Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 01/09/2010

01/10/2010
Pittsburgh Penguins 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, big night in hockey with 13 games and 26 teams in action.  We witnessed a blow out and even a laser pointer fiasco out west.  Cheap plug but our goalie starters went 26/26.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for January 9, 2010:

THIRD STAR:  Tom Poti, Washington Capitals (0-0-1) –Poti helped the Capitals make short work of their division rivals, with a 8-1 route of the Thrashers.  The 32-year-old veteran defenseman scored a powerplay goal and assisted on two more giving him three points on the evening.  In a little under 22 minutes of ice time he also fired three shots on net while finishing the game with a perfect plus-two rating.

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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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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/28/2009

12/29/2009
Carolina Hurricanes v New York Islanders

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.

A few important things happened last night.  The Flames broke a scary win less streak while Steve Mason somewhat redeemed himself in the eyes of his team.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Rene Bourque, Calgary Flames (0-1-1) –  Bourque played a pivotal role in leading his team to a 4-1 victory.  The Lac La Biche, Alberta native scored three, one on the powerplay, one shorthanded and one even strength.  In addition, this 28-year-old fired only three shots on net giving him a perfect shooting percentage while also posting a perfect plus two.

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

12/22/2009
Chicago Blackhawks v Washington Capitals

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.

This week saw several players breakout, several produce above their means and others who continue to produce all of which leads us to an extended version of NHLHS Endorsed Pickups.

Here are today’s picks:

LW: Dean McAmmond, New Jersey Devils –  As of this writing, McAmmond slots between Zach Parise and Patrik Elias.  Having said that the veteran center boast a four-game point streak where he scored two and assisted on four more.  Although center is his position called upon in real life, the 36-year-old qualifies at LW due to playing there the majority of his career.  Does anyone remember the McAmmond – Craig Conroy Jarome Iginla line? I sure do, that was a looooong time ago.

Prognosis: McAmmond showed signs of life last year with the Isles when he posted 9 points in 18 games.  His current projection mirrors these numbers with 8 points in 16 games.  This production marks the veteran’s absolute ceiling.  At best he will pot 40 points, but with David Clarkson and Dainius Zubrus eventually returning even that is a stretch.  Stream if desperate, definitely not a keeper.  Otherwise read more for better options on the left side.

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November Fantasy 3 Stars

12/01/2009
Calgary Flames v Anaheim Ducks

In this section, I break down the top three fantasy hockey performers for the month 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) which also excludes player salaries.

THIRD STAR: Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils (0-0-1) – Perhaps the main attraction of Team USA, Parise’s consistent effort puts him on this list.  The 25-year-old scored nine goals and seven assists with five points coming on the powerplay.  Moreover, the left wing added 50 shots on goal and a plus 15.  Although his zero PIM could use a boost, his stellar stats among the other five categories render him a legitimate first rounder

SECOND STAR: Maxim Afinogenov, Atlanta Thrashers (0-1-0) –After last season’s hapless effort, Max seemed poised to flee to the KHL.  Instead he stayed in North America, signing for 800K with Atlanta and becoming one of the most cost-efficient players in hockey.  The 30-year-old scored eight goals and had ten assists in the month of November, five of which coming on the powerplay.  He posted nearly a 25 percent chance of scoring, taking 21 shots on goal and finished the month a healthy plus 12. Afinogenov deserves some mention after the monstrous month he put up and his return to relevance.

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Weekly Fantasy 3 Stars – Week Ending 11/22/2009

11/23/2009
CA: Colorado Avalanche v San Jose Sharks

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)

THIRD STAR: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning (0-0-1) – The diminutive right winger did a lot of damage over the last week posting two goals and four assists, three of which coming on the powerplay.  Adding to his impressive line the 39-year-old managed 11 shots on goal, two penalty minutes and a plus one.  Posting statistics in all six offensive categories is a big reason why St. Louis finds himself among the elite right wings in hockey with 24 points in only 21 games.

SECOND STAR: Kristian Huselius, Columbus Blue Jackets (0-1-0) – another player who donned our daily list last week, the talented left wing has been on a tear as of late.  Tied for this weeks lead in powerplay points (4) with teammate Fedor Tyutin, the Swedish native scored two goals and added three assists adding 12 shots on goal and a plus one.  Frequently playing with Rick Nash has vaulted the 31-year-old into a very valuable fantasy player so owners, enjoy it while it lasts.  Streaks like this are not uncommon throughout his career making Huselius a great sell-high candidate.

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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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