Archive for October, 2014

MacKinnon scores twice, Avs beat Islanders 5-0 (The Associated Press)

By at 30 October, 2014, 10:42 pm

Nathan MacKinnon finally found his shooting touch on a night when his goalie turned back everything. Just what the frustrated MacKinnon needed. Same goes for Semyon Varlamov, a hard-luck loser in his last few starts. MacKinnon scored his first two goal…

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Three Periods: Dupuis’ incredible comeback(s); Maatta deals with tumor; NHL notes (Yahoo Sports)

By at 30 October, 2014, 2:30 pm

The Pittsburgh Penguins prove their resilience – again – as Pascal Dupuis bounces back from another freak injury and Olli Maatta plays despite tumor news; plus, news and notes from the NHL.

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NHL Fantasy Hockey: Why Henrik Zetterberg is a stud, Alex Semin a dud (Puck Daddy)

By at 30 October, 2014, 10:21 am

Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website   DobberHockey   back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy’s resident fantasy hockey ‘expert’ since 2009. At this point, 40 players are on pace for 80 points. Let’s assume that it’s not 1984 and this won’t happen. In some cases, this won’t even be close. Here are some current point-per-game players as October comes to an end, who will be lucky to get 55 points this campaign: Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets – Foligno’s upside is very similar to his dad’s. And although Mike had an 80-point season, that happened in the 80s – an era in which 70-point players were considered fourth-line checkers. Adjust for the era and Nick is probably going to be a 55-point player. When he returns from his “stinger,” his numbers will start to slow when Boone Jenner and the rest of the walking wounded get back. Tanner Pearson, Los Angeles Kings – Nobody’s doubting that Pearson is going to have an amazing year. Just not 80-point amazing. Without the chemistry with Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli, he was probably destined for 40 points. With those guys, Pearson should clear 50 and possibly 55.   Tyler Bozak, Toronto Maple Leafs – A favorite whipping boy for Toronto fans, Bozak has long been labeled the misfit of the top line. Meanwhile, he has 69 points in his last 82 games and boasts a 54.8% win percentage at the dot. So I’m a Bozak backer. But that doesn’t mean I think he’ll get 80 points, or even 70. Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues – I say that Shattenkirk will be lucky to reach 55 because he does this every year. He’s one of the top scoring defensemen in the league at the 15 or 20 game mark and then  ends up with around 45.   Studs… These fellas are wielding a hot stick. Take that into consideration when you go after them in trade talks… Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings (6-3-8-11, plus-6, 4 PIM, 20 SOG) – After missing Ken Holland’s logic in signing Dan Cleary a big chunk of last season, Zetterberg has come back with a vengeance. At 34, bad back and all, Big Z still has plenty of gas in the tank. Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets (9-5-7-12, minus-1, 4 PIM, 20 SOG, 5 PPPts) – Johansen and Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin are the only two players who have points in every NHL game so far. That theory where missing camp causes either slow starts or injuries, well it’s been debunked. We’ll leave out the part about my being the one to float that theory… Jason Spezza, Dallas Stars (6-2-7-9, even, 2 PIM, 12 SOG, 5 PPPts) – So which does Spezza enjoy more – no longer being with the Senators, or playing on a line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin? As fantasy owners, we don’t really care. As long as he’s no longer stuck with Ales Hemsky.  

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Fantasy top 30 goalies: Scrivens, Lehner solid adds (NHL)

By at 30 October, 2014, 10:00 am

Every Thursday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey correspondent Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with in-depth goalie analysis. From updated weekly top 30 rankings to trendi…

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Islanders-Avalanche Preview (The Associated Press)

By at 30 October, 2014, 8:37 am

The New York Islanders expected to face some adversity after beginning the season on a four-game winning streak, and there are few better ways to test their mettle than a long road trip. The Islanders erased a two-goal deficit as John Tavares and Mikha…

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NHL suspends Rangers D Moore 5 games for head hit (The Associated Press)

By at 29 October, 2014, 4:24 pm

The NHL suspended New York Rangers defenseman John Moore on Wednesday for five games without pay for an illegal hit to the head of Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula. The decision was handed out by the league’s Department of Player Safety following an …

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Ex-Islanders co-owner may try to withdraw plea (The Associated Press)

By at 29 October, 2014, 3:32 pm

A lawyer for a former part-owner of the New York Islanders said his client may try to withdraw his guilty plea after a judge said Wednesday she plans to sentence him to 20 years in prison for participating in a fraud that prosecutors said enabled him t…

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Ladd’s 2 goals lift Jets over Islanders 4-3 (The Associated Press)

By at 28 October, 2014, 9:01 pm

When Winnipeg defenseman Mark Stuart got crunched into the boards early in the second period, the Jets woke up from their doldrums – and that was even before they made the New York Islanders pay on the power play. A sluggish start put the Jets into a h…

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Toledo Walleye, Evansville IceMen game to feature teams in Batman, Riddler jerseys (Photo) (Puck Daddy)

By at 28 October, 2014, 2:56 pm

It’s always fun to root against the “bad guys,” (a.k.a. the visiting team) and cheer for the “good guys,” (a.k.a. the home team). Next month, the Toledo Walleye will give their fans the chance to follow the game with a comic book mentality.  Marking the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first comic book appearance, the Walleye will don special jerseys during their “Heroes Night” celebration on Nov. 22, making you wish Adam West could show up. 

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Fantasy top 100 forwards: Stars trio making waves (NHL)

By at 28 October, 2014, 10:00 am

Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen will provide you with in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top 100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen will be your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all…

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