With the fantasy football season behind us, it is time to turn to the winter sports while we try to endure the near-daily snowstorms that have plague the Northeast. (So much for a mild winter, eh?)
If you're looking for some added excitement to your Flyers viewing Thursday night, go ahead and sign up for this week's philly.com Fantasy Hockey Challenge.
In a small field last Friday, I rebounded with a fine showing, thanks to strong games from Claude Giroux, Kimmo Timonen and Martin Brodeur. Though I placed a respectable third, it was not enough to overcome our winner, 'moookie4me', who beat 'birdistheword' by 2.2 points. Congratulations to 'moookie4me' - don't be afraid to reinvest those winnings this week.
The rules are the same as last week: $5 entry fee, first place gets $50, second gets $30 and third gets $20. There is no beat-the-expert $5 bonus this week, however.
Rosters lock at 7 p.m. Thursday, so be sure to have it set by then. Again, you can sign up here.
On to this week's likes and dislikes:
FLYERS VS. SENATORS
Players I like: Jeff Carter ($7,800), Sergei Gonchar ($5,600)
Players I dislike: Daniel Alfredsson ($6,200), James van Riemsdyk ($5,700)
MAPLE LEAFS VS. DUCKS
Players I like: Teemu Selanee ($7,500), Dion Phaneuf ($6,100)
Players I dislike: Mikhail Grabovski ($6,700), Lubomir Visnovsky ($6,100)
DEVILS VS. PENGUINS
Players I like: Patrick Elias, ($6,600), Jordan Staal ($6,200),
Players I dislike: Chris Kunitz ($6,600), Jason Arnott ($6,000)
ISLANDERS VS. CAPITALS
Players I like: Nicklas Backstrom ($7,600), John Tavares ($6,200)
Players I dislike: Brooks Laich ($6,200), Matt Moulson ($5,800)
BRUINS VS. SABRES
Players I like: Thomas Vaneck, ($6,500), Mark Recchi ($5,800)
Players I dislike: Jason Pominville ($6,600), Marc Savard ($6,200)
THRASHERS VS. LIGHTNING
Players I like: Dustin Byfuglien ($7,200), Simon Gagne ($6,000)
Players I dislike: Steve Downie ($6,600), Brian Little ($5,900)
HURRICANES VS. RANGERS
Players I like: Marian Gaborik ($7,400), Jussi Jokinen ($6,300)
Players I dislike: Sean Avery ($6,200), Joni Pitkanen ($5,800)
BLUES VS. RED WINGS
Players I like: David Backes ($7,100), Johan Franzen ($6,500)
Players I dislike: Alexander Steen ($6,800), Nicklas Lidstrom ($6,700)
OILERS VS. STARS
Players I like: Brad Richards ($8,100), Sam Gagner ($5,700)
Players I dislike: Mike Ribeiro ($6,500), Dustin Penner ($6,300)
AVALANCHE VS. PREDATORS
Players I like: Chris Stewart ($7,200), Shea Weber ($6,600)
Players I dislike: Paul Stastny ($6,900), Patric Hornqvist ($6,800)
CANUCKS VS. SHARKS
Players I like: Henrik Sedin ($8,200), Dany Heatley ($7,400)
Players I dislike: Alex Burrows ($7,200), Joe Pavelski ($6,900)
KINGS VS. COYOTES
Players I like: Dustin Brown ($7,000), Ray Whitney ($6,200)
Players I dislike: Shane Doan ($7,100), Justin Williams ($6,800)
There you go. Once again, you can sign up for the fantasy hockey challenge here.
Andrew O'Brien works on the sports desk. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow him on Twitter: @obieaj.