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Posted On Tuesday, 12.23.2014 / 1:04 AM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Smith scoring on Predators' top line

Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith (owned in 16 percent of Yahoo leagues, C/RW) has benefitted from playing on the first line with Filip Forsberg and Mike Ribeiro, though the sample size is small.

Smith, who had seven goals, 15 points and was plus-3 before Saturday, has three goals, four points and is plus-4 with 14 shots in two games with his new linemates.

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Posted On Sunday, 12.21.2014 / 12:57 AM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Tanguay available under radar

How many players who lead their NHL team in scoring are largely un-owned in fantasy?

Not many, not many, but Colorado Avalanche forward Alex Tanguay (13 percent owned, LW) fits that bill and continues to fly under the radar. He had two goals and an assist in a 5-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres, and has 22 points. That's more than Jarome Iginla, Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog.

Did we mention he's available in 87 percent of Yahoo leagues?

Tanguay, who has 16 points in 17 games since Nov. 4, had 11 points in 16 games during an injury-plagued 2013-14 season. He played Saturday on a line with Iginla and John Mitchell.

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Posted On Saturday, 12.20.2014 / 1:17 AM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Stars move Eakin to top line

Forward Cody Eakin played on the Dallas Stars' first line Friday and he delivered like a top-line player in a 2-1 victory against the Calgary Flames.

Eakin (2 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, center eligibility) played with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, and had an assist on each of the Dallas goals in 18:34 of ice time, including 1:16 on the top power-play unit with Seguin, Benn, Trevor Daley and Jason Spezza. Eakin assisted on Benn's first-period goal and Daley's goal in the second period.

Eakin had been playing on the second line with Antoine Roussel and Ales Hemsky, and had one point in his past six games. He got more ice time than his season average (17:18), and may be worth adding if his chemistry with Seguin and Benn continues.

- New Jersey Devils forward Scott Gomez (2 percent owned, C) picked up an assist in a 3-2 shootout win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Gomez has seven points in 10 games since signing with the Devils earlier this month, and has seven points in his past seven games. Gomez, skating on the top line with Adam Henrique and Jaromir Jagr, played 16:50, including 2:12 on the first power-play unit.

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Posted On Friday, 12.19.2014 / 2:15 AM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Minus Schwartz, Blues spread scoring

The St. Louis Blues will miss the offense that top-line forward Jaden Schwartz has provided. He sustained a foot injury Tuesday and is considered week-to-week, but the Blues had no problem scoring Thursday in their first game without him.

In Schwartz's absence, 11 different Blues each had one point in a 6-4 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

Schwartz, who was tied for second on the team with 27 points, was replaced on the first line by T.J. Oshie (owned in 74 percent of Yahoo leagues, center-eligible), who returned after missing one game for personal reasons. Oshie skated with Alexander Steen and David Backes; the latter two each had an assist.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.17.2014 / 11:13 PM

By Staff -  / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Krejci, Elias return from injury

Boston Bruins center David Krejci and New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias each returned to action Wednesday.

Krejci, who had an undisclosed injury, possibly to his groin, played 18:22 in his 12th game of the season. He skated with usual linemate Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith in a 3-2 overtime win against the Minnesota Wild.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.16.2014 / 11:54 PM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Drouin, Galchenyuk moving up

If you gave up on Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin and dropped him from your fantasy team, you're not alone.

The third pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, Drouin spent all of last season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and fractured a finger in Lightning training camp this season.

He didn't make his NHL debut until Oct. 20, and had nine points in his first 18 games, not exactly the scoring numbers expected from a top-3 pick.

Drouin (owned in 47 percent of Yahoo leagues) has been a healthy scratch four times, including as recently as Dec. 9. His ice time dropped significantly, and he hadn't logged more than 15 minutes in a game since his fourth of the season.

So it was a pleasant surprise to see him get 14:50 of ice time, including 4:35 on the power play, Tuesday in a 3-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers. Prior to the game, Drouin averaged 1:32 of power-play ice time.

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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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