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Posted On Thursday, 08.21.2014 / 12:00 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy goalie dilemma: Ward vs. Khudobin

When Cam Ward missed the last 27 games of the 2012-13 NHL season with a sprained MCL, the Carolina Hurricanes went out to shore up their goaltending by adding Anton Khudobin to a mix that already included Justin Peters.

When Ward went down again last season in October (missed 10 games) and in January (missed 13 games), the Hurricanes were better covered in net.

Ward's October injury coincided with Khudobin being sidelined for 32 games with a lower-body injury. Peters went 4-6-0 with a 2.35 goals-against average and .921 save percentage during that time. When January hit, and the Hurricanes were hovering around the bottom of the standings, Khudobin took charge.

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Posted On Monday, 08.18.2014 / 12:00 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy goalie dilemma: Gibson vs. Andersen

What a difference a year makes for the Anaheim Ducks. Gone are the two goaltenders that started the 2012-13 NHL season, Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth, replaced for this season by rookie John Gibson and second-year player Frederik Andersen.

Andersen, 24, started Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and then, when injuries forced him out of action, the Ducks called up Gibson from the American Hockey League to start what became the remaining four games against the Los Angeles Kings.

Gibson, 21, burst onto the stage when he was named MVP of the United States' gold-medal run at the 2013 World Junior Championship. When he faced the Canucks in his NHL debut on April 7, 2014, the 39th pick of the 2011 NHL Draft became the first goalie in Ducks history to record a shutout in his Anaheim debut.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 4:48 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Thursday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Thursday April 10th:

Buffalo Sabres vs New York Rangers - Rangers

Washington Capitals vs Carolina Hurricanes - Hurricanes

New York Islanders vs Montreal Canadiens - Canadiens

Philadelphia Flyers vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Flyers

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Florida Panthers - Panthers

St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild - Blues

Boston Bruins vs Winnipeg Jets - Bruins

Los Angeles Kings vs Edmonton Oilers - Kings

Colorado Avalanche vs Vancouver Canucks - Avalanche

Phoenix Coyotes vs Nashville Predators - Coyotes

E.J.'s Season Record: 315-195-70

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 4:31 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Tuesday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks for Tuesday April 1, 2014

New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres - Sabres

Calgary Flames vs Toronto Maple Leafs - Flames

Florida Panthers vs New York Islanders - Islanders

Carolina Hurricanes vs Pittsburgh Penguins - Penguins

Colorado Avalanche vs Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets

Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Lightning

Philadelphia Flyers vs St. Louis Blues - Blues

New York Rangers vs Vancouver Canucks - Rangers

Winnipeg Jets vs Phoenix Coyotes - Coyotes

Edmonton Oilers vs San Jose Sharks - Sharks

Dallas Stars vs Washington Capitals - Stars

E.J.'s Season Record: 290-181-61

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Posted On Monday, 03.24.2014 / 3:42 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Monday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Monday March 24th:

Phoenix Coyotes vs New York Rangers - Rangers

Los Angeles Kings vs Philadelphia Flyers - Flyers

Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins - Canadiens

Ottawa Senators vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Lightning

Winnipeg Jets vs Dallas Stars - Stars

San Jose Sharks vs Calgary Flames = Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 280-175-58

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Posted On Monday, 01.27.2014 / 7:15 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Monday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Monday January 27th:

Boston Bruins vs New York Islanders - Bruins

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Carolina Hurricanes - Blue Jackets

Buffalo Sabres vs Pittsburgh Penguins - Penguins

Colorado Avalanche vs Dallas Stars - Stars

Edmonton Oilers vs Vancouver Canucks - Canucks

Los Angeles Kings vs San Jose Sharks - Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 223-134-48

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 3:53 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Tuesday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Wednesday January 15th:

New York Islanders vs New York Rangers - Rangers

Florida Panthers vs Buffalo Sabres - Sabres

St. Louis Blues vs New Jersey Devils - Blues

Ottawa Senators vs Washington Capitals - Capitals

Los Angeles Kings vs Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets

Minnesota Wild vs Dallas Stars - Stars

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers - Canucks

Winnipeg Jets vs Anaheim Ducks - Ducks

E.J.'s Season Record: 219-126-47

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Posted On Thursday, 01.09.2014 / 6:04 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Thursday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Thursday January 9th:

Florida Panthers vs Buffalo Sabres - Panthers

Dallas Stars vs New Jersey Devils - Devils

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Carolina Hurricanes - Hurricanes

Anaheim Ducks vs Nashville Predators - Ducks

St. Louis Blues vs Calgary Flames - Blues

Minnesota Wild vs Phoenix Coyotes - Coyotes

Boston Bruins vs Los Angeles Kings - Bruins

Detroit Red Wings vs San Jose Sharks - Red Wings

Washington Capitals vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Lightning

E.J.'s Season Record: 197-113-44

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 7:51 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Tuesday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Tuesday January 7th:

New York Islanders vs Toronto Maple Leafs: Maple Leafs

Philadelphia Flyers vs New Jersey Devils: Flyers

San Jose Sharks vs Nashville Predators: Sharks

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Winnipeg Jets: Jets

Calgary Flames vs Phoenix Coyotes: Coyotes

St. Louis Blues vs Edmonton Oilers: Blues

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Vancouver Canucks: Penguins

Minnesota Wild vs Los Angeles Kings: Kings

Boston Bruins vs Anaheim Ducks: Ducks

E.J.'s Season Record: 191-109-42

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Posted On Monday, 01.06.2014 / 6:57 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Monday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Monday January 6th:

Dallas Stars vs New York Islanders - Stars

Columbus Blue Jackets vs New York Rangers - Rangers

Florida Panthers vs Montreal Canadiens - Canadiens

Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

E.J.'s Season Record: 190-107-41

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