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 Miro Satan Watch has Ended, Now Where Does He Fit?

01/02/2010
Stanley Cup Finals - Pittsburgh Penguins v Detroit Red Wings - Game Seven

The headline says it all Miroslav Satan signed with the Boston Bruins last night according to a Slovakian press release.

In 65 games last year with the Pittsburgh Penguins the 35-year-old scored 17 goals and 36 points total playing over 25 percent over his time with Sidney Crosby.  Even with improved production from his 2007-2008 campaign the Pens chose not to play the veteran down the stretch when they acquired Bill Guerin and Chris Kunitz sending him to the AHL.

In his demotion to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, better known as the baby Pens, Satan scored nine points in 10 games.  With the Penguins in the playoffs the veteran produced six points in 17 games.

So what does this Topolcany, Slovakia native bring to the Bruins?

Clearly the Slovakian Olympic Team thought Satan would bring something to their team, so the Bruins took a flier on him.  Lets take a look at where he could fit on their roster.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/30/2009

12/31/2009
Philadelphia Flyers 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.

Overall a pretty low scoring night, some good goals by Philadelphia and San Jose.  I find it incredibly ironic that Michael Leighton pitched a shutout right after I wrote he probably would not get one.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers (0-0-1) –  Giroux amongst others helped the Flyers dominate the Rangers.  In his 14 plus minutes the 21-year-old scored a goal and assisted on another giving him his sixth multi-point game of the season.  In addition the Hearst, Ontario native posted a plus three while firing one shot on goal.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/23/2009

12/24/2009
Pittsburgh Penguins v Los Angeles Kings

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.

With 12 games and 24 teams in action, we saw plenty of hockey to get us through the Christmas break.  Now in the middle of a mandated break, us hockey fans as well as players anticipate a big day on Saturday.  Having said that, since there were so many teams in action, choosing three standout players proved incredibly difficult. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Marc Savard, Boston Bruins (0-0-1) –  Savard played a vital role in the Bruins 6-4 victory over the Thrashers.  Going blow-for-blow with the offensive powerhouse in Atlanta, the 32-year-old center stepped up and lead his team to victory.  On the night, Savard put three points on the scoreboard, a goal and two assists all of which coming on the powerplay.  In addition, the Ottawa, Ontario native fired four shots on goal while posting a plus one rating.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/10/2009

12/11/2009
Stanley Cup Finals - Detroit Red Wings v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Six

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.

Last night we saw six hockey games and a total of twelve teams in action.  Of the twelve teams, six of them finished with two goals or less.   Good night for goalies.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Brian Elliot, Ottawa Senators (0-0-1) – Filling if for the injured Pascal Leclaire, Elliot performed at a higher level last night shutting out the punch-less Flyers 2-0.  A solid 23 save effort for the 24-year-old.  In his previous six games, the Ontario native surrendered at least three goals so use him carefully.  His stock is very limited once Leclaire returns as he certainly makes very little argument for staying a number one.

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

12/08/2009
Boston Bruins v Phoenix Coyotes

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.

Here are today’s picks:

RW: Chris Stewart, Colorado Avalanche – Over the past week we have discussed Stewart at length.  A player this young usually would be on our Keeper Watch, but his stats over the last week are simply too good to not play in all formats.  Playing regularly on their top PP and with Paul Stastny will keep him this hot or at least relevant.

Prognosis: I’ve said enough, get this guy on your team.

C: Stephen Weiss, Florida Panthers – An NHLHS star of the week, Weiss has been incredibly hot over the last few weeks.  In the previous seasons we have seen spurts of production similar to this so it is not a surprise.  Also in previous seasons we have seen his production drop off the map completely.  Still with a healthy Nathan Horton and David Booth expected back around Christmas things look good for the 26-year-old.

Prognosis: If you need a depth center, stream Weiss until he fizzles.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/05/2009

12/06/2009
Washington Capitals v Atlanta Thrashers

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.

Last night was a great night for hockey.  While we expected close games in Philadelphia and Toronto, both matches ended in blow outs.  Is this a turning point for the Bruins and Capitals? The same could be said for the Flyers and Leafs.  Regardless, the scorers on the winning teams proved invaluable to their fantasy owners.

THIRD STAR: Marco Sturm, Boston Bruins (0-0-1) – The 31-year-old winger took advantage of playing top minutes.  Sturm scored a goal and added a powerplay assist in the Bruins 7-2 drubbing of the Leafs.  The German native sat two minutes in the box, took four shots on goal and posted a plus two rating giving him contributions across all six standard offensive categories.

Fantasy Note – Now with 16 points on the season, he now has four points in his last three games.  Known to score in bunches throughout his career, Sturm should keep this up for the next few games.  If the Bruins right the ship he should maintain his pace and be a large part of their turnaround.

SECOND STAR: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals (1-1-0) – The young Swede continues to put his brief, three game slump behind him with ten points in his last four games.  Perhaps more impressive is that over that span he has doubled his goal production for the season, from four to eight.  Last night Backstrom scored a goal and assisted on four more, three of which were on the powerplay.  Combined with a plus one and two shots on net the 22-year-old simply dominated the Flyers.  Read the rest of this entry »