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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:
- Paul Mara still out.
- 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.
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.
Certainly a slower night in hockey with one bigger hockey match-up. The offense deserves its fame as only three of twelve teams scored two goals or fewer. Certainly a big night for the forward/defense portion of your fantasy team. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:
THIRD STAR: Radek Dvorak, Florida Panthers (0-0-1) – Dvorak turned back the clock to almost ten years ago, when he was a consistent scoring threat. Now a 32-year-old veteran who mostly dons a checking line, the Panthers rely on him to bring solid two-way play while chipping in goals. Last night, he did just that — chipping in a goal and assisting on two more giving him a three point night. Now on a season high five-game point streak the native of Tabor, Czechoslovakia posted an impressive plus five while firing three shots on net. Back with his original team, Dvorak will help the Panthers win games. However, I cannot say the same thing with confidence about your fantasy team.
Another new feature here on NHLHS. I will 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)
THIRD STAR: Keith Ballard (0-0-1), Florida Panthers -Ballard is one of three Florida players to make the list last night. The Panthers exploded in their 6-2 route of the Sabres and Ryan Miller. Ballard posted three assists, one on the powerplay, and was a plus two. When you add his SOG to that total, Ballard spread across 4 offensive categories, good enough for third star.
SECOND STAR: Dominic Moore, Florida Panthers (0-1-0) – The second of the Panthers to be mentioned, the younger Moore brother potted a goal and an assist against Miller. In addition, he added two PIM, two SOG and boasted a plus 2. Thats production across five categories, an impressive total regardless of the jersey. Moore registered himself into fantasy relevance last year with the Leafs, monitor his progress as he may get a chance at top line minutes once again. However, previous to this game he registered only one assist in eight games.