran defenseman showed life recently with three points in his last three games.  Injuries have taken over a strong Hurricanes team that made it to the Conference Finals but things can only go better with Eric Staal returning.  The departure of Anton Babchuk opened up a spot for Corvo and if this team gets going so should he.

Prognosis:  See if the offense turns itself around.  If it does, Corvo would be a suitable #3 or #4 d-man.

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Injury Updates 11/22/2009

11/22/2009
Vancouver Canucks v Montreal Canadiens

Here are some fantasy-relevant injured players around the league.

Tonight’s Status Updates:

Last Night’s Injuries:

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