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Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

In the Cage: The Toronto goalie quandary

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Monday during the season, goalie specialist and founder of The Goalie Guild Justin Goldman 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.

Poolies are facing quite the quandary with three Maple Leafs goalies right now. James Reimer is out for the foreseeable future due to his curious whiplash injury. Jonas Gustavsson is 3-2 in his last five games, but has a weak 3.68 goals-against average and .880 save percentage. Ben Scrivens won his NHL debut, but quickly went from hero to zero when the Bruins lit him up on Hockey Night in Canada.

Even though Toronto has excelled through October, our advice is to stay away from the goalies. There's simply not a lot of positive energy surrounding their fantasy value right now. Nobody knows how much time Reimer will miss, and while Gustavsson is expected to carry the workload this week, even if the Leafs right the ship quickly after being blown out at home, he's still not posting quality stats.
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The Real Spiel: Kane blossoms at new position

Sergei J. Feldman - NHL.com Staff Writer

Given the complex, never-steady landscape of fantasy hockey, each week, NHL.com Fantasy Insider Sergei Feldman will give you The Real Spiel on some of the quirks and trends that permeated your week of fantasy hockey by way of in-depth analysis.


YES KANE, YES GAIN

There has to be a reason why Patrick Kane is owned in 100% of Yahoo! standard fantasy hockey leagues, right? In case you're still trying to figure it out, the answer is an emphatic Yes! Since breaking into the NHL in 2007-08, the Chicago Blackhawks right wing has done nothing but impress and dazzle and fantasy team owners have benefited greatly, in the process. When you rack up no fewer than 21 goals, 45 assists and 70 points year in, year out and throw no fewer than 191 shots on the cage, too, the hockey world takes notice. Just like it did when the idea of playing Kane at center was being thrown around prior to the start of the year. So far, so good. But can Kane reach greater heights as the anchor of a top scoring line?


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Fantasy Mailbag: Don’t overestimate Khabibulin

Fantasy Insider Pete Jensen answers your weekly fantasy hockey questions

Saturday, 11.05.2011 / 10:50 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com fantasy insider Pete Jensen has you covered all season long with the weekly Fantasy Hockey Mailbag. The most compelling questions posed each week will be answered in an effort to provide you with the best chance to succeed in your particular league.

Submit your best questions for the NHL.com Fantasy Mailbag by contacting PJensen@NHL.com.



JAMES FROM CALGARY has Corey Crawford and Jonas Hiller occupying the crease for his fantasy team. Because of a mediocre start to the season for the Anaheim Ducks, he is considering dropping Hiller for Nikolai Khabibulin:

The only goalie in the League with 5-plus wins and no regulation losses is finally getting legitimate attention. At 38, Khabibulin (6-0-2, 0.98, .963, 2 SO) has been untouchable this season, and the Oilers have found confidence offensively as a result. He's a trendy pick-up these days (ownership hike in Yahoo! leagues from 57 to 71 percent this week), but don't drop a top-15 goalie like Hiller (4-4-3, 2.61, .904, 1 SO) for "The Bulin Wall" just yet.

Anaheim's offense has been inconsistent early on, but everyone's favorite hockey quote, "Ducks fly together," still applies to this team. When Teemu Selanne is out-racing 20-year-old's and Corey Perry is in MVP form, few can contend with this flock on both ends of the ice. Therefore, disposing Hiller a month into the season is ludicrous. But if Khabibulin is still available in your league, it's worth dropping your worst skater for him. Having a trio of Crawford (6-2-2, 2.33, 9.19), Hiller and Khabibulin gives you the depth to contend for a championship. You don't want to be left empty-handed if Khabibulin does his best Tim Thomas impression and somehow keeps this up.
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Right of Way: Can Toronto's dynamic duo keep it up?

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Friday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey expert Matt Cubeta will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy right wings in our weekly segment: "Right of Way." From updated right wing rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Cubeta is your fantasy right wing expert all season long.

When will Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul slow down?

Maybe they'll hit a cold streak when the Leafs embark on a lengthy road trip at the end of the month -- from Nov. 20 to Dec. 5, Toronto plays 6 of 7 games on the road. Maybe opposing teams will start to pay a bit more attention to the dynamic duo. Maybe the return of Tim Connolly will affect the chemistry they've found in the early stages of the season.

Or, perhaps they won't ever slow down. Maybe this is their season to shine and become mega-watt stars in the NHL. 
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Turn Left Here: Parise, Ryan among struggling LW's

Thursday, 11.03.2011 / 2:43 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Thursday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey expert Matt Cubeta will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy left wings in our weekly segment: "Turn Left Here." From updated left wing rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Cubeta will be your fantasy left wing expert all season long.

In last week's edition of "Turn Left Here" we discussed how the left wing position is quickly becoming extremely deep for fantasy owners. And while that’s true, we've also seen plenty of elite left wingers underachieve in the early parts of the 2011-12 season.

Alex Ovechkin, our No. 1 overall fantasy player coming into the season, is currently rated 34th in Yahoo! Leagues. Hopefully his recent hot streak (7 points in his previous five games) will get him going.

Devils forward Zach Parise, our No. 3 left wing coming into the season, has gotten off to a miserable start with 4 goals and just 1 assist in 10 games. Bobby Ryan has been equally as disappointing with the same amount of goals and points as Parise and no points on the power play.

Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg continue to struggle, with both players rated below the 159 rank in Yahoo! Leagues.
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Fantasy Spin: Miller’s misery continues in latest loss

Wednesday, 11.02.2011 / 11:19 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Eric Lipschutz - NHL.com Staff Writer

Ryan Miller is officially slumping. In his most recent outing against the Philadelphia Flyers, Miller was pulled from the game early in the first frame after allowing three goals in just 11 shots. All this after not looking very sharp in his previous three games. Four straight losses for a high-end netminder?
    
In his most recent "In the Cage" segment, NHL.com's fantasy hockey goalie guru Justin Goldman targeted Miller as trending downward and after his latest and most disappointing outing, there now has to be some cause for concern.  Miller has played well at times this year, particularly early on, but he clearly has not lived up to his billing as one of the League's elite goaltenders so far this season.
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Center Stage: Kane up, Toews down in center ranks

Wednesday, 11.02.2011 / 3:22 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey expert Matt Cubeta will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy centers in our weekly segment: "Center Stage." From updated center rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Cubeta will be your fantasy center expert all season long.

It's time to shake things up.

With so many players now possessing dual-position eligibility in Yahoo! fantasy hockey leagues, we have decided to expand our weekly forward rankings. That's right, we're bumping it up from 30, to 40 for each position. Going forward, our updated NHL.com rankings will list the top 40 Yahoo!-eligible centers, left wings and right wings.

Simply put, there were just too many good players being left off the rankings because of so many of them being listed in multiple sets of forward rankings -- Chicago's Patrick Sharp is listed at C, LW and RW, despite the fact he has stated he does not want to play in the middle this season (hence Patrick Kane's emergence at the center position).

We want to put Sharp in each set of rankings because it is valuable to you if you have him on your fantasy team -- it will help you gauge his value at each position, because only you know where you want him to be on your roster. Maybe Sharp's a center for one owner, but for another, he could be a starting left wing, so we feel continuing to put him in each set of rankings is useful for everyone.
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On the 'D'-fence: Karlsson rising in fantasy ranks

Tuesday, 11.01.2011 / 12:15 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Tuesday 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.

The Ottawa Senators are in what some would call a rebuilding mode, but their record during the first month of the season tells a slightly different tale. Their 7-5 mark might not be mind blowing, but it gets a lot more impressive when you consider the fact that they have just reeled off six consecutive wins and are doing it with major contributions from their youngsters.

Of those youngster,s none has been more impressive than third year D-man Erik Karlsson, who has notched an impressive 13 points (1G-12A) through his team's first 12 games.

Karlsson has long had fantasy owners, as well as his bosses in Ottawa, salivating, but no one could have predicted how quickly he would become a brilliant offensive defenseman. After seeing his young rearguard post 26 points (5G-21A) during his first season in the League, General Manager Bryan Murray tried to help the process along by bringing in Sergei Gonchar last season to assist in the grooming process. After all, Gonchar had been quite effective in assisting with the maturation of Kris Letang in Pittsburgh and it has paid off in spades for the young Swede.
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In the Cage: Turnaround time for veteran goalies

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Monday during the season, goalie specialist and founder of The Goalie Guild Justin Goldman 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.

Before hosting the Ducks yesterday, the Columbus Blue Jackets held a team meeting to discuss their disastrous October. The result? A 3-1 win and a strong effort from Steve Mason, one that included some timely stops in the second and third periods.
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The Real Spiel: Superb history on Luongo's side

Sergei J. Feldman - NHL.com Staff Writer

There's no denying the unpredictable and ever-changing nature of hockey, especially in the "new" NHL, where blistering speed and high-end skill reign supreme and not much remains status quo.

One second too late or one deke too many could mean the difference between a thrilling win or a devastating loss, while one week on top of the world can quickly turn into a permanent slump.

A similar -- if not exact -- dynamic exists in fantasy hockey.

Just when you think it's safe to celebrate a win against an opponent, you find yourself scrambling to find a gem on waivers to remain in contention. Meanwhile, norms become aberrations and blips on the radar become stranglehold positions.

Given the complex, never-steady landscape, each week, NHL.com fantasy insider Sergei Feldman gives you The Real Spiel on some of the quirks and trends that permeated your week of fantasy hockey by way of in-depth analysis.


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