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Preview: Sharks at Flames

Tensions may come to a boil when the San Jose Sharks visit the Calgary Flames on Thursday in a battle of the Pacific Division’s top two teams. While San Jose has won three in a row and 10 of 13 and Calgary is on a torrid 9-1-1 run, their physical New Year’s Eve contest was ratcheted up a notch after Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk’s hit on defenseman Radim Simek caught the ire of several Sharks players.

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“We’ll see,” San Jose’s Evander Kane told reporters when asked if the late actions in Calgary’s 8-5 win will play into Thursday’s tilt. “It’s something hopefully everyone in this room remembers because it doesn’t matter who you are – whether you are a skilled guy, a big guy, a tough guy, a small guy, it’s on each and every person in this room to stick up for one another.” Captain Joe Pavelski scored his team-leading 29th goal 2:49 into overtime of Tuesday’s 3-2 victory versus Winnipeg to give him eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last four outings. While San Jose appears charged for the rematch, Calgary star Johnny Gaudreau said he is focused on his team’s play as it heads toward a pivotal stretch in the schedule. “This is the most important part of the season, these last 30 games,” said the 25-year-old Gaudreau, who leads the team in goals (29), assists (45) and points (74). “You’re still trying to string together wins, other teams are battling, trying to make wild-card spots. It gets harder down the stretch. This when you need your best players to show up, night in and night out.”

TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN-Plus, NBCS California (San Jose), Sportsnet 1 (Calgary)

ABOUT THE SHARKS (31-16-7): Defenseman Brent Burns set up Pavelski’s short-handed goal in overtime on Tuesday to boost his club-high totals in assists (48) and points (58). Like Burns, Logan Couture is also riding a four-game point streak after his power-play versus the Jets gave him three tallies and three assists in that stretch. Joonas Donskoi hasn’t been as fortunate of late as he has been held off the scoresheet in four consecutive contests heading into the tilt with Calgary, against which he has three goals and an assist this season.

ABOUT THE FLAMES (34-14-5): Tkachuk wasn’t interested in providing bulletin-board material when he met with reporters on Wednesday to discuss the rematch with the Sharks. “I don’t think I’m going to be the guy who’s going to give you what you want on that quote,” the 21-year-old said. “… We have guys that can play that style, too. (Kane) is a good player. They’re a really good team. It’s going to be a great game.” Sean Monahan notched five assists for a career high in points for a game in the last meeting with the Sharks, while Gaudreau and Tkachuk each scored two goals and set up two others.

OVERTIME

1. Calgary and San Jose combined for 64 penalty minutes in the final 41 seconds in their New Year’s Eve game.

2. The Sharks have surrendered the second-most goals in the league in the first five minutes of a period (48).

3. Calgary F Mikael Backlund, who had two goals in the last meeting with San Jose, has five points (three goals, two assists) in his last four games overall.

 

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Preview: Oilers at Sharks

Edmonton Oilers superstar captain Connor McDavid thought his team had turned the corner following a sizzling 11-game run only to find itself on the seat of its pants with losses in six of the last seven contests. The Oilers look to pick themselves up once again on Tuesday when they visit the San Jose Sharks to begin a three-game trek through California.

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“Obviously it is frustrating, there is no other way to say it,” McDavid told reporters. “Especially because we have shown we can be a good team. We had that (8-2-1) stretch where we looked really good and now we have wavered and find ourselves dipping a bit. We just have to get back to that brand of hockey that we know we can play.” The 21-year-old McDavid opened the scoring 52 seconds into Sunday’s 6-3 setback versus Vegas to move one goal shy of 100 for his career. While Edmonton is spiraling down a mediocre Pacific Division, San Jose entered Monday’s action in first place with wins in three of its last four contests. Captain Joe Pavelski was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week on Monday, two days removed from recording his fourth straight multi-point performance in a 4-0 win over St. Louis.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, Sportsnet West (Edmonton), NBCS California (San Jose)

ABOUT THE OILERS (9-10-1): Leon Draisaitl is doing all he can to alter Edmonton’s struggling ways, as the 23-year-old has pulled even with McDavid in goals (12) after scoring five in his last seven outings in addition to setting up four others. Goaltender Cam Talbot has been waiting on his 100th win with the Oilers for five long games, as he has posted a gaudy 4.63 goals-against average and .845 save percentage during that stretch. The 31-year-old split a pair of encounters with San Jose last season and owns a 5-3-2 mark with a 2.68 GAA and .907 save percentage in 10 career meetings.

ABOUT THE SHARKS (11-7-3): Two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson scored his first goal since March 27 – then a member of the Ottawa Senators – with a power-play tally at 3:34 of the second period on Saturday. “I’ve been feeling good all year; it just hasn’t worked out on the scoresheet,” the 28-year-old Swede told reporters. “But sometimes that’s the way it is. I don’t think I’m doing anything different now.” Karlsson set up Evander Kane just over four minutes later to notch consecutive multi-point performances and extend his assist streak to three games.

OVERTIME

1. San Jose C Logan Couture leads the team’s forwards in assists (14) after setting up three goals for the seventh time in his career on Saturday.

2. Edmonton RW Alex Chiasson has scored in back-to-back contests to push his point streak to three games.

3. The Sharks have not allowed a power-play goal in their last six games and are 44-for-46 on the penalty kill in their last 17 overall.

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Preview: Sharks at Hurricanes

The San Jose Sharks made a big statement last time out and look to extend their winning streak to four games when they visit the improving Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night. The Sharks, who opened the season shaky with four losses in six games (2-3-1), started their streak by allowing one goal each in two home wins before scoring three times in the third period at Nashville on Tuesday to earn a 5-4 victory.

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“It was a great test,” San Jose forward Timo Meier told reporters after notching a goal and an assist against the Predators, who came into the game 7-1-0. “They’re one of the top teams, no doubt about that. We know we’re up there, too.” The Sharks swept both contests last season and own three straight victories against the Hurricanes, who snapped a three-game slide with a solid 3-1 victory at Detroit on Monday. “They earned a win,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour told reporters. “They did the things right and there was no doubt who the better team was, and that’s the way we have to play.” Center Sebastian Aho leads the Hurricanes with 14 points and has at least one in all nine games, the second-longest streak to start a season in franchise history, behind only Hall of Famer Ron Francis (11 straight in 1984-85 with the Hartford Whalers).

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCS California (San Jose), FS Carolinas

ABOUT THE SHARKS (5-3-1): Coach Peter DeBoer shuffled his defense pairings for the third period against Nashville, moving Erik Karlsson alongside Brenden Dillon and reuniting Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun during the comeback. “You’re down 4-2, and things aren’t going the way you want them to go, you either change the forward lines, or you change the D pairs, or you change the goalie,” DeBoer told reporters. We decided to change the D (Tuesday).” Karlsson has recorded five assists, but the two-time Norris Trophy winner owns a minus-7 rating in the first nine games with his new team.

ABOUT THE HURRICANES (5-3-1): While Aho continues adding to his impressive point total, offseason acquisition Micheal Ferland has scored in four straight games to lead the team with six goals. Scott Darling, who suffered a lower-body injury late in the preseason, was recalled from a conditioning stint Thursday and will join Curtis McElhinney along with Petr Mrazek in a three-goalie rotation for the near future. “I don’t think that’s the plan but that’s one of those decisions that are kind of out of my hands,” Brind’Amour told the Raleigh News & Observer. “The good news is we like all three of them.”

OVERTIME

1. The Hurricanes had two power-play goals and were 4-for-4 on the penalty kill Monday at Detroit, but are still in the bottom four of the league in both.

2. San Jose C Logan Couture shares the team lead in points (10) with D Brent Burns and the top spot in goals (five) with Meier and F Joe Pavelski.

3. Carolina D Justin Faulk scored Monday to give him 228 career points, moving past Glen Wesley into second on the franchise list for blueliners.

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Preview: Sharks at Predators

The Nashville Predators will be challenged to continue their NHL-best 7-1-0 start without reigning Vezina Trophy winner Pekka Rinne, but will still be in good hands when they host the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. Juuse Saros, Nashville’s No. 2 goaltender, is 4-0-0 with a 1.54 goals-against average and .945 save percentage this season and 25-14-10, 2.36, .925 in 52 career games as Rinne’s backup.

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“You could call him the best backup goalie in the league or you could just call him one of the best goalies in the league,” Predators forward Filip Forsberg, who boasts team highs of five goals and eight points, told reporters. “He could definitely be a starter on many other teams if he wasn’t behind the Vezina Trophy winner.” Rinne (undisclosed injury), who left Friday’s 5-3 victory at Calgary after colliding with teammate Kevin Fiala, and Saros have backboned the NHL’s stingiest club as Nashville allows a league-low 1.88 goals per game. San Jose begins a three-game road trip after defeating Buffalo and the New York Islanders at home by a combined 9-2. “I liked how we played,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer told reporters. “I think we played some pretty good hockey all year. We didn’t get rewarded on the road to start the season, but I knew it was a matter of time if we kept playing that way. We got home here, we’re comfortable, we started to score, we feel a little bit confident. There’s two good home wins for us. We go back on the road again now.”

TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network

ABOUT THE SHARKS (4-3-1): Joe Thornton, who has 397 goals and 1,428 points in 1,495 games, made the trip but is questionable to play because of a knee infection that has forced him to miss the last six games. “He’s getting closer, but we’re not there yet,” DeBoer told reporters after Sunday’s practice. “I actually think this might be a blessing, because when they took another look at it when he got the infection and confirmed that structurally, it looks fantastic. So there’s nothing else we’ve got to do.” Logan Couture boasts team highs of five goals and eight points after scoring four times in the last two games and recording six points in his last three contests.

ABOUT THE PREDATORS (7-1-0): Viktor Arvidsson has four goals after scoring in Saturday’s 3-0 victory at Edmonton while Saros made 31 saves in recording his fifth career shutout and first this season. Defenseman Mattias Ekholm (two goals, seven points) is a club-best plus-8 as every full-time player is a plus except Fiala (minus-2). Top four defensemen Roman Josi (23 minutes, 57 seconds ice time per game), Ryan Ellis (23:38), P.K. Subban (23:14) and Ekholm (21:32) are playing the most for Nashville, which has allowed only 10 goals during even-strength situations.

OVERTIME

1. San Jose has killed 15-of-16 penalties over the last four games after yielding five in 18 opportunities in its first four contests while Nashville is 3-for-27 on the power play.

2. Nashville will call up G Troy Grosenick, 29, to back up Saros. Grosenick has appeared in two NHL games – with San Jose in 2014-15.

3. The Predators have won four of the last five meetings overall and six straight encounters at home (playoffs included), and are 12-0-1 in their last 13 games versus the Sharks at Bridgestone Arena.

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2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Second-round previews

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins

The Lightning will come into this series as the more rested team after making quick work of the New Jersey Devils in Round 1. But after coming off an emotional high from a wild Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, don’t take the Bruins lightly. In fact, the Bruins owned the Lightning during the regular season after walking away with the W in three of their four meetings.

The matchup should be highlighted by a battle between two of the best lines in hockey: Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak versus Kucherov-Stamkos-Miller. The Bruins’ trio combined for 30 points in Round 1, while the Lightning’s top three had 20 points in its five-game series with the Devils.

Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins

What would a second round be without the Capitals and Penguins going head to head?

The Capitals will be looking for revenge after being eliminated by their Metropolitan rivals the past two postseasons. And, of course, the spotlight will once again shine brightest on the renewed showdown between the teams’ respective captains. While Sidney Crosby (10 goals, 22 points) historically comes out on top in terms of series wins, Alex Ovechkin (12 goals, 26 points) has statistically fared better between the two in their 20 playoff contests against one another.

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Nashville Predators vs Winnipeg Jets

It’ll be a Battle of the Titans in this second-round series. The Predators and Jets finished first and second league-wide, while their regular-season meet ups were always competitive. One key to the series could be the Predators’ Pekka Rinne, who was only average in Round 1 against the Colorado Avalanche, while Jets netminder Connor Hellebuyck put up a far superior performance in eliminating the Minnesota Wild.

Vegas Golden Knights vs San Jose Sharks

Both sides made quick work in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, sweeping away the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, respectively. If Vegas isn’t already getting its due credit, it should after taking out a two-time Cup champion. Netminder Marc-Andre Fleury played like a virtual wall, while Sharks goalie Martin Jones was no slouch either. San Jose could also get a boost in the second round should Joe Thornton return from injury.

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2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

First-round previews

Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils

From first overall pick to first playoff berth in six seasons, the surprising New Jersey Devils are set to take on the top-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning. The series features a pair of Hart Trophy candidates in Nikita Kucherov and Taylor Hall, but the X-factor should be Devils netminder Keith Kinkaid, who emerged as the starter down the stretch and played phenomenally, but will now be tasked with shutting down one of the league’s most potent attacks.

Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs

The cruelty of the playoff format pitted two of the top teams in the conference against each other in Round 1, but this one should be a doozy. The Maple Leafs won three of four contests versus Boston this season, and Mitch Marner led the way with nine points. However, the red-hot Bruins were merely one point away from capturing the East’s top seed. Don’t be shocked if this one goes the distance.

Washington Capitals vs Columbus Blue Jackets

Metropolitan Division adversaries are poised to do battle in what should be an evenly contested matchup. The biggest questions for this series lie between the pipes, as Washington has elected to lean on backup Philipp Grubauer as its starter, while Sergei Bobrovsky’s career postseason save percentage is a dreadful .887. Whoever wins out in goal is likely moving on.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Philadelphia Flyers

The defending champs begin their quest for a three-peat against their most bitter rivals, a spectacle that was can’t-miss television last time they met in the playoffs in 2012. Pittsburgh holds a notable depth advantage, emphasized by the acquisition of Derick Brassard before the trade deadline. That said, five of the NHL’s top 15 scorers are in this series, so buckle up.

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Nashville Predators vs Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche were dreadful a season ago, but, to the surprise of just about everybody, have qualified for the playoffs in a year when nobody gave them a chance. Their reward? A matchup with the NHL’s most complete team, which is looking to avenge last season’s Stanley Cup disappointment. If the task wasn’t already tall enough, the Avs will have to get by without starter Semyon Varlamov, who was ruled out for the season.

Winnipeg Jets vs Minnesota Wild

The Jets concluded the season with the second-most points in the NHL (114), and have plans far beyond earning their first series win in franchise history. To do so, though, they’ll need to take down a Wild squad that went 14-6-5 down the stretch. While they’re missing their top blue-liner in Ryan Suter, the animosity between these Northern rivals should make for quite an entertaining series.

Vegas Golden Knights vs Los Angeles Kings

Even though it’s been decided for weeks, the Golden Knights making the playoffs in their inaugural season is nothing short of astonishing. The atmosphere in Vegas should be rocking to get things started, but the NHL’s 31st franchise has a tall order on its hands. Shutting down MVP candidate Anze Kopitar will be tough, but it could make the difference in what promises to be a fast-paced, intense series.

Anaheim Ducks vs San Jose Sharks

The start times are late, but this West Coast battle should be fought tooth and nail. Both the Ducks and Sharks match up quite evenly and know each other quite well, but health will be a big factor. San Jose is doubtful to have Joe Thornton in the lineup, while Anaheim starter John Gibson is banged up as well. Regardless of who’s in and who’s out, expect this one to be neck-and-neck.

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Stanley Cup Preview

NHL Hockey playoffs doesn’t get any bigger than this. Game 1 of this exciting Stanley Cup finals featuring the San Jose Sharks against the Pittsburgh Penguins will begin Monday at 8PM EST at the Consol Energy Center. This series has the potential to be an instant classic with the Penguins being a much different team than during the regular season and the Sharks ‘ red hot offense peaking at the best moment. Don’t miss out on this Fantasy NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Preview brought to you by Fanpicks, where you can win millions in cash prizes during the NHL Playoffs.

 

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Both of these teams have been playing at their best during those playoffs with players showcasing great talent and consistency. The regular season series is split with each tream winning a game apiece but not much history against one another.

For the Pens, it will be their first time back in the Finals in 7 years since winning the title in a 7 game nailbiting series against the Red Wings back in 2009. With only a few of the championship cast remaining such as Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz, Letang and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh as an edge of experience compare to the Sharks. On top being there at the biggest stage, the Penguins speed is nothing like any other team San Jose has faced during the playoffs thus far. Many weapons the Pens possess in offense can hurt the Sharks if they don’t step it up physically. They’re led by Phil Kessel (18 pts) who has 6 goals in his last 9 playoffs games. It will be Sidney Crosby’s 3rd appearance in  the finals.

 

The Sharks will hope that Marc-Edouard Vlasic shuts continues his tremendous defensive work and shuts down as much of the Penguins’ top forwards. The Pens will definitely have a tougher time penetrating through the Sharks but as the series progress.

San Jose will be making its first ever appearance in a Stanley Cup Finals in franchise history. Only 2 players on their rosters have made it to the finals in their careers. Suprisingly, neither their veterans Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have had the chance to make it to the cup.

They will rely on their cut throat offense that boasts a whopping average of 3.5 goals a game. 4 of the postseason top 5 scorers are Sharks players and their top 2 lines are nearly impossible to contain consistently.

 

This will be one of the most compelling and interesting Stanley Cup finals in recent years and we hope you’re as excited as we are for this series. Don’t forget to sign up for free and  BANK BIG this Stanley Cup with our Cross Sports and NHL Contests.

 

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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.

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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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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.

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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

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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.

 

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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.

 

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NHL Fantasy Draft Picks 12-22-2015

Montreal Canadiens versus Minnesota Wilds NHL Fantasy Preview 12-22-2015

The Montreal Canadiens continue their holiday road trip with a matchup against the Minnesota Wilds. NHL draft managers can tune to NBCSN on Tuesday December 22nd at 8PM Eastern Time to track the results of their daily fantasy draft picks.

The Wild are on a two game skid. They allowed 6 goals in yesterday’s game against offensive powerhouse Dallas Stars. But they hold the 4th place in the Central Division with an overall record of 17-9-6 for 40 total points. They are one of the better defensive unit allowing 2.35 goals per game, ranking them 2nd in the Western Conference.

The Habs have been struggling in the past 2 week, losing 8 of their last 9 games. Despite that, they still hold 1st place in the Atlantic Division, with a record of 20-12-3 for a total of 43 points. The original six team has given up 11 goals and scored 3 in their last 2 games.

This is the 2nd day of a back-to-back games for both teams. Each one are coming off a humiliating loss, so it comes as no surprise that a bounce back win is needed for either one of them.

 

Wilds Top DFS Performers

 

C Mikko Koivu

Koivu played his worst game yesterday, posting a minus-3 and no points. But how can we hold it against him, his entire team didn’t show the energy to compete. The captain will need to skip over that and get back on the tear he was before that game, with 9 points in 4 games.

 

G Darcy Kuemper

Kuemper has yet to lose a regulation game this season. He has a record of 3-0-4, with a 2.28 GAA and a .922 Save%.

 

LW Zach Parise

25 points in 29 career games against Montreal, for the American, is more than enough to select him in your cash draft contest tonight.

 

Canadiens Top DFS Performers

 

D P.K. Subban

Subban hasn’t scored a goal in 2 month. The flashy D has 11 points, including 5 goals, in 6 career games against Minnesota.

 

San Jose Sharks versus Los Angeles Kings NHL Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-22-2015

Top 2 teams in the Pacific Division, Los Angeles Kings & San Jose Sharks, will clash on Tuesday night. DFS draft GMs can tune in to NBCSN at 10:30 PM Eastern Time to track down the scoring results from your roster fantasy picks.

The Kings are leading the Pacific Division, despite being the weakest division in the league. Los Angeles has a record of 20-10-2 with 42 points. They are coming off from an upset loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, a score of 5-0. The 2014 Stanley Cup Champions lead the NHL in goal allowed with 2.2 per game. Their offense has been kind of quiet this season, netting 2.5 goals per game. With elite forwards like Jeff Carter, Anze Kopitar, Tyler Toffoli and Marian Gaborik on their payroll, it is just a matter of time before this team explodes.

The Sharks have lost 8 out of their last 10 games. They will be completing a 5 game away stand in L.A. tonight. San Jose was able to gain 5 out of the 8 possible points on this road trip. A win at Staples Center will put the cherry on top of the Sunday, and bring them closer to the Kings in the Pacific Division Standing. Darryl Sutter`s squad is 8 points behind (34 points), with 16 wins, 15 losses and 2 overtime losses.

 

Sharks Top DFS Performers

 

D Brent Burns

Burns keep racking up those goals like pancakes. He lit up the red light 51 times in the past 3 season. He also leads the team with 148 shots on goal.

 

C Joe Pavelski

Pavelski leads the team in goals (16) and assist (17). He has 7 points in his last 4 games.

 

Fantasy Hockey Value Picks

C Joe Pavelski (San Jose Sharks)

C Mikko Koivu (Minnesota Wilds)

LW Zach Parise (Minnesota Wilds)

D Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks)

D P.K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens)

G Darcy Kuemper (Minnesota Wilds)

 

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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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