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Thursday Fantasy Hockey Previews

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Penguins vs Bruins

The Pittsburgh Penguins look to pick up the pieces on Thursday after a lackluster performance in their last outing. Pittsburgh’s high-octane offense was stuck in neutral in Tuesday’s 3-0 setback to St. Louis. It ended the team’s streak of scoring at least four goals during its four-game winning streak, which included a 5-1 rout of Boston on Sunday.

Capitals vs Devils

The Washington Capitals have surged to the top of the NHL standings but will look to rebound from their first regulation defeat in 14 games. Washington suffered a 3-0 loss at Ottawa on Tuesday.

Canadiens vs Islanders

The New York Islanders have reversed course on the direction their season was headed by recording at least a point in five straight games (4-0-1), highlighted by a 3-0-1 mark under the watch of interim coach Doug Weight. The Montreal Canadiens have outscored the Islanders by a 28-14 margin en route to winning the last seven encounters.

Maple Leafs vs Flyers

The Toronto Maple Leafs are showing no signs of cooling off as the All-Star break approaches, recording at least one point in 13 of their last 15 games (11-2-2). Toronto looks to remain ahead of schedule and knock off the Philadelphia Flyers.

Kings vs Hurricanes

The Los Angeles Kings snapped a four-game losing skid in their last outing. Carolina has been outscored by a disastrous 20-5 margin during their four-games losing streak, but it improved to 3-0-1 in its last four meetings with Los Angeles after posting a 3-1 victory on December 8.

Flames vs Senators

The All-Star break can’t come soon enough for the stumbling Calgary Flames, who will try to stop a four-game slide when they visit the Ottawa Senators. Calgary has surrendered 20 goals during its four-game skid and has been manhandled by Toronto and Montreal on the first two legs of its three-game road trip.

Lightning vs Panthers

The Tampa Bay Lightning will attempt to win back-to-back games for only the second time since Thanksgiving. They followed up one of their worst losses of the season Saturday in Arizona with one of their most inspiring triumphs Tuesday, when they rallied for four third-period goals to beat Chicago 5-2.

Blue Jackets vs Predators

The Columbus Blue Jackets have answered the franchise-best 16-game winning streak by surrendering 33 goals to record losses in six of their last 11 games. The Blue Jackets look to tighten their defense and resume their pursuit of the top spot in the Metropolitan Division versus Nashville Predators.

Blues vs Wild

The Minnesota Wild look to wrap up a scintillating 7 1/2-week stretch when they host the St. Louis Blues in their final game before the All-Star break. Minnesota holds a two-point lead atop the Central Division and owns the best record in the Western Conference in the wake of a spectacular 20-3-1 mark since December 4.

Jets vs Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks are among the most successful teams in the NHL this season, but 20 percent of their regulation losses came against the struggling Winnipeg Jets. Winnipeg has allowed only two goals in three victories over Chicago, and the Jets can use a victory entering the All-Star break after back-to-back home defeats.

Sabres vs Stars

The Buffalo Sabres’ newfound knack for winning games has them within striking distance of their first Stanley Cup playoff berth since 2010-11. They’ve won three straight, all in overtime. Buffalo erased a two-goal deficit and Jack Eichel scored twice, including the one in the extra session in Tuesday’s 5-4 victory in Nashville.

Canucks vs Coyotes

The Arizona Coyotes look to remain perfect on their five-game homestand and seek their first three-game winning streak of the season when they battle their Pacific Division-rival Vancouver Canucks.

Oilers vs Sharks

The streaking San Jose Sharks will be sorry to see the All-Star break come as they aim for the seventh consecutive victory. San Jose has posted four one-goal victories during the run, including a 4-3 triumph at Winnipeg on Tuesday in which Patrick Marleau scored his fifth goal in two games with 4:33 remaining in the third period to snap a tie.

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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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