With the NHL season almost halfway complete, we take a look at where teams stand now, compared to where they stood at this point last season. The Islanders are vastly improved, while the Avalanche continue to fall.
Evgeni Malkin is now leading the Pittsburgh attack with Sidney Crosby out with the mumps. Michael Clifford spotlights one of Malkin's new running mates, and why he's a good punt play in FanDuel tournaments.
The red-hot Chicago Blackhawks have won five straight games, outscoring their opponents 19-8 in that span. Patrick Kane is as lethal as ever, while Kris Versteeg is becoming a top scoring threat. And what about 20-year-old Brandon Saad?
Finding the third forward on a highly successful pairing can be highly profitable in daily fantasy hockey, but as Emerson Etem's experience with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry demonstrates, that success can be fleeting.