A Hurricane you might want to add... That pop sound you hear is Craig Anderson... Run and grab Giroux... We are getting very tired of writing about injuries.... Anaheim fans lower the bar.
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With the improved play (hard to get worse really) of the Canes a few of their players are becoming great fantasy targets. Scan your waiver wire and see if anybody dumped Tuomo Ruutu. After four points against the Leafs on Thursday he now is on pace for 60 points... which would be a career high.
Alex Pietrangelo played Thursday night after being healthy scratched for three games. That's news because it was his 9th game of the season... if he plays one more game the Blues will likely keep him up for most of the year. Our guess is A-Pie is on his way back to junior though.
Last night Patrick Marleau was playing alongside of Joe Thornton and Dany Heatley. Marleau picked up a goal and the line looked good. Bump Marleau's already high value, even higher. We'll see if this sticks when Devin Setoguchi returns from injury.
Speaking of Heater, with a hat trick last night, he upped his goal total to 17. He's now over a 50 goal pace for the first time this season. He has six goals in his last four games. Very nice.
Christian Ehrhoff (2+1=3) and Mikael Samuelsson (1+2=3) owners were the big winners last night as the Canucks laid the smack down on the Avs and Craig Anderson. The Hoff and Samuelsson are both on pace for career seasons. As for Anderson, he's been brutal the last five games (18 goals allowed, only one win) and we're thinking the bubble might have burst on the Avs and Andy.
We told you the other day that Claude Giroux was starting to heat up... well now he's officially hot. After a 2+1=3 night he had 10 points in eight games. Grab this guy asap if he's available in your league.
James Neal has been suspended by the NHL for two games for a hit from behind. He'll miss games on Saturday and Monday. Adjust accordingly.
Tuukka Rask played his third straight game for the Bruins as he's been hold the fort for Tim Thomas (more on Timmy below). Rask had one crap game followed by two great wins. He's one of the better backups to own out there... grab him if goalies are hard to come by in your league.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Marty Havlat missed last nights game with a hamstring injury. He said he's only going to miss one game and that he's been playing with the injury for awhile. We guess that's a nice little excuse for the pathetic 33 points he's currently on pace for.
The Wild were also without Brent Burns last night. He was out due to an illness (how's that for detailed reporting?). He was on a nice little stretch (9 pts in 14 gms) before last night.
We don't know much about Tim Thomas' injury but we have heard it's a minor one. We're not sure what kind of minor injury keeps a player out of the line up for three straight games, but that's where we're at. Expect him back soon.
Cory Stillman took a hit from Brad Stuart and left the game early last night. Coach DeBoer said it's a knee injury and he'll be out 'awhile'.
Drew Stafford also left early but with an LBI. He'll be out of the lineup tonight as well.
Rene Bourque will miss at least the next two games as he sits with an injury. No word on what the injury is but Rene isn't known as an ironman so you knew this kinda thing was coming. Hopefully he comes back quick and continues his breakout season (21 points in 20 games) where he left off.
We missed a couple of guys who returned from injury on Thursday night. Bryan Little came back after missing two games with a groin injury. Pavel Kubina returned after missing one game with a UBI. Use them as you normally would.
Chris Osgood returned from the flu and played his first game in almost two weeks. He stopped 18 of 20 and lost the game in OT.
Marian Hossa has been practicing with the team and expects to make his season debut on Wednesday.
Raffi Torres returned from injury on Thursday night. Somehow he has eight goals already this season... no we don't expect that pace to continue.
Returning to action from the injured list last night were TJ Galiardi and JM Liles
What's distracting us today? Just one of the best videos we've seen this year. These Anaheim fans certainly put the ass in class:
(Stick tap to Leahy)
Update: This story just got better.