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February 8, 2016
Blue Line Buzz: Ritz Karlsson
Erik Karlsson is in the midst of a legendary offensive season by the standards of today's NHL, and RotoWire's Jason Chen devotes some time to appreciating his generational talent.
February 5, 2016
Yahoo DFS Hockey: Friday Picks
Jason Chen is going to ride Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby as long as he can, as there's no stopping him when he's scoring like he can.
February 4, 2016
Friday Daily Puck: A Brewing Conundrum
Kari Lehtonen or Antti Niemi? Petr Mrazek or Jimmy Howard?
February 2, 2016
Blue Line Buzz: Looking Backward, Looking Forward
Jason Chen reviews how every team in the NHL did in last year's second half as part of his search for value in this year's post-All-Star play.
January 25, 2016
Blue Line Buzz: Don't Cling to Klingberg
Jason Chen has some fightin' words for the Stars' John Klingberg, predicting that the first-half breakout star will be outside the top-10 scoring blueliners in the season's second half.
January 22, 2016
Jason Chen likes the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist, who has won three of his last four games, for Friday's Yahoo game.
January 21, 2016
Friday Daily Puck: Paying the Price
The Habs announced star goalie Carey Price is not close to returning.
January 18, 2016
Blue Line Buzz: Hutton Hike
Rookie Ben Hutton hasn't had a great season in Vancouver so far, but Jason Chen likes what he's seeing out of the developing blueliner in the aftermath of his first NHL goal.
January 15, 2016
Jason Chen likes a Jamie Benn-Tyler Seguin stack as the Stars face the Ducks in Friday's Yahoo action.
January 14, 2016
Friday Daily Puck: Working Up a Storm
Implications of Carolina's surprising win and looking forward to Friday's slate
January 11, 2016
Blue Line Buzz: Jonesing For More
Seth Jones has seen a sharp increase in ice time over his first couple games since being dealt to the Blue Jackets, but RotoWire's Jason Chen isn't so sure that's a good thing.
January 8, 2016
Friday Daily Puck: Wait For It
Ryan Johansen will make his Predators debut and Seth Jones will make his Blue Jackets debut. What's next?
Matt Duchene has three goals and three assists in his past five games and he'll look to continue his hot streak against a solid Predators defense.
January 5, 2016
Blue Line Buzz: Leddy, Set, Go
Jason Chen rings in the new year with a discussion of prospect defensemen in the World Junior Championship and hits on Nick Leddy's success for the Isles in the absence of Johnny Boychuk.
December 31, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: The Winter Classic
It's the Winter Classic! Can the Habs stop the bleeding? Is the Bruins' turnaround for real?
December 28, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Regret Tracker
Jason Chen shares his regrets on blue-line duds like Justin Schultz whose prior production, pedigree and circumstances seemed to point to breakout years.
December 21, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Wu-Letang Clan
With this calendar year coming to a close, Jason Chen offers some promising targets on the blue line for the 2016 portion of the campaign, including injured Penguin Kris Letang.
December 18, 2015
Jason Chen picks the Friday slate, looking to take advantage of a reeling Canucks squad with Detroit's Jimmy Howard in net.
Friday Daily Puck: Ugly Ducks Still Sitting Pretty
Despite sitting in last place, Anaheim is just five points out of a playoff spot. Just how bad is the Pacific Division?
December 14, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Flick of the Risto
Jason Chen discusses the Penguins' change behind the bench and the continuing meteoric rise of the Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen, who's now fifth in scoring among NHL blueliners.
December 11, 2015
Jason Chen likes the stacking options the Ducks and Stars provide Friday, including pairing Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf in a favorable matchup.
Friday Daily Puck: Out Like a Hammer
Vancouver's Dan Hamhuis took a puck to the face and is out indefinitely, a huge blow to the defense.
December 7, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Subbanator Not Running Optimally
Jason Chen talks blue-line shooting strategy and potentially fantasy-relevant call-ups while marking out the Canadiens' P.K. Subban for his recent ice-cold run.
December 4, 2015
Jason Chen is on board the 'Ghost Bear' train, and Philadelphia defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere makes for a good value play Friday.
December 3, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: The New Hoff in Town
The Senators are becoming one of the best offensive teams in the league.
November 30, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Newly Elite
Jason Chen names his top five defensemen through the season's first quarter, including the Hurricanes' Justin Faulk, whose big-time breakout has him tied for the NHL lead with eight power-play goals.
November 23, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Sharks with Beards
Jason Chen takes his weekly look around the blue line, making note of a red-hot Brent Burns, who's helped power the Sharks' six-game winning streak.
November 19, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: Russian Sensations
Alex Ovechkin just passed Sergei Fedorov for the all-time lead in goals by a Russian. But who's the greatest of all-time?
November 16, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Ghost Bear Here
Jason Chen takes his weekly look at the NHL's defenders and is stoked for the arrival of Shayne Gostisbehere, who should be an asset on both ends of the ice for the Flyers.
November 12, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: Jetsetters
Best team to watch in the NHL.
November 9, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: OEL's Goals MIA
Jason Chen takes his weekly look at the NHL's defensive picture, with slumping stud Oliver Ekman-Larsson among those catching his attention.
November 6, 2015
Jason Chen is betting on a breakout performance by New York's Chris Kreider against the Avalanche as he picks the Yahoo's Friday slate.
November 5, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: Party in the USA
Canada announced that Mike Babcock and Sidney Crosby will return for the World Cup. How will Team USA look?
November 2, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Flaming Mess
Jason Chen takes his weekly look around the league's blue lines, including Mark Giordano and the struggling Flames' defense looking for consistency in front of unreliable goaltenders.
October 30, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: Goals, Goals, Goals!
Goal differentials and what they can mean.
Jason Chen looks at the Friday Yahoo offerings and can't pass up Florida's Aaron Ekblad, who is one of the better value plays of the night.
October 26, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: The Replacements
Jason Chen discusses the beneficiaries of key injuries in the early going this season, including a sharp increase in ice time for the Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook.
October 23, 2015
Jason Chen's look at the Friday Yahoo slate includes Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick, who's coming off consecutive shutouts.
October 22, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: The Birds and the Bees
The Pens and Ducks just can't seem to take flight, but they should recover better than the hapless Blue Jackets.
October 19, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Getting in the Zone
Jason Chen explores potential indicators of future productivity, like Anaheim's Sami Vatanen startlingly beginning more than half his shifts in the offensive zone.
October 15, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: Jesus Price
You know which goalie isn't tanking your season? Carey Price
Jason Chen knows the smart money is on a bounce-back game for Sergei Bobrovsky, but find out why he isn't buying it.
October 12, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Early Returns
P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov are arguably the best defensive pairing in the league right now, and they're a big reason why the Habs are off to a 3-0 start.
October 9, 2015
Yahoo DFS Hockey: Saturday Picks
Jason Chen breaks down the Saturday Yahoo slate, which offers a good matchup for Henbrik Sedin as he has traditionally feasted on the Flames.
October 8, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: The Debut of McEichel
Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel make their debuts, while the Pens' vaunted offense fails to fly
October 5, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Blue Line Booms, Busts and Rankings
RotoWire's Jason Chen takes a look at the fantasy blueliners around the league, led by Ottawa Senators superstar Erik Karlsson.
May 7, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: Broadway's Dimming Lights
The Rangers can't score and are on the verge of elimination. Can they pull through?
May 1, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: Electric in Montreal, Wild in Chicago
The Lightning begin their series in Montreal while the Wild head to the Windy City. How do the teams match up in Round 2?
April 24, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: The Habs and Hab Nots
The Jets are out. Are the Senators and Penguins next?
April 16, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: A Moment For Mrazek
Mrazek saves 44 to lead Detroit, Allen loses series opener. Now what?
April 13, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Top Playoff Defensemen
Jason Chen ranks his top defensemen from each team in the playoffs.
April 10, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: The Usurpers
The West's eight have been set. Who draws whom and how will it shake out?
April 6, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Final Week Top 50
Jason Chen returns to break down his top-50 defensemen for the final week of the regular season.
April 2, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: Big Bad Buff
Dustin Byfuglien's suspension comes at the worst possible time. Can the Jets fend off the competition and enter the second dance?
March 30, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Top-50 Defensemen of the Week
Jason Chen is back with his top-50 defensemen for this week, headlined by the Senators' Erik Karlsson.
March 27, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: Hamm It Up
Andrew Hammond's streak ended. It was going to happen. So do the Bruins have a chance now?
March 23, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Rest of Season Top-50 Defensemen
Jason Chen breaks down his cheatsheet for the top-50 defensemen from now until the end of the season.
March 19, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: 718 Glasses Of Jagr Bombs On The Wall...
Jaromir Jagr scored his 718th goal Thursday, moving him past Phil Esposito. A quick look at how good the future Hall of Famer really is.
March 16, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: New York, New York
The Islanders have locked up their top defensive pairing until 2022, and unlike previous contracts dealt out by the team, they make sense financially.
March 12, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: The Return of the Kings
The Kings are making things interesting in the Western Conference. With only a handful of playoff spots left, which teams have the best chance or going to the second dance?
March 9, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Replacing Toughness
Dustin Byfulgien may be the league's toughest player, but the Jets will have to figure out how to fill his void for the next 2-to-4 weeks while he sits with an upper-body injury.
March 5, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: The Schlemko Shamer
With Mark Giordano out, newly acquired defenseman David Schlemko stepped up big time.
March 3, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Who Got Better in the Back?
Jason Chen breaks down the defensive changes throughout the league after the trade deadline, while highlighting P.K. Subban's strong play of late.
February 27, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: Clarkson's Blues and Jagr's Moves
The Leafs ship David Clarkson to Columbus and the Devils send Jaromir Jagr to Florida. What's next?
February 23, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Around the League
Jason Chen discusses the possibility of the Bruins trading Zdeno Chara.
February 20, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: Advanced Basics
The NHL will be rolling advanced stats onto their website soon. Can fantasy players use them?
February 16, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Predators Go All In
Jason Chen breaks down Sunday's big trade that sent Cody Franson to Nashville where he could end up as the Predators' No. 2 scoring option.
February 12, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: There's No Place Like Home
Nabokov returns to San Jose to retire a Shark. A look back at one of the best goalies of a generation.
February 9, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: The Next Lidstrom
Jason Chen checks in around the league, including one player he's deemed the next Nicklas Lidstrom.
February 6, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: Pretty Ducky
Anaheim's 5-2 win against Nashville vaulted them to the top of the league. Are they really the league's best team?
February 2, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: On the Move
Jason Chen covers some names that could have big fantasy value swings if they move before the trade deadline.
January 29, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: Everything's Coming Up Clendening
The world has ended and the Canucks have consummated a trade with the Blackhawks. Can Clendening fill in for Bieksa?
January 21, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Positive Vibes for Pietrangelo
Alex Pietrangelo was one of Jason Chen's Performers of the Week in his column this week.
January 15, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Power Play Shakeup in Montreal
P.K. Subban remains on the Habs top power play unit, but they have shaken up the other blueliners involved. Plus, Jason Chen writes about the return of a key defenseman in Columbus.
Friday Daily Puck: The Backup Plan
Pekka Rinne's injury means Carter Hutton gets the job by default. But is he Nashville's only hope?
January 9, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: Not So Wild
The Wild are struggling and Mike Yeo's on the hot seat. Are their players worth hanging onto?
January 7, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Slow Starters Paying Dividends
Alexander Edler has turned it around after a slow start, an event projected by advanced metrics.
January 2, 2015
Friday Daily Puck: Capital Victory
What did we learn from the Caps' narrow victory at Nationals Park? And the Canucks' late-game collapse?
December 22, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Boxing Day Bargains
Mike Green is thriving under coach Barry Trotz's system. Jason Chen uses advanced metrics to help identify potential future bargains on the blue line.
December 19, 2014
Friday Daily Puck: Not The Good Kind of Blues
The Blues blew a 3-0 lead Thursday night against the Kings, which begs the question - are they good enough to win the Cup?
December 15, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Value Added
Who are some of the players that add sneaky value if you avoid taking the big name defensemen like Drew Doughty? Jason Chen elaborates in this week's column.
December 12, 2014
Friday Daily Puck: Will The Real Good Teams Please Stand Up?
As the season approaches the halfway mark, keep an eye on the standings and which teams are quickly falling out of the race.
December 8, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Guardians of the Galaxy
Mark Giordano is the very early favorite for the Norris Trophy. Jason Chen reviews the top performers a quarter of the way through the season.
December 4, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Tired Ducks
The Ducks' top three defensemen are already logging monster minutes, and we're only in December writes RotoWire's Jason Chen.
Friday Daily Puck: Alfie's Farewell
An era of Senators hockey draws to a close with the retirement of Daniel Alfredsson.
November 28, 2014
Friday Daily Puck: Edmonton Oil Spill
The Oilers are winless in eight games. When does a train wreck stop being funny?
November 26, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Younger and Faster In Dallas
The Stars recent trades have demonstrated their commitment to young, fast players like John Klingberg, who had a big week last week.
November 21, 2014
Friday Daily Puck: The Ballad of Jack Johnson
Johnson's financial troubles shows that we're all human.
November 16, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Off To A Great Start
RotoWire's Jason Chen takes over our Blue Line Buzz feature and highlights the start of Florida's Aaron Ekblad.
November 14, 2014
Friday Daily Puck: On Bryan Murray
The hockey world reels from the announcement of Bryan Murray's battle with cancer.
November 7, 2014
Friday Daily Puck: The Best of the Worst
Which eye should you poke out when watching the Sabres and Oilers? Left, right, or both?!
October 31, 2014
Saturday Daily Puck: Starry-eyed Wild
The Stars and Wild get ready for a key divisional matchup Saturday night. How will it all shake down?
October 23, 2014
Friday Daily Puck: Kuemper's A Keeper
Darcy Kuemper now has three shutouts in four starts. Anomaly or the real deal?
October 16, 2014
Friday Daily Puck: Stars Shine, Sharks Abandoned on Long Island
The Stars showed the Pens why the West is still best, but the Isles showed there's a new player in town.
October 10, 2014
Friday Daily Puck: The Storm Brewing On Long Island
Who says no one cares about the Canes and Isles?
September 17, 2014
2014-2015 Sabres Preview: Buffalo Mild Wings
Matt Moulson will return to Buffalo after brief stops in Long Island and Minnesota last season, but he'll likely once again find himself as the top winger on one of the league's worst teams.
April 12, 2014
Saturday Daily Puck: The Hands Being Dealt
All 16 playoff spots are now spoken for. Who plays whom? Who doesn't want to play whom?
April 5, 2014
Saturday Daily Puck: Captain Serious-ly Missing
The Blackhawks shut down Jonathan Toews for the rest of the regular season. What does this mean for the defending champs?
March 29, 2014
Saturday Daily Puck: These Birds Don't Fly
Are the Pens really the second-best team in the East? I see a team full of question marks and holes.
March 22, 2014
Saturday Daily Puck: Champions of The Hub
They don't really miss Tyler Seguin, eh? The Bruins are prepared for another long Cup run.
March 14, 2014
Saturday Daily Puck: California Feeding Frenzy
The Sharks are surging and destroying everything in its path. Are they the best team in California?
March 7, 2014
Saturday Daily Puck: Quack Attack
The Ducks got faster by cutting Dustin Penner. But will it be enough?
February 28, 2014
Saturday Daily Puck: Miller Time In Missouri
Six teams have emerged as legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. Which team made a move to push them over the edge?
February 7, 2014
Saturday Daily Puck: All Eyes On Sochi
Saturday marks the final day of NHL action before the Olympics, where 12 teams will vie for the gold. Which teams are the favorites? Who will win gold?
February 1, 2014
Saturday Daily Puck: Sochi Looms, Teams Face Ultimate Dooms
Teams are at different stages as the Olympic break approaches. Where do they stand?
January 24, 2014
Saturday Daily Puck: Hot For Hockey
January 18, 2014
Saturday Daily Puck: Brotherly Love for Mason
The Flyers inked Mason to a three-year extension with a manageable cap number... what's going on here? And what about fan favourite Ray Emery?
January 10, 2014
Saturday Daily Puck: Ovechkin Shoots For 60
If Ovechkin scores 60 goals, it'll be the third time since 2008 a player has done so. Can he do it?
January 3, 2014
Saturday Daily Puck: Horton Hears A Win
Key players return from injury after a three-day holiday break and the start of a new calendar year. Which players will make the biggest difference?
December 28, 2013
Saturday Daily Puck: S Is For Sidelined
With Dennis Seidenberg and Alex Steen sidelined, will the Bruins and Blues have enough depth to stay at the top?
December 20, 2013
Saturday Daily Puck: 400 For Ovechkin
Ovechkin's on pace for 70-plus goals. Can he do it?
December 19, 2013
Friday Daily Puck: The Glue Men
Paul Holmgren compared Scott Laughton to Mike Richards. Can the story write itself?
December 13, 2013
Saturday Daily Puck: Can Kunitz Crack Canada?
Is Chris Kunitz worthy of a spot on Team Canada based on his chemistry with Sidney Crosby?
December 6, 2013
Saturday Daily Puck: Zero To Heroes
Injuries are ramping up, so which has-beens and never-weres will get their once-in-a-lifetime chance?
November 29, 2013
Saturday Daily Puck: Righting The Ship
The Canucks and Sabres have combined for more than 140 years with no Cup wins. How much longer is the punishment?
November 22, 2013
Saturday Daily Puck: West is Best
The Eastern Conference has been awful so far - will it last?
November 15, 2013
Saturday Daily Puck: No More Funny Games
The first quarter is done and it's time to weed out the pretenders