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PLAYOFF PRIME TODAY: THURSDAY THOUGHTS

Posted by ray on Thu, 2014-04-24 08:45

Without Bishop you knew that the Lightning were going to struggle, but to be swept out by the Canadiens, Canada’s only hope to bring home the Stanley Cup this year?

The Sharks can match the Habs’ effort with a sweep of their own of the LA Kings.  What happened to all the Kings’ men?

I was saying to Steve and anyone else who cared to listen last night that the Blue Jackets could have been in control of this series if Sergei Bobrovsky was Sergei Bobrovsky.

The key to that series is to let the other team grabbed the lead and then come from behind to win. Read more about PLAYOFF PRIME TODAY: THURSDAY THOUGHTS

DAILY PRIME - APRIL 18, 2014: BOSTON-DETROIT PREVIEW

Posted by steve on Fri, 2014-04-18 16:51

DETROIT vs. BOSTON

Must-Starts

Detroit:  Pavel Datsyuk, Gustav Nyquist, Niklas Kronwall, Johan Franzen, Daniel Alfredsson, Jimmy Howard

Boston: David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron, Jarome Iginla, Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara, Tuukka Rask

Sleepers

Detroit: Tomas Tatar, Brendan Smith, Riley Sheahan, Danny DeKeyser

Boston: Carl Soderberg, Reilly Smith, Loui Eriksson, Torey Krug, Dougie Hamilton, Read more about DAILY PRIME - APRIL 18, 2014: BOSTON-DETROIT PREVIEW

DAILY PRIME - APRIL 17, 2014: MORE PLAYOFF PREVIEWS!

Posted by steve on Thu, 2014-04-17 04:03

LOS ANGELES vs. SAN JOSE

Must-Starts

Los Angeles: Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik, Justin Williams, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Drew Doughty, Jonathan Quick

San Jose: Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture, Dan Boyle, Antti Niemi

Sleepers

Los Angeles: Dustin Brown, Tyler Toffoli, Alec Martinez, Slava Voynov

San Jose: Martin Havlat, Brent Burns, Tomas Hertl, Matt Nieto, Jason Demers Read more about DAILY PRIME - APRIL 17, 2014: MORE PLAYOFF PREVIEWS!

DAILY PRIME - APRIL 16, 2014: PLAYOFF COVERAGE BEGINS

Posted by ray on Wed, 2014-04-16 08:06

MONTREAL vs. TAMPA BAY

Must-Starts

Tampa Bay: Steven Stamkos, Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, Valterri Filppula, Victor Hedman

Montreal: Thomas Vanek, David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty, P. K. Subban, Andrei Markov, Carey Price

Sleepers

Tampa Bay: Matt Carle, Sami Salo, Teddy Purcell, Anders Lindback

Montreal: Brenden Gallagher, Daniel Briere, Alex Galchenyuk, Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta, Lars Eller Read more about DAILY PRIME - APRIL 16, 2014: PLAYOFF COVERAGE BEGINS

IN STEVE'S DEFENSE: FANTASY PLAYOFF PRIMER

Posted by steve on Tue, 2014-04-15 16:54

The key to success in your fantasy playoff pools is selecting players from teams primed for long runs in the postseason. If you look at my top-ten fantasy list below and accompanying sleepers, you will have an idea of which teams that I believe will challenge for the Stanley Cup in 2014. Plenty of Bruins and Kings, that's for sure.

TOP TEN Read more about IN STEVE'S DEFENSE: FANTASY PLAYOFF PRIMER

DAILY PRIME - APRIL 14, 2014: ON TO THE PLAYOFFS

Posted by steve on Mon, 2014-04-14 09:39

BREAKING NEWS: The Nashville Predators have announced that they will not be extending the contract of Head coach Barry Trotz next season. Read more about DAILY PRIME - APRIL 14, 2014: ON TO THE PLAYOFFS

THE GOALIE EDGE: 4/13/2014

Posted by steve on Sun, 2014-04-13 11:40

ALL GOALIES ARE CONFIRMED UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED AT TIME OF PRINT Read more about THE GOALIE EDGE: 4/13/2014

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE: 4/13/2014

Posted by ray on Sun, 2014-04-13 10:31

Got my mug full and ready to roll!

Thank you Ryan Smyth for 18+ years of inspirational hockey!

Congratulations to the Boston Bruins for winning the President’s Cup!  What a tremendous season for the top team in the NHL who didn’t have a scorer in the top 20, but who had 7 in the top 20 in plus/minus. 

There is a possibility that Claude Giroux could end up second in total points with a good game today.  That would be a tremendous feat considering how he and the Philadelphia Flyers started out this season. Read more about SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE: 4/13/2014

DAILY PRIME - APRIL 13, 2014: COMING TO A CLOSE

Posted by steve on Sun, 2014-04-13 10:26

With the NHL regular season wrapping up today, many of my fantasy thoughts are geared toward the playoffs and next season. There were many brilliant performances in yesterday's slate of games, such as Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek stealing the show late with 6 combined points to foil Pittsburgh on the road. Read more about DAILY PRIME - APRIL 13, 2014: COMING TO A CLOSE

THE GOALIE EDGE: 4/12/2014

Posted by steve on Sat, 2014-04-12 11:18

ALL GOALIES ARE CONFIRMED UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED AT TIME OF PRINT

With most of today’s matchups not meaning a whole lot, we will focus on a few that have seeding positioning implications and one classic Canadian rivalry: Read more about THE GOALIE EDGE: 4/12/2014

DAILY PRIME - APRIL 12, 2014: LEHTS BE HAPPY FOR THE STARS

Posted by ray on Sat, 2014-04-12 07:40

The NHL regular season is winding down with just 2 days remaining.  All the teams are locked in for the playoffs with Dallas blanking the St. Read more about DAILY PRIME - APRIL 12, 2014: LEHTS BE HAPPY FOR THE STARS

THE GOALIE EDGE: 4/11/2014

Posted by ray on Fri, 2014-04-11 14:37

ALL GOALIES ARE CONFIRMED UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED AT TIME OF PRINT

The last weekend of the regular season is upon us; 7 games tonight, 9 tomorrow and 10 for Sunday.  Where did the time go?  With all the playoff positions basically filled except the final spot in the Western Conference, most teams will rest some of the starting goalies for the long playoff drive. Read more about THE GOALIE EDGE: 4/11/2014

DAILY PRIME - APRIL 11, 2014: GABBY FIT TO BE KING

Posted by steve on Fri, 2014-04-11 06:58

Marian Gaborik continues to built a strong rapport with star center Anze Kopitar, scoring two goals and an assist in the Los Angeles King's 3-0 win over Edmonton. The oft-injured winger, who has been inconsistent at best during his previous stints in New York and Columbus, has found his new home more enjoyable as he has piled up 15 points in 15 games as a King. Read more about DAILY PRIME - APRIL 11, 2014: GABBY FIT TO BE KING

THE GOALIE EDGE: 4/10/2014

Posted by steve on Thu, 2014-04-10 14:36

ALL GOALIES ARE CONFIRMED UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED AT TIME OF PRINT

Here is a taste of tonight’s matchups that we feel strongest about, so here goes nothing.. Read more about THE GOALIE EDGE: 4/10/2014

2013-2014 NHL IN 30: A LOOK BACK

Posted by ray on Thu, 2014-04-10 14:00

2013-2014 NHL IN 30: A LOOK BACK (Our forecasted position in parenthesis).  Our retrospective look at how our pre-season forecasts have panned out.  This is not a prediction on how the teams would finish in the standings during the regualr season, but how they would finish once the Stanley Cup playoffs were completed.

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