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Preview: Dallas vs Tampa Bay
One of the major reasons the Tampa Bay Lightning have a healthy lead on everyone else in the league with 88 points is their depth and they hope to put it on display again Thursday night against the visiting Dallas Stars. The Lightning had six goal scorers, including at least one from each forward line, and 11 players posted a point in Tuesday’s 6-3 triumph against Western Conference heavyweight Calgary.
“We’ve got the top guys going and we’re getting scoring contributions from the other guys as well,” Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos told reporters. “Pretty dangerous combination to have. That’s why I think we’re having a lot of success is we’re getting contributions from everyone. That’s when we’re at our best is when everyone’s rolling and it’s tough to keep up with everyone.” The Lightning have won the last four meetings, including a 35-save performance by Andrei Vasilevskiy in a 2-0 victory Jan. 15 at Dallas, which held Tampa Bay to 21 shots in the encounter. The Stars are 1-1-1 on their five-game road trip after blanking Florida 3-0 on Tuesday as red-hot center Tyler Seguin scored twice and set up another while Anton Khudobin turned aside 30 shots. “We had to have a couple guys get X-rays just to make sure their bones weren’t broken from blocked shots,” Dallas coach Jim Montgomery told reporters. “I mean, that’s a team commitment to our identity, and I’m just really proud of the positive talk on the bench. It was a real good group effort.”
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, Sportsnet One, Sportsnet East, Sportsnet Pacific, FS Southwest (Dallas), FS Sun (Tampa Bay)
ABOUT THE STARS (29-22-5): Seguin leads the team in goals (24) and points (54) after scoring six times, setting up three others and posting a plus-7 rating in six contests during February. “Over the (All-Star) break I just took some time to – I don’t want to say reset, but it was a good break,” Seguin told reporters. “It was refreshing for me. I just felt a little more boost of energy. Personally just feeling good and glad the puck is going in.” Right wing Alexander Radulov registered five of his 46 points in the last five games while captain Jamie Benn owns four assists in the past four, but scored only one goal in his last 11 contests.
ABOUT THE LIGHTNING (42-11-4): Tampa Bay managed only seven goals in five games coming out of the NHLPA-mandated bye week/All-Star break, but have recorded 16 during a three-game winning streak. “We stick to the same routine and stay confident,” right wing Nikita Kucherov, who leads the league with 88 points after notching seven the past two games, told reporters Tuesday. “We’re just trying to play the same way every time. Sometimes pucks go in, sometimes they don’t.” Stamkos reached 30 goals for the sixth time in his career and fellow center Brayden Point scored his career-high 33rd against Calgary on Tuesday.
1. Dallas D Esa Lindell scored his career-high eighth goal Tuesday and is a plus-6 in six games this month.
2. Tampa Bay D Erik Cernak (lower body) and Ondrej Palat (upper body) missed Tuesday’s game, but could be back as soon as Thursday.
3. The Lightning lead the NHL on the power play (29.6 percent) and the Stars are fifth on the penalty kill (83.2).
Preview: Stars at Bruins
The Dallas Stars have reversed course from their considerable troubles away from home, rebounding from dropping the opener of their six-game road trip to win a season-high three straight heading into Monday’s contest against the Boston Bruins. The Stars hope their run of good fortune continues at TD Garden, where they have won four of their last five matchups.
Dallas captain Jamie Benn pushed his club-best goal total to six after scoring in his second consecutive contest on Saturday in a 4-3 overtime win over Washington. The 29-year-old made his presence felt against Boston, registering at least one point in six of his last seven encounters – including notching two assists in a 3-2 overtime victory at TD Garden in January before scoring a goal in a 3-2 setback in March. While the Stars have yielded 13 goals en route to winning five of their last six overall, the Bruins found themselves shut out for the second time in three outings with Saturday’s 1-0 setback in Nashville. “Clearly, if our power play and top line (David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand) don’t score, we have a tough time,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, Sportsnet East, Sportsnet Ontario, Sportsnet Pacific, FS Southwest (Dallas), NESN (Boston)
ABOUT THE STARS (8-5-0): A visit by Dallas brings about a return to Beantown for Tyler Seguin (team-leading 11 assists and 14 points), who will look to end a 10-game goal drought when he faces a franchise with which he captured a Stanley Cup in 2011 before it traded him away two years later. Coach Jim Montgomery isn’t so much worried about the 26-year-old Seguin’s history with the Bruins as he is with the forward’s play over the last few contests. “I think the last two games, he’s really increased his shot total and his chances, right?” Montgomery told reporters. “So I don’t worry about Tyler Seguin. He’s a goal-scorer. He’s a sniper and he keeps getting chances like that, it’s going to go in.”
ABOUT THE BRUINS (7-4-2): Cassidy said he’s not interested in breaking up the team’s vaunted top line as a means to ignite a spark to its ailing offense. “The problem I have with that is now you’re letting people off the hook a little bit,” Cassidy told reporters. “You have to take ownership of your own game at some point. This is the National Hockey League. … I’m not gonna put (Marchand), (Bergeron) and (Pastrnak) all on separate lines.” The top line has combined for 22 goals and 50 points this season, and Marchand and Pastrnak totaled two goals and three assists against Dallas in the last encounter – highlighted by the latter’s go-ahead tally with 12 seconds left in the win in March.
1. Boston G Jaroslav Halak has allowed three goals in his last three outings to improve his league-leading goals-against average (1.45) and save percentage (.952).
2. Stars G Ben Bishop has dropped nine of 13 career decisions (4-6-3) versus the Bruins.
3. Boston has lost four of five meetings with Western Conference representatives.
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NHL Playoff TV Schedule
This year’s NHL Playoffs are sure to be a good one, so make sure you don’t miss a moment of it.
Alex Ovechkin and the high-flying Washington Capitals are looking for that elusive playoff success, but face a red-hot Philadelphia Flyers squad that finished the season on a 15-6-2 run in which they passed four teams in the standings to reserve a spot in the post-season tournament.
The opening game of the NHL playoffs is at 7 pm ET on Wednesday April 13, when the injury-plagued Tampa Bay Lightning face-off against the historic Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings made the playoffs for a 25th consecutive season, an all-time record in major league sports.
Out West, the Dallas Stars take on their former home-town franchise as the Minnesota Wild will be their competitors in the first round. This is the first time these two teams meet in the playoffs.
In an always fun all-California matchup, the third-place San Jose Sharks meet the second-place LA Kings starting on Thursday night. It will be the fourth time these teams meet in the Stanley Cup playoffs, including an epic 2014 comeback by the Kings who were down 3-games-to-none to start the series.
Here’s a look at the entire NHL playoff broadcast schedule.
DFS NHL PICKS
Sadly, the NHL season is coming to a close so we’re here to present to you our last regular season edition of our DFS NHL picks.
Not to worry, we will still be providing fantasy picks throughout the playoffs. But as every team is in action, this is a big night.
Important note: Word came out of Pittsburgh earlier today that superstars Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang would not be dressing for their season finale, so be weary of any last minute scratches around the league.
As we’re all aware of professional sports contracts are laced with incentives. In other words, statistical plateaus that athletes must attain to cash in on big money bonuses.
To break it down, as major league sports season’s come to a close these plateaus often become the focus of individual players as they step into action. Wouldn’t you try your luck if a million dollars was the difference between you taking the shot (and scoring) or passing it off to a teammate? 30 goals on the season puts you into the upper-echelon of performers, whereas 29 goals gets you in the milder “20-goal scorer” category.
So as time is of the essence for these contracts, I’m aiming for players who will be extra motivated to reach these milestones.
If you doubt this theory and need proof, just look up how Jamie Benn won the NHL scoring title last season. Spoiler: He scored four points (a hat-trick), including the last one with 8.5 seconds left in the game (and season) to surpass John Tavares and Sidney Crosby to win the Art Ross trophy. Not to mention he did it without the other half of Dallas’ dynamic duo as Tyler Seguin sat out with an in-house suspension.
Finally, let’s take a look at my DFS NHL picks.
If you can’t tell just by looking at it, this is pretty much a young stars team balanced out by the ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr, and Chicago’s 2015-16 dynamic duo of rookie Artemi Panarin and current NHL leading scorer Patrick Kane.
The strategy is to have hungry young guns with a lot to prove, plus a few guys on hot streaks to bring some stability.
Panarin sits at 28 goals on the season, needing two to hit the 30-goal plateau. One single point would be nice as well, as the 75-point mark would be awfully impressive for a rookie (albeit a 24-year-old rookie)
Winnipeg rookie Nik Ehlers is a nice value at $4800, and has 1 goal and 5 assists in his last 10 games while skating on the Jets’ top line with Blake Wheeler and breakout star Mark Scheifele.
The heavily scrutinized Alex Galchenyuk managed to turn a nearly lost season around just in time to be named the Montreal Canadiens player of the year. The electric American also sits at 28 goals, and you can bet his teammates (namely Max Pacioretty) will be doing everything they can to get him to 30 goals. A nice team dinner and a couple of bottles of wine is in the best interest for everyone, especially since the Habs have nothing else to play for.
19-year-old phenom Connor McDavid is arguably the best player in the NHL already. He leads the league (ahead of Jagr and Kane) with 2.71 points-per-60-minutes during 5-on-5 play. The former two come in at 2.61. While the Oilers were a disaster this year (again), the Canucks have been down right awful for the past month and are ripe for the picking. McDavid has at least one point in all but two of his previous 10 games (2 goals + 11 assists), including 3 against these very same Canucks just 48 hours ago. Did I mention he sits at 48 points (44 games) on the season? Two points in the season finale seems fitting for the young icon.
Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks
Once again we would like to stress this isn’t necessarily our suggested daily fantasy hockey optimal lineup, but Value Players to target to help make your team successful! In order to win your daily fantasy hockey contest you need to maximize your spending and get the right formula for victory, where as these players are selected with individual value in mind (as you can see I always have money left over). Let’s take a look at my strategy today.
- My Roster
In today’s lineup I started off superstar heavy. Tyler Seguin versus the Bruins, Evgeni Kuznetsov (did you see that pass), and goaltender Roberto Luongo.
Seguin is playing his former team so I expect a passionate performance, while I am stacking Justin Williams with Kuznetsov. The RW pool is thin, and some playing time with Alex Ovechkin is never a bad thing.
Max Domi has been on fire, but linemate Anthony Duclair is actually the more consistent performer. At $4800 I have to hope for the best from the speedy rookie.
Jaden Schwartz has more points than superstar linemate Vlad Tarasenko since his return, so even though I think Tarasenko could pot a pair tonight Schwartz offers the better value.
Ales Hemsky also plays for Dallas, but I don’t consider it a stack since rarely do the two play together (if ever). Hemsky is a skilled veteran who has been producing better-than-usual lately, and with my back against the cap wall I had to roll the dice.
I went with two youngers on the blueline. Arizona’s Michael Stone has quietly put up very nice numbers over the past 20 games, while Jacob Trouba is finding his game again in Winnipeg. The last two games have been fantastic, but I’m hoping that Trouba can put up his best fantasy game of the season with at least 1 point, multiple shots for and multiple blocked shots.
Dallas Stars vs Minnesota Wild Fantasy Hockey News – 02/09/16
The Dallas Stars (33-15-5) will face the Minnesota Wild (23-20-9) at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. FanPicks has this fantasy hockey game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Here are the latest Fantasy Hockey News:
With Jason Spezza out of the Stars lineup because of an upper-body injury, coach Lindy Ruff had to move around his lines during Monday’s practice. It has yet to be determined who’s going to fill up the top 2 lines, but Mattias Janmark and Ales Hemsky are likely to be playing together in one of those lines, against the Wild. They looked like a great fit during practice. Another likely pairing is between Radek Faksa & Valeri Nichuskin. Faksa will be playing in his second game since being recalled from the American Hockey League’s Iowa Stars. The Stars begin a two-game road trip. They are 14-8-5 this season as the visiting team. Jamie Benn & Tyler Seguin were the most productive Stars players this year against the Wild. Benn posted 3 goals & 4 assists, while Seguin had 2 goals and 3 assists in 4 games when facing Minnesota.
Minnesota will probably be without defenseman Jared Spurgeon because of a deep bruise sustained in Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Blues. It is unlikely that he’ll miss a lot of time, though. Jonas Brodin is, for his part, definitely missing tonight’s game due to a broken foot. He sustained this injury while blocking a shot last Thursday against the New York Rangers. The Swedish defenseman is expected to miss from three to six weeks. To make matters worse, Minnesota has lost 10 of their past 11 games. They can count on their forward, Charlie Coyle, who has been the most successful Wild player against the Stars this season. He scored 2 goal and 4 assists when battling Dallas, this season. Darcy Kuemper will be starting in nets for the Wild tonight.
NHL Saturday Night 1/23/16 Preview & Picks
With a trio of games being postponed due to the snow taking part of the country by storm, we will look at a trio of games that are still on the menu tonight. The Montreal Canadiens vs Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks vs Detroit Red Wings and finally, Colorado Avalanche vs the Dallas Stars.
Montreal Canadiens (23-20-4) at Toronto Maple Leafs (17-20-8) (7 pm)
While the Canadiens have been the NHL’s worst team over the past two months, the Leafs have been at the bottom for the whole season (and many, many years). The Habs need to find their scoring touch badly, and can’t seem to score more than one goal in far too many games. But this age old rivalry has always brought the best out in the Canadiens, often lighting the lamp four or five times against Toronto. Even when they are playing this horribly.
Brendan Gallagher is the type of player who is always in front of the net, and you’d have to be insane to not think the Habs game plan is to fire as much rubber toward the net and hope for the best.
Advice: Brendan Gallagher and PK Subban, who has points in six straight, usually play well against Toronto. Tyler Bozak and Leafs All-Star representative Leo Komarov have been Habs killers in the past.
Anaheim Ducks (20-18-7) at Detroit Red Wings (24-15-8) (7 pm)
East coast teams heading out to the West coast to compete are always at a distinct disadvantage. The travel, the jet-lag, time-change and long haul all have a tremendous effect on the body and mind, which is why a team like the NFLs Seattle Seahawks are so dominate at home, yet very regular on the road. The Ducks though did skip one bullet, as their game last night against the Washington Capitals was postponed due to the aforementioned snowstorm.
They will be fresher than they should have been, and they should be thankful for that. Rather than pulling out the oxygen tanks in the first period, they might get to the third before the effects of the speedy Red Wings kick in. No two teams have such a contrasting style, as the Detroit pace of play may be too much for the bigger, slower Ducks to keep up with.
Advice: Dylan Larkin and Henrik Zetterberg hooked up for a beauty last game and look to keep that momentum going. Ducks defenseman Shea Theodore and Sami Vatanen are good values who can collect a couple of assists.
Colorado Avalanche (25-21-3) at Dallas Stars (30-13-5) (8 pm)
Carl Soderberg has been the Avalanche top scorer since late November, and number one defenseman Erik Johnson will return to the lineup tonight. The consistency of Soderberg and boost Johnson provides will make this matchup a lot closer than it would have been a few weeks ago. Goaltender Semyon Varlamov has been hot of late as well.
Antti Niemi, who is MUCH better at home this season is 12-3-0, with a .923 save percentage and three shutouts on the books will get the start for Dallas. His composure under pressure allow him to thrive in this run-and-gun offense the Stars run, as he never seems to panic, no matter the score or moment.
This wouldn’t be a Stars report without the mention of superstars Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. This duo is matchup-proof, but the sandpaper-like Avalanche will give them all the resistance they can deal with. Colorado is hard in front of the net, but Benn and Seguin won’t shy away. The pair could go off for 10 combined points on any given night but I don’t think it will be today.
Advice: Soderberg is consistent, while Nate MacKinnon may have something to prove to Dallas’ superstars and be worth the gamble for a huge game. The Stars are 10-2 in their last 12 home games, so while they may win, it may be a lower-scoring affair than we’re used to due to Varlamov. Jason Spezza and Patrick Sharp could get the line matches they want and take advantage at a much lower price tag then Benn and Seguin.
NHL Saturday Night Preview, Picks & DFS Advice
We take a look at three of the biggest games on the schedule from this busy Saturday night in the NHL. The Washington Capitals at Buffalo Sabres , the Montreal Canadiens vs St. Louis Blues, and a sure to be exciting night-cap as the Dallas Stars head to Cali to take on the red-hot San Jose Sharks. Below I will breakdown the matchups and hopefully, give you some good daily fantasy advice.
Washington Capitals (33-7-3) at Buffalo Sabres (7-23-4) (7 pm)
Mr. 501 and the high-flying Capitals are going to have a field day, or shall I say snow-day with the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. On the road or not, Washington is not going to slow down when confronted by the likes of Chad Johnson (the NHL goalie, not former NFL WR), and that Sabres defense. Not to mention that Brayden Holtby is getting the start in goal and hasn’t lost a game in regulation since November 10, 2015. That’s a 22-game point streak for the 26-year old Caps netminder who is in line to tie Jose Theodore’s franchise record of 23 games (2009-10) with a W tonight.
Advice: Washington is just too hot right now for this to be a trap game against the once-again lowly Sabres. Play Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson, Holtby and as many Capitals forwards as you can afford (semi-joking).
Montreal Canadiens (23-18-3) at St. Louis Blues (25-15-7) (7 pm)
Nothing worse can seemingly go wrong for the Habs at the moment. The team is losing, their star goaltender is still out, and now the front-office is under fire for the recent handling (trade) of former first-round pick Jarred Tinordi. The Canadiens seriously lack scoring ability and a date with St. Louis is sure to give them the Blues. Losing goaltender Jake Allen (18-10-3, 2.17 GAA, .924 Svp, 5 SO) hurts, but Montreal’s offensive game shouldn’t be too much for Brian Elliot (7-4-4, 2.31 GAA, .919 Svp) to handle.
Mike Condon has been better of late (six goals against over last four starts), but guys like Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk have to score if the Habs wants to come away with any points.
Advice: While this could be a low-scoring affair, Vladimir Tarasenko always seems to play well vs the Canadiens, and Jori Lehtera has points in four of his last five, including three straight. If you’re looking for point from the blueline, PK Subban has points in six of his last seven, and is riding a three-game point streak as well.
Dallas Stars (29-12-4) at San Jose Sharks (22-18-2) (10:30 pm)
The former first-place Stars have been slumping of late, but when Mattias Janmark scored last night he joined Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Patrick Sharp, and Jason Spezza to became the fifth Dallas Star to reach a double-digit goal total. Such wide-spread scoring is usually risky for fantasy owners, but the fact that Benn and Seguin do so much of the heavy lifting while the others sprinkle the scoresheet makes this situation a little more predictable.
Antti Niemi will get the nod against his former team as he returns to the Shark Tank tonight . His Stars are just 1-4-1 this month, but should never be counted out against a division rival…even if they have won four straight and Jumbo Joe’s playing like he’s 26 (six points in last four games). Martin Jones, who recorded a shootout win on Thursday vs the Edmonton Oilers should be getting the start for San Jose. Jones is capable of stealing a game from time to time, but back-to-back starts vs perhaps the best group of scorers in the league isn’t the best matchup.
Advice: Thankfully were not here to predict wins and losses, so regardless of who comes out victorious this one should feature some goals. For that reason all the big guns – Benn, Seguin, Thornton, Brent Burns, Joe Pavelski and John Klingberg are all viable options.
Fantasy Hockey: 30 NHL teams in 30 Minutes
With the 2015-2016 National Hockey League (NHL) season set to get underway on Wednesday, October 7th 2015. It is high time we offer our daily fantasy sports (DFS) managers a brief look into what we are anticipating to see on the ice this year.
Will the New York Rangers repeat as President’s Trophy winners? Will the Edmonton Oilers end their post season drought? Will the Detroit Red Wings see their incredible 24 straight year playoff participation end? Will the Calgary Flames prove to be more than last season’s flash in the pan?
These are but a few of the riveting story-lines and sub-plots that fantasy hockey managers will have to weave through during this year’s cash draft contests. There are more storylines than there are teams this year, and as such the laymen will have a wondrous time watching it all play out. But the fantasy hockey manager has to look at it another way, the fantasy hockey manager has to be proactive, not knowing the fantasy sports landscape is the difference between winning, placing or being out of the money.
With that being said, here are 30 thoughts for the 30 hockey clubs in NHL:
The Blues have been the pre-season darlings recently. Darlings in that pundits have been picking them to go deep in the post season. Alas that has not been the case when the pucks hit the ice. The Blues have performed well, but not well enough to lay claim to the cup. What we expect to see from a fantasy hockey perspective come the 2015-2016 season is the continued emergence of Vladimir Trarasenko. This gifted forward is “money” in the bank and will surely reward cash draft managers with a flood of points. We also expect to see center-man David Backes return to an elite form. If the price is right, Backes should be on your team.
The 2014-2015 season marked the emergence of Filip Forsberg, for the better part of the year, Forsberg seem a lock to earn the Calder trophy, and unfortunately a cold streak toward the end of the season saw that dream fade. The return of Rinne brought some much needed stability to the Preds. We see the Predators continuing to show their faces in the spring dance, however we do foresee Forsberg taking a step back with the marked attention he will receive. We will say that Rinne will be a good money value pick during the daily fantasy sports season.
The Blackhawks, reigning Stanley Cup champions and winners of the ultimate prize 3 of the last 5 years were forced to jettison some keep pieces this offseason due to cap concerns. This will surely affect the team, we do of course see the Hawks making the post season but we do not believe that it is a given. As far as fantasy hockey managers are concerned, we will say that we expect Marian Hossa to pay-off during cash draft leagues as we do foresee Duncan Keith continuing to excel on the blue line. We expect high point totals from newly resigned Brent Seabrook and we believe that he will be excellent value.
The Wild finished last season with a total of 100 points and made the playoffs on the back of giant tender Devan Dubnyk. But the Cinderella story ended there. With names like Pomminville, Koivu, Vanek, Parise and Suter on the club expectations are high for the Wild. However we will refrain from anointing them playoff contenders until we will Dubnyk excel for a full season. That being said, in the world of Fantasy Hockey, we do see big offensive years from Koivu and Pomminville, 2 players who will likely come cheap early on in daily fantasy sports action and thus are 2 picks that should appear on your cash draft contests.
The Jets made the post season last year much to the delight of its fans, however they drew the unfortunate straw that had them facing the Anaheim Ducks. They lost thje series, but iun no way looked out-classed, they looked right at home in the playoffs, a tad wet behind the ears, but they looked good. We expect to see the same from the Jets, and yes that means another post season participation. In the fantasy hockey daily fantasy sports world, we do expect young center Mark Scheifele to have a break out season. He will come cheap and will be a great value pick.
The Dallas Stars were on the outside looking in on the playoffs last season despite boasting the Art Ross trophy (leader in regular season points) winner, Jamie Benn and a scorching (until he was injured) Tyler Seguin. While we will stop short of anointing them a playoff position, we will say that both Seguin and Benn, along with Jason Spezza will be offering fantasy hockey managers fantastic returns on their investments. On the Blue line we also expect a very big year (points wise) from Alex Gologoski. The Stars can make or break your cash draft contests if the player costs are right.
Coach Patrick Roy’s Colorado Avalanche did not make the Stanley Cup post season in 2014-2015. While neither Roy (as a coach) nor Nathan Mackinnon are rookies any longer, we cannot, with good conscience pencil the Avs in the post season. Until there goaltending is set for the long term future, we will not be seeing Roy’s boys in the playoffs. What we will say is that we do expect to see Mackinnon bounce back from his sophomore slump and take the Avs offense by the jugular. We do expect the young center-man to lead his club in points and be a huge reurn on fantasy hockey managers investments. We also expect young Dman Nikita Zadorov to have a worthwhile daily fantasy sports cash draft contest season.
Anaheim Ducks: COMING SOON
Vancouver Canucks: COMING SOON
Calgary Flames: COMING SOON
Los Angeles Kings: COMING SOON
San Jose Sharks: COMING SOON
Edmonton Oilers: COMING SOON
Arizona Coyotes: COMING SOON