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Blue Line Buzz: Tips for the Play-off Pool

Now that the teams are set, pools will be starting up in rapid fashion. Are you ready?

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?

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.

Blue Line Buzz: Knocking Out Your Opponent

Now that the finals are here for most head-to-head pools, this week's Waiver Wire gives you a list of players that should help in specific categories.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Blue Line Buzz: The Young and Restless

Some Young Blueliners to Watch

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.

Blue Line Buzz: Mid-Season Awards

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

Blue Line Buzz: Olympic Snubs

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

Blue Line Buzz: No Peeking

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

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.

Blue Line Buzz: Duck Season?

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

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.

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.

Blue Line Buzz: No Rest for the Wild

Ryan Suter is already logging monster minutes for the Wild.

Blue Line Buzz: Still Waiting

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

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.

Blue Line Buzz: Predator On the Prowl

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Blue Line Buzz: APB in Newark

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

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?

Blue Line Buzz: It Only Gets Better

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

Blue Line Buzz: The Ballerina?

Zdeno Chara scored a particularly graceful goal this weekend.

Blue Line Buzz: Useless Senators

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

Blue Line Buzz: Falling Stars

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

Blue Line Buzz: Gilbert Thriving in Minnesota

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

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.

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?

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