John Toperzer writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.
January 18, 2015
Monday Daily Puck: Harvesting Saad
Chicago Blackhawks' winger fulfilling potential
January 11, 2015
Monday Daily Puck: Pickle-Stabbing Second-Half Predictions
Looking at the season's second half with a crystal ball
January 4, 2015
Monday Daily Puck: Is the Penguins' Flower wilting?
Goals allowed are going up in Pittsburgh
December 21, 2014
Monday Daily Puck: Blackhawks Backin' Up The Goods
Chicago Set On Cruise Control
December 14, 2014
Monday Daily Puck: Letang Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Norris' Door
The Pittsburgh Penguins are losing players by the bunch but Kris Letang is helping to fill the void
December 7, 2014
Monday Daily Puck: Lightning Leading the Charge
Led by Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay sits atop the NHL in scoring
November 30, 2014
Monday Daily Puck: Victor Once Again
Victor Hedman returned Saturday to an already well-stacked Tampa Bay Offense
November 23, 2014
Monday Daily Puck: Every Game I'm Shuffling
Suddenly, the Pittsburgh Penguins are struggling to find chemistry on their top two lines.
November 10, 2014
Monday Daily Puck: Know When To Walk Away, Know When To Run
Knowing when to jettison an unproductive player like the Preds' Seth Jones can often be the difference between winning and losing.
November 2, 2014
Monday Daily Puck: The Meek Shall Inherit The Win Column
Bottom Feeders get revenge Sunday night
October 26, 2014
Monday Daily Puck: Sluicing For Fantasy Gold
Digging for players with power-play points and a positive plus-minus rating ain't easy.
October 19, 2014
Monday Daily Puck: Lightning Strikes Hedman, Stastny Sings The Blues
October 12, 2014
Monday Daily Puck: Following The Waiver Wire
Winning fantasy teams would do well to follow the waiver wire to improve their squads.
October 4, 2014
2014-2015 Penguins Preview: Addition by Subtraction
Even after an offseason overhaul of both management and personnel, the cupboard certainly isn't bare for Sidney Crosby and the Pens.
April 7, 2014
Monday Daily Puck: The Devils Made Me Do It
March 23, 2014
Monday Daily Puck: Players Like Doan Bubbling To Top
It's crunch time in fantasy hockey and time is running out.
March 16, 2014
Monday Daily Puck: Pittsburgh Receives Some Good News
Kris Letang and Beau Bennett are expected back at Monday practice
March 9, 2014
Monday Daily Puck: Timonen playing like it's 1999
Philadelphia's 38-year-old blueliner is showing that he's still got something left in the tank.
March 2, 2014
Monday Daily Puck: Parise No Longer Paydirt
The Wild have $98 million reasons to expect more scoring from the ex-Devil, but will it ever happen again?
February 12, 2014
2014 Pirates Team Preview: Postseason Encore
The Pirates broke out of the longest postseason drought in MLB in 2013 using analytics and making smart, underrated additions. Can Clint Hurdle's team find the magic again in 2014?
February 2, 2014
Monday Daily Puck: Wanted: Right Winger For Sidney Crosby
The Penguins continue to play musical chairs at right wing
January 26, 2014
Monday Daily Puck: Is Braden Holtby Back?
January 19, 2014
The Daily Puck: Crosby To Captain Team Canada
Crosby could miss a game due to Olympics
January 12, 2014
Monday Daily Puck: What's one game of Sidney Crosby worth?
The Penguins have a light, one-game schedule, making for some tough fantasy decisions
January 5, 2014
Monday Daily Puck: Ringing In 2014 With The New (And Old)
December 29, 2013
Monday Daily Puck: Is Ryane Clowe-ser To Returning To His Former Self?
December 22, 2013
Monday Daily Puck: The Makings of a Mediocre Fantasy Team
Brayden Schenn highlights a team looking for an identity
December 15, 2013
Monday Daily Puck: Sergei Gonchar's Last Stand
Sergei Gonchar is years past his prime, but a four-assist performance Saturday puts him back on the fantasy radar.
December 8, 2013
Monday Daily Puck: James Neal Knees Fantasy Owners
James Neal faces a suspension for his hit on Brad Marchand on Saturday. How much time will he miss?
December 1, 2013
Monday Daily Puck: Pens' Stellar Play Becoming Fantasy Owners Reality
The Penguins are posting crazy numbers, reaching milestones on a nightly basis and helping fantasy owners win
November 24, 2013
Monday Daily Puck: OSHIE Regulating NHL Defenses
Carolina is paying Jordan Staal a lot of money, but so far the results haven't been there. Can he turn things around?
November 17, 2013
Monday Daily Puck: Versteeg Back In His Old League
Kris Versteeg is expected to complement the Blackhawks nicely after two-year vacation in Florida.
November 11, 2013
Monday Daily Puck: Steen Machine Continues To Roll
Alexander Steen's piling up points even when they shouldn't count
November 3, 2013
Monday Daily Puck: Flower Power
Marc-Andre Fleury has been very sharp to begin the season, but can he maintain an elite level? John Toperzer takes a closer look.
October 27, 2013
The Daily Puck: What's Wrong With Geno?
Evgeni Malkin still has a superstar ceiling, but he's not playing at an elite level. John Toperzer takes a look in the return of The Daily Puck.
September 14, 2013
2013 Penguins Preview: Ready to Run?
With Sidney Crosby further removed from his concussion issues, the Penguins might be ready to run deep into the postseason again.
February 5, 2013
Pirates' Team Preview: On the Brink?
Can the Bucs break a 20-year losing streak in 2013?
September 14, 2012
2012 Penguins Preview: Penguins Look to Elite Players to Lead Team
February 8, 2012
2012 Pirates Preview: Pirates 2012: 19 Years and Counting
September 6, 2011
2011 Pittsburgh Penguins Team Preview: Penguins Hope Healthy Stars Can Spur Playoff Success
An In-depth Look at the 2011 Pittsburgh Penguins
April 9, 2011
The Daily Puck: Detroit's Big Tease
Jiri Hudler teased fantasy owners in his return to the NHL but has collected only 36 points in 72 games.
April 6, 2011
The Daily Puck: Surging Sabres
Thomas Vanek had a hat trick on Tuesday night.
April 2, 2011
The Daily Puck: Congrats, Jarome
Jarome Iginla notched 1,000 NHL points. All the Calgary forward needs now is a Cup.
March 30, 2011
The Daily Puck: Unheralded Superstar?
Is Corey Perry the best player the NHL has yet to hype? He's tied for the league lead in goals scored (44) with Steven Stamkos.
March 26, 2011
The Daily Puck: It's Crunch Time
Hot or not? Put Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos in the latter category. He has five goals since January.
March 23, 2011
The Daily Puck: Callahan on Target
March 19, 2011
The Daily Puck: Dropping Saturday's Puck
Whether Vincent Lecavalier's retaliatory slash on P.K. Subban was justified is questionable. There's no questioning the pain delivered, though.
March 16, 2011
The Daily Puck: The Concussion Issue
Sidney Crosby has had two consecutive games of symptom-free skating.
March 5, 2011
The Daily Puck: Devil of a Time
New Jersey's Travis Zajac one-upped the Gordie Howe Hat Trick on Friday.
March 3, 2011
Shots on Goal: The King Without His Court
Not only does Henrik Lundqvist have to be the King, he has to be the King, his court, and maybe even a jester after a season-ending injury to backup Martin Biron.
March 2, 2011
The Daily Puck: The Price is Right
Carey Price returned in style Tuesday.
February 26, 2011
The Daily Puck: Frustrated Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury is playing the best hockey of his life, but the Penguins can't score goals for him.
February 23, 2011
The Daily Puck: Hossa Still Slumping
Marian Hossa has just six goals in his last 37 games.
February 19, 2011
The Daily Puck: Pipin' Hot
Niklas Backstrom is reaping the rewards after taking some games off to rest his knee.
February 17, 2011
2011 Pirates Preview: Dream Sequences
The Pirates probably won't contend in 2011, but there are reasons to be optimistic about their direction.
February 16, 2011
The Daily Puck: Time to Move On?
The Sens have lost 10 in a row at home. Is it time for them to trade Jason Spezza?
February 12, 2011
The Daily Puck: Back in Action
Washington's Mike Green is probable Saturday after battling a head injury.
February 9, 2011
The Daily Puck: Devils in the Details
Does Martin Brodeur's recent hot streak (8-1-1) damage the Devils' long-term outlook?
February 5, 2011
The Daily Puck: Oh Brother!
Daniel Sedin, Henrik's brother, is leading the NHL in scoring. Could Sedin brothers go back-to-back with Art Ross Trophies?
February 2, 2011
The Daily Puck: The Daily Puck Jinx
Alexander Edler got hurt shortly after we touted him in this space.
January 26, 2011
The Daily Puck: The Fury
Marc-Andre Fleury needs a new nickname.
January 22, 2011
The Daily Puck: It's Only Blue for Green
Mike Green still has value on the blue line, but it's too late to extract top trade value from him.
January 19, 2011
The Daily Puck: More Comings and Goings
Niklas Backstrom could return from injury on Wednesday night.
January 15, 2011
The Daily Puck: Concussed Crosby Still Out
Sidney Crosby's week to recover from a concussion has come and gone, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the Penguins keep him out until after the All-Star break.
January 12, 2011
The Daily Puck: Missing Wings
Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Jimmy Howard all will sit out of the All-Star game.
January 8, 2011
The Daily Puck: The Sydney Crosby Mystery
Sydney Crosby is out with a concussion, but when did he actually suffer the injury?
January 5, 2011
The Daily Puck: Sharpshooter
Patrick Sharp is third in the NHL in Shots on Goal.
January 1, 2011
The Daily Puck: Happy New Year
Shane Doan hopes to start 2011 the same way he ended 2010 -- on a hot streak.
December 29, 2010
The Daily Puck: Injured Stars Return
Ales Hemsky returned to action for the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
December 22, 2010
The Daily Puck: Better Balance in the West
The San Jose Sharks are a great example of how balanced it is in the rough and tumble West.
December 18, 2010
The Daily Puck: Sickening Play Turns Fantasy Owners Green
Washington's Mike Green has done his owners no favors this season.
December 15, 2010
The Daily Puck: Malkin's Return
Evgeny Malkin returned to action Tuesday night.
December 11, 2010
The Daily Puck: Cold Front in Boston
Marc Savard has fallen into a cold spell since his return. When will he snap out of it? Will he snap out of it?
December 8, 2010
The Daily Puck: Playing the Bongos
Alexander Semin once had a memorable hockey fight.
December 4, 2010
The Daily Puck: No Holes in this Net
Roberto Luongo stuffed the Blackhawks for his 53rd career NHL shutout.
December 1, 2010
The Daily Puck: The Foot That Slew New York
Sidney Crosby has received two awards recently, one an honor, one not so much.
November 27, 2010
The Daily Puck: Penguin Power
Marc-Andre Fleury is undefeated in his last eight (7-0-1), but he is expected to get a well-deserved day off Saturday.
November 24, 2010
The Daily Puck: On Pace
Steven Stamkos is on pace for 50-in-50. At what point are
November 20, 2010
The Daily Puck: Jarome Speaks
Jarome Iginla latest hat trick finally gives him something to brag about this season.
November 17, 2010
The Daily Puck: Ready to Burst
Patrick Marleau had a big game Monday and appears to be on the verge of a scoring outburst.
November 13, 2010
The Daily Puck: Playing Like Patrick Dull
After a sensational start, Patrick Sharp has just two points and a minus-7 mark in his last six games.
November 10, 2010
The Daily Puck: Get Your Goon Points Here
Matt Cooke should find himself in the middle of the action with the Pens facing the Bruins on Wednesday night.
November 6, 2010
It hasn't come easy, but Carey Price finally looks like the goalie Montreal thought it had when he broke into the league in 2007-08.
November 3, 2010
The Daily Puck: Tough Goalie Decisions
The Pens have played better with Brent Johnson between the pipes than with Marc-Andre Fleury. Who should they go with regularly right now?
October 30, 2010
The Daily Puck: A Look at Saturday's Slate
Evgeni Malkin left the ice before the end of Friday's game with an undisclosed injury, making him questionable for Saturday's contest vs. Carolina.
October 27, 2010
The Daily Puck: The Quick and the Benched
Jonathan Quick gets the night off for the Kings on Wednesday.
October 23, 2010
The Daily Puck: Good Things Happen in Three's
Daniel Alfredsson potted three goals in his last game, reaching 1,000th career NHL point in his 1,009th career contest.
October 20, 2010
The Daily Puck: Five Yahoo's Worth Your Consideration
John Toperzer discusses five undervalued players that may be available in your Yahoo! leagues, including the Islanders' Blake Comeau.
October 16, 2010
Good Start for Fleury: The Daily Puck
Marc-Andre Fleury is off to a tough start this season, but he holds a 19-7 career mark against Saturday's opponent, the Flyers.
October 13, 2010
The Daily Puck: Picking Up Injured Players
Injured players such as Brian Campbell (pictured) and Jason Pominville are good free agent targets in some leagues.
October 9, 2010
The Daily Puck: Off to an Injured Start
Jason Spezza missed Friday's game and is a game-time decision Saturday.
October 7, 2010
The Daily Puck: Opening Night
Sidney Crosby and the Pens are in action on Opening Night
September 6, 2010
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