Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: The Halfway Point

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The weeks of Xmas and New Year’s in most fantasy hockey leagues coincides with the halfway point of the season. The holiday weeks bring fantasy hockey players some interesting hurdles to think about as we set our lineups this holiday season. Below are some thoughts to keep in mind this upcoming week as we ring in the New Year.

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A Closer Look At: The Holiday Roster Freeze

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The NHL season has a number of checkpoints every.  I would like to think that they are creations of the Fan Engagement Department (not an actual department) to help drum up publicity and headlines every year.  Some of the events have a significant effect on the league, and more or less drive the league and each of its teams in various directions (the Entry Draft and Free Agency).  While others seem to be creations to help along the hockey media (The Trade Deadline and the Holiday Roster Freeze).  For those of us that follow hockey on a day to day basis, the “rumours” that begin shortly thereafter American Thanksgiving are as much a hallmark of the Christmas Season as Christmas Carols being played in department stores on November 1 (if you live in Canada).  The Holiday Roster Freeze has always struck me as a fascinating anomaly in during the NHL season.

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NHL Weekly Summary: Week 11

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Sunday December 14th 2014 – Saturday December 21st 2014

Here is this week’s top NHL news. This post is just meant to be a convenient way for some people out there who are busy during the week and need a nice condensed list of what has happened in the NHL each week. All headlines are linked to articles with further detail. Please let me know if there is any errors/anything that you think I should add to this list and I will fix it/deem if it is worthy.

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Around the Arena: NHL Xmas Shutdown

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Unfortunately for hockey fans, their favourite NHL teams will be taking a short hiatus this upcoming week. This can be a sad time for us hockey lovers that watch games on a seemingly daily basis, no matter what teams are playing. It is the opposite of other holidays like Thanksgiving, during which matinee matches allow for the perfect opportunity to spend some real quality time with the family by watching some hockey. This hiatus has become more prevalent in impact to the avid hockey fans life since the shutdown was expanded during the last CBA contract negotiations in 2012-2013. Alas, TV screens will stay dark and not be graced with the wonderful sights and sounds that NHL hockey brings to our living rooms during the upcoming 3 day NHL shutdown that starts the day before Christmas and ends after the Boxing Day holiday in Canada.

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Goalies: The Goalie Mask

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The goalie mask is a pretty well-known piece of equipment, not even among us goalies or hockey fans, but pretty much everyone knows this iconic symbol of the ice hockey goaltender. Of course this has even more meaning now, breaking it down to personal knowledge of the goalie, as customization has gone crazy. From types, shapes, strapping, protection and paint jobs, almost no mask is the same anymore.

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A Closer Look At: Winning and Losing Streaks

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On Tuesday November 18, 2014 the Toronto Maple Leafs lost to the Nashville Predators 9-2.  I know this because I live in the GTA.  The next day, the sports media in the area was almost unlistenable.  “Carlyle likely to be fired after this weekend.” “Carlyle has lost the room.”  “What kind of Captain is Phaneuf?” yadda….yadda…yadda.  Admittedly losing 9-2 to any team in hockey is an embarrassing situation.  One of the more common idioms for a blowout of that sort is that the team, “lost by a touchdown.”  It was a fantastic loss in every sense, but one without the benefit of a crystal ball.  If anyone would have known then what they know now, would anyone have really been so upset.  As of Sunday December 14, 2014, the Toronto Maple Leafs are on the hottest winning streak in the NHL at 8-1-1.  Funny how a month changes things.

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NHL Weekly Summary: Week 10

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Sunday December 7th 2014 to Saturday December 13th 2014

Here is this week’s top NHL news. This post is just meant to be a convenient way for some people out there who are busy during the week and need a nice condensed list of what has happened in the NHL each week. All headlines are linked to articles with further detail. Please let me know if there is any errors/anything that you think I should add to this list and I will fix it/deem if it is worthy.

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Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes Weeks 8-9: The Underachiever

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At this point in the season it becomes safe to say who is easily on their way to irrelevancy in the world of fantasy hockey. They are the equivalent of a train wreck. These players should be avoided at all cost in any format of fantasy hockey league unless you have no other option. The fantasy hockey irrelevancy abyss is full of past stars and here are some new names to add to that list:

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Stats: What is the Corsi Rating?

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Over the past few years, different statistics in hockey have been given increased focus as teams try to gain any insight and advantage they can. Several of these statistics you may have heard of before – names like Corsi and Fenwick, are being heard more and more frequently in the hockey community. The rise of several websites that track these statistics makes it easier for fans to access this information, but just how useful are these new metrics, can we use them to make any predictions?

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NHL Weekly Summary: Week 9

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NHL Weekly Summary: Week 9 (Sunday November 30th 2014 – Saturday December 6th 2014)

Here is this week’s top NHL new. This post is just meant to be a convenient way for some people out there who are busy during the week and need a nice condensed list of what has happened in the NHL each week. All headlines are linked to articles with further detail. Please let me know if there is any errors/anything that you think I should add to this list and I will fix it/deem if it is worthy.

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