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Dan Pennucci has covered hockey for Rotowire since 2002 and is the author of Blue Line Buzz since 2011 as well as being the co-author of Morning Skate. He also is a contributor to Talking Red, a New Jersey Devils blog and podcast. He is an English teacher and formerly wrote for The Coast Star in Manasquan, New Jersey where he and his sports section won several New Jersey Press Association awards. Dan Pennucci is a supporter of the New Jersey Devils, Washington Nationals and Chelsea FC. He's attended sporting events in six countries.

Fantasy sports articles written by Dan Pennucci

Morning Skate: Filip Forsberg's Breakout

Dan and Janet return and discuss Filip Forsberg's breakout with the Preds this season among other topics.

2014-2015 Devils Preview: Vet Cemetery

The 38-year-old Patrik Elias is one of several greybeards the Devils will count on to drive their offensive attack this season, but that's precisely the problem.

Draft Kit: 2014-15 Busts

Ryan Kesler might be in a better fantasy set-up in Anaheim, but RotoWire's Dan Pennucci suggests that he'll be overdrafted in most leagues this year.

Morning Skate: Bear Season

Both Dan Pennucci and Janet Eagleson have Zdeno Chara and Boston winning The Cup

Wednesday Daily Puck: Back On Ice In Dallas

Columbus and Dallas resume the March 10 contest against Columbus in the wake of the Rich Peverly injury

Blue Line Buzz: Pleasant Surprises

James Wisniewski makes Dan Pennucci's list of pleasant suprises from the blue line. Which of them have enduring value?

Wednesday Daily Puck: Senator Elect?

Mika Zibanejad has been showing his skill in the nation's capital

Blue Line Buzz: Flame On

The Flames and Mark Giordano have been quite productive lately, plus Dan Pennucci breaks down the goon points pool in this week's edition.

Morning Skate: Rotting Leafs

Toronto is fading fast in the East. Janet and Dan discuss the Leafs' woes among this week's topics.

Wednesday Daily Puck: Penguin Down

The Penguins will be without Evgeni Malkin possibly for the rest of the regular season

Thursday Daily Puck: Return of The Devil

Zach Parise returns to New Jersey while the playoff race heats up.

Morning Skate: A Rift in Sochi?

Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin apparently feuded in Sochi, and that may have carried over to Ovie's play in Washington.

Blue Line Buzz: Barrie Finding His Way

Tyson Barrie took a long time to get settled with the Avalanche, but he's been a strong producer lately for them.

Wednesday Daily Puck: Orcas Dying

Kevin Bieksa and Vancouver don't have much to smile about of late.

Morning Skate: Tire Pumping

Dan and Janet discuss the various trade deadline deals, including the very brief but delicious pairing of Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo on the same team.

Wednesday Daily Puck: Luongo's Sweet Freedom

Roberto Luongo won't be sad to leave Vancouver for sunny Florida

Blue Line Buzz: Let the Dealing Begin

Christian Ehrhoff, seen here in better days with Vancouver, could be looking at another welcomed change of scenery before the trade deadline.

Morning Skate: Olympic Gloating, Trade Fallout

Janet gloats about Team Canada's double-dip, and she and Dan break down the Ryan Miller trade.

Wednesday Daily Puck: Full Speed Ahead

The NHL kicks off its post-Olympic stretch run

Group A: Ain't No Miracle: Americans Faceoff With Russia

Backes and Team USA will be too much for Russia

Blue Line Buzz: Olympic Blue Lines

Ryan Suter figures to log a ton of ice time for Team USA, much as he does for the Wild during the regular season.

Wednesday Daily Puck: Hawks, Ducks Battle

Jonas Hiller and the Ducks take on Chicago Wednesday Where will Ryan Miller end up?

Blue Line Buzz: John Carlson Sighting

In Washington, sightings of American Olympian John Carlson have been reported. Dan Pennucci discusses Carlson's mercurial production and highlights other blue liners on the rise this week.

The Daily Puck: Eastern Conference A Fine Mess

Washington needs Nicklas Backstrom to start producing more if the Caps want to stay in a crowded Eastern Conference playoff race

Sochi 2014: Team Analysis - United States

Joe Pavelski will be a key contributor for the American envoy to Russia, but can they improve upon their last Olympic result?

Blue Line Buzz: The Young and Restless

Some Young Blueliners to Watch

Wednesday Daily Puck: Flyers Raking In Goals

Scott Hartnell and the Flyers are scoring in bunches, but take on a rising Carolina team.

Blue Line Buzz: Buy Low (But Buyer Beware)

Alexander Edler has returned after a month-long absence, and you might be able to snag him given how slowly he started this season, writes Dan Pennucci.

Wednesday Daily Puck: Rivalry Night

Ryan Kesler needs to step up for Vancouver while Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin battle on Wednesday.

Blue Line Buzz: Mid-Season Awards

Cam Fowler wins the coveted Anti-Tyler Myers award for bouncing back from two bad years this season.

Wednesday Daily Puck: Sharpening For Sochi

Patrick Sharp has been on a tear the last two weeks and will be heading to Sochi

Blue Line Buzz: Olympic Snubs

Dustin Byfuglien was one of two high-profile blue-line snubs from the U.S. Olympic team.

Wednesday Daily Puck: A Classic Conundrum

Detroit and Toronto Limp Into The Winter Classic

Blue Line Buzz: No Peeking

Should PK Subban make Team Canada? Dan Pennucci is incredulous that it's even a question.

Morning Skate: Suspensions Here, Suspensions There

Dan and Janet opine about the suspensions levied against James Neal and Shawn Thornton, discuss goaltending matters for Teams Canada and the U.S. and express concern about concussions in the game.

Wednesday Daily Puck: A Night In The Metropolitan

Henrik Lundqvist faces a formidable foe in the Penguins while Ottawa's Robin Lehner looks to secure more playing time

Blue Line Buzz: Beyond the Sea

The Blackhawks are getting great seasons from Duncan Keith (pictured) and Brent Seabrook, but there are other defensemen in Chicago that can help you.

Wednesday Daily Puck: Blackhawk Down

Chicago will need to adjust to life without Corey Crawford while two goalies traded for one another last summer square off in Toronto.

Morning Skate: Breaking Bryz

Dan and Janet hit up a number of issues around the league, including Ilya Bryzgalov's injury and a number of struggling defensemen.

Blue Line Buzz: Duck Season?

Cam Fowler surprisingly remains on the positive side of the plus-minus ledger.

Flyers Back In The Hunt: Wednesday Daily Puck

Steve Mason, Claude Giroux Guiding Flyers

Blue Line Buzz: We're Going Streaking

Torey Krug is tied among NHL defensemen in goals scored this season. Dan Pennucci looks at which other blue liners are on a streak right now.

Johnson For Shattenkirk, Stewart Revisited: Wednesday Daily Puck

The Avs made one of the league's most one-sided trades in 2011 when they dealt Kevin Shattenkirk and Chris Stewart for Erik Johnson

Blue Line Buzz: Bows To No One

Jay Bouwmeester is flourishing in St. Louis, even out-pointing teammate Kevin Shattenkirk so far.

Blue Line Buzz: Gem In the Desert?

The Coyotes have gotten plenty of production from Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Keith Yandle (pictured), but there's another player leading them in goals from the blue line.

Wednesday Daily Puck: Somebody That We Used To Know

Dany Heatley returns to Ottawa Wednesday, a city sure not to forget him

Morning Skate: St. Louis Cup Parade?

Dan Pennucci and Janet Eagleson believe that while Alexander Steen will likely fall back to earth, the Blues are for real and are primed to make a deep playoff run.

Wednesday Daily Puck: Oil Frenzy In Alberta

The Oilers are scoring, but scrutiny is unavoidable

Blue Line Buzz: No Rest for the Wild

Ryan Suter is already logging monster minutes for the Wild.

Wednesday Daily Puck: Hossa and Hawks Host Jets

Marian Hossa and the Blackhawks host the Jets on Wednesday.

Blue Line Buzz: Still Waiting

Dustin Byfuglien is one of the elite defensemen that remain without a goal so far this season.

Morning Skate: Trick or Trade?

Dan Pennucci and Janet Eagleson discuss their approaches to trade strategy and address their own trade targets and trade chips, such as the Sharks' Tomas Hertl.

Blue Line Buzz: Letang's Return

How does Kris Letang's return affect those filling in for him on the power play? Dan Pennucci discusses that, a promising new Devils defenseman, a Budding Bud and a Snuffed Flame this week.

Wednesday Daily Puck: San Jose Knows The Way

The Sharks are storming the NHL, can their Pacific Coast rivals to the south slow them down?

Blue Line Buzz: Predator On the Prowl

Highly touted rookie Seth Jones is already making waves in Nashville.

Morning Skate: The System Is Down

Even with Tuesday's win, Pekka Rinne's numbers to start the season aren't that great. Is he slipping, or was he just a system goalie all along? That and more in this week's article with Dan and Janet.

Blue Line Buzz: Early Season Surprises

Jason Garrison is getting loads of power play time and pouring a ton of shots on net for the Canucks. Who else has caught Dan Pennucci's eye early-on this season?

Blue Line Buzz: Troubador

Jacob Trouba impressed RotoWire's Dan Pennucci in Trouba's NHL debut. See what else caught Dan's eye in his first article of the season.

Morning Skate: Padding Stats

Janet Eagleson and Dan Pennucci have their first discussion article of the season. Janet is concerned that the new goalie pad restrictions could hurt Corey Crawford in particular.

2013 Devils Preview: The Devil You Know

Is this the swan song for Martin Brodeur? The Devils' deal for Cory Schneider this summer likely makes it his final one in New Jersey.

Morning Skate: Growing Pains

How will Tyler Seguin fare in his new home in Dallas? Dan and Janet discuss that and a ton of the major free agent signings in this week's article.

Morning Skate: Free Agent Run-Up

Dan and Janet discuss the Tyler Seguin trade, the Sergei Bobrovsky contract, and hint at which draft picks could be productive immediately.

Morning Skate: Schneider's Shocking Trade

Cory Schneider is now a Devil. Dan and Janet break down that trade, and the other run-up items leading to the NHL Draft.

Blue Line Buzz: Early Playoff Reactions

Despite dropping one of the first two games in Boston, the Bruins should still advance against the Leafs, according to RotoWire's Dan Pennucci.

Morning Skate: Crystal Ball Gazing

Both Janet and Dan think that Erik Karlsson and the Sens will prevail over higher-seeded Montreal.

Blue Line Buzz: Blue Line Disappointments

Michael Del Zotto had a decent enough season, but decent enough isn't what his fantasy owners were looking for this season.

Morning Skate: Playoff Name Game

Don't challenge Janet Eagleson's love for Jonathan Toews and the Blackhawks.

Blue Line Buzz: Year in Review, Part I

Mike Green enjoyed a bit of a renaissance over the second of the season, helping key the Caps' stretch run.

Morning Skate: More Help on the Way

Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks have yet even more talent joining the organization.

Morning Skate: Will Ovie Have Hart?

Janet and Dan debate Alexander Ovechkin's Hart Trophy worthiness among other items.

Blue Line Buzz: This Year's Underachievers

Dmitry Kulikov goes under Dan Pennucci's microscope among those underachieving defensemen this year.

Blue Line Buzz: Is the Window Still Open

Dan Boyle has sparked the Sharks' recent run - can they keep it up and be a force in the playoffs?

Morning Skate: Bobby Lu Stays Home

Dan and Janet review the week's events, including Roberto Luongo's press conference after he was not traded by this week's trade deadline.

Blue Line Buzz: Save the Penguins

Sidney Crosby isn't the only star that the Penguins are learning to live without, as Kris Letang is also hurt.

Morning Skate: Reacting To Trades

Janet and Dan react to the Brenden Morrow and Jarome Iginla deals, and also discuss the mess in Tampa Bay.

Blue Line Buzz: APB in Newark

The Devils are seeking a new point man after Marek Zidlicky went down with a shoulder injury.

Morning Skate: Have We Seen the Best of Keith Yandle?

Among the topics that Dan and Janet tackle this week is whether Keith Yandle has already peaked, or if there's another level for him.

Morning Skate: Midseason Awards

Janet Eagleson and Dan Pennucci debate the merits of Steven Stamkos vs. Sidney Crosby among other topics this week.

Blue Line Buzz: Hits and Blocks Galore

Alex Pietrangelo falls under the radar in one respect - his high number of blocked shots. Dan Pennucci explores the hits and blocks stats in this week's article.

Blue Line Buzz: No Dough(ty) Needed

With Drew Doughty struggling this season, Jake Muzzin has stepped up his scoring touch. Does Dan Pennucci think it will last?

Morning Skate: Overrated, Underrated

Dan Pennucci and Janet Eagleson give their take on Cam Ward, the state of Canadian goalies, and Pierre McGuire.

Blue Line Buzz: It Only Gets Better

The Red Wings have had trouble coping with the absence of Nicklas Lidstrom.

Morning Skate: All Hail Kadri

Dan and Janet rap about Nazem Kadri's fast start, among many other topics.

Blue Line Buzz: The Ballerina?

Zdeno Chara scored a particularly graceful goal this weekend.

Morning Skate: Defending the Devils

Dan Pennucci defends his Devils' fandom to Janet Eagleson in this week's edition.

Blue Line Buzz: Useless Senators

Erik Karlsson is out for the season after suffering a fluke injury.

Morning Skate: Cursing the Leafs

Dan Pennucci got his curse on for this week's Morning Skate

Blue Line Buzz: Falling Stars

Duncan Keith was once among the elite, but we should tamp down our expectations for him now.

Morning Skate: The Average 8

Will the Caps use their buyout on the increasingly average Alexander Ovechkin? Dan and Janet discuss.

Blue Line Buzz: Gilbert Thriving in Minnesota

Tom Gilbert has played well to start the season with the Wild.

Morning Skate: Eagleson and Pennucci Talk Hockey

Don Cherry would like to see more of this from Zack Kassian rather than the scoring punch he's provided so far this season.

Blue Line Buzz: Desert Dogs

Dan Pennucci talks about the early returns from this season, including what Keith Yandle and company are doing for the Yotes.

Blue Line Buzz: Opening Week Observations

Kris Letang and the Pens are off to a great start.

Blue Line Buzz: Blue Liner Tiers

Should Erik Karlsson be a first-round pick? Dan Pennucci discusses that and reviews the defensemen tiers behind Karlsson.

2012 Devils Preview: Surprising Devils Look To Replace Parise

Free Agent Roundtable: A Wild Week

Dan Pennucci and Janet Eagleson discuss the flurry of offseason NHL moves.

Blue Line Buzz: Storylines, Predictions, Breakout Candidates

Will Michael Del Zotto continue to shine in the playoffs?

Blue Line Buzz: Green With Envy

Mike Green continues to frustrate his fantasy owners this season.

Blue Line Buzz: Trophy Talk

Does Erik Karlsson merit the Norris Trophy merely on the basis of his offensive prowess?

Blue Line Buzz: Timonen Returns

Kimmo Timonen is closing in on 40 points again this season. He returned from a lower-body injury last week.

Blue Line Buzz: Capital Concerns

What's wrong with the Caps?

Blue Line Buzz: Extra Orca

Alex Edler has gotten some reinforcements behind him on the blue line.

Blue Line Buzz: Friday Night Lite

Could this be Martin Brodeur's last season with the Devils?

Blue Line Buzz: Shark Week

Dan Pennucci watched a lot of Dan Boyle and the Sharks on their East Coast swing last week.

Blue Line Buzz: On the Streit and Narrow

Mark Streit may be one of the league's best offensive defensemen no one talks about, as he suffers from the same disease as John Tavares: being a member of the New York Islanders.

Blue Line Buzz: Good Grief

Ryan Whitney is back and productive again, but will it last?

Blue Line Buzz: All-Star Edition

Alexander Edler should be a perennial All-Star.

Blue Line Buzz: Back In Action

The Penguins finally had some good news on the injury front, getting Kris Letang back last weekend.

Blue Line Buzz: Swiss Misters

Mark Streit came over from Switzerland to make a big impact with the Canadiens and then the Islanders. The Habs now have two-other Swiss-born blue liners making an impact.

Blue Line Buzz: New Years Resolutions, Part II

The Flyers really miss Chris Pronger on their blue line.

Blue Line Buzz: New Years Resolutions, Part I

Dan Pennucci's blue-line resolutions for the first half of the league.

Blue Line Buzz: Ducks Fly Together

Lubomir Visnovsky has been on fire since returning from injury.

Blue Line Buzz: Ringing Bells

Kris Letang's injury has hurt the Penguins, but others are stepping up in his place.

Blue Line Buzz: Coaching Carousel Spinning

Four NHL coaches have already lost their jobs. Dan Pennucci discusses the changes' fantasy impacts and speculates who might be next.

Blue Line Buzz: Observations At the Quarter Pole

What stands out so far, and of those outliers, what's likely to continue?

Blue Line Buzz: Predators On the Prowl

Ryan Suter and Shea Weber are off to excellent starts.

Blue Line Buzz: The Death of the 100-Point Defenseman

Mike Green has come the closest in recent times to getting 100 points from the blue line, but even he isn't likely to achieve that milestone in today's NHL.

Blue Line Buzz: Heirs Apparent and Ancient Wonders

Niklas Kronwall just got a contract extension from the Red Wings.

Blue Line Buzz: The Weekly Whip-Around

Alexander Edler is healthy again and is off to a great start.

Blue Line Buzz: Hurt By the Suspension Policy

Kris Letang's suspension at the beginning of last week was hotly debated and cost his fantasy owners in weekly leagues.

Blue Line Buzz: Don't Panic

Dan Pennucci has a word of advice for those off to bad starts.

Blue Line Buzz: Turning Leaf

Dion Phaneuf had his ups and downs in Calgary, but he's off to a good start with the Leafs this season.

Blue Line Buzz: Good Defenders on Bad Power Plays

Shea Weber is an obvious target from the blue line from a team that didn't perform well on the power play last year. Who are some less obvious targets?

Blue Line Buzz: Sharper Sabres

What does the arrival of Christian Ehrhoff (pictured) in Buffalo do for Tyler Myers?

2011 Devils Team Preview: The Devils Look to Get Back to the Promised Land in 2011

An in-depth look at the New Jersey Devils heading into the 2011-2012 season.

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