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ESPN FHL Daily Update Oct 23rd

This morning’s FHL scoreboard highlights four teams with over 100 points earned and Team Fitzgerald earning nearly 150 points has earned an almost 60 points lead over East Division rival Team Beaulieu in their weekly matchup with both teams searching for their first win.

First place in the East Division team Downton Flyers scored 37.8 points last night and continue to dominate Team Beaty in their inter-division battle with a 37.7 lead and it could have been much worse if Mr Pavelski and his Hat Trick were inserted into the Downton Flyers lineup.

Third place in the West Division team Buffalo Winter is holding a 9.3 points lead over Team Iglesias who has eight eligible players for today’s five NHL games compared to Buffalo Winter’s three players, but all is for nought if the NHL players themselves do not perform well.

Second place in the East Division Team ALEX scored 30.1 points last night to 8.5 for team Buffalo Sabres to take a nearly 10-point lead heading into today’s NHL schedule as both teams are undefeated and vying for the top spot in their division.

The top two teams in the West Division, first-place team Doughty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap has fallen behind by just over four points to the division’s second-place team, Team Borowicz who score over 22 points last night to come from behind to challenge for division supremacy.

Defenseman Extraordinaire

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Mr Dahlin now has set a newer NHL record to become the only defenseman to score in the first five games of the regular season he also surpasses Mr Housley as the only Buffalo defenseman to score in five consecutive games.

Last night’s game featured no less than three first-round, two number ones, Buffalo Sabres draft picks, all defensemen two currently are Sabres with Mr Myers (Rookie of the Year) now a Canuck.

Quiet Canuck Fans

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The Vancouver Canucks are giving their fans little to cheer about as they struggle to win their first regular season game after six attempts, 0-4-2, and HC Boudreau is still in search of his 600th coaching victory.

The NHL Sunday schedule is five games beginning at two o’clock this afternoon and with three games at five o’clock and one at seven this evening it will be an early finish for the weekly matchups, FHL team managers should solidify their lineup before lunch.    

ESPN FHL Daily Update Oct 22nd

Today’s FHL scoreboard has not altered greatly after just three NHL games last night with Team Fitzgerald earning a few points becoming the only team to reach the 100-point plateau and with Team Beaulieu scoring approximately a half a dozen points the weekly gap remains over 30 points.

Third place in the West Division team Buffalo Winter has built a 16.3 points lead over intra-division opponent Team Iglesias and with 18 NHL games over the final two days of this weekly matchup both teams can earn the week’s victory.

First place in the East Division and the league overall team Downton Flyers endeavoring to remain undefeated against West Division foe Team Beaty a team attempting to earn their first weekly win are separated by just over a dozen points.  

In the East Division second-place team, Buffalo Sabres earned over nine points last night versus third-place Team ALEX and both teams are undefeated and skating for second place in the East to keep pace with the current East Division leader.

First place in the West Division team Doughty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap facing second place in the West Team Borowicz are within only 6.9 points of each as both teams strive to remain undefeated and take hold of the division lead.

Mr. Pilut

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With two starting defensemen out of the lineup defenseman Lawrence Pilut has been called up from Buffalo’s AHL affiliate the Rochester Americans where Mr. Pilut has notched a couple of assists in three games for the Amerks.

Kraken fans in Dever

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The torture continues for last season’s President Trophy winners, the Panthers as they lose their fourth game of the season in OT to the team that swept them out of the second round of the playoffs last year, the Lightning.

The Seattle Kraken beat the Stanley Cup Champions in regulation last night to reach 2-2-2 on the season and the Red Wings remain undefeated in regulation as they lose in OT to the Blackhawks.

The NHL has scheduled 26 teams to be in action today beginning with two games at one o’clock and two games at four o’clock this afternoon then the rest of the contests will be between seven and 10 o’clock this evening.

ESPN FHL Daily Update Oct 21st

This Friday the FHL scoreboard reflects Team Fitzgerald leading the league in weekly points and on average leads all teams by at least a dozen points and has earned a 33.7 lead over East Division rival Team Beaulieu in their weekly matchup.

The number one team in the league Downton Flyers scored over 20 points last night to increase their lead to 27.5 points over Team Beaty in this week’s inter-division battle.

In a struggle to earn their first weekly matchup victory, West Division teams Buffalo Winter and Team Iglesias are scoring above average and are separated by 16.2 points going into tonight’s three NHL games.

The East Division’s second-place team, Team ALEX and third-place team, Buffalo Sabres are both undefeated and are earning similar daily scores, but Team ALEX could be even closer than the 8.2 points that separate these two teams if they managed their roster.

 The West Division leaders first place team Doughty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and second place team, Team Borowicz are 10 points apart exactly and both are earning below-average daily scores this week.

To manage an FHL successfully you have to be willing to give five or ten minutes a day to manage the team roster, the example used today from a team in our FHL is for training purposes only, not to mock but for all fantasy managers to gain valuable experience from.

 We can observe that there are three open forward spots in the lineup to be filled and there are three eligible forwards on the bench, never minding about the goaltenders because playing them or not is a tough choice for any team manager.

The three eligible forwards on the bench combined have a 5.2 score that would have brought this team within three points of their opponent, SSPD players need to be on the bench, and DTD players can right up to their opening faceoff be on the bench.

Teams improving with the waiver wire

Finally, endeavour to not leave an open slot in your lineup especially when you have eligible players on the bench. Life gets in the way and life is more important than any fantasy team or league, but a few moments a day can keep your FHL team relevant.  

After scoring an NHL record-setting goal Mr Dahlin credits his teammate

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Mr Dahlin set the NHL record for a defenseman scoring in the first four games of the regular season and tied the Buffalo Sabres record for a defenseman scoring in consecutive games.

Mr Tuch scored his first NHL Hat Trick, Mr Hinostroza had three assists, and Mr Comrie had a 40-save game-winning performance to add another West Coast impressive victory this young season.

Number One 2022 draft pick after scoring first NHL goal mocks opponent

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The number one draft pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft Mr Slafkovsky lights the lamp for the first time in the NHL as he scores the Canadiens fourth goal in a 6-2 win over the Coyotes during Montreal’s fifth game of the season in Arizona.

The NHL has three games scheduled for tonight, last season’s playoff matchup contestants between the Lightning and Panthers for game one, then the Red Wings look to remain undefeated in regulation in game two then finishing up with the Cup champs hosting Seattle.

ESPN FHL Daily Update Oct 20th

Today’s ESPN FHL scoreboard highlights East Division Team Fitzgerald earning nearly 40 points in the last two days to become the only team to score over 60 points for the week building a 23.8 advantage over division rival Team Beaulieu.

In the West Division Team Iglesias now has the ice thin 1.8 points lead versus Buffalo Winter after scoring approximately three and half more points than their West Division rival last night.

Second place in the East Division team Buffalo Sabres collected 8.3 points last night to increase their weekly matchup lead over Team ALEX by 9.8 points in their divisional conflict.

First place in the East Division Downton Flyers after absorbing a negative 2.2 deficit score for last night’s efforts remain 4.7 points ahead of Team Beaty halfway through the week.

The West Division and League leader Doughty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap battles for division supremacy against their division’s second-place team, Team Borowicz as these teams are separated by half a dozen points.

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If Mr. Dahlin scores tonight versus the Calgary Flames it will be in his fourth game in a row equaling a Sabres record set 34 years before by defenseman extraordinaire Mr. Phil Housley, the only Buffalo defenseman to score in four consecutive games.

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The NHL has unveiled 32 “Reverse Retro” Hockey sweaters and each NHL team will sport one of these during the 2022-2023 regular NHL season.

As an artist, I can appreciate the newer designs and color schemes, mostly. Additionally, a model or two that can smile and not appear belligerent might make them more appealing.

The NHL has scheduled 12 games from seven to ten o’clock with Buffalo taking on Calgary with the opening faceoff at 9:30 this evening.  

ESPN FHL Daily Update Oct 18/19

Fortunately, the LM for our league was able to “catch” a miscalculation by ESPN fantasy Hockey for Team ALEX and with the correction Team ALEX gets accredited with their well-deserved weekly matchup win in week one.

This afternoon’s FHL scoreboard reflects Team Fitzgerald leading every other team by at least 10 points and with an 18.2 points lead over Team Beaulieu in their weekly matchup.

In the West Division teams, Buffalo Winter after scoring over 20 points last night has skated to an ice thin 1.6 points lead over Team Iglesias as each of these teams battles to earn their first weekly matchup victory.

The Second and Third place teams in the East Division teams Buffalo Sabres and Team ALEX are so evenly matched that they are within a point and a half of each other as well as each having earned a winning daily point total.

First place in the League and East Division team Downton Flyers is maintaining a solid 10.5 lead over Team Beaty in their inter-division matchup and if Team Beaty can keep shaving off the points each night could come within striking distance towards the end of the week.

The top two teams in the West Division, Team Borowicz and first-place team Doughty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap are off to a slow start as each team has a single-digit effort for one night of competition in their weekly matchup.

Buffalo Begins Western Road Swing

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Buffalo’s impressive road victory over Edmonton last night was an exciting game fueled by the Sabres first power-play goal of the season courtesy of Mr. Dahlin and Mr. Thompson scoring his first of the season.

A pass from Mr. Hinostroza to release Mr. Peterka on a breakaway, he converted into his second goal of the season to put Buffalo up by two assisting the Sabres to score twice in the second period for the 3-1 lead.  

Just 93 seconds remaining in the contest and the Oilers score to make it 3-2 affording the opportunity to pull the goalie and they do and pay for it as Mr. Tuch literally has to muscle off an Oilers player twice while skating in to score with 4.9 seconds remaining.

Happy Ottawa Fans

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The Ottawa Senators spayed snow all over Boston’s undefeated record as the Bruins scored five times but not enough to win during the Senators Home Opener as Ottawa tallied eight times (one ruled “no goal”) last night for their 7-5 final for their first win of the season.

ESPN FHL Daily Update Oct 17th

This morning’s FHL scoreboard highlights this week’s matchups and after one week of competition the number one team in the league and West Division team Doughty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap is matched up against the second place team in the West Division Team Borowicz.

First place in the East Division team Downton Flyers will be challenged by Team Beaty from the West Division although ranked differently in their divisions these two teams are evenly matched as far as points scored for and against.

West Division rivals teams Buffalo Winter and Team Iglesias begin battling for division supremacy and with Team Iglesias with nearly two dozen assists and Buffalo Winter leading in SOG (shots on goal) this interesting conflict could go either way.

To remain in second place in the East Division team Buffalo Sabres will endeavor to keep East Division antagonist Team ALEX a team who has earned slightly more points across the board in check.

Team Beaulieu will attempt to gain their first win versus inter-division last place and the lowest-scoring team in the league to date opposes Team Fitzgerald a team whose misfortunes will turn positive as Team Fitzgerald leads the league in hits and a solid third place overall in blocks.

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Head Coach Granato quoted on the loss to the reigning President Trophy-winning Florida Panthers:

HC Don Granato

“Looking at specifically the third period, love our compete out of our guys I mean our guys played with a chip, and they played hard, and I loved that response.”

HC Granato went on to explain they might have started slowly but picked up the intensity against a very good team and he is impressed with the level of play for game two of the season.

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HC Boudreau of the Vancouver Canucks attempts to earn win “600” as he faces his former team at the Capital One Arena tonight as the Canucks are winless in their first two and the Capitals managing one win in their first three games.

HC Bruce Boudreau

The NHL has scheduled nine games for this evening beginning at seven o’clock with one late start on the West Coast.

ESPN FHL Daily Update Oct 16th

At the official end of the first ESPN FHL weekly matchups this Sunday there are no NHL games scheduled an oddity in part created by the Global Series early season start in Czechia.

This evening’s FHL scoreboard reflects the five winners with Doughty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap the only team to hit 100 points with the average league total leveling off at 86 points for the week.

With the rare Sunday quiet except for Holidays team managers should take this lacuna to add to or to create a “watch list” which benefits the team manager’s ability to utilize the waiver wire to their best advantage.

Life is more important than any fantasy league of course, but one of the rigors to becoming a successful FHL team manager is daily maintenance, and realistically that at minimum could amount to just five or ten minutes a day.

One of the more daunting realizations for some FHL team managers is the actual length of over five months and, with little exception, to managing the team every day to gain enough winning weekly matchups to earn one of four playoff spots.

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Both the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Islanders teams scored seven goals last night against their opponents which earned the two their first wins of the season.

ESPN FHL Daily Update Oct 15th

This morning’s FHL scoreboard reflects the top four teams all scoring more than 60 points with team Doughty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap leading the pack but only leading Team Iglesias by 7.2 points in their weekly matchup.

Team Beaulieu earning the second most points in the league this week scored 6.8 points last night and has increased the lead by 15.4 points over Downton Flyers who had no eligible players to earn points last night.

Team Beaty and Team Borowicz remain the same point gap apart as these two teams scored 13.5 and 13 points respectively yesterday heading into today’s 14 games the last day of the first FHL week.

Not taking advantage of their own point-producing players as they sit on the bench Team ALEX has fallen even further behind than necessary to Buffalo Winter and with today being the last scheduled NHL games for the FHL week, roster management is a must.

Even with three players 2 (IR), and 1 (O) on their roster team Buffalo Sabres have built a solid 17.8-point lead over Team Fitzgerald who is inserting all eligible players so for today’s 28 NHL teams in action each team manager has an opportunity to earn massive points.

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For this afternoon’s contest downtown at the arena versus the Panthers the Sabres are hosting HOCKTOBERFEST a Party in the Plaza starting at 11am this morning with live music, beer specials, food, and children’s activities planned.

Mr Skinner and Mr Thompson

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The Winnipeg Jets in their Home Opener stop the New York Rangers in their skates with a 4-1 victory with Mr Scheifele scoring the Jets first goal of the season and the third on seven shots with Mr Hellebuyck’s .976 save percentage.

Jets first goal of their season

The NHL has 28 teams playing today affording all FHL team managers an opportunity to earn positive points, and get a better perspective on which players are or not contributing, populating the team’s watch list for improved waiver wire movement.

ESPN FHL Daily Update Oct 14th

Team Iglesias earned 32.8 points last night and leftover 10 points on the bench in an attempt to overtake team Doughty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap who scored 28.8 points with no points left on the bench in the closest battle this week.

The Waiver Report has announced a team name and nickname change for Team Fazzone who is now known as “Doughty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”, nickname “DDDD”, apparently an AC/DC and Drew Doughty fan.

Buffalo Winter has begun to pick up steam scoring near 25 points last night to take a 14.4 lead over Team ALEX who could improve by inserting eligible players from the bench into the lineup to ensure the team receives all points earned.

Team Fitzgerald and team Buffalo Sabres were earning within four points of each other last night but overall the weekly gap is 16.7 points which would be a lot closer if Team Fitzgerald would have possibly collected the over nine points left on the bench.

Mr. Dahlin’s first goal of the season

Endeavouring to catch and pass Team Beaty, Team Borowicz scored over 21 points last night while leaving over six points on the bench, when your team has open slots in the lineup team managers would do well to insert eligible point-producing players.

JJ Peterka’s first NHL goal

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The Sabres JJ Peterka scored his first NHL goal during Buffalo’s first game of the season at the Home Opening victory over Ottawa.

The Buffalo Sabres are the youngest team in the NHL with an average age of 25 years old and the league is at 27.4 years of age on average, ironically the Sabres also have the oldest active player in the league with Mr. Anderson at 41 years of age.

Sabres Fans Enjoying Home Opener

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Ovi and the boys are off to a 0-2 start as Toronto scores a goal in each period to beat Washington 3-2 in the Maple Leafs Home Opener.

The Rangers have picked up where they left off last regular season, on a winning note, cruising through their first two contests and leading the league in goal differential.

The NHL has scheduled four games tonight beginning at seven o’clock this evening and finishing up with a West Coast game at 10:30 EST.

ESPN FHL Daily Update Oct 13th

This morning’s FHL scoreboard reflects Team Beaulieu earning over 26 points leading the league with nearly 40 points and doubling up on their weekly opponent Downton Flyers but with four more nights of NHL action, no lead is permanent.

Second-place overall team Buffalo Sabres the only other team to acquire 30 or more points has put together an 11.5-point lead over Team Fitzgerald in their weekly matchup which could have been a larger deficit if all point producers were off the bench.

Buffalo Winter scored over 17 points despite a -5.6 point deficit from the goaltender to overtake and build a 6.8-point lead over Team ALEX a team that unfortunately left over 12 points on the bench.

Team Iglesias scores three more points than Team Fazzone as these two teams seem evenly matched as their totals are separated by approximately half a dozen points which might have been less if some of the point-producing players were put into the lineup.

Team Borowicz over 11 points behind Team Beaty could have been within three points if the eligible players that generated over eight points were active in the lineup and not on their bench, fortunately, there is time remaining in the weekly matchup to earn or lose the lead. 

Buffalo Winter endeavoring to strengthen the roster

It is the first week of ESPN FHL and team managers have to readjust their personal time to be able to invest the necessary effort in their team, or all is for naught.

The NHL has another full rink of games as 20 teams take to the ice this evening including the Buffalo Sabres hosting the Ottawa Senators in their Home Opener led by newly anointed Captain, Mr. Okposo.

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Leader and solid Teammate Defenseman Mr. Samuelsson signed for seven years.

“We don’t talk about him enough,” Dahlin said. “He’s an amazing guy on and off the ice. … It’s super easy to have a guy like that. He plays the right way and (goes) great places with the puck. He’s a guy that you can really trust.”  This quote was reported by Mr. LaBarber at Sabres.com

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Mr. Nylander scoring

Toronto has their Home Opener tonight versus Washington who just had their skates handed to them in their Home Opener last night by Boston while the Leafs were losing a close road opener to the Canadiens so this should be one entertaining struggle for a first win.