Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/30/2009

12/31/2009
Philadelphia Flyers v New York Islanders

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.

Overall a pretty low scoring night, some good goals by Philadelphia and San Jose.  I find it incredibly ironic that Michael Leighton pitched a shutout right after I wrote he probably would not get one.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers (0-0-1) –  Giroux amongst others helped the Flyers dominate the Rangers.  In his 14 plus minutes the 21-year-old scored a goal and assisted on another giving him his sixth multi-point game of the season.  In addition the Hearst, Ontario native posted a plus three while firing one shot on goal.

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Christmas Spirit Yields Big Returns

12/19/2009
Montreal Canadiens v New York Islanders

Today, we will see two big name players return to the lineup.  Are these guys the Christmas present their teams have been waiting for?  Most likely, but who now gets coal in their stockings with their returns.

Andrei Markov makes his long awaited return after missing every Habs game since October 1.  A victim of unfortunate circumstances, the veteran defenseman cut his leg on the skate of goalie Carey Price, a scary and freaky play to say the least.

Now Markov returns and should soon return to form, but at the expense of both recent call-up and subsequently recently demoted Yannick Weber and Marc-Andre Bergeron.  A recently sent down Weber adds to his frequent flier miles while Bergeron finds himself skating on the fourth line, a situation he is not used to being a natural defenseman. The 29-year-old journeyman defenseman, mostly known for his prowess on the powerplay, will have trouble keeping up his torrid scoring pace now that his playing time will be greatly diminished.  Fantasy owners should be in full blown sell mode.

Could this make Bergeron expendable to the Habs and available to a team in need of a solid powerplay QB?

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So Now We Have a Crowded Goalie Market

12/11/2009
Pittsburgh Penguins v Florida Panthers

Over the last 24 hours, numerous goalies became available throughout the league.  We already discussed the availability of Jaroslav Halak here, but there are a few interesting options popping up.

John Fontana with Raw Charge wonders if the Lightning are shopping goalie Mike Smith.  With solid depth in the minors and a significant amount of money owed to Smith this season and next (2.4 million cap hit) it may make sense to move the talented netminder.  With the 27-year-old playing six of the last nine Lightning games, it certainly makes sense that the team would be shopping him.

Likewise, the Florida Panthers listed goalie Tomas Vokoun as available according to Chris Botta of Fanhouse.  Botta points out that top prospect Jacob Markstrom seems poised to join the club after this season leaving them with what they would consider two top goaltenders.  Markstrom is certainly the future of the organization, but if he needs more time to develop the Panthers may have another lost year on their hands.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/08/2009

12/09/2009
Nashville Predators 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.

Another good night around hockey. We witnessed the Flyers win their first game under new coach Peter Laviolette as well as a breakout performance in Nashville. In addition, the Anaheim Ducks finally snapped their four game losing streak with help from goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

THIRD STAR: Daniel Briere, Philadelphia Flyers (0-1-1) – Briere played solid game helping his team route the Islanders 6-2. The diminutive forward assisted on two goals, one a powerplay marker by Jeff Carter. In fact, both assists came on Carter markers, showing solid chemistry with an elite fantasy player. In addition, the 33-year-old took three shots on goal, sat four minutes in the box and finished the night a plus one. An impressive effort in which he contributed over five offensive categories.

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Injury Updates 11/30/2009

11/30/2009
Buffalo Sabres v Philadelphia Flyers

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along.  Here are your wounded bodies for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Washington Capitals

  • Shaone Morrisonn skated but will not play, Karl Alzner play in his place. [In the Room]

Carolina Hurricanes

  • Joni Pitkanen will play tonight. [Canes Now]
  • Scott Walker is doubtful for tonight.  Cory LaRose did not practice while Cam Ward practiced with goalie coach Tom Barasso. [Canes Country]

Pittsburgh Penguins

New York Rangers

Buffalo Sabres

  • Paul Gaustad will not play. [Sabres.com]
  • Still awaiting word on the status of Craig Rivet.

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Mike Komisarek expected back when the Leafs face the Sabres. [TSN]

Florida Panthers

Atlanta Thrashers

St. Louis Blues

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Mike Methot out two games with an upper body injury. [Tom Reed]
  • Andrew Murray could return Thursday. [Tom Reed]
  • Derek Dorsett out at least three more games. [Tom Reed]

Dallas Stars

  • No injuries to date.

Detroit Red Wings

  • Patrick Eaves likely out tonight with Kirk Maltby replacing him.  [Mlive.com]
  • Valtteri Filppula should be back on the ice. [Free Press]

Colorado Avalanche

  • T.J. Galiardi questionable, Milan Hejduk out for the night. [All Things Avs]

Tampa Bay Lightning

Calgary Flames

  • Both Cory Sarich and Rene Bourque remain out indefinitely with undisclosed injuries.  [Calgary Sun]
  • Bourque could play Thursday at Phoenix. [Flames Insider]

Nashville Predators

  • No injuries to date.

Around the League

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Daniel Briere still down with the flu, but should be close to 100 percent for Thursday’s game. Simon Gagne could return in three weeks, while Darroll Powe and Blair Betts are out until January.  [Broad Street Bull]

New Jersey Devils

  • Jay Pandolfo and Rob Niedermayer practiced today. [Fire & Ice]
  • Johnny Oduya set to practice with the team tomorrow.  [Tom Gulitti]

Minnesota Wild

  • Martin Havlat and Antti Miettinen practicing with the Wild. [Wild Now]

New York Islanders

Montreal Canadiens

  • Matt D’Agostini and Scott Gomez expected to play tomorrow.  [Habs Inside/Out]

Los Angeles Kings

  • Rob Scuderi questionable while Ryan Smyth took part in a “fairly intensive workout.” [LA Kings Insider]

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 11/23/2009

11/24/2009
Columbus Blue Jackets v New York Islanders

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: Jeff Deslauriers, Edmonton Oilers (0-0-1) –  The main beneficiary of the injury of Nikolai Khabibulin, the 25-year-old turned away all 36 shots to shutout the Coyotes.  This start comes after giving up nine goals in his last two games so maybe the kid is turning things around.  Monitor the status of the wounded Russian since history indicates Deslauriers should get some more time in net.

SECOND STAR:  Daniel Briere, Philadelphia Flyers (0-1-0) – The veteran turned in an excellent effort last night potting two goals and chipping in two assists, one of which coming on the powerplay.  The Quebec native added four shots and two penalty minutes to his line giving him respectable stats across five offensive categories.  Briere now has 16 points in 17 games a respectable tally for any teams #2 right wing.

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