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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Injury Updates 01/03/2010

01/03/2010
Ottawa Senators v Phoenix Coyotes

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Just a quick note, if I omitted a source it is due to a previous report with no recent updates. Here are your injury updates for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Ottawa Senators

  • Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson remain out.

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Ryan Parent, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and Ray Emery expected to miss tonight’s contest.

Buffalo Sabres

  • Patrick Kaleta remains day-to-day.

Montreal Canadiens

  • Paul Mara may return from injury.  Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn are game-time decisions. [Habs Inside/Out]
  • Both Kostitsyns and Ryan O’Byrne out. [Dave Stubbs]

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Goalie Starters 01/03/2010

01/03/2010
Colorado Avalanche v Ottawa Senators

Please remember to keep refreshing this page or follow me on Twitter for the fastest updates. Here are your expected starting goalies for tonight:

  • No lineup changes for the Senators, implying Pascal Leclaire gets the nod in goal writes the Official Twitter Page of the Ottawa Senators.
  • Seth Rorabaugh’s Empty Netters puts Tomas Vokoun in nets.  Still no confirmation on the Pittsburgh goalie as this game is the second of back-to-back contests.
  • Similar story in Chicago as both the Blackhawks and the Ducks played last night.  If past history is any indicator it will be Antti Niemi against Jean-Sebastien Giguere, but I will confirmed later with links hopefully.
  • Should have the starters for the Buffalo vs. Montreal as well as the Flyers goalie up shortly.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 01/01/2010

01/02/2010
Buffalo Sabres v Philadelphia Flyers

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.

Only two games yesterday, with one being the Winter Classic obviously.  Due to the low scoring of that game nobody from the Classic made the list despite a great, hardworking game.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR:  Adam Mair, Buffalo Sabres (0-0-1) –  Mair makes the list with a solid two assist effort as the Sabres defeated the Thrashers 4-3.  One of three Sabres to make this list the 30-year-old tripled his offensive production for the season going from one point in 26 games to three in 27.  A native of Hamilton, Ontario and overall gritty forward added a shot on goal, a plus two and even two penalty minutes making him a strong contributor across four fantasy categories.

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Happy New Year from NHLHS!

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

Happy New Year from NHLHS!

Boston Bruins

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Michael Leighton starting for the Flyers.
  • Ray Emery and Ryan Parent expected to miss the contest.

Atlanta Thrashers

  • Johan Hedberg starting. [Dan Kamal]
  • Mark Popovic and Kari Lehtonen remain out.

Buffalo Sabres

  • Ryan Miller starts. [Sabres Edge]
  • Derek Roy back in. [Mike Harrington]
  • Nathan Gerbe activated off IR, Patrick Kaleta remains day-to-day.

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

12/30/2009
Carolina Hurricanes v Dallas Stars

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.

This week we will go over several streaking players in the NHL leading us to another extended version of NHLHS Endorsed Pickups.

Here are today’s picks:

C: Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues –  Despite his position in most fantasy leagues, Steen plays left wing on the second line for the Blues.  Although this team deals with lack of production at times, this second generation forward continues to score at an alarming rate.  With nine points in his last five games the chemistry with current line-mates TJ Oshie and David Backes seems electric

Prognosis:  Hopefully Steen will gain LW eligibility.  Regardless, his production rivals many top fantasy superstars so ride him while he is hot!

C:  Tim Connolly, Buffalo Sabres –  With Derek Roy day-to-day, Connolly should get extended ice time.  This news comes on the heels of a four-game point streak in which this 28-year-old center produced six points.  Since the lockout, the Syracuse, New York, native averages nearly a point-per-game making him a safe bet in all formats.

Prognosis:  Another grab him while he is hot comment would fit here.  When healthy, Connolly makes a solid number two center in all formats.  If your league excludes PIMs, even better.

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Possible Scenarios with Mathieu Schneider Placed on Waivers

12/29/2009
Vancouver Canucks v Montreal Canadiens

Earlier today, the Vancouver Canucks placed veteran defenseman Mathieu Schneider on waivers.  Team 1040 AM Vancouver interviewed head coach Alain Vigneault about the team’s recent play and their decision to place him on waivers.

Both the Canucks and Schneider mutually felt waivers was the best route to take.  According to reports the team attempted to trade the veteran for the past month, but there were no buyers.

In this cap constrained era of the new NHL his hefty cap hit of 2.75 million is quite the amount to absorb, so most teams should pass on a waiver claim.  Now, the speculation changes to the veteran getting put on re-entry waivers, in which a team would absorb roughly a 1.25 million cap hit. Let the rumors begin as to which GM decides to pick up the phone and contact Canucks GM Mike Gillis should he place Schneider on re-entry waivers.  As a veteran of 22 seasons and experienced powerplay quarterback, the 40-year-old could help a team in need of depth.

A brief run down as to who might go after his services should he go on re-entry waivers:

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Goalie Starters 12/29/2009

12/29/2009
Boston Bruins v New York Islanders

Please remember to keep refreshing this page or follow me on Twitter for the fastest updates. Here are your expected starting goalies for tonight:

UPDATED @ 1:17 PM

UPDATED @ 1:27 PM

UPDATED @ 1:37 PM

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/27/2009

12/28/2009
Vancouver Canucks v Philadelphia Flyers

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.

Honestly, it was not a terribly boring Sunday.  With six games and 12 teams in action the NHL took on the NFL head-to-head and fared rather favorably.  A night for the offense as seven of 12 scored at least 3 goals. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Lee Stempniak, Toronto Maple Leafs (0-0-1) –  Stempniak earned first star honors in his actual game as he lead the Leafs to a 4-3 victory over the Penguins. The 26-year-old right wing scored a powerplay goal while assisting on two more goals.  In addition, he fired three shots on goal while posting a perfect plus two on the evening.  Mostly labeled a bust since his arrival in Toronto Stempniak’s game shows signs of turning the corner and becoming a true scoring threat.

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Power Rankings Week Ending 12/27/2009

12/27/2009

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.

Ottawa Senators v New Jersey Devils

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

1. New Jersey Devils 26-9-1 +2 (3) Brodeur makes it difficult to defeat them. 8-2 over their last ten games.
2. Chicago Blackhawks 25-9-3 -1 (1) The Hawks gained a lot from the playoffs last year. It’s showing this season.
3. Pittsburgh Penguins 26-11-1 +1 (4) The two headed monster and a very talented Marc Andre Fleury could have repeat written on this season.
4. San Jose Sharks 23-8-7 -2 (2) Second in the West for a reason. Depth and a sick top 6; and Nabby is great in the regular season.
5. Washington Capitals 24-8-6 N/C (5) It seems as if it doesn’t matter who plays net in Washington, they know how to Win.
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