Injury Updates 01/07/2010

Anaheim Ducks v New Jersey Devils

Here are your NHL injury updates for tonight, January 7, 2010:

Tonight’s Injuries

New York Rangers

  • Vaclav Prospal remains out.

Atlanta Thrashers

  • Kari Lehtonen and Mark Popovic still out.

Chicago Blackhawks

  • Cam Barker still out of the lineup. [Blackhawks]
  • Adam Burish and Dave Bolland still out.

Boston Bruins

  • Milan Lucic to return Saturday. [Boston Globe]
  • Andrew Ference out six weeks. [Boston Globe]
  • Mark Stuart and Patrice Bergeron still out.

Ottawa Senators

  • Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza still out.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/09/2009

Edmonton Oilers v New York Islanders

In this section, I break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every night and cite why I chose them in particular. In addition, I will track the amount of times the players have received this honor and tally them at the end of the season. For the sake of clarity, I will be using Yahoo! standard categories (Forwards – G,A,+/-, PP, PIM, SOG; Goalies – W, GAA, SV%, SHO) and thus exclude player’s salaries.

Quiet night on the offensive front.  Out of our 10 games and 20 teams in action, four goaltenders registered shutouts.  In addition 60 percent of the teams in action (12/20) registered two goals or less.  Regardless our diligence enables us to find a few standout players on the offensive side.

THIRD STAR: Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings (0-0-1) – Most Kings fans screamed “FINALLY!” when their captain helped lead the team to victory.  In fact, Helene Elliot of the LA Times found it necessary to write a similar sentiment.  Prior to last night, Brown produced 22 points in his first 31 games putting him on pace for 58 points.  Last night the 25-year-old scored a goal and assisted on another, leading his team to a 5-4 victory over the San Jose Sharks.  The Ithaca, New York native registered four shots on goal while sitting two minutes in the box and finishing a solid plus one.  Excellent effort for the power forward who is now on pace for 62 points.  What a difference a day makes!

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

St. Louis Blues v Minnesota Wild

One of our newest features is Endorsed Pickups.  Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.  Without further adieu, here are today’s picks:

Left Wing:  Mason Raymond, Vancouver Canucks – Raymond has 10 points in his last 8 games.  Playing mainly with Ryan Kesler all season has really turned the 24 year old winger into a consistent scoring threat.  Either Michael Grabner or  Mikael Samuelsson play the right side on that line.  Raymond has even seen PP time with Henrik Sedin.

Center: Matt Stajan, Toronto Maple Leafs – Stajan centers Phil Kessel.  He has 4 points in 4 games and is most likely a better option than Mikhail Grabovski or John Mitchell.

Right Wing: Danny Cleary, Detroit Red Wings – Cleary flanks Henrik Zetterberg at least 40 percent of the time.  The Red Wings are a much better team than they have played and anyone playing with Zetterberg or Datsyuk will see their statistics improve.  Cleary has 6 points in his last 4 games.

Defense: Brent Burns, Minnesota Wild – Burns is only two years removed from a 15 goal 80 PIM campaign.  Despite the terrible + / – the Ontario native is set to pot at least 40 points.  When some of the more talented players on the Wild start going, expect Burns to be right in the middle of it.

Defense: Andy Greene, New Jersey Devils – Greene produced 6 points in 7 games and has been in the middle of the Devils’ winning ways.  Six out of nine of his points came on the PP, so expect him to lose some of those minutes when Paul Martin eventually returns.  Presently the Devils are one of the hottest teams in hockey and in turn Greene will set career highs around the board.

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