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Fantasy Hockey Buy Low, High Reward Players As The Trade Deadline Nears

The NHL trade deadline is nearing in but so is the Fantasy Hockey trade deadline. Which means if you are a contending team looking to make a run at the holy grail of Fantasy Hockey trophies. You need to start thinking about re-vamping your roster a bit for that playoff push.

The Fantasy Hockey regular season has three weeks left until playoffs (for most leagues) therefore the clock is ticking peeps! Here are my top five options for players you can buy at a low price right now that can provide some big dividends to your roster come playoff time.

Buy Low, High Reward Fantasy Players: 

  • Pierre Luc-Dubois: A guy that is not well known around the league just yet therefore if you do not already have him the person who does have him probably does not value his worth so much and could be willing to sell for a relatively low price. Luc-Dubois is already the Blue Jackets #2 center, in-front of the net power play threat and has been a consistent forward all year. He 21 goals and 28 assists on the year. With the talk of Artemi Panarin possibly on the move, Luc-Dubois will be even more valuable if Panarin does leave.
  • David Krejci: The Bruins #2 center, power play option and always the guy to be used when that line one is broken up. Krejci has filled in on the power pay for Pastrnak since he is out and picked up a par of points already. With Pastrnak out for the next 2 weeks it will be useful to have Krejci. On the year he has 14 goals nd 32 assists.
  • Chris Kreider: For the sole reason that 80% of the Rangers goals and points come from the line this guy is on I’d say he is a good buy. Kreider is having one of his best years to date and it seems as if he is not slowing down. On the year he has 24 goals and 19 assists. He is not a big name and even if other teams do know of Kreider they probably do not value him as much as he could be worth. Definitely a solid buy low option.
  • Sam Reinhart: With the Sabres making a push for the playoffs these next couple of weeks for them are going to be important. Reinhart plays a big role in their offense and when he is scoring and producing the Sabres are successful. Due to Jack Eichel, Jeff Skinner, Rasmus Dahlin, Rasmus Ristolainen Reinhart fly’s a little under the radar. A team may be willing to sell this guy for a low price.
  • William Nylander: After Nylander signed his big contract he went in a bit of a slump and some owners may ready to sell this guy or are even fed up with him. But he has been a lot better in his most recent games collecting 7 assists and 2 goals in his last 11 games. He has 8 assists and 3 goals on the year in 28 games. A player you could possibly say “look he has not been good all year, he is just hot right now” to convince the other owner, throw in a second round pick even too. Nylander is just catching fire and could be a great buy for owners.

 

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A Look At The New York Rangers Upcoming Road Trip

The New York Rangers have touched down in Denver, Colorado to begin their three-game road trip. The Rangers are coming into this road trip having dropped three of their last ten in regulation but another four in overtime/shootout. The Rangers have won just three games in their last ten games and to make matters worse they are not a favorable road team. Posting a 6-10-2 record on the road, and of their last ten games four have come on the road, in which they have lost two and won two (Nashville, St. Louis). Despite a big win in Nashville the other week, the Rangers have not done a great job in terms of scoring. In their last ten they have averaged, 2.3 goals per game, while allowing 3.3 goals per game. Sure, Penguins scoring seven Wednesday night does not help the case but even so they still have allowed 2.89 goals per game.

The Rangers head to Colorado Friday night, a team that is struggling greatly, on a six-game skid, 2-5-3 in their last ten and not playing the Colorado hockey we saw earlier in the year. They then travel to Arizona Sunday for an afternoon game vs a team that is subpar at home (7-12-1 at the moment) and cap the trip with one of the better home teams and best team of the three in this trip, Vegas Tuesday night. Vegas has lost three games at home this season (at the moment 13-3-3) and is starting to become the team we saw go on a immaculate run last season.

The big takeaway for this Rangers team and this road trip is be better than last road trip which they lost 2 of 3 and two of those games lost were to the leagues worst. Point two, how this young team responds to a rather difficult task at hand. This is not bizarre to see a team travel for three-straight away games but they get rest and a day in between each game yet with this young line up we will see how they fair in the thick of the schedule.

I would honestly expect the Rangers to take 2 of 3 this trip, the Avalanche struggling a win Friday is possible, a win in Arizona is more than possible and a loss to Vegas is likely. But at the same time the Rangers could lose all three, get a struggling Colorado team that needs a win badly, an Arizona team that is no cake-walk and the best home team in the NHL in Vegas. It will be interesting, that is why as writers we just sit here, drink a beer, relax and let the players do the playing.

Players to watch…

Kevin Hayes, Hayes is coming off a 8-point streak that was snapped vs St. Louis December 31st but this season Hayes has been one of the Rangers overall best players. He has 10 goals, 23 assists in 39 games and has honestly been the most noticeable and all around best player for the Rangers this season.

Neal Pionk-Marc Staal combination, the Rangers number one d-pairing has been to the test this season and it has been very surprising to see Staal’s game elevated this season and Pionk rise to the occasion. Pionk has 5 goals and 14 assists on the season with a -2 plus/minus rating and 12 power play points While Staal has 3 goals and 7 assists (already surpassed his total of 8 pts from last year) with a +1 plus/minus and zero power play points.

Chris Kreider, the 20 goal scorer has been involved in every Rangers scoring play it seems this year. Kreider has finally started to use his speed and quick shot to his advantage this year and keeping his game a little simpler than he has in years past. It will be interesting to see how Kreider comes out this trip.

Dan Quinn, the Rangers new head coach and former college coach has taken this team above expectations thus far, posting a 17-15-7 (41 points) record, eight points behind the last wild card spot and not dead last in the division or conference. He has head-scratching moments when he constantly shifts lines, dresses Cody McLeod more often than not, plays Filip Chytil on the fourth line, etc. But overall he has done a good job but this road trip will be a nice test for the young head coach and we’ll see how he can rally the troops to play on the road for three-straight.

Rangers upcoming schedule after road trip before All-Star break: 

New York Islanders @ MSG

New York Islanders @ Coliseum

Columbus Blue Jackets @ Nation Wide Arena

Carolina Hurricanes @ MSG

Chicago Blackhawks @ MSG

Boston Bruins @ TD Garden

 

 

Rangers earn 13th win over Ottawa Senators off goals from Andersson, Staal and Kreider

The New York Rangers people, sure it was a win over the Ottawa Senators but it is extremely satisfying to see this team score goals and have it done by people of all different names. As well as seeing this team play as a unit, everyone chip in and never give up or look out of it. 

The Rangers picked up their 13th win of the year vs the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden winning 4-2. It was a back and forth game until the end. The Rangers and Senators combined for 64 shots on net total, Rangers with 33, Senators with 31, neither team scored a power play goal as the Rangers went 0/4 and Senators 0/2. Despite the numerous turnovers between the two, the Rangers managed to pull ahead in this game and take control of third place in the Metropolitan division. 

First period scoring

Tonight’s scoring led off with Marc Staal (1). The play originally starts with a Staal shot that got blocked into the corner, Staal followed his shot kicked it to Mika Zibanejad behind the net, as Zib walked the front, Staal was back door waiting for a one-timer, where he netted the first goal of the game and of the year for him. The second goal of the game and the Senators first to tie it at one a piece was off the only Senator goal scorer of the night. Mark Stone, who led the rush in the zone and made a beautiful saucer pass to Brady Tkachuk coming in late to the zone, Tkachuk just threw it to the net as Stone cleaned up garbage for his 10th of the year. There was nothing in the second period just an even period where both teams registered 9 shots on net. 

Third period scoring

The third opened with nothing in the first 3.5 minutes until the Rangers struck first to make it 2-1 off a Lias Andersson goal and Ryan Strome assist. Music to Rangers fan ears. Andersson scored his first of the year off Strome’s second assist with the Rangers. This was an odd goal as it came off a shot from and just happened to bank off Andersson’s back and just like that the Rangers went up 2-1. Not a pretty way to score your first of the year but a goal is a goal for the young Rangers forward. The next goal was the Rangers to make it 3-1, off a two on one, Filip Chytil with Chris Kreider a simple, saucer pass over the defenseman right on Kreider’s stick made it 3-1 and Kreider’s 13th of the year, as well as the game winning goal. Senators scored late but it would not be enough. Mark Stone scored his second of the night but the Rangers would eventually score an empty netter to seal the deal and make it 4-2. 

Rangers can thank Henrik Lundqvist for his 29 save performance helping the Rangers get their 13th win and Hank’s 9th win of the year. Lundqvist improves to 9-7-2 on the year and a .927 save percentage. The Rangers hit the road to play in Ottawa on Thursday and Montreal on Saturday before returning home to face the Jets on Sunday. 

All around a gritty win for the Rangers getting insurance from Andersson, Staal and having their top performers show up when they need it most is exactly what has made the Rangers successful. The Rangers top players are there when they need them, Lundqvist is playing great and their role players are chipping in when it is needed. Another win, and another Ranger prospect making a mark on the game.

Fantasy Hockey Players Of The Week (Nov.12-18); Atkinson earns #1 spot, Kreider sneaks on the list.. and more!

Cam Atkinson: Well, welcome Cam. It seems as if when this guy went down he disappeared, but this is a huge week for Cam and the Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets have stormed into first place in the Metropolitan division with five wins in their last six games. And a lot of that came off the stick of Cam Atkinson and his 8 points this week. Atkinson scored a hattrick in Columbus’s last win over Carolina and has scored in the last four games. On the week he scored 5 goals with 3 assists and 2 power play points. Here he comes. 

Chris Kreider: A player that is available in 40% of leagues by the way. Kreider and the Rangers have been off to a surprising start. Kreider scored 3 goals with 3 assists this week in the Rangers two of three wins this week. Kreider now has 11 goals and 7 assists on the year. For you information he plays four times this week…

Matt Dumba: The defenseman getting involved, Dumba had 3 goals on the week with 2 assists and 19 shots on goal. Dumba is a sure over looked defenseman that does not get enough credit for what he does. Tallying 5 points this week and 23+ minutes a game Dumba is quickly becoming one of the top d-men in the league. He now has 8 goals and 5 assists on the year. 

Mitch Marner: On the Leafs West Coast sweep and with Auston Matthews out, Marner stepped up big time this week. In the Leafs three wins this he had a point in every game. Marner totaled 1 goal and 5 assists on the week bringing his total to already 20 assists on the year and 6 goals. Marner is on pace for 80+ assists. 

Joe Pavelski: The guy is back and in the hunt for the Rocket Richard now. Pavelski does not do a ton of helping on goals, but he does his fair share of burying the biscuit. Pavelski has 13 goals on the year and 3 assists. The Sharks two wins this week Pavelski had a 2 goals in both of them and in their one loss he scored also. Pavelski had 5 goals and 1 assist on the week. The Sharks can see another 35+ goal year form Pavelski for the first time in 2.5 years. 

Rangers look to snap Columbus’s 8-game win streak

What an up and down year this Rangers team has had thus far, they started out the season on a huge skid, if I remember correctly it took 10 or so games to collect their first win. They slowly started to play better after that, but after being hit with the injury bug, some top guys playing through injuries, the Rangers were faced with some unforeseen decisions. Well, the trade deadline came around and the Rangers started shipping everyone. And since then they have been playing some of their best hockey too! Even with top forward Rick Nash, JT Miller, Michael Grabner or top defenseman/captain Ryan McDonagh or top four defensemen Nick Holden the Rangers certainly look much worse on paper now, but when it comes to the win column, they are 5-2-3 in their last ten games.

Rangers Kreider-Zibanejad connection…

The Rangers have welcomed back Chris Kreider as of recently and with the emergence of the speedy, shifty forward the Rangers offense has had a nice “spark” to it. Since returning to the lineup February 23, Kreider has tallied 8 assists, 2 goals, 3 power play points and 21 shots on net. Plus since Kreider has joined the club again, Mika Zibanejad has enjoyed playing alongside the speedy winger, tallying 5 goals in his last 4 games and 8 points in 5 games. Zibanejad-Kreider duo has been something exciting to watch, and we probably all can recall the goal Zibanjad scored assisted by Kreider. For those that have not seen it, check this out, but before you do. Fair warning view discretion is advised.

Aside from these two, the Rangers probable back up goaltender Alexander Georgiev has been a really nice supplement to give Lundqvist some much needed time off. In his last 4 starts he has picked up 2 wins but has allowed at least 3 or more goals in the last four starts. The play of Georgiev has not been superb, but it has been enough to give the Rangers some life in games.

Some minor news also out of the Rangers organization is that prospect defenseman Ryan Lindgren who they received in a trade from Boston, is expected to sign soon. Also, Liass Andersson and Filip Chytil are expected to be brought up very soon. The Rangers first round draft picks of 2017, have been playing very well in Hartford, Chytil has 11-20-31 in 41 games this year and Andersson has 5-9-14 in 23 games played, and for Sweden’s league, he has 9-3-12 in 13 games.

Blue Jackets riding an 8-game win streak…

The Blue Jackets though are the story coming into tonight though they are 8-2-0 in their last ten on an 8-game win streak, coming off a huge overtime win vs the Bruins, and have been rolling ever since the trade deadline. The Blue Jackets depth on the forward end has been the biggest help here, along with Cam Atkinson and his 8 points in 8 games(4G-4A), plus the addition of Tomas Vanek has not hurt the Blue Jackets and he has tallied 3 goals, 4 assists in the recent 8-game run.

The Blue Jackets have made a case for the playoffs and with their recent win streak they now only sit tied with the Flyers for the three spot in the Metropolitan division. They were on the road Monday night vs Boston and now travel to New York to face off against the Rangers, and int heir last ten road games the Blue Jackets are 5-5, they definitely like home play better and have been unstoppable on home ice over the last month. The real key to the Blue Jackets success is there 32 goals in 8 games and during this 8-game streak, they have scored 4 or more goals in 6 of them.

This is going to be an interesting matchup the Blue Jackets and Rangers have faced off three times, making this the last time these two will meet. The season series belongs to the Blue Jackets. The home team has won each time here and the Blue Jackets last traveled to New York November 6, where they lost 5-3. The last matchup came November 17 though and a lot has changed for both clubs since then.

The expected starters are Sergei Bobrovsky who is riding a five-game win streak as of now with only 10 goals against on 153 shots (.935 SV %) and vs the Rangers Bob is 2-1-0 with a 1,67 GAA and .949 SV percentage. Rangers starter is Henrik Lundqvist who is coming off a loss vs Florida in his last start allowing three goals on 35 goals. He last lost three consecutive games while posting a 3.48 GAA and .909 SV percentage.

 

NHL Injury news and updates

Chris Kreider hits the injured reserve(IR) after leaving Wednesday nights game, playing just 5:04 of ice time. Kreider was hesitant to play Wednesday but after being cleared by team doctors, he was given the ok to play. Unfortunately, the situation did not get better and Kreider wad forced to leave the game and report to the hospital. After the hospital visit was complete, it was diagnosed that Kreider has a blood clot in his arm and is currently out indefinitely.

Mark Scheifele, hits the IR for 6-8 weeks after an apparent upper-body injury. Nobody is sure if it is a broken collarbone, shoulder dislocation, AC joint, etc but as of now, Scheifele is going to be sidelined for the next four weeks minimum and possibly more than even six weeks. This is a blow to Winnipeg as Scheifele is the one center was currently tallying 38 points(15 goals, 23 assists) in 38 games. More news on Winnipeg is that Dustin Byfuglien is currently eyeing a January 1st return and Toby Enstrom could be looking at longer.

Matt Murray is currently AGAIN listed as day-to-day, how many times can this guy be listed as day to day this year. He is currently listed with an upper-body injury and it seems like nothing serious but, Murray has not been playing like a starting goaltender and more injury news could be detrimental to the young goaltender.