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Flight Plan: Flying Right Along

The Philadelphia Flyers won two of four games last week and gained points in three, as they climbed back into second place in the Metropolitan Division. The team is now fifth place in the Eastern Conference, by virtue of fewer games played, with 55 points. The importance of gaining points now is important not only to attempt to entrench themselves in one of the top three spots in the Metropolitan, but also to put distance between those teams who are vying for the wild card positions in the Conference. Despite a disappointing loss to the New York Rangers, the Flyers …

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Fake Hockey Help: Two players to pick up from both the Hurricanes and the Bolts

For several years now, Cam Ward has been the starting goaltender for the Carolina Hurricanes. This season however, thanks to injuries and poor play from Ward, both Justin Peters and Anton Khudobin have taken their turns as being the team’s starter. With Ward still on Injured Reserve and Peters not seeing the ice since December 27th, Khudobin has taken over for the Hurricanes. After backing up Tuukka Rask last season with the Boston Bruins, Khudobin has shown that he can play well in the NHL. With six wins in eight starts this season, Khudobin has a 1.99 GAA and a …

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Fake Hockey Help: The goaltending carousel continues

Goaltending in fantasy hockey is the hardest thing to anticipate. There are rarely any locks when it comes to picking a good goaltender. For instance, Antti Niemi and Henrik Lundqvist were at the top of most preseason rankings for fantasy writers’ predictions, but both goaltenders haven’t fared as well as anticipated. Meanwhile, players like Ben Bishop, Josh Harding, Steve Mason, and Semyon Varlamov have all exceeded expectations. On top of unexpected outcomes, one has to stay on top of injury news and take advantage of backup goalies who will become their team’s starter for awhile, like Ben Scrivens, Marek Mazanec, …

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Fake Hockey Help: Howard’s struggles, Ryan Johansen’s production, Sean Couturier’s offensive burst

As Philadelphia Flyers’ fans saw on Wednesday night, Jimmy Howard hasn’t been at the top of his game lately. Before he allowed five goals on 33 shots against to the Orange and Black, Howard was able to provide a 29-save shutout against the lowly New York Islanders. However, the candidate for the American Olympic team endured a seven-game losing streak where he allowed four goals against or more three times and allowed three goals against or more an additional two times. His highest save percentage total in that span for a single game was .920. Obviously, you shouldn’t drop Howard, …

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Fake Hockey Help: Tyler Bozak, the Devils’ defense, Mazanec and Andersen

While the Toronto Maple Leafs have lost four straight games and have failed to win in regulation in their last six, there is one impactful player from the Atlantic Division squad you should pick up for fantasy. Although he is infamous for his work at the dot, Tyler Bozak is a forward you should consider adding to your team. After missing 12 games with a lower-body injury, Bozak returned to Toronto’s lineup on November 25th against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Since his return, he has one goal and three assists while playing at least 20:32 in each of the four …

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