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Fake Hockey Help: The Edmonton Oilers’ Trades

The Edmonton Oilers took part in a pair of trades this week, as they changed their look in the crease and added more grit to their lineup. What this means to your fantasy team is that there are a few more goalies who might be impactful to your team and a bottom-six forward who might see more ice time due to his change of scenery. The Oilers’ first trade was shipping Devan Dubnyk to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Matt Hendricks. In exchange for one of their goaltenders, Edmonton received a fourth liner from the Predators, who has been …

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Flight Plan: Looking Upward and Onward

The Philadelphia Flyers won two of their three games last week. Their wins came against the New Jersey Devils in overtime and the Montreal Canadiens in regulation. Yesterday, the team lost a due to a sub-par defensive effort, an unusually poor outing from goaltender Steve Mason, and some inexperience on coach Craig Berube’s part. Every player will have an off day here and there, every team will get away from their system from time to time, and every coach will fail to get his guys to turn things around after a bad couple of minutes sometimes. Yesterday was a perfect …

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Hockey Hilarity: No Brain, No Damage

Friday funnies brought to you straight from hockey’s own players, media personnel, and broadcast botches. We’ll be mucking it up every week right here, examining puck ups, puns, tweets, and more! Last week, Philadelphia Flyers winger Michael Raffl was concussed due to a high, hard hit from behind from Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche. Raffl left the game and did not return. He missed one whole game and then was good to go against the New Jersey Devils. That’s a good thing for the Flyers and for Raffl as he scored a goal in the following game against the Montreal …

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Game 44 Preview: Montreal Canadiens @ Philadelphia Flyers

Montreal Canadiens (25-14-5) @ Philadelphia Flyers (22-17-4), 7:30pm, CSN-Philly/TSN/RDS The Philadelphia Flyers return home for their first home game in 2014, as they look to extend their current winning streak to three games against the Montreal Canadiens. With a win tonight, the Flyers will stay above a .500 winning percentage and extend their home winning streak to 10 games. After Ray Emery got the nod last night, Steve Mason will be in net tonight, as Peter Budaj will be in the blue paint for Montreal. Budaj is 5-3-1 in 2013-2014 with a .923 save percentage and 2.05 GAA, as he …

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Fake Hockey Help: Star goalies return, Horton and Doan return to action

Although it might be considered the year of the backup netminder, a lot of franchise goaltenders returned to action this week. The group of Corey Crawford, Jonathan Quick, and Jimmy Howard all made their way back to the blue paint. How does this impact your fantasy team? In Chicago and Los Angeles, both Crawford and Quick are back in action. Since both players are owned in 100 percent of ESPN leagues, it’s not a matter of picking them up, but if it’s worth keeping their backups. For Crawford, his numbers haven’t been the best, but he will definitely be the …