Injury Updates 01/09/2010

01/09/2010
Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Team Practices

Here are your NHL injury updates for tonight, January 9, 2010:

Tonight’s Injuries

New York Rangers

  • Vinny Prospal skating, not expected to play today. [Steve Zipay]

Boston Bruins

  • Marc Savard out 3-4 weeks. [The Boston Globe]
  • Andrew Ference, Byron Bitz, Mark Stuart and Patrice Bergeron still out.

Florida Panthers

  • David Booth, Kenndal McArdle and Dmitry Kulikov out.

Ottawa Senators

  • Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson still out.
  • Milan Michalek out with an undisclosed injury.

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The Ken Hitchcock Effect

01/08/2010
Florida Panthers v Philadelphia Flyers

If the words of Nikita Filatov are not enough to describe how much of an effect Ken Hitchcock has on his young players, then you will definitely want to read this.

The young Russian said in a recent interview, when questioned on his decision to return to the NHL, “I highly doubt it. But [moving] Ken Hitchcock can really help it.”

There is a pattern and we will show you it.

On January 8, 1996, the Dallas Stars appointed Hitchcock’ as their head coach. This team displayed a nice mix of veterans and youth with promising players like Mike Modano, Jere Lehtinen, Jamie Langenbrunner, Richard Matvichuck (acquired via trade), Trent Klatt and Darryl Sydor.  This same team found chemistry together eventually leading them to a Stanley Cup Championship just three short years later.

However, in his first season, the kids barely saw the ice. Outside of Modano and Matvichuck, forwards Lehtinen, Langenbrunner and Klatt played a defensive checking role. Lehtinen was not drafted to be a defensive type player. Yes, he developed into a very good two-way player but a lot of his offensive potential lied to rot with Hitchcock not using him in a more offensive role or in a more offensive system.

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Injury Updates 01/04/2010

01/04/2010
Dallas Stars v Los Angeles Kings

Here are your NHL injury updates for today:

Tonight’s Injuries

New York Rangers

  • Vaclav Prospal remains out until mid-January.

Boston Bruins

  • Milan Lucic skating with the team, no word if he will be in tonight.
  • Mark Stuart remains injured, Miroslav Satan should be ready soon.

Los Angeles Kings

  • Jarret Stoll returns to the Kings lineup tonight. [LA Kings Insider]
  • Andrei Loktionov, Randy Jones and Justin Williams remain out.

San Jose Sharks

  • Manny Malhotra listed as day-to-day.  We should get a status update later.

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Injury Updates 01/02/2010

01/02/2010
Carolina Hurricanes v Nashville Predators

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

Carolina Hurricanes

  • Scott Walker and Sergei Samsonov out for today’s match. They will be replaced by Zach Boychuk and Jiri Tlusty.
  • Eric Cole, Joe Corvo and Chad LaRose remain out.

New York Rangers

  • Vaclav Prospal expected out another couple of weeks.

Vancouver Canucks

  • Kevin Bieksa, Pavol Demitra and Ryan Johnson out.

Dallas Stars

  • Everybody healthy!

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Matt Walker, Todd Fedoruk and Jeff Halpern still out.

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Keeper Watch: Another Wave of Rookies

12/31/2009
New York Islanders v New Jersey Devils

‘Keeper Watch’ will come out every Wednesday, 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 the rookies getting their chance around the league.  Most on this list are recent call ups with some already receiving their demotions.  Still there are some young guys worth looking at in your keeper:

C: Mattias Ritola, Detroit Red Wings – Ritola received a call-up from Grand Rapids on December 27th and coach Mike Babcock almost immediately inserted him on the second line alongside Valtteri Filppula and Drew Miller.  In 32 games in the AHL the 22-year-old scored eight goals and added seven assists a modest total but certainly not lighting the lamp.  At this rate second line seems like an absolute ceiling but you never know the way Detroit develops players.

Prognosis: I would not project more than 30-40 points as a career-high once he lands a full-time gig.

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Injury Updates 12/31/2009

12/31/2009
Florida Panthers 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

Montreal Canadiens

  • Paul Mara still out.

Florida Panthers

  • Cory Stillman and Rostislav Olesz back in. [Steve Goldstein]
  • David Booth, Kenndal McArdle and Dmitry Kulikov remain out.

New York Islanders

  • Doug Weight back in. [Islanders Point Blank]
  • Radek Martinek, Rick DiPietro, Sean Bergenheim and Nate Thompson expected out.

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Injury Updates 12/30/2009

12/30/2009
Montreal Canadiens v Boston Bruins

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

  • Roman Hamrlik back in, Max Pacioretty a healthy scratch.  [Habs Inside/Out]
  • Paul Mara remains out.

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Matt Walker, Jeff Halpern and Todd Fedoruk remain out.

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Ray Emery, Ryan Parent and Brian Boucher still recovering.

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Injury Updates 12/28/2009

12/28/2009
St. Louis Blues v Detroit Red Wings

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

Detroit Red Wings

  • Henrik Zetterberg could return as soon as Saturday. [Mlive.com]
  • Jonathan Ericsson, Dan Cleary, Niklas Kronwall, Andrea Lilja, Jason Williams and Johan Franzen remain out.

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Rostislav Klesla, Marc Methot and Derek Dorsett remain out.

Carolina Hurricanes

  • Joe Corvo, Eric Cole and Chad LaRose still out.

Washington Capitals

  • Tom Poti, Brian Pothier and Semyon Varlamov still out.
  • Boyd Gordon returns tonight. [Tarik El-Bashir]

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

11/26/2009
Columbus Blue Jackets v New York Rangers

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.  Here are today’s picks:

D: Brad Stuart, Detroit Red Wings – The 30-year-old is first in line to take Niklas Kronwall’s PP time.  Although scoreless in his last two, Stuart did score a goal on the PP against Montreal.  The former 3rd overall pick can assume most roles and has scored 9+ goals three times in his career.

Prognosis: Stream him for the points, as mentioned in the most recent ‘Keeper Watch’ Derek Meech of Jonathan Ericsson could replace him.

D: Joe Corvo, Carolina Hurricanes -The veteran defenseman showed life recently with three points in his last three games.  Injuries have taken over a strong Hurricanes team that made it to the Conference Finals but things can only go better with Eric Staal returning.  The departure of Anton Babchuk opened up a spot for Corvo and if this team gets going so should he.

Prognosis:  See if the offense turns itself around.  If it does, Corvo would be a suitable #3 or #4 d-man.

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Quarterly Review: Projected NHL Trophies

11/23/2009
NHL Awards Presentation

With Atlanta playing their 20th game last night, the first quarter of the 2009-2010 season is officially over.  Seeing as this is a milestone within the season we thought it would be a good idea to discuss the trends emerging around the NHL.

The article’s intent is to show who would win the NHL awards if the season finished today.  Of course these players will most likely NOT win the awards, NHLHS just likes having fun with small sample sizes and hot streaks.

Whether it be injury or inability there are plenty of surprises when compared to preseason predictions.  Teams such as the Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings and the Buffalo Sabres find themselves at the top of the standings, surprising most pundits.

We will outline the NHL trophies and why we think these players as of right now are deserving of them.  In addition, we will include the projected nominees so you can see our train of thought.  We hope you enjoy this mini-series which should continue throughout the NHL season.

Click the link below to see our award winners and tell us what you think in the comments section!

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