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Features, Yahoo Sports team up for fantasy show

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 12:20 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis Fantasy Hockey Staff

On Thursday, Oct. 2, and Yahoo Sports will team up to produce a one-hour fantasy hockey draft special that will air at 7 p.m. ET online at and


The event will be hosted by NHL Network's Andi Petrillo and on-air talent will include fantasy expert Matt Cubeta and Yahoo Sports Puck Daddy writer Greg Wyshynski. It will be accompanied by an interactive chat with fantasy writer Pete Jensen. Fans will have a chance to submit questions to the show's hosts directly through the CoveritLive chat, which begins at 5 p.m. ET, or via Twitter using the hashtag #NHLFantasyShow.

With the 2014-15 NHL season approaching quickly, it's time to get ready for fantasy hockey and the experts are here to help. From positional rankings to sleepers and predictions, this one-hour fantasy hockey draft special is a great way to prepare for your fantasy draft.


50 players with added fantasy value in hits leagues

Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider

Standard Yahoo Fantasy formats don't take hits into account, but it's worth noting that the incorporation of this category is reaching many leagues.

We're at the point where one-third of all Yahoo leagues use hits, and many of those fans choose to use that statistic instead of penalty minutes as a category. Though PIMs often gauge the physicality of a player, the stat takes many tactical penalties into account, which are detrimental to their team in reality and reflect undisciplined play. Physical players who use clean body checks on opponents can help their team regain possession of the puck, which in turn helps generate offense.

Fantasy owners have become well aware of standard-league category specialists, but hits-league participants are always looking for difference-makers in their specific formats.


The Tragically Hip to headline free concert presented by SiriusXM at 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 8:55 AM / 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off

TORONTO / NEW YORK -- Canadian rock band, The Tragically Hip, will headline the 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off™, the National Hockey League's free hockey and music festival to celebrate the start of the 2014-15 season, at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

The Tragically Hip (@thehipdotcom) will perform a 45-minute performance set as part of the free concert, presented by SiriusXM Canada, at Yonge-Dundas Square prior to the 7:00 p.m. Toronto Maple Leafs®-Montreal Canadiens® game. Portions of the band's set will be featured in Sportsnet's live national broadcast of the game. Critically acclaimed for more than two decades, The Tragically Hip has been at the heart of the Canadian musical zeitgeist for evoking a strong emotional connection between their music and their fans that remains unrivalled in this country. A five-piece group of friends including Robby Baker (guitar), Gordon Downie (vocals, guitar), Johnny Fay (drums), Paul Langlois (guitar) and Gord Sinclair (bass), who grew up in Kingston, Ontario, The Hip has achieved the enviable status of a band that enjoys both mass popularity with more than 8 million albums sold worldwide, as well as peer recognition through 14 Juno Awards from more than a dozen recordings. Their studio catalogue includes their self-titled debut album "The Tragically Hip" (1987), "Up To Here" (1989), "Road Apples" (1991), "Fully Completely" (1992), "Day For Night" (1994), "Trouble At The Henhouse" (1996), "Phantom Power" (1998), "Music @ Work" (2000), "In Violet Light" (2002), "In Between Evolution" (2004), "World Container" (2006), "We Are The Same" (2009) and "Now For Plan A" (2012).


Wild's Parise has more than hockey on his mind

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise:

Zach Parise always figured moving home to Minnesota would have benefits that extend beyond the obvious, such as the 13-year, $98 million contract he signed July 4, 2012. He never imagined one of those benefits would be being close to his father as he fights the toughest battle of his life.

Jean-Paul Parise, Zach's father and a former NHL forward and assistant coach, has lung cancer. He was diagnosed in February, when Zach was playing for the United States in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. J.P. Parise, 72, was told he has two years to live.

The story of J.P.'s illness and how Zach is dealing with it was documented in great and grave detail by Wild beat reporter Michael Russo in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune this past Sunday. Zach spoke of his shock and J.P. talked about being positive and staying upbeat as he attacks the disease.

"I am not complaining," J.P. Parise told Russo. "At the end of the day I am still alive. I am still alive, and tomorrow I will still be alive. I am not dying tomorrow."

Zach isn't complaining either. He's coping as best he can.


Power play, young players are keys for Ducks

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

It's a new era for the Anaheim Ducks. Teemu Selanne retired, and in January will be the first player in franchise history to have his number retired.

By then the Ducks would like to have a lot of their questions answered, but they are always teeming with drama, not to mention flashes of excellent hockey. A little less of the former and more of the latter come the Stanley Cup Playoffs has been a theme during training camp.

"I think we've done the divisional stuff," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We've [been] the Western Conference champions. The big thing now -- and it's a long ways away -- is to get further in the playoffs. But you can't just sit there and say, 'Let's wait until the playoffs' and go from there. If you look at the division and the conference, it's 82 games of tough sledding to get there."

Here are three keys to how the Ducks can get there:

Kesler enjoying lifestyle, transition with Ducks

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

Ryan Kesler finished a media session with reporters after a morning skate and the conversation turned toward the weather.

Kesler has been in Southern California for about a month, and the daytime temperature rarely dipped below 85 degrees. On a day off, he rode bikes with his family around the postcard Orange County beach cities of Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar.

"It's a beautiful spot," Kesler said. "Does it ever rain here? It's amazing. No complaints. The family loves it."

Told that the locals consider 55 degrees to be seriously cold, Kesler was almost dumbfounded.

"Fifty-five? That's shorts weather," he said.


Ducks integrating new faces in pursuit of Cup

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray isn't interested in bringing in more new faces, at least not to start the 2014-15 season. Murray acquired a half-dozen players in the offseason who will play significant roles, and they need to be integrated quickly.

That's why Murray declared on the first day of training camp that he's not inclined to, say, beef up his defense more even though Anaheim has about $9.3 million worth of space under the salary cap, according to

"I want to get to the 20-25 game mark, where we've played enough home and road games and we've had hopefully, healthy people, and I can evaluate where this hockey team is at," Murray said.

"Obviously we have good cap space left. Obviously we have some pretty good assets if I feel a need for a change in the hockey team. But let's get to that point. Let's see what we have. There's seven new bodies in that dressing room. There's some jobs up for grabs this year. We've got some great competition for certain jobs here. You can figure out who they are and I hope the players have got it figured out."


Bruins' keys include power play, replacing Iginla

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Matt Kalman - Correspondent continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

Peter Chiarelli has traded away some big-name players during his eight seasons as general manager of the Boston Bruins and allowed others, like forward Jarome Iginla this summer, to leave as unrestricted free agents.

But regardless of how the Bruins' season ended, Chiarelli has kept the core intact.

Despite winning the Presidents' Trophy and then losing in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to the Montreal Canadiens last season, Chiarelli did it again. The core and most of the supporting cast is back for 2014-15. And Chiarelli has made sure the core that starts with center Patrice Bergeron, defenseman Zdeno Chara and goaltender Tuukka Rask will include center David Krejci for the foreseeable future. Krejci signed a contract extension this fall that kicks in after this season for six more years.

"It's awesome that they believe in you, that they trust you, that means a lot," Krejci said. "You just go out there and you play the game, you don't think about anything else. To have Peter, [president] Cam [Neely], the whole organization behind me, that's awesome, that's perfect. … So hopefully we can make a run, and that's why I signed here. I want to win another Cup, and this is the team that can do it and I'm happy to be here."

The Bruins thought they had enough to win the Cup last season. Chiarelli has bet the early playoff exit was an aberration. Only Iginla, forward Shawn Thornton, and goaltender Chad Johnson are gone. What holes there are in the lineup project to be filled by veterans who have been waiting for a bigger role, or prospects.

The Bruins have gone to the Stanley Cup Final the past two odd-numbered years. Here are the three keys for them to do it again in 2014-15:


Bruins shrug off disappointment, reset sights on Cup

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Matt Kalman - Correspondent continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

The question came from a perturbed fan in the stands at TD Garden for the Boston Bruins' annual State of the Bruins town hall meeting just before the start of training camp.

The fan alluded to the notion the Boston Celtics only hang banners for their world championships because that's their only goal, but the Bruins have banners commemorating their division and conference titles, in addition to their Stanley Cup championships, because they're not as committed to winning world titles.

It didn't take Bruins president Cam Neely a breath to grab the microphone and respond to the disgruntled customer by flatly denying the person's premise was accurate. After the event, Neely expanded on what the Bruins' biggest target is every season.


Bruins found winning ticket with Bergeron linemates

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

Entering his 11th NHL season, Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has had dozens of linemates. He's worked well with some, better with others. One thing he's learned is that line chemistry is as easy to predict as the lottery.

But when the right numbers come up, the jackpot can be big.

The Bruins hit the lottery last season when the line of Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith combined for 75 goals and 91 assists, had the Corsi-for percentage of any line that played at least 300 minutes together at even strength according to, and helped Boston win the Presidents' Trophy. Bergeron had his second 30-goal season and was second on the Bruins with 62 points; Marchand's 25 goals were the second-most he's had in a season; and Smith, in his first full NHL season, had 20 goals and 51 points.

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