http://NHL.com’s Pete Jensen and Rob Reese have the 24/7/365 pulse of the fantasy hockey world. Whether you play daily fantasy or are in a season-long league or pool, the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast brings the knowledge and advice to give you an edge over your competition. The hosts and their guests also dip their toes into the ever-growing world of sports betting.
Fantasy impact of Habs firing Julien; Zuccarello’s hot start; Kings’ success
Pete and Rob are back to discuss all the big fantasy storylines of the week, most notably the Canadiens firing Claude Julien and the impact of the coaching change on Carey Price’s fantasy value. The guys discuss how much patience to have with struggling goalies like Price and Carter Hart and why the Wild, Kings and Oilers offer some better fantasy options at the position. Other players discussed include Mats Zuccarello, Mike Smith, Ilya Samsonov, Kevin Lankinen, Jeff Carter, Max Comtois, Dominik Kahun, Drake Batherson and more. The guys also give their best bets for Friday games and talk about what has gone wrong with the Calgary Flames and Buffalo Sabres.
Fantasy waiver wire: week 6 pickups; Ducks recall Zegras; Canadiens’ struggles
Pete and Rob are joined by usual Monday guest “Waiver Wire” James Harding to discuss some of the best top lines in the League and how you can tap into them in fantasy. The guys break down the upcoming NHL debut of Ducks prospect Trevor Zegras, the impressive fantasy depth of the Hurricanes and recent struggles of the Canadiens. The guys also compare the goalie tandems of the Kings and Wild, who are competing for the fourth spot in the Honda West Division, cover the fantasy impact of Pierre-Luc Dubois shifting from center to wing, key injury returns from over the weekend and give their best bets for the Monday slate.
Devils, Panthers, Blackhawks sustainability; appeal of Driedger, Elvis; NHL Outdoors
Pete and Rob are joined by “Goalie Master” David Satriano to discuss the top fantasy storylines at the position and best bets, especially for the NHL Outdoor games this weekend. The guys discuss Chris Driedger’s amazing play to start his NHL career, Elvis Merzlikins’ upside for the rest of the season, the sustainability of the most surprising teams and whether Rangers center Mika Zibanejad is still worth holding onto during his ongoing scoring drought. The guys also touch on players like Jonathan Huberdeau, James Reimer, Brock McGinn, Joe Thornton, Bryan Rust, Kyle Palmieri and more.
Patience with Sorokin, Fiala; Blackhawks rookies; Hurricanes’ ceiling
Pete and Rob recap the games so far this week and spin things forward to the best fantasy waiver wire pickups and sports betting trends around the NHL. The guys discuss Ilya Sorokin’s first win and shutout, the Hurricanes' high ceiling, whether you should be patient with slow-starting Kevin Fiala, the disappointing Rangers and how valuable players like Philipp Grubauer, Patrick Kane and Elias Lindholm have been in fantasy this season. The guys identify waiver wire adds like Brandon Saad, Vincent Trocheck, Pius Suter, Nicolas Beaudin, Bowen Byram, Joe Thornton and give their best bets and DFS picks for the Wednesday slate.
Fantasy waiver wire: week 5 pickups; sneaky Penguins; players to watch from returning teams
Pete is joined by “Waiver Wire“ James Harding to discuss all the players worth considering off the fantasy waiver wire based on lineup changes, injuries and other trends over the weekend. The guys discuss the Penguins’ surprising start with all that has gone wrong so far and the value of players from returning teams like the Sabres and Devils. The guys take some fan questions, bring up some concerns about the Avalanche and Capitals and discuss players like Marc-Andre Fleury, Cam Atkinson, Brett Pesce, Dante Fabbro, Linus Ullmark, Ivan Barbashev and more.
Fantasy trends; buy low on Teravainen; Panthers’ sustainability; Avs return; fan questions
Pete and Rob are joined by guest Nick Alberga of Sportsnet to recap the fantasy season to this point and spin things forward. The guys discuss the buy-low fantasy appeal of struggling Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen, how Cam Atkinson and Neal Pionk have emerged as beneficiaries of the Jets-Blue Jackets trade, Erik Karlsson’s fall from fantasy relevance with the Sharks and some players worth adding in fantasy around the League. The guys discuss when to trade Penguins center Evgeni Malkin in fantasy and which Avalanche players are worth picking up ahead of their upcoming return to the ice, potentially with Nathan MacKinnon and Devon Toews as early as Sunday. The crew also discusses a similarity between the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks and whether the Panthers are for real after their big win over the Lightning on Thursday.
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