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Thursday Night Fantasy Hockey Matchups

I'd like to introduce to you Fantasy Feud, a new advertiser and sponsor of Kukla's Korner through the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Please make them feel at home and participate in their 'feuds'. -Paul

By Justin LaLonde of Fantasy Feud,

The high volume of games each week is the only silver lining in a condensed season.

For fantasy hockey enthusiasts it’s been a tough year with the amount of injuries that have already slaughtered many rosters.

Are you aware that there’s a new way to play fantasy sports? It’s daily fantasy hockey.

Leagues last just 1-day. You draft a team of players for tonight’s 11 games and at the end of the night the winners get paid.

Try it free at Fantasy Feud tonight. It’s time to get some practice in before an exclusive beat the pro contest next week against the man himself, Paul Kukla!

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Another DraftStreet.com Freeroll For Readers Of KK

note original post was 2/5/13 at 10:27am, Time running out folks, you need to have your team set by 7:00pm ET tonight.

The first KK Draftstreet.com Freeroll went fairly well so we are doing it again. Thanks again to Draftstreet.com for being a direct sponsor of KK.

If you haven't heard yet, there’s a new way to play fantasy hockey which turns the season long grind into quick hitting one night leagues.  And the best part is that you can win cash every single day.  You draft a team for one night and get paid out as soon as the games end that night.  DraftStreet.com is at the forefront of this new trend in the fantasy world and is giving you a great promotion: a FREE one-day fantasy league with $300 in prizes exclusively for Kukla's Korner fans.

This free contest will be salary-cap style drafting where everyone tries to assemble the best team out of the available players. You will have a $100,000 budget to build a team of 2 LWs, 2 RWs, 2 Centers, 2 Defensive players, 1 Goalie, and a FLEX player. Each NHL player has been allocated a price based on their expected fantasy performance.

You can adjust your roster up until the contest starts on Thursday, February 7th at 7:00pm ET at which time your rosters will lock and the Live Scoreboard will be available. 

CLICK HERE to sign up for free and join the Kukla's Korner $300 Freeroll on DraftStreet.com and good luck.

 

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Introducing DraftStreet.com - 1 Day Free Fantasy Contest

added 12:28pm 1/25/13, If you haven't set your roster, you have until 7:00pm ET tonight to do so and have a chance to win $300.

added 9:57am 1/24/13, Time is running out to participate and have a chance to win $300.

note: original post date was 1/21/13 at 1:01pm- Just bringing this to the top of page so KK members and readers have the opportunity to participate.

If you haven't heard yet, there’s a new way to play fantasy hockey which turns the season long grind into quick hitting one night leagues.  And the best part is that you can win cash every single day.  You draft a team for one night and get paid out as soon as the games end that night.  DraftStreet.com is at the forefront of this new trend in the fantasy world and is giving you a great promotion: a FREE one-day fantasy league with $300 in prizes exclusively for Kukla's Korner fans.

This free contest will be salary-cap style drafting where everyone tries to assemble the best team out of the available players. You will have a $100,000 budget to build a team of 2 LWs, 2 RWs, 2 Centers, 2 Defensive players, 1 Goalie, and a FLEX player. Each NHL player has been allocated a price based on their expected fantasy performance.

You can adjust your roster up until the contest starts on Friday January 25th at 7:00pm ET at which time your rosters will lock and the Live Scoreboard will be available. 

CLICK HERE to sign up for free and join the Kukla's Korner $300 Freeroll on DraftStreet.com and good luck.

 

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50 NHL Fantasy Predictions

from Matt Cubeta of NHL.com,

1. Last year I said Datsyuk would reach 100 points. This year I'm saying he won't top 40 points -- 40 points in 48 games is a rate of .83 points-per-game, which would've tied him for 44th in the NHL last season. Between his declining stats, potential for injury and his lack of shots and PIMs, he might not be worth an early draft pick this year. He's also typically a slow starter, and with the condensed season, it could benefit you to pass on him.

2. While Jamie Benn is still waiting on a contract with the Stars, I believe he'll finish as a top-10 fantasy player. With veteran playmakers Jaromir Jagr, Derek Roy and Ray Whitney joining an improved Dallas team, Benn will become elite this year (I truly believe there's a chance he could be a top-5 fantasy player). He has the tools to contribute in all categories.

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Think Young For NHL Fantasy Hockey

from Matt Sitkoff at NHL.com,

With the impending start of the NHL season, fantasy hockey drafts are going to come fast and furious so it's time to get reacquainted with some names that should be all over your radar. Here's a look at some of the important young players that will be available and what they did during the lockout in North American leagues ahead of the upcoming NHL fantasy season.

Immediate Impact

During the lockout we have already potential Calder Trophy candidates make names for themselves, but don't forget the following names when drafting during a shortened season. The young legs of the following players could be the difference for your team.

Justin Schultz (Edmonton, D) -- You can argue no one benefited more from the lockout than Schultz, who established himself as a legitimate scoring threat from the blue line in the AHL with 18 goals and 48 points in 34 games played. Considering during the 2011-12 season the NHL saw only one defender score more than 55 points (Erik Karlsson, 78 pts), it is enticing to feature Schultz as your top blueliner.

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Fantasy Hockey Takes A Hit

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Bosotn Globe,

The lifeblood of fantasy hockey is the data — goals, assists, points, saves, etc. — that NHL players provide. So with no NHL games being played, fantasy hockey has become irrelevant.

“It was growing at a really good clip,” said Darryl Dobbs, founder of Dobber Hockey. “The lockout stopped that completely. There’s no growth. The momentum is completely gone.”

Dobbs’s products include a fantasy guide, a midseason report, a prospects guide, and a goalie guide. These publications account for approximately 90 percent of Dobbs’s income. Advertising on his website, which hosts a pool manager, accounts for the other 10 percent.

If the 2012-13 season is scrubbed, Dobbs estimates business will be down 50 percent. If a prompt resolution takes place, Dobbs pegs a 20 percent loss as a best-case scenario.

“With the keeper leaguers, most of them will be back if the season is saved,” Dobbs said. “If it’s gone, we’re going to be losing 30 percent of them. What we are losing, even with a late start, is the casual fan, the casual poolie. I would hope they’d come back next season.

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Team Effort Concerns Therrien

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

There was an "old" Michel Therrien sighting after the Canadiens dropped a 4-2 decision to the Winnipeg Jets Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

There has been a kinder, gentler Therrien on display this season, but he made it known he wasn't happy with his team's slow start against the Jets. The dressing room was closed for 20 minutes after the game, and while the team described it as a players' meeting, one player said that it followed a tirade from the coach.

"I'm not happy because I didn't see the effort out there tonight," Therrien said. "Someone asked me if there was a positive because we came back from 3-0 to make a game, but we shouldn't have been down 3-0. When they scored their third goal, we only had seven shots and they had 16. There's nothing to be positive about."

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The Top 175 Fantasy Hockey Players

from the NHL.com Fantasy Hockey Staff, 

Past statistics, potential linemates, injuries and much more are taken into account in producing these selections, but these rankings should be viewed as our experts' opinionated projections of the most valuable players in the League from a fantasy standpoint. Some of our experts value a workhorse goalie over one who will split time with his backup; others prefer an skater who is elite in a few categories to one who is solid in all six.

When it's all said and done, though, these rankings take each expert's stance into account, providing you with a big-picture view of each player's impending fantasy value.

These rankings project value in standard fantasy hockey leagues, which include a 6x4 category scoring system: goals, assists, plus-minus, power-play points, shots on goal, penalty minutes, goalie wins, goals-against-average, save percentage and shutouts.

So, whether you're searching for a goal-scorer, distributor, power-play anchor, PIM producer or a top-tier netminder, our top-175 rankings will give you an edge in your fantasy hockey draft. Stay tuned for Cubeta's in-depth assessment of NHL.com's top-50 overall rankings to be released Friday, September 7.

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The All-Time Post Expansion Fantasy Team

from Pete Jensen of NHL.com,

NHL.com now turns back the clock to create a roster strategically stacked with the best statistical seasons—by each position—since the expansion era began in 1967.

GOALTENDERS

1. Martin Brodeur (2006-07 season, New Jersey Devils) 78 appearances, 48 wins, 2.18 GAA, .922 SV%, 12 SO

Brodeur set a record for the highest single-season wins total of all-time, and his compilation of only 23 regulation losses in 78 games is simply incredible. Fantasy owners savored each of his 12 shutouts, while his goals-against-average frustrated opponents on a nightly basis. Brodeur played in all but four games that season—a campaign that will live on for many years to come.

2. Bernie Parent (1973-74 season, Philadelphia Flyers) 73 appearances, 47 wins, 1.89 GAA, N/A SV%, 12 SO

Captured a then-record 47 wins, dropping only 13 contests in that span en route to winning the Vezina Trophy. Save percentage was not a statistic during his days, but his stingy GAA provides more than enough evidence of his sheer dominance. Parent’s wins mark has since been passed by Brodeur, but his earth-shattering numbers that season were unprecedented at that stage of the expansion era.

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Sounds Matter With Hockey Video Games

from Cycloniac’s Arena,

When you have a hockey video game with superb gameplay and add custom sounds, you turn a good experience into something special. This is probably what drives me when I make my sound packs. The process of attempting to mirror the atmosphere of a real NHL arena is a tedious one. Compiling the music is one thing, but the trial and error process is another. Sometimes, music can sound great on your computer, but sound horrible on your console. Sometimes, problems such as clipping or the volume of tracks being too low can also occur. These are the things that music pack makers must handle.

About 2 years ago, adding reverb to your tracks worked great, since NHL 10 barely added any of its own reverb. But now, NHL 12 fixed that, causing all of the reverbed files on my computer to sound off in game. What to do? This means that I will have to run a complete overhaul of my music pack, re-doing the tracks without reverb. While this may be time consuming, I can ensure that all of my music files are HQ or HD. Additionally, I can update any outstanding team introductions, so they are current.

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About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com

 

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