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Western Conference Preview
The NHL Playoffs begin tonight, so Fanpicks is here to bring you all you need to know with our Western Conference Preview.
(1) Dallas Stars (50-23-7-2, 109 pts) vs. (WC) Minnesota Wild (38-33-9-2, 87 pts)
In the wild, wild West, the top-seeded Dallas Stars face the Minnesota Wild. It marks the first time the Stars, who relocated to Dallas from Minnesota in 1993, will face the Wild in the post-season.
The Stars come in blazing, having won nine of their last 11 while overcoming injuries to key forwards Tyler Seguin (Achilles tendon) and Patrick Eaves (lower body).
The Wild closed their own season out by losing their last five games, and though one can try to claim their minds were already on the playoffs… losing five in a row of anything in’t good. It begins to affect you, and they’ve already gone through a mid-season coaching change, so the psyche isn’t necessarily strong in that locker room.
To make matters worse, the club recently announced that offensive catalyst Zach Parise is dealing with a back issue and is out indefinitely. Thomas Vanek (18 goals) and Eric Haula (14) are also injured.
(2) St. Louis Blues (49-24-5-4, 107 pts) vs. (3) Chicago Blackhawks (47-26-7-2, 103 pts)
The first series in the Western Conference to get underway features a pair of long-time division rivals. The Central division’s St. Louis Blues facing the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks. It marks the 12th meeting between the two franchises, with Chicago leading the all-time series 8-4.
The Blues may have been the team nobody wanted to play against the most as the season wound to a finale. So, it’s a good thing Chicago probably has the best roster in the West.
Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook form a core that have already brought three Stanley Cups to Chicago in the last six years. So, even though the Blues are trending upwards they will certainly have their hands full.
(1) Anaheim Ducks (46-25-7-4, 103 pts) vs. (WC) Nashville Predators (41-27-12-2, 96 pts)
The Ducks’ victory capped an impressive run that began immediately following the NHL’s Christmas break. Anaheim opened the season 1-7-2 and was 12-15-6 following a 3-2 overtime loss at the Rangers on Dec. 22.
Starting with a 4-2 win over Philadelphia on Dec. 27, the Ducks closed the season 34-10-5.
Their run was just enough to catch California rivals the LA Kings and snatch the division crown away.
Offensive leaders Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were under fire early on, as Getzlaf didn’t score for the first 14 games of the season, and didn’t collect his first even-strength goal until February 4, 2016…Game number 49. But the duo ended-up finishing 1-2 in team scoring with 63, and 62 points respectively.
While youngin’ Filip Forsberg is an offensive dynamo( 33 goals, 64 points), Nashville’s strength lies in their defensive core. Shea Weber is the biggest name of the bunch, but D-partner Roman Josi (61 points) had the better season and should be a Norris candidate himself. Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis are no slouches either, which is why the club felt comfortable in dealing away potential franchise defenseman Seth Jones for star center Ryan Johansen who had fallen out of favour in Columbus.
John Gibson is young, but a proven big-game performer at all levels so he may get the majority of the starts, but Frederik Andersen has been in this position before.
Pekka Rinne had an off-season for his standards, so the jury is out on whether or not he’ll turn things around when it matters most.
The Ducks and Predators will meet for the first time in the playoffs.
The Kings will face the Sharks for the fourth time. The Kings have won two of three series including a first-round matchup in 2014, when Los Angeles became the NHL’s fourth team to overcome a 3-0 series deficit.
Anze Kopitar is perhaps the league’s best centerman, as he dominates every aspect of the game with relative ease. He will be supported offensively by a streaking Jeff Carter, who has six goals in his last eight games, and a slew of talented vets.
Defensively, Drew Doughty is the Norris Trophy (league’s top D-man) favorite, and gets even better in the playoffs.
Goalie Jonathan Quick is probably the NHL’s best playoff goaltender, and set a personal career-high with his 40 victories this season.
Los Angeles squandered a chance to clinch the Pacific Division following a 4-3 shootout loss to Winnipeg on Saturday in which the Kings blew a 3-0 lead.
The last game of the regular reason maybe not seem important to clinched teams, but if the Kings can’t hold off the Jets up 3-0…there is serious reason for concern.
Joe Thornton had his best season since 2009-10 keading the Sharks with 82 points in 82 games. More often than not, he was busy setting up captain Joe Pavelski (38 goals ) and defenseman Brent Burns (27 goals, 75 points).
Martin Jones proved to be a fruitful acquisition for San Jose this year, but has only 57 minutes of playoff experience under his belt (no starts), compared to Jonathan Quick’s 4684 and pair of Stanley Cup rings.
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.
Daily Fantasy Hockey Lineup
There are only five games on the NHL schedule tonight, and with the season coming to a close, matchups become even more important when considering your daily fantasy hockey lineup.
Some daily fantasy players like to spread their wealth over an abundance of games, but as some teams are fighting for their playoff lives others are dreaming of greener pastures so effort levels can waver significantly.
In this edition of my daily fantasy hockey lineup, I’ve loaded up on Kings, and Panthers, while rounding out my team with stalwart’s from playoff teams (one exception: Columbus’ hot Boone Jenner)
- My Lineup
The Tampa Bay Lightning were expected to be contenders this season, but have dealt with their share of drama from the get-go. Captain Steven Stamkos has had a whirlwind season including the non-stop trade rumours due to his status as an impending unrestricted free-agent, while top prospect Jonathan Drouin refused to report to their minor league affiliate for a while leading to an in-house suspension.
Just as Tampa thought that things would turn up in time for the playoffs, those hopes took a major hit when the club announced the loss of Stamkos for one-to-three months with a blood clot this weekend, and top pairing defenseman Anton Stralman with a broken leg last week.
Scoring winger Ondrej Palat missed over 20 games this season due to injury, but has heated up of late going on a tear about a month ago and recently producing 4 goals and 8 assists for 12 points over his last 10 games.
Though the Vancouver Canucks have won two straight, the Kings are still the heavy favorite. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the Canucks hadn’t won one in their previous 10 and LA is true Stanley Cup contender.
Enter a trio of Kings: Jonathan Quick, Jeff Carter and value pick Kris Versteeg.
Jonathan Quick is one of the league’s few elite goaltenders, and is aiming for a career-high 40 wins tonight. He’s at least $1000 cheaper than the St-Louis Blues tandem of Jake Allen (injured) and Brian Elliott, more talented than them and has the desired matchup.
I also stacked two members from the Florida Panthers top line. Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr. Barkov has made a habit of wrecking the Montreal Canadiens this year, and capped off the season with a 4-point effort (2 goals, 2 assists) on Saturday night. The young Finn is fresh, confident and primed to wreck the Maple Leafs tonight.
Linemate and living-legend Jaromir Jagr has points in 5 straight games, while scoring at least one point in 16 of 21 games since turning 44 years old on February 15th (9 goals, 13 assists). He shows no signs of slowing down heading into the NHL playoffs.
NHL DFS Results
A special edition of NHL DFS Results is brought to you instead of our usual pre-game lineup. We’re going post-game here as I had another winning ticket for my Saturday night picks. It wasn’t the best of performances, far from it. But it was in the money and that’s all that counts, right folks?
I present to you both images. The nice green line and little man, indicating that you’ve had a successful night, as well as the detailed overview of my roster.
The only ones who failed me were my Canadian team representatives. I should’ve known Alex Galchenyuk would have an off-game, Charles Hudon played a strong game but you can’t say the same about the rest of the Canadiens.
Erik Karlsson had an easy game against the Leafs, his Senators even won 4-0. But the star defenseman failed to find the scoresheet. Very disappointing. At least he was a plus-2.
The rest of my team did great though, specifically my forward choices. With major playoff implications on the line the big guns delivered.
Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist, Oshie had a powerplay goal, the ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr had 2 assists. Jaden Schwartz came through with 2 big assists as the Blues narrowly edged the Stars 5-4 late in that one.
Shayne Gostisbehere scored a huge goal for the Flyers to tie the game at 4 in the third period, but Philadelphia also fell by a score of 5-4 to Jagr and the Florida Panthers. The kid is so clutch it’s ridiculous. Don’t look now, but the Flyers sit just 3 points out of a playoff spot. Escaping that one with 2 points would’ve went a long way.
Jonathan Quick didn’t exactly come through, but I’ve seen worse performances from a big-ticket goalie sink ships before and I survived. I’ll let it slide this time.
DFS NHL Lineup
Another edition of our Fanpicks.com DFS NHL Lineup is here. Our experts’ picks were in the money again last night, so we’re not going to give it away too easily. Sometimes we give you the picks and the easy money, but we’re going to make you work for this one. That is the fun of it after all! Let’s compare rosters.
- My Lineup
With a whopping $1300 leftover there’s still lots of room for flexibility. Every player chosen is on a hot streak of sorts, with multiple points over their last 10 games. The one exception to the rule is LW Charles Hudon of the Montreal Canadiens. The star prospect will be skating in his third game for the injury-plagued Habs, on the second line next to speedsters Thomas Plekanec and Paul Byron. It’s a huge gamble but I’ve been scouting the kid for years and I like him more than the other options, even up to $4300.
The tough decisions were choosing Joe Thornton over Evgeny Kuznetsov and Connor McDavid. While the latter two are mega explosive and on nice runs of their own, Jumbo Joe has just been too consistent since the holiday season.
Alex Galchenyuk has been the leagues leading goal scorer since late February with 11 goals in his last 8 games. Yes, goals, not points. But I’m sure you’re well aware of that.
Jaden Schwartz and his Blues are facing the struggling Dallas Stars. Vlad Tarasenko is simply too pricey, so the steady Schwartz will have to do. He is a slick playmaker who makes things go on the powerplay and is never too far from Tarasenko.
TJ Oshie has been rolling for the Capitals lately. They’re on the west coast to face the San Jose Sharks tonight, so with no Ovechkin or Kuznetsov in this lineup, Oshie was easy pickins’.
The Flyers are red-hot, and Claude Giroux is the leader offensively but they have pretty widespread scoring. That made Shayne Gostisbehere an easy choice. Without any Philly forwards on the squad, the rookie had to be in my lineup.
Erik Karlsson has been colder than normal but with 70 points in 69 games this season, you can’t really go wrong with the star d-man, A matchup with the Leafs definitely works in his favor as well.
DFS NHL Lineup
On this busy day in the sports world, we take a minute to bring to your our DFS NHL Lineup for tonight.
While there are six games on the schedule tonight, most of them are late night as this Wednesday night belongs to the Western Conference.
The New York Islanders will play the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7 pm in the lone Eastern Conference dual, while the other other Eastern team in action will be the league leading Washington Capitals who are in LA to face the Kings at 10:30 pm.
Let’s take a look at my lineup tonight.
It’s rare I choose a Maple Leaf, but the kid can play. Soshnikov has been terrific since being recalled by the Marlies with 3 points (2 goals) in his first 5 NHL games. The task will be tall as Thomas Greiss will be between the pipes for the Islanders. Jaroslav Halak will be out for 6 weeks so the crease is Greiss’ to own. He has been spectacular this season in relief with an 18-6-3 record, .930 Sv% and 2.20 GAA. He is definitely the goalie to own tonight versus the lowly Leafs, if you’re willing to pony up that kind of coin ($9000).
I’m riding the Ducks train again, and as Perron is cheaper than Perry and the rest of the gang I’m sticking with him. He has been nothing but consistent since arriving in Anaheim and I like him tonight against the weak Avalanche defense.
Colorado’s offense is another story. Not exactly the Dallas Stars, but Nate MacKinnon, Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and Jarome Iginla know how to score. At first I had Landeskog in the lineup, and then some tinkering got me Iginla too. Stacking the Av’s isn’t the best idea, so I kept Iginla in against the mighty Ducks (cause they’re good, that’s not their name anymore) as his veteran presence will be key in this matchup.
In the vacant spot I slotted in Islanders winger Kyle Okposo. I was tempted to go with Anders Lee as he has been on a streak, but Okposo is just a load when he is on his game, and the Toronto defense cannot support his weight.
Kuznetsov and Kopitar are two of the NHL’s best centers who will face-off in a dynamite game tonight.
Matt Niskanen has filled in nicely for John Carlson while he has been hurt. The bump in ice-time has come with fantasy rewards.
Shea Weber‘s been on a roll of late, piling up fantasy points every night. His goaltender Pekka Rinne is hot and cheaper than Greiss. The Pred’s haven’t lost in 10 games in regulation.
Fantasy Hockey Targets
With four early games on the schedule this afternoon, Fanpicks is here to supply you with the fantasy hockey targets you’ll need to win your DFS contest.
As always, we supply you with at least a couple of DFS value picks (usually more) and fill out the roster with big-ticket players. There’s nearly always cash leftover in order to give you the flexibility to make it your own. (Lineup Below)
- Starting the day at 1 pm (est) off is Minnesota versus Buffalo. The Wild are the heavy favorite, but they have an array of scorers so it’s hard to say who’s going to have their day. The safer way to go when dealing with teams like that is to ride the hot-hand of course. Those hands belong to Jason Pominville today. The former Sabre has 12 points in his last 9 game, and a return to your former stomping grounds is always inspiring. Jack Eichel was tempting, as he played over 23 minutes last game but we were dedicated to our other options up the middle. That’s not to say don’t play the kid, he is a very nice option today.
Rather, Rasmus Ristolainen ($3700 – Value Pick) will represent the Sabres for my squad. He is their number one defenseman who played nearly 25 minutes a night, and has 36 points. Sure he can be a defensive liability, but other players with similar qualities (I’m looking at you Tyson Barrie), cost A LOT more.
- Next up at 3 pm, the Flames are in Pittsburgh to face Sidney Crosby and the Penguins.
Crosby has 5 points in his last 3 games and will be relied on to lead the charge against Calgary. When he’s at the top of his game, there is none better.
I selected Carl Hagelin as an insurance policy to Crosby. He’s that extra lining to protect your big investment. Simply, if it’s Evgeni Malkin‘s line that goes off, you can still get in on those precious Penguin points.
Newly acquired Justin Schultz should make his debut in black and yellow this afternoon. At $3000 he could be a huge value pick, especially if he gets any powerplay time with the big guns. But that’s by no means a gaurantee, so I went with the slightly more costly option in Derrick Pouliot ($3300 – Value Pick). The 22-year-old quietly has 6 assists in 17 games since being recalled from the AHL. and usually plays around 15 minutes a game. He is a very talented puck mover and does get some time on the man-advantage, so if he can get at least one assist I will be satisfied.
Marc-Andre Fleury will be between the pipes and has only allowed 2 goals in his last 3 starts. The Pens need to win this game if they want to carry momentum into the playoffs, so I’m going with arguably (Dubnyk) the safest bet in the pool.
- Also at 3 pm, the Avalanche play host to the Predators. Filip Forsberg is the man to own in these days, but as I went with cheaper options at LW I tagged his setup man Mike Ribeiro at center instead. All of those cross-ice one timers Forsberg scores on the PP come off the stick of Ribeiro, so if he can piggyback the mighty Swede it’ll be a good day.
Since I wasn’t taking the number one sniper in this game, Jarome Iginla instantly became a target. He’s already scored once this season against Nashville, and playing in Colorado gives the veteran a chance at the matchups he needs to thrive.
- Finally, at 4 pm the LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks do battle for Pacific division supremacy. Tied at 80 points a piece, the Kings have 2 more wins than their SoCal bredren, but two points today and none of that matters.
Ryan Getzlaf sat out Anaheim‘s last contest, but should be back today. In any case, David Perron is a solid value pick. He’s been a mainstay in my lineup for the past month and always performs. He isn’t just riding the coat-tails of the bigger named Ducks either, he is setting them up for success too. Jamie McGinn (LW) is also a nice option today, he’s scored in both games for Anaheim since being acquired at the deadline.
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.
Los Angeles Kings vs San Jose Sharks 1/24/16 Preview
Due to our featured game, Pittsburgh vs Washington being postponed due to #Blizzard2016, we’re going to take a look at another game on the NHL schedule tonight. I will breakdown the matchup and hopefully, give you some good daily fantasy advice.
Los Angeles Kings (23-18-3) at San Jose Sharks (25-18-3) (10 pm EST)
Though the Kings lead the division by a country mile, the Sharks have closed that gap over the past two weeks. Cut it in half to be precise. The Kings are one of the NHL’s best defensive teams (second overall), but the Sharks are eighth in league scoring and on a roll.
Vinny Lecavalier has been all the talk in LA since his recent acquisition. With three goals already, powerplay time, Marian Gaborik on his wing (on the third line), and a Milan Lucic suspension – The 1998 first overall pick could have a big game.
1997’s first overall pick, Joe Thornton has been even more dominant of late. He’s been great for just over a month now, and is on an eight-game point streak (2 goals, 9 assists).
Teammate Joe Pavelski has four points in his last two games and always comes through in big situations (as proven by his NHL leading 8th GWG). A divisional matchup with their eyes on first place is just the kind of motivation he needs.
The Sharks should push hard for a big win at home tonight, while the Kings try to slow the pace and hit everything in sight. A couple of powerplays could be the difference for San Jose. If Thornton and Pavelski can produce they will secure victory.
Kings Captain Dustin Brown has been terrible offensively this season, but as said for Pavelski, a rivalry for divisional supremacy may just bring out the best in him. You may want to take the chance if you’re really looking for a deal.
Martin Jones will be getting the start for the Sharks against his former squad, while Jonathan Quick minds the net for the Kings.
Calgary Flames vs LA Kings- 4/9/15 NHL Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions
The NHL Western conference playoff race is hot and heavy and the big game tonight for NHL Fantasy Managers to choose for their rosters involves the Calgary Flames hosting the LA Kings at 9PM Eastern Time on NHL Center Ice Package.
The LA Kings are on the outside looking in with just two games remaining. The team sits two points behind Calgary for a playoff spot and trails Winnipeg by three points. With a three period loss the Kings will be eliminated from the playoffs. The Kings have gone deep in the playoffs the last three years with two Stanley Cup wins and one Western conference finals series loss. Hockey is the longest season of the major sports in North America and that three year run may have well took its toll on the players as the team has lacked energy.
The Calgary Flames have won two straight and four of their past five games entering play. The team has been good offensively averaging nearly three goals a game good for fifth best of the 30 NHL teams in the league. A win or overtime loss will clinch a playoff spot for the Flames.
LA Kings Goaltender: Jonathan Quick was a surprise backup in the team’s crucial loss to Edmonton on Tuesday. Head coach Darryl Sutter didn’t want Quick in net in a back to back playing their third game in four nights with tough road tests at Calgary and San Jose to close out the rest of the season. No doubt Quick is in net in this must win for LA. Jonathan Quick has played in 70 games this season and is 35-21 with 13 overtime losses with a goal against average of 2.26. His save percentage of 91.7%. In four games against Calgary he is 1-1 with two losses in overtime and 2.67 goals against average. Quick has played well down the stretch allowing just four goals total over his past three games.
LA Kings Center Icemen: Jeff Carter leads the Kings centers with 28 goals on the season. He has been quiet of late as he is have failed to score a goal in three straight games and four of his past five. He does have three assists in that span. Anze Kopitar has just two points over his past three games.
LA Kings Right Wing: Marian Gaborik had a big game at home to Edmonton last Thursday. Since then he has just one goal and no assists over his past three games. Dustin Williams no points and no assist in three straight games.
LA Kings Left Wing: Dwight Kings has a single point in three of his past four games. Kyle Clifford has seen more ice time since Tanner Pearson went out with an injury. He has not produced a point in three straight games and only one point in four of five. Andy Andreoff has averaged nearly nine minutes a game over his past five contests and has just one assists to show for his efforts.
LA Kings Defensemen: Drew Doughty gets minutes and will provide opportunity for hockey draft managers in One-Day Cash Leagues. In the 4-2 loss to Edmonton Doughty accounted for a goal with an assists. Bad news Doughty was on the ice for the Oilers four goals so Doughty finished with a plus minus of -2 for the game. Jake Muzzin has three points over his past five games with a plus minus of +2 averaging 23 minutes of ice time.
Calgary Flames Goaltender: Jonas Hiller has been in nets for the Flames past five games. He gave up two goals to lowly Arizona on Tuesday in a closer than expected 3-2 victory. On the year Hiller is 15-19 with four overtime losses and a goal against average of 2.39. In three games against the Kings Hiller is 2-1 with a 3.15 goals against average.
Calgary Flames Center Icemen: Sean Monahan has a point in five straight games with a plus minus of +3 in that span averaging 20 minutes of ice time per game. Joe Colborne has just a goal and assist over his past five games averaging 15 minutes of ice time.
Calgary Flames Left Wing: Jiri Hudler leads Calgary with 73 points on the year. He has two goals and five assists over his past five games with a plus minus of +6 in that span.
Calgary Flames Right Wing: David Jones is one to stay away from with a goal and assist over his past five games with a plus minus of -4.
Calgary Flames Defensemen: Dennis Wideman has logged in an average of 27 minutes per game over his past five and has seven points and a plus minus of +4. Mark Giordano has our assists over his past five games with 25 minutes of ice time per game.
NHL Fantasy Mock Draft Manager Picks
C: Jeff Carter (Kings) Sean Monahan (Flames)
RW: Marian Gaborik (Kings)
LW: Dwight King (Kings)
D: Drew Doughty (Kings) Dennis Wideman (Flames)
G: Jonathan Quick