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 12/19/2009

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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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/02/2009

12/02/2009
Chicago Blackhawks v Colorado Avalanche

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.

Somewhat weird night.  Although only four games were played every winning team scored at least four goals.  However it was a losing team, the Colorado Avalanche, and essentially one line that swept the honors.

THIRD STAR: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche (0-0-1) – Last June’s 3rd overall pick is showing why he was so heavily touted.  The 18-year-old potted two goals, one coming on the powerplay, and an assist in the Avs 6-5 loss to the Panthers in a skills competition.  The Ontario native added seven shots on goal and finished the evening a team-high plus three.  Duchene now has seven points in his last four games and is becoming a player that makes other players on his line better.

SECOND STAR: Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche (0-1-0) – The second generation star continues to prove himself as an elite playmaker.  Coming off an injury plagued season, Stastny remained healthy and now has 30 points in 29 games.  The 24-year-old scored a goal and assisted on three more, including Duchene’s powerplay tally.  He posted a respectable plus two while putting four shots on goal and even sitting two minutes in the box.  Contributions across all six standard categories gives the center our second star of the evening.

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Trade Rumors: Guillaume Latendresse for Benoit Pouliot

11/23/2009
Chicago Blackhawks v Montreal Canadiens

Benoit Pouliot and Guillaume Latendresse have been traded for one another respectively.  Should we care?  Combined the young forwards scored a paltry seven points rendering them fantasy-useless, but was it always that way?  Both teams felt their players needed a change of scenery this much is clear.  But do both teams see something in the players they got back.  Now that is the question.

Looking at Pouliot, the 23-year-old is a skilled left wing who never really has dominated offensively at any level.  Standing at 6’3″ the Ontario native broke into pro hockey with the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves playing with NHL regulars Marc Staal and Nick Foligno.  He averaged a little over a PPG showing that he could potentially be an NHL power forward.  With these hopes the Wild took Pouliot with the 4th overall pick of the 2005 draft.

By comparison, the Canadiens took Latendresse with the 45th overall pick in 2005.  Surprised that he was still on the board, the Habs moved up in order to snag what the entire Province of Quebec thought would be their chosen son.  Coming out of the offense oriented QMJHL, the 22-year-old averaged 1.24 points-per-game making his draft spot a relative surprise.  He would quickly be brought up to the big club, and there he would stick.

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