Power Rankings Week Through 01/09/2010

01/10/2010

NHL Power Rankings presented by The Hockey Guys. These rankings will be released every Sunday directly following the show and summarize the thinking of Anthony Curatolo, Brandon Augienello and Dustin Leed.

IL: Minnesota Wild v Chicago Blackhawks
Legend: Rank – Team – Record – (Last Week) Position Change

1. Chicago Blackhawks 31-10-4 (2) +1 When you are the best you simply are the best.
2. San Jose Sharks 28-10-7 (1) -1 A few losses have shifted gears in the power rankings for the Sharks.
3. New Jersey Devils 31-10-1 (3) N/C Although the lights went out in New Jersey, the Devils haven’t lost a step in their standings.
4. Buffalo Sabres 28-11-5 (6) +2 Good teams prove that winning comes more often then not.
5. Washington Capitals 27-11-6 (9) +4 Captain Ovechking leads the charge and Washington climbs back into the top five.
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Injury Updates 01/09/2010

01/09/2010
Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Team Practices

Here are your NHL injury updates for tonight, January 9, 2010:

Tonight’s Injuries

New York Rangers

  • Vinny Prospal skating, not expected to play today. [Steve Zipay]

Boston Bruins

  • Marc Savard out 3-4 weeks. [The Boston Globe]
  • Andrew Ference, Byron Bitz, Mark Stuart and Patrice Bergeron still out.

Florida Panthers

  • David Booth, Kenndal McArdle and Dmitry Kulikov out.

Ottawa Senators

  • Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson still out.
  • Milan Michalek out with an undisclosed injury.

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Goalie Starters 01/09/2010

01/09/2010
New York Rangers v Ottawa Senators

Here are your expected starting goalies for tonight, January 9, 2010:

UPDATED @ 11:41 AM

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Injury Updates 01/07/2010

01/07/2010
Anaheim Ducks v New Jersey Devils

Here are your NHL injury updates for tonight, January 7, 2010:

Tonight’s Injuries

New York Rangers

  • Vaclav Prospal remains out.

Atlanta Thrashers

  • Kari Lehtonen and Mark Popovic still out.

Chicago Blackhawks

  • Cam Barker still out of the lineup. [Blackhawks]
  • Adam Burish and Dave Bolland still out.

Boston Bruins

  • Milan Lucic to return Saturday. [Boston Globe]
  • Andrew Ference out six weeks. [Boston Globe]
  • Mark Stuart and Patrice Bergeron still out.

Ottawa Senators

  • Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza still out.

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Goalie Starters 01/07/2010

01/07/2010
Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Here are your expected starting goalies for tonight, January 7, 2010:

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Hopefully an End to the Kovalchuck Speculation.

01/05/2010
Atlanta Thrashers v New York Islanders

If you’ve read past work on this situation, where I’ve sited points from Canadian radio or other articles around the blogosphere, you would know that the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes keeps going.

Late last night, via twitter, conversations came up that Kovalchuck and the Thrashers have hit a point in contract talks with most speculating the drama will conclude by week’s end. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN stated in an article on Saturday that the new year would have some critical news in the Kovalchuck endeavors. Well, all signs are pointing to LeBrun’s speculation as accurate.

Supposedly Kovalchuk will sign a deal with the Thrashers worth between 8 million and 11 million per year in the range of a 10-12 years.  This signing would be great news for the  Thrashers organization and bad news for 29 other teams that hoping to acquire the Russian sniper with a tempting package.

Kovalchuck’s agent Jay Grossman and Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell met this weekend during the World Junior Hockey Championships and with the team presenting a deal to Grossman.  Now the decision rests on Kovalchuk’s shoulders.  Does he want to stay in Atlanta, a place he publicly stated he loves?  Do his his fears of relocation trump this supposed love affair?

There are still other scenarios however.

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Injury Updates 01/05/2010

01/05/2010
Buffalo Sabres v Toronto Maple Leafs

Here are your NHL injury updates for today, January 5, 2010:

Tonight’s Injuries

Florida Panthers

  • Dmitry Kulikov, David Booth and Kenndal McArdle still out.

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Carl Gunnarson expected back in 7-10 days.  [Jonas Siegel]
  • Olympian Mike Komisarek set to miss the next two games. [James Mirtle]
  • John Mitchell returns tonight. [Leafs Twitter]
  • Mike Van Ryn out for the season.

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Goalie Starters 01/05/2010

01/05/2010
Montreal Canadiens v Toronto Maple Leafs

Here are your expected starting goalies for January 5, 2010:

UPDATED @ 11:51 AM

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Power Rankings Week Ending 01/03/2010

01/03/2010

NHL Power Rankings presented by The Hockey Guys. These rankings will be released every Sunday directly following the show and summarize the thinking of Anthony Curatolo, Brandon Augienello and Dustin Leed.

Sharks' Thornton and Heatley celebrate goal against Blackhawks in Chicago

Legend: Team – Record – Position Change (Last Week)

1. San Jose Sharks – 27-8-7 (4) +3  Winners of 8 straight have propelled the Sharks to the top of the THG Power Rankings. Best team in the league deserves the best.
2. Chicago Blackhawks – 28-10-3 (2) N/C The Hawks will not go away this year and look really strong. Don’t expect a drop out of the top five much at all.
3. New Jersey Devils – 29-10-1 (1) -3 Mr. Brodeur is the best in the game, and his Devils are atop the East. Need we say more?
4. Colorado Avalanche – 24-13-6 (12) +8 The Avalanche have made strides this season and are showing that not only was it a hot start to keep them where they are.
5. Nashville Predators– 25-14-3 (6) +1 The Preds have been coming on strong, more so as of late.  Dark horse in the West? Absolutely.
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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 01/02/2010

01/03/2010
Washington Capitals v Atlanta Thrashers

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.

Big night with most teams back in action following a New Years layoff.  Twelve games and 24 teams in action total.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Maxim Afinogenov, Atlanta Thrashers (0-0-1) –  Afinogenov contributed in a large way, helping the Thrashers stay in the game until overtime, where they eventually fell to the Islanders 6-5.  The 30-year-old and first-year Thrasher scored two and assisted on two more, including a 3rd period powerplay tally from captain Kovalchuk to tie the game at five.  In addition, Afinogenov fired three shots on net and sat two minutes in the box good enough to earn third star honors.

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