The Stars have fired GM Doug Armstrong. This puts Tippett on the hotseat, which may down the road lead to a change in the team's defense-first philosophy. Stay tuned.
The Mercury News reports Sharks LW Milan Michalek left Monday's game against Phoenix because of an elbow strain after only one shift. He was hit along the boards by Phoenix's Shane Doan and did not return. His status is not known. Guess in my "buy low" scenario outlined below he is even lower than I thought.
Eric Perrin has 10 points in his last nine games. He has an offensive background and his surprising production could continue given the lack of depth up front in Atlanta. A dark horse.
Johan Hedberg will get the start tonight.
Tom Preissing was a healthy scratch last night for the Kings. With Stuart, Johnson, Visnovsky and Blake ahead of him on the PP depth chart, it's time to bail on him.
Mike Smith had some dental work done and will not dress for tomorrow's contest. Marty Turco will get the nod yet again.
The struggling Lee Stempniak (eight points) was placed on a line with Doug Weight and David Perron in practice.
Joe Thornton's big game last night (three points) rubbed off on the slumping Marleau (two points) and Cheechoo (one point). The Shark forwards did not wake up until December last year, so perhaps this is what is happening again.
Milan Michalek has now gone six games without a point. If you remember from my fantasy guide, he tends to go through prolonged slumps and so he is a 'buy low' candidate.
Martin Erat picked up four points last night and showing that last season was not a fluke.
Chris Mason stopped 29 of 30 shots and added an assist, making him 3-0-1 with a .945 SV% of late. Now don't the panicking poolies who bailed on him and grabbed Dan Ellis look stupid?
David Vyborny finally scored his first goal of the season last night.
With Columbus not playing in back-to-back games until after Christmas, Ken Hitchcock has gone on record as saying that Pascal Leclaire will get the lion's share of the starts – it would not surprise me if he played all of them until then.
Sergei Zubov has nine points in his last six games and that hot streak will likely continue for another week or two yet – he tends to have those.
Daymond Langkow was back in practice yesterday, despite being diagnosed with a concussion. The Calgary Herald is indicating that he could play tonight, but that would surprise me.
Brent Burns has five assists in his last five games for the Wild.
Marian Gaborik is questionable for tonight's contest (again).
Todd Bertuzzi update: still feeling dizziness, do not expect back this month.
The Ducks have suspended rearguard Maxim Kondratiev for not reporting to the AHL. He is considering a contract from an RSL