Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Trailblazers – 4/27/15 NBA Playoff Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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The bail out game for NBA fantasy managers will take place in the Pacific Northwest as the Portland Trailblazers will try and stay alive in their playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies. Portland is home for Game 4 that begins at 10:30PM Eastern Time over TNT TV.

It has been all Memphis in the first three games of this playoff series as they hold a 3-0 lead after winning Game 3 on Saturday in Portland. The Trailblazers have not defended very well as the tallest team in the NBA is having difficulty dealing with both Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph in the low post. Missing from the Trailblazers roster is backup guard Wes Matthews who was lost for the season with an Achilles’ tear. The Grizzlies suffered a major injury to their cause as defensive stopper and guard Mike Conley is out after going under surgery with broken bones on his face. It could be a somber moment for the Portland Trailblazers fan base as it could be the last game for LaMarcus Aldridge as a Portland Trailblazers. He is a free agent at the end of the season and going to be pursued by many teams. Rumor is San Antonio is eying Aldridge for a max free agent contract.

Memphis Grizzlies Point Guard: With injury to Mike Conley it will be Beno Udrih seeing significant minutes in Game 4. Urdih has been nursing a bad ankle but media reports have him playing on Monday. He had a monster Game 1 in the Trailblazers 100-86 victory with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists making 9 of 14 shots. In Game 2 Udrih had 19 minutes of play and scored ten points. He did not play in Game 3 on Saturday.

Memphis Grizzlies Shooting Guard: Courtney Lee is averaging a team high 32 minutes in the playoffs and is third in scoring at nearly 16 points per game. He is shooting 62% from the field in the three games against the Trailblazers. If fouled his is making free throws at 12 of 13 from the charity stripe.

Memphis Grizzlies Power Forward: Zach Randolph is grabbing 8 rebounds and scoring 14 points per game in the postseason. Randolph and Gasol are getting the job done for Memphis on the glass and both open up outside shooting opportunities for the Grizzlies guards and forwards.

Memphis Grizzlies Small Forward: Jeff Green has one start and Tony Allen two starts at this position. Both are playing nearly identical minutes approaching 29 each. Green is averaging nearly ten points a game and Allen the defensive specialist at 5 points per contest. Each is grabbing nearly six rebounds per game.

Memphis Grizzlies Center: Marc Gasol is the Grizzlies leading scorer in the playoffs at 18 per game. He is contributing in others areas with 8 rebounds and 5 assists per game. The height and length of the Trailblazers are impacting Gasol’s shooting percentage as he is just making 35% of his shots in the series. He is drawing fouls and getting to the free throw line with 24 shots attempted in the series.

Portland Trailblazers Point Guard: Damian Lillard is playing 40 minutes a game and averaging 18 points per game in the playoffs. He is having difficulty making shots as the Grizzlies have defended him well as Lillard is making just 35% from the floor. After two bad shooting games in Memphis, Lillard bounced back with a 22 point performance in Game 3.

Portland Trailblazers Shooting Guard: With the injury to Wes Matthews its C.J. McCollum getting 31 minutes per game in this series. He is averaging 11 points and very little else. He has failed to step up in this playoff series with a 34% shooting percentage.

Portland Trailblazers Power Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge leads the Blazers with nearly 26 points a game and 43 minutes in the post season. The free agent to be has worked hard on the glass averaging nearly 12 rebounds per game. With the two strong big men in the paint for the Grizzlies Aldridge has struggled with his shot hitting just 36% in this series.

Portland Trailblazers Shooting Forward: Nicolas Batum has picked up his scoring over 8 points over regular season average with nearly 18 points per game in the postseason. With the Grizzlies keying on Lillard and Aldridge it is Batum getting opportunities.

Portland Trailblazers Center: Robin Lopez has not been very productive. He is averaging 26 minutes and scoring just five points and grabbing six rebounds. Backup Meyers Leonard is getting half of Lopez’ time at 13 minutes per game with five points and five rebounds per game average.

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PG: Damian Lillard (Trailblazers)
SG: Courtney Lee (Grizzlies)
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge (Trailblazers)
SF: Nicolas Batum (Trailblazers)
C: Marc Gasol (Grizzlies)

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New York Yankees vs New York Mets – 4/25/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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It will be Game 2 of the Subway Series as the New York Yankees will host the New York Mets from Major League Baseball action slated for Saturday April 25th. Yankees Stadium will host his interleague game on Fox Sports 1 at 4:10PM Eastern Time. Let’s look at these Baseball rosters for fantasy mock draft managers.

The New York Mets long winning streak was snapped as they were beaten in the opener of this series. Still the Mets have a record of 13-4 and sits four games in the loss column over the second place Atlanta Braves in the NL East division. The Mets have gotten great pitching on the year as the club is third in ERA at 3.02 and the number one pitching staff with quality starts at 12 season to date. Veteran Bartolo Colon leads the Mets starting staff with four wins. Jon Niese sits with an ERA of 1.50.

With the 6-1 home win to the New York Mets in the opener of this series the Bronx Bombers moved to 10-7 and sit tied for first place in the AL East division with the Boston Red Sox. Their offense which was supposed to be a weakness for this team has delivered as the Yankees are second best in Major League Baseball in runs scored at 5.35 per game. They have slugged 24 home runs in 17 games good for second best in Major League Baseball Mark Teixeira had seven home runs and is bouncing back after an injury plagued season he had in 2014. The Yankees pitching staff is seventh in ERA at 3.21 season to date.

New York Mets 1B: Lucas Duda won the first baseman job last year. He leads the team in hitting at.333 batting average with a homer and an RBI. He has hits in eight of ten games. He draws walks which has raised his on base percentage to .414.

New York Mets SS: Wilmer Flores was the much maligned shortstop for the Mets. Many industry pundits claimed this was the weakest bat in the lineup and were critical of Flores’ defense. He is hitting .275 with three homers and ten RBI’s. With a hit on Friday Wilmer Flores has hits in six straight games.

New York Mets LF: Michael Cuddyer is a career .279 hitter. He is off to a .254 batting average start to the year. Cuddyer is in a slump right now going hitless in four straight games as he is 0 for 14.

New York Mets CF: Juan Lagares had his nine game hit streak snapped in the loss to the Yankees in Game 1 of the subway series. During the hitting streak Lagares had just three multiple hit games which explains the .254 batting average.

New York Mets P: Matt Harvey is coming off Tommy John surgery that saw him miss last season Harvery is 3-0 on the year with an ERA of 3.50 in his three starts. The Mets ace has 24 strikeouts in his 18 innings of work.

New York Yankees LF: Brett Gardner is hitting .304 with a home run and 4 RBI’s. He is coming off a productive game in the series opener with two hits in four at bats with a run scored against the Yankees.

New York Yankees CF: Jacoby Ellsbury will carry a three game in streak into Saturday’s game after a 2 for 5 game on Friday raised his average up to .294. He had his first homer of the year in the wins against the Mets.

New York Yankees DH: After a missing full season Alex Rodriguez is hitting .269 and has 4 home runs and 11 RBI’s in this young season. AROD has 14 walks which contributed to an on base percentage of .424.

New York Yankees C: Brian McCann struggled at the plate in his first year with the Yankees last year. He raised his average to .245 after a 2 for 4 night on Friday with a run scored against the Mets.

New York Yankees P: C.C. Sabathia is 0-3 on the year with an ERA of 4.35. After two rough outings to start the season Sabathia threw eight innings in his last start at Detroit on Monday and allowed just two earned runs in a hard luck 2-1 road defeat at Detroit.

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P: Matt Harvey (Mets)
CF: Jacoby Ellsbury (Yankees)
DH: Alex Rodriguez (Yankees)
LF: Brett Gardner (Yankees)
1B: Lucas Duda (Mets)
SS: Wilmer Flores (Mets)

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Los Angeles Clippers vs San Antonio Spurs – 4/24/15 NBA Playoff Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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The one playoff series that most figured that will go the distance to seven games ironically is the only series that is tied 1-1 after two games. After one day of rest the San Antonio Spurs are headed back home after winning Game 2 to host the LA Clippers for Game 3 of this Western conference playoff series. ESPN TV will televise and the starting time is set for 9:30PM Eastern Time. Let’s examine the mock draft value for both NBA rosters to find some potential for big fast money payouts in our leagues.

No one should every write off those San Antonio Spurs. They have been through the rigors of two consecutive NBA Finals appearances while the Clippers have been early round knockouts the past few seasons. In 2012 the Spurs went as far as the Western conference finals. One would think that fatigue would enter the picture at some point but these San Antonio Spurs have quality depth and despite some aging superstars there are enough contributions from younger players.

The Clippers on the other hand have to feel they let an opportunity get away from them last night. Tony Parker was not 100% and Manu Ginobilli having been fouled out and the Clippers failed to close out the game in the final seconds of regulation. Chris Paul and the LA Clippers have high expectations for an NBA title. They have not raised their games to a championship level in the post season and as the team has greatly been a disappointment come the post season. Doc Rivers is a good coach but the team has assembled a poor bench to support the starters. Depth really doesn’t play a role unless an injury occurs or teams are very deep in the postseason. Sometimes needed are bench players to shine and help steal a game in the Conference or NBA Finals.

LA Clippers Point Guard: Chris Paul in both games of this series has averaged 40 minutes a game with 26 points. He has been productive from draft managers with his 6 ½ rebounds and 7 ½ assist average per game. Fortunately we don’t have to worry about his end game execution because Paul piles up enough points for league players when the pressure is off as evidenced by his 60% shooting in the playoffs.

LA Clippers Power Forward: Blake Griffin has been working on an outside shot to help the All Star find greater paths to the basket. Teams would simply not respect Griffin’s ability make a jump shot and would play off of him making it very difficult for him to create one on one offense. In this opening round of the playoffs Griffin is averaging 27 points and 12 rebounds per game. He has even dished an average of 8 ½ assists. Blake Griffin is hitting 46% from the field and the Clippers have played well in San Antonio this year with a convincing win during the regular season.

LA Clippers Shooting Guard: J.J. Redick is the Clippers three point shooting weapon. He is healthy this year and making 40% of his three point shots. Jamal Crawford is seeing only 22 minutes a game in this series and is as streaky as they come.

LA Clippers Small Forward: Matt Barnes is more of a defensively specialists and is not asked for too much on the offensive end of the court. That’s not to say if asked he won’t deliver. In 34 minutes a game Barnes is averaging 6 points and 7 ½ rebounds per game. With a cast of All Stars around him Barnes is contributing on the glass.

LA Clippers Center: DeAndre Jordan gets rebounds and missed a lot of free throws. He is playing 41 ½ minutes per game and has averaged 14 ½ points and 14 ½ rebounds per game. If leagues don’t punish for missed free throws Jordan is worth a look in leagues because he gets opportunities for offense.

San Antonio Spurs Point Guard: Tony Parker does not appear to be 100% and is playing 29 minutes per game in this series. Parker is averaging just 5 ½ points per game. Patty Mills has some value at 13 ½ points per game in 15 minutes per game of play.

San Antonio Spurs Shooting Guard: Manu Ginobili is seeing just 20 ½ minutes per game with 9 ½ points per game average.

San Antonio Spurs Power Forward: Tim Duncan had a very good Game 2 and it has led to 19 points per game average. He leads the team with 37 minutes per game average due to Tiago Splitter returning from injury.

San Antonio Spurs Small Forward: Kawhi Leonard has led the Spurs in the post season with 20 points per game average in 36 minutes per game work rate. He delivers a 7 ½ rebounds per game.

San Antonio Spurs Center: Boris Diaw is playing 33 minutes per game and is asked for defense. He averages 8 ½ points and 7 ½ rebounds per game.

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PG: Chris Paul (Clippers)
SG: J.J. Redick (Clippers)
PF: Blake Griffin (Clippers)
SF: Kawhi Leonard (Spurs)
C: DeAndre Jordan (Clippers)

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Chicago Blackhawks vs Nashville Predators – 4/23/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions

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One of the more exciting playoff series is out west as the Chicago Blackhawks and the Nashville Predators will continue their series about Game 5 on Thursday April 23rd. There has been a good amount of scoring as well making NHL draft managers money and adding more focus on the player rosters from each of the games in this playoff. Chicago leads this best of seven series at 3-1 and can clinch with a win as this game goes off at 9:30PM Eastern Time on NBC Sports Network.

There have been two overtime games with Chicago winning both of them. They opened up play with a 4-3 win on the road at Nashville in overtime. After the teams split the next two games it was time for Game 4 in Chicago where the Blackhawks earned a 3-2 win in triple overtime. Both teams have a high number of shots on goal in each game of this series. Power plays have been mediocre at best.

Chicago Blackhawks Center: Jonathan Toews had two goals and three assists in the playoffs for a total of five points. He is tied for the most Blackhawks points thus far in the post season. Toews has a knack for stepping up his game in the postseason.

Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing: Marian Hossa has five points in the playoffs and they have all come from assists. He leads the team in shots with 18 on net thus far but has yet to get one past the Nashville net minder. Patrick Kane has a goal and three assists thus far in the post season. Kane missed much of the tail end of the regular season as he was nursing a high body injury. He returned for the postseason and is second on the team in scoring in the playoffs.

Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing: Patrick Sharp has two goals and an assist thus far for hockey fantasy draft managers. Sharp has been active offensively as he is second on the club with 17 shots on goal in the playoffs.

Chicago Blackhawks Defensmen: Duncan Keith is a grizzled playoff veteran He leads the defense with four points as he has one goal and three assists. You get good value on his hockey mock drafts with Keith because he plays the most minutes on the ice for Chicago averaging over 34 minutes of ice time during the playoffs. Brent Seabrook has three points in this series as he has netted two goals and dished out an assists. The two goals have come on his seven shots on net.

Chicago Blackhawks Goalie: Corey Crawford has seen the ice in two of the four games thus far. He got the start in Game 2 and surrendered six goals and was benched in both Game 3 and Game 4. Scott Darling has all three wins in his series for Chicago as he has saved 97% of the shots he has faced in this series.

Nashville Predators Center: Craig Smith has led the Predators with five points in the playoffs with two goals and three assists. He leads the club with 24 shots on net. Colin Wilson had four goals on his 15 shots in the series. Four of the top five point producers for Nashville have come from the center position.

Nashville Predators Left Wing: Victory Stalberg had a goal and assists in the post season. James Neal has a single point and it came on a goal.

Nashville Predators Defensemen: Ryan Ellis leads the Predators defensemen in scoring with three points in the playoffs. All of the scoring has come via assists. Seth Jones has two points and both have been assists. Jones has plus minus of -5 in the playoffs worse on the team.

Nashville Predators Goalie: Pekka Rinne has been between the piples for all games in this NHL playoff series for the Predators. He is 1-3 with a goal against average of 2.54. He has a save percentage of 91.1% and has seen an average of 39 shots per game during this playoff series which is a very high number.

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C: Craig Smith (Predators)
RW: Marian Hossa (Blackhawks)
LW: Patrick Sharp (Blackhawks)
D: Duncan Keith (Blackhawks) Brent Seabrook (Blackhawks)
G: Scott Darling (Blackhawks)

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants – 4/22/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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A nice rivalry game is scheduled from Major League Baseball for Wednesday April 22nd as the San Francisco Giants will play host to the LA Dodgers with a first pitch set for 10:15PM Eastern Time in MLB Extra Innings channel.

The Dodgers have gotten off to a hot start as the club is in first place at 9-3 as they opened up this series with San Francisco. The Giants have struggled like most pundits prediction as the club is 4-10 as they welcomed the Dodgers into two. An outstanding pitching matchup is scheduled in this one on Wednesday as its pits MLB mock draft manager’s two most favorite pitchers for rosters. It will be Clayton Kershaw going for LA as he will oppose Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner.

The Dodgers fast start has come about by hot hitting. The team is third in MLB in runs scored at 5.25 per game and third in hitting percentage at .288. LA has the top OPS in baseball at .885 which measures a team’s ability to get on base calculated with power. Despite hitting in a pitchers park the Dodgers are fifth in home runs on the year with 17. It has been unseasonably warm in the Southern California are with the recent drought so hot dry air has allowed the LA hitters to hit for power and good average. As a result the team allows 3.24 runs per game ranking tenth in MLB.

The San Francisco Giants were just 1-6 as they opened up this series with LA. After getting swept by Colorado the team lost three of four to the Diamondbacks. The Giants are 28th and third last in runs scored as they push across 2.64 per game. The team ranks in the bottom half of the league in team ERA and WHIP as they allow 3.94 runs per game and has a WHIP of 1.36.

LA Dodgers 1B: Adrian Gonzalez has been on fire to start the season. He is batting .469 on the year with a slugging percentage of .939. Gonzalez has five home runs and eight doubles from his 23 hits on the year.

LA Dodgers 2B: Howie Kendrick is professional. Off the field on the field he was a great acquisition for the Dodgers. He is hitting .370 with 10 RBI’s on the year. After a sweep of the Rockies Kendrick have multiple hits in three straight and five of his past six games.

LA Dodgers CF: Joc Pederson is a rookie of the year candidate. The 22 year old who was born in Palo Alto California is hitting .300 with two homers and 6 RBI’s hitting in the eighth spot for the Dodgers. His defense has been outstanding. This is Mattingly’s man. He wanted him as his starting centerfielder in 2014.

LA Dodgers RF: Yasiel Puig has a four game win streak as he has raised his average to .281. Puig has been bothered by a hamstring injury and will return to the LA lineup on Tuesday night.

LA Dodgers P: Clayton Kershaw in three starts on the year is 1-1 with an ERA of 4.42. He got roughed up in his first two starts. His last start on April 17th Kershaw held the Rockies to one earned run and six hits over six innings of work in a home win to Colorado.

San Francisco Giants LF: Former Royals product Nori Aoki was acquired by the Giants in the offseason. He is hitting .355 on the year with 2 RBI’s. He has had multiple hit games in three straight games.

San Francisco Giants CF: Angel Pagan is hitting well again for San Francisco with a .321 average with 4 RBI’s. The key for Pagan this year is to stay healthy as he has had issues with injury problems.

San Francisco Giants 2B: Joe Panik broke out of his slump and now has hits in five straight games to raise his average to .286. He is a career .301 hitter.

San Francisco Giants P: Madison Bumgarner is 1-1 in three starts with an ERA of 5.29. After allowing five earned runs and ten hits in three innings at San Diego he is allowed four earned runs and six hits with two homers in seven innings at home to Arizona.

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P: Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers)
CF: Joc Pederson (Dodgers)
2B: Howie Kendrick (Dodgers)
LF: Nori Aoki (Giants)
1B: Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers)
RF: Yasiel Puig (Dodgers)

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Toronto Raptors vs Washington Wizards – 4/21/15 NBA Playoff Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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The Eastern conference playoff series between the Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors will continue on Tuesday April 21st. Toronto will host at 8PM Eastern Time on NBA TV. This playoff game will be examined for NBA best fantasy draft managers.

The road side Washington Wizards was able to steal Game 1 away from Toronto in overtime by a 93-86 score on the road. The game saw the Wizards blow as much of a 15 point lead but in the overtime session the Wizards outscored Toronto 11-4 for the win. The shooting was not good for either team as they could not get to at least 40% from the field and neither team could make greater than 29% of three point shots. The rebounding was key in the win as the Wizards have some size down low with Nene and Marcin Gortat in their starting lineup with the luxury of Drew Gordon coming off the bench in relief of either of those two big men. In the end Washington grabbed 13 more rebounds which at the end of the game where the offensive stats were very close was definitely the defending factor in this game. The guard play was brutal for both teams. Wall and Beal combined for 11 of 41 shooting for Washington while the Raptors back court of DeRozan and Lowry hit 8 of 30 shots.

Washington Wizards Point Guard: John Wall was the Wizards leading scorer during the regular season as he averaged nearly 18 points per game. He dished out 10 assists per contest. Wall’s production suffered when Bradly Beal was hampered by an injury that forced him to miss 19 games.

Washington Wizards Shooting Guard: Bradly Beal was second on the team in scoring with 15 points per game in a bit more than 33 minutes of playing time in each contest. Over his past five games Beal is averaging 19 points per game with six rebounds.

Washington Wizards Power Forward: Nene averaged 11 points but just five rebounds per game this season. Much more was expected from the rebounding category. The 12 year veteran had a tremendous performance in the opening game of this year’s playoffs as he scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

Washington Wizards Small Forward: The veteran Paul Pierce has saw work in 73 games on the campaign and has averaged 12 points and four rebounds per game in 26 minutes a contest. Pierce was an important factor for the Wizards in the opener as he scored 20 points and grabbed four rebounds as he made 7 of his 10 shots during the game. Pierce has been hampered by sore knees that need much work after and leading up to games. Two days rest between games is big for the Wizards.

Washington Wizards Center: Marcin Gortat saw action in all 82 regular season games for the Wizards. He produced 12 points and nearly 9 rebounds per game in an average of 30 minutes a game. There were only three players for Washington averaged 30 minutes or greater on the year. In Game 1 of the playoffs Gortat played 26 minutes and had eight points with eight rebounds. Gortat has playoff experience and should be considered in NBA mock draft real money leagues.

Toronto Raptors Point Guard: Kyle Lowry was second on the team on the season in scoring with nearly 18 points per game with seven assists. In 33 minutes of play in Game 1 it was a dreadful 2 of 10 shooting for the Raptors point guard. More disappointing was just four assists with a positive coming on the glass with eight rebounds.

Toronto Raptors Shooting Guard: DeMar DeRozan is the leading scorer for the Raptors at 20 points per game with 4 ½ rebounds. Despite a bad shooting game the Toronto shooting guard did pull down eleven rebounds. He played 43 minutes and finished with 15 points and dished out six assists.

Toronto Raptors Power Forward: Amir Johnson had a well above average game for Toronto as the nine year veteran had 18 points and eight rebounds in Game 1 in 34 minutes of play. He played eight more minutes than average and could see heavier minutes with the six the Wizards have down low.

Toronto Raptors Small Forward: Terrance Ross has hit a shooting slump that carried into Game 1 of the playoffs. Over his past five games Ross is shooting 35% from the field and a miserable 21% from the three point line.

Toronto Raptors Center: Jonas Valanciunas averaged 12 points and nearly 9 rebounds a game during the regular season. He did not get many shot attempts in Game 1 with 6 points and eight rebounds.

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PG: John Wall (Wizards)
SG: DeMar DeRozan (Raptors)
PF: Amir Johnson (Raptors)
SF: Paul Pierce (Wizards)
C: Marcin Gortat (Wizards)

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Winnipeg Jets vs Anaheim Ducks – 4/20/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions

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The NHL Playoffs are set to continue on Monday April 20th and the Winnipeg Jets are in a must win situation down 0-2 in their series against the Anaheim Ducks. The Jets will be at home for Game 3 at 9PM Eastern Time with TV over NHL Network.

The Winnipeg Jets have been unable to hold one goal leads in both of the games held in Anaheim. They were outscored 3-0 in the third period in Game 1 and 2-0 in the third period in Game 2. The loss in Game 2 was extremely painful as Anaheim scored with just 21 seconds remaining on the clock. The Ducks have been good on the power play converting 3 out of seven tries. Two of the third period goals in Game 1 came on the man advantage. This is a team that has struggled all season as they rank 28th on the power play scoring just 15.7% of the time. Winnipeg has come up empty on seven tries on the power play. Anaheim has been good of late on the road as they are winners of four straight on the highway. The Ducks have had Winnipeg’s number as they have won the past six meetings including two regular season meetings held in Winnipeg.

Anaheim Ducks Center: Ryan Getzlaf co-leads the team in scoring in the playoffs with a goal and three assists for a total of four points. Getlaf has multiple point games in two of his past three games. He leads he Ducks in points during the regular season with 70 and carries a plus minus of +15.

Anaheim Ducks Right Wing: Corey Perry leads the Ducks in goals during the postseason with two. His two assists during the playoffs gives him four total and ties him with Getzlaf. Perry was second on the team in points with 55 on the year and is 33 goals during the regular season was tops for Anaheim. It’s a good sign that the Ducks top scorers during the regular season as the top scorers during the postseason. This means what Winnipeg has strategized against Getzlaf and Perry has not worked.

Anaheim Ducks Left Wing: Patrick Maroons is four in the postseason for Anaheim with two points total as he has produced a goal and assists.

Anaheim Ducks Defensemen: Sami Vatanen is third in scoring for Anaheim during the postseason as his goal and assists equates to three points. All three points came in Game 1 and it was his only points in his previous five games. Vatanen was the top scoring defenseman for the team on the regular season campaign. Hampus Lindhold and Cam Fowler were tied for the second top scoring defensemen on the Ducks with 34 points. Each player has an assist in the playoffs.

Anaheim Ducks Goaltender: Frederik Anderson has started both games for Anaheim in the playoffs and has a record of 2-0 with a goal against average of 1.50 plus a save percentage of .946%. From an NHL fantasy perspective Anderson’s has been productive player for hockey mock draft managers.

Winnipeg Jets Left Wing: Adam Lowry leads the Jets with two points total with a goal and assists and has a plus minus of +2 in the postseason. Top scorer Andrew Ladd has no points in the two playoff games is -2 on the plus minus sheets.

Winnipeg Jets Right Wing: Blake Wheeler was second on the team with 61 points with 26 goals and 35 assists season to date. In the playoffs Wheeler has been held scoreless and has no points over his past four games.

Winnipeg Jets Center: Bryan Little lead the centers on the Jets with 52 points during the regular season. In the playoffs Little has no points and carries a plus minus of -1. While the Ducks top producers are producing in the playoffs the Jets top guns are not.

Winnipeg Jets Defensmen: Jacob Trouba had 22 points for Winnipeg during the regular season and has an assist during the postseason. Mark Stuart has a lone assist in the first two games of this series. It has been his only points over his past five games.

Winnipeg Jets Goaltender: Ondrej Pavelec has started both games for Winnipeg and hi 0-2 with a goal against average and 91.7% save percentage. Pavelec is 12-8-3 in his home games this year with a goal against of 2.57. Prior to the start of the playoffs he had three straight regulation shutouts.

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C: Ryan Getzlaf (Ducks)
RW: Corey Perry (Ducks)
LW: Adam Lowry (Jets)
D: Sami Vatanen (Ducks) Jacob Trouba (Jets)
G: Ondreg Pavelec (Jets)

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St-Louis Cardinals vs Cincinnati Reds – 4/19/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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Sunday Night Baseball will feature two NL Central teams going head to head as the St Louis Cardinals will host the Cincinnati Reds at 8PM Eastern Time over ESPN TV.

The St Louis Cardinals have taken the first two games of this series. The team will be riding a four game win streak as they take the field on Sunday night. They are getting great pitching thus far in this young season as they rank number on in ERA and are third rank in WHIP. The Cardinals have a team ERA of just 2.00 and team WHIP of 1.02. The team is 7-3 on the year and holds a one game lead over the Chicago Cubs for first place in the NL Central division.

Cincinnati is off to a 5-6 start to the year. After a fast start the club has lost three straight and six of their past seven games. They are struggling at the plate as the rank near the bottom of MLB in runs scored and team batting average. The club pushes across 3.27 runs per game and hits .218 on the year. The hitting is coming from three everyday hitters who happen to be both middle infielders as their first basemen. The Reds outfield has been very quiet with the bat.

Cincinnati Reds Shortstop: Despite some rather poor offensive numbers there are some Reds hitting the baseball. Zach Cozart has seen action in 11 games this season and is hitting .368 with a home run and two RBI’s. He has had back to back three hit games in this series and will carry a seven game hit streak into Sunday Night Baseball.

Cincinnati Reds 1B: Joey Votto has taken some criticism over the years from baseball fantasy draft managers over the number of walks he takes. They want a bit more hitting production from him. So far in 2015 Votto is hitting .350 with four home runs and 10 RBI’s. He has ten walks in 40 plate appearances cranking up his on base percentage to .480 on the year. He is 2 for 6 in this season and has received three bases on balls.

Cincinnati Reds 2B: Brandon Phillips is batting .286 on the year with three RBI’s. All 12 hits this season have been singles.

Cincinnati Reds Pitcher: Mike Leake will take the mound for the Reds on Sunday. The five year veteran will make his second start of the year. He is 0-0 with a ERA of 4.97 and WHIP of 1.50. His lone road start he gave up four earned runs and seven hits with two homers surrendered in seven innings at the Chicago Cubs.

St Louis Cardinals 3b: Matt Carpenter is off to a great start to the season. He is hitting .381 with one homer and 9 RBI’s. Carpenter has multiple hits in six straight games. In this series with the Reds the Cardinals third baseball has four hits in nine at bats with three doubles.

St Louis Cardinals LF: Matt Holliday looks to be able to play on Sunday after experiencing some back issues. On the year Holliday is batting .264 with 6 RBI’s. Only one extra base hit in his 12 hits thus far but he has an on base percentage of .476.

St Louis Cardinals SS: Jhonny Peralta has his nine game hitting streak snapped as he goes 0-4 on Saturday against the Reds. On the season the 12 year veteran is hitting .325 with a homer and 7 RBI’s.

St Louis Cardinals C: Yadier Molina has three hits in seven at bats in this series against the Reds. Molina was hitting just .143 after a 5-4 home loss to Milwaukee. He has since been on a tear as he has 8 hits in his past 15 at bats.

St Louis Cardinals P: Adam Wainwright: The Cardinals will start veteran Adam Wainwright. The 9 year veteran missed some of the preseason as he experience an ab injury. He was able to make his last exhibition start. On the year Wainwright is 1-1 with an ERA of 2.08 and WHIP of 1.08. After throwing six scoreless innings in an opening day win at Chicago the Cardinals right hander was tagged with a loss on Monday as he allowed three earned runs and eight hits over seven innings of work home to Milwaukee.

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P: Adam Wainwright (Cardinals)
C: Yadier Molina (Cardinals)
SS: Zach Cozart (Reds)
1B: Joe Votto (Reds)
3B: Matt Carpenter (Cardinals)
LF: Matt Holliday (Cardinals)

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Dallas Mavericks vs Houston Rockets – 4/18/15 NBA Playoff Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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The second season from the NBA begins on Saturday April 17th and the playoff game we will isolate for NBA draft managers for their one day leagues will be the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets. The Rockets are the home team in this Game 1 playoff that begins at 9:30PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV.

The Houston Rockets finished the regular season as the number two seed in the Western conference. Many look at the Rockets as an offensive team led by Dwight Howard and James Harden and one that puts up nearly 104 points a game. There is a category that they do well that has gone unnoticed by some and that is their three point defense. Houston is the number one team guarding the three point shot in the NBA as they allow just 32.2% from beyond the arc.

The Dallas Mavericks were the seventh seed in the Western conference as they finished with a record of 50-32. Like the Rockets they are a good scoring team putting up 105 points per game and hitting on 46.3% from the field ranking in the top five of the league in both categories. A glaring weakness for the Mavericks is their ability to guard the three point shot as they rank 27th and fourth worst in the league by allowing 36.4% shooting to their opponents from the three point line. The Mavericks will need to guard James Harden as he can be lethal when hot from three point range. Point guard Rajon Rondo was acquired from the Boston Celtics and it will be interesting to see if the veteran will raise his game for the postseason like he has during his productive years with the Boston Celtics.

Dallas Mavericks Point Guard: Rajon Rondo has average 9 points and just 6 assists over his past five games. Rondo in four games against Houston this year has average just six points per game. The Celtics veteran point guard has a history of stepping up his game in the postseason as the rigors of regular season basketball facing three or four opponents per week took its toll mentally on him.

Dallas Mavericks Shooting Guard: Monta Ellis was the Mavericks leading scorer this year. Four Mavs average in double digit scoring. In 28 minutes of play on Wednesday against the Portland Trailblazers Ellis scored 15 points and dished out four assists. This came after a night off on Monday at Utah.

Dallas Mavericks Power Forward: Veteran Dirk Nowitzki is getting up there in age and saw his production come down. The 36 year old over his past five games has averaged 19 points and 5 ½ rebounds per game. Nowitzki has always been an outstanding free three shooter. In four meetings against Houston Dirk has put up 14 points and grabbed 6 boards per game.

Dallas Mavericks Small Forward: Chandler Parsons the ex-Rocket has battled knee problems. He battled health issues in his years with the Houston Rockets. He hasn’t played in the past six games. Richard Jefferson has seen his minutes increase and has averaged 11 points and 2 ½ rebounds over his past five games.

Dallas Mavericks Center: Tyson Chandler won a championship with the Dallas Mavericks. He is 32 yards old. His production has increased down the stretch as he has averaged 15 points and 14 ½ rebounds over his past five games.

Houston Rockets Point Guard: Patrick Beverly has suffered a season ending injury a few weeks ago which struck a huge blow to the Rockets.

Houston Rockets Shooting Guard: James Harden led the Rockets this season with an average of 27 points and seven assists per game. He is connecting on 37.5% from the three point line which is significant because the Mavericks are a very at defending the perimeter. Hardon needs to find his tough from three point range as he is in the midst of a slump over his past five games by making just 26.7% from beyond the arc.

Houston Rockets Power Forward: Donatas Motiejunas was a productive rotational play for the Rockets but a back injury has forced him to miss the remainder of the season. Terrance Jones has seen his minutes increase. He had 15 points and three assists on Wednesday night in a blowout win against the Utah Jazz.

Houston Rockets Small Forward: Veteran Trevor Ariza is averaging nearly 13 points per game but he has battled accuracy issues as shoots 40% from the field on the year.

Houston Rockets Center: Dwight Howard has battled knee injuries that forced the 29 year old center to miss half of his team’s 82 games this year. He is below his career average in scoring and rebounding this year.

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PG: Rajon Rondo (Mavericks)
SG: James Harden (Rockets)
PF: Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks)
SF: Trevor Arizona (Rockets)
C: Dwight Howard (Rockets)

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Chicago Blackhawks vs Nashville Predators – 4/17/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions

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We move into the Game 2’s of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Friday April 17th. One of the main attractions features the Nashville Predators hosting the Chicago Blackhawks at 9:30PM Eastern Time on NBC Sports Network.

The betting line seems short as the Predators are just a -115 favorite heading into this contest which leads one to believe we may be in for a close game. Game 1 was a wild thriller than went in favor of the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in double overtime. The game saw Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford benched after giving up three first period goals to the Predators. To Chicago’s credit once falling behind 3-0 after one period the team rallied for four straight goals to earn the win. This was the complete opposite of last year’s Western conference finals where the Blackhawks blew lead after lead to the LA Kings who eventually tossed Chicago out of the playoffs in a dramatic seven game series for the ages. Media reports have Corey Crawford back in net for the Blackhawks. This was a huge loss for Nashville who has not played well down the stretch.

Chicago Blackhawks Center: Jonathan Toews had an exception Game 1 as the veteran contributed with three points in the playoff opener. He had a goal and two assists making his instrumental in all by one Chicago score.

Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing: After missing time with a collar bone injury Patrick Kane returned to the Blackhawks lineup for Game 1. He dished out two assists. In 61 regular season games for Chicago the veteran right wing has 27 goals and 37 assists for a 64 point total.

Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing: Patrick Sharp had a goal in the opener. The eleven year veteran had a down season for his standards but could come cheap in One-Day Fantasy Leagues and could be good value based on his experience in playoff competition.

Chicago Blackhawks Defensemen: Duncan Keith netted the game winner in double overtime for Chicago and also dished out an assist for the game to finish with two points. A nine year veteran played in 80 games for the Blackhawks with 10 goals and 35 assits. He spent nearly 40 minutes on the ice in Game 1. Brent Seabrook was second amongst the Blackhawks defensemen as the finished the regular season with eight goals and 23 assists. He averaged 22 minutes on the ice which was three minutes fewer than the top defensemen Duncan Keith.

Chicago Blackhawks Goalie: It was a rough 20 minutes for goaltender Corey Crawford. He allowed three Predator goals on 12 first period shots. Crawford is a Stanley cup finals winner with Chicago and could shake off a poor first game. Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville agrees and was quoted as saying it was a “no brainer” to return Crawford in net for Game 2. During the regular season Crawford has a goal against average of 2.27.

Nashville Predators Center: Colin Wilson had a good Game 1 as he scored two goals in the opener. He had slumped down the stretch with just one assists over his past four games entering the playoffs. Filip Forsberg led the Predators in points this season and was held scoreless in Game 1 with seven shots on net. Prior to the start of the playoffs he had a goal in three of his four final games.

Nashville Predators Left Wing: James Neal fished with 27 points on the year. He is in the midst of a slump with no points in four straight games.

Nashville Predators Defensemen: Josi Roman finished the regular season with 15 goals and 40 assists. He saw 39 minutes of ice time in Game 1 without a point to show for. Shea Weber scored 45 points during the regular season for Nashville put led the team with penalty minutes. In Game 1 Weber in 38 minutes of play failed to register a point. He has failed to earn a point in five straight games. Ryan Ellis has points in four of his past five games for Nashville. He dished out an assist in the Game 1 defeat.

Nashville Predators Goalie: Pekka Rinne has to bounce back from a subpar outing on Wednesday. He had 38 saves and allowed four goals. For the year Rinne had a 92.3% save percentage with a goal against average of 2.18. Game 2 will be a test for the psyche of Rinne who blew a three goal lead in Game 1. Because of the length of the game his save percentage was over 90%.

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C: Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks)
RW: Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)
LW: Patrick Sharp (Blackhawks)
D: Josi Roman (Predators) Ryan Ellis (Predators)
G: Corey Crawford (Blackhawks)

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Arizona Diamondbacks vs San Francisco Giants – 4/16/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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A four game weekend series from the NL West will begin on Thursday April 16th as the San Francisco Giants will be hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks. Game 1 of this series gets started from San Francisco at 10:15PM Eastern Time on MLB Network.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have begun this seven game road trip with a 1-2 record as they lose two of three to San Diego. They are held to just three runs total over their past two games resulting in losses. The team is 4-5 and has won just one series by winning two of three games last weekend against the LA Dodgers.

San Francisco saw some significant power leave over the offseason in free agency. The Giants are off to a 3-7 start and has lost six straight games after the Colorado Rockies swept them at home. San Francisco scored just three runs total over the three games against the Rockies. The Giants are 27th and fourth worst in MLB as they push across just 2.6 runs per game.

Arizona Diamondbacks Center Fielder: Ender Inciarte is off to a great start for the Diamondbacks as he is hitting .406 on the year. He is coming off a two hit game in the Diamondbacks loss at San Diego on Wednesday. Inciarte has a hit in all but one game he has started on the year.

Arizona Diamondbacks 1B: Paul Goldschmidt missed much of last season with an injury. He is healthy now and in 2015 is batting .344 and have three home runs and nine RBI’s. Goldschmidt had a hit in seven of his past eight games.

Arizona Diamondbacks Right Fielder: Power hitter Mark Trumbo is batting .281 on this year and has yet to go yard this year. He has a hit in five straight games. Trumbo is 6-16 over his past four games but his only extra base hit was a double.

Arizona Diamondbacks Catcher: Tuffy Gosewisch was given the day off on Wednesday. He is hitting just .200 with one RBI and no extra base hits on the year.

Arizona Diamondbacks 2B: Chris Owings is off to a poor start. He was given a day off on Wednesday. Owings is hitting just .087 on the year with two RBI’s and only one extra base hit.

Arizona Diamondbacks P: Archie Bradley the 22 year old rookie in his first career start allowed one hit and no runs pitching six innings in a victory against the LA Dodgers. In the minor leagues in 2014 Bradley was hitting 95 MPH on the speed gun.

San Francisco Giants CF: Angel Pagan struggled with injuries the past few seasons. He went under the knife a season ago as he went through back surgery. The 33 year old sparked the Giants lineup in 2014. He is off to a good start in 2015 as he is hitting .378 on the season. Pagan is 6 of 8 over his past two games.

San Francisco Giants RF: Nori Aoki was acquired from the Kansas City Royals a season ago Aoki was very good glove man in right field. He is hitting .375 on the year. His nine game win streak was snapped on Wednesday as he goes 0 for 3 in the home loss to Colorado.

San Francisco Giants LF: Gregor Blanco has strung together a four game hit streak. He has moved his average from .167 to .241 after hitting a triple in one at bat against Colorado on Wednesday. Blanco has four extra base hits from his seven hits this season.

San Francisco Giants Catcher: Buster Posey is hitting .219 on the year as he is slow out of the gates. Of his seven hits this year two were homers and Posey has two homers with six walks. Posey is just 1 of 15 slump right now.

San Francisco Giants 2B: A slow beginning for Giants second basemen Joe Panik. He is hitting just .176 on the year with eight strike outs in his 34 at bats. Panick in the three games against the Rockies went 0 for 11.

San Francisco Giants SS: The second part of the double play combination in Brandon Crawford is struggling as well. He is hitting just .156 on the year. After beginning the year 5 for 13 Crawford is 0 for his last 20 at bats.

San Francisco Giants Pitcher: Madison Bumgarner in his last start that faced a newly built Padres right handed heavy lineup that has feasted on left handed pitching throughout their careers. Bumgarner lasted just three innings and allowed five earned runs and ten hits. In his first start of the year on April 6 at Arizona the Giants lefty allowed just one earned run over seven innings.

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P: Madison Bumgarner (Giants)
1B: Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks)
RF: Mark Trumbo (Diamondbacks)
CF: Angel Pagan (Giants)
C: Buster Posey (Giants)
LF: Gregor Blanco (Giants)

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NHL Eastern Conference 2015 Playoff Series Predictions

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On April 15th the NHL will kick off its 2015 Hockey playoff schedule. 16 of the 30 teams that make up the National Hockey League will begin their quests to hoist the most cherished cup in all of hockey-dom; the STANLEY CUP.
The wining team will battle through 4 gruelling, best of seven games, playoff series. A minimum of 16 games played (should the winning team sweep every best of 7 series 4-0) or 28 games played (should the winning team need a full 7 games per series to move on) will be required to lay claim to what has oft been described as “The most difficult Trophy to lay claim to”.
Of the 16 playoff teams in contention, 8 reside in the NHL’s eastern conference and 8 reside in the NHL’s western conference. In this short prediction article we will look at the eastern conference teams and its respective match ups.

Eastern Conference Teams who have made the NHL 2015 Playoffs (and their season point totals):

New York Rangers (113 Points)
Montreal Canadiens (110 Points)
Tampa Bay Lightning (108 Points)
Washington Capitals (101 Points)
New York Islanders (101 Points)
Detroit Red Wings (100 Points)
Ottawa Senators (98 Points)
Pittsburgh Penguins (96 Points)

After a long and arduous 82 game season the eastern conference 1st round playoff match-ups are as follows:

New York Rangers (113 Points) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (96 Points)
Montreal Canadiens (110 Points) vs. Ottawa Senators (98 Points)
Tampa Bay Lightning (108 Points) vs. Detroit Red Wings (100 Points)
Washington Capitals (101 Points) vs. New York Islanders (101 Points)

Series Predictions:

Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the New York Rangers in 6 Games (4-2)

Why: A Penguins win in this series is tantamount to a momentous upset. 17 points in the standings separate these two clubs and the Pens sputtered their way into the post season, almost not making it. Why then would they be picked to upset the NHL’s 2014-2015 best regular season team?!
Both Sidney Crosby and Evgeny Malkin are coming off quiet seasons, by their all-world standards, and will have chips on their shoulders during this series. David Perron, who the Pens acquired during the season to play wing with Crosby is arguably the best scoring winger that Sid the Kid has gone into the playoffs with for quite some time, this should pay dividends.
Much maligned Marc-Andre Fleury is coming off a remarkable regular season that saw the Quebec native lead the league in goaltender shut outs and is entering the playoffs with something to prove even though he has already laid claim to one Stanley Cup in his career.

Montreal Canadiens defeat the Ottawa Senators in 6 Games (4-2)

Why: The Canadiens come into the playoffs as one of the lowest scoring clubs that have made the spring dance, yet the Montreal Canadiens finished the regular season with the 2nd best record, due in not small part to the record setting regular season that Montreal goaltender Carey Price put in during the 2014-2015 season.
When a team that struggles to score goals but sharpens their defense to the tune of Carey Price’s record setting 44 wins and the popular belief that he will take home the Vezina and Hart trophies, the scales tip in Montreal’s favor.
A interesting match up to keep an eye on during this series is the play of Senators Erik Karlsson and Canadiens P.K. Subban, two of the NHL’s most talented Dmen and both former Norris trophy winners.

Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the Detroit Red Wings in 5 Games (4-1)

Why: Tampa Bay have played the entire year with something to prove following their 0-4 sweep at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens during last year’s playoffs. 3 names jump to the forefront when a person thinks of the Lightning’s chances in this first round and the rounds to follow; Stamkos, Bishop, Hedman.
While the Red Wings have made the playoffs for a record 24th straight time, the harsh truth is that their stars (Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Kronwall) are on the grey side of their careers and the lack of stability in nets does not inspire confidence.
Victor Hedman is finally having a year that validates his draft standing (2nd overall in 2009). With 10 goals, 28 assists for 38 points and +12 rating in only 59 games played this season; the 6’6” Hedman has cemented the blue line for the Bolts. Last season’s playoff forced the Blots to play without their #1 Ben Bishop, this year he is healthy and ready to go. And of course we would be remiss not to mention Steven Stamkos who is coming off of yet another 40 goal season.

Washington Capitals defeat the New York Islanders in 7 Games (4-3)

Why: Many pundits may point to Alexander Ovechkin and John Tavares as the focal points in this playoff match up and they would be right. However those two star players will not be deciding factors in this series, that onus will rest upon goaltenders Braden Holtby and Jaroslav Halak.
Both the Capitals and Islanders have had a difficult time establish a true #1 goalie, this year those concerns seem to have been put to rest. Holtby and Halak took the bull by the proverbial horns and never looked back, leading their clubs into the sprig dance. Holtby boasts a 2.22 G.A.A. that ranked him 5th in the regular season, Halak’s 2.43 G.A.A. ranks him 23rd in the regular season. The discrepancy becomes all the more evident when you look at the two tenders Save Percentage, Holtby .923 (7th in the NHL), Halak .914 (23rd in the NHL).
Both clubs feature potent scorers and strong defensemen that arguably cancel each other out. The goaltending will be pivotal here. Will Halak go on another miracle playoff run or will Holtby continue to put any doubts to rest.

 

Well there you have it. The eastern Conference 2015 NHL predictions, 3 favorites and 1 underdog have been tabbed to escape the first round with victories. Will these predictions come to fruition or will they fizzle out? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain and beyond debate… the 2015 NHL playoffs are set to start tonight and the excitement is palpable!
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Vancouver Canucks vs Calgary Flames – 4/15/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions

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The NHL Playoffs will begin on Wednesday April 15th and the late night game in the Western Conference will be Game 1 between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks. The puck drops from the opener at 10PM Eastern Time from Vancouver on USA Network. We will select NHL Fantasy Picks from these two rosters for the purposes for real money daily leagues.

The Calgary Flames were in a fight with the LA Kings for the final playoff spot. The team has won five of seven games and won a huge game at home 3-1 on Thursday to clinch a playoff spot. The team was sixth in the NHL in scoring pushing across nearly three goals per game. They only average 28 ½ shots on goal per contest ranking 28th in the league. They finished in third play in the Pacific Division so they will face the second place team on the road in Game 1 in Vancouver. This is a very young team with limited playoff experience.

The Vancouver Canucks finished the year with three straight wins. Back on April 6th they earned a key 2-1 shootout win against the LA Kings by overcoming a late 1-0 deficit which forced the overtime period and wins in the shootout. The Canucks are the second best team in penalty killing at 85.7%.

Calgary Flames Centers: Sean Monahan is a second year player who scored 31 goals and dished 31 assists for the Flames. He is 20 years old and will play in his first playoff game of his career. He has a point in his past five games. Monahan will be well rested after sitting out the game against Winnipeg on Saturday.

Calgary Flames Left Wing: Jiri Hudler led the Flames in points with 76 on the year. He scored 31 goals and dished out 45 assists. Hudler is well rested as he sat on Saturday. In Calgary’s huge 3-1 home win against the Kings Hudler came up big with three points as he scored two goals and dished one assist having a hand in each of the Flames goal. 21 year old Johnny Gaudreau was part of the youth movement for the young Flames and the rookie came through with a 64 point season. He was a heavy contributor in the huge home win to the Kings with a goal and assist. He has three points in four games against Vancouver this season.

Calgary Flames Right Wing: Veteran David Jones has slumped down the stretch as he has a +- of -4 over hias pst five games. He has just one point over his past four games.

Calgary Flames Defensemen: Dennis Wideman will see heavy ice time so he will have opportunity to earn NHL fantasy points for draft managers. Wideman has been productive with two points or greater in his past three games. He had two assist in the Thursday night win to the LA Kings.

Calgary Flames Goaltender: Jonas Hiller is a seven year veteran who spent time with the Anaheim Ducks a season ago. He was 2-2 in last year’s playoff series against the LA Kings. He was in nets in the huge win at home to the LA Kings as he stopped 33 of 34 shots to a desperate team. Hiller has won three straight in pressure type hockey.

Vancouver Canucks Center: Henrik Sedin scored two points in three of his past four games. He had a key assists in the Canucks huge shootout win to the LA Kings on April 6th. Sedin has a goal and two assists over four games against Calgary this year.

Vancouver Canucks Left Wing: Daniel Sedin led the Canucks in points with 76 on the year as he scored 29 goals and dished out 76 assists. Like his brother Daniel has multiple points in three of his past four games. He scored the key goal that forced overtime against LA on April 6th. Daniel Sedin in a pressure game at Winnipeg on April 4th as a goal and two assists.

Vancouver Canucks Right Wing: Jannik Hansen has struggled in recent games with a -3 over his past five contests. Veteran Radim Vrbata had two assists in the teams overtime home win to Edmonton on Saturday.

Vancouver Canucks Defensemen: Alexander Edler has scored three points in each of his past three games and has points in four straight.

Vancouver Canucks Goaltender: Veteran goalie Ryan Miller returned from a knee injury on Saturday and allowed five goals to the Edmonton Oilers. Vancouver earned the 6-5 victor in overtime Backup Eddie Lack has seen work in 35 games as a starter and has a goal against average of 2.55. Lack was in net in the huge 2-1 shootout win at home to the LA Kings on April 6th.

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C: Sean Monahan (Flames)
RW: Radim Vrbata (Canucks)
LW: Jiri Hudler (Flames)
D: Alexander Edler (Canucks), Denis Wideman (Flames)
G: Jonas Hiler (Flames)

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