NHL Fantasy Hockey News Senator vs Flyers

Dominate your competition with our  NHL Fantasy Hockey News, create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. The Ottawa Senators and Philadelphia Flyers have separated wins in both games this season at Canadian Tire Centre. Senators goalie Craig Anderson made 36 saves in a 4-0 victory Nov. 21. Center Sean Couturier had one goal and two assists in a 4-2 Flyers win Dec. 1.

Ottawa did not practice Friday. Forward Mark Stone won’t play Saturday, but could return to the lineup next week. Stone sustained a chest injury March 30 against the Winnipeg Jets.

Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux did not practice on Friday. He was the only player missing from what could have been the Flyers’ final full practice of the season. Beginning Saturday they’ll play their final six regular-season games in nine days, with three sets of back-to-back match-ups. Goaltender Ray Emery was signed to a contract for the remainder of the season Friday, but Emery must go through waivers before he can officially join the squad since he played in Europe earlier this year.

The Senators are Emery’s first NHL team. This confrontation will be without too much of importance for the Sens, as they are out of playoffs contention. It’s unlikely the Flyers will take them lightly though. They have won two straight, including a 3-2 defeat of the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

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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 vs Ottawa Senators – 4/26/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions

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The Montreal Canadiens will look to put away the Ottawa Senators as these two bitter rival meet in a Game 6 of their NHL playoff series. Ottawa will be at home at 6PM Eastern Time aired on NBC Sports Network.

Montreal stormed out to the 3-0 series lead on Ottawa as they were able to pull out one goal victories. Two of the Canadiens wins came in overtime. Ottawa is a team that looked hopelessly out of the playoffs during the regular season as the Boston Bruins lead as the final playoff seed in the East looked unattainable for the Senators to capture. After a coaching change the Senators played good defense hockey and got solid net minding. For several years Ottawa was knows for good offense but defensively would give up very high quality shots on net with porous defense. Ottawa has held together defensively by allowing no more than two regulation goals per game over the past four games of this series. Montreal has only been able to score one goal in their past two games as Ottawa facing elimination has resorted back to the outstanding defensive ways seen in their playoff drive. Facing elimination the Senators responded with a 1-0 home victory in Game 4 then went into Montreal on Friday and came away with a 5-1 road win.

Montreal Canadiens Center: Torrey Mitchell has led the Canadiens centers with three points with a goal and two assists. Mitchell has only averaged 12 minutes of ice time in the post season ranking last on the team’s centers. Tomas Plekanec has seen an average of 20 ½ minutes of ice time and has one goal in the series on 20 shots.

Montreal Canadiens Right Wing: Brian Flynn had a goal and two assists in the playoffs. After scoring three points in Game 1, Flynn has gone scoreless in his past four games.

Montreal Canadiens Left Wing: Max Pacioretty has just one goal in this series in four games played. He scored 30 goals for Montreal during the regular season. Jacob De La Rose has no points in five games of this series.

Montreal Canadiens Defensemen: P.K. Subban had three points in this series. He is among the leaders in ice time for the Canadiens with an average of 25 minutes per game. At issue for hockey draft managers is the penalty minutes Subban has piled up as he has sat 25 minutes in the box in this series. No other defenseman in the playoffs has more than one point in this series. Tim Gilbert has a goal.

Montreal Canadiens Goalie: Carey Price has played in all five games of this series against Ottawa and is 3-2 with a goal against average of 2.31. His save percentage is 92.3%. He has allowed to goals or fewer in three of the five playoff games.

Ottawa Senators Center: Mika Zibanejad is among the leaders in playoff scoring for Ottawa as he had a goal and three assists for four points. Kyle Turris has a goal and an assists in five playoff games. Turris has seen average of over 19 minutes of ice time per game in these playoffs.

Ottawa Senators Right Wing: Mark Stone has no goals but four assists for four points in the playoffs. During the regular season Stone had 26 goals with 38 assists.

Ottawa Senators Left Wing: Mike Hoffman is only averaging 12 minutes of ice time per game and has produced a goal and two assists for the Senators. Clarke MacArthur has two goals in this series.

Ottawa Senators Defensemen: The Senators have got great scoring production by their defense in this playoff series. Erick Karlsson and Patrick Wiercioch are among the team leaders. Karlsson had netted a goal with three assists. Karlsson leads the Senators in average minutes per game during the postseason with over 28 minutes. Wiecioch had two goals and two assists in the post season.

Ottawa Senators Goalie Andre Hammond was in net in Game 1 and 2 of this series. With a 91.4% save percentage Hammond has been resorted to a backup. Craig Anderson was inserted into the starting lineup on Wednesday the Ottawa net minder is 2-1 with a goal against average of 0.95 and save percentage of 97.6%

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