Goalie Starters 01/06/2010

Minnesota Wild v Pittsburgh Penguins

Here are your expected starting goalies for tonight, January 6, 2010:

  • A couple of teams coming off back-to-back nights.  Marty Turco and Niklas Backstrom should be in nets considering their backups played last night.  I told think the situation is as cut and dry in Calgary or Toronto, so I will keep you posted on those decisions.  In addition, the Rangers, Blues and Flyers play the first of back-to-back games, so it will be interesting to see who they choose to start on which nights. (H/T to Joe English for the Turco decision)
  • Michael Leighton confirmed by The Official Twitter Page of the Philadelphia Flyers.

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

Ryan Shannon of the Ottawa Senators in action.  Click the picture for more NHLHS Endorsed Pickups!

NHLHS Endorsed Pickups is a weekly column where we discuss players worthy of your fantasy team.  We hold no responsibility over the outcome of your roster, however, if you view past articles you will find a pretty successful track record.  Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.

This week we will go over some promotions to the top lines and analyze the longevity of their value.  In addition, some players elevated their games following an Olympic selection, so there are a number of exciting topics to go over on this weeks edition of NHLHS Endorsed Pickups.

Here are today’s picks:

C: Erik Christensen, New York Rangers –  Would you believe me if I told you in August Erik Christensen would be the Rangers number one center?  The latest pivot for Marian Gaborik recently put together a modest 3 game point streak, putting in two goals and two assists.  A waiver flier from the Rangers earlier in the year seems to thrive in the offensive system of coach John Tortorella so as long as the kid stays healthy, he should be productive.  The 26-year-old showed past success playing in the Atlantic Division playing with the Penguins before leaving for Atlanta in the storied Marian Hossa swap.

Prognosis: Ride him while he is hot.  A good streaking option for at least five more games.

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Injury Updates 01/04/2010

Dallas Stars v Los Angeles Kings

Here are your NHL injury updates for today:

Tonight’s Injuries

New York Rangers

  • Vaclav Prospal remains out until mid-January.

Boston Bruins

  • Milan Lucic skating with the team, no word if he will be in tonight.
  • Mark Stuart remains injured, Miroslav Satan should be ready soon.

Los Angeles Kings

  • Jarret Stoll returns to the Kings lineup tonight. [LA Kings Insider]
  • Andrei Loktionov, Randy Jones and Justin Williams remain out.

San Jose Sharks

  • Manny Malhotra listed as day-to-day.  We should get a status update later.

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Goalie Starters 01/04/2010

Boston Bruins v Toronto Maple Leafs

Here are your expected starting goalies for January 4, 2010:

  • Tuukka Rask left the ice first, indicating he gets the start.  Originally reported by John Bishop of Bruins.com, via Twitter.
  • The starters for Los Angeles and San Jose should be announced later today, as it is barely working hours on the West Coast.
  • The Rangers starter should be Henrik Lundqvist, but I will confirm later with a link.


  • King Henrik confirmed here.
  • Should be Evgeni Nabokov against Jon Quick, again links come later.

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Power Rankings Week Ending 01/03/2010


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.

Sharks' Thornton and Heatley celebrate goal against Blackhawks in Chicago

Legend: Team – Record – Position Change (Last Week)

1. San Jose Sharks – 27-8-7 (4) +3  Winners of 8 straight have propelled the Sharks to the top of the THG Power Rankings. Best team in the league deserves the best.
2. Chicago Blackhawks – 28-10-3 (2) N/C The Hawks will not go away this year and look really strong. Don’t expect a drop out of the top five much at all.
3. New Jersey Devils – 29-10-1 (1) -3 Mr. Brodeur is the best in the game, and his Devils are atop the East. Need we say more?
4. Colorado Avalanche – 24-13-6 (12) +8 The Avalanche have made strides this season and are showing that not only was it a hot start to keep them where they are.
5. Nashville Predators– 25-14-3 (6) +1 The Preds have been coming on strong, more so as of late.  Dark horse in the West? Absolutely.
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Goalie Starters 01/02/2010

New York Islanders v New York Rangers

Please remember to keep refreshing this page or follow me on Twitter for the fastest updates. Here are your expected starting goalies for tonight:

UPDATED @ 12:02 PM

UPDATED @ 12:16 PM

  • Pekka Rinne starts for the Preds, says their official Twitter.


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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/31/2009

Chicago Blackhawks v Dallas Stars

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.

I forgot to post these last night, so here we go.  Big night in hockey with 22 teams and 11 games.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR:  Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens (0-0-1) –  Markov continues to put up points following a nasty injury.  The 31-year-old defenseman added three assists in the Habs win over Florida.  Two of his assists came on the powerplay, while he added two penalty minutes, two shots and a modest plus one.  In eight games, Markov produced an impressive 11 points and he currently sports a seven-game point scoring streak.  Try to acquire this d-man as there is no one hotter on the blue line at the moment.

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