Monday Morning NHL Papers (Western Conference)

01/11/2010

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Anaheim Ducks v Chicago Blackhawks

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/13/2009

12/14/2009
Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues

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 and four teams in action last night, so not much to report.  All of our stars actually come from the same game.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Wojtek Wolski, Colorado Avalanche (0-0-1) –  The Avalanche top line stepped up in a big way.  The recently formed line of Wolski – Paul Stastny – Stewart broke out in the first period and the team never looked back.  The 23-year-old scored a powerplay goal and assisted on another leading his team to a 3-2 victory over the Flames. The native of Zabrze, Poland fired three shots on goal and finished a perfect plus one on the evening.

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

12/08/2009
Boston Bruins v Phoenix Coyotes

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

Here are today’s picks:

RW: Chris Stewart, Colorado Avalanche – Over the past week we have discussed Stewart at length.  A player this young usually would be on our Keeper Watch, but his stats over the last week are simply too good to not play in all formats.  Playing regularly on their top PP and with Paul Stastny will keep him this hot or at least relevant.

Prognosis: I’ve said enough, get this guy on your team.

C: Stephen Weiss, Florida Panthers – An NHLHS star of the week, Weiss has been incredibly hot over the last few weeks.  In the previous seasons we have seen spurts of production similar to this so it is not a surprise.  Also in previous seasons we have seen his production drop off the map completely.  Still with a healthy Nathan Horton and David Booth expected back around Christmas things look good for the 26-year-old.

Prognosis: If you need a depth center, stream Weiss until he fizzles.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/07/2009

12/08/2009
Blue Jackets vs. Avalanche

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.

Last night was a great night for hockey with 18 teams in action.

THIRD STAR: Matt Stajan, Toronto Maple Leafs (0-0-1) – This may come as a bit of a shock, but Stajan has 13 points in his last 13 games.  Playing primarily with Phil Kessel and last night’s hero Alexei Ponikarovsky the soon to be 26-year-old seems poised to break last year’s career high of 55 points.  The Mississaua, Ontario native scored a goal and an assist in his teams 5-2 victory over Atlanta last night.  An overall solid effort, he also gave his owners two penalty minutes, three shots on goal and a nice plus two rating.  If you need a depth C, you could do a lot worse than this Leafs pivot.

SECOND STAR: Alexander Semin, Washington Capitals (0-1-0) – If this guy can stay on his skates he will win you a fantasy championship.  There is no doubt in my mind he will be a consensus first rounder next year.  Including last night’s game Semin now has 8 points in his last 3 games! Last night he assisted on two goals, one of which was a powerplay tally, and took a whopping seven shots on goal.  In addition, the 25-year-old sat two minutes in the box while maintaining a perfect plus one for the evening.

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Weekly Fantasy 3 Stars – Week Ending 12/06/2009

12/07/2009
Florida Panthers v Washington Capitals

Similar to our Daily 3 Stars, this section will break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every week 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 therefore omit salaries.

THIRD STAR: Stephen Weiss, Florida Panthers (0-0-1) – If you look at Weiss’s production over the last couple of weeks, it is hard find anyone who has been better.  The 26-year-old put up points in 11 of his last 13 games and currently boasts a modest 6 game point streak.  Over the past week Weiss scored six goals, two of which came on the powerplay, and assisted on another.  The center even gave his fantasy owners two penalty minutes while taking a whopping 17 shots on goal.  If he is still available in your league I would take a long hard look at him as the former 4th overall pick is only owned in 44% of Yahoo! formats.

SECOND STAR: Chris Stewart, Colorado Avalanche (0-1-0) – Earlier in the week we mentioned Stewart in our daily section where he won our first star selection.  Surely fantasy relevant by now, the young right wing scored two goals and assisted on four more this week.  Two of his six points came on the powerplay, ensuring he is playing valuable minutes for his team.  Perhaps more impressive is the 19 penalty minutes he racked.  In addition, the 22-year-old took 13 shots on goal and finished a plus one for a team split that their four games.  If the former first round pick can continue his pace he will give the Avalanche a legitimate scoring power forward.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/02/2009

12/02/2009
Chicago Blackhawks v Colorado Avalanche

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.

Somewhat weird night.  Although only four games were played every winning team scored at least four goals.  However it was a losing team, the Colorado Avalanche, and essentially one line that swept the honors.

THIRD STAR: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche (0-0-1) – Last June’s 3rd overall pick is showing why he was so heavily touted.  The 18-year-old potted two goals, one coming on the powerplay, and an assist in the Avs 6-5 loss to the Panthers in a skills competition.  The Ontario native added seven shots on goal and finished the evening a team-high plus three.  Duchene now has seven points in his last four games and is becoming a player that makes other players on his line better.

SECOND STAR: Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche (0-1-0) – The second generation star continues to prove himself as an elite playmaker.  Coming off an injury plagued season, Stastny remained healthy and now has 30 points in 29 games.  The 24-year-old scored a goal and assisted on three more, including Duchene’s powerplay tally.  He posted a respectable plus two while putting four shots on goal and even sitting two minutes in the box.  Contributions across all six standard categories gives the center our second star of the evening.

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