An Early Preview of the 2017 UFA Crop

by Alexander MacLean Dec 8, 2016, 9:16 am

This week's Capped discusses the 2017 UFA crop, and what challenges their negotiations/contracts may bring.   **** With the signing of Brent Burns two weeks ago, the biggest fish of the impending 2017 unrestricted free agent (UFA) market …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: The Need to Blend Video With Analytics (Dec 8)

by steve laidlaw Dec 8, 2016, 3:09 am

Ranting about why simply using numbers in analytics is no longer enough, plus some fantasy hockey goodies!   Ever since the Gerard Gallant firing, I have been pondering the state of analytics in hockey. It seems we’ve …

Injury Ward

NHL Injuries: Latest on Landeskog, Scheifele, Ryan, Rakell and others

by Brennan Des Dec 7, 2016, 2:05 pm

New writer Brennan Des brings you the latest injury information on the likes of Crawford, Toews, Galchenyuk, Landeskog and many others...   Howdy! The name is Brennan, and I'll be bringing you your weekly dose of injury …

Fantasy Hockey Cage Match

Cage Match: Brayden Schenn vs. Chris Kreider - the better fantasy own is...?

by Rick Roos Dec 7, 2016, 7:28 am

Digging deep on Schenn and Kreider to help you determine which player has better short- and long-term value   Hopefully all DobberHockey loyalists make time to read the monthly Top 100 Rotisserie Players list. I’ll often consult …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Big Buff Back; Mason on Fire, Caggiula Sneaky-Good Pickup (Dec 7)

by Dobber Dec 7, 2016, 1:18 am

Ramblings: Big Buff is back, Mason on fire, Caggiula a sneaky-good pickup *** The Zetterberg-Mantha-Tatar line is still rolling along nicely. Between that line combo and the Howard injury, the Wings have found a bit of magic …

Eastern Edge

Real or Imagined? Eastern Conference Goalies (2016)

by Doran Libin Dec 6, 2016, 1:31 pm

A deep dive on the goalie situations of the Eastern Conference.     Bear with me as I cover for Eric this week and delve into the goalies of the Eastern conference. After covering the Western Conference for …

Lining Up

The Senators' Top Line Finding Their Touch

by Fred Poulin Dec 6, 2016, 8:59 am

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: Reviewing My Over/Under Bets and Some Kuznetsov Buy Low Scenarios (Dec 6)

by steve laidlaw Dec 5, 2016, 11:42 pm

Reviewing my over/under bets thus far, and going over some buy low scenarios for Kuznetsov.   Oh, those poor goalies in the Ottawa-Pittsburgh game. Marc-Andre Fleury was chased halfway through allowing four goals on 16 shots. Most …

The Wild West

Real or Imagined: Western Conference Defensemen Part 1 (2016)

by Doran Libin Dec 5, 2016, 1:19 pm

The second installment of the Real or Imagined series focuses on the defensemen of Anaheim, Arizona, Calgary, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas and Edmonton.   For defensemen there are three big factors for this sort of evaluation: percentage of …

Keeping Karlsson

Fantasy Hockey Podcast: Eichel, Jack's In

by Elan Dubrofsky Dec 5, 2016, 10:11 am

Want to know what's on Brian's shelf? Well, you're in luck: the 126th episode of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast tells you that, and more! With the "more" being cutting edge and deeply informative fantasy …

Fantasy Hockey Top 10

Top 10 D-men for Hits, BLKS & PIM

by Tom Collins Dec 5, 2016, 7:45 am

Top 10 defensemen for the physical categories - hits, blocked shots and PIM...   A lot of big-name defensemen always seem to get the love when it comes to peripheral stats. But there are plenty of options …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Johnny Hockey Returns...and so does 2006 Cam Ward (Dec 5)

by Dobber Dec 5, 2016, 1:44 am

  Ramblings: Johnny Hockey returns…and so does 2006 Cam Ward… *** I think at this point there are no more naysayers when it comes to declaring Alexander Radulov a superstar and that what we’re seeing is no longer …

The Contrarian

Eat What You Kill

by Demetri Fragopoulos Dec 4, 2016, 10:00 am

A proposal to create incentives for teams to score more goals. There have been countless articles written about the NHL’s scoring system like the one penned by Pierre LeBrun that focus on the ‘Loser point’ and …

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 …