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DAILY PRIME - DECEMBER 20, 2014: HUTCH IS CLUTCH AGAIN

Posted by ray on Sat, 2014-12-20 08:51

Perhaps this is the time to start thinking about “buying low” on the New Jersey Devils as they have played 21 of their 34 games away from home so far and with some players returning to full health should be able to make a run with a lot of games coming up at home. Read more about DAILY PRIME - DECEMBER 20, 2014: HUTCH IS CLUTCH AGAIN

DAILY PRIME- DECEMBER 19, 2014: FOLIGNO ON "FIRE"

Posted by steve on Fri, 2014-12-19 05:42

Thursday night welcomed the return of Sidney Crosby to the Pittsburgh lineup, but goalie Marc-Andre Fleury "stole the show" with his career-high sixth shutout of the season in the 1-0 OT win over Colorado. Poolsters, judge MAF always by his elite numbers during gthe regular season- 18-4-2, .930 SP, 2.01 GAA- and let others worry about what he does in the playoffs.. Read more about DAILY PRIME- DECEMBER 19, 2014: FOLIGNO ON "FIRE"

IN STEVE'S DEFENSE: WHAT'S UP WITH OEL?

Posted by steve on Thu, 2014-12-18 17:07

On Tuesday night, the talented Oliver-Ekman Larsson delivered a clutch performance for Arizona when he scored the game-winning goal against Edmonton with 0.3 seconds left. With five points in his last seven games, we are starting to see OEL heat up after his pedestrian start to the season had many fantasy owners frustrated. We all have been expecting him to turn in his first 50+ point campaign this year as he ascends to the top-five of fantasy defensemen, but it has yet to be the case so far. Read more about IN STEVE'S DEFENSE: WHAT'S UP WITH OEL?

DAILY PRIME - DECEMBER 18, 2014: NIGHT OF THE MASK

Posted by ray on Thu, 2014-12-18 07:41

It was the “Night of the Mask” as two of the three NHL games o the docket were decided by 2-0 shutout and the Boston-Minnesota game went to overtime.  Plus, yours truly had one of those sleep study tests overnight at the hospital to monitor my breathing and let’s just say that my night with the mask did not go as well as these professionals. Read more about DAILY PRIME - DECEMBER 18, 2014: NIGHT OF THE MASK

DAILY PRIME - DECEMBER 17, 2014: TARASENKO RULES KINGS

Posted by ray on Tue, 2014-12-16 22:38

Could this be the coming out party for Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk?  Moved to center the top line a few games ago, the ultra-talented Center, with his 3-goal game tonight against the Hurricanes, has 5 points in the three games since being moved.  It’s too early to say for sure that he is ready for greater things, but he is capable…Max Pacioretty who knows a few things about hat tricks assisted on all three Galchenyuk goals… Read more about DAILY PRIME - DECEMBER 17, 2014: TARASENKO RULES KINGS

DAILY PRIME - DECEMBER 16, 2014: HOME ON THE RANGE

Posted by ray on Tue, 2014-12-16 08:39

HOME ON THE RANGE

Don’t get in the way of a stampeding Buffalo Sabres team as they have rattled off four wins in a row and are 7-3-0 in their last ten.  The story of this turnaround is G Jhonas Enroth who has the team rallying around his play.  In fact, the Sabres are playing so well of late that they have positioned themselves to make a run for a playoff spot.  An incredible run; especially after their horrid start to the season.  Enroth has gone 9-2 and with the shootout win last night evened his record at 10-10-1, so it is safe to start this Sabre…. Read more about DAILY PRIME - DECEMBER 16, 2014: HOME ON THE RANGE

BETWEEN THE PIPES: BERN UNIT!

Posted by ray on Tue, 2014-12-16 07:20

JONATHAN BERNIER

Notwithstanding James Reimer’s 2 impressive starts in last 3 games, Jonathan Bernier is ensconced as the Toronto Maple Leaf’s no. 1 goaltender this season as he had started 9 straight before that and 11 of the previous 12.  Look for Bernier to get the lion’s share of starts from here on out as the Leafs are playing great hockey and have won 5 in a row and find themselves just 3 points shy of top of  the Eastern Conference. Read more about BETWEEN THE PIPES: BERN UNIT!

DAILY PRIME- DECEMBER 15, 2014: CLEAN SLATE FOR KING HENRIK

Posted by steve on Mon, 2014-12-15 07:03

* Rick Nash extended his point streak to ten games, collecting an assist in the New york Ranger's 2-0 road win over the hapless Edmonton Oilers. Henrik Lundqvist had an easy night saving all 16 shots for the shutout win and his third straight. Derick Brassard was the latest casualty of the mumps virus, missing the game. Look for Derek Stepan to gain an uptick in fantasy value during Brassard's absence... Read more about DAILY PRIME- DECEMBER 15, 2014: CLEAN SLATE FOR KING HENRIK

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE - DECEMBER 14, 2014

Posted by ray on Sun, 2014-12-14 10:41

Good morning all!  Christmas is coming!

With Zdeno Chara back in the lineup, Boston should be able to get back on track soon enough.

I don’t know if this particular coaching change will help Ottawa but I do agree that a change was needed.

I think you can now consider Buffalo NHL-ready as they have gone 7-3-0 in last ten games separating themselves from the Carolina Hurricanes.

The biggest reason in Buffalo is G Jhonas Enroth.  He has taken the reins after a somewhat sluggish start.  Read more about SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE - DECEMBER 14, 2014

DAILY PRIME- DECEMBER 14, 2014: SUNDAY GAME BITS

Posted by steve on Sun, 2014-12-14 08:08

Let's start off with saying "Hat's off to Nick" as the cerebral passing machine known as Nicklas Backstrom collected his first career regular season "hat trick" in Washington's 4-2 win over Tampa Bay. His career high in goals scored was 33 in 2009-10, but he routinely falls in the 15-20 category. Meaning, don't get overly excited over his scoring explosion. His point-per-game ways will continue this season thanks to a healthy dose of assists.. Read more about DAILY PRIME- DECEMBER 14, 2014: SUNDAY GAME BITS

ADD'EM: GO BUFFALO!

Posted by steve on Sat, 2014-12-13 19:00

Sean Couturier C-Philadelphia:  The eighth overall pick of the 2011 has tons of talent, but has not become a consistent scoring threat just yet. Centering the third line won't help his cause, but he has been red-hot lately while currently on a six-game point streak (3G/4A). The Flyers are starting to click on offense, so maybe take a flier on the talented Couturier. Read more about ADD'EM: GO BUFFALO!

DAILY PRIME - DECEMBER 13, 2014: FRIDAY NIGHT FANTASY FACTS

Posted by ray on Sat, 2014-12-13 10:16

Marc-Andre Fleury (26/27 SV) and the Crosby-less Pittsburgh Penguins played a tidy game against the Calgary Flames and came away with a 3-1 victory.  It appears Crosby will be out for at least one more game but they did welcome back D Kris Letang and Patric Hornqvist from the infirmary.  Hornqvist was held off the score sheet but Letang scored the game-winning goal while Evgeni Malkin pitched in with 2 assists.  The Pens are just so deep with offense that as long as one of Malkin or Crosby are in the lineup, they are tough Read more about DAILY PRIME - DECEMBER 13, 2014: FRIDAY NIGHT FANTASY FACTS

DAILY PRIME - DECEMBER 12, 2014: HERE COMES BOB!

Posted by ray on Fri, 2014-12-12 05:58

If you didn’t happen to catch the latest UNDER THE RAYDAR piece on Tuesday, you may have missed the part about Sean Couturier starting to heat up.  Against the Devils, all the young Flyer did was score an early goal and add an assist In the 4-1 Philadelphia win over New Jersey.  It was all Couturier in the first period and then the Flyers sealed the deal with 2 late goals in the third period with Claude Giroux and Read more about DAILY PRIME - DECEMBER 12, 2014: HERE COMES BOB!

IN STEVE'S DEFENSE: NOW THAT HEDMAN IS BACK..

Posted by steve on Thu, 2014-12-11 16:57

It has been a wild ride for fantasy owners early on this season, as many of the elite defensemen have not kicked into high gear yet. While the under-the-radar tandem of Mark Giordano and TJ Brodie are skyrocketing up the ranks, names like Subban, Weber, and Pietrangelo have or almost fallen outside the top ten. Read more about IN STEVE'S DEFENSE: NOW THAT HEDMAN IS BACK..

DAILY PRIME- DECEMBER 11, 2014: KESLER PICKING UP SLACK

Posted by steve on Thu, 2014-12-11 04:44

With 23 points in 30 games, Anaheim's Ryan Kesler is not exactly "lighting the world on fire' but he has been streaking of late with Corey Perry out due to injuries. In the 2-1 win over Edmonton, the hard-nosed pivot scored the game-winning tally, giving him four goals and five points in his last three games. Previous to his mini-streak, he had collected just one point in five games. Take our advice and start Mr. Kesler over the next few weeks, as the Ducks will need his offense.. Read more about DAILY PRIME- DECEMBER 11, 2014: KESLER PICKING UP SLACK

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