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Here are your NHL injury updates and goalie starters for tonight, January 10, 2010:
- 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
- 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.
The title says it all. This article will be no more than a comprehensive list of NHL (and some other players owned by NHL teams) players set to participate in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Similar to our Daily 3 Stars, this section will break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every week 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 therefore omit salaries.
THIRD STAR: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks (0-0-1) – Toews receives this honor following his name drawn for Team Canada. In four games last week, the 21-year-old managed a steady five points in four games, with two goals and three assists. The youngest captain in Hawks history also fired 16 shots on goal, added seven penalty minutes and posted a reasonable plus-one rating. Of his five points, two came on the man advantage giving him a slight margin over teammate Patrick Kane for our third star.
Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.
This week we will go over several streaking players in the NHL leading us to another extended version of NHLHS Endorsed Pickups.
Here are today’s picks:
C: Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues – Despite his position in most fantasy leagues, Steen plays left wing on the second line for the Blues. Although this team deals with lack of production at times, this second generation forward continues to score at an alarming rate. With nine points in his last five games the chemistry with current line-mates TJ Oshie and David Backes seems electric
Prognosis: Hopefully Steen will gain LW eligibility. Regardless, his production rivals many top fantasy superstars so ride him while he is hot!
C: Tim Connolly, Buffalo Sabres – With Derek Roy day-to-day, Connolly should get extended ice time. This news comes on the heels of a four-game point streak in which this 28-year-old center produced six points. Since the lockout, the Syracuse, New York, native averages nearly a point-per-game making him a safe bet in all formats.
Prognosis: Another grab him while he is hot comment would fit here. When healthy, Connolly makes a solid number two center in all formats. If your league excludes PIMs, even better.
As the announcement was made on NHLNetwork in the States and TSN in Canada, NHL Hot Stove was on board and prepared to drop the news to
you directly after the announcement.
The selection, in order as it was announced:
Bob Mickelson: “This is a day every Canadian has been waiting for” and those words have never been more true.
Mike Chambers: “…a first ever Olympic Mens Ice Hockey win at home, on home ice.”
Steve Yzerman: (huge ovation) “….like all Canadians we are very excited to be here. For all hockey fans, it’s a great day.” “This has
been an enjoyable process, but, a difficult one.” “Every player on this roster was put on after great debate.” “We feel we have a team
that will make Canadians proud…….and compete for a Gold medal which all Canadians know that we can achieve.”
Martin Brodeur (Montreal, Quebec)
Marc Andre Fleury (Sorel, Quebec)
Roberto Luongo (Montreal, Quebec)
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.