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Fantasy Hockey Impact Of Duchene, Coyle, Dzingel, Zuccarello Trades

These four big names can either help or hurt your current fantasy hockey roster. Duchene and Dzingel were sent to Columbus, Coyle to Boston and Zuccarello to Dallas for those that did not know.

Duchene and Dzingel in Columbus:

Duchene has been playing with Panarin and Atkinson on the first line this could hurt Atkinson and Panarin or help, right now through two games the three have combined for 2 goals, 3 assists. I think with Duchene on the first line it definitely reduces Atkinson and Panarin impact a little but not by much that you would need to worry. For Duchene, I would say monitor the situation, he is playing power play two, first line minutes for now but having Atkinson a goal-scorer and Panarin and a player-maker, if Duchene finds himself in front of the net he will find a lot of points.

Dzingel now could really hurt players like Josh Anderson and Nick Foligno. As projected Dzingel is playing with Pierre Luc-Dubois and Oliver Bjorkstrand. Anderson-Foligno-Jenner are now third line forwards for the Blue Jackets and their stock definitely drops a bit. Dzingel stock rises definitely as Luc-Dubois is having a great year as well as Dzingel is playing power play two minutes.

Coyle to Boston: 

This one could help or hurt Coyle’s stock as he will be a third line center for now until David Pastrnak returns. I would say it makes sense to play Coyle on the right side with Krejci to start in Boston for him to acclimated and confident with his new team. Now, if Coyle does play third line minutes the rest of the season he is going to be playing with Danton Heinen (when Pasta returns) and David Backes therefore he is not even worth the look. BUT like I said watch the situation and see where Coyle is once Pastrnak gets back.

Zuccarello in Dallas: 

The long-time and beloved Mats Zuccarello leaves the only team he has known for a much quitter setting in Dallas. But, Zuccarello will finally get to play with one of the top players in the NHL, Jamie Benn. Zuccarello being the player he is, a pass first, play-maker type of guy then I’d except Zuccarello’s stock to definitely increase playing with guys like Tyler Seguin, Alexander Radulov and Jamie Benn, Zuccarello may be in a different place but he will have an immediate impact.

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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.

 

Can These Fantasy Hockey Players Bounce Back After A Slow First Half?

1. Patrik Laine: It was not a disappointing first half but it definitely was not a successful first half for Laine and Laine owners. Patrik Laine had just 34 points in 48 games (25G, 9A). He has scored just two times in the last 12 games and just four points in that span as well. Laine has struggled to be consistent this year, he has not found as much power play success and seems to be a spitting image of Alex Ovechkin early in his career. All offense no defense. If the Jets continue on their tear and take over first place in the Central Laine will definitely need to do more than he did the first half.

2. Jamie Benn: The Stars superstar forward has been facing a lot of criticism as of late from Dallas ownership and it seems like it has got to his head a little. Perhaps some time off and some time away from the game Benn can re-coop and get back at it in the second half. The Stars need this guy to turn it up a notch if they want to make a serious playoff push. Benn had 18 goals and 16 assists in 48 games.

3. Anze Kopitar: It seems as if there is no shot the Kings will make a push for the playoffs and again Kopitar seems to be a reason for the Kings lack of success, not the only reason but partial. Kopitar is having another down-year in a sense although it is not as bad as his 2016-17 year, he has not been very consistent for the Kings this year. He has 14 goals and 20 assists in 49 games this year.

4. William Karlsson: The Knights one-time 40-goal scorer and top forward on their team has not been playing like he did last year. He has just 32 points in 52 games and if the Golden Knights want to be a threat heading into the playoffs Karlsson will need to pick it up. He has struggled on the power play this year as well and has not found much success 5 on 5 either.

5. Brayden Schenn: Essentially any St. Louis player can be on this list besides Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron but Schenn had an unforgettable 2017-18 season and has come out real slow this year. In 45 games he has just 27 points compared to last year he had 70 points in 82 games. 70 points is not happening this year but he can turn it around if him and his line mates catching fire and the Blues as a whole playing a little more consistent.

Fantasy Hockey Top Players Of The Week (Dec.17th- Dec. 23rd)

Bryan Rust: The Penguins picked up some wins and so did Rust in terms of fantasy value. Rust plays a very similar style game to Patric Hornqvist, realistically when Hornqvist age starts to show they will not need to worry about replacing him. Rust had himself a big week collecting 4 goals and 2 assists (two game winning goals) in four games this week. Rust has now tallied 8 goals in the last seven games. On the year he has 9 goals and 9 assists. This is a player you will won’t to monitor all year.

Brad Marchand: Marchand is probably happy to have Patrice Bergeron back, the first game back with Bergeron Marchand collected 1 goal and 2 assists, on the week Marchand had 2 goals and 6 assists. Marchand now has 12 goals and 29 assists on the year.

Cam Atkinson: The Blue Jackets only 20 goal scorer and top forward is doing what he does best. Atkinson scored 4 goals this week in four games, two coming vs Philadelphia. Atkinson now has 23 goals and 15 assists on the year. It seems like a 40-goal year for Atkinson.

Morgan Reilly: What a week for Reilly, he sure is making his case for the Norris heard this year. Reilly had 3 goals and 6 assists in four games this week, picking up 4 assists vs Florida and a point or more in every game this week. Reilly has tallied a point in every game for the last 12 games besides one. Reilly now has 13 goals and 31 assists on the year.

Andrea Johnsson: With Zach Hyman hitting the injured reserve (IR) Johnsson was playing with John Tavares and Mitch Marner, picking up more minutes and a bigger role. On the week Johnsson had one goal and 3 assists in four games this week. Johnsson had all four points come in the last two games of the week. He now has 8 goals and 9 assists on the year.

Jordan Eberle: To snap a six-game drought, Eberle collect a goal and an assist vs Colorado (Dec. 17th), on the week Eberle had one goal and three assists. Eberle went pointless in the Islanders Sunday game vs Dallas but he picked up a point or more in every game from Dec. 17th to December 20th. Eberle now has 7 goals and 10 assists on the year.

Free Agents Trending up: Alex Iafallo, Nick Schmaltz, Dylan Strome, Alex Galchenyuk, Eric Gustafsson 

 

Fantasy Hockey News; Injury Updates, Trending players and more!

Injury Update: 

John Klingberg was finally activated off the injury reserved (IR) after being out since November 14th. Klingberg entered a tough game where the Stars lost 5-2 to Chicago. Klingberg managed to log 26 shifts, 24:30 minutes time on ice, with 2 shots but a -3 plus/minus.

It was released that Zach Hyman will miss 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury. Hyman has 7 goals and 8 assists on the year, this means that Connor Brown and Andreas Johnsson get a promotion in minutes now.

The Carolina Hurricanes welcomed back Jordan Staal (concussion) and Michael Ferland (concussion) to the line up Thursday night. The Hurricanes ended up losing 3-1 to Detroit. Staal managed 22 shifts, 17:49 time on ice, 2 shots and -2 plus/minus. Where Ferland managed 21 shifts, 15:57 time on ice, 1 shot and -1 plus/minus.

Nick Bjugstad did not play Thursday night but is said to be eyeing a Saturday return. Bjugstad has 4 goals and 6 assists on the year.

Matt Duchene is said to be returning to the Senators line up Friday. Duchene has missed six games recovering from a lower-body injury. Duchene has been the Senators top forward this season with 12 goals and 22 assists in 29 games.

Max Pacioretty cannot seem to find his way healthy this season. Monday night it was said that Pacioretty was banged up causing him to leave the game and the Golden Knights have placed Pacioretty on the IR for an undisclosed injury. The Knights called up Brandon Pirri from the AHL and Pacioretty’s return is unknown right now.

Ilya Kovalchuk will return to the Kings line up Saturday. Kovalchuk has missed almost three weeks he is returning sooner than expected (4 weeks) after under going a procedure to his ankle. Kovalchuk has 5 goals and 9 assists in 25 games this season.

Trending free agents: 

Bryan Rust: The Penguins new Patric Hornqvist esq player seems to filling that role quite well. Rust has 5 goals, 1 assist, 2 game-winning goals and 17 shots on net over the last week of play.

Eric Gustafsson: The Blackhawks power play leading defenseman seems to be finding his role on the Blackhawks blue line. Gustafsson has 3 goals, 2 assists and 2 power play points in his last week of play. He now has 8 goals and 10 assists on the year.

Kevin Hayes: The Rangers most consistent forward this season, Hayes seems to be playing with a chip on his shoulder or looking to impress NYR management to stay in New York. Hayes has 2 goals, 4 assists and 3 power play points in the last week of play. He now has 9 goals and 18 assists on the year.

Alexander Edler: The Canucks veteran defenseman is finding his way onto the scoresheet at a consistent rate now. Edler has tallied 5 assists and one goal in the last six games. Edler has 3 goals and 11 assists on the year.

Josh Bailey: The Islanders top forward is not on the same tear he was on last year but he is a consistent force in this line up. Bailey has tallied an assist in 7 of the Islanders last 10 games. Bailey now has 7 goals and 21 assists on the year.

 

 

Fantasy Hockey News: Rakell, Miller, Klefbom out, Hornqvist hits the IR, Shattenkirk, Anisimov out and more!

Injuries:

Rickard Rakell: Is currently listed to miss “at least a few weeks” with a sprained ankle. This could 2-3 or 3-4 probably it won’t exceed anything more than 2-3 weeks I’d imagine. Rakell had 5 goals and 15 assists on the year playing top-three minutes.

Ryan Miller: Out with a sprained MCL expected to miss six weeks at least. Perhaps more due to Miller’s age. This does not affect the Ducks or your roster much but the Ducks did add Chad Johnson off waivers.

Oscar Klefbom: Just went Klefbom was getting things going and back to his 2016-17 season self, he now is expected to miss several weeks, the injury is just disclosed as a “hand injury” therefore we don’t know the severity of it. Expect to see Klefbom out for about 4-5 weeks.

Patric Hornqvist: The 31-year-old and Penguins top-six forward is listed on the injured reserve with an upper-body injury. Due to the vagueness of the injury it can be only a short period of time. As of now it seems Hornqvist injury is not a concussion but coach Mike Sullivan did say

“We were hoping he would progress faster, but that hasn’t happened,” said coach Mike Sullivan. “Right now he’s status quo – day-to-day with an upper body injury.”

Kevin Shattenkirk: Out at least two weeks a maximum of four weeks it seems with a separated shoulder. Shattenkirk was skating on the third d-pair and second power play. This is not a major loss for a young Rangers team that is doing fairly well but a blow to Shattenkirk’s confidence. On the year he has 1 goal and 7 assists.

Artem Anisimov: Is out indefinitely with a concussion. There is never a timetable to return on concussion being that it is very person-to-person based. But with Anisimov out Dylan Sikura gets called up from the AHL.

Michael Ferland: He was taken out of Tuesday game with a concussion, he was not feeling well and sat the rest of the game. He has been back and forth right now for the last week and this exit recently means he will miss the next two games for Carolina and re-evaluated soon.

Nearing returns;

Matt Murray: The Penguins two-time Stanley Cup champion has not been able to stay healthy for nearly a year and a half now. He has missed the last three and a half weeks (out since November 17th). Murray was activated off the IR and is said to be the Penguins no.2 goaltender moving forward. I would expect a very small role out of Murray over the next two weeks.

Paul Statsny: The veteran center is nearing a return, he has missed 29 games this season. Statsny practiced today and stayed with the extras but it seems Gerrard Gallant is monitoring the situation and will give a game-time decision on Statsny. When back, which is probably going to be the weekend he is expected to play with Max Pacioretty and Alex Tuch.

 

 

Fantasy Hockey Players of the week (Dec. 3rd-9th)

Johnny Gaudreau: It seems this kid is involved in every Calgary scoring play. The Flames five-game win streak that just ended Sunday night was in large part due to Johnny Hockey’s production. In the four games the Flames played this week Gaudreau had 2 goals and 6 assists. Gaudreau has been a big reason why the Flames are first in the West right now. On the year Gaudreau has 12 goals and 27 assists.

Elias Pettersson: Same as Gaudreau, every scoring play the Canucks have Pettersson is involved in. On the week Pettersson 2 goals and 6 assists. His big game coming vs St. Louis where he tallied 5 points, but every game this week Pettersson had a point. On the year this makes it now 15 goals and 15 assists for the rookie and clear Calder favorite.

Steven Stamkos: This is the first time Stammer gets on the list but Stamkos and the Lightning have had themselves a nice last two weeks. On a current six-game win streak, over the last week though Stammer managed 4 goals and 3 assists, picking up four points in the Lightning’s 7-1 win over Colorado. Stamkos has 12 goals and 18 assists on the year.

Jake Gardiner: If I am not mistaking this is the first defenseman to make the list. Gardiner is a very underrated offensive defenseman, his 2 goals do not speak for his offensive ability but Gardiner is a big part of this Leafs offensive success. Gardiner on the week had a point in every game, 1 goal and 5 assists, despite the Leafs two loses of their three games Gardiner managed to be productive for your fantasy team. On the year Gardiner now has 2 goals and 15 assists.

Gustav Nyquist: A name you probably have not heard in some time probably but Nyquist is a big part of the Red Wings offense, without his production and veteran leadership the Red Wings would not be as competitive. On the week Nyquist managed a point in every game managing 3 goals and 3 assists in three games this week. Nyquist now has 7 goals and 20 assists on the year.