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STOCKY HOCKEY 101: STARTING YOUR WEEK OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT

Posted by ray on Sun, 2015-10-18 18:55

MONDAY, MONDAY (STARTING YOUR WEEK OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT)

Now that we are well into the start of the NHL season, all fantasy poolies are anxious to make sure their starting lineups for the upcoming week are just about perfect.  Most fantasy pools are weekly with starting lineups due by opening faceoff Monday night (or afternoon if it’s a holiday).  Some leagues give the owner the option of making nightly changes but most of the ones I am in concentrate just on weekly lineup changes, so that;s where  iwill focus on in this article. 

STOCKY HOCKEY 101: BEWARE THE MID-SEASON CONTRACT EXTENSION FEBRUARY 6, 2014

Posted by ray on Thu, 2014-02-06 14:49

BEWARE THE MID-SEASON CONTRACT EXTENSION!!

STOCKY HOCKEY 101 - CAN'T WAIT 'TIL NEXT YEAR! JANUARY 17, 2014

Posted by ray on Fri, 2014-01-17 21:41

It’s about that point in the fantasy hockey season where you take a good, hard look at your team.  Does your team have what it takes to go all the way in it's current makeup?  Do you have the horses to finish in the top 3?  Or, should you be looking to prepare for next season?  Today we will take a look at potential breakout players for the 2014 season you should probably target now. Please take note that these players all were part of an NHL club during the Lockout season, which should be taken into account in your own analysis of players as it didn’t constitute a full 82-game season. 

STOCKY HOCKEY 101 - OH KOVIE ONE, WHY DID YOU LEAVE US?!?!?! JULY 14, 2013

Posted by ray on Sun, 2013-07-14 12:01

By now everyone has gotten over the shock of Ilya Kovalchuk’s sudden retirement from the New Jersey Devils and the NHL.  Well, perhaps not Lou Lamoriello or his Devil team mates.  With announcement coming late Thursday afternoon and less than a week after the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, it couldn’t have come at a worse time for the franchise.  Most hockey websites have already gone through every possible scenario about what this means for NHL hockey and the NJ Devils.  But what about the fantasy hockey poolie, especially those in dynasty keeper leagues who might have the extremely talented Kovalc

WILL THE 2013-2014 SEASON BE A RETURN TO NORMALCY? 5/8/2013

Posted by ray on Wed, 2013-05-08 12:59

You must admit that trying to get adjusted in a very limited timeframe for the 2012-2013 Lockout shortened season left some of us trying to get from behind the 8-ball.  Most fantasy hockey websites, like ourselves, were trying to keep up with the labor negotiations and trying to hammer out a reputable Draft Guide for fantasy poolies in the event of an agreement.  Well, there was an agreement on a 48-game season which still left a lot of fans disgruntled and aggravated and most of those made a decision to forgo this past season and wait for a more regular type of

STOCKY HOCKEY 101: SURVIVING INJURIES TO YOUR TOP DEFENSEMEN

Posted by steve on Tue, 2013-02-19 18:04

Nothing could be more crippling to your fantasy hockey championship hopes than losing an elite defenseman to long-term injury. Those type of players are simply irreplacable, because chances are quite remote that players of comparable fantasy value are available off the waiver wire. This dilemma is way more magnified during this lockout-shortened season, since there simply isn't much time to get your stud blueliner back in the lineup.

AUGUST 15, 2012 - PREPPING FOR THE NEW SEASON

Posted by ray on Wed, 2012-08-15 10:13

I, like most diehard hockey fans, am concerned about the possibility of an NHL lockout, just like the one we had in 2004. I remember thinking that there was no possible way there wouldn't be hockey played that season, but it happened.  I was besides myself not knowing what I was going to do with all this free time I had just been given.  So I did what any normal(?), diehard fantasy hockey player would do.  I started an AHL Fantasy League with a couple of my pals.

MARCH 1, 2012 - TAKING INVENTORY

Posted by ray on Thu, 2012-03-01 09:13

Now that the NHL Trading Deadline has passed, and it was pretty much a non-event this year, it’s time for some fantasy teams to gear up for the stretch run while others are starting their playoffs.  For those fantasy teams that do not fall into either category and for those that are planning for next season, this is the time to lay down some solid groundwork and collect some information for some off-season trading and setting up your keepers for next season. 

JANUARY 9th, 2012 - IS THE GRASS ALWAYS GREENER ON THE OTHER TEAM?

Posted by ray on Mon, 2012-01-09 09:13

There’s something about that new car smell or the feeling of moving into a new home that gives you the feeling that everything is going to be great from here on out.  But there is always the fear of the first scratch or the bills that come with owning a new home all which tarnish that “new” feeling.

NOVEMBER 29, 2011 - RE-EVALUATING THE NHL

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.

AUGUST 26, 2011 - TARGET PRACTICE

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.  

MAY 24, 2011-KEY STRATEGIES TO DRAFTING A FANTASY ALL-STAR TEAM

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.