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Justin Williams is doubtful for tonight after sustaining a lower-body injury at the end of the morning skate today. Although Gaborik is still healthy, the equilibrium is returning to the band-aid boy universe.
Some good news with the Rick DiPietro situation. There is no timetable for Rick’s return, but it is finally a case of “when” and not “if” (and yes, it was that bad).
You have $100 to bet – Gaborik over 60 goals or Smyth over 45?
Matt Niskanen left the Stars game last night after being hit hard. He is the only real offensive guy on the back end there – they may have to make a move soon to bring someone in. He was slew-footed by Evgeni Artyukhin. I have yet to see the play but from what I have been told it seems like it definitely was suspension-worthy. Artyukhin has a history of dirty play as well.
Caps lines: Ovy-Backstrom-Knuble, Laich-Morrison-Fehr. I really like Fehr but that is mostly because of his fantastic WHL career. I thought he was a sure thing to be a 30-40-goal guy. If he can ever get over the back issues (and out of Washington), he may still have a shot at being a top-six forward.
Jarsolav Halak is starting tonight against the Islanders. His margin for error is extremely slim as the Habs really want Price to get going, but they will go with the better goalie. Right now that may be Halak.
The flu is ravaging the Oilers right now. Mike Comrie is questionable for the game tonight, and if he isn’t able to go they physically don’t have enough forwards. Emergency call-up may be the option (and Dan Tencer was loosely speculating Eberle could find a way up). I assume Comrie will find a way to go, but an interesting situation to watch.
Both James Wisniewski (over 27 minutes) and Dennis Wideman (19 minutes of ice time) returned from injury last night. Wisniewski recorded a point, while Wideman was pointless. The Bruins are going to be a tough team to follow fantasy-wise while Savard is out. I expect their scoring to come from a variety of players. I really like Wisniewski but because of the style he plays he probably won’t ever play more than 60 or 65 games in any season.
Alex Semin did not travel with the team to Atlanta for the game tonight. According to Bruce Boudreau, he is sick. I’ll have a look to see who gets bumped up to fill in on the second line.
Gustavsson took part in a full practice today for the Leafs – might he play on Saturday? If he feels ready to go, I’d bet my bottom dollar on it.
The Islanders recorded their first win of the season. Matt Moulson scored a goal and played close to a minute more than John Tavares. Dobber believes in Moulson as a sleeper for this season, and I am starting to come around as well.
Willie Mitchell absolutely destroyed Jonathan Toews with an early hit of the year candidate. Check out the clip at the bottom of the ramblings.
Joni Pitkanen had a monster of a game for Carolina, playing over 30 minutes, assisting on two goals, and firing six shots on net. It is too bad he is so injury prone as he has the talent to be a 50-point defenseman.