What a difference a year makes for Daniel Sedin, as the 33-year old along with his brother Henrik have re-discovered their scoring touch under new coach Willie Desjardins. Daniel's overtime game-winner off a precise feed from Henrik was a thing of beauty, but something fantasy owners had grown accustomed too over the years. Then, coach Tortorella came into town last season and Daniel's numbers slipped down to levels way below his offensive standards, scoring just 47 points in 73 games. Read more about DAILY PRIME- OCTOBER 31, 2014: SEDINS BACK TO NORMAL
There is always much optimism with many defensemen that they will to continue to develop after breakthrough seasons or maintaining elite offensive production, but fantasy owners need to be cognizant of when they get off to slow starts. A mere blip on the radar or signs of things to keep coming? A few of the after-mentioned candidates are not reaping the expected retuns for their fantasy owners... Read more about IN STEVE'S DEFENSE: DROPPING STOCKS
NY Ranger defenseman John Moore was suspended for 5 games by the NHL for his hit to the head of Minnesota's Erik Haula in Monday night's game. Some were calling for a lengthier sentence because of his hit on Montreal Canadien Dale WIese in last year's Stanley Cup Conference Final round. Moore should count his blessings that it wasn't longer... Read more about DAILY PRIME - OCTOBER 30, 2014: HOWARD HUGE
Another strong performance by rookie Seth Griffith tonight can further stake his claim to the top-line RW position alongside David Krejci and Milan Lucic. Well, let's see- should two goals and an assists open some eyes in most fantasy leagues? I should sure hope so as the 21-year old has collected five points in the last four games plus finding more chemistry with the Bruin's top guns. He is also getting plenty of ice-time alongside the duo on the power-play, elevating his fantasy value even more. Read more about DAILY PRIME- OCTOBER 29, 2014: SETH GRIFFITH WHO?
Most likely, Roberto Luongo is not high on many fantasy poolies lists these days being the number 1 net minder for the Florida Panthers. After winning the Southeast division title in 2011-2012, the Cats have missed the playoffs as they continue to rebuild as GM Dale Tallon is masterminding the Florida resurgence that is to come. Remember that he rebuilt the Chicago Blackhawks team that won the Stanley Cup in 2009-2010 with most of the core players still around for their second Cup win in 2012-2013 Read more about BETWEEN THE PIPES: LuONGoING FOR STABILITY
Darcy Kuemper’s dream start to the 2014-2015 season was derailed last night at Madison Square Garden as the Rangers exploded with 5 third period goals to cap a dramatic comeback victory over the Minnesota Wild. Rick Nash continues his terrific scoring pace with a goal, his 9th on the season, and an assist that started the impressive comeback after being down 3-0 after 2 periods and without the service Read more about DAILY PRIME - OCTOBER 28, 2014: RANGERS GO WILD!
There are a few repeat customers in this week's column, but we focus on defensemen, young and old, that can help your teams. It's never easy to get your hands on blueliners with 35-40 point upside, so pay special attention to the few that we highlight this week: Read more about ADD'EM: PLENTY OF "D" TO GO AROUND
The Buffalo Sabres picked up their second win of the season with a road win over the San Jose Sharks who have lost 4 in a row after a 4-0-1 start. Don’t put much stock in the Buffalo “road warrior” moniker as both of their wins have come on the road. Still, no one is fantasy-worthy at this point in time…The Sharks play 7 of their next 9 on the road, so they will need to become “road warriors” if they want to stay close in the division and league leaders in the Western Conference… Read more about DAILY PRIME - OCTOBER 26, 2014: PRICE IS RIGHT FOR REVENGE
We need to start our column today with the news that monster defenseman Zdeno Chara hurt his knee last night during the first period of Boston's 3-2 loss to the Islanders and will miss 4-6 weeks. An obvious huge blow to the Bruins and to Chara fantasy owners, but he was off to a slow start with 3 points in 9 games and has seen his offensive production decline in recent years. Read more about DAILY PRIME- OCTOBER 24, 2014: FANTASY FALLOUT OVER CHARA INJURY
There are several situations around the NHL where a few up-start defenseman have benefited from the absence of other key players to become viable fantasy options- Johnny Boychuk, Trevor Daley, and to a lesser extent, TJ Brodie. In the case of Boychuk, who will be returning to Boston tonight to face the Bruins for the first time since the trade, he has claimed top power-play duties as a result of Lubomir Visnovsky being out since the pre-season. Read more about IN STEVE'S DEFENSE: VETERAN HELP TO CONSIDER
***Our new daily feature will spotlight NHL players that we believe could give you a good return for their value for that night's games. THE DAILY FANTASY PICKS will be replacing both the FANTASY STARS & THE GOALIE EDGE articles.