NHL Hockey Player News - Daily Faceoff https://www.dailyfaceoff.com NHL news, starting goalies, team lineups, fantasy hockey analysis, blog and betting trends. Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:14:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 161606969 Daily Fantasy Hockey: Power-Play Report (01/17/20) https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/daily-fantasy-hockey-power-play-report-01-17-20/ https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/daily-fantasy-hockey-power-play-report-01-17-20/#respond Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:14:49 +0000 https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/?p=55908 When building a Daily Fantasy Hockey lineup, it’s important to consider the special teams matchups. When a team or line goes off offensively, more often than not it’s because of the power-play. Below I’ve gone over the special teams matchups for tonight’s three-game slate to help you identify the best power-plays to target. All totals…

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When building a Daily Fantasy Hockey lineup, it’s important to consider the special teams matchups. When a team or line goes off offensively, more often than not it’s because of the power-play. Below I’ve gone over the special teams matchups for tonight’s three-game slate to help you identify the best power-plays to target. All totals are per 60 minutes of 5v4 ice-time. Each team’s league-wide rank in a given category is noted in brackets. Good luck!


Anaheim Ducks @ Carolina Hurricanes [7:30 PM EST]

Ducks PP Hurricanes PK
PP%/PK% 15.2% (28th) 82.6% (9th)
PP/PK per Gm 2.66 (30th) 3.55 (30th)
SH%/SV% 10.73% (27th) .863 SV% (19th)
Shots For/Against 46.02 (30th) 44.96 (3rd)
Scoring Chances For/Against 46.80 (17th) 44.96 (8th)
xGoals For/Against 5.46 (26th) 6.27 (15th)

 

Hurricanes PP Ducks PK
PP%/PK% 21.9% (t-8th) 77.5% (24th)
PP/PK per Gm 3.11 (t-13th) 3.02 (t-15th)
SH%/SV% 14.35% (11th) .838 SV% (26th)
Shots For/Against 59.26 (3rd) 49.70 (7th)
Scoring Chances For/Against 56.17 (5th) 43.17 (5th)
xGoals For/Against 7.96 (1st) 6.04 (8th)

Analysis:

The Ducks putrid power-play draws a brutal matchup tonight against the Hurricanes. Anaheim’s abysmal 15.2 PP% is the result of an inability to consistently create shots and scoring chances. Simply put, they struggle to generate offensive opportunities with the man advantage, and there’s no reason to expect anything different tonight. Carolina’s top-10 PK ranking is well-deserved, judging by their shots and scoring chances against. They surrender very little shots even to the most dynamic power-plays, so they should make quick work of the Ducks tonight. Stay away from an Anaheim power-play stack.

On the flip side of things, a Hurricanes PP stack is definitely a viable play tonight. The Canes ability to create quality shots and scoring chances has carried over to the power-play this season, and their league-best 7.96 xGF/60 on the power-play is reflective of that. Anaheim has actually done an admirable job of suppressing chances on the penalty-kill, but have been let down by their goaltending. Don’t be surprised if that trend continues tonight with Ryan Miller expected to get the call in goal.

Pittsburgh Penguins @ Detroit Red Wings [7:30 PM EST]

Penguins PP Red Wings PK
PP%/PK% 19.4% (17th) 73.2% (30th)
PP/PK per Gm 2.85 (25th) 3.02 (t-15th)
SH%/SV% 13.90% (14th) .839 SV% (25th)
Shots For/Against 50.42 (21st) 61.53 (30th)
Scoring Chances For/Against 52.03 (10th) 54.49 (29th)
xGoals For/Against 7.12 (7th) 8.04 (31st)

 

Red Wings PP Penguins PK
PP%/PK% 15.0% (29th) 81.6% (t-12th)
PP/PK per Gm 3.13 (t-11th) 2.66 (3rd)
SH%/SV% 12.29% (21st) .870 SV% (15th)
Shots For/Against 42.53 (31st) 52.50 (14th)
Scoring Chances For/Against 40.40 (27th) 42.51 (4th)
xGoals For/Against 5.42 (27th) 6.18 (11th)

Analysis:

The Penguins were able to maintain above-average numbers on the power-play despite the myriad of injuries they’ve suffered. With Sidney Crosby back in the lineup, don’t be surprised if their peripheral numbers start to climb in the coming weeks. You’ll want to give yourself plenty of exposure to Pittsburgh’s power-play tonight as they draw an ideal matchup against the Red Wings. The Red Wings surrender the second-most shots in the league on the penalty-kill, raising the floor of a Penguins PP stack. Don’t overthink this one, Detroit’s dead-last ranking in xGA/60 on the PK speaks for itself.

It should go without saying, but there are better options on tonight’s slate than a Detroit PP stack. They rank dead-last in the NHL in shots per 60 on the man advantage, and the Penguins excel on the penalty-kill. Add in the fact that Pittsburgh is one of the more disciplined teams in the league, and it’s hard to see any reason to stack Detroit’s power-play tonight.

Tampa Bay Lightning @ Winnipeg Jets [8:00 PM EST]

Lightning PP Jets PK
PP%/PK% 27.7% (2nd) 74.2% (29th)
PP/PK per Gm 3.15 (10th) 2.55 (1st)
SH%/SV% 17.37% (3rd) .839 SV% (24th)
Shots For/Against 60.22 (2nd) 60.90 (29th)
Scoring Chances For/Against 56.90 (4th) 52.64 (26th)
xGoals For/Against 6.82 (11th) 7.30 (29th)

 

Jets PP Lightning PK
PP%/PK% 21.2% (10th) 82.9% (8th)
PP/PK per Gm 2.91 (23rd) 3.23 (24th)
SH%/SV% 13.18% (18th) .882 SV% (9th)
Shots For/Against 56.31 (6th) 52.74 (15th)
Scoring Chances For/Against 48.12 (15th) 50.89 (21st)
xGoals For/Against 6.57 (15th) 6.32 (t-16th)

Analysis:

The one thing Winnipeg has going for them in this matchup is their ability to stay out of the box. By the numbers, the Jets are the most disciplined team in the NHL, averaging just 2.55 times short-handed per game. That’s probably for the best, because when they do fall a man short, Winnipeg struggles mightily. They’re a bottom-five NHL team in terms of shots and scoring chances against on the PK, and they haven’t received the best goaltending, either. Even with the limited opportunities, it’s hard to imagine Tampa Bay’s power-play not breaking through at least once in this matchup. Their hefty price tags are worth paying for tonight.

 

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Daily Fantasy Hockey: Power-Play Report (01/15/20) https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/daily-fantasy-hockey-power-play-report-01-15-20/ https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/daily-fantasy-hockey-power-play-report-01-15-20/#respond Wed, 15 Jan 2020 21:19:22 +0000 https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/?p=55870 When building a Daily Fantasy Hockey lineup, it’s important to consider the special teams matchups. When a team or line goes off offensively, more often than not it’s because of the power-play. Below I’ve gone over the special teams matchups for tonight’s two-game slate to help you identify the best power-plays to target. All totals…

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When building a Daily Fantasy Hockey lineup, it’s important to consider the special teams matchups. When a team or line goes off offensively, more often than not it’s because of the power-play. Below I’ve gone over the special teams matchups for tonight’s two-game slate to help you identify the best power-plays to target. All totals are per 60 minutes of 5v4 ice-time. Each team’s league-wide rank in a given category is noted in brackets. Good luck!


Chicago Blackhawks @ Montreal Canadiens [7:30 PM EST]

Blackhawks PP Canadiens PK
PP%/PK% 15.3% (27th) 78.3% (23rd)
PP/PK per Gm 3.1 (15th) 2.9 (t-11th)
SH%/SV% 11.06 SH% (25th) .869 SV% (16th)
Shots 48.31 (24th) 59.45 (28th)
Scoring Chances 47.34 (16th) 48.81 (19th)
xGoals For/Against 5.95 (23rd) 6.95 (25th)

Analysis:

The Canadiens surrender the fifth-most shots while short-handed in the entire league. That should help pad Chicago’s shot totals tonight, but the disparity between Montreal’s shots and scoring chances against suggests they do a good job of limiting shots to the outside. All in all, Chicago’s inability to generate quality chances limits the upside of a power-play stack. Of course, it doesn’t help that they’re on the tail-end of a back-to-back, either.

Canadiens PP Blackhawks PK
PP%/PK% 20.9% (11th) 82.6% (8th)
PP/PK per Gm 2.7 (t-28th) 2.9 (t-11th)
SH%/SV% 13.20 SH% (18th) .890 SV% (4th)
Shots 54.48 (12th) 56.75 (24th)
Scoring Chances 47.29 (17th) 51.81 (23rd)
xGoals For/Against 5.97 (21st) 6.33 (18th)

Analysis:

There’s plenty of reason to like a Canadiens power-play stack tonight. They do a good job of creating shots with the man advantage, and the potential fatigue of playing their second game in as many nights doesn’t make the job of Chicago’s penalty-killers any easier. As you can see, Chicago is surrendering a lot of shots and quality chances on the penalty-kill, but their struggles are being masked by elite goaltending. Robin Lehner played last night in Ottawa, so Corey Crawford will have to be Chicago’s best penalty-killer tonight. As you might expect, Crawford has been demonstrably worse than Lehner while short-handed. His short-handed SV% sits at .788, paling in comparison to Lehner’s mark of .925.

Philadelphia Flyers @ St. Louis Blues [8:00 PM EST]

Flyers PP Blues PK
PP%/PK% 18.9% (21st) 81.6% (13th)
PP/PK per Gm 3.33 (6th) 2.89 (t-9th)
SH%/SV% 13.49 SH% (15th) .886 SV% (6th)
Shots 49.76 (22nd) 52.86 (15th)
Scoring Chances 34.25 (31st) 47.07 (16th)
xGoals For/Against 5.17 (30th) 6.49 (21st)

Analysis:

I don’t love the idea of targeting Philly’s power-play tonight. They’re having a very hard time generating shots and quality chances on the power-play, but have been bailed out by above-average shooting. It’s hard to imagine that being a recipe for success tonight sonsidering Jordan Binnington’s track record on the PK. There are better options available tonight.

Blues PP Flyers PK
PP%/PK% 25.7% (4th) 81.9% (10th)
PP/PK per Gm 2.89 (23rd) 3.00 (15th)
SH%/SV% 18.56 SH% (2nd) .833 SV% (28th)
Shots 52.64 (17th) 38.51 (1st)
Scoring Chances 53.72 (9th) 40.31 (1st)
xGoals For/Against 6.52 (16th) 6.28 (15th)

Analysis:

The Blues are an effective team with the man advantage, but their fourth-ranked PP% is a little misleading. St. Louis does an above average job of creating shots and scoring chances, but their success has been inflated by an out of this world shooting percentage. That’s likely going to regress as the season plays out, and considering Philly’s ability to limit shots and scoring chances against on the PK, I’d be wary of stacking the Blues power-play tonight.

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Vegas Fires Gallant; Hires DeBoer https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/vegas-fires-gallant-hires-deboer/ https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/vegas-fires-gallant-hires-deboer/#respond Wed, 15 Jan 2020 16:32:18 +0000 https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/?p=55856 The Vegas Golden Knights have relieved Gerard Gallant of his coaching duties and named Pete DeBoer as their new head coach. NEWS The Golden Knights have made the following coaching changes: Gerard Gallant & Mike Kelly have been relieved of their coaching duties Peter DeBoer has been named head coachhttps://t.co/rQsULKgYzR — Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights)…

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The Vegas Golden Knights have relieved Gerard Gallant of his coaching duties and named Pete DeBoer as their new head coach.

Gallant is two seasons removed from taking the expansion team to the Stanley Cup Finals and the Golden Knights have the ninth-best record (118-75-20) since coming into the NHL.

They fire Gallant in the midst of a four-game losing streak and one game into a four-game road trip before the All-Star break. Despite going 4-5-0 since Christmas, Vegas leads the league in xGF/60 (2.96) and is fifth in xGA/60 (1.91) over that span, suggesting that they’re playing great but not getting the results. (per naturalstattrick.com)

In steps DeBoer, who was on the other side of the Pacific Division rivalry with San Jose but was let go in mid-December. During his time with the Sharks, DeBoer was 10-13-2 head-to-head with Gallant’s Golden Knights.

It has been a tough season for NHL head coaches. Gallant was the seventh coach to be fired to-date.

  • – Toronto fired Mike Babcock; hired Sheldon Keefe
  • – Calgary fired Bill Peters; named Geoff Ward as interim head coach.
  • – New Jersey fired John Hynes; named Alain Nasreddine as interim head coach.
  • – Dallas fired Jim Montgomery; named Rick Bowness as interim head coach.
  • – San Jose fired DeBoer; named Bob Boughner interim head coach.
  • – Nashville fired Peter Laviolette; hied Hynes.
  • – Vegas fired Gallant; hired DeBoer.

As of the firing, the Golden Knights are just outside of the wild card, sitting on 54 points (24-19-6). They are tied for 16th in GF/gm (3.02), 15th in GA/gm (3.04), t-8th in PP% (22.1) and t-19th in PK% (78.8).

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Crosby Returns to the Penguins Lineup on Tuesday https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/crosby-returns-to-the-penguins-lineup-on-tuesday/ https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/crosby-returns-to-the-penguins-lineup-on-tuesday/#respond Tue, 14 Jan 2020 16:42:52 +0000 https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/?p=55819 Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will return to the lineup Tuesday vs. the Minnesota Wild. View this post on Instagram Sidney Crosby will play for the first time since November 9th. #Pens #NHL #FantasyHockey A post shared by DailyFaceoff (@dailyfaceoff) on Jan 14, 2020 at 8:08am PST Crosby missed the last 28 games after undergoing…

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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will return to the lineup Tuesday vs. the Minnesota Wild.

Crosby missed the last 28 games after undergoing core muscle surgery in mid-November. Crosby travelled on the Penguins’ recent road-trip to skate with the team but did not play. On Tuesday, he was back on the top line with Jared McCann and Dominik Simon on his wings.

The Penguins were shockingly good while Crosby was sidelined, ranking first in the NHL in Points% (.714), going 18-6-4 while averaging the sixth-most goals for (3.36) and ninth least goals against (2.79). Their power-play was actually better without Crosby, going from 12.5 percent with him to 22.8 percent without him, which was 10th in the league over that span. That’s probably more of an anomaly than anything, so he’ll unsurprisingly be back on the top PP unit with Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Patric Hornqvist and Bryan Rust.

Crosby had a bit of slow start to the year, likely due to his nagging sports hernia. A slow-start for Crosby is a point-per-game pace, recording 17 points (5G / 12A) in 17 games. He was limited by a 10.9 SH% and 9.5 on-ice SH%, both are among his career-lows.

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DFS Lines To Target: 01/13/20 https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/dfs-lines-to-target-01-13-20/ https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/dfs-lines-to-target-01-13-20/#respond Mon, 13 Jan 2020 20:43:05 +0000 https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/?p=55799 It’s a typically quiet Monday night in the NHL with just five games on tap. Even with limited options, there’s still plenty of value to be found on tonight’s slate. I’ve gone over the top high-priced, mid-range, and value stacks below. Good luck! High-Priced Boston 1 – Brad Marchand ($7,500), Patrice Bergeron ($7,800), David Pastrnak…

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It’s a typically quiet Monday night in the NHL with just five games on tap. Even with limited options, there’s still plenty of value to be found on tonight’s slate. I’ve gone over the top high-priced, mid-range, and value stacks below. Good luck!


High-Priced

Boston 1 – Brad Marchand ($7,500), Patrice Bergeron ($7,800), David Pastrnak ($8,400)

Boston 1 is once again the top line to target on the slate. We’ve seen it time and time again over the last three seasons now, but the Bergeron line simply does not whiff on easy matchups, and that’s exactly what they’ll have tonight. With tonight’s game being in Philly, Alain Vigneault will be in control of the line-matching at 5v5.

Vigneault tends to use Sean Couturier against the opponent’s top-line, and that tendency intensifies against a top-heavy team like Boston. That bodes well for the production of Boston 1 tonight, considering the Couturier line’s lackluster defensive numbers. Couturier and his winger Jakub Voracek do an admirable job of creating offense at 5v5, but they surrender their fair share of scoring chances in the process. The Flyers are surrendering 26 scoring and 10 high-danger chances per 60 with Voracek and Couturier on the ice. Their third-line mate tonight will be Michael Raffl, so don’t expect any drastic improvements on those defensive numbers.

Of course, Boston 1’s real upside stems from their power-play production, and there’s plenty of reason to like the special teams matchup here, too. Boston owns a 31.3 PP% over the last 30 days, the fourth-best rate in the league over that span. The Flyers have killed off just 77.5% of their penalties over that same stretch. It’ll cost you an arm and a leg to play the full Boston 1 stack tonight, but it projects to be worth it.

Mid-Range

Carolina 2 – Nino Niederreiter ($4,000), Sebastian Aho ($6,200), Teuvo Teravainen ($5,800)

The Capitals made a slight pivot in their line-matching in their last home game, and that small tweak could mean big things for Carolina 2 tonight. Capitals coach Todd Reirden normally likes to use the Nicklas Backstrom line against the opponent’s top offensive threat, but last game those duties shifted to Evgeny Kuznetsov. That would suggest Kuznetsov would be tasked with shutting down Aho tonight (though they’re listed as the team’s second line, most opposing teams treat the Aho line as the Canes’ top offensive threat), and I’m not loving Kuznetsov’s chances.

Washington’s second line has been nothing short of a disaster in their own end, so it’s a wonder why Reirden would opt to use them in this way. They own an ugly 40.80 CF% and 40.29 SCF% at 5v5 this season. As you might already know, Aho and Teravainen are one of the most puck-dominant duos at 5v5 in the entire NHL. The expected shot volume makes them an incredibly secure pick in this matchup. It shouldn’t take more than a single line goal for the full stack to return value.

Value

Montreal 1 – Tomas Tatar ($5,500), Philip Danault ($4,800), Ilya Kovalchuk ($4,300)

While the injury to Brendan Gallagher was thought to be a serious blow to Montreal 1’s upside, Danault and Tatar have persevered in his absence. The pair continue to see the majority of the shots and chances at even strength despite routinely being hard-matched against opposing first lines. In 89 minutes at 5v5 without Gallagher this season, Tatar and Danault have registered an impressive 56.55 CF% and 52.00 SCF%. They should see Calgary’s first line at 5v5 tonight.

Calgary’s current top line of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, and Mikael Backlund offers plenty of firepower, but they struggle to get out of their own end. They’re averaging a robust 63 shot attempts and 34 scoring chances against per 60. Montreal 1 is exactly the kind of line they struggle against. Tatar and Danault’s upside also gets a slight boost ahead of tonight’s game thanks to a recent uptick in power-play time. Kovalchuk, for what it’s worth, has looked solid on the Canadiens’ top power-play unit. Some extra offensive zone time could result in another strong showing for him tonight.

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Fantasy Hockey Streaming Targets: Week 15 https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/fantasy-hockey-streaming-targets-week-15/ https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/fantasy-hockey-streaming-targets-week-15/#respond Mon, 13 Jan 2020 20:09:06 +0000 https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/?p=55787 It’s a typical week in the NHL with Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday serving as the league’s busiest nights. For streaming purposes, you’ll want to target teams playing on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday. I’ve gone over the top two teams to target and their best available options below. Good luck! Carolina Hurricanes (4 games) –…

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It’s a typical week in the NHL with Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday serving as the league’s busiest nights. For streaming purposes, you’ll want to target teams playing on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday. I’ve gone over the top two teams to target and their best available options below. Good luck!


Carolina Hurricanes (4 games) – Monday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

Carolina owns arguably the most streamer-friendly schedule in the NHL this week. The Canes are the only team with games on at least three of the four slower nights. Picking up a Hurricane today will add at least three games to your lineup this week. Luckily for us, Carolina is one of the deeper teams in the NHL, so there are plenty of viable options on the wire.

The top target has to be Nino Niederreiter. Niederreiter has undoubtedly been one of the bigger busts in fantasy hockey this season, but his spot in the lineup still affords him plenty of streaming value this week. He’s locked into a spot on Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen’s line at even strength, and he sees some time with the second power-play unit as well. His scoring is sporadic, but his consistent shot volume and ideal usage are enough to make him one of the top players to target on the wire this week. Niederreiter is owned in just 21% of Yahoo! leagues.

If Niederreiter is unavailable, Erik Haula is a fine consolation prize. Haula’s third-line has seen a recent uptick in ice-time, and that’s coincided with a promotion to the top power-play unit. Haula is making the most of it, registering three goals and five assists in his last nine games. He offers centre/left-wing eligibility and is available in 74% of leagues.

In deeper leagues, you can take a look at Carolina’s so-called first line. Jordan Staal’s line normally serves as more of a shutdown unit, but their sky-high usage makes them a viable play this week. That much exposure to Andrei Svechnikov can’t be a bad thing. Staal is owned in 12% of leagues, while his other line-mate, Warren Foegele, is owned in just 5%.

New York Islanders (5 games) – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

The Islanders draw the very rare five-game week, but unfortunately just two of those games come on the league’s slower nights. Still, you’re getting at least two games out of any Islander, and they could help fill a random hole in your lineup on a busier night, most likely on defense. For that reason, Devon Toews makes a lot of sense this week. The offensive-defenseman has taken on more minutes of late, and it’s already led to some concrete production. Toews has two assists in his last five games while averaging over three shots a night. The increased 5v5 ice-time combined with his role atop the Islanders’ power-play makes Toews a high-upside streamer this week.

If you can afford to take on some extra games up front, Josh Bailey and Anthony Beauvillier are a both solid options. Both players are currently skating alongside Mathew Barzal on the top-line and power-play unit. Bailey can play either wing on Yahoo!, while Beauvillier can play centre or left-wing. Their upside is capped, but the heavy minutes on a five-game week is enough reason to add them this week.

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Oct 21, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (53) during the second period against the Vegas Golden Knights at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadephia Flyers will be without one of their top defenceman for the next three weeks.

The team announced Thursday afternoon that rearguard Shayne Gostisbehere, 26, is set to have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Jan. 14.

Gostisbehere missed the Flyers game against the Washington Capitals with the injury.

The defenceman is amid a down year and had been on pace for just over 20 points this season. It would be the lowest point total by a longshot for the sixth-year player.

Gostisbehere was benched back in November for three games, a season turning moment as he’s season has begun to turn around.

“He was way more confident with the puck,’’ Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault told The Morning Call. “He was doing what you want a defenseman of his type to do, which is beat the forecheck, jump up in the play when the opportunity was there. He was playing good hockey for us.’’

Gostisbehere’s injury comes less than a week after the Flyers lost another defenceman in Justin Braun, who will be down until after the all-star game with a groin injury.

The Flyers, 23-15-6 — 52 points, are currently in the midst of a battle for the second wildcard spot. The Metropolitan team will be in tough trying to catch the likes of the Pittsburgh Penguins, or the New York Islanders, who hold the third and second spot in the division with 57 points.

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Calgary Flames sign D Rasmus Andersson to six-year extension https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/calgary-flames-sign-d-rasmus-andersson-to-six-year-extension/ https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/calgary-flames-sign-d-rasmus-andersson-to-six-year-extension/#respond Thu, 09 Jan 2020 18:35:03 +0000 https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/?p=55711 The Calgary Flames have signed D Rasmus Andersson to a six-year contract extension, the club announced Wednesday. The deal sees the Flames buy two years of unrestricted free agency as Andersson, who was slated to be an RFA at season’s end, earns an AAV of $4.5-million. The #Flames sign 23 y/o RD Rasmus Andersson to…

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Dec 29, 2019; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Rasmus Andersson (4) controls the puck against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The Calgary Flames have signed D Rasmus Andersson to a six-year contract extension, the club announced Wednesday.

The deal sees the Flames buy two years of unrestricted free agency as Andersson, who was slated to be an RFA at season’s end, earns an AAV of $4.5-million.

Andersson was drafted by the club in the second round of the 2015 draft with a draft pick they acquired from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Sven Baertchi. In 135 games with the Flames, he has scored 31 points. This season, he has 12 points in 45 games.

A jack-of-all-trades, Andersson has found himself playing time on both special teams for the club and joins Noah Hanifin as the clubs second young defenceman locked up long term.

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San Jose Sharks captain Logan Couture suffers fractured ankle, set to miss at least six weeks https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/San+Jose+Sharks+captain+Logan+Couture+suffers+fractured+ankle%2C+set+to+miss+at+least+six+weeks https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/San+Jose+Sharks+captain+Logan+Couture+suffers+fractured+ankle%2C+set+to+miss+at+least+six+weeks#respond Thu, 09 Jan 2020 01:59:01 +0000 https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/?p=55698   San Jose Sharks captain Logan Couture is expected to miss at least the next six weeks with what’s being called a fractured ankle. Couture suffered the injury Tuesday night against the St. Louis Blues after he took an awkward fall into the boards. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported the injury Wednesday noting that while he’s…

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San Jose Sharks captain Logan Couture is expected to miss at least the next six weeks with what’s being called a fractured ankle.

Couture suffered the injury Tuesday night against the St. Louis Blues after he took an awkward fall into the boards.

TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported the injury Wednesday noting that while he’s expected to miss at least six weeks, he’s being considered week-to-week.

 

Couture, who was on pace for one of his best NHL seasons operating at a 66 point pace, was leading the Sharks in scoring. The loss of Couture is a major one for the Sharks, who are struggling to keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race.

With 42 points on the season, San Jose has been a major disappointment this season and are currently eight points back of the second wildcard spot.

The club is now going to be looking for the likes of Timo Meier, Tomas Hertl and Evander Kane to step up for them in Couture’s absence.

A rough six-week timeline on Couture’s return would put him with an estimated return of the middle of February.

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DFS Lines To Target: 01/08/20 https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/dfs-lines-to-target-01-08-20/ https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/dfs-lines-to-target-01-08-20/#respond Wed, 08 Jan 2020 15:24:56 +0000 https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/?p=55681 It’s a typically slow Wednesday night in the NHL with just three games on the slate. I’ve highlighted my top high-priced and value stacks of the night below. Good luck! High-Priced Toronto 2 – Alexander Kerfoot ($4,100), John Tavares ($7,200), William Nylander ($6,200) Much of the talk surrounding Sheldon Keefe’s recent line juggling has centered…

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It’s a typically slow Wednesday night in the NHL with just three games on the slate. I’ve highlighted my top high-priced and value stacks of the night below. Good luck!


High-Priced

Toronto 2 – Alexander Kerfoot ($4,100), John Tavares ($7,200), William Nylander ($6,200)

Much of the talk surrounding Sheldon Keefe’s recent line juggling has centered around Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner finally playing together, but it’s also brought another pair of dynamic Leafs together for essentially the first time. After playing less than 40 minutes at 5v5 together last season, Nylander and Tavares are thriving on Toronto’s second line. Understandably, teams are opting to treat the Matthews and Marner line as the Maple Leafs’ best, leaving Tavares and Nylander with some more than favourable matchups against opposing lines and defensive pairs. The two of them are taking full advantage of the opportunity, creating offense at an elite rate. Toronto is averaging a robust 74 shot attempts and 39 scoring chances per 60 with Tavares and Nylander on the ice.

Recent line matching trends suggest the majority of Toronto 2’s 5v5 ice time tonight should come against the Mark Scheifele line. Winnipeg’s top line is creating offense at an above average rate, but they’re surrendering a ton of chances in their own end in the process. Teams are averaging 32 scoring and 16 high-danger chances per 60 against the Scheifele line this season. Look for Tavares and company to stay hot in this ideal matchup.

Value Stack

Los Angeles 1 – Alex Iafallo ($4,200), Anze Kopitar ($5,600), Tyler Toffoli ($4,400)

Dustin Brown’s recent injury catapulted Toffoli onto the top line, and Kopitar and Iafallo look better for it. The three leading Kings are grossly outshooting and out-chancing the opposition at even strength. They average 31 scoring and 15 high-danger chances per 60, while surrendering just 16 and nine to their opponents, respectively. They’ve done nothing but dominate play at 5v5 in their short time together, and tonight should be no different.

As you might expect, Kopitar is routinely matched up against the opposition’s best on home ice. Tonight, that means going head to head with the Tyler Seguin line. Seguin, Jamie Benn, and Alexander Radulov are an offensive force at even strength, but like the Scheifele line I mentioned above, they can also be a bit of a liability in their own end. They’re susceptible to being beat off the rush and can struggle to get out of their own end at times. The strong two-way play of the Kopitar line should result in plenty of shots and scoring chances tonight. They’re a safe bet to return value at just $14,200 for the full stack. All three members of Los Angeles 1 also skate on the team’s top power-play unit, giving them that extra bit of upside.

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