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Preview: Red Wings at Flyers

The final shoe dropped on the Dave Hakstol era in Philadelphia as the free-falling Flyers fired their coach and named Scott Gordon as the interim bench boss ahead of Tuesday night’s game against the visiting Detroit Red Wings. Gordon, who was the coach of Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League, takes the reins of a sputtering Flyers club that resides in the cellar of the Eastern Conference.

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Philadelphia, which is in the midst of a massive front-office overhaul, was outscored 22-8 en route to losing the final four contests of its five-game road trip. The Flyers’ age-old issue with leaky goaltending has been underscored this season, with the team using a league-high five netminders and receiving a collective league-worst .874 save percentage. Detroit isn’t setting the league on fire, either, as it dropped its third straight contest with Saturday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Islanders in the opener of its three-game road trip. Thomas Vanek collected a goal and two assists versus his former team after mustering two points in his previous eight contests.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, FS Detroit, TVAS, NBCS Philadelphia

ABOUT THE RED WINGS (14-15-5): Dylan Larkin has enjoyed a December to remember despite playing in only nine games this month as he carries a seven-game point streak (four goals, six assists) into the Wells Fargo Center. The 22-year-old Michigan native’s five goals and 11 points in December are one shy of his October totals. While Larkin leads the club in goals (14) and points (32), fellow forward Gustav Nyquist has erupted for 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in his last 11 games.

ABOUT THE FLYERS (12-15-4): Prized goaltending prospect Carter Hart has long since been envisioned as Philadelphia’s netminder of the future, but the patient timetable has been sped up considerably as the 20-year-old was recalled from the Phantoms on Monday. “Make no mistake about it; we recognize where we are at,” general manager Chuck Fletcher said of rushing Hart to the main club after the latter posted a 9-5-2 mark with Lehigh Valley. “It is a tight team. I recognize our inconsistencies and our talent.” Fellow goaltender Anthony Stolarz (lower body) was placed on injured reserve and is expected to be sidelined 2-to-4 weeks.

OVERTIME

1. Detroit G Jimmy Howard allowed eight goals on 62 shots to split a pair of meetings with Philadelphia last season.

2. Flyers captain Claude Giroux has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his last eight contests.

3. Red Wings speedy C Andreas Athanasiou is second on the team with 11 goals despite failing to score in each of his last nine games.

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Preview: Red Wings at Capitals

Alex Ovechkin has won the Maurice Richard Trophy seven times during his stellar career, including five of the last six seasons, and is on a path toward another. The 33-year-old captain looks to extend a pair of streaks on Tuesday as the Washington Capitals seek a third straight victory when they host the Detroit Red Wings.

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Ovechkin, who is the reigning Richard Trophy winner after coming within one tally of his fourth 50-goal effort in five seasons, began Monday as the league leader with 22 as he has scored in three consecutive contests and seven of his last eight. The three-time Hart Trophy recipient also is riding an 11-game point streak (10 goals, six assists) and has yet to go back-to-back games this campaign without landing on the scoresheet. Detroit is coming off just its second win in seven home contests, a 3-1 triumph over Los Angeles on Monday in which Dylan Larkin scored his team-leading 12th goal. The 22-year-old has collected two tallies and five assists during his four-game point streak for the Red Wings, who are seeking their third straight road victory.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, NCBS Washington

ABOUT THE RED WINGS (14-13-4): Trevor Daley returned to the lineup against the Kings and blocked two shots while posting a plus-2 rating in 19 minutes, 43 seconds of ice time. The 35-year-old defenseman, who is one point away from 300 for his career, had missed the previous five contests with a lower-body injury. Larkin has landed on the scoresheet in seven of his last nine games, collecting four goals and six assists in that span.

ABOUT THE CAPITALS (17-9-3): Washington could be even stronger for Tuesday’s contest as T.J. Oshie was a full participant in Monday’s practice and may be ready to return to the lineup. The 31-year-old, who is four goals shy of 200 for his career, has missed the last 11 games with a concussion. Like Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov has yet to be held without a point in back-to-back contests this season as he brings a five-game streak (one goal, five assists) into Tuesday’s matchup.

OVERTIME

1. Capitals RW Tom Wilson, who has recorded 14 points in 11 games this season, missed the last two contests with a concussion.

2. With the return of Daley, Detroit assigned D Brian Lashoff to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

3. Washington has scored at least four goals in eight of its last 10 contests.

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Preview: Blues at Red Wings

The St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings were extremely generous in their last outings as the former allowed eight goals in its fourth setback in five games while the latter was gouged for seven en route to losing its third straight contest. The Blues look to tighten up defensively Wednesday when they open a three-game road trip against the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena.

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Ryan O’Reilly increased his team-leading goal (12) and assist (14) totals with one of each in Saturday’s 8-4 setback versus Winnipeg, but that performance was dwarfed by the epic five-goal effort from Patrik Laine. Fellow forward Vladimir Tarasenko tallied for the first time in 11 games for the Blues, who will bid to improve on a disastrous 2-4-2 mark away from the Gateway City. While St. Louis is hemorrhaging a 25th-ranked 3.32 goals per game heading into Tuesday’s action, Detroit isn’t faring much better with 3.25 per contest (22nd). Anthony Mantha unleashed a career-high 10 shots and netted a pair of third-period goals in Monday’s 7-5 setback to Columbus to move within one of speedy Andreas Athanasiou (10) for the team lead in tallies.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network

ABOUT THE BLUES (8-11-3): Jake Allen is rather fortunate to boast a 6-6-3 mark despite a 3.27 goals-against average and .896 save percentage in 17 matches this season. The 28-year-old has posted considerably better statistics in five career meetings with Detroit, going 2-0-3, 2.13, .916. Brayden Schenn has recorded 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 16 career contests against the Red Wings while captain Alex Pietrangelo has 12 (two goals, 10 assists) in his last 14 versus the club.

ABOUT THE RED WINGS (10-11-3): Frans Nielsen (zero goals, team-co-leading 14 assists) hasn’t been shy about setting up his teammates for goals, but the 34-year-old Dane wouldn’t mind finding the back of the net himself. “You want to get some goals for sure, but at the same time I think you can’t get frustrated about it,” Nielsen said after Tuesday’s practice at the Belfor Training Center. “I know it’s going to come. I just gotta keep playing my game and hopefully one turns into more.” Nielsen has rebounded nicely since returning from a concussion, recording eight assists and a plus-3 rating in his last nine games.

OVERTIME

1. Athanasiou, who scored in the last meeting with St. Louis, has 14 points (10 goals, four assists) in his last 15 games overall.

2. The Blues outscored the Red Wings 8-2 to sweep the two-game season series in 2017-18.

3. Detroit G Jimmy Howard, who was pulled after yielding three goals on 16 shots in the first period Monday, owns a 13-9-2 career mark versus St. Louis.

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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.

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Daily Fantasy Hockey Value Picks

It’s a relatively light Saturday schedule for the NHL today, as only 16 teams will be taking to the ice for action. There will be five puck-drops at 7 pm ET, one at 8 pm ET, and two more at 10 pm ET to close things out.

As usual, we’re here to provide you with a little extra nudge when assembling your roster, so take a glance at our daily fantasy hockey value picks below to help make your squad a winner!

Daily Fantasy Hockey Value Picks

G Garret Sparks TOR $6500 – The Red Wings are 5-5 in their last 10, including a 1-0 loss to these same Maple Leafs (Mar. 13), a 4-3 loss to the lowly Montreal Canadiens, and a 7-2 shellacking courtesy of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Of course there’s the flip side to all this. Jimmy Howard is an option at $6700 if you see this as an opportunity for Detroit to break-out, but goaltending is right at the top of the list of reasons for their struggles over the past month so proceed with caution.

G Cam Talbot EDM $6700 – As I stated earlier this week, “The Flames are merely a flicker on the road” moments before Calgary took to the ice for an 8-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Now, the Oilers are certainly no Ducks, but Calgary’s road record speaks for itself (12-24-3). Edmonton is considerably better at home (though it’s still nothing to brag about; 18-19-2), and Connor McDavid will produce tonight. The rookie phenom just had a seven game scoring streak snapped, and hasn’t gone more than two consecutive games without registering a point all season.

D Niklas Kronwall DET $3700 –  Kronwall has returned to form since being activated off the injured-reserve on February 23rd. Detroit’s defensive leader has scored 7 points in his last 10 contests, and has collected assists in three straight.

RW Jaromir Jagr FLA $6300 – The grizzled super-vet posted 15 points in March alone, including a point-per-game over his last 10 games. The Panthers are home to the Canadiens who are coming off a 3-0 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Mike Condon is getting the start for the Habs again, and rarely does he play two strong games in a row. Florida has a nice opportunity here, especially since Joel Hanley is penciled in as the Canadiens number four defenseman this evening.

C Riley Sheahan DET $3600 – I’m aware I put Garret Sparks in the value column, but Sheahan’s recent production cannot be denied. The Red Wings centerman has four goals in his last 5 games, after only recording nine in his first 72.  That price tag is a hell of a steal when considering Sheahan has the same amount of goals as Henrik Zetterberg (13). 

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Detroit Red Wings vs New York Islanders 1/25/16 Preview

Detroit Red Wings (24-16-8) at New York Islanders (25-15-6)  (7 pm EST)

Both teams may be preparing for their final match before the NHL All-Star break, but the vacation hasn’t started yet. 

 

Detroit has been on a nice run of late, including six wins in their last seven road games – but dropped it’s last game, a 4-3 Saturday night defeat at the hands of the the visiting Anaheim Ducks.

Head Coach Jeff Blashill was quoted as saying  “I don’t think we played nearly our best in the last game. We’ve got to come in here real determined to do it right for 60 minutes and that gives you, really, your only chance to win. Certainly it doesn’t guarantee success.”

Goalie Petr Mrazek has been on absolute fire in January. He has an impeccable 6-1-1 record, 1.24 GAA and .955 Sv% and was not in goal for the loss to the Ducks. His last start was a 19 save shutout on Friday vs the Sabres.

The usual suspects, Dylan Larkin, Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Tatar are always options. Keep in mind that the Red Wings have a few players with bumps and bruises, so be aware of any last minute roster changes as game-time looms near.

The Islanders are 3-0-1 in their last four contests, and are well rested due to #Blizzard2016 postponing their Saturday night game. They have only played three times in the last 11 days, which will be key in tonight’s matchup with the speedy Wings.

John Tavares the Islanders unquestioned leader who has a goal and a trio of assists in his past four games, needs to come up big in this one. He has not been the MVP caliber player he normally is, but the Red Wings have holes on the PK where Johnny T is most dangerous.

 

Defenceman Nick Leddy is on a three-game point streak, scoring two markers and adding a helper.

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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.

 

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St. Louis Blues vs Detroit Red Wings – 1/20/16 Preview 

The St. Louis Blues (27-15-7) face the Detroit Red Wings (23-14-8) Wednesday night. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce Rotopicker. A free to use tool which allows you to create winning lineups and dominate your fantasy hockey competition. Play the most exciting contests, including the newest Point Spread and $10K Grand Action contests only at Fanpicks. The premiere Daily Fantasy Sports site.

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Taking the last four vs St. Louis, Detroit looks like the heavy favorite in this one, but will be trying to win tonight without their top defenseman Niklas Kronwall (knee). The absence of their stud blueliner will no doubt open things up for the Blues offensively.

A pair of Russian superstars will be at the center of attention at the Joe Louis, as 24-year-old Vladimir Tarasenko will face-off with his childhood idol, 37-year-old Pavel Datsyuk. While Datsyuk has had a long and very successful career, there is no doubting Tarasenko is one of the league’s most dynamic scorers. A monster contract this summer has not had any ill effect on the St. Louis star, as he is on pace to break last year’s career high of 37 goals (25).

Taking the torch from Datsyuk has been Michigan native and star rookie Dylan Larkin. The speedy forward has taken the league by storm with 14 goals and 30 points in his first 44 career games. Don’t be surprised if Datsyuk is the one shadowing Tarasenko, while Larkin is depended on for goals.

Brian Elliott, who has allowed five goals over his past two games will get the nod for the Blues, while Petr Mrazek (16-8-3) gets another start for the Red Wings.

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Detroit Red Wings versus Washington Capitals Tuesday Night Hockey Fantasy Picks 12-8-2015

 

Two NHL teams that are currently playing their best hockey will face off. The Detroit Red Wings will be down in Washington to face the Capitals. It will be their third confrontation of the season. Each club took away one game, which leaves them to conclude the series in a rubber match. DFS draft managers can tune to NBCSN on Tuesday December 8th at 7:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their fantasy roster picks.

 

The Capitals have been rock solid in the past two to three weeks. They have won 6 out of their last 7 matchups. This sudden success has brought them in 2nd place of the metropolitan division, with a single point back from the 1st place New York Rangers. Ovechkin and the caps can finally count on a good combination of offensive firepower and defensive coverage. Washington is able to count on one of the best powerplay (25.6%) unit in the league, with Carlson, Kuznetsov and Backstrom leading the charge. Goalie, Braden Holtby, is proving to be one, if not the best backstop in the league, this season.

The Red Wings are on a 3 game winning streak. They are sitting in the 2nd spot of the Atlantic division. They can count on a new generation of players to make their mark in the team, like Larkin and Tatar, and veterans to bring the experience, like Datsyuk and Zetterberg. This meddling of old and new is why Detroit is so successful every year.

 

 

Washington Capitals Value Picks:

 

Nicklas Backstrom – Center

Backstrom is still creating sparks with long-time linemate Alex Ovechkin. One of the best playmaker in the league, the swede leads all of the Caps forwards in powerplay points with 8 assists and 2 goals.

 

John Carlson – Defender

Even though that Washington lost defenseman Mike Green to Detroit in the off season, they don’t seem to miss him too much. John Carlson has shown he can play as well offensively than his former teammate. The American has now 19 points, with 10 of those coming from the powerplay. He is the most used defenseman with 24:23 minutes of playtime.

 

Braden Holtby – Goaltender

One of the biggest surprise in the NHL this year is seeing the name of Braden Holtby atop the goal against (1.95%) and wins (16) statistics leaders. He has been so impressive this season, you can see him on highlights reel week in and week out.

 

Evgeny Kuznetsov – Center

Move along Ovechkin. We could see a new Capital scoring leader at the end of the season for the first time since the year before Alexander`s rookie season. Evgeny Kuznetsov leads the team with 26 points and a 14 plus/minus.

 

Alex Ovechkin – Left Wing

The captain is still the number one offensive option in the team. He plays 20:38 minutes per game, the most among the Caps forward, and has a league leading 124 shots on goal. The Russian sniper is also 2nd in the team, with a plus 13 and 1st with 12 goals.

 

Detroit Red Wings Value Picks

 

Justin Abdelkader – Left Wing

Abdelkader has 5 points, which include 4 goals, in 3 game during the month of December. He is a solid fantasy pick who can rack up points in bunches.

 

Dylan Larkin – Center

The rookie is none short of impressive this year for the Red Wings. He leads the team in goals, with 11, and is tied with Zetterberg and Tatar in points, with 21. The young American is an early candidate for the Calder trophy, given at the end of the year to the NHL best rookie.

 

Gustav Nyquist – Center

Swedish born Gustav Nyquist was last year’s offensive revelation for the Detroit Red Wing. He scored a team leading 14 power play goal in the 2014/15 campaign. The centerman is back at it this year with 4 PPG, tied for the team lead.

 

Tomas Tatar – Left Wing

Tatar is co-leading the team in points with 21, alongside Captain Henrik Zetterberg and Rookie Dylan Larkin. He’s bound for another great season in the NHL

 

 

NHL Tuesday Night Hockey Real Money Fantasy League Picks

 

C: Dylan Larkin (Red Wings)

LW: Tomas Tatar (Red Wings)

LW: Justin Abdelkader (Red Wings)

D: John Carlson (Capitals)

G: Braden Holtby (Capitals)

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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:

Eastern Conference:

Atlantic Division:

Montreal Canadiens:

The Montreal Canadiens finished the season with 110 regular season points; that total gave them the Atlantic division crown (2 points ahead of Tampa Bay) and 3 points back of the Rangers for the best regular season record and the President’s trophy.  We expect Carey Price to have a similar record setting year, so riding the net minder in fantasy hockey contest is not a bad idea and we also expect to see Alex Galchenyuk up his previous point totals substantially with his move to center.

Tampa Bay Lightning:

The Bolts were arguably the best eastern conference team down the stretch.  Being able to lean on Steven Stamkos (the best, if not top 2, goal scorer in the NHL) certainly helps!  Their goalie. Ben Bishop emerged as a bonafide star.  Those two factors along with the emergence of young talent solidified the Lightning’s future.  We expect Stamkos to lay claim to the Maurice Richard trophy (top NHL goal scorer) and as such will be an expensive fantasy hockey darling.  Unforunately we do not bee Bishop repeating his exploits again and we expect to see the Bolts youth struggle a little bit.

Detroit Red Wings:

For 24 straight years the Detroit Red Wings have been a staple in the fantasy hockey post season landscape.  We are sorry to say that we don’t see this MoTown franchise extending it to 25.  Pavel Datsyuk, Herik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall are, and have been, remarkable talents, but the sun is setting on their careers.  We expect young guns like Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco and Riley Sheahan to take substantial steps forward and we expect the younger Wings to payoff in cash draft contests, but the Red Wings will not be playing for the Stanley Cup this spring.

Ottawa Senators: 

The Ottawa Senators took everyone by surprise when they went on an unheard of run to secure a post season spot.  Thanks to “rookie” goaltender Andrew Hammond, the Senators earned the right to face the Canadiens during the playoffs, eventually losing.  We expect to see the “Hamburgler” Andrew Hammond,  come back to earth so to speak.  Cash draft contest mangers should be wary of selecting Hammond, in our opinion, the talented net minder will not get a starters full slate of starts due to Anderson’s presence.  On the positive side for fantasy managers, we do see Bobby Ryan returning to his goal scoring form and as such could prove to be a bargain pick.

Boston Bruins:  

The Bruins were on the outside looking in come springtime last season and we don’t expect that to change this year.  With Milan Lucic moving on the Los Angeles, Douglas Hamilton being traded away and Zdeno Chara showing his age, the Bruins do not have a promising 2015-16 ahead of them.  We expect to see Tuukka Rask face a lot of rubber and steal a game or two.  As such he could provide some fantasy hockey value.  But goal scoring will continue to be at a premium in Beantown,

Florida Panthers:  

The Panthers almost clawed their way into the post season last year, the south Florida club certainly appear to have the perfect mix of youth and veterans, however that was not enough to secure a ticket to the spring dance last season.  While we do see the Panthers improving on their 2014-15 season, we do not see them making the playoffs again this year.  What we do see is  great deals for bargain fantasy hockey picks on this roster.  Names like Barkov, Jagr and Huberdeau are names that we see providing managers a good return on their investments.

Toronto Maple Leafs: 

The fabled Toronto Maple Leafs were a comedy of errors last season.  So much so that the off-season saw a complete overhaul of both the on ice product and the front office.  2015-16 will mark the first year of the Babcock error in Toronto.  We do see the Leafs getting better, but we also see all the other clubs around them getting better, as such we do see a very high draft pick in the Lefs’ future.  With no clear cut #1 goalie having distinguished himself, we would shy away from the Maple Leaf tenders, while they are certain to face a lot of pucks, they are anything but certain to win.  We advise shying away from this club in your fantasy contests.

Buffalo Sabres:   

It is hard to say just how bad the Sabres were last season, were they terrible or were they just bad?  Buffalo went all in for Connor McDavid but they had to “settle” for Jack Eichel.  We see the Sabres making some serious inroads this season, partly because we do not believe they were as bad as they let on last season and partly due to new, young and hungry blood.  We see Eichel giving fantasy mangers some serious return on their investments, at least early on, we will caution against leaning heavily on Evander Kane and we will say that Brian Gionta (for the money) will be a sure fire winner.

 

Metropolitan Division:

New York Rangers: COMING SOON

Washington Capitals: COMING SOON

New York Islanders: COMING SOON

Pittsburgh Penguins: COMING SOON

Columbus Blue Jackets: COMING SOON

Philadelphia Flyers: COMING SOON

New Jersey Devils: COMING SOON

Carolina Hurricanes: COMING SOON

 

Western Conference

Central Division:

ST-Louis Blues: COMING SOON

Nashville Predators: COMING SOON

Chicago Blackhawks: COMING SOON

Minnesota Wild: COMING SOON

Winnipeg Jets: COMING SOON

Dallas Stars: COMING SOON

Colorado Avalanche: COMING SOON

 

Pacific Division:

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

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