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A preseason sleeper of mine, Ryan Whitney, is struggling to say the least. He's down to the bottom pairing in Edmonton and there are no signs of getting out of that. He was a healthy scratch last night… so I guess technically he's down below the bottom pairing.

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To the Mike Smith nonbelievers, your window of "buying low" has closed. If you were a nonbeliever, shame on you. He can't fail in the Phoenix system. Period. The only risk is injury. But the numbers will be strong. One goal allowed in the last two games.

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I remember in the forum during the summer, some readers wondered why I insisted on keeping three goaltenders - Dubnyk, Smith and Anderson - as part of my 12 keepers in one of my three dynasty leagues. Some thought I should trade my many assets to upgrade goaltending. But I was confident that between these three I would have a winning group - at least two out of the three would be worth dressing each week. So far so good. According to our league rules, Anderson is first, Dubnyk is seventh and Smith is turning it around. This is believing in the Phoenix system for Smith, believing in the Oilers winning more games for Dubnyk, and Anderson just doing what he does every year.

I'm winning that league, despite Ovechkin, Giroux, Kopitar and Neal disappointing on my team so far…and Carlson, Ellis and Fowler as three of my seven defensemen! I guess I can thank St. Louis, Conacher, Anderson and Enstrom for that…

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What is it with Anaheim and backup goalies stealing the thunder of the starters? First it was Bryzgalov. The Ducks waived him. Then it was Jonas Hiller. The Ducks traded JS Giguere to make room for him. Now it's Viktor Fasth, who seems to be muscling in on more starts the way Hiller did with JSG years ago. Fasth is 3-0-0 and he's allowed four goals in those three games. Meanwhile, Hiller is 3-1-0, but he gave up four goals in two of those wins. Bruce Boudreau is going with the hot hand - Hiller tends to heat up down the stretch. I think Fasth starts 10-12 of the next 20 games. Just a hunch.

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Jamie McGinn is clicking with Matt Duchene and PA Parenteau. He has six points in his last five games and he already has 28 shots - that prorates to close to 250 over a full season - but has just one goal to show for it. When he starts putting it in the net, the entire line will benefit. I don't think they're rolling yet. Not that McGinn is this stud scorer - but he's a 20-goal guy.

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Shawn Horcoff is out "long term" with a broken knuckle. Anton Lander played nearly 15 minutes, since Horcoff left the game midway.

Justin Schultz played 27:49 last night. That's a career high.

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Jordan Schroeder played 18:38 and picked up an assist last night. He played with Raymond and Hansen. The latter had two points, was plus-2 with four shots and three Hits.

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I don't understand power rankings, do you? These sites put up a list of teams, and it's pretty much in the order of the standings. The standings are the best power rankings out there. Just seems silly.

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The Wild traded Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri to the Rangers for Mike Rupp. Rupp holds little value unless you need Hits or PIM. Powe is very good in the Hits category, while Palmieri is just an extra.

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Ryan Callahan (shoulder) is still three days away from that 10-14 day window, but he was practicing non-contact with the team yesterday.

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I found this piece by Ryan Lambert hilarious. Drooling with sarcasm as he makes fun of one poor Michigan writer.

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With Derek Roy in the lineup, the Stars went with:

Morrow-Benn-Jagr

Eriksson-Roy-Ryder

You can access all of the latest line combos via the menu along the top.

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Alex Ovechkin is staying on the same line (Wolski and Ribeiro), which is good news for his owners.

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NHL stars of the week - Thomas Vanek, Chris Kunitz and Roberto Luongo.

Vladimir Tarasenko was the NHL's rookie of the month.

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Cam Fowler missed last night's contest, but the Ducks "don't anticipate him being out long."

Sami Vatanen played 14:45 in his absence.

Emerson Etem saw just eight minutes of action last night, but it was a tight game.

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Vincent Lecavalier is expected to play tonight.

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Hey, Lubomir Visnovsky is ready to join the team. He could play as early as Thursday.

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The Rangers have called up prospect JT Miller and sent down Benn Ferriero. Miller is ranked 74th on my Fantasy Prospects List.

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Dan Boyle missed last night's game with the flu.

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It looks like Brendan Smith won't miss a week or two after all. No, he could actually miss as many as four weeks.

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My THN column takes a look at the players leading the scoring race and investigates the relationship with their lockout activities.

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Look at PA Parenteau scoop this out of the air:

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McLaren vs. Westgarth:


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Mr_Sausage said:

Mr_Sausage
Ryan Whitney As a huge Oiler fan I can say that this healthy scratch was a long time overdue. His awful season last season was in part due to his ankle issues but a lot of it was just laziness and plain bad decisions. This year I was hoping he would be 100% healthy and back to his old form(pre Oiler). He's been awful. He makes awful decisions when he is pressured and he gets pressured all of the time because he's too indecisive in his own zone and holds the puck too long. Awful on the PP because of indecisiveness. I think any days of him being fantasy relevant again are long gone. I'd trade a Canuck fan Whitney for Ballard straight up anyday. Ya..I said that.
February 05, 2013
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shook81 said:

shook81
McGinn Picked him up a few days ago when I noticed the nice line placement and increased TOI due to all the forward injuries. Watched last nights game and he did well....two other notable stats, he leads the team in hits and he also has hit 8 posts so far this season(according to the announcers). I think he's a great play right now, maybe not so much when Landeskog and Jones return.
February 05, 2013
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frozenpools said:

frozenpools
McGinn and Schroeder So Landeskog comes back and takes his minutes. Im starting to think he could get 50 pts and 60 mins (full season) on the 2nd line. Looked good against the oilers

Schroeder also looked decent last night. He'd be an ok short term add till kesler returns. I can't see him being useful after that unless he moves to wing. Angus would have a better idea though
February 05, 2013
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Mike Smith He can't fail in the Phoenix system.

Two Questions:
1. What exactly is the "Phoenix system"?
2. How long is Smith going to be in Phoenix anyways? Prediction please?
February 05, 2013
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buck0198 said:

buck0198
Kadri Whats the story on Kadri?

I didnt see if he came back into the game last night.
February 05, 2013
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Rooper said:

Rooper
... Never really got "power rankings" either. Seems like a lame attempt to carry over the polls from college sports to pro sports. Of course this ignores:
(1) college has way more teams, so there is at least some point in filtering down a list; and
(2) college polls are horribly skewed and biased anyway and radically change every week (and seem to be reactionary to the last game rather than anticpating the next game).

A true and accurate power ranking should not change much each week
February 05, 2013
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kaverorzi said:

kaverorzi
... whoa, I guess there is a person that thinks lambert is funny after all.
February 05, 2013
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