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Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Fantasy All-Access: Preparing for Stadium Series

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

The end of the week is highlighted with the start of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series with a game at Dodger Stadium between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings, and at Yankee Stadium between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils. The Kings and Ducks will be playing Thursday this week before going outdoors. Players to watch are the Kings' Anze Kopitar, who has 43 career points in 41 games played against the Ducks, and his teammate Mike Richards, who has 17 points in 16 games played against Anaheim.

On the other side, Ducks veteran Teemu Selanne has haunted the Kings for years with 118 career points in 103 games played. His teammate, Ryan Getzlaf, has 39 career points in 46 games played against Los Angeles.

The goalies have prevailed in the Devils-Rangers series with Henrik Lundqvist's career-best 28 wins against New Jersey and Martin Brodeur's 49 wins against New York the second-highest of his career. Former Rangers star Jaromir Jagr has 83 career points against his former team and Brad Richards leads the Rangers with 39 career points against the Devils.

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In the Cage: Projecting Dubnyk's value in Nashville

Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 1:02 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

There was unexpected movement in the goalie market Wednesday as the Edmonton Oilers replaced Devan Dubnyk (traded to the Nashville Predators for Matt Hendricks) with Ben Scrivens (acquired from the Los Angeles Kings for a third-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft).

Dubnyk and Scrivens currently have low ownership in Yahoo Fantasy leagues, so let's take a closer look at their projected change in fantasy value and see if either is worth acquiring.

Devan Dubnyk: After posting a 3.36 goals-against average and .894 save percentage in 32 games, Dubnyk now has a chance to rejuvenate his career and earn a new contract in a better environment.

Dubnyk has been plagued by inconsistency behind a poor team this season. It started with a record of 0-4-1 record in his first five games and continued with a five-game losing streak from Nov. 7-15. He enters play Thursday with tied for the third-most losses (17) of any goaltender and the fourth-most goals-against (94).

Now that he has a clean slate to work with, one way to project Dubnyk's fantasy value in Nashville is to look at the percentage of Corsi events he experiences while logging 5-on-5 minutes. Edmonton's Corsi-for percentage with Dubnyk in goal was 44.8 percent, which was near the bottom of the League. Entering games Thursday, Nashville has a 48.6 Corsi-for percentage.
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On the 'D'-Fence: Carle leading Lightning blue line

Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com Correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy defensemen in our weekly segment: "On the 'D'-fence." From updated defensemen rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Metzer will be your fantasy D-man insider all season long.

Care to guess who the leading scorer among all defenseman over the past two weeks in the National Hockey League is?

Would you say Erik Karlsson or Duncan Keith? What about Ryan Suter or P.K. Subban?

Keep guessing.

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The Front Line: Benn, Nash among bold predictions

Tuesday, 01.14.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Being that today is Jan. 14, 2014, it seemed like a good day for some sort of fantasy hockey list surrounding the number 14. So I decided this list could include 14 fantasy predictions for the rest of the season.

At the start of the season I released team-by-team bold predictions. Some still have a shot at happening -- see the St. Louis Blues about Alexander Steen and David Backes, and the Columbus Blue Jackets about Brandon Dubinsky. While others I have been far off on -- see the Florida Panthers about Jonathan Huberdeau, and the Edmonton Oilers about Nail Yakupov. Again, these are predictions so it's not easy to be spot-on with these.

However, the point of all of this is to give you an idea of which players I feel really strongly about or which I think might end up disappointing for the remainder of the season. Use them as you wish. You can make trade offers for the players you agree with me on or you can dump someone to waivers if I'm down on them. These predictions only are for forwards.

Here goes:

1. Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp remains hot for the rest of the season and finishes with 50-plus goals. Only Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will have more.

2. Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn, who enters play Tuesday tied for 30th in the NHL in points with 37, will finish among the top 15 point-getters.

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Fantasy All-Access: Breaking down Ducks' win streak

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

Just like the Chicago Blackhawks' historic 24-game points streak to start the 2012-13 season, we are witnessing another incredible run this year by the Anaheim Ducks, who have won 17 of their past 18 games.

Let's look at the Ducks' recent run of victories from a fantasy perspective. Jonas Hiller has been carrying fantasy teams with a franchise record 14 consecutive wins. Eleven different Ducks have scored a game-winning goal in their past 18 games, with Kyle Palmieri leading the way with three. Captain Ryan Getzlaf, although day-to-day with lower-body, leads the team with 21 points in this stretch followed by Corey Perry with 18 points in the past 18 games. The Ducks have outshot their opponents in 14 of the 18 games, but have given up the first goal in 11 of those games.

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In the Cage: Hiller's fantasy value reaches new heights

Thursday, 01.09.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders in NHL.com's weekly segment: "In the Cage." From updated goalie rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.

Over the past six weeks, Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller has produced one of the best stretches of fantasy value since he was signed as a free agent way back on May 25, 2007.

Currently riding a 12-game winning streak (14-game unbeaten streak), Hiller has not suffered a regulation loss since Nov. 26, when he allowed five goals on 32 shots to the Dallas Stars. Since that game, Hiller has allowed more than two goals in only three games. In each of those games, he allowed just three goals.

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On the 'D'-fence: MacDonald providing hidden value

Wednesday, 01.08.2014 / 12:30 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com Correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy defensemen in our weekly segment: "On the 'D'-fence." From updated defensemen rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Metzer will be your fantasy d-man insider all season long.

Andrew MacDonald may never win a Norris Trophy or finish as the NHL's leading defensive scorer, but he is proving to be a very valuable commodity to not only the New York Islanders but for fantasy owners.

His high-water mark in terms of scoring came back during the 2010-11 season when he averaged .45 points per game, picking up 27 points (four goals) in 60 games. He managed 12 power-play points, posted a decent plus-9 rating and fired 72 shots on goal, all of which got folks thinking he might be a sleeper pick in fantasy leagues heading into 2011.

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The Front Line: Sharp's scoring paces fantasy action

Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Welcome back. With the official midpoint of the 2013-14 NHL season behind us, it's time to focus on getting your team to win the title (rotisserie leagues) or getting your team to the fantasy playoffs (head-to-head leagues). We've seen plenty of fantasy action since Dec. 17 (my last "Front Line" story) and it should make for a fantastic finish in the second half.

Here are some of the highlights over the past couple of weeks:

Pittsburgh Penguins wing James Neal is no longer suspended and he's climbing the ranks quickly thanks to a stretch of six goals and six assists in his past five games. I've got him ranked eighth among all forwards.

The surprise story of St. Louis Blues wing Alexander Steen has taken a path for the worse as he's been out of the lineup since Dec. 21. Keep him on your injured reserve and hopefully he'll be back soon.

Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes and Evander Kane of the Winnipeg Jets are healthy again and performing like many of us hoped they would this season. Look for both of them to continue to rise as long as they can avoid injury.

Nathan Horton scored in his Columbus Blue Jackets debut and he's a player worth adding if he's still available. While I wouldn't expect much right out of the gate, Horton has upside and could help a fantasy squad earn a championship.

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Fantasy All-Access: Making New Year's resolutions

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

With a new year comes the promise of making things better. Making resolutions to go to the gym more or help out others are being said over and over again. Here are some NHL Fantasy New Year's Resolutions that will help owners see a better result in 2014.

It is time to quit on players that are not performing. One month of struggling has now turned to three months of not performing, and it is time to say goodbye to these players and move on in the new year. Some of these players to cut loose are New York Rangers forward Rick Nash, Edmonton Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz and Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby.

It's also time to take a risk in a trade and help your team while using strength to help out a weakness. Take a player who has been over-performing in 2013 and find a way to acquire a player who will strengthen an area of need in your ultimate goal of winning the championship. Players to target in trades are those on the trading block that could see their stock rise and goalies that are starting most of their teams' games.

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Midseason top 200 fantasy hockey rankings

NHL.com insiders Matt Cubeta, Pete Jensen rank most valuable assets

NHL.com Fantasy Hockey Staff

The official midway point of the 2013-14 NHL season (Game No. 615 of 1230) falls on Jan. 2, but NHL.com has your fantasy hockey needs covered just in time for the holiday season.

Below are updated top-200 overall player rankings, as determined by fantasy insiders Matt Cubeta and Pete Jensen. As we approach the League's three-day break from game action, fantasy owners should use these rankings as a basis for team evaluation and future transactions.

These rankings should be viewed as our experts' opinionated projections of the League's most valuable fantasy assets based on performance to this point and expectations of the season moving forward. Injured players have been included based on approximate recovery time and potential statistical impact upon their return. Other factors taken into account include Yahoo position eligibility, line combinations, category coverage, contract status and statistical performance from previous seasons.

NOTE: These rankings project value in standard fantasy hockey leagues, which include a 6x4 category scoring system: goals, assists, plus-minus, power-play points, shots on goal, penalty minutes, goalie wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts.

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