Friday, January 2, 2015

Daily Fantasy Rundown: January 1st, 2015

We have a new feature on the blog where we look at the past day in fantasy sports.

DAILY FANTASY RUNDOWN for the games of January 1

There were only 2 NHL contests on New Year's Day, including the 2015 Winter Classic.  Only 10 goals were scored and we saw 30+-save performances from Ryan Miller VAN (37), Braden Holtby WSH (33), and Corey Crawford CHI (32).

2015 Winter Classic: WASHINGTON 3, Chicago 2

  • RW Troy Brouwer WSH broke a 2-2 deadlock with 13 seconds left on the power play (6 pts: 1-0--1, 2 PIM, GWG, PPG)
  • LW Alex Ovechkin WSH had the primary assist on that goal and scored one of his own to come up with his second straight 1+1 game (7.5 pts: 1-1--2, +1, PPA)
  • D Mike Green WSH picked up 2 assists (10.5 pts: 0-2--2, +1, PPA), continuing his best fantasy season since 2009 when he scored 19 goals and had 76 points in 75 games.
  • Each goalie faced 35 shots, but Braden Holtby WSH (7.6 pts: 33 SV, 2 GA, W) grabbed the headlines over Corey Crawford CHI (1.4 pts: 32 SV, 3 GA, L)

Los Angeles 3, VANCOUVER 2

  • RW Justin Williams LAK (5 pts: 1-0--1, PPG) and C Jarret Stoll LAK (7 pts: 1-0--1, +1, GWG) helped reverse a 2-1 deficit and pull out a 3-2 win thanks to their goals 53 seconds apart in the final three miutes of the game
  • RW Radim Vrbata VAN had the only multi-point performance in the game, chipping in on the Canucks first goal and scoring his 15th goal to stake Vancouver to that 2-0 lead (6.5 pts: 1-1--2, PPA)
  • The Kings outshot the Canucks, 40-16, and G Ryan Miller VAN held the Kings at bay until those final three minutes (2.4 pts: 37 SV, 3 GA, L)

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Daily Fantasy Rundown: December 31st, 2014

We have a new feature on the blog where we look at the past day in fantasy sports.

DAILY FANTASY RUNDOWN for the games of December 31 
There were 11 NHL contests on the last day of the calendar year.  Here are today's fantasy notes:

NY Islanders 5, WINNIPEG 2
  • The line of C Frans Nielsen (16 pts: 2-1--3, +3, PPG, GWG), RW/C Ryan Strome (12.5 pts: 1-3--4, +2, PPA), and LW Anders Lee (9 pts: 1-1--2, +3) dominated in this one, accounting for four of the Islanders' five goals
  • Andrew Ladd was one of the few Jets that had any success, scoring his 13th and 14th goals of the year (9 pts: 2-0--2, +1, 2 PIM, 1 PPG)

Tampa Bay 5, BUFFALO 1
  • LW Ondrej Palat TBY got in on four of the Lightning's 5 goals, including his 9th goal of the year (17 pts: 1-3--4, +4, PPG, GWG)
  • RW Nikita Kucherov TBY now has 5 goals in his last 6 games after scoring 16th and 17th goals of the season last night (14.5 pts: 2-1--3, +4, PPA), while C Tyler Johnson pitched in with 3 assists (10.5 pts: 0-3--3, +4, PPA)

NY Rangers 5, FLORIDA 2
  • C Derek Stepan NYR (8 pts: 0-3--3, +2) figured in on 3 of the Rangers' 5 goals with 3 assists just two games after a hat trick for 6 points in his last three games.  Stepan got a late start to the season because of an injury, but he is 6-19--25 in 23 games.
  • D Ryan McDonagh NYR potted the game-winner on the power play for his 3rd goal of the season (13.5 pts: 1-1--2, +1, GWG, PPG)

Toronto 4, BOSTON 3 (SO)
  • C Nazem Kadri TOR had the game-deciding goal on the 5-round shootout for the Leafs after they blew a 3-1 lead (1 pt: +1 SHO)
  • D Torey Krug BOS scored the tying goal with 2:29 left in the 3rd and had the only shootout goal for the Bruins (7 pts: 1-0--1, +1, +1 SHO)

PITTSBURGH 2, Carolina 1
  • C Brandon Sutter PIT scored the game-winner with 1:42 left in the 3rd for his 8th goal of the year and first in five games (6 pts: 1-0--1, GWG), but LW Chris Kunitz PIT figured on the goal and got the Penguins on the board with his 11th of the year (7 pts: 1-1--2, +2, 2 PIM)
  • G Cam Ward CAR fought valiantly and had the most saves for any goaltender in the league yesterday with 37 stops on 39 shots (3.4 pts: L, 37 SV, 2 GA)

COLUMBUS 3, Minnesota 1
  • NHL defensemen scored 7 goals on New Year's Eve, but Blue Jacket rearguards had two of them: David Savard's 6th goal (9 pts: 1-0--1, +1, GWG, PPG) and Kevin Connauton's 5th goal (9.5 pts: 1-1--2, +1, 2 PIM, PPA)
  • C Brandon Dubinsky CLB (6.5 pts: 0-2--2, +2, PPA) picked up 2 assists for the second straight game, but he is still goalless in 9 games this year

DETROIT 3, New Jersey 1
  • C Darren Helm DET tied the game at 1 before providing an insurance marker to stake Detroit to its final margin (10 pts: 2-0--2, +2)
  • RW Joe Whitney NJD put the Devils on the scoreboard first 15:37 into the game with his first NHL goal in his 3rd NHL game (4 pts: 1-0--1)

San Jose 3, ANAHEIM 0
  • G Antti Niemi SJS picked up his 30th career shutout and 3rd of the season to move to 15-8 on the season (14.6 pts: ShO, 28 SV)
  • C Joe Pavelski SJS was the offensive star for the Sharks, scoring his 18th and 19th goals of the season (13 pts: 2-0--2, +2, GWG, PPG)

DALLAS 6, Arizona 0
  • G Kari Lehtonen pitched his 30th career shutout and 3rd of the season for his 3rd straight win (15.4 pts: ShO, 32 SV)
  • There were 6 different goal scorers for the Stars, including Jamie Benn's 11th of the season (8 pts: 1-1--2, +1, PPG)

COLORADO 4, Philadelphia 3 (OT)
  • C Vincent Lecavalier picked up his 6th goal of the year, and 4th in his last 5 games after going goalless in the 7 previous games (4 pts: 1-0--1)
  • C Ryan O'Reilly COL put home the game winner, his 7th of the year, was the top fantasy forward for the Avs (8 pts: 1-0--1, +2, GWG)

CALGARY 4, Edmonton 3 (OT)
  • Calgary won the game on C Josh Jooris's 9th goal of the year (6 pts: 1-0--1, +1, 2 PIM, GWG), but C Joe Colborne (9 pts: 2-0--2, +1, 2 PIM, PPG) got the Flames on the board in the second and tied the game in the third to force OT
  • D Keith Aulie EDM was given 17 penalty minutes for an illegal check to the head of Calgary C Matt Stajan that later earned him a 2-game suspension

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