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NHL Fantasy Hockey: Why Henrik Zetterberg is a stud, Alex Semin a dud (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:21:45 PDT)
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.  

Fantasy top 30 goalies: Scrivens, Lehner solid adds (NHL)
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:00:00 PDT)
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 trending players and more, Goldman will be your go-to guy for fantasy goalie advice all season long.

Canadiens-Canucks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:59:33 PDT)
The 2013-14 Vancouver Canucks were the most offensively challenged group in team history, missing out on the playoffs for just the third time in 13 seasons. They'll look to continue their high-scoring ways and snap out of their recent struggles against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night. Third-liner Brad Richardson scored twice and fourth-liners Linden Vey and Jannik Hansen also found the back of the net, showcasing some depth for Vancouver that seemed to be lacking previously. Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and Radim Vrbata - who make up the club's first line - each have 11 points and are a combined plus-six on the season.

Will Arnett and Jay Baruchel lead Canadian team celebrity fandom (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:48:19 PDT)
Will Arnett does not shy away from being a Maple Leafs fan. The former “Arrested Development” actor, who hails from East York, Ontario got to live his dream – or nightmare maybe – of coaching the Toronto Maple Leafs in the below video. This comes on the heels of Montreal Canadiens commercials where “This is the End” star and Habs superfan Jay Baruchel creeps on some players. The recent actor love for these teams got us thinking. Who are our favorite celeb fans of other Canadian franchises?  Ottawa Senators … Matthew Perry: The former “Friends” actor was raised in Ottawa. Though he often claims the Kings, we’ll take the excuse that he can root for Los Angeles in the Western Conference and Ottawa in the Eastern Conference. Thankfully for Perry, they’ve never met in the Stanley Cup Final. Vancouver Canucks … Cobie Smulders: On “How I Met Your Mother," Smulders never hid her love of hockey, or the Canucks, often wearing shirts honoring her team … even after the Canucks crashed and burned in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. Honorable mention goes to Elvis Costello who 'pumped it up' for the Canucks in the 2011 postseason.  Edmonton Oilers … Kevin Smith: The film director and New Jersey native is somehow an Oilers fan. We don’t get it, but his movies often include hockey scenes, so we dig it. Winnipeg Jets … Neil Young: The rock, and Manitoba, legend  famously gave up rooting for the San Jose Sharks to pull for the newly reincarnated Jets. Calgary Flames … Bret Hart:  The former and pro wrestler Calgary, Alberta native is the co-founder of the Western Hockey League's Calgary Hitmen and one of its original owners.    

Miller wins 300th, Canucks beat hapless Hurricanes (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:23:12 PDT)
The Vancouver Canucks made Ryan Miller's 300th career victory look easy. Miller made 29 saves, Brad Richardson scored twice and the Canucks beat the winless Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 on Tuesday night. ''It means I have been playing a while,'' Miller said. So I'll try and enjoy this.'' Linden Vey and Jannik Hansen also scored to help the Canucks (6-3-0) win for the third time in four games.

Miller posts 300th NHL career win as Canucks keep Hurricanes winless (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:33:43 PDT)
The Vancouver Canucks made Ryan Miller's 300th NHL career win look easy. Miller reached the milestone as the Canucks downed the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 on Tuesday night. "It means I have been playing a while," said Miller. Carolina also remained without a victory in seven games in Vancouver since October 1999.

Hurricanes-Canucks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:56:32 PDT)
The Vancouver Canucks have taken notice of some strangers hanging around Rogers Arena the last few days. They would be the winless Carolina Hurricanes, who are in town for an extended period thanks to a scheduling quirk. The Hurricanes will have Eric Staal back in the lineup Tuesday night when they try to end their club-record seven-game winless start. The Hurricanes practiced Sunday and Monday in Vancouver ahead of the finale of their five-game trip.

Staal in, Lovejoy out; Foligno talks 'stinger'; dirtiest clean hits (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:26:15 PDT)
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.  

Monday's Sports Briefs (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:22:56 PDT)
Aaron Lewis has apologized for botching the lyrics of ''The Star-Spangled Banner'' during his performance before Game 5 of the World Series. The lead singer of the metal band Staind turned country singer published a note on his website Monday after stumbling during his rendition of the national anthem the night before in San Francisco. ''The Star-Spangled Banner means so much to so many, including myself. I hope that the Nation, Major League Baseball and the many fans of our national pastime can forgive me.'' After starting with ''O say can you see by the dawn's early light, what so proudly we hailed,'' Lewis diverted from the lyrics.

Fantasy All-Access: Buy low on MacKinnon, Rask (NHL)
(Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:00:00 PDT)
On average, forward Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche was drafted in the third round in Yahoo leagues, but he has no goals and four assists in nine games. This start might have owners thinking sophomore slump, but don't forget he had seven points in his first 11 games last season, yet finished the season with 56 points in his next 71. The talented center could be had for a low price. FANTASY HOCKEY ANALYSIS The 2014-15 NHL season is underway, so NHL.com has you covered with weekly fantasy hockey positional rankings, real-time spin updates and waiver wire advice. ...

Continuing adventures of Tim Peel, Terrible NHL Referee (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:04:11 PDT)


Lots of Power Play scoring (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:07:00 PDT)
Michael Finewax reports that 3 weeks into the season, 17 teams are at a 20 percent rate on the pp while only 3 teams did so last year.

What We Learned: Are the Minnesota Wild lucky or good? (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:11:03 PDT)


Bonino, Vrbata lift Canucks over Capitals 4-2 (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 23:11:16 PDT)
Vancouver Canucks defenseman Luca Sbisa shook off a game to forget and had a much better performance against the road-weary Washington Capitals. Sbisa was a minus-5 in Vancouver's four-goal loss to Colorado on Friday. He bounced back two nights later and scored his first goal with the Canucks in a 4-2 victory over the Capitals on Sunday. ''That was a rough night,'' Sbisa said of the Colorado loss.

NHL-Highlights of Sunday's National Hockey League games
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:41:07 PDT)
Oct 26 (Reuters) - Highlights of Sunday's National Hockey League games: - - - Kings 5, Blue Jackets 2 With "That '70s Line" cranking the hits again, the Los Angeles Kings smashed a club record on Sunday. Rookie Tanner Pearson scored twice and the streaking Kings earned a victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets before an announced crowd of 18,230 at Staples Center. ...

NHL Three Stars: Darling wins historic NHL debut; 'That 70s Line' leads Kings (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:16:36 PDT)
No. 1 Star: Scott Darling, Chicago Blackhawks The first Southern Professional Hockey League player to play in an NHL game was huge in his debut. Darling made 32 saves, including 16 in the third period as the Blackhawks edged the Ottawa Senators 2-1. To get an idea of just how far Darling has come, check out Chris Peters' story . No. 2 Stars: That 70s Line, Los Angeles Kings The trio of Jeff Carter (1 goal, 3 assists), Tanner Pearson (2 goals) and Tyler Toffoli (1 goal, 3 assists) combined for four goals and 10 points as the Kings downed the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2, sweeping a six-game homestand. One of Pearson’s goals came via a homerun pass by Toffoli and an extra effort by no. 70: No. 3 Star: Nick Bonino, Vancouver Canucks The Canucks doubled up the Washington Capitals 4-2 Sunday night, with Bonino factoring in on pair of goals. He first scored his third of the season late in the second perod to give Vancouver a 2-1 lead. Just 25 seconds later, he would set up Luca Sbisa’s first of the year, which would stand as the game winner.  Honorable Mention: The Winnipeg Jets ended their five-game homestand with a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Bryan Little’s goal with 25 remaining in overtime was his fifth of the year: Andrew Ladd scored his 100th goal with the Thrashers/Jets franchise … Dustin Byfuglien, meanwhile, was hitting everything: Tim Erixon and Liam O'Brien tallied their first NHL goals … Patrick Kane’s assist on Jonathan Toews’ second period goal was his 500th NHL point … Antti Niemi made 33 saves and the San Jose Sharks got goals from Tommy Wingels, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns en route to a 4-1, fight-filled win over the Anaheim Ducks. Did You Know? “Eight minutes into the second period, Quick joined [Rogie] Vachon and Kelly Hrudey as the only goaltenders to play at least 20,000 minutes in a Kings uniform during the regular season. Among that trio, Quick is first in wins, goals-against average and save percentage - in addition to the shutouts.” (AP) Dishonorable Mention: Nick Foligno collided with a linesman along the boards and ended up having to be stretchered off the ice . After being evaluated, he was deemed well enough to travel back to Columbus with the Blue Jackets … Anze Kopitar left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury . The Kings did not reveal any more information … They were handing out PIMs at Honda Center like Halloween candy … Anaheim’s seven-game winning streak came to an end.

Kelowna Rockets' Nick Merkley gets four points in blowout of Brandon: Saturday's 3 Stars (Buzzing The Net)
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 06:46:43 PDT)


Capitals-Canucks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:15:17 PDT)
With star Alex Ovechkin mired in a minor scoring drought, new fourth-liner Joel Ward provided a spark to wake the Washington Capitals' slumbering offense. As the Canucks look to avoid a fourth loss in five games, the Capitals will have to overcome nearly two decades of futility in Vancouver on Sunday night to win two of three on their Canadian trip. After scoring 18 times over its first four games, Washington (4-1-2) managed only three goals in its next two before Ward stepped up with his first two-goal effort since Feb. 2 in Saturday's 3-1 victory at Calgary. The top-line forward has scored three times in his last three games versus Vancouver.

Wild and Blues players contract bacterial infections, So Cal roadtrip to blame? (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:03:55 PDT)


NHL Three Stars: Duchene goes five-hole; Ducks go streaking (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:31:39 PDT)
No. 1 Star: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche The speedster scored a slick backhand breakaway goal and notched two assists in Colorado’s 7-3 win over Vancouver. No. 2 Star: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks Took sole possession of the top spot in the Rocket Richard Trophy chase with his ninth tally of the year. Also notched an assist in Anaheim’s 4-1 victory over Columbus. It was the Ducks' seventh consecutive victory.  No. 3 Star: Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning Stopped 40 of 42 Winnipeg shots to lead the Lightning to a 4-2 win.  Honorable mention: Tampa’s Jonathan Drouin scored his first NHL goal … The Lightning's Nikita Kucherov notched three assists … Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl also scored his first goal of the season, which proved the Oilers’ game-winner … Colorado’s Tyson Barrie also had three assists … Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov made his return from a groin injury and made 20 saves … Edmonton goaltender Ben Scrivens picked up his third straight win with 27 saves … Oilers forward Jordan Eberle scored a goal and added two assists … Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf notched an assist and won 77 percent of his face offs … Colorado's Jarome Iginla scored his first two goals with the Avalanche ... Dallas’ Jason Spezza moved to 50 percent in shootouts (1-for-2) with a nifty move below Did you know?: The New Jersey Devils extended an NHL record with their 18 th straight shootout loss. They also tied a record for consecutive shootout attempts without a goal with 20.   Dishonorable mention: Vancouver’s Eddie Lack made 41 saves on 48 shots on goal … Canucks blueliner Luca Sbisa was a minus-5. Teammate Shawn Matthias was a minus-3 … Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec was yanked after allowing four goals on 18 shots on goal … Carolina goaltender Anton Khudobin allowed three third period scores … Columbus’ offense could only muster 17 shots on goal on Anaheim’s John Gibson. 

Iginla leads Avalanche past Canucks 7-3 (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:08:48 PDT)
Colorado's best game of the season began with a goal for Vancouver just 10 seconds into the opening period. The Avalanche dominated the rest of the way. Jarome Iginla collected his first two goals for Colorado and had an assist, helping the Avalanche beat the Canucks 7-3 on Friday night. Matt Duchene had a goal and two assists and Erik Johnson had a goal and an assist for Colorado, which broke out of an offensive slump to earn its first home win of the season.

Blackhawks-Blues Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:33:24 PDT)
Frustrations are starting to grow for St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, who hasn't been pleased with his team's recent efforts. His tune isn't likely to change with the Chicago Blackhawks coming to town Saturday night for a rematch of last season's playoff series between these Central Division rivals. St. Louis (2-3-1) is coming off a pair of ugly defeats, 3-0 at Anaheim on Sunday and 4-1 to Vancouver on Thursday. Kevin Shattenkirk scored with 12:22 left in the second period after the Canucks were called for too many men on the ice, the Blues' lone power-play goal in seven chances after going 4 for 4 in a 6-1 win at Arizona last Saturday.

Nicklas Backstrom on Top (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:53:00 PDT)
Michael Finewax reports that Nicklas Backstrom is the first player from his class to hit the 500 point mark in 'The Week Ahead'

NHL Three Stars: Neal tricks Blackhawks; Quick sets record (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:10:33 PDT)


Canucks-Avalanche Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:18:30 PDT)
Semyon Varlamov's solid start to the 2013-14 season led to his nomination as a Vezina Trophy finalist as he helped guide the Colorado Avalanche to their first division title in 11 years. Varlamov returns from a three-game absence as Colorado looks to snap its four-game skid Friday night against the visiting Vancouver Canucks. The Avalanche started 12-1-0 last season as Varlamov went 8-1-0 with a 1.78 goals-against average in that stretch. He finished with a league-best 41 victories as Colorado won the Central before losing in seven games to Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs.

Miller has 31 saves, Canucks beat Blues 4-1 (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:12:11 PDT)
Ryan Miller was looking forward to his return to St. Louis with his new team, and the former Sabres and Blues goaltender made the most of it. Miller made 15 of his season-high 31 saves in the third period, and the Vancouver Canucks scored three times in the final 15:06 of the game to beat the Blues 4-1. ''It was one I was actually really looking forward to, especially here in St. Louis,'' Miller said. ''It was fun.'' Nick Bonino, Linden Vey and Jannik Hansen broke open a tight game, scoring goals in the third period to help the Canucks (4-2-0, 8 points) snap a two-game losing streak.

Ryan Miller trolls St. Louis Blues with awesome save, victory (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:41:55 PDT)
Ryan Miller faced the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night for the first time since his brief, underwhelming tenure there ended last season. And so, of course, he played outstanding in the Vancouver Canucks’ 4-1 victory over the Blues, including this incredible save against Jori Lehtera that led to a Nick Bonino goal the other way:   Miller made 31 saves in the win. Here's a bit longer highlight: He was 10-8-1 for the Blues last season with a .903 save percentage, which dropped to .895 in their six-game loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. While the fans felt Miller’s time there was a bust, he enjoyed playing in St. Louis. As Miller said before the game, via the Vancouver Sun: “It just didn’t end well and I think that is where the drama comes from is people want to know why,” Miller said. “I don’t have any hard feelings. It was a situation where they were hoping it would lead to something different within the organization and it just didn’t pan out, just didn’t work out the way we hoped. There are a lot of different reasons for that. I don’t feel like I played to the best of my abilities, I don’t think I played terrible. But in the playoffs that little difference is (big).” A few more saves like that one on Thursday night, and perhaps the playoffs would have been a little different …

Varlamov says groin healed, will start vs. Canucks (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:36:47 PDT)
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov says he's healed from a groin injury and will start Friday night against Vancouver. In a video on the team's website, Varlamov told reporters after practice Thursday that he feels good. Reto Berra started against the Senators, but left the game after he was knocked over. Rookie goalie Calvin Pickard finished that game and started another before Berra returned to the net.

How the 1994 NHL lockout spared us another hideous jersey design (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:31:46 PDT)
The Pittsburgh Penguins faced off against the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday night  wearing their new third jerseys . They’re not technically new, as the uniforms are the same design that Mario, Jaromir and Ronnie Franchise wore during their back-to-back Stanley Cup years in 1991 and 1992. Unlike previous efforts, these uniforms were lauded by Penguins fans. It’s rare that an NHL team’s jersey is collectively praised, even from non-fans, given the league's penchant for the color black and horrible design schemes that clubs pump out on an annual basis so their cash registers stay busy.  When the NHL went through their 1990s third jersey explosion, we saw a ton of legendarily bad designs. We'll never forget the LA Kings’ Burger King jerseys or the Wild Wing ones that the Mighty Ducks tried to pull off or even the New York Islanders’ fisherman logo. But the Penguins almost had a jersey of their own that could have topped them all.  Look. At. These.

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