Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Mike Smith Stands on His Head, Crawford Out, Patience With Carlson

by steve laidlaw Dec 4, 2016, 1:24 am

Mike Smith's outstanding performance, Crawford out, what to do with Carlson and more.   Off the hop we need to discuss how the Blue Jackets turned the Coyotes’ arena into a shooting gallery landing 60 shots on …

The Journey

The Journey - Rookies at the Quarter Mark: Categorical Leaders

by Kevin LeBlanc Dec 3, 2016, 4:25 pm

Not surprisingly, Auston Matthews leads all rookies in numerous statistical categories. The Journey takes a closer look at some of the rookie categorical leaders through the first quarter of the 2016-17 season. Goals Patrik Laine: Winnipeg Jets (15) Auston …

The Kings of Daily Fantasy

Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks: December 3, 2016

by Chris Wassel Dec 3, 2016, 10:45 am

Facing a wide-open Stars squad, Nathan MacKinnon could be in for a big night. Top Budget Plays Centers William Karlsson $3400 – This center is never going to generate a ton of shots and chances but is taking advantage …

Saturday's NHL Picks

Saturday's NHL Picks: December 3, 2016

by Coretti Dec 3, 2016, 2:57 am

Will the Sabres be a different team with Jack Eichel in the lineup? Last weekend I went a respectable 4-2. We have a jam-packed schedule today and I like a lot of dogs. Let’s dive right …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Not Bad Chad, Analytics and Fantasy Hockey

by Ian Gooding Dec 3, 2016, 2:36 am

Not Bad Chad, Wild, Sharks, analytics and fantasy hockey There’s lots of discussion right now as to whether Chad Johnson is a legitimate starting goalie. Yet there he was on Friday night, stopping 21 of 23 …

Frozen Pool Forensics

Examining the Crease - Which Goalies Face the Toughest Shots by Distance?

by Kevin Wickersham Dec 2, 2016, 12:10 pm

Which goalies face the toughest shots? Using shot distance to consider goaltender performance. As advanced statistics have assumed an increasingly important role in hockey analysis, goalies continue more or less to be judged by the old …

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead: It's Time to Get Marleau in Your Lineup

by Mike Schmidt Dec 2, 2016, 8:48 am

Marleau and the Sharks have a great upcoming schedule. All fantasy owners need help in the short term AND the long term. The Looking Ahead feature identifies one player to plug into lineups in the short …

Hockey Rankings

Top 100 Keeper League Defensemen - December 2016

by Dobber Dec 2, 2016, 7:17 am

  Here are the Top 100 defensemen to own in fantasy hockey keeper leagues, December edition. As always, these were curated from the main Top 300 list (which were posted here on December 1). See that link …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Tarasenko Erupts, Draisaitl with McDavid (Dec 2)

by steve laidlaw Dec 2, 2016, 2:42 am

Welcome to the Tarasenk-show, Draisaitl with McDavid, Fleury Strikes Back and more.   Huge night for Vladimir Tarasenko netting a hat-trick, including the game winner and adding an assist. He’s threatening to go for his first 80-point …

Hockey Rankings

Top 300 Keeper League Players - December 2016

by Dobber Dec 1, 2016, 11:05 am

Here is the December edition of the monthly keeper league skater rankings. Scheifele, Ehlers surge while injuries take a toll on others   These are for points-only keeper leagues where positions do not matter (explaining why defensemen …


Capped: Selling High (2016)

by Alexander MacLean Dec 1, 2016, 8:49 am

This week's Capped discusses some of the over-performing players and how to sell them for what they are worth.  **** We are over a month into the season now, and there have been plenty of nice surprises …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Couture Heating Up, Chad Johnson's Starter Potential (Dec 1)

by steve laidlaw Dec 1, 2016, 1:14 am

Chad Johnson stays hot, Couture picking up steam, expansion draft thoughts and more.   Is Chad Johnson the only fantasy relevant Flame right now? 39-save shutout for Johnson, his third of the season. He has faced 34 …

Injury Ward

NHL Injury Update - Latest on Hall, Hornqvist, Lehner, Stralman and others

by Ajay Da Costa Nov 30, 2016, 2:59 pm

Latest injury news on the likes of Landeskog, Hall, Steen, Toews, Lehner and many others   Hey folks, it’s with a heavy heart that I let you know that this’ll be my last article up here. Life …

Fantasy Hockey Cage Match

Cage Match: Jakub Voracek vs. Phil Kessel

by Rick Roos Nov 30, 2016, 7:02 am

Who is the better fantasy hockey own, Jakub Voracek or Phil Kessel?   This week’s focus is on two players rebounding from poor 2015-16 seasons –Jakub Voracek and Phil Kessel. Are their strong starts sustainable, or at …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: My Top 10 Calder Picks so far; plus Simmonds, Mrazek, Klingberg & more (Nov 30)

by Dobber Nov 30, 2016, 1:14 am

Ramblings: My Top 10 Calder picks to date and how they’ll end up, plus more news from around the fantasy hockey world. *** I’ve seen lots of chatter around the Internet, here at the quarter pole of …

Lining Up

Lining Up: Rakell Teaming Up With Getzlaf and Perry

by Fred Poulin Nov 29, 2016, 3:21 pm

A look at the hottest lines in the National Hockey League since the beginning of the season, including a few defensemen producing offensively. You will also find below the "Cold as ice" line of the …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Perron, Parayko and the Blues Running Hot (Nov 29)

by steve laidlaw Nov 29, 2016, 2:24 am

Allen’s splits, Parayko’s potential, Klingberg isn’t shooting and more. * Despite having not yet scored a goal, Colton Parayko is on fire, with nine assists in the past 11 games. Not bad for a guy seeing third …

The Wild West

Real or Imagined - a look at Western Conference Goalies (2016)

by Doran Libin Nov 28, 2016, 3:48 pm

  Having just passed the quarter mark of the season for most of the teams in the NHL it is time for the third annual installment of the Real or Imagined feature in the Wild West …

Keeping Karlsson

Fantasy Hockey Podcast: Leisure Suit Cammalleri

by Elan Dubrofsky Nov 28, 2016, 12:12 pm

  Welcome to the quasiquincentennial edition of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast! November 28, 2016   Injuries open this week's episode, as Elan and Brian get into who's out of the lineup, and who's moving up the depth …

Fantasy Hockey Top 10

Top 10 Interesting Numbers (So Far)

by Tom Collins Nov 28, 2016, 6:59 am

Top 10 interesting numbers so far, early in the 2016-17 NHL campaign   I’ve always been a numbers guy. Things that are strange and different than normal have always interested me. This fascination can help when it …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Impact in Florida, Arvidsson, Rieder, Stolarz and more (Nov 28)

by Dobber Nov 28, 2016, 12:57 am

Ramblings: Impact in Florida, as well as thoughts on Arvidsson, Rieder, Stolarz and more *** A team that adds Keith Yandle, Michael Matheson, Jason Demers and adds a savvy ‘sleeper’ signing like Jonathan Marchessault should be improving …

Fantasy Take - Latest NHL Moves

Panthers Replace Gallant with Rowe

by Ian Gooding Nov 28, 2016, 12:22 am

Gerard Gallant is surprisingly the first coach to be fired this season. What happened The Florida Panthers have fired head coach Gerard Gallant. General manager Tom Rowe will take over as the team’s new head coach. Analysis There are …

Geek of the Week

Geek of the Week: Shea Weber

by Scott Maran Nov 27, 2016, 4:16 pm

The dominance of Shea Weber After missing the playoffs and finishing in 22nd place last year, the Montreal Canadiens needed to see a significant improvement in their play if they wanted to get back into the …

The Contrarian

The Contrarian: Puempel-ed Up

by Demetri Fragopoulos Nov 27, 2016, 10:52 am

Is now-former Senator Matt Puempel's recent criticism of Guy Boucher warranted? What are we to think of Matt Puempel after his statements criticizing the Ottawa Senators’ style of play? After Puempel’s first game as a New York …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Cammalleri, Marner, Schwartz (Nov 27)

by Ian Gooding Nov 27, 2016, 3:11 am

Cammalleri, Marner, Schwartz, Ducks’ goaltending, plus more… If you go to the Frozen Pool RotoRanker and press the Yahoo buttons and rank for the past week, you’ll find Mike Cammalleri near the top of each …