Tag: Vancouver Canucks
Preview: Blackhawks at Canucks
Elias Pettersson has established himself as an extremely early favorite for the Calder Trophy with the season’s first month coming to a close, and for good reason. With an NHL rookie-best total in goals (seven) and points (10) despite missing six games due to a concussion, Pettersson aims to continue his torrid streak on Wednesday as the Vancouver Canucks host the Chicago Blackhawks.
Pettersson, who is the 21st player in NHL history to score at least seven goals in his first seven contests, tallied in both the second and third period of Monday’s 5-2 win over Minnesota. “He’s got a really good mind for the game, his details are sharp,” Canucks coach Travis Green told reporters of the 19-year-old Swede, who was the fifth overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft. While Vancouver snapped a two-game skid to improve to 1-1-0 on its four-game homestand, Chicago has dropped a pair of contests heading into the opener of a three-game trek through the Pacific Northwest. Patrick Kane extended his point streak to six games for the Blackhawks with an assist on defenseman Brent Seabrook’s 5-on-3 goal in the first period of Sunday’s 2-1 overtime loss against Edmonton.
TV: 10 p.m. ET, NHL Network, WGN (Chicago), Sportsnet, Sportsnet One, Sportsnet360 (Vancouver)
ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (6-3-3): Corey Crawford allowed one goal in three successive starts before getting gashed for six on Saturday in a 7-3 setback at St. Louis. The two-time Stanley Cup winner missed all three contests versus Vancouver last season due to a concussion which had effects that lingered for nearly 10 months, and he is not interested in talking about that anymore. “Is there a point?” Crawford asked Tuesday, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “It’s done. It’s over. It’s almost a year ago. It’s way, way past now, and I don’t really care, to be honest.”
ABOUT THE CANUCKS (7-6-0): Forward Brandon Sutter is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with a separated shoulder sustained during the second period of Monday’s game versus the Wild. While Green elected against getting into specifics and said that Sutter’s recovery time would not be days but “more like weeks,” Vancouver recalled forwards Darren Archibald and Brendan Gaunce from Utica of the American Hockey League. Archibald scored a goal in Thursday’s tilt versus Arizona in his lone Canucks appearance this season and is expected to contribute on the penalty kill.
1. Chicago C Marcus Kruger (team-leading 14 penalty minutes) did not skate with any of the four lines during Tuesday’s practice and is likely to be a scratch versus Vancouver.
2. The Canucks outscored the Blackhawks 14-6 en route to winning all three games last season.
3. Kane, who has collected six goals and four assists during his point streak, has failed to dent the scoresheet on just one occasion in 12 games this season.
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Preview: Canucks at Golden Knights
The Vegas Golden Knights have turned the tables on a tough start to the season, winning three straight contests to even their record after eight games. The Golden Knights aim to continue their good fortune and remain unbeaten versus the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday when the Pacific Division rivals meet at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Marc-Andre Fleury has turned aside 69 of 71 shots during the three-game winning streak, highlighted by moving into sole possession of 10th place on the NHL’s all-time wins list by registering his 408th following a 17-save performance in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Anaheim. The three-time Stanley Cup champion, who was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week on Monday, yielded just three goals to win both of his starts versus Vancouver last season as Vegas went on to emerge victorious in all four matches with its division rival. Sven Baertschi scored in a 6-3 setback against the Golden Knights on Feb. 23 and also tallied on the power play Monday as the Canucks fell for the second time in three contests with a 5-2 setback against Washington. Bo Horvat had an assist to push his point streak to three games heading into a tilt with Vegas, against which he tallied twice while registering 11 shots on goal in four meetings in 2017-18.
TV: 10 p.m. ET, Sportsnet 360 (Vancouver), AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Vegas)
ABOUT THE CANUCKS (5-4-0): Rookie Elias Pettersson, who is being plagued by his first recorded concussion, practiced with his teammates on Tuesday and will travel with the club on its two-game road trip to Vegas and Arizona. “Maybe, maybe not,” the 19-year-old Swede told reporters when asked if he could play Wednesday. “This is my first practice with the team, and I’m taking it day by day. The medical team here helped me a lot and (said) I should take it day by day and rather rest one extra day.” Pettersson leads the team with eight points (five goals, three assists) despite being sidelined for the last four games after being injured by Florida defenseman Mike Matheson on Oct. 13.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS (4-4-0): Jonathan Marchessault recorded a multi-point performance for the second straight game and fourth time in six outings on Saturday when he scored and set up a goal against the Ducks. The 27-year-old leads the team in goals (five) and points (10), and flustered the Canucks with three tallies and two assists in three outings in 2017-18. Fellow forward William Karlsson has turned it on of late with eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last six contests and faces a Vancouver team that he shredded for four goals and five assists last season.
1. Vancouver recalled Darren Archibald from Utica of the American Hockey League on Tuesday with fellow F Brock Boeser (lower body) deemed day-to-day by coach Travis Green.
2. Vegas owns the league’s worst power play (8.3 percent).
3. Canucks G Anders Nilsson has answered permitting five goals in his first three games by surrendering four on 32 shots in each of his last two contests.
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DFS NHL PICKS
Sadly, the NHL season is coming to a close so we’re here to present to you our last regular season edition of our DFS NHL picks.
Not to worry, we will still be providing fantasy picks throughout the playoffs. But as every team is in action, this is a big night.
Important note: Word came out of Pittsburgh earlier today that superstars Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang would not be dressing for their season finale, so be weary of any last minute scratches around the league.
As we’re all aware of professional sports contracts are laced with incentives. In other words, statistical plateaus that athletes must attain to cash in on big money bonuses.
To break it down, as major league sports season’s come to a close these plateaus often become the focus of individual players as they step into action. Wouldn’t you try your luck if a million dollars was the difference between you taking the shot (and scoring) or passing it off to a teammate? 30 goals on the season puts you into the upper-echelon of performers, whereas 29 goals gets you in the milder “20-goal scorer” category.
So as time is of the essence for these contracts, I’m aiming for players who will be extra motivated to reach these milestones.
If you doubt this theory and need proof, just look up how Jamie Benn won the NHL scoring title last season. Spoiler: He scored four points (a hat-trick), including the last one with 8.5 seconds left in the game (and season) to surpass John Tavares and Sidney Crosby to win the Art Ross trophy. Not to mention he did it without the other half of Dallas’ dynamic duo as Tyler Seguin sat out with an in-house suspension.
Finally, let’s take a look at my DFS NHL picks.
If you can’t tell just by looking at it, this is pretty much a young stars team balanced out by the ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr, and Chicago’s 2015-16 dynamic duo of rookie Artemi Panarin and current NHL leading scorer Patrick Kane.
The strategy is to have hungry young guns with a lot to prove, plus a few guys on hot streaks to bring some stability.
Panarin sits at 28 goals on the season, needing two to hit the 30-goal plateau. One single point would be nice as well, as the 75-point mark would be awfully impressive for a rookie (albeit a 24-year-old rookie)
Winnipeg rookie Nik Ehlers is a nice value at $4800, and has 1 goal and 5 assists in his last 10 games while skating on the Jets’ top line with Blake Wheeler and breakout star Mark Scheifele.
The heavily scrutinized Alex Galchenyuk managed to turn a nearly lost season around just in time to be named the Montreal Canadiens player of the year. The electric American also sits at 28 goals, and you can bet his teammates (namely Max Pacioretty) will be doing everything they can to get him to 30 goals. A nice team dinner and a couple of bottles of wine is in the best interest for everyone, especially since the Habs have nothing else to play for.
19-year-old phenom Connor McDavid is arguably the best player in the NHL already. He leads the league (ahead of Jagr and Kane) with 2.71 points-per-60-minutes during 5-on-5 play. The former two come in at 2.61. While the Oilers were a disaster this year (again), the Canucks have been down right awful for the past month and are ripe for the picking. McDavid has at least one point in all but two of his previous 10 games (2 goals + 11 assists), including 3 against these very same Canucks just 48 hours ago. Did I mention he sits at 48 points (44 games) on the season? Two points in the season finale seems fitting for the young icon.
NHL Cash Draft Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers
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The Edmonton Oilers will say goodbye to Rexall Place on tonight against the Vancouver Canucks. The team will miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 10th consecutive season, are playing their final contest at the arena before ending the 2015-16 season in Vancouver on Saturday. The Oilers competed at Rexall Place, originally known as Northlands Coliseum, since 1974 when they were in the World Hockey Association. They will be moving into a new arena situated in downtown Edmonton called Rogers Place, beginning next season. More than 150 franchise alums will be in attendance during the game. A list that includes Hockey Hall of Fame members Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey, Glenn Anderson and Grant Fuhr.
Edmonton his on a slump. They are on a three-game losing streak (0-3-0) and have lost five of their past six games (1-5-0). Edmonton’s Connor McDavid put up two goals and nine assists in his last 11 games.
The Canucks, who also won’t be part of the post-season tourney, are on a three-game winning stretch.
Goaltender Cam Talbot will get the nod for the Oilers. While on the other side it will be Ryan Miller for the Canucks. Vancouver’s Jannik Hansen has two goals and three assists in his past three match-ups, while teammate Bo Horvat collected two goals and two assists during the same span.
Top Fantasy Picks
C Connor McDavid (EDM)
C Bo Horvat (VAN)
RW Jannik Hansen (VAN)
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L.A Kings vs Vancouver Canucks
The Los Angeles Kings will be visiting the Vancouver Canucks Monday night and hope to end their 4 game road losing streak and regain the top spot in the Pacific Division where they trail the Anaheim Ducks by only 1 point with only 4 games remaining. This NHL Fantasy Hockey preview is brought you by FanPicks.com. Come PLAY in our NHL Magic Million daily fantasy contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
The Vancouver Canucks are having a nightmare year but have shown some sign of resurgence lately. They’re coming into this game on consecutive wins against the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks, two of the top teams in the Western Conference and of course, in the NHL. Their latest wins actually really helped the Kings who find themselves now 3 pts ahead of the Sharks and 1 pt shy from the Ducks. Jannik Hansen has been playing exceptionally well with a goal and 3 assists in the past 2 games. Their leader, Daniel Sedin is sitting at 28 goals in the year, his highest input since the 2011-2012 campaign. He’s only 1 assist shy of his 587th that will square him up with Paul Kariya in the 89th all time assist leader.
The Kings absolutely need to end their 4 game road skid. They will end their season at home with 2 games but tonight’s matchup is critical and strategic. They’re going for their 2nd division title in the franchise history and it will go down to the wire when they battle the Ducks on Thursday at home. Lucky for them, Jeff Carter has been heating up lately, adding up 3 goals and an assist in the past 2 games and 5 goals and 3 assists in his last 5 contests after going 8 games without a goal. Their captain Dustin Brown needs 3 pts to avoid finishing with less than 30 pts for the 4th consecutive campaign.
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Daily Fantasy Hockey Lineup
There are only five games on the NHL schedule tonight, and with the season coming to a close, matchups become even more important when considering your daily fantasy hockey lineup.
Some daily fantasy players like to spread their wealth over an abundance of games, but as some teams are fighting for their playoff lives others are dreaming of greener pastures so effort levels can waver significantly.
In this edition of my daily fantasy hockey lineup, I’ve loaded up on Kings, and Panthers, while rounding out my team with stalwart’s from playoff teams (one exception: Columbus’ hot Boone Jenner)
- My Lineup
The Tampa Bay Lightning were expected to be contenders this season, but have dealt with their share of drama from the get-go. Captain Steven Stamkos has had a whirlwind season including the non-stop trade rumours due to his status as an impending unrestricted free-agent, while top prospect Jonathan Drouin refused to report to their minor league affiliate for a while leading to an in-house suspension.
Just as Tampa thought that things would turn up in time for the playoffs, those hopes took a major hit when the club announced the loss of Stamkos for one-to-three months with a blood clot this weekend, and top pairing defenseman Anton Stralman with a broken leg last week.
Scoring winger Ondrej Palat missed over 20 games this season due to injury, but has heated up of late going on a tear about a month ago and recently producing 4 goals and 8 assists for 12 points over his last 10 games.
Though the Vancouver Canucks have won two straight, the Kings are still the heavy favorite. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the Canucks hadn’t won one in their previous 10 and LA is true Stanley Cup contender.
Enter a trio of Kings: Jonathan Quick, Jeff Carter and value pick Kris Versteeg.
Jonathan Quick is one of the league’s few elite goaltenders, and is aiming for a career-high 40 wins tonight. He’s at least $1000 cheaper than the St-Louis Blues tandem of Jake Allen (injured) and Brian Elliott, more talented than them and has the desired matchup.
I also stacked two members from the Florida Panthers top line. Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr. Barkov has made a habit of wrecking the Montreal Canadiens this year, and capped off the season with a 4-point effort (2 goals, 2 assists) on Saturday night. The young Finn is fresh, confident and primed to wreck the Maple Leafs tonight.
Linemate and living-legend Jaromir Jagr has points in 5 straight games, while scoring at least one point in 16 of 21 games since turning 44 years old on February 15th (9 goals, 13 assists). He shows no signs of slowing down heading into the NHL playoffs.
Chicago Blackhawks vs Vancouver Canucks
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The Vancouver Canucks will be hosting the Chicago Blackhawks this Sunday evening at the Rogers Arena. This NHL Fantasy preview is brought to you by FanPicks and WIN up to a $1 million with only $1 when you play in our NHL Magic Million promo contest at FanPicks.com
The Chicago Blackhawks are in a position where 1 point against the Canucks will let them clinch a Stanley Cup Playoffs berth. This could be their 8th straight trip to the playoffs and are more concerned about not finding themselves in a wild-card spot. They currently trail the Dallas Stars and the St-Louis Blues by 6 pts in the Central Division while being 2 pts ahead of the 4th place Nashville Predators. They’re coming into this game off a 4-1 win against the Calgary Flames on Saturday. They still have a few injuries’ to cop with including their star goalie Corey Crawford, who’s not going to be present during the Blackhawks’ 4 game road trip.
The Vancouver Canucks where eliminated from the playoffs when they got smoked by the St-Louis Blues on Friday night 4-0. The Canucks will simply try to focus on improving their game and input from younger players since the remainder of the season doesn’t mean muc. They’ve been fighting against injuries and irregularities in their lineup. They’ve been going through a very tough time, having lost now 7 straight games including 4 shutout losses in their past 5 games. Daniel Sedin, who leads the Canucks with 27 goals, its highest total since his 30 goal campaign of 2011-2012, has only scored once in during the last 7 games.
HERE are the Projected Lineups:
Andrew Ladd – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa
Artemi Panarin – Artem Anisimov – Patrick Kane
Tomas Fleischmann – Teuvo Teravainen – Dale Weise
Andrew Desjardins – Marcus Kruger – Andrew Shaw
Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Jannik Hansen
Sven Baertschi – Bo Horvat – Emerson Etem
Chris Higgins – Linden Vey – Jake Virtanen
Jared McCann – Brendan Gaunce – Alexandre Burrows
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vancouver Canucks vs Calgary Flames – 4/15/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions
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.
NHL Playoff Mock Draft Picks for One-Day Leagues
C: Sean Monahan (Flames)
RW: Radim Vrbata (Canucks)
LW: Jiri Hudler (Flames)
D: Alexander Edler (Canucks), Denis Wideman (Flames)
G: Jonas Hiler (Flames)