The Rangers have recalled Nigel Dawes, which indicates that Marcel Hossa will be unable to go tomorrow night. 

 

Sheldon Souray has a separated shoulder and will be out of the lineup indefinitely. This will give Gilbert and Grebishkov more time on the power play... they may be worth plucking off the waiver wire. 

 

 Chicago has announced that Havlat will rehab his shoulder (no surprise there) and he should be back in four weeks. Regardless - dump him off now if you can get anything decent for him. Three serious injuries to the same shoulder in a short time span. His days could be numbered and I wouldn't want him on my team when I found out.

 

Alexei Ponikarovsky will return to the Toronto lineup on Thursday. Meanwhile, both Kyle Wellwood and Carlo Coliaicovo participated in full practice yesterday and are very close to returning. I wouldn't touch Wellwood right now, because he could go down at any minute with that serious abdominal problem of his. This will spell the end of two of Gamache, Newbury or Battaglia for now.

 

Tomas Fleischmann is now off the Ovechkin line and Joe Motzko, who has been recalled, will get a tryout there. Wait one game and see how he does, but he is a good scorer in the AHL.
 

 

Mason Raymond has been sent down to Manitoba. The Vancouver speedster was not getting into the lineup enough.

 

The Flyers have recalled Steve Downie, hoping to eat away more chunks of the suspension. He had to be sent down because of roster limitations. Ben Eager is day to day with dizziness and Jesse Boulerice has been waived, to allow for this transaction.

 

Jordan Leopold returned to the lineup last night and played 17:24. However, he did not play at all on the power play. Brett Clark played a little bit on the PP, but for the most part the Avs went with four forwards and JM Liles.

 

Speaking of the Avs, chalk up another three assist for Stastny, who is looking to take the franchise player mantel from Joe Sakic this year...as opposed to waiting a year or two for that honor. He is unbelievable so far.

 

Jaroslav Hlinka played just 12:24, received minimal PP time and was a minus-1.

 

Milan Hejduk missed the contest with a back injury. He is day to day.

 

Bad news for Budaj owners - and don't say I didn't warn you. The No.1 job was by no means sewn up and in the fantasy world that means STAY AWAY. Anyway, he got yanked after giving up four goals. Jose Theodore came on in relief and got the win, stopping all 17 shots that were thrown at him.

 

Trent Hunter has replaced Bill Guerin on the top line in Long Island. Guerin will play on the second line with Sillinger and Satan. That makes more sense to me, as that better balances the scoring on the top two lines.

 

Martin St.Pierre, who longtime readers know I was pretty high on late last season, has left the RSL and returned to North America, signing a contract with the Blackhawks. He will play for Rockford of the AHL but will be the first call up. The diminutive forward has loads of offensive talent and will surprise when he gets the chance. He had seven points in 14 games with Khimik and he scored in his season debut for Rockford.

 

The Bruins have signed Brad Marchand to an entry level contract. He is ranked #186 on my fantasy prospects list.

 

Sean Avery, who has been out with a shoulder injury, will not skate until next week. He will be out of the lineup for at least two weeks yet and likely three or four.

 

Marcel Hossa is suffering from a hip flexor injury and will probably not play tomorrow. He has an assist in each of the three games that he has played this season, while on Jagr's line.

 

Peter Mueller will be back in the lineup tomorrow, after being a healthy scratch on Saturday. Let's see how he bounces back from this.

 

Doug Weight is slowing down. His 65-point days are long gone, and this season he may struggle to post even 55 points. He has one in four games and the team is starting to rely on their younger guys. With TJ Oshie and Patrick Berglund on the way, Weight's days are likely numbered as a fantasy asset. He is now off the top PP unit.

 

Eric Brewer is targeting next Tuesday vs. Phoenix as a return date. He has been out with a shoulder injury.

 

Marty Turco's sore leg is still bothering him to the point where Mike Smith (who is suffering from an arm injury, but getting better) or Tobias Stephan will get the start tonight. It will likely be Smith though. Turco should be ready by the weekend.

 

Jaroslav Spacek (shoulder) is questionable for Friday's contest vs the Jackets.

 

James sheppard played just 3:35 last night. He will be brought in slowly, like Burns and Bouchard. You know what that means - he may not be a fantasy factor for several years, despite being on the team.

 

Jiri Hudler has been bumped down to the fourth line again in Detroit. He played just 6:21 on Monday and is back in Babcock's doghouse. In keeper leagues, I would recommend going for him. He should come cheap. He is about a season away from a big breakout, in my books.

 

Freddie Modin will miss tonight's game with a groin injury and will likely miss Friday as well. Rick Nash is also hurting from a groin injury, but it is less serious and he should be in the lineup.

 

Expect Fredrik Norrena to get the start tonight.

 

With an injury to Rene Bourque, the 'Hawks will go with the following lines: Lang with Kane and Williams. Toews with Sharp and Ruutu. Yanic Perreault will be back in the lineup on the third line.

 

Some important information on Martin Havlat's shoulder will be released today. I will keep you posted when it comes out.

 

Andrei Kostitsyn played just 11:36 last night. Bryan Smolinski is actually getting more PP time than he is, which is dumb...but I'm not the coach.

 

In his first start of the season, JS Aubin stopped 28 of 31 shots for the win. He is a really good goaltender when he gets into a groove. I had the (pleasure? opportunity?) of watching Aubin quite a bit here in Toronto. When he gets rattled, his play really slips though. He'll get a chance to win this role full time.

 

Ladislav Nagy was, indeed, a healthy scratch for LA last night. They won the contest, so perhaps they'll do it again. Stay tuned... 

 

As you know, I have been campaigning to get the shift charts (i.e. a list of players with a green bar to the right of their name representing each minute in a game that they were on the ice) BACK on NHL.com. One of DH's loyal readers - known as the Shady Commish in the forum - actually had a business meeting with NHL.com yesterday and brought up my issue as a sidebar. Apparently, the new TOI feature was voted on and approved by the NHL board of governors and is there to stay. We tried. I'll still write the occasional letter, just to let them know that a great feature has been removed...but the campaign is on life support. You can contact NHL.com here .


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