Get the jump on Curtis Sanford and Cory Schneider – if you can't get one, go for the other because you don't know how this will play out. my money is on Luongo missing 3-7 games and Schneider winning the job, but Sanford is also capable short-term. If you are in a roto league desperate for goaltending, this is your play.
Official word from the Canucks is Luongo is injured and will not return to the game. It will probably be another day until we get more info.
Luongo has left today's game with what looks like a groin injury. He was helped off the ice and could not put any weight on his left leg. I will give an update if there is anymore news during the game. It does not look good.
Ryan Malone earned three assists last night – he is streaky, so look for a little run here of a week or two.
The Matt Lashoff experiment doesn't look good so far. The B's went with six rearguards, which meant Lashoff was in the press box. Matt Hunwick had an assist and was plus-3, so he won't sit next game. Shane Hnidy was pointless and a minus-1, so him sitting is Lashoff's only hope. If Lashoff gets into a game and gets the PP time, he could surprise. Give this sitatuation two more games.
Max Afinogenov was scratched last night – he is a prime candidate to go to the KHL, so if you are in a keeper league, trade him for whatever you can get as you may not have him next year. Only a trade can save this guy I'd say.
Patrick Elias has seven points in his last three games.
Lee Stempniak has 10 points in his last six games.
With Brenden Morrow now out for the season, there is a ripple effect throughout the Dallas organization. Primarily, Mike Ribeiro's assist total should take a hit. I see 70-75 points from him instead of 80-plus. Rookie James Neal should remain with the team now and he'll have the opportunity to tally 40 points this season. Also, my thought of Mark Parrish failing will not come to pass – Parrish will remain in the NHL for the year and he'll probably get his usual 40 points or so. This injury should also keep Fabian Brunnstrom in the lineup more often than not, but I think in the end Neal will have more points. Finally – Loui Eriksson is going to see a big jump in ice time. I would boost my projection of him from the low 50s to around 60 points.
My Fantasy Spin article in the forecaster, in case you missed it yesterday.
Let's see if a couple of moves that I made in the DobberHockey expert league pans out. I am hurting for LW and I have Malkin, Ribeiro, Horcoff, Brassard and Laich at center (dress four). I saw Patrik Berglund dropped last week, so even though I was set up the middle, I bid on him and won. I searched the other teams for weakness up the middle and strength on the left side. To me, the obvious player to trade is Brassard in this case. Reasoning: Malkin is untouchable. Ribeiro is a little undervalued and Horcoff is a lot undervalued given his poor start. So that leaves Brassard, Berglund and Laich. I think I can capitalize on the Brassard name by trading him and make a Berglund/Laich combo work in my lineup. So I traded Brassard for Jordan Staal, who is a C/LW as a bonus. I definitely lose points here, but I have shored up the left wing. All from picking up a guy off the wire in a position I was already strong in. By the way, I grabbed Brassard off the wire a few weeks ago, too.
Berglund is day to day with a groin injury, but I don't think it's serious and it did not impact my thought process.
Some of the worst luck I have ever seen in fantasy hockey: Ryan Ma, who pens the Wild West, just acquired Brenden Morrow on Wednesday and the deal officially was processed in Yahoo (after 48 hour waiting period) yeste