3 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 3/11/17 numberfire.com 3 years ago

Jeff Skinner, Victor Rask and Elias Lindholm should see lots of scoring chances against the Maple Leafs. Who else should you stack tonight in NHL DFS?

NHL Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 2/17/17 numberfire.com 3 years ago

Jeff Skinner has a great matchup tonight against the Colorado Avalanche. Who else should be on your radar in daily fantasy?

W. W. O. R. D. (what would our Ray do?) HOCKEY MADNESS primepucks.com 4 years ago

W. W. O. R. D. (What would our Ray do?)

HOCKEY MADNESS

The NCAA basketball tournament doesn’t have dibs on March madness you know.  The NHL has plenty of their madness going around as teams fight and claw for every point just to make it to the big dance, The Spring Fever! Okay, that was futile attempt to be creative with a catchy title I admit, but you do have to recognize that as a fantasy hockey poolie who is battling for some sort of championship or playoff victory, the last few weeks of the regular season can be a nail-biting and hair-pulling experience.

In one of the pools that I am involved in, my team has been floundering near the bottom of the pack for most of the season, mostly due to sub-par performances from the likes of Ryan Johansen, Pekka Rinne and Taylor Hall, along with Frederik Andersen losing the starter’s job to John Gibson who wasn’t even in the opening day lineup.  Oh, And Jaden Schwartz, who I expected big things from this season, going down for half the season, things weren’t looking too good.  But with some shrewd pickups and the return to form of some of those draft picks, my team has sprung from last place to 6th, just over 50 points back of 3rd place with 3 weeks to go.  With a little luck, a break here and a break there, and some players getting extremely hot, there is a possibility that I can make up even more ground in these dying days of the regular NHL season.

So what can I do to improve my team?  This morning I quickly jumped on picking up goaltender Brian Elliott of the St. Louis Blues who is back earlier from his injury than expected.  I had dropped a few weeks back thinking he was done for the season.  Elliott has shown he can get extremely hot and post a few shutouts in a short period of time. Along with Pekka Rinne rounding into top form, my team, the Pekka Heads, can make up some seriously ground.

On the defensive end, Arizona’s Michael Stone has produced in the absence of Oliver Ekman-Larsson and perhaps will still benefit once OEL returns to the lineup, which should be any day now.  But stranger things have happened and you never know if the Coyotes decide to just shut down OEL for the rest of the season for fear of risking a more serious injury.  I was surprised to see him sitting there since OEL had been sidelined for a few games already.  I was glad I looked on the waiver wire.  Another defenseman who was sitting out on the wire, and may still be, was Anaheim’s Hampus Lindholm.  Now Lindholm was disappointing ...

ADDEM: SPOONER THRIVING primepucks.com 4 years ago

Ryan Spooner, Boston

Third line center for the "B's" is not a plus but playing on arguably the best top PP unit in NHL definitely is. The kid has some serious upside which would be realized quicker when he moved up to top six. Take a flier on him as it could pay off in the form of 60+ points in '15-16.

 

Jeff Skinner, Carolina

Nine goals in last 8 games qualifies the former Calder Trophy winner as red-hot but be wary of his insane streakiness. Coming off two games with no points and just 17 on the year, he could already be heading toward a cold spell. Pick him up and watch. 

 

Marcus Johansson, Washington

Another big night for the Caps offense and MJ was one of the main beneficiaries, collecting three points. As long as he stays on the top pp unit and plays with Kuznetsov on 2nd line, he will remain fantasy relevant. That first elusive 60-point season is coming sooner than we think. 

 

Trevor Daley, Pittsburgh- 

Speaking of landing in a more ripe fantasy situation, the veteran defender will gobble up top pp minutes while Kris Letang sits out. A more favorable scenario would have new coach Mike Sullivan looking to get the power play going by playing both defenders on the no. 1 unit when both are healthy. There is decent upside here but we are not quite there yet. 

 

Karri Ramo, Calgary

Despite losing two straight, Ramo has backstopped the Flames into playoff contention with five wins in December already. If he is available in your leagues, he bears watching as he basically starts every game for a suddenly relevant Flames squad.

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE: DECEMBER 20, 2015 primepucks.com 4 years ago

SMC 12-20-2015

A good hot cup of coffee to get the sleep out of one’s eyes and the chill out of the air!

Colonel Klinkhammer made a cameo then went to the infirmary.  I appreciate the effort mein commandant!

Jonathan Bernier making it a statement game against the LA Kings with a 5-0 shutout.  It will be interesting to see when James Reimer gets back in action.

Sabres played the Blackhawks tough going to a shootout before losing 3-2.  It seems like the Hawks should never lose with the way Patrick Kane is going this season.

The Calgary Flames have been playing great of late by winning 7 in a row before losing to the St. Louis blues 3-2 on Saturday.  They beat some good teams in that streak too.

In case you haven’t noticed, Vladimir Tarasenko has woken up something fierce with 9 points in 5 games.  He has a 5-game goal-scoring streak!

The Rangers were good to get off to a solid start to begin the season because they have looked like garbage the past 12 games or so.

Over the last 10 games the Rangers aren’t the worst NHL team at 3-5-2.  The Montreal Canadiens are a bit worse at 2-7-1 but they aren’t playing with Carey Price in net where the Rangers have Henrik Lundqvist playing.

I know the Anaheim Ducks are in last place in the entire Western Conference, but did you know that they are only 3 points behind 3rd place in the Pacific Division?

That Pacific Division is going to be a dogfight until the end.

Pittsburgh is fading. They have changed the coach already.  Some players will be the next to part ways.

Carolina’s Jeff Skinner was on a torrid scoring pace of late but didn’t register a point on Saturday against The Pens.  He didn’t even get a shot on goal.  Hot or cold.  Or injured. That’s Skinner’s M-O.

What is going to happen with Columbus’ Ryan Johansen?  He’s safe for the holidays.  Or is he?

Patrick Sharp was cold for a while but Saturday’s game just might be the beginning of a hot spell for the streaky winger.

Pekka Rinne finally got a win after 3 straight losses, and losing 6 of last 7.  So unlike Rinne to go into a long dry spell.

I guess it’s time to start taking Arizona a bit more seriously.  I mean we are almost at Christmas time and they are playing solid hockey and sit in a playoff spot.

In an Edmonton-Colorado matchup, you would expect a lot of scoring.  Well, Saturday night saw Colorado live up to their end of the commitment with a 5-1 victory.

Taylor Hall did have 8 SOG in the loss so you know he was playing at a high level.

You just have to ...

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE: DECEMBER 13, 2015 primepucks.com 4 years ago

SMC 12-13-2015

Rise and shine and grab your hot cup of coffee!

I see the NHL reversed the rule about compensation for signing another team’s ex-head coach starting January 1st, 2016.  Sucks for the Columbus Blue Jackets who lost a pick for signing John Tortorella.  Another reason why if I were the Jackets I wouldn’t have hired him.

At the beginning of the season everyone was calling for the Boston Bruins to get rid of Claude Julien as head coach.  Ave you seen their record of late?  16-9-3, not too shabby for a team everyone thought was going to suck.

Brad Marchand is having himself a year isn’t he?  Top 10 in goals scored.

This Ryan Spooner kid might be worth a pickup, especially if you remember how he finished off last year with 14 points in 15 March games.

Buffalo’s Jamie McGinn has turned back the clock to the time when he went on a tear after he got traded to Colorado back in 2011-2012 with 8 points in last 78 games.

Matt Moulson found himself on a line with Jack Eichel and Evander Kane.  Let’s see if that stirs up some nostalgia from his Islander-playing days alongside another super-talented center named John Tavares.

Over the last 10 games the NY Rangers are the worst team in the NHL while the Washington Capitals have been the best.

The Ranger’s defense stayed in New York while the rest of the team went on the Western Canada road trip giving up 2, 7 and 5 goals in those 3 games.

The Rangers lost to Miller and Hiller on that road trip.  A real chiller.

San Jose has lost 6 in a row.  If this isn’t a time for a big shakeup I don’t know when would be a good time.

Has anyone seen Colonel Klinkhammer?

Good battle between Washington and Tampa Bay on Saturday night.

What is going on with Jonathan Drouin?  The kid can’t seem to stay on the ice, be it injury of internal conflict with the coaching staff.

Even though they aren’t getting the hype this year, the NY Islanders are having a good year.

Do the Columbus Blue Jackets have the nerve to trade their top talent in Ryan Johansen or will they just wait until next year when they can slot Auston Mathews as the #2 Center when they win the 2016 NHL Entry Draft lottery?

Last Sunday I said Carolina Hurricane Jeff Skinner was a ‘but-low’ candidate.  Did anyone listen? 4 goals and 1 assist in three games.

Good thing St. Louis beat the Dallas Stars so that they wouldn’t run away with the Central Division although they are still 8 points behind them.

Pekka RInne hasn’t been his real self this year.  Hopefully that ...

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE: DECEMBER 6, 2015 primepucks.com 4 years ago

SMC 12-6-2015

Good morning everyone!  Grab your coffee and settle in for a cozy Sunday!

Some good goaltending stories this week unless you are the owners of the goalies that were replaced by these marvels.  Winnipeg Jets Connor Hellebuyck and Toronto Maple Leafs Garret Sparks have turned a lot of heads in their short NHL careers with the former going 3-0-0 and the latter 2-1-0 in their first three NHL starts.  So impressive that Sparks had a shutout in his NHL debut.

I’m getting pretty tired of all these Byfuglien rumors already.  What, has this been going on for like 3 years now?  Trade the guy already.

Scoring is so spread out these days that for fantasy purposes it’s so difficult to have a clear-cut # 1, 2 or 3 pick.

I can see Columbus beating out Pittsburgh for the last playoff spot on the last day of the season.

Kris Letang got injured on Thursday.  Now there’s a surprise, not!

I think Marian Gaborik may just be waking up now.  He’ll play good for about three weeks and then get injured.  That’s just what he does.

It’s still kind of early but Phil Kessel hasn’t been the player with Pittsburgh everyone was hoping for.

Erik Karlsson is just sooo good!

Don’t look now but Detroit is 15-8-4 and in second place in the Atlantic Division.  They are always around.

Nyquist, Tatar and Larkin are becoming household names and they still have quite a few others that will be joining them soon enough.

Is Nashville just playing good enough to make the playoffs and then use that energy they are saving for the Cup run?

Jeff Skinner is a ‘buy-low’ candidate but beware of his injury history.

I thought the Maple Leafs had been winning more than they have lost lately, but that isn’t the case.  But they did beat the Blues in St. Louis on Saturday night.

Columbus beat Philadelphia on Saturday.  It was like a reunion game for a lot of players. 

Nick Foligno woke up with his best game of the year so far.  Need a few more those types of games to make their fantasy owners not regret selecting him in their drafts.

Boston has been doing much better lately that’s why you don’t hear all the rumors about coach firings or Chara trading.

Wow, Los Angeles is in first place in the Pacific at this time of year when everyone thought it would be the other area team atop the standings.

Have a great week and may all your fantasies come true.

DAILY PRIME - APRIL 7, 2015: STEPAN DELIVERS THE GOODS primepucks.com 5 years ago

Columbus putting on quite an audition for next fantasy season, Rangers getting stronger, and the Jets keep soaring

The Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres are playing out their respective disappointing seasons and it may be a few years before either team can be considered legitimate contenders.  They will still have some fantasy relevant players but you will have to put up with some not-so-good plus/minus stats.  On the Canes you have must-start players like Eric Staal and Justin Faulk and an injury-prone Jeff Skinner, but there isn’t much help coming from the youngster although Elias Lindholm has shown flashes of greatness from time to time….Tyler Ennis looks to be sure thing for next season and Zach Bogosian may be fantasy relevant in his new home up in upstate New York but all may rest upon how last year’s Number 1 pick Sam Reinhart plays in camp along with young talent like Johan Larsson and company…Too many things have to happen for wither of these teams to be making a huge jump up in the standings….

The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to show that this season was not meant to be but that they will be a force to be reckoned with for next year.  Sergei Bobrovsky played outstanding in the 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Rangers and it appears he is ready to perform at his Vezina-winning ways once again.  Grab Bobber high in next season’s fantasy draft….Derek Stepan may have missed the beginning of the season but he sure is enjoying quite an end to this season as he propelled the Rangers to their 51st win on the season capping the comeback victory with the tying goal with less than 30 seconds remaining and then the game-winning goal in OT.  The Ranges are not letting up and seem to be getting stronger as they near the playoffs….Henrik Lundqvist made quite a few outstanding saves in this game and appears to be in mid-season form.  Go long with the Rangers in the playoffs!...

The Jets are doing everything they can to lock down a playoff spot and they sure helped themselves by blanking the Minnesota Wild 2-0 behind Ondrej Pavelec's 32 saves.  The win puts them a point ahead of the Los Angeles Kings in the wild card race as the Kings lost to Vancouver, another team trying to lock down a playoff berth, 2-1 in a shootout.  What a race we have in the Western Conference!  Calgary was idle last night...

In a game with no implications except for possibly the scoring title saw Dallas clobber the Sharks 5-1 with Jamie Benn (2G, A) climbing to within one point...

DAILY PRIME - FEBRUARY 28, 2015: BISHOP RULES, KINGS CHECKMATED & U... primepucks.com 5 years ago

Lights out for Chicago, Anaheim explodes, Updated Rankings coming and Skinner continues.

Boston came away with a much needed 2 points against New Jersey as they cling to that last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.  Ryan Spooner scored his first NHL goal in overtime as he has been entrusted with a little more responsibility with the injury to David Krejci.  Don’t expect a lot from Spooner as he only has a total of 35 NHL game experience under his belt, but what a good time to score his first as the Bruins hold a 4-poiont lead over the Florida Panthers in the East….

The Islanders just keep on winning and now lead the Rangers by two points in the Metropolitan Division but the Rangers have three games in hand on the Isles.  Islanders Goalie Jaroslav Halak continues to improve upon his career year on the Island.  Kudos to those who took a chance on the sometimes underwhelming Halak….

Carolina’s Jeff Skinner scored again and now has 6 goals in last 8 games as the Hurricanes blanked the Washington Capitals 3-0 behind the 28-save effort from Anton Khudobin.  Look for the Canes to platoon their two goalies from here on out as they are out of the playoff race and are preparing for next season.  Skinner in the meantime can drive you bonkers as a fantasy owner because of his tremendous potential but also his propensity to get injured at the most inopportune times.  Ride him while he’s on fire….

Tampa’s Ben Bishop posted just his second shutout on the season but his 31st win by stopping all 28 SOG against the Blackhawks.  Ever since the Lightning acquired Bishop and installed him as the number 1, he has given fantasy owners a solid goaltender since day 1…With 2 goals, Steven Stamkos is rising quickly and is just 5 behind NHL leader in goals scored Alex Ovechkin.  With 20+ games to go in the season, SS could reach 50….

Colorado clings to playoff hopes as they beat the Dallas Stars 5-4 in a shootout.  Stars’ Cody Eakin (2G, A) was the offensive star in the losing effort but doesn’t hold much fantasy value I hate to say….

Anaheim awoke from their slumber after being shut out the previous game against Ottawa with a 4-goal outburst to beat their neighbors, the Los Angeles Kings 4-2.  Corey Perry was the hero scoring two late goals, the game-winner with just under 30 seconds remaining in regulation. Rookie John Gibson was the benefactor is now 7-5-0 on the season.  

DAILY PRIME - FEBRUARY 25, 2015: KANE INJURY NEWS primepucks.com 5 years ago

Rangers continue to roll, Islanders round up the Coyotes, Boston & Philly blow chances & birthday wishes.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to our newest PrimePucks™ fan, Ella from New York.  Happy Birthday Ella!

Huge injury news from Chicago as RW Patrick Kane apparently injured his shoulder while falling head-first into the boards. Nothing more to say other than a long-term injury to Kane would represent an irreaplacable loss for fantasy owners at this time of the NHL season. Hopefully, the MRI will not reveal serious damage but it did not look good. More info when we get it...

New York Rangers Cam Talbot has performed brilliantly in net as he starts for the injured Henrik Lundqvist and gives the Rangers some breathing room in making sure the King is ready to return.  Talbot posted a 1-0 shutout of the Calgary Flames who gave the Rangers their all but Talbot came up big stopping all 21 SOG to raise his record to 8-1-2 since taking over.  Don’t fret Lundqvist owners, the King will rightfully return to his throne when he is 100% healthy….With the trade deadline approaching, the Rangers may look to solidify their 3rd and 4th lines but with all cylinders clicking, may not need to make a big move…

Cam Ward continues to show that he still has what it takes to be a premier starting goaltender in the NHL by beating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 and raising his record to 5-1-0 in last six starts.  Start Ward with confidence as he is playing extremely well…As I mentioned in my SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE, when Jeff Skinner is healthy and gets on a roll, he’s a blessing as witnessed by his second consecutive game with a goal and 5 in his last 7.  Ride him while he’s hot, but get ready because he is injury prone….Philly, in a race for a Wild Card spot, lost a tough one especially, and with Boston losing as well, they missed a golden opportunity to bridge the gap.  They still remain 4 points behind the Bruins…

The New York Islanders exploded for 4 goals in the 3rd period to rout the Arizona Coyotes who are plummeting fast in the Western Conference.  Expect a fire sale of Arizona veterans as the trade deadline approaches.  Names like Antoine Vermette, Shane Doan, Keith Yandle perhaps and more….

Although the Buffalo Sabres are at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, they have been playing spirited hockey although the wins haven’t been coming but tonight Goalie Michal Neuvirth was rewarded for his solid play of late with a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets…

With Eddie Lack ...