2014 Fantasy Hockey Daily Fix, October 28th 2014

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Tonight is an extremely big day in the NHL with 12 games on the slate. There is some big news with regards to skaters returning/departing from lineups today, so let’s go over them quickly. If you are a new user to Draft Kings please use this link to sign up!

Eric Staal returns to the lineup for the Carolina Hurricanes tonight against Vancouver. This is an absolutely huge deal for the Hurricanes, as they’ve been without the centerman for five games due to an upper-body injury. It’s unclear just how effective Staal will be in his first game back — he could be quite rusty, nevertheless this is a much needed addition for Carolina.

Cam Atkinson returns to the lineup for the Columbus Blue Jackets after missing Sunday’s game against the Kings. Atkinson narrowly avoided disaster on Saturday night when a collision with Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Kesler left Atkinson inches away from a skate cutting his eye. Atkinson is a much-needed sparkplug for a Blue Jackets team that needs to prove they aren’t just a one line team.

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2014 Fantasy Hockey Daily Fix, October 25th 2014

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Thursday was quite painful, as eight of my nine lineups would’ve cashed in the $27 GPP, with 38 points minimum, had silly Mason Raymond been involved in any of the five Calgary goals in their 5-0 victory over the hapless Hurricanes, but today is a new day thankfully.

There are ten games on tonight’s slate, which is why I opened with a comparison to the Thursday slate. Hidden in the humble brag, is the fact that you really need a lot of points to cash GPPs (less in cash games) on big slates, so it’s all about hitting on the right players. Without further ado, let’s take a look at tonight’s big slate.

The main event on Draft Kings tonight is their $15,000 guaranteed Face-off tournament with a $27 entry fee. In addition, you can win tickets to the Millionaire Maker tournament, which is looking at a ton of overlay. If you are a new user to Draft Kings please use this link to sign up!

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2014 Fantasy Hockey, Daily Fix: October 24th 2014

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Just a five game slate this weekend, but there’s still some great action going on over at Draft Kings. If you are a new user to Draft Kings please use this link to sign up! The main event tonight is a $10,000 Face-off GPP with a $27 entry fee

*Note this is a FREE PREVIEW of what the articles behind our pay wall look like* Enjoy!

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2014-15 Fantasy Hockey: Buy Low Candidates

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Nathan MacKinnon
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Sometimes in fantasy hockey, one man’s junk, is another man’s treasure. Disappointment early on in a season can cause fantasy owners to trade away players who are off to a terrible start.  Some players will have a disappointing year, while others will turn it around and help fantasy owners win a championship. Let’s take a look at some players who are buy-low candidates early on this season.

Nathan MacKinnon | Colorado Avalanche | Center

The reining rookie of the year is off to a slow start this year. MacKinnon has just three assists so far this season and is a minus-3. The Colorado Avalanche are off to a slow start, so its understandable to see his production down to this point, but fantasy owners off to a tough start may not see it like that. The 19-year-old will turn it around and is a perfect candidate to target in a trade early on.

Brad Marchand | Boston Bruins | Left Wing

Marchand falls into the same category as MacKinnon. The left-winger has three points (1G, 2A) and is a minus-2 in nine games so far this season. The two-time world junior champion is going to get back on track, just like the Boston Bruins, so this slump to start the season is only temporary. There’s no reason to think that Marchand can’t reproduce his point total from last year, even with the slow start. He may already be on the waiver wire, and if so, he definitely deserves to be scooped up.

Thomas Vanek | Minnesota Wild | Left Wing

Vanek is off to a bit of a slow start this year. The Austrian has only two assists in five games so far this season with 13 shots. The former fifth overall pick in 2004 has always had good starts to his season, so this is a bit of a problem for fantasy owners who used a relatively high draft pick on him. The 30-year-old has too much skill to be in a slump like this for long, and playing with Zac Parise and Jason Pominville on the power play will only help him get back on the right track. Look for Vanek to turn it around soon.

Alexander Semin | Carolina Hurricanes | Right Wing

Semin has been a fantasy disappointment so far this season. The Russian has two assists and is a minus-5 in six games. Fantasy owners, who took a risk on Semin drafting him early, are certainly not pleased with his performance so far. The talented sniper could possibly find himself on the waiver wire if this trend continues, but his ability to score goals will have some fantasy owners taking the risk on him. He’s definitely worth buying low on if available as we wait for him to get hot.

Anze Kopitar | Los Angeles Kings | Center

The two-time Stanley Cup champion is off to a difficult start this season. Kopitar has two points (1G, 1A) and a minus-1 rating in six games this season. The L.A captain’s average draft position this year was round two, so fantasy owners might be a bit concerned with the Slovenians production to date. Someone will try to sell Kopitar below his actual value, and fantasy owners should pounce on that opportunity. The 27-year-old will get back on tack soon, so buy low while you still have a chance.

2014 Fantasy Hockey Daily Fix, October 23rd, 2014

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It’s another big day in the National Hockey League, with half of the teams playing tonight. The featured event tonight on Draft Kings is the $20,000 Guaranteed Face-off. The buy-in is just $27, and the payout structure is excellent, with just over 25% of the prize pool going to the winner. If you are a new user to Draft Kings please use this link to sign up!

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2014 Fantasy Hockey Daily Fix, October 21st, 2014

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Tonight is the big night for the NHL, as it’s Light The Lamp night on Draft Kings. If you are a new user to Draft Kings please use this link to sign up! There is $75,000 in guaranteed money on the line here tonight, and my guidance should help you find your way to a strong cash, and hopefully a Top-10!

Let’s get to work.
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2014 Fantasy Hockey: Week 2 Studs ‘n Duds

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The second week of NHL hockey is in the books and some players are off to a hot start, while others are still trying to find their game early in the year. Some players will help GM’s get out to an early lead in fantasy hockey, while others could find themselves in danger of being cut from rosters. Let’s take a look at some players having early season success, or difficulties, in week two of fantasy hockey “Stud ‘n Duds.”

Studs

Wayne Simmonds | Philadelphia Flyers | Right Wing

Simmonds has had an excellent start to his 2014-2015 season. In five games, Simmonds has seven points (5G, 2A) and is a plus-3 with 18 shots. The Scarborough native is averaging a nice 4:33 of powerplay time on the first unit and could see him improve on his numbers from last year if the trend continues. He’s an excellent play every time the Flyers play. [Read more...]

2014 Fantasy Hockey Daily Fix, October 18th, 2014

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There’s lots of big NHL action going on over at Draft Kings tonight, including multiple satellites for their big “$75,000 Guaranteed Light the Lamp” tournament that takes place on Tuesday October 21st. If you are a new Draft Kings user make sure to sign up here.

Tonight is a beautiful slate of games, and most importantly we can ignore the silly and hard to predict San Jose Sharks! Let’s get started.

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2014 Fantasy Hockey Daily Fix, October 17th, 2014

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There’s lots of big NHL action going on over at Draft Kings tonight, including multiple satellites for their big “$75,000 Guaranteed Light the Lamp” tournament that takes place on Tuesday October 21st. If you are a new Draft Kings user make sure to sign up here.

Confirmed goaltenders:

Karri Ramo (CGY) vs Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ)

Roberto Luongo (FLA) vs. Jhonas Enroth (BUF)

Jimmy Howard (DET) vs James Reimer (TOR) – Reimer is currently listed as PROBABLE

Pekka Rinne (NSH) – PROBABLE vs Ondrej Pavelec (WPG)

Ryan Miller (VAN) - PROBABLE vs Ben Scrivens (EDM) (PROBABLE)

Darcy Kuemper (MIN) - PROBABLE vs Frederik Andersen (ANA) 

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2014 Fantasy Hockey Daily Fix, October 16th 2014

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There’s lots of big NHL action going on over at Draft Kings tonight, including multiple satellites for their big “$75,000 Guaranteed Light the Lamp” tournament that takes place on Tuesday October 21st. If you are a new Draft Kings user make sure to sign up here.

Let’s take a look at tonight’s NHL slate of games.

There’s only one team on a back-to-back tonight: the Boston Bruins. Right now we can safely assume that all teams in action tonight, other than the Bruins, are a shoe-in to start their #1 goaltender. *Note, Anton Khudobin is starting for Carolina, in case there was any doubt who their #1 actually is. Also, Alex Stalock is starting for the Sharks.*

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