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Western Conference Finals Preview

And then there were two. The Stanley Cup Finals are quickly approaching and amidst all the drama of the semi-finals where upsets and stunners have been raining through many overtime sessions, the St. Louis Blues will face the San Jose Sharks in an epic Western Conference Final. Those two teams have made fantasy hockey players extremely happy with great bang for your buck lineups as you can imagine. Don’t miss out on this NHL Fantasy Hockey Western Conference Finals Preview brought to you by Fanpicks, where you can win millions in cash prizes during the NHL Playoffs.

NHL Fantasy Hockey Western Conference Finals Preview

For Blues and Sharks fans, this has been a huge relief after many years of great regular season action halted by sudden surprising upset knockouts in the playoffs. This will be the first time the Blues make it to the Conference finals in 15 years, giving them a chance to break their almost half a century spell and make it to the Stanley Cup finals.

What’s impressive is the way these 2 teams made it so far in the postseason.

First off with the Blues, who took down one of the most prominent dynasty in recent years, the Chicago Blackhawks in a nailbiting 7 game series. After winning that one, some players really stepped up like their usual 40 goal scorer Vladimir Tarasenko but got surprising help from their centers, Robby Fabbri and David Backes. Jaden Schwartz also stepped heavily but it was truly their series against the Dallas Stars that showed their resilience. With so many weapons, this Blues team was a delight for fantasy hockey players but their physique and solid game is what brought them all the way to game 7 against the dangerous Stars. Their Coach Ken Hitchcock led his team’s awkwardly good composure which destabilizes their opponents. Pure fundamentals and this is what get you to the cup. However, their fatigue with back to back 7 game series could potentially open a crack in their game.

 

The San Jose Sharks, a team picked by so many in previous years to win it all as well, not only due to their consistent regular season presence but depth in their lineup. They have speed and a lethal power play that could make a difference in this series once more since the Blues take a lot of penalties. With skillful player like Thornton, Pavelski, Marleau and Brent Burns with a red hot Logan Couture, they’re favorites to take this one. Fantasy hockey lineups will be full of sharks players the next 2 weeks but beware of their depth. Their goalie Martin Jones continues to prove himself but can he take a team to the cup? That’s the big question.

This will be the Sharks’ 4th time in a conference finals since 2004 after missing the playoffs this past campaign.

 

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Columbus Blue Jackets vs Buffalo Sabres

The Columbus Blue Jackets will travel Friday night to face Sabres in Buffalo. The Sabres will get a chance continue their longest winning streak of their campaign in what will be their final game at home home game. This NHL Fantasy Hockey preview is brought you by FanPicks.com. Come PLAY in our NHL Magic Million daily fantasy contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!

NHL Fantasy Hockey PreviewFor Columbus, they will definitely need more input from their forward Brandon Dubinsky. Dubinsky, a 2 time 20-goal scorer for the Rangers, scored twice on Wednesday to boost his season total to 17 goals. Their coach John Tortorella knows that Dubinsky’s input is very important for the team to keep progressing. In 4 seasons, he hasn’t gotten passed 17 and it could be promising. His teammate Brandon Saad netted 5 times in the past 4 games and is only 1 shy of a 30 goal season. Columbus’s offense is on point lately, especially snatching a pair of 5-1 wins around a 4-2 setback against the Rangers over the last 3 games. Look for the Blue Jackets to come out flying this game as favorites.

 

The Buffalo Sabres have grown a lot since the start of the season. They started their 2016 campaign on a 3-7-0 record and despite a 6 game losing streak during the year, record, they’re beating at times some of the best teams in the NHL. Their learning curve as a group with a new coach and new players was tough but it showed they’re a great team. A good news for the Sabres though, their forward Tyler Ennis, sidelined since suffering a concussion on December 30th was able to practice this Thursday for the 1st time in 4 months. The Sabres also brought up from the AHL, Cole Schneider and Evan Rodrigues from Rochester with both expected to make their NHL debuts tonight.

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Florida Panthers vs New York Rangers

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Two of the best and efficient teams in the NHL are squaring up tonight and complete their season series at the Madison Square Garden when the New York Rangers (40-24-8)  host visiting Florida Panthers. This NHL Fantasy Hockey preview is brought to you by FanPicks and WIN up to a $1 million with only $1 when you play in our NHL Magic Million promo contest at FanPicks.com

 

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These 2 teams ironically rank among the worst in the league in terms of shots per game but somehow rank among the best in terms of goals scored and shooting percentages. The season’s series has been split so far seeing each team win a game apiece. The Rangers’ forward Rick Nash had a hat trick in the first contest back in November in their 5-4 Overtime win. Roberto Luongo helped the Panthers in a 3-0 shutout win early January to snap their 7 game losing streak to the Rangers while maintaining a 8 game winning streak.

 

The Rangers have only won once in their last 5 games. They will need to stay composed and focus on their playoff push with only 10 games remaining in the season. Some of their big players have not been performing lately at all. Their goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 43 saves before he was pulled last game in their loss to the Sharks and 0-3-2 in his last 5 starts. Also Eric Staal, since being acquired from the Hurricanes has 3 pts in 10 games.

 

The Panthers on the other hand are doing quite well. Despite their loss to the Red Wings on Saturday, they’re still leading the Atlantic Division and 2nd in the Eastern conference. Some of their players are red hot such as Jussi Jokinen with 15 pts in his last 13 games, Vincent Trocheck with 9 in his last 7 and Nick Bjugstad 7 pts in the last 7 games. Florida will try to take advantage of the Rangers’ penalty kill, one of the worst in the league at 77.3 %.

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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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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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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:

Western Conference

Pacific Division:

Anaheim Ducks:    

The Ducks were not happy with their 2014-2015 end.  Losing to the eventual Stanley Cup winners does not make the pill easier to swallow, not when you are often picked by experts to go all the way.  That is the case again for the Ducks, pundits have chosen them as early cup favorites, what does that mean for fantasy hockey cash draft contest managers?  Simply put, selecting an Anaheim goaltender will be a value pick for the course of the season, they will win more than they lose.  If you are looking for skaters to fill up the score sheet, Corey Perry is a surefire goal scorer, for the right price he should be looked at hard.  Sleeper forward on the Ducks could be Jiri Sekac.  He coul offer big points for a low cost.

Vancouver Canucks:     

The Vancouver Canucks were surprise participants in last season’s spring dance.  Unfortunately we don’t see them repeating the exploit in 2015-2016, not with the aging cast they currently boast.  Ryan Miller, Henrik and Daniel Sedin along with Chris Higgins and Radim Vrbata have been great warriors on the ice for many years, but the sun is setting on their careers and we do not believe that they will have enough gas in the tank to make the post season.  That being said, there are some value picks here should a fantasy hockey manager look at the roster.  Miller will face and stop a lot of shots, Jannick Hansen will likely have a breakout season and Radim Vrbata, we believe, will reward managers well for the price.

Calgary Flames:  

If the Canucks are trending downward, the Flames are trending upward.  Young, hungry and well coached, the Flames will look to show that they are more than just last year’s flash in the pan.  While we do expect to see the Flames make the playoffs, we are weary to stock out fantasy hockey lineups with players who proudly wear the flame.  Can Hudler repeat last season’s point performance?

Los Angeles Kings: 

The Kings were onetime NHL favorites, due in large part to their size and style of play, but that did not stop them from missing the post season last year.  Nor does it stop us from predicting another long and tumultuous season for the LA club.  While we won’t’ pronounce ourselves on their fate, we will say that we expect a BIG year from Anze Kopitar and Tyler Toffoli, 2 players that will reward your hockey rosters with a great deal of points.

San Jose Sharks: 

Jumbo Joe was stripped of his captaincy last season and the Sharks were, essentially rudderless and ended up out of the post season.  This year saw Jumbo Joe maintain his non captain status but little Joe (Joe Pavelski) was named captain, in fact ushering in the “future” for the embattled Sharks.  We don’t expect to see this move pay off with a playoff participation, but we will say that Joe Thornton will likely have an axe to grind, making him a great fantasy hockey pick up!  For the price, he will reward managers with fantasy points.

Edmonton Oilers:

In 2014-2015 the Oilers were… well the Oilers.  Bottom feeders yet again, luckily for the Oil, their ineptitude got them Connor McDavid, the most sure fire prospect since Sidney Crosby.  We will go out on a limb and say that YES the Oilers will indeed make the playoffs on the back f super rookie McDavid.  With that being said we will say this for all fantasy hockey managers to note, Connor McDavid will reward his inclusion into a fantasy roster with top value!  We also expect former #1 Taylor Hall to give manager a big bang for their buck.

Arizona Coyotes:  

The desert dogs have fallen from grace in recent memory, though many will argue that last season this was due in large part to being “all-in” in the McEichel sweepstakes.   As it stands, the Coyotes fell just shy of the vaunted 1-2 draft picks.  Arizona drafter D-man Noah Hanifin with 3rd overall pick.  We expect the Coyotes to endure serious growing pains this season, but we do foresee OEL (Oliver Ekman Larsson) to continue his Norris trophy play and rack up points for fantasy hockey GMs.  On the front end we will say that youngster Anthony Duclair will be a great value pick for the cost.

Central Division:

ST-Louis Blues:

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Nashville Predators:

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Chicago Blackhawks:

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Minnesota Wild:

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Winnipeg Jets:

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Dallas Stars:

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Colorado Avalanche:

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Eastern Conference:

Metropolitan Division:

New York Rangers:

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Washington Capitals:

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New York Islanders:

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Pittsburgh Penguins:

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Columbus Blue Jackets:

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Philadelphia Flyers:

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New Jersey Devils:

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Carolina Hurricanes:

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Atlantic Division:

Montreal Canadiens:

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Tampa Bay Lightning:

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Detroit Red Wings:

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Ottawa Senators:

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Boston Bruins:

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Florida Panthers:

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Toronto Maple Leafs:

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Buffalo Sabres:

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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:

Western Conference

Central Division:

St-Louis Blues:

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.

Nashville Predators:

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.

Chicago Blackhawks:

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.

Minnesota Wild:

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.

Winnipeg Jets:

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.

Dallas Stars:

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.

Colorado Avalanche:

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.

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

Eastern Conference:

Metropolitan Division:

New York Rangers:

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Washington Capitals:

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New York Islanders:

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Pittsburgh Penguins:

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Columbus Blue Jackets:

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Philadelphia Flyers:

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New Jersey Devils:

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Carolina Hurricanes:

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Atlantic Division:

Montreal Canadiens:

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Tampa Bay Lightning:

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Detroit Red Wings:

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Ottawa Senators:

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Boston Bruins:

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Florida Panthers:

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Toronto Maple Leafs:

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Buffalo Sabres:

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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:

Metropolitan Division:

New York Rangers:

The New York Rangers were the toast of the NHL last season… up until they came up against the Tampa Bay Lightning.  113 regular season points allowed the Rangers to lay claim to the President’s trophy, but come the spring dance, that was not enough.  We expect to see the Rangers take a small step back this season, we expect them to make the post season, but not with the fanfare they did in 2014-2015.  We do expect to see Rick Nash pot somewhere in the vicinity of 30 goals and we expect to see Brassard lead the blue shirts in scoring.

Washington Capitals:

To anyone paying attention to the NHL with more than a passing curiosity, it is clear that the Washington Capitals have experienced a paradigm shift.  Another early playoff exit only seems to cement the focus that the Caps have.  We expect to see Alex the great continue to score goals hand over fist.  While fantasy managers may be wary of his price-tag, we are all but certain he will continue to pay dividends.  We also expect to see Backstrom return to a top 10 position in the scoring race (provided he stays healthy).

New York Islanders:

The Islanders are christening a new arena this season and look to continue their accession in the NHL ranks.  John Tavares is fast living up to his junior billing and the next great center-man and in so doing has taken the Islanders from substandard, to almost sure fire playoff participants.  We expect to see the Islanders continue their methodical climb out of the NHL cellar and return once more to the post season.  We also expect Tavares to command a hefty price tag in cash draft games, but we expect him to payoff big time, with a top 3 finish in the scoring race.

Pittsburgh Penguins:

The Pens have been less than impressive recently.  But this season, we expect to see the Penguins reclaim their dominance.  We expect that the Penguins will provide fantasy hockey managers with points, points and more points!  While a suspect defense may well hurt the pens, we foresee the arrival of Phil Kessel helping Sidney Crosby reclaim the NHL scoring title.  While the Pens will give up goals (no doubt), we believe this season will see them be forced to score that much more, and they will.  Kessel is a sure fire value pick.

Columbus Blue Jackets:

The Chicago Blackhawks loss is the Blue Jackets gain. Columbus has improved, but it was evident last season that they lacked some refined scoring.  With the addition of Bradon Saad, the BJ’s hope to have addressed that.  While their post season participation is still up for debate, we do believe that Saad will have a breakout year and Columbus’ offensive catalyst.  Saad’s fantasy value will quickly become evident, we see the young left winger potting 30 goals and leading his club in points.  A sure fire pick up in fantasy hockey.

Philadelphia Flyers:

Another year over and still no end in sight for the seeming eternal Flyer’s search for a #1 goal tender.  While front end talents (Giroux and Voracek) will continue to deliver, we cannot envision the Flyers making the playoffs.  Giroux had a slow start last season whi8le Voracek had a fast start, we believe that the if the price is right early in, Giroux will be a must pick up, but Voracek should be considered long and hard depending on the cost.

New Jersey Devils:

There is bad and then there is bad.  We can’t see any redeeming facets to the upcoming New Jersey Devil’s season.  We do expect that Corey Schneider will face (and stop) a great deal of shots.  If in a bind and in need of picking up a goalie that can provide fantasy hockey points. We will prop up Schneider, aside from him… stay away.

Carolina Hurricanes:

On paper the Hurricane’s should not have been as bad as they were in 2014-15.  But they were… bad.  It bears mention that their team captain and arguably the face of their franchise, Eric Staal, will be playing in as contract year, perhaps his final NHL contract.  We expect that the onetime 30 goal scorer will regain his one-time scoring touch.  Whether the big center-man remains in Carolina or is traded to another club, we expect to see Staal provide fantasy hockey managers a great deal of value and points.

 

Atlantic Division:

Montreal Canadiens:

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Tampa Bay Lightning:

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Detroit Red Wings:

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Ottawa Senators:

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Boston Bruins:

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Florida Panthers:

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Toronto Maple Leafs:

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Buffalo Sabres:

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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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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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Montreal Canadiens Net-Minder cleans up at 2015 NHL Awards

daily fantasy sportsWe asked our FanPicks’ FanSpot blog readers to vote for who they thought would win the NHL Hart trophy (M.V.P.) on June 24th 2015 in Las Vegas during the annual Awards show.

As has been the case all season long, our savvy hockey fantasy contest  players voted, overwhelmingly, for Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price to come away with the M.V.P. trophy… their votes proved prophetic.

Fantasy SportsDaily fantasy sports contest general managers continue to prove time and time again that they are astute and knowledgeable in a wide array of athletic competitions.

This comes as no surprise to the folks at FanSpot, quite the contrary, in fact FanPicks’ daily blog boasts  the TagLine Sharpen Your Sports IQ“.  As such the readers voting in the offered polls (in the latest case, for the NHL Hart trophy winner), evidentally value arming themselves with as much sports knowledge as possible.

It comes as no surprise that fantasy sports general managers and researchers voted that Carey Price would win in a landslide (68%), what may have been somewhat surprising was the fact that Price cleaned up at the award show, one might even say that it was the Carey Price show.  Price opened the night as the evenings first Trophy recipient; winning the Ted Lindsay Award; Most Outstanding Player (selected by members of the NHLPA ).

 

Below is the list of NHL awards in chronological order :

*Red denotes a trophy won by Carey Price
  • Ted Lindsay Award
  • Selke Trophy
  • Norris Trophy
  • Jack Adams Award
  • GM of the Year Award
  • Rocket Richard Trophy
  • King Clancy Award
  • Mark Messier Leadership Award
  • NHL Foundation Player Award
  • Art Ross Trophy
  • Calder Trophy
  • Vezina Trophy
  • William M. Jennings Trophy
  • Lady Byng Trophy
  • Bill Masterton Trophy
  • Hart Trophy

Following his claiming of the night’s inaugural trophy, Carey Price was able to rest (for perhaps the first time in the 2014-2015 NHL season).  Astute daily fantasy sports general managers could make an educated guess that the next time Price would be asked to leave his seat would be for the Vezina Trophy; NHL goaltender adjudged to be the best at this position (selected by the NHL 30 General Managers) announcement.

Sure enough, Price did indeed win the Vezina.  As effortlessly as an educated  fantasy hockey GM picks a “cap-less” winning line-up.  This time however the stoic and unflappable Price would not be given the luxury of reclaiming his seat.

Rather the terrific, young (27 year old) goalie would in fact be asked to stay on the stage to be bestowed yet another award.  This time, the man who rewrote the 105 year old Montreal Canadiens hockey franchise’s record book, would be called upon to lay claim to the William M. Jennings Trophy; Given to the goaltender(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it.

2 more trophies would be handed out, allowing a brief respite for Carey Price, until the final and most prestigious award was scheduled to be allocated.  The Hart Trophy; Awarded to the player judged most valuable to his team in the National Hockey League (NHL) (selected by members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association).

As with all great fairy tale stories, it doesn’t take a fantasy draft genius to ascertain how this star studded evening would end.  Sure enough, Carey Price laid claim the the NHL’s MVP award.  Although perhaps the term”laid claim” isn’t fitting enough.  The young man from Anaheim Lake, British Columbia did not simply “lay claim” the NHL’s most valuable player trophy.

That would be akin to saying that a daily fantasy sports general manager winning a fantasy hockey draft contest by a “landslide score” over his nearest competitor simply “won” the latest hockey cash draft.

Carey Price did not simply win the Hart Trophy… he won the Hart Trophy “going away”.  Leaving the other two nominees in his dust.

1. Carey Price, MTL 1498 Total Points

(139 1st place votes-14 2nd place votes –2 3rd place votes-0 4th place votes-0 5th place votes)
2. Alex Ovechkin, WSH 888 Total Points (8-75-45-18-4)
3. John Tavares, NYI 739 Total Points (4-41-63-27-16)

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LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 24: Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens poses in the press room after winning the Jennings Trophy, the Vezina Trophy, the Ted Lindsay Trophy and the Hart Memorial Trophy at the 2015 NHL Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 24, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks – 6/13/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions

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The 2015 NHL Finals will go at least six games as the series is tied at 2-2 following the results of Chicago’s 2-1 victory at home on Wednesday. Game 5 will be played in Tampa Bay on Saturday June 13th and NHL fantasy draft managers can tune to NBC TV at 8PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their rosters.

Each game of these Stanley Cup Finals has been decided by one goal and there has been no empty net goal up to this point of the series. Chicago has been held to two goals in three of the four games. The highest scoring team in the NHL is the Tampa Bay Lightning and in their two defeats thus far in the series they were held to one goal each time.

On the injury front NHL fantasy league participants better keep an eye on the status of the Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop. He was forced to miss Game 5 with what has been described by media reports as a lower body injury. Some have speculated that it is a groin problem.

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Chicago Blackhawks Center: Jonathan Toews broke his slump in these NHL Finals as he produced a goal in Game 4 on Wednesday. He has a goal and an assist in the four games. Toews had five goals in the final four games of the Anaheim series in the Western conference finals after going without a goal in five straight.

Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing: Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks with 21 points in the playoffs. He finally got in the scoring column of these NHL Finals with an assist in Game 4. Kane has gone five games without scoring a goal.

Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing: Patrick Sharp had an assist on Wednesday for two points in the NHL Finals. He has just two points in his past six games and has gone 13 games without scoring a goal.

Chicago Blackhawks Defensemen: Duncan Keith is tied for second on the club in scoring with 20 points in the postseason. Keith has two assists in four games against Tampa Bay in the Finals. Brent Seabrook has seven goals and four assists in the playoffs. He had a goal in Game 2 last Saturday and it is his only points in this series.

Chicago Blackhawks Goalie: Corey Crawford is 11-6 in the playoffs with a goal against average of 2.50 and 91.8% save percentage. He got the win in Game 4 as he turned away 24 of the 25 Lightning shots on his net.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Center: Leading scorer Tyler Johnson has a goal and an assist in the four games of the NHL Finals. The 24 year old struggled a bit in the Rangers series. He has just one goal over his past eight games.

Tampa Bay Lightning Right Wing: Nikita Kucherov is second on the club with 22 points in the postseason. He had a goal and assist in Game 2 and one assist since. Kucherov has had opportunities with seven shots over his past two games.

Tampa Bay Lightning Left Wing: Ondrej Palat has just one point in the four games of this series. The Johnson line has been defended well by the Blackhawks. Palat had a goal in Game 3 at Chicago. He has been held to one shot per contest in three of the four games of this series.

Tampa Bay Lightning Defensemen: Victor Hedman leads the defensemen with 14 points in the playoffs. He produced two assists in Game 2 and Game 3. Anton Stralman has no points in the past three games. He assisted on a goal in Game 1 on June 3rd.

Tampa Bay Goalie: Ben Bishop is 13-9 in the playoffs with a goal against average of 2.19 and 91.9% save percentage. Bishop is day to day and the morning skate on Saturday should provide more answers. Backup Andrei Vasilevskiy is 1-1 in four appearances in the playoffs with a goal against average of 3.19 and 89.5% save percentage. Vasilevskiy started in Game 4 and allowed two goals in the 19 shots he faced.

Best Fantasy Picks NHL Finals Cash Leagues

C: Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks)
RW: Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)
LW: Ondrej Palat (Lightning)
D: Duncan Keith (Blackhawks), Victor Hedman (Lightning)
G: Corey Crawford (Blackhawks)

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks – 6/10/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions

1 DAY FANTASY SPORTSGame 4 of the NHL Finals are on tap for Wednesday June 10th as the Chicago Blackhawks will be the home team facing the Tampa Bay Lightning. Fantasy hockey owners can tune to NBC Sports Network at 8PM Eastern Time from Chicago to follow the results of their real money cash league rosters.

After dropping Game 1 the Tampa Bay Lightning has responded with victories in Game 2 and 3 of this best of seven series. They have scored a total of seven goals over the past two games and were able to score big third period goals in the process. Each game has been decided by one goal and was tied sometime during the third period as well.

The pressure is on the big stars for the Blackhawks who have been mostly quiet thus far. The Chicago big guns in Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have been held without a goal in this series. They have combined for just one point and that coming by way of an assist. Defenseman Duncan Keith though without a goal for Chicago has contributed with two assists in the three games. The NHL fantasy draft value still sits with the Blackhawks because they have the benefit of setting the final substitutions on face-offs as they are the home team.

1 day fantasy footballTampa Bay Lightning Center: Tyler Johnson still holds the top spot for the Lighting for points in the playoffs at 23. He has 13 goals and 10 assists. He has points in two straight with a goal in Game 2 and an assist in Game 3.

Tampa Bay Lightning Right Wing: Nikita Kucherov has three points in his past two games. After a goal and assist in Game 2, Kucherov assisted on a goal in Game 3. He is second on the club with 22 playoff points.

Tampa Bay Lightning Left Wing: Ondrej Palat had a huge tying goal in Game 3 in the third period for the Lightning that negated a lead for the Blackhawks in a critical point. It took Palat just 13 seconds to answer a Chicago goal by Brandon Saad early in the third. He has 16 points in the post season.

Tampa Bay Lightning Defensemen: Victor Hedman has had a hand in four goals in his past two games with four assists. Hedman had assists on two goals in Game 2 and Game 3. He has 14 points in the playoffs. Anton Stralman had an assist in Game 1 but has gone scoreless since.

Tampa Bay Lightning Goalie: Ben Bishop is 13-9 in the playoffs with a goal against average of 2.19 and 92% save percentage. He was forced to miss the final nine minutes of Game 2 with a knee injury. Bishop played in Game 3 and made saves on 36 of the 38 shots he faced.

1 day fantasy sportsChicago Blackhawks Center: NHL fantasy value for Jonathan Toews as he has posted nine goals and ten assists for 19 points in the playoffs. The Blackhawks are at home so they get the last line change on face-offs. He is due with no goals and one assist in the first three games of this series.

Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing: Patrick Kane after three huge assists in Game 7 in the win at Anaheim has generated no points in the first three games of the NHL Finals.

Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing: Veteran Patrick Sharp continues his scoring slump with no goals and an assist in his past five games. He has been on the negative side with his plus minus in both the Western Conference Finals and NHL Finals.

Chicago Blackhawks Defensemen: With two assists in the first three games against Tampa Bay, Duncan Keith co-leads the club with 20 playoff points. He has two goals and eighteen assists. Brent Seabrook has a single goal in the first three games of the NHL Finals.

Chicago Blackhawks Goalie: Corey Crawford is 10-6 in the postseason with a goal against average of 2.59 and 91% save percentage. Crawford saved 29 of 32 shots in Game 3.

NHL Finals Best One Day League Fantasy Picks

C: Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks)
RW: Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)
LW: Ondrej Palat (Lightning)
D: Duncan Keith (Blackhawks), Brent Seabrook (Blackhawks)
G: Corey Crawford (Blackhawks)

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks – 6/8/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions

1 DAY FANTASY SPORTSThe NHL Finals are moving to Chicago for Game 3 when the Blackhawks host the Tampa Bay Lightning. Check out the up to the minute results of your fantasy league team on Monday June 8th at 8PM Eastern Time on NBC Sports Network for live TV of this playoff game.

Tampa Bay Lightning Fantasy value was high for Game 2 as the team was facing a deficit of 0-1 after failing to nurse a 1-0 lead late. The Lightning gave up two goals late losing 2-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL Finals opener.

The postgame comments from Game 1 gave clues to mock draft managers as the Lightning played away from their style and failed to add on the insurance goals. Tampa Bay flashed their top rated offense from the regular season in Game 2 as the team broke a 3-3 tie in the third period and made a 4-3 lead stand up to even the series at 1-1 as it heads back to the Windy City. Three Tampa Bay centers sit in the top four in the club in scoring.

1 day fantasy footballTampa Bay Lightning Center: Tyler Johnson broke a slump of five games without a goal as he found the net on Saturday. Johnson leads the Lightning with 22 points in the playoffs. He was held without a point in the opener.

Tampa Bay Lightning Right Wing: Nikita Kucherov has come up huge in the later rounds for his team in these playoffs. Kucherov after going without a point in Game 1 rebounds with a goal and an assist on Saturday. With 21 points he is now second on the club in scoring.

Tampa Bay Lightning Left Wing: Ondrej Palat was not able to join the party on Saturday as he was held scoreless despite skating on the Tyler Johnson line. He had a huge goal in Game 7 against the New York Rangers back on May 29th. Palat has just two points over his past five games.

Tampa Bay Lightning Defensemen: Victor Hedman contributed offensively in Game 2 as he dished out two assists for two points. This broke a streak of five games without a point for the Tampa Bay defenseman. Hedman has a goal and 11 assists for 12 points in the playoffs. Anton Stralman was scoreless on Saturday after dishing an assist for a point in Game 1. Stralman has a goal and seven assists for eight points in the postseason.

Tampa Bay Lightning Goalie: Ben Bishop is 12-9 in the playoffs with a goal against average of 2.20 and 91.8% save percentage. He allowed three goals in the 24 shots on his net in Game 2. With over nine minutes remaining in Game 2 Bishop left with a knee injury and is listed as day to day.

1 day fantasy sportsChicago Blackhawks Center: Jonathan Toews dished out an assist in Game 2 and now has nine goals with ten assists for 19 points in the postseason. Toews was scoreless in Game 1 but had two monster goals in the seventh and deciding game at Anaheim on May 30th in the Western conference final. At home with the last line change there is NHL mock draft value on Toews and his linemates.

Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing: Patrick Kane leads his club with 20 playoff points as he has scored ten goals and dished out ten assists. He has gone without a point in the first two games of the NHL Finals. At home the Blackhawks will have the benefit of setting up more favorable matchups for their top lines so keep that in mind when setting up NHL fantasy rosters for Game 3.

Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing: Teuvo Teravainen has two goals and an assist in the first two games of these NHL Finals. He has nine points in the playoffs with five of them coming in his past five games.

Chicago Blackhawks Defensemen: Duncan Keith is second on the club in the playoffs with 19 points. He has a plus minus of +13 in the postseason. Keith was held without a point in Game 2 which broke a string of five straight games with a point. Brent Seabrook had a goal on Saturday as he has seven goals with four assists for 11 playoff points. Seabrook has four goals over his past six games.

Chicago Blackhawks Goalie: Corey Crawford is 10-5 in the postseason with a goal against average of 2.56 and 91.6% save percentage. In the NHL Finals Crawford has allowed five goals in the 47 shots he faced.

NHL How to Pick Fantasy League Rosters

C: Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks)
RW: Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)
LW: Ondrej Palat (Lightning)
D: Duncan Keith (Blackhawks), Brent Seabrook (Blackhawks)
G: Corey Crawford (Blackhawks)

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