Fantasy Hockey Preview

We welcome you to this special edition fantasy hockey preview. A great night for hockey fans is upon us. With twelve, that’s right TWELVE hockey games on the tube tonight, fans and fantasy players alike will have their hands full keeping up with all the fast and furious action.

– Kicking things off at 7 pm (est) is the main event, the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. This cross-conference rivalry goes back to their Stanley Cup Finals days.

Patrick Kane has been an absolute machine this season. He has 15 points in his last 12 games, and 88 on the season. He is gunning for 100 and is must-see TV. His linemate, rookie Artemi Panarin ain’t too bad himself, with 59 points in 63 games.

The Bruins combo of Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron themselves have been dynamite this season, as Marchand has 32 goals and is tied for third in the NHL for even-strength goals. Bergeron is the two-way stud he always is, and shines in games like this against players like Kane.


 

I’m weary of any Montreal Canadiens or Anaheim Ducks. If you watched the game or even the highlights from last night you’ll know why. That was the most physical game the Canadiens played all season and while the Ducks are tough,it takes it’s toll on you as a player.

The Ducks have been the NHL’s best team over the past month and a half so while still playable, temper your expectations against the Vancouver Canucks.

The Habs could surprise in LA, but the Kings are fresh and looking for an important two points on a night the Ducks could jump them for the division lead.

Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter, Tyler Taffoli and Drew Doughty are all solid picks from the Kings, while Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are options for Anaheim. Normally, Sami Vatanen, Cam Fowler and Hampus Lindholm are sturdy but they are inexperienced so back-to-backs may not be the best situation for them.


 

The Minnesota Wild head to Toronto to face the reeling Maple Leafs. Toronto has won just two of their last ten, and have dropped their last three games.

The Wild need to win this game to remain in the playoff race out West, and the Leafs lineup is unrecognizable to most fans.

Jason Pominville has 2 goals and 6 points in his last 3 games, and 12 in his last 8.

Garret Sparks will start in goal for Toronto.

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Evening NHL DFS Picks

Stadium Series Edition

Earlier we posted our afternoon NHL DFS Picks, and here we present our Evening NHL DFS Picks.

With a classic Habs vs Leafs game, and another edition of the #StadiumSeries, having just four games on the evening schedule ain’t so bad. We have a strong roster with a ton of money left, $1800 to be exact. Let’s see who I selected from a condensed set of options.

  • My roster

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Stadium Series – I figured based on 90% of previous outdoor games that this will be a low scoring affair as well. With that being said, I limited myself to just one player from each side.

In a game of such epic proportions, you expect the young players to be a little shell-shocked to start off, so I went with the veterans in the Stadium Series.

Jarome Iginla was my selection from the home-town Avalanche. The veteran sniper has been filling the net regularly for the past three weeks and if there is a goal to be had early-on, or really late Iggy will do it.

Pavel Datsyuk always stars under the lights, and skating in the Stadium Series is blinding. I personally cannot wait to watch the 2016 version of the greatest rivalry of my life-time. It’s always special when the Red Wings and Avalanche get together and tonight will be something really special. A real sight to see.

I think the Canadiens line of Alex Galchenyuk, Lars Eller and Sven Andrighetto will be have too much speed and skill for the talent ravaged Maple Leafs. But if I went with Galchenyuk and Andrighetto over Jarome Iginla and Max Pacioretty the amount of cap room left over would be ridiculous. I decided to try to max out the cap as much as I could while focusing on the favourites in each matchup.

Pacioretty plays with Plekanec and Gallagher on the Habs top line,  but the aforementioned trio displays more natural, high-paced chemistry. Pacioretty and Gallagher’s individual talent compared to the rest of the pool, and a date with the Leafs made them the choice.

Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau has the puck on a string at the moment, and often finds more twine.

The Kings should dominate the Sabres, and I expect the horses to pull the carriage. Kopitar hasn’t missed a beat since comng off an injury and Doughty is just too solid at both ends of the rink.

Mike Condon was a great discount and since our big-ticket choice Jonathan Quick will be riding the pine we stuck it out with the Montreal netminder.

 

 

 

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Stars vs Kings

FanPicks.com NHL Preview

The Dallas Stars (29-12-5) will face off against the Los Angeles Kings (28-13-3) for an exciting Western Conference clash on Tuesday night. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy hockey competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $10K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy sports site.

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The Stars are in a 3 game losing streak. To make matters worse, defenseman Jordie Benn was placed on injured reserve Monday because of a lower-body injury. Esa Lindell was recalled from the Texas Stars of the AHL to replace him. It is said that Benn should only be out for a short period of time. Tonight will be Dallas 3rd straight game on the road.  The Stars are 12-7-5 on the road and 3-5-2 in their past 10 games overall.

 

Los Angeles are on the verge of their first back-to-back victories since its 5 game win streak that ended on January 4th. Last week was a big week for forward Anze Kopitar. He scored 2 goals and 5 assists in the three games the Kings played. The Slovenian was named with the NHL 3rd star of the week.One player that needed a big change to turn is season around is Vincent Lecavalier. He has scored a goal in each of the past two games and scored 2 goals and an assist in five games since he and defenseman Luke Schenn were acquired by the Kings in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers.

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