Look up "desperation" in the dictionary and you might see this entry: Vancouver acquires Jason LaBarbera from LA for a 7th round pick. When you turn to the LA Kings for goaltending help and they're willing to deal you a goalie for a 7th round pick (essentially a bag of pucks)... you know you're in trouble. What, was Dan Cloutier not available? Sounds like LaBabs might get a chance to play for a little while as Curtis Sanford is injured (see below) but we'd recommend staying away from LaBabs.
Pavel Kubina has a nice little stretch going with 3+5=8 in his last 10 games, we will continue to tell you that he's the best fantasy option on the Leafs as the dman is on pace for 40+ points, 80+ PIMs and 180+ shots.
We'll mention Viktor Kozlov again as a potential add right now as he's enjoying life on the #1 line with 4+7=11 in his last 10 games. Hell, Scooby Doo could line up with Ovechkin and Backstrom and we'd recommend him.
Another guy who might be flying under a lot of radars is Brooks Laich, he's got 6 goals in his last 9 games and has moved up to a scoring line with Nylander and Clark and is playing on the #1 PP unit right now. He had a strong 2nd half last year so he's one to keep an eye on as we're starting to smell a trend here.
9 games without a goal for Ilya Kovalchuk and the dude is only on pace for 24 goals this season. We've talked about it before and the thing that really concerns us is the shots on goal... he's only on pace for around 230, which is well below his career average. If you don't shoot and you don't have the linemates setting you up then you ain't going to score. This is very troublesome.
We can't recommend him as an add, but we will recommend that you keep an eye on Colby Armstrong as he's scored 6 goals in his last 8 games. He's not really playing with great linemates or getting quality ice-time so don't expect the hot streak to continue unless those change.
Jason Williams has been scratched the past two games, we're not sure if he's got an injury or if they've been healthy scratches... either way, not good news if you're a big fan of J-Will.
Another goal last night gives Clarke MacArthur 5 in his last 6 games and 7 points in his last 7. He's found his way onto scoring lines and is currently with Derek Roy and Drew Stafford so he's in a good spot to continue his little hot run.
Keep an eye on Claude Giroux, he jumped up onto the Mike Richards line when Gagne left the game (see below). He played over 20 minutes and saw some time on the #1 PP unit as well. We were already touting him as a potential FA pickup and if Gagne is out for a while then this only helps the case.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Simon Gagne got mashed into the boards by Kevin Bieksa and this might be the one time that you were relieved to see a guy get up with only a serious shoulder injury. It may have been an arm, either way, dude's got a busted wing but doesn't appear to be a concussion, so Gagne owners can breathe easy.
Jeremy Williams left last night's game with a bruised shoulder, he's listed as day-to-day.
Holy night of the shoulder injuries batman, Alex Tanguay left the game with one of those as well, he'll be re-evaluated today.
Curtis Sanford has gone down with a groin injury, he suffered it during the morning skate yesterday but felt good enough to start the game but had to leave after one period and now his status is week-to-week so sounds pretty serious.
Cam Barker has missed two of the last three games with a LBI. He's listed as day-to-day.
Ales Hemsky has some sort of injury to his beak and he missed last night's game but can't imagine that will keep him out for long.
Returning from injury last night was: TJ Oshie, Kimmo Timonen, Matt Carle and Nate Gerbe.
What's distracting us today? We've got Winter Classic on the brain. Logically we tell ourselves it's just a hockey game and we shouldn't be too excited. But the national audience being focused on hockey gets us all worked up. So in our small little way of hyping up the Winter Classic even more we present you the finale of last year's classic Classic finish:
Have a great New Year's from all of us here at Fantasy Hockey Scouts. Have a drink for us tonight: