Posted On Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 12:25 AM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Might be time to acquire Semin

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane sustained an upper-body injury in the first period of a 3-2 shootout win against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday and did not return. Coach Joel Quenneville said after the game that Kane will miss some time and will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

Kane is tied with Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom and Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek for the League lead in scoring with 64 points; his 1.07 points per game are tied for second with Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin.

You can't replace that type of production, but there are a few players you could try and acquire.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.15.2015 / 12:39 AM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Stars add forwards; Myers helps Jets

The Dallas Stars were the second-highest scoring team in the NHL coming into Saturday, and Tyler Seguin was a big part of that. But Seguin and his 29 goals will be sidelined for 3-6 weeks with a knee injury he sustained Friday in a 2-0 victory against the Florida Panthers.

In addition to Seguin, Patrick Eaves (concussion) and Ales Hemsky (lower body) also were injured.

Brett Ritchie (1 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, RW) and Travis Morin (less than 1 percent owned, C) were recalled from Texas of the American Hockey League. Ritchie skated mostly with Vernon Fiddler and Shawn Horcoff, but later skated with Fiddler and Erik Cole. Morin skated with Travis Moen and Jamie Benn. The Stars didn't generate much offense in a 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche; Jason Spezza scored the goal.

Ritchie (14:06 of ice time Saturday) has three points in 11 games with the Stars this season, and Morin (12:08 of ice time) has no points in six games. With Seguin and Hemsky (21 percent owned, RW) on injured reserve, and Eaves (2 percent owned, RW) dealing with a concussion, the call-ups probably will remain in the lineup for a while, so this is a situation worth monitoring.

Goalie Jhonas Enroth (35 percent owned) made his first start for Dallas since being acquired by the Buffalo Sabres in a trade earlier this week. He made 26 saves and didn't look particularly sharp.

Enroth's situation is interesting. He went to a better team, which means he should be in line for more wins, but who knows how much he'll play behind starter Kari Lehtonen.

-- Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tyler Myers (16 percent owned) had two assists, including one on the power play, and two penalty minutes in a 5-4 shootout win against the Detroit Red Wings. That gives him 15 points and 63 penalty minutes. Expect the points to rise, and the plus-minus (currently minus-16) to get better.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.14.2015 / 3:00 PM

By Eric Goodman - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: How to replace Tyler Seguin

Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin,'s majority pick for overall fantasy MVP at midseason, will miss 3-6 weeks with a knee injury after being hit by Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov on Friday.

Seguin had 29 goals, 59 points, 22 power-play points and 225 shots on goal through 55 games, but temporary replacements from the waiver wire must now be considered.

Here are some forwards available in Yahoo fantasy leagues who can help until Seguin returns:

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 2:45 PM

By Eric Goodman - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Impact of Jets-Sabres blockbuster deal

With the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline on March 2 a few weeks away, the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres set the tone Wednesday with a blockbuster trade that should have fantasy owners taking note.

The NHL players moving were injured forward Evander Kane and defenseman Zach Bogosian from the Jets to the Sabres for defenseman Tyler Myers and forward Drew Stafford. Myers (owned in 11 percent of Yahoo leagues) is the biggest winner, fantasy-wise, with the relocation to a stronger Winnipeg team, but anyone with Kane (owned in 51 percent of Yahoo leagues) on their roster in a keeper league should see the opportunity for him to possibly play with top 2015 NHL Draft prospects Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel as a big plus for next season.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 12:27 AM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Injury muddles Ducks' goalie situation

Frederik Andersen is having a great season for the Anaheim Ducks (29-8-5, .916 save percentage, .237 goals-against average), but he was placed on injured reserve Tuesday because of an upper-body injury, which has muddled their goaltending situation for fantasy owners.

Ilya Bryzgalov (5 percent owned) got the start and allowed three goals on eight shots in 25:57 of ice time before being pulled in favor of John Gibson (34 percent owned) in a 6-2 loss to the Florida Panthers. Gibson, who started the season opener for the Ducks, was called up from Norfolk of the American Hockey League Tuesday and was 2-2-0 with a 2.28 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage earlier this season with Anaheim. He allowed three goals on 18 shots in 34:03.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.10.2015 / 1:00 AM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Give Blue Jackets defense a look

If you are in need of a defenseman, the Columbus Blue Jackets have a couple of players who are worth giving a look.

David Savard (5 percent owned in Yahoo leagues) had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. He has eight goals and 20 points (eight on the power play) to go along with 71 shots on goal and 38 penalty minutes.

Savard has a minus-10 rating, but is plus-5 in his past three games and has points in three of his past five games. He is also second on the Blue Jackets with 22:30 of ice time per game.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.08.2015 / 1:18 AM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Kings' Williams would be nice addition

Despite a 4-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, there's no denying that the defending champion Los Angeles Kings are struggling and in danger of qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But that doesn't mean there aren't some Kings players you likely can find available to help your fantasy team.

Justin Williams (42 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, RW) plays on the third line, but had two goals in a very effective 12:27 of ice time. Williams had gone seven games without scoring a point, but has multiple points his five of the past eight games in which he has scored. He has 15 goals, 10 power-play points and 118 shots on goal.

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Posted On Friday, 02.06.2015 / 2:43 PM

By Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Filling void of injured Lundqvist, Kane

Fantasy owners of New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane got some unfortunate news Friday.

Lundqvist,'s third-ranked fantasy goalie, sustained a vascular injury last weekend and will be sidelined for at least three weeks.

Kane,'s 78th-ranked forward, needs shoulder surgery and will miss 4-6 months, likely ending his season. An inconsistent scorer but valuable asset in terms of shots on goal, penalty minutes and hits, Kane is already listed on injured reserve in Yahoo leagues. If you're in a non-keeper league and don't have an IR spot for Kane, it's safe to drop him given the lengthy timetable.

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Posted On Friday, 02.06.2015 / 12:36 AM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Daley does it again; Beleskey at 20

Dallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg (35 percent owned in Yahoo Leagues) has been discussed a lot lately, and rightfully so.

The NHL Rookie of the Month for January scored his 10th goal in a 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. But one of his teammates has been flying under the radar.

Defenseman Trevor Daley (28 percent owned) also scored Thursday and has five goals in his past nine games. He's scored the second-most goals (13) among defenseman this season behind Oliver Ekman-Larsson (15) of the Arizona Coyotes.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.04.2015 / 1:38 PM

By Matt Cubeta - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Predators goalie Rinne ready to return

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne will return from a sprained knee and start Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks. Goalie Marek Mazanec was reassigned to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

This is tremendous news for fantasy owners that have Rinne on their team. Despite missing Nashville's past eight games because of a knee injury, Rinne still ranks as the second most valuable fantasy goalie this season. He still leads the NHL with 29 wins (in 37 games), his 1.96 goals-against average is behind Brian Elliott's 1.95 for the League lead, and his .931 save percentage is second behind Carey Price's .932.

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