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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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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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Game 15 Preview: New Jersey Devils @ Philadelphia Flyers

New Jersey Devils (3-7-4) @ Philadelphia Flyers (4-9-1) , 7:00pm, TCN-PH, MSG PLUS 2 RECORDS: New Jersey Devils: 3-7-4 Away: 1-6-2 vs. Eastern Conference: 3-4-1 vs. Metropolitan Division: 1-3-1 Philadelphia Flyers: 4-9-1 Home: 2-6-0 vs. Eastern Conference: 4-6-1 vs. Metropolitan Division: 3-3-1 GAME 15 PREVIEW: Coming off of another disappointing loss (I’m sensing a theme here..) on Tuesday night, the Philadelphia Flyers (4-9-1 overall, 2-6-0 home) return home to face a familiar foe in the New Jersey Devils (3-7-4 overall, 1-6-2 road).  The two Metropolitan teams last faced each other this past Saturday night; that snoozefest game ended in a 1-0 Philadelphia …

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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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Is the NHL, and its fans, ready to embrace puck possession?

So I’m a proponent of puck possession. See exhibit A, and exhibit B. Perhaps it’s just the way I played the game of hockey growing up, or perhaps it’s the increasing amount of metrics that exist that lend credence to its significance. Over the past week or so I’ve noticed on Twitter that at least three NHL teams are making it a point to emphasize puck possession and gaining the zone with possession. @BSH_EricT @mc79hockey i don't know if someone clued trotz in on this one, but he's been pushing carry-ins in camp. … — J.R. Lind (@jrlind) September 15, …

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