Power Rankings Week Through 01/09/2010

01/10/2010

NHL Power Rankings presented by The Hockey Guys. These rankings will be released every Sunday directly following the show and summarize the thinking of Anthony Curatolo, Brandon Augienello and Dustin Leed.

IL: Minnesota Wild v Chicago Blackhawks
Legend: Rank – Team – Record – (Last Week) Position Change

1. Chicago Blackhawks 31-10-4 (2) +1 When you are the best you simply are the best.
2. San Jose Sharks 28-10-7 (1) -1 A few losses have shifted gears in the power rankings for the Sharks.
3. New Jersey Devils 31-10-1 (3) N/C Although the lights went out in New Jersey, the Devils haven’t lost a step in their standings.
4. Buffalo Sabres 28-11-5 (6) +2 Good teams prove that winning comes more often then not.
5. Washington Capitals 27-11-6 (9) +4 Captain Ovechking leads the charge and Washington climbs back into the top five.
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Goalie Starters and Injury Updates 01/10/2010

01/10/2010
Ottawa Senators v Pittsburgh Penguins

Here are your NHL injury updates and goalie starters for tonight, January 10, 2010:

Ottawa Senators

  • Milan Michalek, Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza expected out.
  • Jesse Winchester out a month. [Ian Mendes]
  • Filip Kuba left yesterday’s game due to injury, he is day-to-day.
  • Pascal Leclaire should be in goal after watching backup Brian Elliot lose last night.  Confirmed by Ian Mendes of Sportsnet

Carolina Hurricanes

  • Tuomo Ruutu will miss a few weeks with an upper body injury. [Canes Now]
  • Erik Cole and Sergei Samsonov skated and should return next week.
  • Eric Staal expected back tonight. [Mike Maniscalco]
  • Joe Corvo, Scott Walker and Chad LaRose still out.
  • Cam Ward as always expected to start, will get a confirmation later.

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Injury Updates 01/08/2010

01/08/2010
Dallas Stars v New Jersey Devils

Here are your NHL injury updates for tonight, January 8, 2010:

Tonight’s Injuries

Colorado Avalanche

  • Brett Clark, David Jones and Ruslan Salei expected to miss tonight’s game.
  • JM Liles out, due to illness. [Denver Post]

Carolina Hurricanes

  • Sergei Samsonov, Scott Walker, Erik Cole, Chad LaRose and Joe Corvo still out.

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Matt Walker back in, he replaces Andrej Meszaros. [Lightning Twitter]
  • Jeff Halpern and Todd Fedoruk remain out.

New Jersey Devils

  • David Clarkson, Dainius Zubrus and Paul Martin remain out.

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Goalie Starters 01/08/2010

01/08/2010
Dallas Stars v New Jersey Devils

Here are your expected starting goalies for tonight, January 8, 2010:

UPDATED @ 1:43 PM

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Injury Updates 01/07/2010

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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Goalie Starters 01/07/2010

01/07/2010
Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Here are your expected starting goalies for tonight, January 7, 2010:

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Keeper Watch: First Rounders in Action

01/06/2010
Stanley Cup Champions, Pittsburgh Penguins Take to the Ice For Training Camp

‘Keeper Watch’ will come out every Wednesday or Thursday, noting the changes in value for top prospects who are most likely available in your league. We will also focus on young players once considered top prospects. Similarly to our ‘Endorsed Pickups’ I will try not to focus too much on one position, which will leave some noteworthy players off the list.

This edition of Keeper Watch much like last week’s edition will take an extended look at some top prospects and their assent through the minors.  Most of those mentioned are either first round picks or highly regarded within their organizations.

C: Jiri Tlusty, Carolina Hurricanes – In his three games in Carolina before a recent demotion, the 21-year-old center scored a goal and an assist.  The talented Czech and former 13th overall pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2006 shows tons of promise, adding to what could be an impressive young core.  With injuries to Eric Cole and Chad LaRose there should be some minutes available while the Canes rebuild.  I expect Tlusty to get a longer look this time around.

Prognosis: Lots of potential should he get good minutes.  Monitor his position on the team, he should get an opportunity once some veterans are moved.

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