For the next 2 weeks the NHL will be on break for the Olympics. During this break all NHL rosters will be frozen, but when the players are back get ready for a frenzy of moves as the March 5th trade deadline approaches. With only a few weeks of regular season left in Fantasy hockey, it is important to continue following your players and to use this time for a little scouting.
The first games of the Olympic tournament begin this Wednesday. Next week they will enter the qualification rounds before reaching the medal games on the 22nd and 23rd. You can find the full schedule over on the NBC Olympics website.
If you want to watch the hockey games in Sochi live you may have already discovered that NBC has locked things down in the US. They are only allowing cable subscribers access to their live online feed. There are ways around this, however, thanks to vpn services and international feeds. For detailed instructions, check out this article from Forbes.
I also recommend taking this opportunity to do some scouting of the minor league prospects. Some of the AHL stars are likely to be part of trade deadline moves or will be called up and given a chance in the NHL when their teams goes into sell mode (looking at you Buffalo). Here are a pair of players to keep tabs on.
Eric Gelinas D - I mentioned last week that the Devils decided to send Gelinas to the minors ahead of the NHL roster freeze so he would be able to continue working on his game during the break. Will he be called back up? Look no further then the collapse of New Jersey's power play without Gelinas in the lineup. Their power play was scoring on 22% of chances with Gelinas, but only 10% without him.
Ryan Strome C - The Islanders sent Strome back to Bridgeport solely to allow him to play during the Olympic break. Not only will he be recalled after the Olympics, but with the inevitable Vanek trade in the works, looks for Strome to be given every opportunity to excel.