Monday Morning NHL Papers (Eastern Conference)

01/11/2010

(hat tip to the boys of Illegal Curve.  Thanks to their amazing class and their blessing to take over this feature here at NHL Hot Stove.  We hope you enjoy the latest daily series.)

Tampa Bay Lightning v New Jersey Devils

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Goalie Starters and Injury Updates 01/10/2010

01/10/2010
Ottawa Senators v Pittsburgh Penguins

Here are your NHL injury updates and goalie starters for tonight, January 10, 2010:

Ottawa Senators

  • Milan Michalek, Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza expected out.
  • Jesse Winchester out a month. [Ian Mendes]
  • Filip Kuba left yesterday’s game due to injury, he is day-to-day.
  • Pascal Leclaire should be in goal after watching backup Brian Elliot lose last night.  Confirmed by Ian Mendes of Sportsnet

Carolina Hurricanes

  • Tuomo Ruutu will miss a few weeks with an upper body injury. [Canes Now]
  • Erik Cole and Sergei Samsonov skated and should return next week.
  • Eric Staal expected back tonight. [Mike Maniscalco]
  • Joe Corvo, Scott Walker and Chad LaRose still out.
  • Cam Ward as always expected to start, will get a confirmation later.

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NHL Players in the Olympics

01/07/2010
2010 Bridgestone Winter Classic - Philadelphia Flyers v Boston Bruins

The title says it all.  This article will be no more than a comprehensive list of NHL (and some other players owned by NHL teams) players set to participate in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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Weekly Fantasy 3 Stars – Week Ending 01/03/2010

01/04/2010
Calgary Flames v Dallas Stars

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: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks (0-0-1) –  Toews receives this honor following his name drawn for Team Canada.  In four games last week, the 21-year-old managed a steady five points in four games, with two goals and three assists.  The youngest captain in Hawks history also fired 16 shots on goal, added seven penalty minutes and posted a reasonable plus-one rating.  Of his five points, two came on the man advantage giving him a slight margin over teammate Patrick Kane for our third star.

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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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The End to All Team Canada Speculation

12/30/2009
2007 NHL Awards Portraits

As the announcement was made on NHLNetwork in the States and TSN in Canada, NHL Hot Stove was on board and prepared to drop the news to
you directly after the announcement.

The selection, in order as it was announced:

Bob Mickelson: “This is a day every Canadian has been waiting for” and those words have never been more true.
Mike Chambers: “…a first ever Olympic Mens Ice Hockey win at home, on home ice.”
Steve Yzerman: (huge ovation) “….like all Canadians we are very excited to be here.  For all hockey fans, it’s a great day.” “This has
been an enjoyable process, but, a difficult one.” “Every player on this roster was put on after great debate.” “We feel we have a team
that will make Canadians proud…….and compete for a Gold medal which all Canadians know that we can achieve.”

Goaltenders:

Martin Brodeur (Montreal, Quebec)
Marc Andre Fleury (Sorel, Quebec)
Roberto Luongo (Montreal, Quebec)

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/28/2009

12/29/2009
Carolina Hurricanes 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.

A few important things happened last night.  The Flames broke a scary win less streak while Steve Mason somewhat redeemed himself in the eyes of his team.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Rene Bourque, Calgary Flames (0-1-1) –  Bourque played a pivotal role in leading his team to a 4-1 victory.  The Lac La Biche, Alberta native scored three, one on the powerplay, one shorthanded and one even strength.  In addition, this 28-year-old fired only three shots on net giving him a perfect shooting percentage while also posting a perfect plus two.

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The Seven Million Dollar Man

12/26/2009
Rangers Sign Chris Drury And Scott Gomez

How does a team know their investment will pay off?  Better yet, What would inspire a team to devote a large percentage of their cap space to one single player? This article plans on analyzing the production from “top-tier” forwards based on a seven million dollar cap hit or higher.

As of this writing there are 14 forwards making this salary or higher, with most of these players filling the scorecard adequately.  These 14 forwards discussed are Jason Spezza, Joe Thornton, Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards, Sidney Crosby, Jarome Iginla, Alexander Ovechkin, Scott Gomez, Evgeni Malkin, Vincent Lecavalier, Thomas Vanek, Dany Heatley, Chris Drury and Eric Staal.

A quick glance at this list screams Drury and Gomez as the noticeable busts.  Coming into a weak free agent year for centers the two cashed in on GM Glen Sather’s ludacris spending.  However, a deeper look into their 2009-2010 season makes other players current production look similarly as bad.

In addition, this article will identify the best of the bunch showing exactly if and why the top salaries are actually worth it.  Impending free agent Ilya Kovalchuk believes his worth to be 20 percent of the current cap, an enormous 11 plus million cap hit. With his current production, not to mention countless intangibles would you consider the 27-year-old worth it?

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/16/2009

12/17/2009
Carolina Hurricanes v New Jersey Devils

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.

A completely even disparity between offense and defense as exactly eight teams finished with two goals or less.  Of course 16 teams were in action.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks (0-0-1) –  Kane really acted like an MVP last night for the Hawks.  The former first overall pick assisted on all three of his teams goals, including a powerplay tally from Brian Campbell, to lead his team to a 3-0 victory.  A native of Buffalo, New York the 21-year-old also fired two shots on goal, sat two minutes in the box and finished the evening a plus two.  Certainly an easy selection for third star of the evening.

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Trade Rumors: Busy Day in Carolina

12/03/2009
Pittsburgh Penguins v Toronto Maple Leafs

TSN’s Bob MacKenzie reported a trade of former first rounders.  The last place Carolina Hurricanes moved their most recent first round selection, Phillipe Paradis, to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Jiri Tlusty.

The Hurricanes get an NHL ready player who can be inserted in their lineup immediately.  Similar to their deals last year for Jussi Jokinen and Eric Cole the team gets a player who has shown flashes of offensive ability but fallen out of favor with their teams.  Considering that Tlusty is only three years removed from his 13th overall selection giving up a young prospect like Paradis does not hurt as much.

Held scoreless in his two games with the Leafs, the 21-year-old put up 15 points in 18 games with their AHL affiliate.  In 66 games last year in the A, the Czech native averaged a point per game with the Marlies.  At his age, his production at the AHL level translates to the ability to hold a regular shift.  Partner that with familiarity with coach Paul Maurice and the youngster should make a seamless transition to the Canes

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