Philly has called up Claude Giroux, who's been tearing up the AHL lately with 8+6=14 in his last 8 games, watch out for this kid cause he's a pure offensive talent and a sweet passer. Unfortunately in his first game last night they threw him out there with Asham and Metropolit for most the night. If he can sneak onto one of the top 2 lines or get some PP time then he could do some damage.
The hottest line in the league right now is Scott Hartnell, Joffrey Lupul and Jeff Carter. They have 19 goals and 38 points in eight games. Hartnell and Carter are probably gone but you might want to take a look to see if Lupul is available. He has 24 points on the year and 11 in his last seven games.
It would be a false accusation to call Peter Mueller hot right now but he has emerged from a pretty brutal start to the season (12 points in his first 22 games) and has started to put up some points lately with 6 points in his last 8 games skating on the 1st line with Jokinen and Doan.
Viktor Kozlov is enjoying the ride on L1 with Ovechkin and Backstrom and we encourage you to enjoy it as well... 4+5=9 in his last 8 games and that should continue as long as he sticks with these two.
Brian Lee has been called up from the AHL. Ottawa's PP QB of the future has bounced between the 'A' and the NHL a few times this year. He has three assists in eight NHL games this year.
It's this week's update on the Ottawa Senator's line combinations: In practice this week Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza were playing together (with Chris Kelly) and Daniel Alfredsson was on the second line.
Eric Staal and Bryan Little traded hat tricks in last nights Hurricane-Thrasher match up. Staal is finally heating up and Little is continuing his breakout season. Both now have 17 goals on the year.
Just when it looked like Tomas Vokoun was making some progress (two straight shutouts) he gets pulled last night after allow three goals on 27 shots. Craig Anderson finished the game by stopping eight of eight. We expect Anderson to get the start tonight.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Nicklas Lidstrom left last night's game with an ankle injury, the x-rays came back negative so hopefully its not too serious, we should hear more shortly.
Bad news for the Flyers, well short-term bad news, as Kimmo Timonen injured his ankle last night and will be out a week, at least. Scotty Hartnell broke a toe as well but he's got 9 others that appear to be working so he should only miss a game or two.
We told you earlier this week that Marian Gaborik is expected to be held out of Minnesota's next two games. Looks like it might be a three game break as it sounds like he'll be sitting out next Wednesday game as well. Might be a good idea to sit Gaborik next week...something his owners are used to doing by now. [more]
Rick Dipietro returned from injury last night against the Leafs. He stopped 28 of 29 shots and picked up the win. If you were depending on Joey MacDonald you can end your misery and drop him. Dipietro is an overrated fantasy keeper in our books (mostly because of the team in front of him) but if you're desperate for tender help feel free to use him.
An update on a couple of Blues:
- Paul Kariya left practice early with discomfort in his injured hip. Not a good sign.
- Andy MacDonald skated for the first time and should be coming back early to mid January. He was playing at a point-a-game pace before his injury and might be available in your league.
- Stud prospect TJ Oshie is close to returning. He says his injured ankle feels great but the trainers are slowing him down a bit. He's got loads of potential but hasn't delivered on any of it yet.
The following guys have some sort of egg-nogg flu and couldn't go last night: Dennis Seidenberg and Tomas Fleischmann.
Cam Barker has an undisclosed injury and missed last night's game.
Brent Johnson has a LBI and its serious enough that they called-up Simeon Varlamov again to backup JT last night.
Kris Letang has missed the last two games with a LBI, he's listed as day-to-day.
Returning from injury last night was: Peter Mueller and Chris Clark.
What's distracting us today? Team Canada and John Tavares started off on the right foot after a convincing 8-1 victory over the Czechs. Tavares has two goals and an assist. Here's the first goal:
This guy is going to be good. He's one player we'll be taking a close look at in our Breakout Bible next season. Looks like a player that will be gracing our highlight reels for years.