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 12/26/2009

12/27/2009
Vancouver Canucks 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.

Big night in the hockey world as we saw 12 games and 24 teams in action.  We also received a small bonus with a not to boring Sunday here at the Hot Stove.  Some great rivalries fought in battle against each other in what was an irresistible event for every hockey fan.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (0-1-1) – Another huge night for Ovi as the right wing scored one and assisted on two more.  The Great 8 fired five shots on goal while finishing the evening a plus three.  In the midst of numerous trade rumors, this 24-year-old showed why his team currently sits in first place and that perhaps they don’t need support from a rental player.  Ovi now scored an impressive 25 goals in his first 30 games.

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Weekly Fantasy 3 Stars – Week Ending 12/20/2009

12/21/2009
New York Rangers v Toronto Maple Leafs

Similar to our Daily 3 Stars, this section will break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every week 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 therefore omit salaries.

THIRD STAR: Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers (0-0-1) –  Now sitting second to Joe Thornton in the scoring race, Gaborik posted an impressive week.  The 27-year-old scored two goals and two assists over three games, all of which coming on the powerplay. In addition, he took a massive 17 shots on goal while sitting four minutes in the penalty box.  As the scoring in New York continues to improve, the native of Trencin, Czechoslovakia simply needs to stay healthy in order to reap the benefits.

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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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