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Fake Hockey Help: Injuries to the stars, Versteeg to Chicago, Bryzgalov joins the Oilers

The biggest news of the week around the NHL was the injury to Steven Stamkos. With a broken tibia, Stamkos is expected to be out until at least the Olympics, which doesn’t even seem all that likely for the Tampa Bay forward. A perennial goal-scoring machine, many people most likely took Stamkos in the top four overall in their fantasy hockey draft if he didn’t go first overall. With the recurring injuries to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin paired with the inconsistency of Alex Ovechkin, Stamkos would have been the safest bet. Now, Stamkos owners are wondering what to do. …

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Flyers dominate the Senators, Mason posts 24 saves in 5-0 win

There weren’t too many questions about the Philadelphia Flyers’ goal scoring tonight, as they dominated the Ottawa Senators 5-0 for a big road win. Jakub Voracek had a pair of goals, while the tandem of Vincent Lecavalier and Brayden Schenn produced a goal and an assist each. Claude Giroux registered a pair of assists, while Steve Mason recorded his first shutout as a Flyer with 24 saves on the night. The Orange and Black looked great in every aspect of the game tonight, as they cycled thoroughly, controlled play in the neutral zone, and played responsible defense. This was a …

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Fake Hockey Help: Coyotes’ offense, Evgeni Nabokov, the shot-blocking Canadiens

For a team that is known for their goaltending and their young puck-moving defense, the Phoenix Coyotes are currently eighth in the NHL with 3.11 goals per game. Although most of the bigger names on Phoenix are 100-percent owned in ESPN leagues, there are still some players available who wouldn’t be a bad addition. One of those players is Antoine Vermette, who is still available in 7.8 percent of the ESPN leagues. He averages the third-most time on the ice for a Coyotes’ forward, as he is on the team’s first power-play unit as well as the team’s third line. …

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Fake Hockey Help: Flyers’ offense, Steen’s shooting percentage, and Varlamov’s issues off the ice

One statistic several people are referencing as to why they think the Philadelphia Flyers’ offense will rebound is shooting percentage. Of the 24 skaters to suit up for at least one game for the Orange and Black this season only Tye McGinn (42.9), Vincent Lecavalier (19.2), Braydon Coburn (15.4), and Brayden Schenn have (12.0) have shooting percentages over 10 percent. According to QuantHockey.com, the average shooting percentage across the NHL hovers around the 9.0 mark, as the average right now is 8.89, last season’s average was 9.11, and the 2011-2012 campaign produced 8.94. Philly, as a team, has a shooting percentage …

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Hockey Hilarity: Dwight King’s Big Break

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 night the Los Angeles Kings beat the Phoenix Coyotes by a score of 7-4, which, incidentally, is a difference of three goals, which a certain King, named Dwight King, also incidentally, scored exactly that amount during the game (worst sentence ever, I know… Please bear with me, I’m ill). One of my favorite Tweeters and hockey people writer guys, Dave Lozo (you can follow him here: @DaveLozo) pointed out that …