Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: On Duchene, Carter, Schmaltz and more. (Feb 22)

by steve laidlaw Feb 22, 2018, 1:25 am

  I don’t know if this is a hype job, but Bob McKenzie writes that it’s roughly a 50/50 chance that Erik Karlsson is traded by Monday. As much as the rumours have been out there …


Fantasy Take - Latest NHL Moves

Fantasy Impact: Kuemper to Coyotes for Rieder and Wedgewood

by Ian Gooding Feb 21, 2018, 11:43 pm

For the second time this week, a trade involving a goalie has been made.  The Kings have traded goalie Darcy Kuemper to the Arizona Coyotes for forward Tobias Rieder and goalie Scott Wedgewood. The Coyotes have also …


Fantasy Hockey Cage Match

Cage Match: David Pastrnak vs. Patrik Laine

by Rick Roos Feb 21, 2018, 2:03 pm

Could David Pastrnak be a better fantasy option than Patrik Laine? Whatever the opposite of choosing between the lesser of two evils is, that’s what’s in store with a battle between David Pastrnak and Patrik Laine. …


Injury Ward

Injury Ward: The Latest on Simmonds, Gibson, and More

by Brennan Des Feb 21, 2018, 8:59 am

The Latest on Simmonds, Gibson, and more... Here’s this week’s latest in the injury world! If you don’t see a certain player below, there probably haven’t been any major developments in their progress. Once there is …


Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Freddie the Goalie, An Avalanche of Power-Play Goals (Feb 21)

by Ian Gooding Feb 21, 2018, 1:46 am

Freddie the Goalie, An Avalanche of Power-Play Goals, plus more… If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen me recently mention that goaltending is basically a crapshoot at the moment. (Look under my tweets …


Lining Up

Four Power Plays Clicking in the Second Half

by Brennan Des Feb 20, 2018, 11:53 am

  This week we take a look at some of the best and worst power play units since the beginning of 2018. Keep in mind, coaches often scramble their power play combinations, but the most offensively …


Eastern Edge

Bjugstad Buzzing

by Russ Feb 20, 2018, 9:13 am

  It’s good to be back after more than two weeks away (on vacation) from pretty much everything, including hockey. I did manage to catch a few games late last week, but I’ve got nearly a …


Hockey Rankings

Top 100 Keeper League Goaltenders - February 2018

by Dobber Feb 20, 2018, 7:12 am

Here are the top goaltenders to own in your fantasy hockey keeper leagues, February edition.   As usual, I posted the entire Top 100 list over at GoaliePost. Be sure to bookmark that site for the latest …


Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Tkachuk's Value Taking Off (Feb 20)

by steve laidlaw Feb 20, 2018, 12:25 am

  Thomas Greiss was placed on IR yesterday with a lower-body injury. It was retroactive to the 16th so we could see him back sooner than later. Christopher Gibson was recalled, but it’s doubtful he sees …


Fantasy Take - Latest NHL Moves

Fantasy Impact: Petr Mrazek Traded to the Flyers

by steve laidlaw Feb 19, 2018, 10:38 pm

  Fantasy Impact: The Philadelphia Flyers acquire goaltender Petr Mrazek from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018 and a conditional third-round pick in 2019.   The Flyers get: A proven professional …


Fantasy Hockey Top 10

Fantasy Top-10: Under the Radar Trade Candidates

by Tom Collins Feb 19, 2018, 3:00 pm

With one week until the NHL trade deadline, it’s important to remember that some of the best moves are the smallest ones. Last year, we saw Sven Andrighetto have surprisingly great success once he was dealt …


The Wild West

Wild West: Bright Spots in Arizona

by Kevin Wickersham Feb 19, 2018, 1:00 pm

In the midst of a season-high four game win streak, and an 8-5-5 record since the calendar hit 2018, Arizona is salvaging some late success from another year gone wrong.   For a team starting the campaign …


Keeping Karlsson

Keeping Karlsson no. 177: The Gift of Gaborik

by Elan Dubrofsky Feb 19, 2018, 10:39 am

Who owns the Florida and Philadelphia creases? Which Habs forward is actually the best own? Which Bruins forward is the 4th best own? Why is Ottawa scoring now? Where did Erik Johnson's peripherals go? Can …


Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Trade Deadline Thoughts; Flyers/Rangers Get Punchy; McDavid's Hat Trick - February 19

by Michael Clifford Feb 19, 2018, 12:01 am

Don’t forget to set your lineups on this holiday Monday. There are three afternoon games that feature a lot of fantasy-relevant players so you don’t want to fall behind in your head-to-head leagues. * A full day …


Geek of the Week

Geek of the Week: Phil Kessel’s Monster Season

by Scott Maran Feb 18, 2018, 11:55 am

Has Phil Kessel been an elite player this season, even in leagues that count hits? Phil Kessel has always been known as one of the most dangerous forwards in the league, with his wrist shot widely …


Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Kopitar's Consistency, Hamilton's Hattie (Feb 18)

by Ian Gooding Feb 18, 2018, 2:38 am

Kopitar’s Consistency, Hamilton’s Hattie, plus more… Two Kings’ forwards scored two goals on Saturday. You’ve heard of one of them, but you may not have heard of the other one. Anze Kopitar has been an example of …


The Journey

The Journey: Rising Prospects Forwards

by Brad Phillips Feb 17, 2018, 12:00 pm

It’s that time of the month when I examine some of the biggest risers on Dobber’s top-200 prospect rankings. While other players, such as Ryan Donato and Boris Katchouk, have had larger jumps I covered …


Saturday's NHL Picks

Saturday NHL Game Picks - February 17

by Adam Mark Feb 17, 2018, 8:55 am

Another 5-1 Saturday and I'm edging ever closer to the coveted 66% target I set out for every year, hopefully with games becoming more predictable I'll get there in the new few weeks. I've been …


Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Jets Soar; Islanders Make History; Barzal's Season - February 17

by Michael Clifford Feb 17, 2018, 12:01 am

Someone is going to stop Eeli Tolvanen eventually, right? The 18-year old first-round pick for Nashville has been a force for Jokerit this year even if his scoring slowed down after a scorching start. His first …


Fantasy Take - Latest NHL Moves

Trade Deadline TRACKER, Fantasy Hockey Style -- NHL 2018

by Mario Prata Feb 16, 2018, 10:30 am

Breaking down the 2018 Trade Deadline from a Fantasy Hockey perspective. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Above, from left: Mike Hoffman, Mats Zuccarello, Evander Kane. (Photos: USA Today Sports Images) ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   February 21, 2018   KINGS - COYOTES DEAL To Los Angeles: Tobias Rieder (LW); Scott …


Looking Ahead

Patrick Maroon and the Oilers Offer Value in the Week Ahead

by Adam Daly-Frey Feb 16, 2018, 8:31 am

  All fantasy owners need help in the short term AND the long term. The Looking Ahead feature identifies one player to plug into lineups in the short term, a second to invest in for the …


Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Dion's Royal Debut (Feb 16)

by steve laidlaw Feb 15, 2018, 11:41 pm

  Dion Phaneuf’s first shot in a King uniform and was on net, rather than high and wide. I know, I’m shocked too. He would later score a power-play goal skating 18:56 with secondary power play …


Fantasy Take - Latest NHL Moves

Fantasy Impact: Blues Acquire Nikita Soshnikov

by steve laidlaw Feb 15, 2018, 6:58 pm

  Fantasy Impact: The St. Louis Blues acquire depth winger Nikita Soshnikov from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2019.   The Blues get: a depth winger to play on their third or …



Four Defensemen to Approach Differently Before the Trade Deadline

by Alexander MacLean Feb 15, 2018, 9:16 am

  This week's Capped covers some thoughts on defencemen for the trade deadline. **** It is surprising that there has been so little NHL action over the last few weeks, and it could make for a very …


Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Marner/Kadri a Connection Your Fantasy Team Will Love (Feb 15)

by steve laidlaw Feb 15, 2018, 12:45 am

  First Mitch Marner gets a five-point game, now Nazem Kadri takes his turn. That pairing has been dynamite over the past 10 games scoring 13 and 15 points respectively. {source} <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Kadri with …