Power Rankings Week Through 01/09/2010

01/10/2010

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.

IL: Minnesota Wild v Chicago Blackhawks
Legend: Rank – Team – Record – (Last Week) Position Change

1. Chicago Blackhawks 31-10-4 (2) +1 When you are the best you simply are the best.
2. San Jose Sharks 28-10-7 (1) -1 A few losses have shifted gears in the power rankings for the Sharks.
3. New Jersey Devils 31-10-1 (3) N/C Although the lights went out in New Jersey, the Devils haven’t lost a step in their standings.
4. Buffalo Sabres 28-11-5 (6) +2 Good teams prove that winning comes more often then not.
5. Washington Capitals 27-11-6 (9) +4 Captain Ovechking leads the charge and Washington climbs back into the top five.
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The Man Behind the Mask: Jon Quick

01/09/2010
USA Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Orientation Camp

The second installment of “The Man Behind the Mask” takes a look at the road to the National Hockey League for Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick. We hope you enjoy this weekly installment only on NHL Hot Stove.

Jonathan Quick rose quickly through the ranks on his road to the National Hockey League.  Born in Hamden, Connecticut on January 21st, 1986, this east coast native now shoulders the load for the youngest team in the League.

Selected in the third round (72nd overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Quick emerged as one of the leagues young, up-and-coming netminders in the game today. So much so that  Team USA selected the 23-year-old with hopes of him getting his feet wet in international competition.

His journey began on his high school team in Hamden where they named him to the New Haven Register All-Area Ice Hockey team.  He then starred in the famed Avon Old Farms hockey, similar to another famous USA Hockey Hall of Famer, Brian Leetch.

While at Old Farms,  Quick led the team to two straight New England Prep Championships holding the all time New England prep school record for most shutouts in a season (9) during his senior year.  His stay there showed signs of things to come.

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Injury Updates 01/09/2010

01/09/2010
Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Team Practices

Here are your NHL injury updates for tonight, January 9, 2010:

Tonight’s Injuries

New York Rangers

  • Vinny Prospal skating, not expected to play today. [Steve Zipay]

Boston Bruins

  • Marc Savard out 3-4 weeks. [The Boston Globe]
  • Andrew Ference, Byron Bitz, Mark Stuart and Patrice Bergeron still out.

Florida Panthers

  • David Booth, Kenndal McArdle and Dmitry Kulikov out.

Ottawa Senators

  • Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson still out.
  • Milan Michalek out with an undisclosed injury.

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Goalie Starters 01/09/2010

01/09/2010
New York Rangers v Ottawa Senators

Here are your expected starting goalies for tonight, January 9, 2010:

UPDATED @ 11:41 AM

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Injury Updates 01/07/2010

01/07/2010
Anaheim Ducks v New Jersey Devils

Here are your NHL injury updates for tonight, January 7, 2010:

Tonight’s Injuries

New York Rangers

  • Vaclav Prospal remains out.

Atlanta Thrashers

  • Kari Lehtonen and Mark Popovic still out.

Chicago Blackhawks

  • Cam Barker still out of the lineup. [Blackhawks]
  • Adam Burish and Dave Bolland still out.

Boston Bruins

  • Milan Lucic to return Saturday. [Boston Globe]
  • Andrew Ference out six weeks. [Boston Globe]
  • Mark Stuart and Patrice Bergeron still out.

Ottawa Senators

  • Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza still out.

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Goalie Starters 01/07/2010

01/07/2010
Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Here are your expected starting goalies for tonight, January 7, 2010:

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 01/04/2010

01/05/2010
Phoenix Coyotes v Los Angeles Kings

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, and four teams in action so not too much to discuss.  Our betting expert Anthony Curatolo did well, going a perfect 2-2 and sticking by his sure bet of the night in a slumping New York Rangers team.   Here are our standout fantasy stars for January 4, 2009:

THIRD STAR: Blake Wheeler, Boston Bruins (0-0-1) –  Wheeler made last night’ s contest interesting with a game-tying goal with four minutes left in regulation time.  Even though his Bruins eventually fell to the the Rangers 3-2, the 23-year-old scored a goal and an assist in over 16 minutes of ice time.  In addition, the former 5th overall pick finished a perfect plus two on the evening while firing two shots on goal.

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