Steven Stamkos. Fuck. That is all.
My boy Martin Hanzal is a game-time decision tonight. Right after I just swapped Hartnell/Atkinson for Eriksson/Hanzal in one league. Sweet! We all knew Hanzal's injuries were coming, but what a breakout season so far: in 16 GP he has five goals, nine assists, 23 PIM, 42 shots and 50 hits.
Lee Stempniak will return to action tonight. When I paid 2M for him in the UDL auction I was mocked. Now Stempniak mocks you!
Johan Franzen will be back tonight as well. Despite his injury risk, he's been a very solid play over the years, in standard leagues especially. This year? Shit-on-a-stick. Two goals and five points in 13 games.
News out of Carolina has Jeff Skinner practicing with the team as early as this Friday.
Cam Ward may be able to back up as early as this weekend. As a Ward owner who has been enjoying great goalie stats starting Harding and Lehtonen, I am not overly excited for Ward's return and will more than likely let him ride pine indefinitely.
Brent Burns practiced yesterday but probably won't be back tonight.
Travis Hamonic left Sunday's game after a MaxPac hit, but says he is feeling fine.
Nick Foligno will miss tonight's game for "personal reasons". He's missed two of his last three games for the same thing, so that's a bit concerning.
Mike Fisher is questionable for tonight but should be back soon.
Jonathan Ericsson may be ready to go by Friday.
Christian Ehrhoff should be good to go tonight, but like most Sabres he's had a rotten year so far: four assists in 18 games. As noted on Rotoworld tofay, Buffalo is the only NHL team without a home ice win. Ouch.
Steve Downie has been cleared to play.
And lastly, Viktor Fasth has been sent to the AHL on a "long-term injury loan". Don't suppose this has anything to do with Frederik Andersen's incredible play, do you? Andersen starts again tonight, so this is getting interesting.