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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Will the Red Wings Make the Playoffs?

01/04/2010
Stanley Cup Finals - Pittsburgh Penguins v Detroit Red Wings - Game Five

Coming into last year, the Detroit Red Wings looked stronger than ever.  Fresh off a dominating cup win they added arguably the best sniper on the market and seemed poised to create another dynasty, even in this cash strapped salary cap era.

This year certainly seems to be another story.  Gone are Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky, Jiri Hudler and Mikael Samuelsson amongst others leaving the team with roughly 31 percent of the offense to replace.

Who did they bring in?

Todd Bertuzzi, Drew Miller, Jason Williams and Patrick Eaves amongst others.  Those four combined for a whopping 54 goals last year, a little more than half of the 89 goals that left this past offseason.  If you subtract 35 goals from last year’s totals the team still would finish 7th in scoring and not first.

GM Ken Holland planned on using rookies and young players such as Ville Leino, Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm in scoring roles, hoping it would force them to step up their games and make up the remaining 35 goals needed.  What Holland did not expect were injuries.  Injuries and injuries alone could derail all hope this team had to make the playoffs, let alone another return to the Stanley Cup.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 01/02/2010

01/03/2010
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.

Big night with most teams back in action following a New Years layoff.  Twelve games and 24 teams in action total.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Maxim Afinogenov, Atlanta Thrashers (0-0-1) –  Afinogenov contributed in a large way, helping the Thrashers stay in the game until overtime, where they eventually fell to the Islanders 6-5.  The 30-year-old and first-year Thrasher scored two and assisted on two more, including a 3rd period powerplay tally from captain Kovalchuk to tie the game at five.  In addition, Afinogenov fired three shots on net and sat two minutes in the box good enough to earn third star honors.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/19/2009

12/21/2009
Colorado Avalanche 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.

Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Todd Bertuzzi, Detroit Red Wings (0-0-1) –  With the subtractions of Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky and Jiri Hudler over the offseason and pretty much everyone else during the regular season, Bertuzzi finally finds himself in a position to succeed.  Playing primarily with Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom works wonders for Big Bert’s confidence as he finally appears back in form.  The controversial winger scored a goal and put two assists on the scoresheet even though his team eventually fell to the Stars.  The 34-year-old tied his season=high six shots on goal while maintaining a modest plus two rating.  Probably would not  hurt to give this guy some playing time until the rest of the lineup catches up.

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Quarterly Review: Projected NHL Trophies

11/23/2009
NHL Awards Presentation

With Atlanta playing their 20th game last night, the first quarter of the 2009-2010 season is officially over.  Seeing as this is a milestone within the season we thought it would be a good idea to discuss the trends emerging around the NHL.

The article’s intent is to show who would win the NHL awards if the season finished today.  Of course these players will most likely NOT win the awards, NHLHS just likes having fun with small sample sizes and hot streaks.

Whether it be injury or inability there are plenty of surprises when compared to preseason predictions.  Teams such as the Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings and the Buffalo Sabres find themselves at the top of the standings, surprising most pundits.

We will outline the NHL trophies and why we think these players as of right now are deserving of them.  In addition, we will include the projected nominees so you can see our train of thought.  We hope you enjoy this mini-series which should continue throughout the NHL season.

Click the link below to see our award winners and tell us what you think in the comments section!

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

11/17/2009
St. Louis Blues v Minnesota Wild

One of our newest features is Endorsed Pickups.  Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.  Without further adieu, here are today’s picks:

Left Wing:  Mason Raymond, Vancouver Canucks – Raymond has 10 points in his last 8 games.  Playing mainly with Ryan Kesler all season has really turned the 24 year old winger into a consistent scoring threat.  Either Michael Grabner or  Mikael Samuelsson play the right side on that line.  Raymond has even seen PP time with Henrik Sedin.

Center: Matt Stajan, Toronto Maple Leafs – Stajan centers Phil Kessel.  He has 4 points in 4 games and is most likely a better option than Mikhail Grabovski or John Mitchell.

Right Wing: Danny Cleary, Detroit Red Wings – Cleary flanks Henrik Zetterberg at least 40 percent of the time.  The Red Wings are a much better team than they have played and anyone playing with Zetterberg or Datsyuk will see their statistics improve.  Cleary has 6 points in his last 4 games.

Defense: Brent Burns, Minnesota Wild – Burns is only two years removed from a 15 goal 80 PIM campaign.  Despite the terrible + / – the Ontario native is set to pot at least 40 points.  When some of the more talented players on the Wild start going, expect Burns to be right in the middle of it.

Defense: Andy Greene, New Jersey Devils – Greene produced 6 points in 7 games and has been in the middle of the Devils’ winning ways.  Six out of nine of his points came on the PP, so expect him to lose some of those minutes when Paul Martin eventually returns.  Presently the Devils are one of the hottest teams in hockey and in turn Greene will set career highs around the board.

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