Mats Sundin was the first European born player to be drafted first overall in the NHL and shares the distinction as one of the longest-serving captains born outside of North America. He became the first European captain in Toronto Maple Leaf history in 1996-1997 and will go down in Leaf history as one of their best ever. Let’s dig into another Blast From the Past and take a closer look at the great career of 6’5″ center, number 13 Mats Sundin. Continue reading →
Back in the 80s-90s, if an older gentleman walked into a barbershop in Toronto, and it took 30 minutes to get a haircut, chances are that he would spend five minutes talking about politics and the other 25 minutes talking about hockey. It’s instances and stories from the old days that without question fully embody what it means to be a fan of one of the most iconic franchises in NHL history, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Continue reading →
The Toronto Maple Leafs brought in 28-year-old rearguard Tyson Barrie just this past off-season to bolster their group of defensemen. Barrie who had spent his entire career in Colorado up to that point built up a very good resume after eight seasons in the league. With things souring in Leaf land, Barrie is almost certain to hit the open market when free agency commences on July 1st. Despite enduring one of his more unproductive seasons, Barrie is likely to garner plenty of interest this summer from multiple teams. Let’s take a closer look at Victoria BC native Tyson Barrie. Continue reading →
10 games to sort through on this full Thursday NHL card. We will go over Detroit at Washington, Pittsburgh at Columbus, Vegas at Minnesota and Nashville at Toronto to give you our best recommendations at Center, Winger, Defenseman, and goalie. Strap yourself in, let’s make some Ice Picks! Continue reading →
Tuesday went fairly well as the Penguins and Knights got the job done for the most part. Only the Maple Leafs failed to come up on the winning end. More on them in a bit. Tonight we will tail the Leon Draisatl-led Oilers, the Bruins and yes, again, the Toronto Maple Leafs- (hey they lead the league in offense, my hand is forced). The Ice is ready my friends, time to make our Ice Picks! Continue reading →
The calendar has flipped over to March which means we have only about a month of the regular season left. The action is only going to intensify from here on out so buckle down and enjoy the ride. Tonight is a typical full schedule. My focus will be on three teams who line up really well in their respective matchups. If you’re ready, join me to make some selections for today’s Ice Picks! Continue reading →
Who’s ready for some Saturday night puck action? Tonight the Leafs look to build off a big 4-0 victory over the Penguins. The Avalanche look to get some revenge in California and the Vegas Golden Knights aim to continue their winning ways at home to the Panthers. Here we go again! Cue up the Ice Picks! Continue reading →
With the Super Bowl in the books, we can transfer our attention to the NBA and NHL before springtime kicks MLB back into gear. Monday we have three games on the docket. Leading the way in terms of goal scoring appears to be the Philadelphia Flyers at the Detroit Red Wings as well the Florida Panthers at the Toronto Maple Leafs. Let’s breakdown the action and make some Ice Picks! Continue reading →
Good day puck heads and DFSers welcome back into Tuesday’s edition of Ice Picks! We will continue on with a generalized game preview of some feature matchups on a very full docket. Let’s break it down and hop into it! Continue reading →
Welcome to the NHL Roundup week 11, the first of the new year! I hope everyone had a great New Year and enjoyed this year’s Winter Classic between the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators. The Dallas Stars won this year’s classic in what was the second-largest attended in the history of the Winter Classic. Let’s see what happened elsewhere around the league this past week. Continue reading →
A couple of hot teams lead the way along with a couple powerhouse teams in favorable matchups for this Saturday’s edition of Ice Picks. The Maple Leafs and Canucks are stringing together wins like nobody’s business while the Lightning and Avalanche look to pounce on teams of a lesser caliber. Time to grind and dig, time to make some Ice Picks! Continue reading →
Happy New Year to all! With the new year and new decade here and the season just about halfway over, let’s take a look at what each team is wishing for in the new year as the second half of the season commences. Continue reading →
Happy Holidays Puck Lovers! Hopefully, everyone is enjoying some sort of holiday break. The NHL returns to action with a full schedule of 11 games Friday after a brief hiatus for Christmas. Of all the games, we are targeting the Maple Leafs at New Jersey, Columbus at Washington, the Hurricanes at the New York Rangers and the Vegas Golden Knights visiting the Anaheim Ducks. Let’s dig out the sticks and gloves and make some Ice Picks! Continue reading →
Recently in the NHL news cycle, it seemed that every other day we would hear new allegations about coaching misconduct. Over the course of what seems like months, but in reality, has only been less than a month since the allegations against former Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters from his days as the head coach of the Rockford Ice Hogs in the AHL. Soon after those allegations came out, more came out against Peters from his days in Carolina. Now accusations have come against former Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Marc Crawford, and former Dallas Stars head coach Jim Montgomery. This is a disturbing trend that needs to end. Here are a few reasons why.
Welcome back into Ice Picks, in our last edition our headliner, Evgeni Malkin, was a late scratch Thursday due to an illness. This core selection ended up being a wash, and in turn, scratched out any potential of cashing. Lesson learned, always check updates before puck drop. On to tonight. We have the L.A. Kings visiting the Bruins, Buffalo at Toronto, Minnesota at Vegas and just one piece coming from the Anaheim at Philadelphia matchup. Y’all know the drill, it’s time for Tuesday’s Ice Picks! Continue reading →
On the morning of Tuesday, December 10th the Dallas Stars announced the firing of head coach Jim Montgomery. The reason given for this mysterious firing was “unprofessional conduct”. No further details were released on the matter. Montgomery is now the third head coach released within the last month, the first being Mike Babcock in Toronto, and the second being Bill Peters in Calgary.
Week seven of the NHL Weekly Roundup is here with another great week of hockey behind us! With the resignation of former head coach Bill Peters, we saw the Calgary Flames win both of their matchups this week under new coaching. The Bruins continue their points streak going 2-0-1 on the week, but taking a surprising overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. We also saw two skaters tally their 100th career goal during this past week, one being Washington Capitals John Carlson and the other being the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Victor Hedman. Speaking of Carlson, let’s look at our stars of the week!
Because of the Thanksgiving Holiday, the usual schedule has been modified. As a result, Wednesday has a full offering of 13 games. The following will be where we pick players for roster construction: Florida Panthers at Washington Capitals, Toronto Maple Leafs at Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers at Colorado Avalanche and finally, the Carolina Hurricanes at the New York Rangers. Ler’s go down to ice level and make some Ice Picks! Continue reading →
Week five of the NHL Weekly Roundup is here! This week we saw teams near the bottom of the league starting to pick up the pace and put together win after win, and some of the teams higher on the boards showing their weaknesses and dropping in the rankings. Continue reading →
“The little engine that could”, “David vs. Goliath”, “You’re too small to play this game”. Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher has probably heard all of those catchphrases over the course of his minor and professional career as a hockey player. Standing at a whopping 5’9 (and that’s being generous), “Gally” is certainly not one of the biggest players on the ice by any means. His game is certainly not flashy or pretty to watch, but man oh man, can this guy play the sport of hockey. Continue reading →
Welcome to the third edition of the NHL Weekly Roundup. Well, John Tavares is back! In Tavares’ second game back for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the star forward scored the game-winning overtime goal against the Vegas Golden Knights. Last week’s team on the rise, the St Louis Blues, stayed hot winning all three of their matches for the week, and if you got the chance to watch my game of the week you enjoyed a great one with the Boston Bruins beating the Pittsburg Penguins 6-4. Sadly though I’m not always going to be right, the Buffalo Sabres continued slipping as they lost both of their games this past week. In news unrelated to my last article, congratulations to Anaheim Ducks veteran Ryan Getzlaf on his 1,000th game played! Now let’s get into our stars of the week.Continue reading →
Happy weekend everyone, lots of high-profile games on this nine-game evening slate. The Leafs and Habs renew their rivalry in Montreal, the surging Blue Jackets visit the Flyers, Calgary and Winnipeg meet up for an outdoor game for the Heritage Classic, and finally, in perhaps the game of the night, the high-flying Nashville Predators visit last year’s President’s trophy winners, the Tampa Bay Lightning. Let’s dig into it and make some Ice Picks!
Ten game slates are sometimes hard to decipher. There are many matchups to consider and numbers to sort through. The most important thing is to not play too many lineups because you can’t decide between lines to play or narrow your overall player pool. Continue reading →
Saturday night is usually a big night in NHL and tonight is no different as we have 11 games to choose from on the main slate. Tonight the focus will be Boston hosting the Devils, the Jets and Blackhawks in Chicago, the surging Carolina Hurricanes looking to stay undefeated versus the Blue Jackets and the Maple Leafs looking to rebound at Detroit. Let’s drop the puck and make some Ice Picks. Continue reading →
Thursday night is a full schedule for some puck action. All toll we have 11 games to choose from. There is bound to be a game or two you can bounce back and forth with the Thursday night NFL offering which could get out of reach with the Patriots envolved. My projections forecast Tampa Bay and Toronto, San Jose/ Chicago, St. Louis at Ottawa and Edmonton at Jersey as great games to target for offensive production. Sharpen the skates, time for Ice Picks! Continue reading →
Hello everyone, and welcome to the first of many installments of my GPP article for this NHL season. I want to start by saying how grateful I am for these fine people at the Scorecrow to allow me to write for them for football and hockey and that I really want to make some money for myself as well as all the readers this season. I had a couple of near-binks last season, and I am committed to hitting one or two this year, so let’s get to the picks. Continue reading →
The crown jewel and hometown boy who grew up a die-hard Maple Leafs fan has signed on the dotted line, officially ending #MarnerWatch. After a rather extended and emotionally draining contract dispute between the Toronto Maple Leafs and talented forward William Nylander, that ended on December 1, 2018, it was quite evident that Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas had no intention of letting the Mitch Marner contract situation drag on this time around. After both sides reached an agreement, much to the joy of Maple Leafs fans, let’s take a closer look at Mitch Marner’s new deal.
Each September the National Hockey League is filled with various sights and sounds that would give any hockey player, coach, executive, broadcaster, analyst, insider or passionate fan goosebumps. The summer is over, the start of the new campaign is just a few short weeks away, and NHL training camps are up and running across Canada and the United States. Players young and old, are hopeful for their “shot” at cracking the big club. New faces are hoping to make an all-important first impression with their new clubs, and for head and assistant coaches and general managers across the league, they’re trying to get a read on their clubs and hope to hit the ground running come puck drop. With this excitement, also come the pressures of being at the highest level, surrounded by the best teams, players, and fans on the planet. Pressure, “hot seat”, “under the microscope”, you name it, is something that Toronto Maple Leafs Head Coach, Mike Babcock, will be at the pinnacle of in 2019/20. Continue reading →
In this edition of Ice Picks, we will target favorites who have a distinct edge over their counterparts. The Toronto Maple Leafs host the slumping New York Rangers, Vegas will look to continue their dominance in a home matchup to the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal, winners of their last two, are home to the struggling Buffalo Sabres, and the Flames look to continue their strong play of late in Vancouver. Let’s break it down! Continue reading →
The choices are not so obvious this time around for DraftKings selections for Tuesday. Bound to be quite a bit of variance, so perhaps GPP’s is the way to go tonight. My top game to target is Washington at New Jersey followed by Toronto at Nashville, and Columbus at Calgary. Here we go! Continue reading →
A number of great options to target for Saturday’s NHL slate. Narrowing down this slate was somewhat difficult but there is no denying the value in the following contests. Calgary Flames at Winnipeg Jets, Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning and finally, the battle of Ontario-Leafs at Senators. Let’s get to it! Continue reading →
Welcome back everyone to a weekend edition of DraftKings Ice Picks. Hope everyone is having fun this season playing NHL DFS. The season is winding down and it will be soon time for the best time of the year for hockey fans, the Playoffs! As usual, my games to focus on is three or four matchups. Leading the way, Senators at Bruins, Red Wings at Lightning, Leafs at Oilers and Penguins at Blue Jackets. Let’s get to it! Continue reading →
The month of February has passed and there are less than 20 games left to be played for each team in the NHL. In the Atlantic Division, once again, we have the three strongest teams in the Eastern Conference. Where do all the teams in the Atlantic Division stand following the NHL Trade Deadline? Continue reading →
Thursday, February 21st’s NHL card has 11 games on tap. Two games have me very intrigued and lead the way by a good margin over the rest of the offerings for high event matches. Washington at Toronto and San Jose at Pittsburgh(especially) could go off for a plethora of goals. Also, Buffalo at Tampa Bay and New York Islanders at Edmonton are on my radar.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are still trying to upgrade their defense. That is nothing new or surprising. Earlier in January, they pulled the trigger and acquiredJake Muzzin from the Los Angeles Kings. The Leafs gave up their first-round draft pick in order to gain Muzzin. Nevertheless, Toronto is still seeking for a right-handed defenseman, as Muzzin is left-handed one. They may not be even close to done with scouting the trade market.
A full Tuesday slate of games in the NHL brings us 12 games to pick from for our DFS lineups. Capitals/Blue Jackets, Hurricanes/Senators, Flames/Lightning, Flyers/Wild, Rangers/Jets, Leafs/Avalanche appear to be the best games to target at first glance.
The Toronto Maple Leafs made a move that they decided to get done sooner rather than later today as the team announced that superstar center Auston Matthews has been signed to a five-year extension worth $58.178 million, paying Matthews $11.634 million per year. The contract will begin during the 2019-2020 season.
The first big deal of the Trade Deadline season went down tonight as it was announced that the Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired defenseman Jake Muzzin from the Los Angeles Kings. In exchange, the Kings acquire right winger Carl Grundstrom, rights to defenseman Sean Durzi, and a first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
We have six games on the docket this evening. Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals at Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes at Vancouver Canucks round out my top three. *Keep in mind, the League will be going on an extended all-star break until Monday, January 28th* Let’s get to it!
In their last 15 games, the Wild have won just five times. Just two teams have been worse than the Wild in the meantime and they are the Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes. After a very strong start to the season, the Wild are struggling and seemingly cannot catch a break.
I always find small slates like Friday’s (three-game) much tougher than big slates because there is less room for error and if you don’t hit the nail on the head and other people do, you might lose everything.
In my opinion, the Eastern Conference is the more exciting conference of the two in the National Hockey League. I am going to be highlighting a player or an exciting line from each team to watch out for as you get your fill of hockey this year.
The Atlantic Division has been nothing short of insanity in the first 28 games of the 2018-19 season. Each team is hovering around .500 in the standings and the storylines are laid out for an explosive finish. Can Buffalo shock the world and take the Atlantic title? Will Boston creep up towards the end? Will it be a race to the finish for Toronto and Tampa Bay for not only the Atlantic title but the Presidents’ Trophy? There isn’t another division in the National Hockey League that has as much potential for a storied season as the Atlantic.