Hockey Rambling

Ramblings - World Cup rosters announced and a quick-hit tour through the news (May 28)

by Neil Parker May 27, 2016, 10:30 pm

  World Cup rosters announced and a quick-hit tour through all the latest news ...   ***   Maybe, this all plays out, and I'm the one looking foolish. But how does it make sense for Toronto to deal Tyler Bozak …

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Ramblings: Pens/Bolts, Bernier and Mason, Klingberg, Eichel (May 27)

by Michael Clifford May 26, 2016, 10:20 pm

Bolts/Pens, Bernier, Mason, Klingberg, Eichel, Team Canada, and more **** Pittsburgh advanced to the Stanley Cup Final with a 2-1 Game 7 win over Tampa Bay. I wouldn't go so far to say "one of the best …

Hockey Rankings

Top 100 Keeper League Goalies - May

by Dobber May 26, 2016, 11:49 am

The top 100 goalies to own in fantasy hockey keeper leagues, May edition...   These rankings are based on keeper leagues, but how much they can help you this year plays a big part - more so …

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Ramblings: Sharks in Cup Final, Krug, Miller, Florida and Vancouver Trade (May 26)

by Michael Clifford May 25, 2016, 11:13 pm

Sharks advance to Cup Final, Offside Replay, Torey Krug, Vancouver and Florida Trade **** With a 5-2 Game 6 win, the Sharks finally got their Stanley Cup Final appearance that the franchise has probably deserved for close …

Fantasy Take - Latest NHL Moves

Florida Trades Gudbranson to Vancouver for McCann

by Dobber May 25, 2016, 9:55 pm

  Fantasy Impact: Florida trades Erik Gudbranson to Vancouver for Jared McCann. The Panthers also get second- and fourth-round picks for the upcoming draft, and the Canucks get a fifth rounder.   The Canucks get: A steady second-pairing …

Fantasy Hockey Cage Match

Cage Match: Band-Aid Boys - Embrace or Avoid?

by Rick Roos May 25, 2016, 7:49 am

Should we be avoiding injury-prone players, or taking advantage of others' aversion to them?   After I finished my winter 2015 Cage Match Tournaments on Band-Aid Boys, I made a note to do a future column where, …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: On Elliott, Kempny, Korpisalo, Griffith and Koekkoek (May 25)

by Dobber May 24, 2016, 11:25 pm

Rambling about Elliott, Kempny, Korpisalo, Griffith, Koekkoek and more *** The Lightning had a goal called back in the first period that changed the entire game last night. I’m convinced that had the Drouin goal been allowed, …

Eastern Edge

Eastern Edge: Offseason Outlook for the Hurricanes and Bruins

by Eric Daoust May 24, 2016, 9:26 am

  This week's edition of the Eastern Edge looks at the 2016 offseason outlooks for the Carolina Hurricanes and the Boston Bruins …     After covering the offseason outlook for the New Jersey Devils and Ottawa Senators last …

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Ramblings - The Sharks are due, Zach Werenski, Nick Bonino, Michal Kempny, Isle's prospects and more (May 24)

by Neil Parker May 23, 2016, 10:37 pm

  San Jose takes Game 5, Zach Werenski, Nick Bonino, Michal Kempny, Isle's prospects and more highlight Tuesday's Ramblings ...   This is a few days old, but it was interesting to browse through the teams with the most …

The Wild West

West: 2016 Offseason Outlook – Minnesota and Los Angeles

by Doran Libin May 23, 2016, 2:39 pm

The offseason fantasy hockey outlooks for the Minnesota Wild and the Los Angeles Kings...   Minnesota and Los Angeles   This week marks the first playoff teams to go under the microscope. Los Angeles and Minnesota are up as …

Fantasy Hockey Top 10

Top 10 PIM players (2016)

by Dobber May 23, 2016, 8:00 am

The Top 10 PIM players to own in fantasy hockey...   By Tom Collins Even though there's a movement afoot to get rid of PIM in fantasy hockey, there are still plenty of leagues out there that include …

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Ramblings - Laine, Shipachyov, Kucherov and more (May 23)

by Dobber May 23, 2016, 12:30 am

Rambling about Patrick Laine, further thoughts on Vadim Shipachyov, Zack Kassian and more *** I have had much to say about the World Hockey Championship this year. I usually don’t because I only put on the game …

The Contrarian

The Contrarian - Will He or Won't He

by Demetri Fragopoulos May 22, 2016, 9:20 am

There are conflicting arguments as to whether the Oilers will trade the fourth overall pick. Two Edmonton Journal writers, Jonathan Willis and David Staples, take on the task of trying to get into Edmonton Oilers general …

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Ramblings: Blues pull even, Penguins goalies (May 22)

by Ian Gooding May 22, 2016, 12:17 am

Blues pull even, Penguins goalie controversy, and more hockey… Entering Game 4, it was easy to write off the seemingly tired Blues, who had not scored since midway through the second period of Game 1. But …

The Journey

The Journey – Sophomore Stardom or Sophomore Slump?

by Kevin LeBlanc May 21, 2016, 10:02 am

  This week, The Journey examines which 2015-16 rookies could star in their sophomore seasons and who might slightly regress in Year 2.   Connor McDavid – Edmonton Oilers It’s unlikely that you will find anyone in the hockey …

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Ramblings - Is Game 5 between TB and PIT Flower Power time? (May 21)

by Neil Parker May 21, 2016, 7:45 am

  Are we set for Flower Power in Game 5? And a look at secondary assists as an indicator of regression for defensemen.   Buckle up, these ramblings got away from me and rambled on.   ***   Game 4 between Tampa …

Frozen Pool Forensics

Frozen Pool Forensics: Vladimir Tarasenko

by Cam Robinson May 20, 2016, 9:40 am

Frozen Pool: Digging into Vladimir Tarasenko's ice time and production.  **** We continue our playoff editions of Frozen Pool Forensics by looking at one of the league’s top snipers. Vladimir Tarasenko is no stranger to the spotlight. The …

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Ramblings: Blues/Sharks, Justin Abdelkader, Gustav Nyquist (May 20)

by Michael Clifford May 19, 2016, 11:55 pm

Blues/Sharks, Justin Abdelkader, Gustav Nyquist, Jaroslav Halak, Thomas Greiss **** The shot totals might have been somewhat close, and the game wasn't a huge blowout, but this contest never really seemed in doubt. San Jose took Game …

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Ramblings: Pens/Lightning, Scoring Chances, Eulogies (May 19)

by Michael Clifford May 18, 2016, 11:57 pm

Recap of Pens/Bolts, scoring chance numbers from this year, Artemi Panarin, and some eulogies. **** Though the final score of 4-2 for Pittsburgh looks fairly close, and the score for most of it was, this game …

Fantasy Hockey Cage Match

Cage Match: Evander Kane vs. Boone Jenner

by Rick Roos May 18, 2016, 7:43 am

Who is the better fantasy hockey option - Evander Kane or Boone Jenner? Breaking it all down for you...   Battling this week are two coveted young multi-cat forwards: Evander Kane and Boone Jenner. Should we expect …

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Ramblings: Burns, Fabbri, my Smythe picks and more (May 18)

by Dobber May 18, 2016, 12:04 am

Rambling about the greatness of Burns, Fabbri’s sneaky-good year, and more Justin Schultz… *** Brent Burns, Conn Smythe winner? If the Sharks win the Cup, you bet your ass! Sure, Logan Couture leads the league and points and …

Eastern Edge

Eastern Edge: Offseason Outlook for the Devils and Senators

by Eric Daoust May 17, 2016, 9:20 am

  This week's edition of the Eastern Edge looks at the 2016 offseason outlooks for the New Jersey Devils and Ottawa Senators …   After covering the offseason outlook for the Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens last week, …

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Ramblings - Sid delivers OT winner, a look to the 2016-17 Caps and more (May 17)

by Neil Parker May 17, 2016, 5:17 am

  Sidney Crosby silences his doubters, Washington's outlook for next season and a mix of news and notes, including a look at the goalie-starved Kings …   ***   Game 2 started with a four spot in the first period, …

The Wild West

West: 2016 Offseason Outlook - Arizona and Colorado

by Doran Libin May 16, 2016, 2:47 pm

The offseason fantasy hockey outlooks for the Arizona Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche...   This week features a lesson in the impact of coaching. The Coyotes and the Avalanche have coaches at opposite ends of the spectrum. For …

Fantasy Hockey Top 10

Top 10 players with low shot percentages (2015-16)

by Tom Collins May 16, 2016, 6:34 am

  Top 10 players with low 2015-16 shooting percentages   One of my strategies in one-year leagues is to choose players who take a lot of shots. In this year's expert draft, I selected Steven Stamkos, Corey Perry, Taylor …