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Posted by ray on Sun, 2011-12-18 10:32

Another week, another coaching change.  Or two.  2 out of the 3 California teams has now had coaching changes.  Better be careful Todd McLellan.  You may be next.
Montreal has been a bit of a mess.  First with the Markov situation.  Then Kirk Muller taking the Carolina head coaching job.  Now Jacques Martin getting the axe. 
It was “Miller”(but not Ryan) time against Buffalo as Evgeni Malkin emerged with a monster night against the Sabres.  3 goals and 2 assists.  Reminds me of a few years back.  I hope he continues like he did a few years back.


Posted by ray on Sun, 2011-12-11 10:32

Maybe Tomas Kaberle doesn’t play well south of the border.  2 assists in his first game as a member of the Montreal Canadiens.  Let all the US teams take notice.
Martin Brodeur looked like his old self in Saturday’s matinee.  Not his “old” self.  Like he used to play in the olden days.


Posted by ray on Sun, 2011-12-04 10:31

This Andrei Markov situation is really starting to annoy me with all his brittleness.
Coaching changes galore this week.  There should’ve been more. 
I knew Boudreau was going to have it tough this year.  I said so in our Guide.  Glad the Ducks were smart to take immediate action in hiring him; they needed the change.
Columbus really should’ve done something by now.    I mean, they are the worst team in the NHL right now.  Point-wise anyway.
I think that Boston is playing way better than they did last season and that is scary.


Posted by ray on Tue, 2011-11-29 09:13

Just like many things in life, it is good to take inventory of what is happening and take stock of what really is relevant for you.  The same thing in hockey, especially fantasy hockey, where sometimes the unexpected pops up.  Below I will take a look at some teams in the Western Conference that need  to be re-assessed.


Posted by ray on Sun, 2011-11-27 10:31

The hockey world is a better place now that Sidney Crosby is back on the ice.  And boy is he back!  4 points in his first game back.
Mike Richards is still on fire!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
I’ve noticed quite a lot of unassisted goals this season.  It could be just me, which would be unassisted.
New Jersey rookie defenseman Adam Larsson has now scored in 5 straight.  He is starting to find his comfort level in the NHL. 


Posted by ray on Sun, 2011-11-20 10:30

November has been a dream month for fantasy owners of any Boston Bruins player as they have scored 4 or more goals in every game except one this month.  An incredible streak I think.
And the only team to keep them under 4 goals?  The Columbus Blue Jackets, the worst team in the NHL, who lost 2-1 in a shootout.
Claude Giroux and Phil Kessel are battling for the league lead in points.  Wasn’t that supposed to be Crosby and Ovechkin?  Or Sedin and Sedin?


Posted by ray on Sun, 2011-11-13 10:30

Interesting that the 4 goals scored in the 3rd period of the Ottawa/Toronto matchup were all unassisted goals.
Shame that both Alex Goligoski and Lubomir Visnovsky were both injured Friday night with hand injuries and both out approximately 4 weeks.  It’s not like they were tearing it up anyway.
If it’s November and the Boston Bruins have a matchup, expect a minimum of 5 goals per game.  They have scored no less than 5 goals in a game that was played in November so far.
 It’s safe to say that the Bruins were happy October ended.


Posted by ray on Sun, 2011-11-06 10:29

Is Columbus this bad or is Philadelphia just that good?  I mean a 9-2 win over the Blue Jackets?
Claude Giroux is simply amazing!  Possibly my favorite hockey player on earth at the moment.
You know what was impressive in that win? There were 8 different goal scorers for Philadelphia.
AND!!! Columbus had 2 different goal scorers.  Sorry Columbus! J
Teemu!  He must’ve felt bad that your team wasn’t getting any production out of any Ducks last night so he got you a boatload of PIMs (22 in all) in the 3rd period last night.


Posted by ray on Sun, 2011-10-30 11:29

It looks like you can never count Ottawa out as they rallied again in the 3rd period and beat the New York Rangers in the shootout.
That’s 5 wins in a row for the Ottawa Senators.  Now, if they can get their act together on defense at the start of the game and play 60 minutes, they can make the playoffs.
Scott Hartnell seems to be in that zone where he scores a crazy amount of points in the span of about two weeks.  It usually doesn’t happen this early in the season, but hey, if he’s on your fantasy team, you’re not complaining.


Posted by ray on Sun, 2011-10-23 11:28

It’s nice to see Pekka Rinne post a shutout last night.  Even lthough his numbers are actually decent (2.50 and .924), it seemed to me that he just wasn’t playing up to the standard that I have of him.  Now, shutting out Calgary has instilled a bit more confidence I have in him.
Dany Heatley has not endeared himself to Wild fans with his stupid slashing penalty against the Vancouver Canucks Saturday afternoon.  Why can’t this guy just play to the level of the god-given talent that he has? It is just mind-boggling.   I believe he should score 50 goals every year. 


Posted by ray on Sun, 2011-10-16 11:28

We are over a week into the season and Ovechkin only has 1 goal and 1 assist after 4 games played.  I think Russia sent over a spy that looks exactly like the Great 8 but forgot to tell him that he needs to score more.
The ancient Mariner line of Whitney-Langkow-Doan is getting it done for the Coyotes believe it or not.
Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan, Teemu Selanne and Corey Perry have 0 points combined.  What’s up with that?
The Price is definitely not right as he is struggling to find his game from last season. 


Posted by ray on Sun, 2011-10-09 11:27

It would be nice if the Ottawa Senators would show up before the third period of a game. 
Who is this Craig Smith character, and is that his real name?
I kind of feel bad for Mike Smith.  You would think he would be better suited as a cheese shop owner.
It was most likely the first time that an NHL game had starting goalies whose names rhymed with Hiller vs. Miller facing each other on Friday. But why did it have to take place on foreign soil?


Posted by ray on Fri, 2011-08-26 10:13

One aspect of my draft preparation that I find very helpful is targeting where and when I can draft my favorite players for the upcoming season in my fantasy draft. Using the PrimePucks TierAdvantage system shows the comparable value of players.  When a player has not been selected in a upper tier, that player's presence will stand out when all other players in same tier are taken.  


Posted by ray on Tue, 2011-05-24 10:13

I remember how excited I was when I was first invited to join a fantasy hockey league with the guys at work. I had never been in any type of fantasy league but this sounded like a lot of fun. Who was going to be my first pick? I really liked Hasek. A lot! But Mario was coming back. Hmmmmm. Yeah, but he is coming back from Hodgkins lymphoma. How good can he be? I did have the 4TH overall pick. Jagr would be gone. Lindros too. Ok, if LaFontaine is there I’ll take him. I know, he was coming off an injury the year prior, but I liked him.