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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.

 

We hope you’re as excited as we are for this series and will keep you updated with the daily NHL TOP performers to help you BANK BIG these NHL Playoffs in our Magic Million Contests.

 

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Fantasy Hockey News Dallas Stars vs St. Louis Blues

Fantasy Hockey News – 02/16/16

The Dallas Stars (37-15-5) are playing against the St. Louis Blues (32-17-9) tonight. FanPick has all your  Fantasy Hockey News  for this game, available on our DFS contests. Here is the projected lineup:

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The Stars will play their last of a two games in two days stretch, and they will be putting in Kari Lehtonen in nets for this one. Antti Niemi will be resting after playing in last night game against the Nashville Predators. Lehtonen is coming into this one having won his last three start. He’s 13-6-2 this season with a goal-against of 2.10 and a save-percentage of .920 against the St. Louis Blues. The Finnish goalie picked up the shutout in the last meeting between the two, back in December. Dallas counts on him to even up the season series to two game apiece. Cody Eakin, who sustained an undisclosed injury on Saturday, in Washington, looked alright last night. He scored the Stars first goal in the game against the Predators. The Texan team can go for a fifth straight victory. Both Jamie Benn and Patrick Sharp collected 1 goal and 2 assists versus them Blues, this season.

The Blues will likely put Brian Elliot in front of the net for tonight’s game. If they do, it will be his 15th consecutive start. He’s been replacing Jake Allen, who injured his knee since January 8. Elliott is 9-3-3 with a 1.78 goal-against and a .945 save-percentage in those 15 games. St. Louis are being rewarded with the excellent production of their rookie, Robby Fabbri, this week. He’s on a career-high four-game point streak. The first round-pick for the Blues in 2014 has 2 goals and 5 assists in that stretch. Also, both Paul Stastny and Vladimir Tarasenko stand close to a point-per-game versus the Stars; Stastny has 34 points in 35 games and Tarasenko has 11 points in 12 games. Left wing Scotty Upshall is most likely to be playing in his 600 NHL game tonight. The Blues have been undefeated in two games at home against the Stars, this season.

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Daily Fantasy Hockey rookie watch – 2015/16 Season

A new season of Fantasy Hockey is upon us. So who from the new breed will stand out this year in the NHL? Here’s a list of new players looking to make their mark in Daily Fantasy Sports.

C Connor McDavid (Age 18) – Edmonton Oilers

Junior: 200 Games, 122 Goals, 231 Assists, 353 Points, 118 Penalty minutes

The Edmonton Oilers had three first overall pick in the past six years (Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov), but none come better  than Connor McDavid. He`s the most decorated player in the Ontario Hockey League, and his talent will transcend into the NHL. Even Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill said that he`ll definitely be a franchise player for 15-20 years. Edmonton’s fan will have a lot of “McLovin” for McDavid, that’s for sure.

C Max Domi (Age 20) – Arizona Coyotes

Juniors: 302 Games, 150 Goals, 241 Assists, 391 Points, 335 Penalty minutes

Grit runs in the Domi family. The son of former NHL enforcer Tie Domi has all of his father’s gene and even more. He has electrified the town of London, Ontario for 4 years, and now he’s ready to do it in Arizona. The only gripe about his game is his habit to dangle with the puck from one end of the ice to the other. It’s something that will come to hurt him in the NHL. Head coach Dave Tippett will need to teach him how to implement teammates in his game.

LW Anthony Duclair (Age 20) – Arizona Coyotes

Juniors: 247 Games, 130 Goals, 161 Assists, 291 Points, 190 Penalty minutes

Duclair is the main return in the trade that sent All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle to the New York Rangers, so a lot of pressure will be on his shoulders to perform. The speedy goal scorer built off some early experience during his stint in the NHL, early on last season.

LW Nikolaj Ehlers (Age 19) – Winnipeg Jets

Juniors: 144 Games, 107 Goals, 157 Assists, 264 Points, 150 Penalty minutes

There is a new generation of Danish talent, and Ehlers is one of them. He’s a natural sniper who will score a lot of goals for the Jets. He will need to incorporate more physicality into his game to play in the NHL. The Dane is a nice addition to Winnipeg’s roster, who needs a nice offensive prospect since Evander Kane was traded.

C Jack Eichel (Age 18) – Buffalo Sabres

NCAA: 99 Games, 59 Goals, 84 Assists, 143 Points, 62 Penalty minutes

Second overall behind McDavid pick in the 2015 draft, Eichel is the second freshman to win the Hobey Baker award since Paul Kariya, in 1993. He led the NCAA in scoring with 71 points, as well as in goals with 26. Buffalo has a really nice consolation prize after missing out on McDavid in the draft.

C Robby Fabbri (Age 19) – St. Louis Blues

Juniors: 177 Games, 94 Goals, 110 Assists, 204 Points, 166 Penalty minutes

Fabbri saw his best season in 2013-14 collecting 87 points during the OHL regular season and 28 more when the playoffs came around. The Blues have produced high-end prospect over the year. You can put Fabbri to this list.

D Joe Morrow (Age 22) – Boston Bruins

Juniors: 283 Games, 43 Goals, 147 Assists, 190 Points, 319 Penalty minutes

After Dougie Hamilton was traded in the offseason, Boston left a spot open in their defensive core. That hole is likely going to be filled by Joe Morrow. He’s an aggressive two-way defenseman who will fit perfectly in the Bruins organization.

C Nicolas Petan (Age 20) – Winnipeg Jets

Juniors: 340 Games, 136 Goals, 306 Assists, 442 Points, 253 Penalty minutes

Don’t be fooled by his size, Petan is one of those players that plays big. He doesn’t shy away from having a physical game too. The Winnipeg Jets were impressed by his play during development camp.

C Sam Reinhart (Age 19) – Buffalo Sabres

Juniors: 286 Games, 133 Goals, 221 Assists, 354 Points, 69 Penalty minutes

Reinhart is another second overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres, but he came a year earlier than Jack Eichel. He’s good at making his teammates good. Can’t wait to see him on the same line with Eichel. The Sabres future looks bright.

G Andrei Vasilevskiy (Age 21) – Tampa Bay Lightning

KHL: 54 Games, 18 Wins, 2.21 Goal against average, 0.923 save percentage, 4 Shutouts

Vasileskiy made waves with his performance in last year’s Stanley Cup finals. Tampa Bay knows that entering this season, Vasilevskiy and Ben Bishop make for a great pair. The Russian could quickly dethrone Bishop as the starting goalie though. His athleticism and big body make him a near future all-star.

 

 

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