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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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 01/01/2010

01/02/2010
Buffalo Sabres 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.

Only two games yesterday, with one being the Winter Classic obviously.  Due to the low scoring of that game nobody from the Classic made the list despite a great, hardworking game.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR:  Adam Mair, Buffalo Sabres (0-0-1) –  Mair makes the list with a solid two assist effort as the Sabres defeated the Thrashers 4-3.  One of three Sabres to make this list the 30-year-old tripled his offensive production for the season going from one point in 26 games to three in 27.  A native of Hamilton, Ontario and overall gritty forward added a shot on goal, a plus two and even two penalty minutes making him a strong contributor across four fantasy categories.

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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 12/05/2009

12/06/2009
Washington Capitals v Atlanta Thrashers

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.  While we expected close games in Philadelphia and Toronto, both matches ended in blow outs.  Is this a turning point for the Bruins and Capitals? The same could be said for the Flyers and Leafs.  Regardless, the scorers on the winning teams proved invaluable to their fantasy owners.

THIRD STAR: Marco Sturm, Boston Bruins (0-0-1) – The 31-year-old winger took advantage of playing top minutes.  Sturm scored a goal and added a powerplay assist in the Bruins 7-2 drubbing of the Leafs.  The German native sat two minutes in the box, took four shots on goal and posted a plus two rating giving him contributions across all six standard offensive categories.

Fantasy Note – Now with 16 points on the season, he now has four points in his last three games.  Known to score in bunches throughout his career, Sturm should keep this up for the next few games.  If the Bruins right the ship he should maintain his pace and be a large part of their turnaround.

SECOND STAR: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals (1-1-0) – The young Swede continues to put his brief, three game slump behind him with ten points in his last four games.  Perhaps more impressive is that over that span he has doubled his goal production for the season, from four to eight.  Last night Backstrom scored a goal and assisted on four more, three of which were on the powerplay.  Combined with a plus one and two shots on net the 22-year-old simply dominated the Flyers.  Read the rest of this entry »