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Posted On Sunday, 02.01.2015 / 11:17 AM

By Fantasy Hockey Staff -  / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Daily projected fantasy hockey goalies

Projected goalie starters are based on reporting of staff and correspondents at morning skates, team announcements and media reports. While last-minute lineup changes are possible, these projections provide fantasy owners with the most up-to-date information available.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.31.2015 / 11:48 PM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Klingberg, Visnovsky could help on D

Dallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg had four points in a 5-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. He's available in 87 percent of Yahoo leagues.

Klingberg is tied for 11th among defenseman in points per game (0.69), with P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators. Klingberg is ahead of Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets (0.66) and Keith Yandle of the Arizona Coyotes (0.65).

For comparison's sake, Subban and Weber are owned in 100 percent of leagues, Yandle in 98 percent and Byfuglien in 94 percent.

Klingberg has 11 points in his past five games (five goals, six assists) and has seven two-point games. He has nine goals and 15 assists and is a plus-9.

Klingberg had two power-play points coming into Saturday before getting three. He played 7:17 of his 22:38 on the power play and likely earned himself some more opportunities. He can help in penalty minutes, with 22 in 35 games.

The rookie didn't make his NHL debut until Nov. 11 and has been an effective fantasy defenseman since.

-- New York Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky missed the past nine games with an upper-body injury and missed 10 earlier in the season, but his value was shown in a 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.31.2015 / 1:06 AM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Penguins' Despres steps up

Someone had to step up for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the absence of defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, who missed a 2-1 overtime win against the New Jersey Devils on Friday after possibly sustaining a concussion Wednesday against the Washington Capitals.

Simon Despres (11 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, D) did just that.

Despres scored the game-winning goal and had five shots on goal in a season-high 23:01 of ice time. He played 23 seconds on the Penguins' second power-play unit, but his time on the man-advantage should increase if Ehrhoff is out for an extended period. Despres has 13 points, a plus-five rating and 58 penalty minutes in 46 games playing an average of 16:03.

Ehrhoff (66 percent owned) traveled to Pittsburgh for concussion tests and could miss the game Sunday against the Nashville Predators.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.28.2015 / 4:30 PM

By Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Isles' Grabovski takes Okposo's spot

With Kyle Okposo sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks, fantasy owners would be wise to jump on the Mikhail Grabovski train.

Tri-eligible in Yahoo leagues (LW/C/RW), Grabovski (13 percent owned in Yahoo leagues) passed his first test Tuesday in his return from injury with a goal against the New York Rangers. He tied his season-high with four shots on goal in the game and filled in nicely for Okposo on the right side of New York's top line with top-15 fantasy forward John Tavares and Josh Bailey (eight percent owned).

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.20.2015 / 11:49 PM

By Sean McCullen - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Letang absence would shuffle D-men

Pittsburgh Penguins defensemen Christian Ehrhoff (67 percent owned in Yahoo leagues) and Paul Martin (3 percent owned) each figure to get more power-play time if Kris Letang misses games after he was injured on a hit by Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo late in the first period of a 3-2 overtime loss Tuesday.

Penguins coach Mike Johnston did not have an update on Letang after the game.

Martin played 8:10 and Ehrhoff 7:24 with the man-advantage after Letang exited. Each obviously would benefit from more time on the Penguins' sixth-ranked power play, which has scored on 22.4 percent of its chances, but playing on the top unit with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin would be even more helpful.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.20.2015 / 12:43 AM

By Sean McCullen - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Lindholm, Kulemin bring dual eligibility

Players who are eligible at two forward positions are highly valued in fantasy hockey because they provide flexibility when putting together a lineup, particularly on those nights there are 12 or more NHL games on the schedule.

By this point in the season, a top-flight dual-eligible player like the Dallas Stars' Tyler Seguin (100 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, C, RW) is long gone, and not many of you have a shot at Nashville Predators rookie Filip Forsberg (89 percent owned), the rare high-scoring player who is eligible at all three forward spots.

A few dual-eligible forwards who, based on their low ownership percentages, have flown under the radar had productive games Monday.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 1:29 AM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Downie, Hartnell good for points, PIMs

This might be surprising, but there can be such a thing as having too much offense.

If you're in a Yahoo league, there's a good chance it's a head-to-head league. Whether you outscore your opponent by one goal or 20 goals, each counts the same: one point for winning that category. There are only a handful of players who are scorers and rack up penalty minutes.

More often than not, you can find a streaky scorer to add on waivers, and penalty minutes are often overlooked.

Let's take a look at some players you should target mainly for penalty minutes, but who likely can chip in with some points too.

- Steve Downie (48 percent owned, LW, RW) of the Pittsburgh Penguins is leading the NHL in penalty minutes by a wide margin; with 143, he has 50 more than Derek Dorsett (5 percent owned, RW) of the Vancouver Canucks and Cody McLeod (2 percent owned LW) of the Colorado Avalanche. Downie also has seven goals and 20 assists, and he has played on the Penguins power play. For a player who's owned in less than half of Yahoo leagues, he probably is your best bet if you're looking for a boost in PIMs.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.17.2015 / 1:36 AM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Bogosian among D-men worth looks

Defense often gets overlooked in fantasy hockey. Many owners value penalty minutes the most, but having defensemen who can add scoring and shots and help in plus-minus can provide a big boost.

Here are a few possible pickups:

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Posted On Friday, 01.16.2015 / 12:27 AM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Dubnyk, Ortio worth a look in net

Much has been made of goalie Devan Dubnyk's fantasy impact after his trade to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. In his first start, he did not disappoint.

Dubnyk, whose fantasy ownership increased to 28 percent in Yahoo leagues, had a favorable start against the offensively challenged Buffalo Sabres and made 18 saves for his second shutout of the season, a 7-0 victory. He is 10-5-2 with a 2.58 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.

Even when Niklas Backstrom (32 percent owned) and Darcy Kuemper (54 percent owned) are healthy, Dubnyk is the better option for Minnesota and has the superior numbers. The Wild have a favorable upcoming schedule with home games against the Arizona Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Minnesota also has three games with the Edmonton Oilers remaining. While with the Coyotes, Dubnyk defeated his former team three times this season.

-- If you missed out on Dubnyk, here's another option: Calgary Flames goalie Joni Ortio.

Ortio (5 percent owned) won his second game in as many starts, 4-1 against the Coyotes. He made 27 saves after his 36-save shutout against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.15.2015 / 4:26 PM

By Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Replacing Predators goalie Rinne

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne was on track for one of the best statistical seasons in NHL history.

Unfortunately, that quest is taking a backseat to his injury, so fantasy owners need to act quickly.

Rinne is expected to miss 3-5 weeks because of a knee sprain sustained Tuesday in a win against the Vancouver Canucks. The injury will sideline him well past the upcoming break for the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game.

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