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Posted On Sunday, 12.14.2014 / 12:46 AM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Blue Jackets forward Jenner can help

The Columbus Blue Jackets have won six straight games to get back in the conversation for a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They also have a few players who could help your fantasy team.

Forward Boone Jenner (8 percent owned in Yahoo leagues) continued his hot streak. He scored on a penalty shot in a 4-3 shootout win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. It was his sixth goal this season, and fifth in his past six games.

Jenner has six points in his past six games, half of his season total. He played 21:29 on Saturday, including 5:34 on the power play and 1:47 shorthanded.

Columbus defenseman David Savard (1 percent owned) had two assists, four penalty minutes and a season-high eight hits. His 26:27 of ice time trailed only defenseman Jack Johnson (29:17).

-- Reunited with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn on the Dallas Stars' top line, Jason Spezza had two points in a 4-3 win against the New Jersey Devils. Spezza assisted on Seguin's first-period goal and scored less than three minutes later. He had three points in his prior six games. Spezza was a plus-1 and won 13 of 18 faceoffs.

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Posted On Saturday, 12.13.2014 / 12:59 AM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Letang returns; Weiss injured

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby (illness) was unable to play in a 3-1 win against the Calgary Flames on Friday, but defenseman Kris Letang returned after missing five games with a groin injury.

Letang, partnered with Paul Martin, generated numerous scoring opportunities, had a first-period goal (which turned out to be the game-winner), and created another in the third period starting a rush out of the Penguins end which led to a goal by Rob Klinkhammer.

Letang led the Penguins in ice time (27:16) and played 5:25 on the power play, mostly with the first unit. Pittsburgh was 0-for-5 with the man-advantage.

Forward Patric Hornqvist, who returned after missing two games with an undisclosed injury, played with Brandon Sutter and Nick Spaling but didn't do much. He had four shots on goal and two penalty minutes in 18:40 of ice time.

Blake Comeau (owned in 15 percent of Yahoo leagues), playing on the top line with Evgeni Malkin instead of Crosby, had a goal and three hits in 17:33. It was the first goal in seven games for Comeau, who is second on the Penguins with 80 hits.

-- Red Wings forward Stephen Weiss, who had 10 points in 10 games before Friday (four goals, six assists) left a 3-2 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers after taking a hit in the second period. Coach Mike Babcock said Weiss has a shoulder injury and won't play on Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 11:29 PM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Chara, Green return; Toews injured

It's been a long seven weeks for fantasy owners of Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, who have had to find other options to fill the void he's left in the lineup.

Chara, who hadn't played since Oct. 28 with a knee injury, returned for the Boston Bruins on Thursday and was paired with Dougie Hamilton in a 3-2 loss against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Chara logged 24:11 of ice time, two-and-a-half minutes more than his season average. He led all Bruins, except Hamilton (26:22). Chara had one shot on goal and two hits. He also took two minor penalties.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.09.2014 / 4:41 PM

By Eric Goodman - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Replacement options for Ducks' Perry

When fantasy owners drafted Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry, they got a one-of-a-kind player, incapable of being sufficiently replaced by any single forward off the waiver wire. Perry leaves his fantasy owners with a huge gap to fill as his tremendous contribution in goals, assists, points, plus-minus, penalty minutes and shots on goal will be dormant with the Ducks announcing Tuesday that Perry will miss three to four weeks with a knee sprain.

In what is the equivalent of trying to catch a great white shark with a bent paper clip attached to a string of dental floss, the following right wings can be picked up in larger and smaller Yahoo fantasy hockey leagues, with hopes that they can lighten the heavy burden created by Perry's absence.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.04.2014 / 4:00 PM

By Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Pros, cons of adding Blues' Brodeur

Unrestricted free agent Martin Brodeur wasn't ready to hang up his skates. He waited for the right situation to open up, and, sure enough, it finally came.

The longtime New Jersey Devils goalie signed a one-year contract with the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. With Brian Elliott injured, the Blues needed a backup and Brodeur was the best option available. He will make his season debut Thursday against the Nashville Predators.

Should you add Brodeur in fantasy? It boils down to your league's depth and your team's specific circumstances. Consider the positives and negatives surrounding him at this stage of his career before making your decision.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.03.2014 / 4:11 PM

By Eric Goodman - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Filling in for injured Islanders D-men

When defenseman Johnny Boychuk was traded from the Boston Bruins to the New York Islanders prior to the start of the 2014-15 season, fantasy hockey team owners saw an opportunity to increase their offensive and power-play numbers and started steadily adding Boychuk to their respective rosters. The payoff has been huge with Boychuk remaining in the top 10 among defensemen in assists (12) and power-play points (eight) this season. But with Boychuk and defensive teammate Lubomir Visnovsky being placed on injured reserve Wednesday, it’s time for fantasy owners to start digging for that next diamond in the rough.

Since Boychuk has been one of the bigger surprises this season and Visnovsky hasn’t done much since returning from an upper-body injury Oct. 23, the gap between those players and those available on the waiver wire isn’t tremendous.

The following players are suitable replacement options, each with different availability to account for larger and smaller leagues.

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Posted On Sunday, 11.16.2014 / 2:38 PM

By Eric Goodman - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Candidates for replacing Nichushkin

Choosing Dallas Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin in fantasy drafts came with a big risk, but Yahoo owners selected the 10th pick of the 2013 NHL Draft in 48 percent of leagues despite hip and groin problems that hampered the 19-year-old since training camp.

Now that Nichushkin will have hip surgery and is expected to miss four months, fantasy owners now must find a long-term replacement for a player Fantasy Insider Matt Cubeta named his top sleeper pick this season.

Whether in a deeper league or one with 12 teams or fewer, the following forwards should help strengthen your lineup as replacements for Nichushkin, who had no points and two shots on goal in four games this season:

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Posted On Monday, 11.03.2014 / 3:35 PM

By Eric Goodman - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Finding fill-ins for Oilers' Hall

Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall will miss 2-4 weeks with an MCL sprain, the team announced Sunday, leaving fantasy hockey owners with the tough task of finding a stopgap for the dual position-eligible Hall, who finished in the top 10 in scoring the past two seasons.

With the reality being there isn't anyone on the waiver wire that can produce like Hall, owners will have to settle for grabbing one of the following wings, centers or dual position-eligible players to help string things along until Hall is back in action.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.29.2014 / 2:49 PM

By Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Replacing Bruins' Krug in short term

The dominoes continue to fall on the Boston Bruins defense as Torey Krug is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a broken finger. This injury further depletes the Bruins top power-play unit and fantasy blue lines around the globe.

With Krug (96 percent owned in Yahoo leagues) joining teammate Zdeno Chara on the injury list, fantasy owners should stash the 23-year-old in an IR slot and look for a short-term replacement.

It's difficult to cover all of Krug's strengths (points, power-play points, shots on goal, plus-minus) with one waiver-wire pickup, but you can certainly find available defensemen who can help your team stay afloat in one or more of those areas. Taking league depth into account, here are some options:

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.28.2014 / 12:30 PM

By Eric Goodman - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Replacing Blue Jackets' Bobrovsky

The news Tuesday that Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was placed on injured reserve with a broken finger and is expected to miss 1-2 weeks has some fantasy hockey owners on edge. Finding a suitable fill-in for the 2013 Vezina Trophy winner won't be easy, but there are some decent options available on the waiver wire to help ease the transition.

It's a surprise Edmonton Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens (Yahoo ownership: 37 percent) is not included on more fantasy rosters. The Oilers wrap up their seven-game homestand this week when the Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks visit, and Scrivens is in the midst of a four-game winning streak. Be sure to check back on Thursday when correspondent Justin Goldman offers more in-depth analysis on Scrivens' hot play.

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