Did you pay attention to all my John Curry talk over the last few months – particularly the last couple of days? Curry will get the start for the Pens tonight.
To play it safe, the Flyers will probably hold Briere out of tonight's game. He could play Saturday and avoid the back-to-back situation.
Tomas Holmstrom will be out for the next three contests, but Danny Cleary is likely to make his return to the lineup tonight. If so, Cleary will see more time on the power play and will play on the top six.
Without giving him a chance, partially because of the incredible production of Matt Hunwick, the Bruins have sent Matt Lashoff back to Providence. Lashoff never got into a game.
The Panthers are expected to recall Shawn Matthias to replace Nathan Horton, who has a deep cut on his leg. Matthias has the big four points in 19 AHL games this season. It's not as bad as it looks though – the top scorer on Rochester has just 10. Matthias is also a minus-19 in AHL action this year. He is ranked 11th on my fantasy prospects list.
If you own Jonas Hiller, now is the time to start him. Giguere is day to day for personal reasons and the team recalled David LeNeveu.
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Further to my earlier ramblings, Sergei Zinovjev is rumored to have been released by Ak Bars Kazan. I have no doubt that the Sens are at least a little interested. His contract had run until 2012, but with this release I am guessing he could then speak to interested parties. WATCH this situation, it is as almost important as the Radulov one.
Sean Avery saw a season high 19 minutes of ice time last game, backing up my theory that his offense will pop back up to expectations with the loss of Ott and Morrow.
Dave Bolland has six points in his last six games
Petri Kontiola leads Rockford in scoring with 20 points in 19 games as the Preds evaluate Pihlstrom.