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Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Fantasy experts set for final Google+ hangout

Thursday, 04.18.2013 / 10:40 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

NHL.com Fantasy Hockey Staff

We're less than two weeks away from the conclusion of the 2012-13 NHL season, so your fantasy hockey team is either battling for a championship or reflecting on the year that was.

As always, our team of fantasy insiders has you covered.

NHL.com fantasy experts get together Thursday, Apr. 18 at 2:30 p.m. ET for the final Google+ hangout of the season to answer all your questions and dish out their picks for positional fantasy awards, including overall MVP.

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On the 'D'-fence: Fantasy owners Green with envy

Wednesday, 04.17.2013 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

The Washington Capitals went 2-8-1 in their first 11 games of the season.

Mike Green
Defense - WSH
GOALS: 10 | ASST: 9 | PTS: 19
SOG: 77 | +/-: -2
That start left them reeling and written off by many pundits. Instead, the Capitals would go on to become one of the streakiest teams in the League and as March came to an end they were still trying to get back to the .500 mark.

Then everything changed. A switch was flipped as the calendar flipped to April.

The team, led by its stars, has run off eight consecutive wins, taking them from looking for a lottery pick in the NHL Draft to leading the Southeast Division and third place in the Eastern Conference.

Alex Ovechkin has been a big reason for the turnaround, but the contributions of Mike Green cannot be overlooked.

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The Front Line: Getzlaf, Kunitz among surprises

Tuesday, 04.16.2013 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Back in January, I discussed some early fantasy hockey surprises after 10 days of NHL action. The list included Patrick Marleau leading the League in goals, Alex Ovechkin not living up to expectations, Cory Conacher's hot start and many others.

Months later, we clearly notice there have been plenty of changes since those first 10 days of the 2012-13 season. With just a week and a half remaining in the regular season and fantasy hockey, let's have a look at the biggest surprises from the forward position this year.

1. Chris Kunitz is still ranked third among all players in Yahoo! leagues (21 G, 26 A, plus-29, 39 PIMs, 14 PPP, 92 SOG). This comes after he was initially ranked 142nd coming into the year and after many people expected his value to decline when Sidney Crosby got hurt. He continues to prove us wrong.

2. Sticking with the Pittsburgh Penguins, three of the top four players in plus/minus this season are Kunitz (plus-29), Pascal Dupuis (plus-28) and Crosby (plus-26) -- Jonathan Toews is sandwiched in there at plus-27.

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Fantasy All-Access: Down the stretch we come

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

Every Monday during the season, NHL.com contributor Matt Sitkoff will provide you with fantasy hockey advice in his weekly piece: "Fantasy All-Access." From the waiver wire watch to roster trends and prospect rumblings, Sitkoff is here to help you all season long.

Here at the Fantasy All-Access we try to get fantasy owners ready for the week ahead, and if you are knee deep in your league's playoffs here are some schedule oddities you should pay attention to when making lineup choices this week.

The Boston Bruins (four), Chicago Blackhawks (three), Colorado Avalanche (three) and Winnipeg Jets (three) play all their games this week at home. The Columbus Blue Jackets (four), Florida Panthers (four) and Detroit Red Wings (two) play all their games on the road this week.

With that in mind, pay attention to the road/home splits of players from those teams. Players like Avalanche forward Matt Duchene, who has 24 of his 39 points and 15 of his 16 goals this season at the Pepsi Center, and Tomas Fleischmann of the Florida Panthers, who has five of his nine goals this season on the road, see their value rise this week.

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In the Cage: Potential free-agent goalies

Thursday, 04.11.2013 / 2:10 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, the director of goalie scouting for McKeen's Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders. From updated goalie rankings to players you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.

Ray Emery
Goalie - CHI
RECORD: 15-1-0
GAA: 1.90 | SVP: 0.924
Considering the regular season comes to an end in just over two weeks, we realize most poolies have already laid their fantasy teams to rest. With that in mind, we've selected the top five free-agent goalies available this summer and took a quick look at their overall fantasy output this season.

Ray Emery – Blackhawks: Of the top five potential free-agent goalies available this summer, nobody has earned a new contract more than the 30-year-old Emery. He currently sits third overall in goals-against average (1.90) and seventh in save percentage (.924), all while posting a mind-blowing 15-1-0 record in 19 appearances. Regardless of the situation, Emery has found ways to steal some games that Chicago had no business winning. Not only has he proved that previous injury concerns are no longer an issue, but his 10-game winning streak, which included a 2.28 GAA, was the longest in franchise history.

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On the 'D'-fence: D-men who help you win

Wednesday, 04.10.2013 / 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 expert all season long.


It seems like the National Hockey League season just got under way, but we are nearing its conclusion.

NHL teams are looking at 10 or less games to go on their schedules, which means that the fantasy hockey playoffs are under way or will be starting soon.

During the playoffs, especially in head-to-head leagues, every category gets magnified significantly. Suddenly, a player who specializes in winning faceoffs or logs a ton of hits can mean the difference between winning and losing not only a category but a match.

Two categories that tend to be ignored, at least until an owner realizes that he is trailing during a scoring period, are PIMs and shots on goal.

Here are a handful of options that are available in most Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey leagues that can bolster your PIMs or shots on goal, while at the same time contribute to other areas that help make them more viable for a roster.

These players are also great candidates to pick up for a game or two during the scoring period to play on nights when more productive options are idle.

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The Front Line: Impact of critical fantasy injuries

Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every season we see numerous NHL players go down with injuries. Sometimes they're long-term injuries and other times they're nothing more than a day-to-day concern. This is nothing new to fantasy owners, and it's something we all have to make decisions about on a daily basis when setting our rosters.

However, this season we seem to have seen even more than the normal amount of injuries. Maybe it's due to the long layoff before the season began, maybe it's because of the shortened training camps, or maybe it's just plain bad luck. But with just under three weeks of regular season action remaining, there are several key players out of their respective lineups.

Instead of our usual "Trending Upward" and "Trending Downward" sections, let's break down the most notable injuries that are likely to have an effect in your fantasy league, and then provide you with some advice on what to do if you own any of these players.

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Fantasy All-Access: Prepping for the Fantasy playoffs

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

Every Monday during the season, NHL.com contributor Matt Sitkoff will provide you with fantasy hockey advice in his weekly piece: "Fantasy All-Access." From the waiver wire watch to roster trends and prospect rumblings, Sitkoff is here to help you all season long.

With 20 days left until the end of the NHL regular season, it's crunch time in fantasy hockey. The NHL Trade Deadline has passed, which means teams have run out of time to make that last crucial addition, but that doesn't mean you should be resting on the laurels that got you into the playoffs.

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In the Cage: Dissecting Bishop's value in Tampa Bay

Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, the Director of Goalie Scouting for McKeen's 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.

Ben Bishop
Goalie - TBL
RECORD: 8-5-0
GAA: 2.45 | SVP: 0.922
When the Tampa Bay Lightning acquired Anders Lindback from the Nashville Predators, most poolies realized Lindback, who had only 38 games of NHL experience behind Pekka Rinne, would need some time to get comfortable playing under the pressure of an elevated role on a very different type of team.

Because of this, we strategically placed him 25th overall in our initial Top-30 fantasy goalie rankings.

Lindback had a few stretches of solid play, but more often than not, he was struggling to adjust. He went 4-1-0 with a 2.80 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in his first five games, but 3-3-1 with a 3.56 GAA and .872 save percentage in his next nine appearances.

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Fantasy experts set for post-Deadline hangout

Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 11:00 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

NHL.com Fantasy Hockey Staff

The fantasy hockey playoffs are underway and the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline is now in our rearview mirror. So what's next for your fantasy squad post-Deadline?

Find out Thursday, Apr. 4 at 2:30 p.m. ET as NHL.com's fantasy hockey experts get together for their latest Google+ hangout. They will break down all the significant moves leading up to the Trade Deadline and analyze the fantasy impact of these transactions.

Whether your players were dealt or their line combos will simply change as a result of trades, these decisions in the coming days will be some of the most important ones your team will face all season. Luckily, NHL.com's team of insiders is here to guide owners in the right direction.

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