Goalie Starters 01/04/2010

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.

UPDATED @ 3:04 PM

  • 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

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

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.

UPDATED @ 1:03 PM

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/31/2009

01/02/2010
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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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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Goalie Starters 12/31/2009

12/31/2009
Montreal Canadiens v Toronto Maple Leafs

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 @ 12:58 PM

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Injury Updates 12/30/2009

12/30/2009
Montreal Canadiens 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

Montreal Canadiens

  • Roman Hamrlik back in, Max Pacioretty a healthy scratch.  [Habs Inside/Out]
  • Paul Mara remains out.

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Matt Walker, Jeff Halpern and Todd Fedoruk remain out.

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Ray Emery, Ryan Parent and Brian Boucher still recovering.

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Goalie Starters 12/30/2009

12/30/2009
Boston Bruins v Montreal Canadiens

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 @ 1:24 PM

  • Pascal Leclaire starts for the Sens, as confirmed by their Twitter.  His opponent will be Craig Anderson according to Marc Moser, the radio voice of the Avalanche.

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Moves Imminent on Broadway

12/29/2009
New York Rangers v Toronto Maple Leafs

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun recently reported that the New York Rangers are shopping wingers Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins.

The Rangers brought in both players this past off-season to bolster their offense with hopes that they would fit into coach John Tortorella’s system.  GM Glen Sather hoped they would fill holes and perform at levels, but at this point both have vastly disappointed.  Now Sather looks for alternative options to “beef” up his top six in order to gain a bigger presence up front, something Kotalik should provide.

What do I mean?

The Rangers want size in front of the oppositions crease in order to create more traffic to generate more offense.

When the team they signed Marian Gaborik they had one goal in mind: the Stanley Cup playoffs.  Currently, the Rangers sit on the outside looking in, knowing some tweaking in the line up is a must.

Tortorella simply cannot work with the mix of forwards he currently has.  Outside of Gaborik, most of the team fail to put together a consistent effort. We know the personality of Mr. Tortorella, a fiery, intense coach with a limited tolerance.  The team’s current players show they cannot play his system properly.

It is time to make a change.

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Power Rankings Week Ending 12/27/2009

12/27/2009

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.

Ottawa Senators v New Jersey Devils

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

1. New Jersey Devils 26-9-1 +2 (3) Brodeur makes it difficult to defeat them. 8-2 over their last ten games.
2. Chicago Blackhawks 25-9-3 -1 (1) The Hawks gained a lot from the playoffs last year. It’s showing this season.
3. Pittsburgh Penguins 26-11-1 +1 (4) The two headed monster and a very talented Marc Andre Fleury could have repeat written on this season.
4. San Jose Sharks 23-8-7 -2 (2) Second in the West for a reason. Depth and a sick top 6; and Nabby is great in the regular season.
5. Washington Capitals 24-8-6 N/C (5) It seems as if it doesn’t matter who plays net in Washington, they know how to Win.
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