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NHL Hart Memorial Trophy Nominees

This is usually an award that goes to someone who makes the biggest impact to their team but is also one of the top point scorers in the league. Last years nominees were Taylor Hall Hart TrophyClaude Giroux, Taylor Hall and Nathan MacKinnon. Giroux bounced back big time in 2017-18 to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a playoff match up. Giroux tallied 102 points (34G, 68A) in 82 games after only scoring 58 points in 82 games during the 2016-17 campaign. Nathan MacKinnon played a major role in why the Avalanche went from being the worst team in the NHL in 2016-17 to being a playoff team last season. The 23-year-old tenured forward tallied 97 points in 74 games last season, if it were not for missing eight games this award may have been his last season. MacKinnon bounced back from 53 points in 82 games to 97 in 74 games last season. The winner Taylor Hall lead the underrated, unskilled, inexperienced New Jersey Devils team to a playoff spot for the first time in almost ten years. Hall shook up the NHL with his record setting point streak last season but more importantly led the Devils in every facet of the game. Hall had 93 points in 73 games, in just his second year on the team, Hall helped put the Devils back on the map.

This years nominees are different than last years, which is a good thing. It would be hard to not mention at least the top five considerations for this trophy. Based off what last years nominees did for their club last year and what the winner Taylor Hall did for the Devils last season, we can all realize as to why these players below are being nominated for one of the more prestigious NHL awards.

  1. Mikko Rantanen (18G, 43A, 59 points in 37 games) 
  2. Connor McDavid (19G, 33A, 52 points in 35 games)
  3. Nikta Kucherov (16G, 41A, 57 points in 37 games) 
  4. Johnny Gaudreau (16G, 32A, 48 points in 37 games)
  5. Mark Scheifele (22G, 27A, 49 points in 36 games)

Mikko Rantanen has been a freak of nature this year, he has been apart of almost every Colorado win, a major reason the Avalanche are back in a playoff spot right now and continues to do it night in and night out. Sure he has Nathan MacKinnon so his accreditation is a little less valuable. But Rantanen being at 1.56 points per game is incredible.

Johnny Gaudreau has single handily (with the help of Sean Monahan) turned this Flames team around if you ever watched a Flames game, Gaudreau is by far the most impactful player on the ice for Calgary, his ability to take control of the game, create separation and just constantly be involved in every play when he is out there shows his importance to Calgary.

Connor McDavid we all know his significance to Edmonton, he has no one around him besides Leon Draisaitl (they do not always play together) but McDavid has consistently been the one of the biggest reasons all year the Oilers are hanging and fighting for a playoff spot right now. Not to mention he plays upwards of 22 minutes a game, which is unheard of from a forward.

Mark Scheifele, the Jets have tools around him but Scheifele’s presence is definitely known when he is out there and not out there. He is always scoring big goals, plays the best two way game among most centers in the league and is not just a one-sided player. Aside from his leadership Scheifele is one of the most underrated forwards in the game today.

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Fantasy Hockey Players of the Week (Nov.26-Dec.2)

Johnathan Huberdeau: The Panthers are not playing all that well this year but Hubby had himself a week. Huberdeau led the Panthers to two wins this week in four games. Huberdeau managed to record 2 goals and 7 assists on the week, recording two assists in three of the four games. Huberdeau now has 6 goals and 22 assists on the year.

Mark Scheifele: The Jets best forward through and through, Scheif had himself a great week. Scoring the game-winning goal vs the Devils Saturday night and the game winning shootout goal vs the Rangers Sunday night. On the week Scheifele had 5 goals, 3 assists and now has an even 16 goals and 16 assists. Scheif is 11th in the league in scoring and is just getting going.

Nicolas Backstrom: With a banged up Evgeny Kuznestov for a few games this week Backstrom stepped up big time and continues to be the Capitals most integral player up and down the ice. Backstrom is more known for his unbelievable play making ability and defensive play but this week Backstrom managed to score 4 goals with 4 assists also. On the year Backstrom has 10 goals and 23 assists, making him 10th in the league in assists.

Pontus Aberg: Due to Aberg’s two goals Sunday vs Washington the Ducks were able to manage a huge 4-1 comeback and win 6-5. Aberg also record a goal vs the Hurricanes in the Ducks 2-1 win, along with two assists vs Tampa Bay in the Ducks first win of the week. Aberg is trending upwards now after a big week on the year he has 9 goals and 5 assists.

Pierre-Luc Dubois: The Blue Jackets two wins this week were in large part thanks to players like Dubois. On the week the young up and coming forward had 3 goals and 3 assists. In the Jackets two wins he had 2 goals, 1 assist vs Detroit and 2 assists vs Minnesota. On the year Dubois now has 13 goals and 12 assists, watch out for this kid (he is owned in 82% of leagues also..)

 

Fantasy Hockey Top 5 players of the week (Oct.22-28)

A new edition to the website, fantasy hockey players of the week! We will do this based off points, power play points, goals, assists, shots on goal and time on ice! The first player on the first ever players of the week edition is…

  1. Anders Lee: Averaging 17:27 time on ice this week, burying 2 goals with 5 helpers playing in 3 games, his team winning two of the three. Lee played a major role in his teams success and tallying 7 points in 3 games is unreal.
  2. Mark Scheifele: Winnipeg played 4 games this week, 2 at home two on the road. A long week for Scheifele and he still managed to tally 4 goals, 3 assists and 3 power play points, while averaging 24 minutes a game. Won’t be the last for Scheifele.
  3. Ryan O’Reilly: St. Louis played 3 games this week and O’Reilly averaged 20:11 minutes a game with 2 goals and 5 assists along with 3 power play points and 12 shots on net. O’Reilly has been on a role early and seems to be loving St. Louis.
  4. Timo Meier: Being with Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl is paying off dividends for Meier in 3 games this week Meier managed to score 4 goals and tally 2 helpers with 2 power play points. Playing around 17:09 a game Meier may be a player we see more often on this list.
  5. Filip Forsberg: After a hattrick in Nashville’s 5-3 loss to Edmonton. Forsberg scored the only goals for Nashville while he managed to score a goal in the other two games this week. Forsberg now has 10 goals on the year and is gunning for hopefully reaching that 40-goal mark. This for sure will not be the last time we see Forsberg on this list.

Vegas takes 2-1 series lead off Fleury wet willy

The Jets defense was TERRIBLE last night. Going to waste no time getting into this one (#InOne),. But the Jets defense was actually horrendous. Jocob Trouba got burnt on two goals, the first from Johnathan the forehand backhand god Marchessault. Trouba literally could not keep up he fell over and made a last ditch slash effort that clearly was not going to work, that gave Vegas the lead 1-0 within the first 35 seconds of the game.

The Jets answered back eventually in the 2nd with 14 to play off a Blake Wheeler shot towards the net and Scheifele tip-in his 13th of the playoffs. Vegas took a 2-1 lead off a James Neal goal immediately following the Jets goal, a bad play by Connor Hellebycuk mishandles the puck and Erik Haula just throws the puck to the front right on Neal’s stick 2-1. Vegas scored yet again to make it 3-1 off  lead off yet another terrible Jets defensive play, James Neal came flying up the wing and Tobas Enstrom,not even transitioning to try and catch Neal, just slashed Neal’s stick easy access, shot, save Neal followed his rebound and goal 3-1.

That was game from there, Scheifele eventually scored to make it 3-2 before the third ended for his 14th goal of the playoffs. Not to mention the only other player to tally these numbers, 14 goals in 15 games was Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche when the Av’s won the cup in 1996.

Hope the game summary was fun, but there are three things I want to touch on now.

(1) Marc Andre Fluery is a character. Guy makes 33 saves in one of the biggest games of the series, closes the door late in the game with two unreal saves, back to back on Scheifele and is just unreal. Burt before that, when the scrum of the Jets Vegas was going on Fleury went up to Blake Wheeler and gave him a wet willy. From that moment on the game was over , no shot Vegas was losing. He’s also rubbing posts when the Jets hit the bar on a shot. Absolute character, have to love it.

(2) The Jets defense lost them this game. They looked slow, lost and completely out of it. The Golden Knights were hungrier and not afraid to go in the dirty areas, they don’t ratchet it up and come out to play or look alive at least they are done this team.

(3) Mark Scheifele can’t do everything, Bryan Little, Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor, Paul Stastny yeah you are playing in the Western Conference finals, 3 wins away from a Stanley Cup appearance, let’s show up here.

I’m done, be on the lookout for the Lightning vs Capitals preview!

Winnipeg Jets three keys for a win in Vegas

The Jets came out guns blazing in game one, handled business and then came back for game two and it was not the result many expected in Winnipeg. Vegas adjusted their game and took game two in Winnipeg, evening the series at one apiece. The thing that Vegas does so well and has been doing it all year they adjust their style of play very well and do it very quickly. On the back of Gerard Gallant, if I may add, is hands down coach of the year. Anyways…

Winnipeg is going to be playing two tough games in Vegas for 3 and 4. They need to take one of these two games to have a solid chance of coming out of this series because perhaps Vegas takes two on home ice, and go up 3-1, with still one game to play on home ice, we could see Vegas in the cup…

Some keys for the Jets though heading to Vegas…

(1) Play physical, quick and simple. Do not give Vegas any room to move, throw the body around often and early, and make it difficult to play their style of play. Winnipeg is going to need to drop the fancy part of their game here and just chip and chase in the beginning of the game until they wear out Vegas. Winnipeg has the depth over Vegas so use it! Getting Vegas on their heels early and getting in their face this game, making it uncomfortable for them early, like they did in game one. Then the Jets will be fine. The Jets got buried on some bad mistakes in the neutral zone in game two, tightening up that part and just getting the puck is key here for game three.

(2) Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler need to get on the board. Not saying they haven’t but game two they both had zero points and the Jets lost. Therefore these two are key to the Jets success and you can see in game one when Wheeler has time and space he will find the hole and make an opportunity. Scheifele is the leading scorer for the playoffs and when he is on and scoring the Jets are on and likely to win. Expect these two to bounce back and play a solid game three tonight.

(3) Continue powerplay success, each game this series the Jets have scored on the powerplay and when in Vegas, the chances they get like that. They need to capitalize. Chances are going to be tough to come by so when they have the opportunity to score on the powerplay they will need to do it. The Jets powerplay through two games is 3/7, which is great for the playoffs. If they can continue this powerplay success and score early in Vegas, then they will be fine.

A look at what Vegas is saying…

Vegas is the favorite for many reasons they are home, they have been unstoppable on home ice this whole year and won game two. The open right now has it -120 Winnipeg and +120 for Vegas, which if that line stays, that is crazy. Another line has Winnipeg +120 and Vegas -140 which seems more realistic, I mean Vegas is home! The now line is -115 Winnipeg and +120 Vegas. This is subject change, based on the numbers of bets coming in for each team so monitor that. The over/under is 5.5 goals. The crazy thing though, based on other sites it is saying right now at the moment, Winnipeg is +120 to about +125 across 13 different sites while Vegas is -130 to -140 across those sites as well. This is an odd trend, Winnipeg has 81 percent bets locked on them right now while Vegas has 65 percent. The books are saying Winnipeg as the favorite here tonight, which I would not disagree with, to be honest.

Vegas Golden Knights vs Winnipeg Jets: The Unexcpted Western Conference Finals

The Winnipeg Jets toppled the Predators game seven in Nashville, marking three of four wins on Nashville’s home ice and now move on to play Vegas in the Conference finals. The winner moves onto the Stanley Cup. The Jets record thus far is 8-4 through two rounds, as Vegas is 8-2 through two rounds.

By The Numbers…

Winnipeg seems to have the upper hand on Vegas.

Goals for through 12 playoff games Winnipeg has 43, second among all playoff teams. While Vegas has 29 goals for through 10 playoff games, ranked 8th among all playoff teams and 4th among active playoff teams(therefore last). Winnipeg averages 3.5 goals for per game while Vegas averages 2.9 per game.

Goals against Vegas has allowed 17 compared to Winnipeg’s 28. Vegas ranks first among all active playoff teams for goals against, while Winnipeg ranks second.

Winnipeg’s power play is ranked third among active teams performing at a 25 percent rate, while Vegas is performing at a 17.5 percent. The penalty kill though Vegas has the upper hand at 85 percent while Winnipeg is performing at a74.5 percent.

The top scorers for Vegas and Winnipeg though, Mark Scheifle leads the team with 16 points through 12 games, while Vegas’s Jonathan Marchessault has 11 points through 10 games. The Jets has four players performing at more than a point per game, with Blake Wheeler(15), Paul Statsny(14) and Dustin Byfuglien(13). While Vegas has Riley Smith and William Karlsson at just above a point per game.

Goaltending for Vegas is the upper-hand for them, probably the only upper hand they have besides being unpredictable and hard to figure out. The Jets goaltender Connor Hellebyuck is 8-4 with a 2.25 GAA and .927 SV %, while the MVP of the playoffs and arguably the reason Vegas has made it this far, Marc Andre Fleury. Fleury is 8-2 with a 1.53 GAA and .951 SV %. If Vegas wins this series it will be because of the guy in between the pipes. As Byfuglien even said “throw pucks on net and hope they go in.” when asked about scoring on Fleury.

Winnipeg: 5 Vegas: 3 

Verdict…

The Jets have the home-ice advantage here, the first time Vegas will not four games at home this playoff, and quite frankly could be the difference maker. The Jets have been good on home ice and so have the Golden Knights which is why the home-ice will play a huge advantage to the Jets.

The Jets most certainly played tougher opponents than Vegas, not to discredit the Kings or Sharks but the Wild and Predators are no easy first two opponents. The Jets knocking off Nashville in seven games, and taking three in Nashville that series is a huge confidence booster. While Vegas is a tough place to play they will essentially need to take just one in Vegas to have the upper hand in this series. If they can take three in Nashville, Vegas can’t be too hard. If Winnipeg takes care of business and does their job on home-ice there will be no worries for them. This will for sure be a hard-fought series, one no one expected perhaps, but with a powerhouse of an offense and the unpredictable Knights. These two will make the Conference finals interesting for all viewers. And will definitely be boosting the NHL television ratings this time around. At the end of it all, I am going Winnipeg in six games.

 

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Penguins & Nashville look to even series

Capitals vs Penguins Game 4

The Penguins dropped game three in Pittsburgh, which many did not expect probably but playoff 2.o (Alex Ovechkin, if you don’t get it, listen to Pardon My take) came in big time, a 2-on-1, Ovechkin slammed the post looking like a typical Ovi play but this time he stuck around got the rebound in mid-air slammed it home. Capitals win and have a chance to go back to Washington up 3-1 now. Highly doubt the Penguins lose this game especially with Tom Wilson not playing the Penguins won’t need to worry about anybody taking their heads off. Yes, Wilson is suspended for three games and the series basically, unless there is a game seven.

The Capitals have seen a lot of their success from slowing down the Penguins early in the game, the Penguins have this thing about their game when they score one they score again in minutes. They score in bunches so the key for Washington here this time around is to eliminate back to back goals and when Pittsburgh scores slow the play down and relax. The Penguins scored their second and third goal in 2:51 last game and we have seen it be a recurring theme for them this year. The Capitals will be relying a lot upon Braden Holtby to stay the course and help them win this series. He is the difference maker they have here because Matt Murray does not look good right now and that is something the Capitals have to be picking up on. Pucks on net, and you never know what can happen with Murray. Playing my own devil’s advocate here the Capitals have to expect Murray to play a much better game tonight than last game. Which is even more of a reason to throw everything and anything towards the net.

How do I think this game will turn out? I really don’t know anymore this playoff year has been a whirlwind of emotions and surprises are not too hard to find this time around. The Penguins will win game four I think, but I could see this game going to overtime. The key for Pittsburgh is to slow the Capitals power play down and stay out of the box. Don’t give the Caps a chance on the power play and the opposite of that, capitalize on your own power plays. You have Malkin, Crosby, Kessel on one power play. Figure it out.

Predators vs Jets Game 4 

Jets take two from Nashville at home?????? I would actually sh*t my pants if they did and I would just give the Jets the cup after that. The Jets came from behind 3-0 to beat the Predators 7-4. Out of nowhere, one no one saw the Jets going down 3-0 and no one saw them winning 7-4 after being down like that. The key for Nashville this game though is getting on them early and stay on them early. They gave the Jets too many chances to stay in this game with back to back power plays and just bad turnovers. The Preds need to ratchet things up on their back end and neutral zone as well. They also need Pekka Rinne to come up with a save here and there. Rinne a Vezina goalie and has a ton of pressure on him especially after dropping the ball last Cup run last year. Rinne will be better this game but I don’t know how much better. We have to expect that Laine will score tonight at least once, he had 8 shots last game and is itching for a goal. The Preds need to slow down Schiefle as well. It seems like the Jets aren’t afraid to match the Predators physical presence either. The Predators need to make it a little more difficult for the Jets in the defensive zone and exiting the zone.

How do I think this game will go? Overtime is a possibility, no shot the Predators just walk in and do a few things right and make fewer mistakes means they walk away with an easy win. Winnipeg is going to make it difficult for them from start to finish. We will see a similar game from game two. Overtime is a huge possibility. I think Predators win 4-3 though.