While the NHL may be slow to change, the world of fantasy hockey has been evolving quickly. Just a few years back it seemed your only option was a rotisserie based league, which grew into head to head, auction drafts, etc. Just recently, I've started to get hooked on a new way of playing fantasy hockey: Daily Leagues. While it's no replacement for the grind, planning, trash talking, and ultimate reward of a season-long league, it does offer a great alternative with immediate benefit.
Here's how it tends to work: you go head to head with one opponent, or a room of opponents and draft a salary-based roster for one night's action. End of the day, stats are totaled and winner takes all. That's it. Immediate gratification.
There are a number of sites popping up that offer Daily Fantasy games. This week, Landshark Hockey is launching our partnership with FanDuel. Fanduel is the leader in daily games and offers a few different options for hockey, along with NFL, NBA, and MLB - not that I care… It's all hockey for me). Perhaps the best part of Fanduel is that you can actually win cash every night, or play for free. When you sign up for a game, you pick what level you want to play at and who you want to play against. They'll even kick in up to $20 free when you sign up.
This season, FanDuel is hosting an Expert "Writers" league, comprised of various fantasy hockey gurus from around the world, including editors from Yahoo, NBC Sports, and some guy from Landsharkhockey.com, to name a few. You can follow the league on the blog on their site. I'll include updates once a week here as well. Week 1 - I finished middle of the pack, finishing 6th. We'll recover in week 2...
This weekend, they're also offering a whopping $700 prize for a special one-time contest open to anyone. It's called the mega-NHL league.
As daily fantasy hockey is starting to grow in popularity, we'll be looking to add some new features on the site to help you with strategy and setting your daily rosters. Look for updates on that soon. Meanwhile, check out and let me know what you think. FanDuel
Quiet night in the league, so I'll toss in the daily feed down here...
#1 - Jonathan Quick (G-LA) - Quick stopped 31 of 32 shots for his second win of the season. Tremendous start for Quick.
#2 - Ryan Smyth (F-LA) - Smyth had two goals and an assist for the victorious Kings
#3 - David Jones (F-COL) - Jones equaled Smyth's output with a similar 3-point night
#4 - Johan Franzen (F-DET) - Franzen registered a pair of goals for the Wings in a losing effort
- Zbynek Michalek (D-PIT) may miss the game tonight with a shoulder injury suffered on Monday night. Brooks Orpik is also questionable. While those two don't merit much fantasy consideration, if you're in a Daily League (see above), it might be a good night to pick Kessel and some other Leafs.
- Brian Rafalski (D-DET) may miss 3-4 weeks after surgery on his knee
- Marek Zidlicky (D-MIN) may return later this week for the Wild
- Pekka Rinne (G-NAS) will not play tonight
- Roman Hamrlik (D-MON) is set to play his first game of the season tonight after missing the start of the season
- Niklas Hjalmarsson was suspended a couple games for his cheap shot on Pominville.
- James Wisniewski also got two games for having no class
- With Pominville out, Tim Connolly is penciled in for additional power play time in Buffalo
- Michal Neuvirth should be starting in net once more for the Caps this evening with Varlamov still on the shelf