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NHL IN 30: CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 2014-2015

Posted by ray on Tue, 2014-09-30 13:26

Chicago just about made it to their second straight Stanley Cup Finals appearance last June when a Game 7 dagger by the Kings prematurely ended that dream. There weren't many glaring weaknesses with last season’s version of the Blackhawks, but they indeed addressed their need for a no. 2 center when they picked up ex-Ranger Brad Richards via free agency. Their offense is incredibly stacked with all sorts of talent, ranging from elite (Patrick Kane & Jonathan Toews) to on the verge of breaking out (Brandon Saad). Read more about NHL IN 30: CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 2014-2015

DAILY PRIME-SEPTEMBER 30, 2014: JENNER, TYLER & POMMER

Posted by ray on Tue, 2014-09-30 08:44

Columbus Blue Jacket Center Boone Jenner sustained a broken hand and will be sidelined for the beginning of the season.  Nathan Horton is also out with back issues, so Columbus will be without 3 of their top key performers if they don’t sign Ryan Johansen before the season starts.  Expect the Blue Jackets to sign the RFA Johansen as expectations are riding high this year in Columbus….Speaking of high expectations, Tyler Seguin potted 3 goals and an assist in Dallas’ 5-4 win over Florida.  Some people are saying that Seguin Read more about DAILY PRIME-SEPTEMBER 30, 2014: JENNER, TYLER & POMMER

DAILY PRIME-SEPTEMBER 29, 2014: PRESEASON NOTES & UPDATED GUIDE

Posted by steve on Mon, 2014-09-29 17:42

***PrimePucks is always striving to bring you the most current and up-to-date information so that you won't be a step behind in your fantasy hockey pool.  The 2014-2015 PrimePucks Fantasy Hocey Draft Guide has been updated with he most recent developments, and we will continue to do so up to the opening faceoff.  Just go to "MY ACCOUNT" and click on the FILES tab and upload the current Draft Guide or order yours now by clicking on the link above.  Don'  t head into your draft without the most dynamic tool you will ever find! Read more about DAILY PRIME-SEPTEMBER 29, 2014: PRESEASON NOTES & UPDATED GUIDE

NHL IN 30: LOS ANGELES KINGS 2014-15

Posted by steve on Mon, 2014-09-29 06:09

With three Game 7 victories during the 2013 playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings fought hard for their 2nd Stanley Cup in three years. As Coach Brent Sutter prepares for the team to build on a possible dynasty and repeat as champs, the Kings were relatively quiet during the free agency period. Their signing of Marian Gaborik to a seven-year extension was the huge news on the offensive front, while Mike Richards will be returning to the team. Read more about NHL IN 30: LOS ANGELES KINGS 2014-15

NHL IN 30: PHILADELPHIA FLYERS 2014-2015

Posted by ray on Sun, 2014-09-28 19:06

Does anyone realize just how close the Philadelphia Flyers had come to being where the New York Rangers ended up?  Everyone remembers the horrific start to the season the Flyers had, and especially Claude Giroux, but Giroux ended up 3rd in league scoring and the Flyers lost to the Rangers in the opening round in game 7 by a score of 2-1 or we may have seen the Flyers up against the LA Kings for the right to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup.  Will things be different this year?  Steve Mason proved his worth to the Flyers especially during that 2-1 loss to Read more about NHL IN 30: PHILADELPHIA FLYERS 2014-2015

DAILY PRIME-SEPTEMBER 28, 2014: HELLO, GOODBYE & GUIDE UPDATES

Posted by ray on Sun, 2014-09-28 18:00

Darcy Kuemper signed a 2-year deal and after his storybook season last year, if he can establish himself early, he should be the number 1 in Minny unless the coaching staff believes they want a veteran like Ilya Bryzgalov who is trying to make the decision a tough one for management.  With Niklas Backstrom getting the win over the Jets last night, the Wild just might have to stick with Backstrom and Kuemper leaving “Breeze” as the odd goalie out.  Josh Harding is out for a period of time with a fractured foot.  Harding has Read more about DAILY PRIME-SEPTEMBER 28, 2014: HELLO, GOODBYE & GUIDE UPDATES

NHL IN 30: PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 2014-2015

Posted by ray on Sat, 2014-09-27 10:04

There is no doubting that the Pittsburgh is the goldmine of fantasy hockey especially when you have Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to start you off.  There has been a lot of talk over the past few years about how the Penguins can’t seem to get it together for the Stanley Cup playoff run.  The knock on goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was that he was a great regular season goalie, but come the playoffs, he was lacking that extra gear.  Some changes were made in the off-season with the Draft Day trade of James Neal for P Read more about NHL IN 30: PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 2014-2015

DAILY PRIME-SEPTEMBER 27, 2014: ROUNDING INTO FORM

Posted by ray on Sat, 2014-09-27 09:43

It appears that the Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik, are ready to shed last year’s disaster of a season and get back to business as they had 5 assists combined last night in their 3-0 victory over Calgary.  Freed from the constraints of ex-Head Coach John Tortorella’s defensive system, the twins should be back to more normal levels of production, say in the mid-70’s if not a little more…..Toronto’s Tyler Bozak seems eager to get the season started as he had a goal and an assist in the Leafs  6-4 win over Buffalo.  Expect Bozak to eclipse his previous high of Read more about DAILY PRIME-SEPTEMBER 27, 2014: ROUNDING INTO FORM

NHL IN 30: MINNESOTA WILD 2014-2015

Posted by steve on Fri, 2014-09-26 12:57

The Wild took another important step forward under Coach Mike Yeo, making the playoffs in 2013 for the first time in 5 seasons. After a gritty exit to the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks, the Minnesota brass secured some more needed speed and talent on offense with the acquisition of winger Thomas Vanek during free agency. With a top-six set of forwards that could rival most and a cornerstone defenseman in Ryan Suter, the overall fantasy value of Wild players is trending upward.

GOALIES Read more about NHL IN 30: MINNESOTA WILD 2014-2015

DAILY PRIME-SEPTEMBER 26, 2014: PRE-SEASON NOTES

Posted by ray on Fri, 2014-09-26 09:03

The Nashville Predators locked up another piece of their defensive core by inking D-man Ryan Ellis to a 5-year deal.  Ellis has tremendous offensive talent evidenced by his 314 points in 226 games while with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL.  Ellis played his first full season and went 6-21-27 in 80 NHL games.  A nice late-round pick in your draft if you’re looking for depth with a good chance at some decent production….P.K. Read more about DAILY PRIME-SEPTEMBER 26, 2014: PRE-SEASON NOTES

DAILY PRIME-SEPTEMBER 25, 2014: TOUGH BREAKS & BREAK OUTS

Posted by ray on Thu, 2014-09-25 10:59

Not the way you want to start a new hockey season, never mind a new fantasy hockey season.  Already we are seeing some stars being shelved due to some unlucky breaks.  Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk, out 4-6 weeks with a separated shoulder, NY Rangers’ Derek Stepan out at least 4 weeks due to a broken leg, Carolina’s Jordan Staal out from a broken leg, Tampa Bay Jonathan Drouin out 3-4 weeks with a fractured thumb.  All should be fantasy relevant once they return to their respective lineups….What is one man’s misfortune is another Read more about DAILY PRIME-SEPTEMBER 25, 2014: TOUGH BREAKS & BREAK OUTS

NHL IN 30: SAN JOSE SHARKS 2014-2015

Posted by ray on Thu, 2014-09-25 10:32

Do you know the way ‘out’ of San Jose?  Well, another awful playoff performance like last’s year’s blown 3-0 lead in games to the Kings in the first round will certainly open some doors, but not the kind you would like.  Perhaps changes are overdue, but there is no denying that the Sharks are a perennial playoff threat, even if they don’t know it themselves.  Joe Thornton was stripped of his captaincy, and Patrick Marleau of his assistant captaincy, leaving skeptics to wonder if that’s a sign that they are on the way out.  Or perhaps it was used as a motiva Read more about NHL IN 30: SAN JOSE SHARKS 2014-2015

NHL IN 30: DETROIT RED WINGS 2014-2015

Posted by steve on Wed, 2014-09-24 13:20

Thanks to a startling 412 man-games lost to injury (2nd in NHL), the Red Wings barely kept their 23-year playoff streak alive by grabbing the final Eastern Conference wildcard spot. With superstar players Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg missing over a combined 80 games, young stud prospects such as Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar took a step forward to help pace the offense. There seems to be plenty of fantasy locks to go around at each position as the Wings should be loaded for another postseason run. Read more about NHL IN 30: DETROIT RED WINGS 2014-2015

DAILY PRIME-SEPTEMBER 24, 2014: BIG LOSS FOR CANES

Posted by steve on Wed, 2014-09-24 05:04

Jordan Staal suffered a broken bone in his right leg during Carolina's game at Buffalo. Obviously, this is a huge blow to the team and fantasy owners alike. The exact timetable on how long he will be out of action has yet to be determined, so more news should come out shortly. A few more injuries to mention: Logan Couture got a bit banged up during San Jose's 4-2 split squad loss to Vancouver and was taken out of the game, albeit more for precautionary reasons.. Vancouver defenseman Alex Edler left his game with an upper body injury. Read more about DAILY PRIME-SEPTEMBER 24, 2014: BIG LOSS FOR CANES

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