Monday Morning NHL Papers (Eastern Conference)

01/11/2010

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Tampa Bay Lightning v New Jersey Devils

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Injury Updates 12/11/2009

12/11/2009
Carolina Hurricanes v Washington Capitals

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

Florida Panthers

  • Gregory Campbell out with concussion-like symptoms.  David Booth still has not started skating.  Cory Stillman out for another couple of weeks. [On Frozen Pond]

New Jersey Devils

  • Bryce Salvador and Mike Mottau expected back in the lineup. [Fire & Ice]
  • David Clarkson, Paul Martin and Dainius Zubrus remain out.

Carolina Hurricanes

  • Eric Cole out two to three weeks. Chad LaRose expected to miss three to four weeks with a lower body injury. [Canes Now]

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 11/27/2009

11/29/2009
Buffalo Sabres v Washington Capitals

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)

THIRD STAR: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning (0-0-1) – One of the hottest players in hockey deserves mention here with his contributions across all six standard offensive categories.  The former 1st overall pick added a goal and an assist on the powerplay to his lofty totals.  In addition the 19-year-old put two shots on goal, sat two minutes in the box and finished the evening a plus one as his Lightning easily beat the Rangers 5-1.

SECOND STAR: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Toronto Maple Leafs (0-1-0) – Tough decision here between the 29-year-old left wing and Stamkos.  Poni shined in the Leaf’s 6-4 win against Florida, scoring a goal and assisting on three more.  The former 4th round draft pick broke a three game scoreless steak in fashion by putting up two points on the powerplay, posting a plus three rating and adding a shot on goal.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 11/22/2009

11/23/2009
Montreal Canadiens v Chicago Blackhawks

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)

THIRD STAR: Slava Kozlov (0-0-1), Atlanta Thrashers -The veteran winger contributed in a big way for his team Sunday afternoon.  Scoring a goal and an assist his breakout kept the Thrashers in the game.  He added 3 shots and finished the evening a plus two.  Tough call between Kozlov and teammate Tobias Enstrom, but the Russian edged him out by one shot and an extra plus.  Coming off a 76-point season he only has 10 points in his first 20 games, making him an ideal buy-low candidate.

SECOND STAR: Kurtis Foster, Tampa Bay Lightning (0-1-0) -Who would have thought I would mention Foster twice in one week!  Playing primarily with Vincent Lecavalier, the journeyman defenseman made the brief switch to forward and it paid dividends.  He finished the game with a goal and an assist, contributing a powerplay point, four shots on goal and a plus one.  Congratulations Kurtis, you’re a NHLHS celebrity.

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Cost Efficiency: Rich Peverley, best player in hockey?

11/22/2009
Atlanta Thrashers v Pittsburgh Penguins

Well maybe our headline is taking it a bit too far, but you can’t get a better player for your money.  Claimed off waivers last year from the Predators the 27-year-old now has 59 points in 58 games for the Thrashers. The undrafted free agent recently signed a 2 year contract worth a total of 2.6 million a modest raise from his current 487,500 cap hit.

Since he makes 487,500 this year, as a technicality we can put his stats over his salary to determine his cost-per-point production.  Prior to joining Nashville, Pevs was a point-per-game player in the AHL showing glimpses of his potential.  If the graduate from St. Lawrence University continues his pace, he may be one of the greatest bargains of all time.

He averages a goal for every 61K he makes, a small value in comparison to Dany Heatley’s 441K per goal.  The center assists on a goal for every 33K paid, making Joe Thornton’s 300K per assist look like a king’s ransom. Peverley’s 22K per point is 15K less than the next player James Neal, who is coming off an entry level contract himself.  Nobody can compare to his proverbial bang for the buck.

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