Afinogenov and Stafford are off the injured list today and could play. However, Ruff has a history of keeping his lineup intact after a win so they may sit a little longer yet.
Fredrik Sjostrom played 11:27 in his New York debut. He was pointless. With Petr Prucha ready to return (shoulder), Sjostrom's hold on a spot in the lineup is tenuous at best.
For some reason, Jaromir Jagr played fewer than 15 minutes last night. He is not hurt.
Sean Avery is refusing to speak with the media, saying that Jagr will be his spokesman. Jagr seems to enjoy the role, but he's not as funny a quote.
Nigel Dawes has 15 points in his last 21 games and is a plus-13. He looks like he will be a 65 point player some day – may be sooner than you think.
Brandon Dubinsky has 17 points in his last 19 games, and 40 PIMs to go with that. He has 45 shots in that span.
Mike Fisher has not had a point in his last 10 games.
Phoenix winger Mike York may be seeing his last year in the NHL. After a horrible year last season, he will fall short of 20 points this campaign. He has been scratched from four of the last 21 games and has just two points in his last 23.
San Jose rearguard Christian Ehrhoff is pointless in 15 games. The arrival of Campbell makes Ehrhoff a 30-point guy at best.
Tim Connolly has eight points in his last four games. Despite missing the second of back to back games, he is really holding his own. He could still flirt with 60 points and with all his injuries you could probably get him for a song this summer. It's a lot of risk, sure, but if you count on 65 points in 65 games next season, you shouldn't be too far off.
Patrick O'Sullivan has 30 points in his last 36 contests.
TB's Filip Kuba is day to day with a right knee injury.
Marian Hossa suffered a slight ACL sprain last night in his first game as a Penguin. He should be back in about a week. By the way, he was given his No.18 sweater by Adam Hall, who is out for the season after sports hernia surgery.
Marc-Andre Fleury will start either tomorrow or Sunday. Conklin got the hook last night and Fleury came in and stopped 16 of 18 shots.
Pascal Dupuis scored the only Pittsburgh goal, but was minus-2 and down to the third line by then.
The word on Martin Havlat, of course, is surgery. His shoulder is about done. Without hearing the official word, I would say he's out for the season and while I'm sure he's back in September – stay away from him. How many more of these until he retires?
Robert Lang (back) may begin some light skating today, but is probably a few days away from returning.
Kris Versteeg was recalled by Chicago for yesterday's game, but made little impact. Petri Kontiola, however, picked up an assist and has been having a great year in Rockford. Chicago did not give Kontiola PP time (like they did Versteeg) so that indicates that they may be looking to groom him as a third-liner, but I think they should reconsider. He has 44 points in 49 AHL games. That's second to Martin St. Pierre, and he is only a year and a half older than Versteeg. Kontiola ranks 124th on my prospects list. Versteeg ranks 121.
I would say this qualifies as breaking out. Brad Richards tallied five assists in his Dallas debut. He played with Modano and Hagman – and Hagman got his first career hat trick. Hagman is looking like a great short-term pickup again.
Niklas Kronwall is expected to return for Detroit tonight.
Nik Lidstrom is still about two weeks away.
Chris Gratton is possibly out for the season after undergoing surgery on a torn labrum