Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/28/2009

12/29/2009
Carolina Hurricanes 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.

A few important things happened last night.  The Flames broke a scary win less streak while Steve Mason somewhat redeemed himself in the eyes of his team.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Rene Bourque, Calgary Flames (0-1-1) –  Bourque played a pivotal role in leading his team to a 4-1 victory.  The Lac La Biche, Alberta native scored three, one on the powerplay, one shorthanded and one even strength.  In addition, this 28-year-old fired only three shots on net giving him a perfect shooting percentage while also posting a perfect plus two.

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Injuries in Ottawa Force a Trade?

12/26/2009
Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins

The latest from Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Sun discusses the injury to Daniel Alfredsson as well as the need to replace his production in the lineup.  After sustaining a hit from Craig Adams on Wednesday, the Senators captain expects to miss a few weeks with a bum shoulder.  The 37-year-old joins pivot Jason Spezza and wing Nick Foligno in the press box as they continue to recover from their own ailments while Chris Neil, Shean Donovan and Pascal Leclaire all returned to the lineup a mere three days ago.

Although center Josh Hennessy initially gets a call up, the rookie definitely is not and will not be the solution.  If this team is to stay within the playoff picture they must make a move quickly and patch the gaping hole in their top six.

Garrioch may be onto something for once with his article.  The controversial reporter discusses the merits of trading for Christopher Higgins or Alexander Frolov, both impending free agents after the season.

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Injury Updates 12/23/2009

12/23/2009
Pittsburgh Penguins v Buffalo Sabres

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Just a quick note, if I omitted a source it is due to a previous report with no recent updates. Here are your injury updates for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Atlanta Thrashers

  • Kari Lehtonen practiced with the team while Mark Popovic remains out.

Boston Bruins

  • Derek Morris sitting this game out.  [Boston Globe]
  • Milan Lucic looking to return at the Winter Classic. [Boston Globe]
  • Mark Stuart remains on IR.

Buffalo Sabres

  • Chris Butler not expected back.
  • No word on Nathan Gerbe, Thomas Vanek or Patrick Kaleta playing tonight, will update later.

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Injury Updates 12/21/2009

12/21/2009
Florida Panthers v New York Islanders

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Just a quick note, if I omitted a source it is due to a previous report with no recent updates. Here are your injury updates for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Florida Panthers

  • Dmitry Kulikov expected to miss significant time. [On Frozen Pond]
  • Nick Tarnasky, David Booth, Cory Stillman, Kenndal McArdle and Kamil Kreps remain out.

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Still out are Ray Emery and Darroll Powe.

New York Rangers

  • Matt Gilroy up while Bobby Sanguinetti and Ilkka Heikkinen demoted to Hartford.
  • Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik back in the lineup.

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Injury Updates 12/19/2009

12/19/2009
Boston Bruins v Philadelphia Flyers

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Just a quick note, if I omitted a source it is due to a previous report with no recent updates. Here are your injury updates for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

New York Rangers

  • No injuries but Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik remain healthy scratches.

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Simon Gagne returns. [Broad Street Bull]
  • Darroll Powe and Ray Emery remain injured.

Detroit Red Wings

  • Darren Helm back in.
  • Henrik Zetterberg, Jason Williams, Andreas Lilja, Niklas Kronwall, Daniel Cleary, Valtteri Filppula, Johan Franzen and Jonathan Ericsson still out.

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Injury Updates 12/18/2009

12/18/2009
Ottawa Senators v New Jersey Devils

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Just a quick note, if I omitted a source it is due to a previous report with no recent updates. Here are your injury updates for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Ottawa Senators

  • Nick Foligno set to miss two weeks. [Bob MacKenzie]
  • Pascal Leclaire travelling with the team. [Senators.com]
  • Jason Spezza, Chris Neil and Shean Donovan remain out.

New Jersey Devils

  • Dainius Zubrus close to returning. [Fire & Ice]
  • David Clarkson and Paul Martin still out.

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Jonas Gustavsson serving as Toskala’s backup. Luke Schenn back in.  [Jonas Siegel]
  • John Mitchell, Carl Gunnarson and Mike Van Ryn still out.

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Injury Updates 12/16/2009

12/16/2009
Carolina Hurricanes v Dallas Stars

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Just a quick note, if I omitted a source it is due to a previous report with no recent updates. Here are your injury updates for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Montreal Canadiens

  • Benoit Pouliot expected to play in Hamilton this weekend. [Habs Inside/Out]
  • Andrei Markov, Brian Gionta and Paul Mara remain out.

New Jersey Devils

  • No updates on Paul Martin, David Clarkson and Dainius Zubrus.

New York Islanders

  • Sean Bergenheim, Tim Jackman, Rick DiPietro, Radek Martinek and Doug Weight still missing.

New York Rangers

  • Clean bill of health.

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