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DAILY PRIME - NOVEMBER 22, 2014: SHOOTOUTS TO SHUTOUT

Posted by ray on Sat, 2014-11-22 10:57

The New York Islanders began a stretch of 6 games against Metropolitan Division teams with a 5-4 shootout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins who play another match today on the Island.  Ryan Strome, with a goal and 2 assists, now has 15 points in 19 games and looks to be getting comfortable with 8 points in last 7 games.  Those in deep fantasy leagues, or who are in need of a 5th or 6th forward, might want to take a flier on this kid as he has tremendous talent and could possibly see time with John Tavares from time to time….Speaking of playing with supe Read more about DAILY PRIME - NOVEMBER 22, 2014: SHOOTOUTS TO SHUTOUT

DAILY PRIME - NOVEMBER 21, 2014: LEAFS RESPOND, TATAR SPARKS RED WINGS

Posted by ray on Thu, 2014-11-20 22:51

Toronto responded well to their 9-2 drubbing at the hands of the Nashville Predators the other night with a solid 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.  James van Riemsdyk was the offensive star of the game with 2 goals, including the game-winner and now has 9 points in 10 November games.  It’s safe to say that JVR is heating up as the weather gets colder…. Read more about DAILY PRIME - NOVEMBER 21, 2014: LEAFS RESPOND, TATAR SPARKS RED WINGS

DAILY PRIME - NOVEMBER 20, 2014: RANGERS REBOUND, CANUCKS JUST GOOD ENOUGH

Posted by ray on Thu, 2014-11-20 07:25

The NY Rangers responded well after taking a beating from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday and defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0 behind Cam Talbot’s 31-save effort.  Henrik Lundqvist was given the night off so no need to panic as he should be in net for the next start….Rick Nash continues to play at a high level as he scored his 13th goal on the season...Martin St. Read more about DAILY PRIME - NOVEMBER 20, 2014: RANGERS REBOUND, CANUCKS JUST GOOD ENOUGH

IN STEVE'S DEFENSE: SAMI VATANEN SHADES OF GREEN?

Posted by steve on Wed, 2014-11-19 19:43

With perennial fantasy defensive standouts such as Erik Karlsson, PK Subban, and Mike Green all tied for tenth place in NHL defensemen scoring, the names on top aren't as recognizable. If you were fortunate enough to acquire late-draft steals such TJ Brodie and Justin Faulk, you probably have the makings of a strong fantasy defensive corps. Read more about IN STEVE'S DEFENSE: SAMI VATANEN SHADES OF GREEN?

DAILY PRIME - NOVEMBER 19, 2014: OH, TO BE YOUNG!

Posted by ray on Tue, 2014-11-18 22:43

Boston Bruins stopped the red-hot Blues 2-0 behind Tuukka Rask’s 33-save effort.  Rask also stopped red-hot players such as Jori Lehtera, Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko which has been no small feat lately...Patrice Bergeron continued with his 4th goal and 9th point in 8 November games.  His goal was the game-winner.  Bergeron is the definition of pure consistency and leadership….. Read more about DAILY PRIME - NOVEMBER 19, 2014: OH, TO BE YOUNG!

BETWEEN THE PIPES: OILER'S GOALIE SITUATION TOO SLIPPERY

Posted by ray on Tue, 2014-11-18 09:00

When the Edmonton Oilers made those two trades last year to acquire Viktor Fasth from Anaheim and Ben Scrivens from Los Angeles, I thought that they were on the right track since the Devan Dubnyk experiment was a disaster.  I had thought that Fasth would take over as the number 1 goaltender even though Scrivens played better upon arrival, but neither has shown any resemblance of an NHL starting goaltender. Read more about BETWEEN THE PIPES: OILER'S GOALIE SITUATION TOO SLIPPERY

DAILY PRIME - NOVEMBER 18, 2014: BOLTS BLAST BLUESHIRTS

Posted by ray on Tue, 2014-11-18 08:06

It was a sort of homecoming for three ex-Rangers to Madison Square Garden as the Tampa Bay Lightning, behind G Ben Bishop, defeated the New York Rangers 5-1, making Bishop a perfect 6-0-0 lifetime against them with a 0.93 GAA and a .967 SP.  Outstanding!.... Ryan Callahan has been enjoying life playing alongside Steven Stamkos and plated 2 goals last night including what turned out to be the game-winner. If Callahan is in any way available, he should be picked up and inserted in your lineup as long as he remains healthy and on that line. Read more about DAILY PRIME - NOVEMBER 18, 2014: BOLTS BLAST BLUESHIRTS

DAILY PRIME- NOVEMBER 17, 2014: THE BOYS ARE BACK

Posted by steve on Mon, 2014-11-17 06:15

For many fantasy owners, the return of three elite fantasy forwards back to live action highlighted Sunday's NHL events. After missing 5 games due to a concussion, Minnesota winger Zach Parise ignited a dormant offense with 2 huge goals in the 4-3 win.  This game featured both starting goalies- Ondrej Pavelec and Niklas Backstrom -getting pulled after allowing 3 straight goals in one period, but Darcy Kuemper comes in to seal the late OT victory. Read more about DAILY PRIME- NOVEMBER 17, 2014: THE BOYS ARE BACK

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE: November 16, 2014

Posted by ray on Sun, 2014-11-16 10:20

Good morning!  Fresh cup of hot coffee and I’m ready to roll!

We have a new point leader in the NHL this morning and he goes by the name of Jakub Voracek.  And to think I traded him in the off-season for a 2nd round pick.  Ugh!

I have to say that Boston is doing a good job of hanging in there with the injuries they’ve had. Read more about SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE: November 16, 2014

DAILY PRIME-NOVEMBER 16, 2014:SUNDAY FANTASY BITS

Posted by steve on Sat, 2014-11-15 18:45

*The Boston Bruins bounced back after two straight humiliating defeats North of the border, holding off the resilient Hurricanes by a 2-1 score. Tuukka Rask was at his best in the crease, turning aside 33 of 34 shots to secure the must-win for the "B's"... With the game-winning goal, Patrice Bergeron has heated up with points in 6 of his last 7 games. It's always near the end of the calendar year when the brilliant two-way pivot cranks up the scoring, so make you are starting him. Read more about DAILY PRIME-NOVEMBER 16, 2014:SUNDAY FANTASY BITS

ADD'EM:SLEEPER ALERT IN OTTAWA

Posted by steve on Sat, 2014-11-15 16:10

Mike Hoffman LW, Ottawa: Let's begin with a true "dark-horse" pick that has lit up opposing goalies lately with six goals in the last five games. I am high on this kid given that he has displayed big-time offensive talent in the juniors, but the question remains whether it could translate full-time in the NHL. So far so good for the 24-year old, who is starting to earn more minutes because of his recent production. It's hard to predict whether Hoffman will permanently jump into the Senator's top-six, but ask yourself who is his biggest competition- Clarke MacArthur? Read more about ADD'EM:SLEEPER ALERT IN OTTAWA

DAILY PRIME - NOVEMBER 15, 2014: ROAD SCHOLARS

Posted by ray on Sat, 2014-11-15 09:27

Just as Tuesday night was good to be the home team with 10 of 11 teams winning at home, Friday night was good to be out on the road with 5 of the 6 visiting teams taking home the 2 points.  The night was sandwiched around shutouts, first by New Jersey’s Cory Schneider who seems to be getting into a groove after a rough 4 game stretch and then by, of all goalies, Arizona’s Devan Dubnyk.  I’m not too surprised by Schneider’s 1-0 blanking of the Washington Capitals but Dubnyk?  I guess with the way Mike Smith has been playing of late, even las Read more about DAILY PRIME - NOVEMBER 15, 2014: ROAD SCHOLARS

UNDER THE RAYDAR: SEAN MONAHAN-C-Calgary Flames

Posted by ray on Fri, 2014-11-14 11:05

Last year we concluded the UTR series with coverage of Calgary Flame Paul Byron.  Well, this year we are starting off the UTR series with another Calgary Flame, Sean Monahan.  You might be asking yourself how could I consider Sean Monahan an “Under the Raydar” candidate when he already has played a full season, or close to it, suiting up in 75 games.  Plus, he was chosen 6th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.  Well, the reason is that although he already has 11 points in 17 games this season, he really hasn’t begun to Read more about UNDER THE RAYDAR: SEAN MONAHAN-C-Calgary Flames

DAILY PRIME - NOVEMBER 14, 2014: LEHTONEN CROWNED "KING"

Posted by ray on Thu, 2014-11-13 22:16

***UPDATE:  Prime D rankings have been updated.  Check out the latest in our RANKINGS Section in the right margin====> Read more about DAILY PRIME - NOVEMBER 14, 2014: LEHTONEN CROWNED "KING"

IN STEVE'S DEFENSE: BOYLE TO RETURN

Posted by steve on Thu, 2014-11-13 16:15

Tonight's Rangers-Avalanche tilt at MSG should mark the return of defenseman Dan Boyle from his hand injury, providing a further boost for his fantasy owners. With a limited sample size of one game played as a New York Ranger, there is a bit of uncertainty on what offensive production to expect onward from the talented 38-year old. Putting aside his recent injuries, Boyle has been one of the NHL's elite fantasy defenders when healthy. His primary responsibility will be to revitalize a 21st ranked power-play clicking at an anemic rate of 14.3%. Read more about IN STEVE'S DEFENSE: BOYLE TO RETURN

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