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The Daily Puck: Stand By Me

No more waiting. It's decision time. Cut your bad draft picks and decide who you're sticking by through lean times. Also, gloat.

The Daily Puck: Matter-Eater Ladd

The Ducks have done well in net, while the Coyotes may have a problem.

The Daily Puck: Cam Can't Carry 'Canes

Cam Ward's struggles have made him an unplayable fantasy netminder, and things don't seem likely to get any better Tuesday in Vancouver.

The Daily Puck: Sluicing For Fantasy Gold

Digging for players with power-play points and a positive plus-minus rating ain't easy.

The Daily Puck: Drooling Over Drouin

Jonathan Drouin has arrived in Tampa Bay, and he hasn't disappointed.

The Daily Puck: The Shot Hogs

Take a look at who is putting tons of rubber on net in the early going and a discussion of whether Mike Green is really back.

The Daily Puck: Dishonor For Connor

Sabres fans watch McDavid instead of the Sabres, Giroux has a different start, and Miller was absolutely terrible.

The Daily Puck: Kuemper's A Keeper

Darcy Kuemper now has three shutouts in four starts. Anomaly or the real deal?

The Daily Puck: Everybody Loves Mason

A modest proposal, and revenge for Ribeiro

The Daily Puck: Hot, Fresh Duck

The Ducks' Frederik Andersen has been a revelation in goal only for those who weren't paying attention while he dominated last season.

The Daily Puck: Lightning Strikes Hedman, Stastny Sings The Blues

The Daily Puck: Oil Shortage In Edmonton

The Edmonton Oilers are off to their worst start in franchise history. What has gone wrong for such an offensively talented team?

The Daily Puck: Those Fancy Stats

The fighting over the use of advanced statistics in hockey seems to be calming, but what do fantasy players need to know?

The 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.

The Daily Puck: Richards Don't Make the Man Rich

How to cash in on early season panic in your league.

The Daily Puck: Wayne's World

An Islander is hot, while a Ranger is not, plus the rest of Wednesday's hockey news

The Daily Puck: Don't Panic

Fantasy owners of Matt Duchene and other slow starters in the season's first week should hit the brakes before hitting the panic button.

The Daily Puck: Following The Waiver Wire

Winning fantasy teams would do well to follow the waiver wire to improve their squads.

The Daily Puck: Familiar Faces Thriving In New Places

RotoWire's Brady Trettenero takes stock of the early imports succeeding in their new locales, with new Anaheim center Ryan Kesler among the group.

The Daily Puck: No More Fight Night?

Fighting is down and enforcers can't get work. Does it matter for fantasy hockey owners?

The Daily Puck: The Storm Brewing On Long Island

Who says no one cares about the Canes and Isles?

The Daily Puck: Isles No Longer Idle

In the season debut of the Daily Puck, RotoWire's Adam Wolf spotlights John Tavares and the Islanders, who will look to give fans a happy send-off in their final season on Long Island.

The Daily Puck: The Hands Being Dealt

All 16 playoff spots are now spoken for. Who plays whom? Who doesn't want to play whom?

The Daily Puck: It's Curtains

As the regular season draws to a close on Sunday, there are still some questions left unanswered.

The Daily Puck: Shanahan To The Rescue!

Brendan Shanahan's set to take over as president and savior-in-chief of a Maple Leafs organization in disarray.

The Daily Puck: Back In Black

Kris Letang is back for the Pens, Horton scores without playing, and the case is made for Erik Haula.

The Daily Puck: Mr. Universe Is Back

The 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

The Daily Puck: The Devils Made Me Do It

The 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?

The Daily Puck: Beasts Of The East

The Bruins look primed to roll the Eastern Conference on their way to the Stanley Cup. Can someone stop them?

The Daily Puck: Best Offense Is No Defense

Alex Ovechkin is on pace to lead the league in goals while finishing dead last in plus-minus -- an NHL first, if he finishes that way.

The Daily Puck: Harding Practices Again

Josh Harding returns to the lineup, Corey Perry is made of magic, and both the Coyotes and the Maple Leafs need to get it together.

The Daily Puck: Teach Me How To Dougie

Dougie Hamilton's hot for the Bruins, and fantasy owners who ignore his top-pairing role and recent productivity do so at their own peril.

The Daily Puck: Senator Elect?

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

The Daily Puck: Playoff Talk

The 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.

The Daily Puck: Falling Leafs

It may start to feel like Spring, but Toronto fans will confirm that this is in fact the season of disappointment.

The Daily Puck: Wilting Flower

Marc-Andre Fleury's struggles have deflated the Penguins lately, and they're not the only top team in a late-season slump.

The Daily Puck: Yes We Canuck

Don't look now, but the terrible Canucks might not be as terrible as we think they are.

The Daily Puck: Penguin Down

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

The Daily Puck: Hot 'Hawk

Corey Crawford's at the top of his game, but the Blackhawks are dealing with some roster turnover as they prepare to face the Stars on Tuesday.

The Daily Puck: Players Like Doan Bubbling To Top

It's crunch time in fantasy hockey and time is running out.

The Daily Puck: Champions of The Hub

They don't really miss Tyler Seguin, eh? The Bruins are prepared for another long Cup run.

The Daily Puck: Not Finnished Yet

Another top prospect, Teuvo Teravainen, is expected to make his debut with Chicago on Sunday. How excited should fantasy owners be about the young Finn.

The Daily Puck: Rise Of A Star

Matt Duchene has taken the league by storm since the Olympics, cementing his place among the NHL's top skaters.

The Daily Puck: There's No Place Like Home

Tuesday was a night of returns: Patrick Roy went back to Montreal, Matt Moulson went to Long Island, and Chris Kunitz Returned From Injury.

The Daily Puck: Return of The Devil

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

The Daily Puck: Broadway Blues

Martin St. Louis has just two points -- and no goals -- in seven games since joining the Rangers at the trade deadline.

The Daily Puck: Pittsburgh Receives Some Good News

Kris Letang and Beau Bennett are expected back at Monday practice

The Daily Puck: Fantasy Play-offs are Here (for some)

Some head-to-head leagues are starting their playoffs Monday - make sure you maximize your roster!

The Daily Puck: Twin Valleys

The only Sedin currently standing, Henrik will try again to break out of a lengthy slump as the Canucks visit Washington on Friday.

The Daily Puck: California Feeding Frenzy

The Sharks are surging and destroying everything in its path. Are they the best team in California?

The Daily Puck: The Canadian Line Dance

We take a look at what top lines are firing on all cylinders and which ones are struggling. Plus, the Flames beat the Ducks 7-2, just like I predicted.

The Daily Puck: Blues Traveler

Ryan Miller, winner of his first four games since being traded to St. Louis, may never want to leave now that he has an elite team in front of him.

The Daily Puck: Orcas Dying

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

The 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.

The Daily Puck: Welcome To The Party!

Evgeny Kuznetsov, the best player outside the NHL, is coming to the Capitals. What's he worth and what can you expect from him?

The Daily Puck: Better Than Great

Nathan MacKinnon's already broken one of Wayne Gretzky's records, ripping off the longest-ever point streak by an 18-year-old.

The Daily Puck: Quack Attack

The Ducks got faster by cutting Dustin Penner. But will it be enough?

The Daily Puck: Trade Deadline Edition

St. Louis' a Ranger, Gabby a King, and Vanek a Hab, oh my! A flurry of action at the trade deadline and we're talking about what it means for your team.

The Daily Puck: Decision Time

The Rangers have to make a tough choice about captain Ryan Callahan as Wednesday's trade deadline approaches.

The Daily Puck: Luongo's Sweet Freedom

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

The 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?

The Daily Puck: The First Domino

Now that the first big trade is out of the way, how will other teams react to St. Louis adding Ryan Miller and Steve Ott?

The Daily Puck: Return And Reassurance

Nicklas Backstrom soothed his fantasy owners with a big game Thursday following a positive drug test at the Olympics.

The 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?

The Daily Puck: The Spirit Of St. Louis

St. Louis and Kesler want to get out of town and the Sedin's miserable slump limps on.

The Daily Puck: Break Time's Over

A disappointed Ryan Miller and the Sabres get back to work against the Hurricanes on Tuesday as NHL action resumes following the Olympics.

The Daily Puck: Full Speed Ahead

The NHL kicks off its post-Olympic stretch run

The 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?

The Daily Puck: Packing Up The Vanek

Stamkos is out of the Olympics and assessing how much Thomas Vanek will really cost Garth Snow.

The Daily Puck: Health Break

Steven Stamkos headlined some players whose health status may have disappointed fantasy players

The Daily Puck: Shake It Up

The slumping Canucks need to shake up their roster (and probably calm down their coach), and Alexandre Burrows, with no goals on the year, is among the change-of-scenery candidates.

The Daily Puck: Hawks, Ducks Battle

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

The Daily Puck: Wanted: Right Winger For Sidney Crosby

The Penguins continue to play musical chairs at right wing

The Daily Puck: Sochi Looms, Teams Face Ultimate Dooms

Teams are at different stages as the Olympic break approaches. Where do they stand?

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

The Daily Puck: Let's Take This Inside

Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers get to be the home team on Friday as the Islanders try to avenge Wednesday's 2-1 Blueshirt win at Yankee Stadium.

The Daily Puck: Midnight Oil

Scrivens stops 59 shots in record-setting shutout

The Daily Puck: Qu'est-ce qui se passe?

What is going on? A floundering Montreal team has gone from second place to seventh in less than a month. Should fans - or players - be worried?

The Daily Puck: Back In Beantown

Tim Thomas makes his return to Boston on Tuesday for the first time since getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs in 2011-12, then retiring for a year.

The Daily Puck: Is Braden Holtby Back?

The Daily Puck: In Good Hands

A new crop of rookies is making an impression on the NHL and has the league in good hands.

The Daily Puck: Jockeying For Position

Corey Schneider and the Devils face Braden Holtby and the Caps on Friday as the two teams battle for position in the hotly contested (if mediocre) Metropolitan Division.

The Daily Puck: Hot For Hockey

The Daily Puck: Another Del Zaster Movie?

Michael Del Zotto heads to Music City

The Daily Puck: Motivational Antics

Roberto Luongo will try to lead the Canucks to a win Tuesday in their first of six games without suspended coach John Tortorella.

The Daily Puck: Flyers Raking In Goals

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

The Daily Puck: Trade Season is Here

Dan Waldner examines some of the names that have been rumored to be on the move as trade season unofficially opens.

The Daily Puck: Crosby To Captain Team Canada

Crosby could miss a game due to Olympics

The 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?

The Daily Puck: Monkey Off His Back

The Coyotes' much-tested Mike Smith finally picked up his first shutout of the year Thursday -- 39 starts into the season.

The Daily Puck: Scriving and Saving

Scrivens gets moved to Edmonton, Dubnyk to Nashville, and all the Canucks go to the penalty box

The Daily Puck: Nash Reaching Equilibrium

Rick Nash is starting to round into his old power-forward form for a Rangers team that's starting to heat up in midwinter.

The Daily Puck: Rivalry Night

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

The Daily Puck: What's one game of Sidney Crosby worth?

The Penguins have a light, one-game schedule, making for some tough fantasy decisions

The Daily Puck: Miller Time?

Ryan Miller seems destined to be traded out of Buffalo. Where will he go?

The Daily Puck: Johnny And The Wilting Leafs

Jonathan Bernier will backstop the Leafs on Friday night as they look to bust their recent slump.

The 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?

The Daily Puck: The Roller Coaster Of Glove

The Daily Puck: Goaltending Shuffles To Come?

Goalies could drive this year's trade market, as needs and excesses around the league are creating intriguing matches for deadline deals.

The Daily Puck: Sharpening For Sochi

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

The Daily Puck: Ringing In 2014 With The New (And Old)

The Daily Puck: How Will Sochi Affect Your Team?

What effect will a player's inclusion in the Winter Olympics have on your fantasy roster?

The 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?

The Daily Puck: U.S. Olympic Roster Announced

Did Bobby Ryan get snubbed? Will Mike Yeo have a job at the end of the week?

The Daily Puck: Catching Up With An Old Teammate

Jaromir Jagr's New Year's Eve plans include facing his old Penguins as he tries to catch former teammate Mario Lemieux for No. 7 on the all-time scoring list.

The Daily Puck: A Classic Conundrum

Detroit and Toronto Limp Into The Winter Classic

The Daily Puck: Is Ryane Clowe-ser To Returning To His Former Self?

The 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?

The Daily Puck: No Time To Sing The Blues

The Blues have lost their leading scorer, who will step up?

The Daily Puck: Still The King?

The NHL resumes action Friday after breaking for Christmas and the resulting post-turkey coma. Did Santa bring Henrik Lundqvist his game back?

The Daily Puck: The Makings of a Mediocre Fantasy Team

Brayden Schenn highlights a team looking for an identity

The Daily Puck: Backup Bonanza

Fantasy GMs are being surprised by stellar play from unlikely sources this season.

The Daily Puck: 400 For Ovechkin

Ovechkin's on pace for 70-plus goals. Can he do it?

The Daily Puck: Ja Great

Jagr continues to topple records and climb the all-time scoring list in his 22nd NHL season.

The Daily Puck: The Glue Men

Paul Holmgren compared Scott Laughton to Mike Richards. Can the story write itself?

The Daily Puck: Candy Kane

Patrick Kane is hotter than hot. Hotter than hotter than hot. We're gonna have to give him his own category soon.

The 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

The 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.

The Daily Puck: Lightning Strikes In Tampa

When Steven Stamkos went down with a broken leg the Lightning could have folded their tent, but instead they are in a playoff position. The play of Ben Bishop is a big reason why they have succeeded.

The Daily Puck: Yakking Over Yakupov

Nail Yakupov's sophomore season continues to be a total bust.

The Daily Puck: Can Kunitz Crack Canada?

Is Chris Kunitz worthy of a spot on Team Canada based on his chemistry with Sidney Crosby?

The Daily Puck: The Perry Games: Catching Fire

How you should handle injuries and suspensions on your team. Also, Corey Perry is unstoppable.

The 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.

The Daily Puck: The Rising Cap

Next year's salary cap will be $7 million higher thanks to the NHL's new TV deal -- a rise that may lead to some regrettable contracts.

The 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?

The Daily Puck: Turning the Corner

David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Eric Staal have all found their mid-season form

The Daily Puck: Seguin's Slump Dims Stars

Tyler Seguin's recent slump and injury struggles have cooled the Stars off, while Henrik Lundqvist's new contract may energize the Rangers.

The Daily Puck: Zero To Heroes

Injuries are ramping up, so which has-beens and never-weres will get their once-in-a-lifetime chance?

The Daily Puck: King's Ransom

Is Henrik Lundqvist's new contract an albatross for all involved or is GM Glen Sather suffering from Stockholm Syndrome?

The Daily Puck: Wednesday Daily Puck

Steve Mason, Claude Giroux Guiding Flyers

The Daily Puck: You Must Be Jokinen

The 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

The Daily Puck: No Going Home?

Daniel Alfredsson returns to Ottawa with his new team on Sunday. What kind of reception will be get from the Sens faithful?

The Daily Puck: Return Of Mr. Universe

Ilya Bryzgalov opened eyes in Edmonton and around the league with a Thanksgiving shutout in his first start with the Oilers.

The 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?

The Daily Puck: D-Day For DiPietro, T-Day For You

Former Islanders heading in opposite directions: DiPietro's AHL tryout comes to an end; Vanek on fire since his return.

The Daily Puck: 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

The Daily Puck: Up-Hiller Battle

Jonas Hiller and the Ducks look to win their third straight game Tuesday against Dallas in the day's only action.

The 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?

The Daily Puck: Turnaround Time

Teams across the league are starting to change their fortunes - not all are in the same direction.

The Daily Puck: Sugar Kane

Patrick Kane's rounding into midseason form, happy news for the Blackhawks and happier still for his fantasy owners.

The Daily Puck: West is Best

The Eastern Conference has been awful so far - will it last?

The Daily Puck: Marquee Clarke & the Funky Bunch

MacArthur and Berra steal the spotlight from the Ovi and Sid show.

The Daily Puck: Antti Repellent

Antti Niemis struggles have to have the Sharks -- not to mention his fantasy owners -- suddenly worrying about their rock in goal.

The Daily Puck: Somebody That We Used To Know

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

The Daily Puck: Versteeg Back In His Old League

Kris Versteeg is expected to complement the Blackhawks nicely after two-year vacation in Florida.

The Daily Puck: Stars Are Born

The Stars brought Tyler Seguin to Dallas and paired him with Jamie Benn. The results so far: so good.

The Daily Puck: No More Funny Games

The first quarter is done and it's time to weed out the pretenders

The Daily Puck: Not Nailed Down

Trade speculation is swirling around the Oilers' Nail Yakupov right now, but is he worth the rumored price?

The Daily Puck: Malkin In The Middle

Malkin isn't really struggling; the Sabres and the Oilers are struggling.

The Daily Puck: Stamkos Down

Steven Stamkos suffered a gruesome leg injury Monday, taking the shine off Tampa's hot start to the season and breaking the heart of many a fantasy owner.

The Daily Puck: Oil Frenzy In Alberta

The Oilers are scoring, but scrutiny is unavoidable

The Daily Puck: Steen Machine Continues To Roll

Alexander Steen's piling up points even when they shouldn't count

The Daily Puck: Hall of Fame Weekend

Scott Niedermayer, Chris Chelios and Brendan Shanahan headline this year's exceptional list of Hall of Fame inductees

The Daily Puck: Breaking Bryz

Ilya Bryzgalov played just two seasons in Philadelphia after signing a nine-year, $51 million deal with the Flyers. Can he resurrect his career in Edmonton on a one-year deal?

The Daily Puck: Staaling Out

Quiet starts for Eric Staal and brother Jordan have been a big reason why the Hurricanes have been lagging in the standings early.

The Daily Puck: Hemsky Gets Job At The Rumor Mill

Hemsky, Yakupov, Kreider, and Del Zotto get their names bandied about in new trade rumors.

The Daily Puck: Hossa and Hawks Host Jets

Marian Hossa and the Blackhawks host the Jets on Wednesday.

The Daily Puck: Open Season

Ryan Miller's under pressure and on the trade block for the struggling Sabres, who visit San Jose on Tuesday.

The 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.

The Daily Puck: SA/Gging Sens

Erik Karlsson remains a fantasy stud at his position, but a horrendous defensive effort by him and his mates has the Sens sinking down the Eastern Conference standings.

The Daily Puck: Stuck on the Ground

Claude Giroux still appears to be working his way back from a wrist injury, creating yet another problem for the Flyers. How did they handle it against the Caps on Friday night?

The Daily Puck: Kreid-ing High

Chris Kreider's top-six opportunity is starting to turn into fantasy-worthy production. It's time to jump on board.

The Daily Puck: Howl-o-ween Analysis

The Coyotes are terrible, I mean great, I mean fantasy great.

The Daily Puck: San Jose Knows The Way

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

The Daily Puck: Moulson's Golden Debut

Matt Moulson scored twice in his Sabres debut; your move, Thomas Vanek.

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.

The Daily Puck: Huge Showdown

Marian Hossa and the Blackhawks need at least one point Sunday against the Wings to clinch a playoff spot.

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.

The Daily Puck: Spezza Stays Hot

Despite Ottawa's struggles as a team, Jason Spezza has put together a strong season, including 10 points in his last six games.

The Daily Puck: Corey Perry, Again

Corey Perry hit the 50-goal milestone with a hat trick Wednesday night.

The Daily Puck: Surging Sabres

Thomas Vanek had a hat trick on Tuesday night.

The Daily Puck: Habs' Slumping Skaters

The Daily Puck: Another Huge Eastern Conference Game

The Rangers and Bruins will hook up in a game that has huge playoff implications.

The Daily Puck: Backsliding Islanders

Rick DiPietro has stopped just 83 percent of the shots he's seen in the last two games.

The Daily Puck: Congrats, Jarome

Jarome Iginla notched 1,000 NHL points. All the Calgary forward needs now is a Cup.

The Daily Puck: Singing the Blues

Miikka Kiprusoff has struggled lately, but he's been dominant in three starts against the Blues, stopping 80 of 81 shots.

The Daily Puck: On a Goal-Bender

Jarome Iginla has stepped his goal-scoring pace even as the Flames have faltered.

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.

The Daily Puck: Teddy Flash Strikes Again

Teemu Selanne keyed the Ducks' big win over the Avs on Monday night with a hat trick.

The Daily Puck: Original Six Matchup

Pavel Datsyuk will probably sit out for at least another game.

The Daily Puck: Royal Pain

Anze Kopitar's injury Saturday night has huge ramifications.

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.

The Daily Puck: Hank the Tank

Rangers Goalie Henrik Lundqvist is starting nearly every night now - and making the most of his opportunities.

The Daily Puck: Surging Blackhawks

Corey Crawford's shutout of the Panthers helped keep the Hawks in competitive shape in the uber-tight Western Conference.

The Daily Puck: Callahan on Target

The Daily Puck: Will the King Wear His Crown?

Henrik Lundqvist has been dealing with head and neck injuries, but he's projected to start Tuesday's game against Florida

The Daily Puck: The Football Mentality

Alexander Ovechkin and other stars might sit out down the stretch for maintenance reasons.

The Daily Puck: Benn's Binge

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.

The Daily Puck: Devilish Turnaround

Travis Zajak and the Devils have shown new life over the last several weeks.

The Daily Puck: Twin Scoring Streaks

The Sedin twins each have seven-game scoring streaks still going strong. Who else is hot around the NHL?

The Daily Puck: The Concussion Issue

Sidney Crosby has had two consecutive games of symptom-free skating.

The Daily Puck: Under the Thumb

Will Nicklas Backstrom (pictured) play Tuesday night?

The Daily Puck: Scoring Bender

Thomas Vanek has eight points over the last five games.

The Daily Puck: Slumping Avs

Milan Hejduk is minus-8 over his last four games.

The Daily Puck: It's Good to be King

Anze Kopitar is on a pretty ridiculous roll, including a hat trick Friday night.

The Daily Puck: Island Surprise

The Daily Puck: Chara's Hit

Should Zdeno Chara have been suspended?

The Daily Puck: Hot Hawks

Marian Hossa has been disappointing this season, but he's heated up along with the rest of his teammates during their eight-game winning streak.

The Daily Puck: Sekera Heats Up Buffalo

The Daily Puck: Get Iggy With It

Jarome Iginla is on fire for the Flames right now.

The Daily Puck: Devil of a Time

New Jersey's Travis Zajac one-upped the Gordie Howe Hat Trick on Friday.

The Daily Puck: Spirit of St. Louis

The Daily Puck: Under Radar Russian

Alexander Ovechkin's Twitter emergence is bringing other Russians out from under the radar.

The Daily Puck: The Price is Right

Carey Price returned in style Tuesday.

The Daily Puck: Ellis Lands On His Feet

Dan Ellis has benefited considerably from the trade to Anaheim.

The Daily Puck: Brodeur's Back

Marty Brodeur returned with a flourish this weekend.

The Daily Puck: Blue Shirts' New Blueliner

Bryan McCabe is now a Ranger.

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.

The Daily Puck: Mighty Mason

The Daily Puck: Motown Bound?

Detroit could be an ideal location for Tomas Vokoun.

The Daily Puck: Hossa Still Slumping

Marian Hossa has just six goals in his last 37 games.

The Daily Puck: Misery

Will the new owner change matters in Buffalo?

The Daily Puck: Another Injured Penguin

Jordan Staal was the latest Penguin to go down with an injury Sunday. Will he be able to play with the short turn-around Monday night?

The Daily Puck: Hockey Day in ... Canada

Jarome Iginla and the Flames host Sunday's biggest game.

The Daily Puck: Pipin' Hot

Niklas Backstrom is reaping the rewards after taking some games off to rest his knee.

The Daily Puck: Slumping Star

The Daily Puck: Injuries Everywhere

A number of teams had significant injuries on Wednesday night.

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?

The Daily Puck: Pink Ice

The Daily Puck: Original Six Sundays

Henrik Zetterberg and the Wings hook up with the Bruins on Sunday.

The Daily Puck: Back in Action

Washington's Mike Green is probable Saturday after battling a head injury.

The Daily Puck: East-West Showdown

Tim Thomas and the Bruins square off against Detroit in a matchup of elite teams from each conference.

The Daily Puck: Double Rainbows

Rick DiPietro didn't emerge well from his fight against Brent Johnson.

The Daily Puck: Devils in the Details

Does Martin Brodeur's recent hot streak (8-1-1) damage the Devils' long-term outlook?

The Daily Puck: Gagne Getting it Together

Simon Gagne is starting to put it all together for the Lightning.

The Daily Puck: More Futility in Toronto

The Leafs appear to be on the outside looking in at the playoff race once again.

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?

The Daily Puck: Miikka on Fire

Miikka Kiprusoff has won five straight games for the surging Flames.

The Daily Puck: Holy Franzen!

Johan Franzen ripped off five goals against the Senators.

The Daily Puck: The Daily Puck Jinx

Alexander Edler got hurt shortly after we touted him in this space.

The Daily Puck: The Fury

Marc-Andre Fleury needs a new nickname.

The Daily Puck: Young Flyer Keeps Producing

The Daily Puck: Ovie Back on Track

Alexander Ovechkin is coming off of his best week in a long time.

The Daily Puck: T.J. Oshie is Back, Looking Sharp

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.

The Daily Puck: Mining for Cole

The Daily Puck: Nabokov in Detroit

Evgeni Nabokov could be a Red Wing soon.

The Daily Puck: More Comings and Goings

Niklas Backstrom could return from injury on Wednesday night.

The Daily Puck: The NHL's Head Injuries Problem

Sidney Crosby's concussion will draw a lot of attention to the NHL's concussion policies.

The Daily Puck: Old School Southeast Shootout

Steven Stamkos and the Lightning hooked up in a high-scoring game with the Hurricanes on Saturday night.

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.

The Daily Puck: Bieksa Heating Up

The Daily Puck: Recent Call-Up Impressing on the Island

The Daily Puck: Missing Wings

Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Jimmy Howard all will sit out of the All-Star game.

The Daily Puck: Hiller Giving Opponents the Chills

The Daily Puck: Great White North

Ryan Kesler is one of many Canucks that has been productive lately.

The Daily Puck: The Sydney Crosby Mystery

Sydney Crosby is out with a concussion, but when did he actually suffer the injury?

The Daily Puck: Stepping Out of Sid's Shadow

The Daily Puck: Rollin' Red Wing

Detroit defenseman Niklas Lidstrom's 13 points over his last eight games land him on Thursday's 'Hot' List.

The Daily Puck: Sharpshooter

Patrick Sharp is third in the NHL in Shots on Goal.

The Daily Puck: Green Day

Mike Green has had his fair share of ups and downs on the season already, but he has now started to pick up the pace with points in four straight games.

The Daily Puck: Bad Actor

Was Alexander Ovechkin's reaction to the Caps winning the Winter Classic a bit overwrought?

The Daily Puck: Unlikely Shootout

Ryan Miller and the Sabres were engaged in a wild, high-scoring affair Saturday night.

The Daily Puck: Happy New Year

Shane Doan hopes to start 2011 the same way he ended 2010 -- on a hot streak.

The Daily Puck: A New King

The Daily Puck: Stars' Eriksson Stays Red Hot

The Daily Puck: Injured Stars Return

Ales Hemsky returned to action for the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

The Daily Puck: Tough Times For Miller Owners

The Daily Puck: Happy Boxing Day

Canada enjoys Boxing Day with a full slate of games.

The Daily Puck: It's a Trap!

Martin Brodeur should benefit from the return of Jacques Lemaire as the Devils' coach.

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.

The Daily Puck: Malkin Dominates Coyotes

Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin has scored eight points in his last three games, including five in Pittsburgh's victory over Phoenix on Monday. Find out who else is hot, and cold, in today's Daily Puck.

The Daily Puck: Kesler on a Roll

Ryan Kesler's hat trick Saturday capped off a big month-long stretch for the Canucks center.

The Daily Puck: Sliding Into Tampa Bay?

Evgeni Nabokov might be wearing a Tampa Bay Lightning sweater soon.

The Daily Puck: Sickening Play Turns Fantasy Owners Green

Washington's Mike Green has done his owners no favors this season.

The Daily Puck: Remember Lupul?

The Daily Puck: Hat Trick for Fleischmann

The Daily Puck: Malkin's Return

Evgeny Malkin returned to action Tuesday night.

The Daily Puck: Approaching Royalty

Anze Kopitar is on another hot streak.

The Daily Puck: Cold Caps

Mike Green has just one assist in his last 10 games, and the Caps are coming off of a 7-0 shellacking at the hands of the Rangers.

The Daily Puck: Let it Clowe

Ryane Clowe has gotten on the scoresheet in six of the last seven games and has tallied two points in four of those games, getting him back onto a near point-per-game pace for the season.

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?

The Daily Puck: Hot Couture

The Daily Puck: Grab Gagner

The Daily Puck: Playing the Bongos

Alexander Semin once had a memorable hockey fight.

The Daily Puck: Opportunities in Chicago

Patrick Kane's injury will create an opportunity for another Blackhawk to play on a scoring line.

The Daily Puck: Riding Coattails

Kris Letang is getting plenty of power play time with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, and producing with that opportunity.

The Daily Puck: No Holes in this Net

Roberto Luongo stuffed the Blackhawks for his 53rd career NHL shutout.

The Daily Puck: Filppula Finds His Wings

The Daily Puck: A Valuable Instigator?

The Daily Puck: The Foot That Slew New York

Sidney Crosby has received two awards recently, one an honor, one not so much.

The Daily Puck: Hated Heatley Heating Up

Dany Heatley face a road trip to Ottawa later this week.

The Daily Puck: Red Hot Red Wings

The Daily Puck: Sabres Slumping

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.

The Daily Puck: Iginla Heating Up

The Daily Puck: On Pace

Steven Stamkos is on pace for 50-in-50. At what point are

The Daily Puck: One Lonely Game

The Oilers and Coyotes square off in the only game of the evening.

The Daily Puck: Schneider Pushing Luongo?

Cory Schneider could start playing more frequently in place of Roberto Luongo for the Canucks.

The Daily Puck: Staal in the Eye of the Hurricane

The Daily Puck: Jarome Speaks

Jarome Iginla latest hat trick finally gives him something to brag about this season.

The Daily Puck: Stamkos Surging

Steven Stamkos is showing no signs of slowing down, racking up six goals and 11 points over the past week.

The Daily Puck: Semin on Fire

Alexander Semin has 17 points over his last nine games.

The Daily Puck: Ready to Burst

Patrick Marleau had a big game Monday and appears to be on the verge of a scoring outburst.

The Daily Puck: Flying High

Mike Richards started the season slowly, but has been on a tear as of late. He has now picked up 5 goals in just 3 games, and has a point in 9 of his last 10 games played.

The Daily Puck: Get Hamred

Roman Hamrlik has points in four consecutive games.

The Daily Puck: Regained Value

Carey Price and Tyler Myers are on the path to regaining previously lost value.

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.

The Daily Puck: Koivu On a Roll

The Daily Puck: Trouble in Jersey

With Ilya Kovalchuk not performing well and Zach Parise (pictured) hurt, the Devils' slide has continued.

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.

The Daily Puck: Hejduk on Fire

Milan Hejduk has been on fire as of late, picking up 13 points in his last 8 games for Colorado.

The Daily Puck: Yotes' Regression

The Daily Puck: Home With the Rangers

The Daily Puck: The Price is Right

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.

The Daily Puck: Cold as Ice

Rick DiPietro is off to a miserable start this season.

The Daily Puck: Sidney Fights!

Sidney Crosby dropped his gloves Wednesday night, but he couldn't help the Penguins stave off a 5-2 loss.

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?

The Daily Puck: Alfie on Fire

Daniel Alfredsson is on fire, but is he healthy enough to play Tuesday?

The Daily Puck: Monday's Games

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.

The Daily Puck: Hat Trick for Stewart

The Daily Puck: What's Wrong With Brodeur?

Martin Brodeur and the Devils are off to a brutal start.

The Daily Puck: The Quick and the Benched

Jonathan Quick gets the night off for the Kings on Wednesday.

The Daily Puck: Flames on Fire

Miikka Kiprusoff and Rene Bourque (pictured) will try to continue their hot streak against the Oilers Tuesday night.

The Daily Puck: Three-Game Slate

Jeff Erickson previews Monday's three-game slate.

The Daily Puck: Back in the Saddle

Miikka Kiprusoff will start on Sunday night after getting Friday night off.

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.

The Daily Puck: Turco Delivers

The Daily Puck: Suter Sidelined

Ryan Suter suffered a lower body injury and will miss at least the next three games.

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.

The Daily Puck: Horton Hears a Goal

Nathan Horton is enjoying his new digs in Boston.

The Daily Puck: Leafs vs. Isles

The undefeated Leafs take on the Atlantic Division-leading Islanders. The two teams, who were both predicted to compete for the first overall draft pick, face off Monday night at the Air Canada Center.

The Daily Puck: Two Late Games

Cory Schneider gets the start ahead of Roberto Luongo (pictured) Sunday night.

The Daily Puck: 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.

The Daily Puck: Horton Happy in Boston

The Daily Puck: Kippy Between the Pipes

Miikka Kiprusoff gets the start on Thursday night against the Panthers.

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.

The Daily Puck: Jiri Hudler and the Wings Host the Avs

Drew Clement breaks down Tuesday's slate.

The Daily Puck: Off to an Injured Start

Jason Spezza missed Friday's game and is a game-time decision Saturday.

The Daily Puck: Slumping Sabre

Thomas Vanek (pictured) is off to a slow start for the Sabres.

The Daily Puck: Hot Devil

Travis Zajac is in a prime position on a line with Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise.

The Daily Puck: Opening Night

Sidney Crosby and the Pens are in action on Opening Night