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Breakout NHL Fantasy Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pete Jensen of NHL.com,

Targeting breakout candidates in your fantasy draft can go a long way in building a championship-caliber roster. Here are five players I believe will take the jump from household name to superstar in 2014-15. Matt Cubeta's five breakout candidates can be found here.

1. Nathan MacKinnon, C/RW, Colorado Avalanche

Thanks to a monster second half (39 points over final 42 regular-season games) as a rookie, MacKinnon won the Calder Trophy in 2013-14 and took it a step further in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (10 points in seven games). He's on everyone's radar, but not high enough in Yahoo leagues. His average draft position is 35.4 (late third/early fourth round) -- way too low for a player who's moving to his natural position with a chance to exceed 80 points as a sophomore. The 19-year-old reportedly added 12-13 pounds of muscle to his blazing speed this offseason, so don't underestimate his fantasy value and room for improvement....

2. Cory Schneider, G, New Jersey Devils

Based on Schneider's stellar save percentage over the past four seasons (0.928), this 28-year-old is more than deserving of a starting role. He has weathered the storm in timeshare situations with Roberto Luongo and Martin Brodeur and will finally have the crease to himself for the Devils, who had the League's fewest shots on goal allowed per game and top penalty kill unit last season. There are questions surrounding his defense after the departure of Mark Fayne and Anton Volchenkov, but those vacancies mean the Devils can finally develop 'D' prospects Eric Gelinas and Adam Larsson at the NHL level. The team also added goal scorer Mike Cammalleri to fill a top-line need and is in position to contend....


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Sportsnet Previews The Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Jordan Heath-Rawlings of Sportsnet,

Biggest story line to watch: Can the kids grow up quickly enough to keep Mike Babcock around? The best coach in the business is in the final year of his contract, and while he’s said all the right things about staying (and GM Ken Holland has echoed him), if the team can’t improve on last season’s just-scraping-into-the-playoffs effort, he might go somewhere that offers him a better chance at a Cup. That said, there’s a lot of talent here, and if there’s a man to get the most of it, it’s Babcock.

2014-15 prediction: A slow start turns into a rolling finish as the Grand Rapids kids infiltrate the lineup even further and the Wings start simply outskating opponents with one of the league’s youngest lineups. They run through the first two rounds in six games each and find themselves tied 2-2 in the third period of Game 7 against the Penguins with a spot in the Stanley Cup Final on the line.


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Numerous Ifs For The Detroit Red Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

If Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg can have some semblance of health.

If Jimmy Howard inserts himself into the Vezina conversation.

If Gustav Nyquist (28 goals in 57 games) truly is an elite NHL scorer and Tomas Tatar can take the next step.

If Mike Babcock, who carries 415 wins and two Stanley Cups into this season, re-signs either before the season or, if he doesn’t, doesn’t become as a sideshow during the campaign.

If Anthony Mantha really is a beast and can bounce back from a fractured right tibia suffered in rookie camp.

If 2013 free agent addition Stephen Weiss (sports hernia) can make some kind of contribution.

read on

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5Hole Yahoo Fantasy Hockey League

Blog: KK Members Blog By Hootinani

We're back!  After a successful return to fantasy hockey last season, we are up and running again for 14-15.  There are only 3 spots currently open in a 10 team league, and I would love to fill those spots with KK members instead of the random Yahoo yahoos.

Some of the league setting:

  • 10 team Head to Head league 
  • Live Draft on October 5, 2014 @ 7:45
  • 5 Max Aquisitions per week
  • 3 Minimum weekly Goalie Appearances
  • All Trades Reviewed by League
  • Roster Add/Drop Deadline is Daily, and Changes Take Effect the Next Day 
  • Positions: C, C, C, LW, LW, LW, RW, RW, RW, D, D, D, Util, Util, G, G, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, IR+,     IR+, IR+
  • Scoring: G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, SHP, GWG, Wins, SV%, SHO

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Jonathan Drouin Has A Fractured Thumb

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Filed in: NHL Teams, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jonathan+drouin

Detroit’s Lineup For Tonight’s Preseason Game In Chicago

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are the Red Wings' line combinations and defense pairings:

Johan Franzen-Henrik Zetterberg-Gustav Nyquist

Justin Abdelkader-Stephen Weiss-Kevin Porter

Teemu Pulkkinen-Luke Glendening-Mitch Callahan

Andrej Nestrasil-Tomas Nosek-Landon Ferraro

Danny DeKeyser-Jakub Kindl

Kyle Quincey-Brendan Smith

Brian Lashoff-Aaron Rome

Jonas Gustavsson (first two periods)

Petr Mrazek (third period)

Game is at 8:30pm ET and no local TV.  Game is on CSN+ in Chicago.

A minor injury update below...

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Those Preseason Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Gentille of The Sporting News,

Hockey will be back in a few weeks, and that's pretty rad. Right now, we get "hockey."

Preseason games mean something to the guys who are playing in them, and the people who work at the arena, and the media that covers day-to-day events of the teams that are involved, and some of the people in the stands. For me — whose job consists in no small part of stuff like this — they mean nothing. I must create my own meaning. Life is what you make of it!

5:55 — On my way to Consol Energy Center for Penguins-Red Wings. However I felt on the ice at Staples Center in June, this is the opposite. I love hockey and I love my job. Just not in late September.

6:15 — Some scalpers a block down Fifth Avenue are yapping because they can't get $30 for their tickets. People will totally pay $20, though. Totally.


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Red Wings morning news: on Hicketts, Ferraro, Nyquist and a kind-of-sort-of Wings-Hawks preview

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings will take to the ice at Centre Ice Arena for one last time this morning (pre-game skate from 10:30-11:15 AM; non-game-day-player skate from 11:30-12:15 [or later?]) ahead of tonight's exhibition game in Chicago (8:30 PM EDT on CSN CH+ or The Game 88.7 FM in Chicago, "alternate means" for the rest of us; sorry for listing the start as 8 PM earlier).

Hopefully we'll find out good news regarding Pavel Datsyuk, who suffered some sort of shoulder injury in the Wings' 2-1 exhibition win over Pittsburgh last night.

The other "intrigue" (if you can call it that) involves the status of Wings camp try-out Joe Hicketts and whether the Wings have signed him to an entry-level contract (he's apparently got to be either signed by the time the NHL season begins or he goes back into the draft next June). He didn't practice with the team yesterday, and the Victoria Times-Colonist's Cleve Dheensaw reports that the Victoria Cougars expect the 18-year-old back in the WHL either way:

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Moulson 33rd On TSN’s Top Scorers List

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

If the prediction of one major media outlet is true, the Sabres will have only one player with more than 50 points this season.

TSN has released its 2014-15 Top 300 Projected Scorers list, and Matt Moulson tops all Sabres with 27 goals and 63 points.  That ranks him 33rd and much better than the next highest rated Sabre, Tyler Ennis (20 goals, 49 points) at 96th.

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  Tags: "tsn+fantasy+hockey", matt+moulson, tsn+top+projected+scorers

Vinny Lecavalier Wants To Forget Last Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

In his first year with the Flyers, after signing a five-year deal for $22.5 million, Lecavalier managed 20 goals but just 37 points after 14 mostly productive seasons with Tampa Bay.

"It's easy to look back and make excuses, but whatever happened, happened," Lecavalier said before he scored one of the Flyers' four power-play goals as their split-squad team beat Washington, 5-4, Monday at the Wells Fargo Center.

"I was put on left wing and I should have been better. It was the first time I ever played that position, but at the same time, you have to try to adapt quicker. Obviously, I didn't. But now's a new year and I want to move on from last year. Right now, I'm in the middle and I'm very comfortable there. It's just more natural for me."

Lecavalier centered right winger R.J. Umberger and left winger Petr Straka on Monday. When the regular season opens in Boston on Oct. 8, there's a good chance that Michael Raffl will replace Straka on that line.

"I'd be really happy" if the line ends up that way, said Lecavalier, who has 403 career goals and will get strong Hall of Fame consideration when he retires. "I think we're three big bodies, and I think there's some chemistry there."


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