Will the Red Wings Make the Playoffs?

01/04/2010
Stanley Cup Finals - Pittsburgh Penguins v Detroit Red Wings - Game Five

Coming into last year, the Detroit Red Wings looked stronger than ever.  Fresh off a dominating cup win they added arguably the best sniper on the market and seemed poised to create another dynasty, even in this cash strapped salary cap era.

This year certainly seems to be another story.  Gone are Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky, Jiri Hudler and Mikael Samuelsson amongst others leaving the team with roughly 31 percent of the offense to replace.

Who did they bring in?

Todd Bertuzzi, Drew Miller, Jason Williams and Patrick Eaves amongst others.  Those four combined for a whopping 54 goals last year, a little more than half of the 89 goals that left this past offseason.  If you subtract 35 goals from last year’s totals the team still would finish 7th in scoring and not first.

GM Ken Holland planned on using rookies and young players such as Ville Leino, Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm in scoring roles, hoping it would force them to step up their games and make up the remaining 35 goals needed.  What Holland did not expect were injuries.  Injuries and injuries alone could derail all hope this team had to make the playoffs, let alone another return to the Stanley Cup.

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Injury Updates 12/31/2009

12/31/2009
Florida Panthers v Philadelphia Flyers

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

Montreal Canadiens

  • Paul Mara still out.

Florida Panthers

  • Cory Stillman and Rostislav Olesz back in. [Steve Goldstein]
  • David Booth, Kenndal McArdle and Dmitry Kulikov remain out.

New York Islanders

  • Doug Weight back in. [Islanders Point Blank]
  • Radek Martinek, Rick DiPietro, Sean Bergenheim and Nate Thompson expected out.

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Injury Updates 12/17/2009

12/17/2009
Tampa Bay Lightning v Boston Bruins

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

New York Islanders

  • No lineup changes since yesterday meaning…
  • Sean Bergenheim, Tim Jackman, Rick DiPietro, Radek Martinek and Doug Weight still missing.

New York Rangers

  • Ales Kotalik and Wade Redden healthy scratches. [Larry Brooks]

Phoenix Coyotes

  • Kurt Sauer still out.

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Rostislav Klesla and Derek Dorsett out.

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Injury Updates 12/14/2009

12/14/2009
Anaheim Ducks v Philadelphia Flyers

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

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Simon Gagne could return Saturday against the Rangers. [Ryan Bright]
  • Braydon Coburn out with an ankle injury. [On the Fly]
  • Ray Emery, Darroll Powe and Blair Betts remain out.

Boston Bruins

  • Milan Lucic still out.

Atlanta Thrashers

  • Kari Lehtonen remains out.
  • Jim Slater and Anssi Salmela scratched. [Dan Kamal]

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Injury Updates 12/12/2009

12/12/2009
Columbus Blue Jackets v Detroit Red Wings Game One

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

Anaheim Ducks

  • Teemu Selanne and Ryan Carter remain out.  No morning skate due to back-to-back games so we will have to wait to see the status of winger Joffrey Lupul.  Carter may return next week.

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Fredrik Modin makes his season debut. [Puck-rakers]
  • Rostislav Klesla remains sidelined with a torn groin/abdomen.

Carolina Hurricanes

  • No lineup changes. [Canes Country]
  • That means no Eric Cole, Chad LaRose, Joe Corvo or Niclas Wallin.

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Injury Updates 12/11/2009

12/11/2009
Carolina Hurricanes v Washington Capitals

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

Florida Panthers

  • Gregory Campbell out with concussion-like symptoms.  David Booth still has not started skating.  Cory Stillman out for another couple of weeks. [On Frozen Pond]

New Jersey Devils

  • Bryce Salvador and Mike Mottau expected back in the lineup. [Fire & Ice]
  • David Clarkson, Paul Martin and Dainius Zubrus remain out.

Carolina Hurricanes

  • Eric Cole out two to three weeks. Chad LaRose expected to miss three to four weeks with a lower body injury. [Canes Now]

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Restoring the Rosters: Chicago Blackhawks

12/09/2009
Chicago Blackhawks v Columbus Blue Jackets

Matthew Pouliot’s series on Circling the Bases, I have decided restore the rosters for every NHL team. Like Pouliot, I have established some ground rules for my selections.

  1. Each team contains players they originally drafted or signed before any other NHL team. This includes players drafted and not signed, as well as European free agents coming over at an older age.
  2. I have chosen to leave retired players off the list, and lean toward players in the AHL rather than those deported (KHL, SEL, DEL, etc.).

Essentially I am choosing the best available players for a team to succeed in the current NHL season. All 30 teams will be covered, with grades assigned to forwards, defense and goaltending. After all 30 articles are written, they will be ranked in order. This series’ intent is to reward or shame NHL scouts.

Due to excellent drafting over the last couple of years, the Blackhawks have restocked the cupboard nicely.  The core established on their current roster is mostly homegrown with players with free agent signings filling out a few spots.  Both their forwards and defensive units feature high end talent as well as solid depth.

The lineup for the Chicago Blackhawks is as follows.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/06/2009

12/07/2009
Ottawa Senators v Montreal Canadiens

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 last night, so the results may look a bit skewed.

THIRD STAR: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks (1-1-0) – Perry continues his torrid pace in what looks to be a career year.  Against the Sens the right wing scored a game-tying goal and assisted on another.  The 24-year-old took four shots on goal and finished a plus three for the game.  Fresh off a 19-game point streak Perry may be on the verge of another.  Despite his team’s place in the standings, fantasy owners should not be upset they drafted this guy.

SECOND STAR: Joffrey Lupul, Anaheim Ducks (0-0-1) – Since returning from injury, Lupul now has three goals in his last two games.  Last night the 26-year-old put in one, which helped his team make it to overtime. Strictly fantasy speaking his peripherals propelled him to this spot, as he sat four minutes in the penalty box, put five shots on goal and finished a plus two.  The left wing is making his way back into fantasy relevance and may be surpassing Bobby Ryan on his team’s depth chart so keep a watchful eye.

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Keeper Watch 11/18/2009

11/18/2009
Carolina Hurricanes v Nashville Predators

Yet another new feature here on NHLHS. ‘Keeper Watch’ will come out every couple of days, noting the changes in value for top prospects who are most likely available in your league. 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.

Center: Brandon Sutter, Carolina Hurricanes – After only posting six points in 50 games last year, Brandon Sutter is breaking out.  Through 11 games, he has eight points and five in his last three.  With the injury to Eric Staal, his playing time has increased as has his role.

Prognosis: Stream him now for the points and monitor his progress once Staal returns.

Center: Tyler Ennis, Buffalo Sabres – Tyler Ennis, a high pedigree prospect, joined the Sabres earlier this week scoring his first goal in his NHL debut.  The diminutive forward chosen with Buffalo’s first pick in 2008, played on a line with Thomas Vanek and Tim Connolly and even got some power-play time.

Prognosis: It may be a bit premature to grab the kid after his first game, but it never hurts to get the upper hand.  If playing with Connolly on a consistent basis, the kid may even get dual-position eligibility.

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

11/17/2009
St. Louis Blues v Minnesota Wild

One of our newest features is Endorsed Pickups.  Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.  Without further adieu, here are today’s picks:

Left Wing:  Mason Raymond, Vancouver Canucks – Raymond has 10 points in his last 8 games.  Playing mainly with Ryan Kesler all season has really turned the 24 year old winger into a consistent scoring threat.  Either Michael Grabner or  Mikael Samuelsson play the right side on that line.  Raymond has even seen PP time with Henrik Sedin.

Center: Matt Stajan, Toronto Maple Leafs – Stajan centers Phil Kessel.  He has 4 points in 4 games and is most likely a better option than Mikhail Grabovski or John Mitchell.

Right Wing: Danny Cleary, Detroit Red Wings – Cleary flanks Henrik Zetterberg at least 40 percent of the time.  The Red Wings are a much better team than they have played and anyone playing with Zetterberg or Datsyuk will see their statistics improve.  Cleary has 6 points in his last 4 games.

Defense: Brent Burns, Minnesota Wild – Burns is only two years removed from a 15 goal 80 PIM campaign.  Despite the terrible + / – the Ontario native is set to pot at least 40 points.  When some of the more talented players on the Wild start going, expect Burns to be right in the middle of it.

Defense: Andy Greene, New Jersey Devils – Greene produced 6 points in 7 games and has been in the middle of the Devils’ winning ways.  Six out of nine of his points came on the PP, so expect him to lose some of those minutes when Paul Martin eventually returns.  Presently the Devils are one of the hottest teams in hockey and in turn Greene will set career highs around the board.

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