Mikhail Grabovski will miss the next two weeks with an LBI. Clarke MacArthur’s UBI the Leafs are eerily silent. Could be a week or a year. Shhhh…
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Ilya Kovalchuk will be back in the Devils lineup tonight. Naturally, since I sat him for this week. Man, two weeks of missing my guesses like crazy.
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Andrei Loktionov will play on the wing alongside Mike Richards and Dustin Brown. Not a bad spot for the NHL-ready, future top-sixer.
In the Experts League I slipped from second to fifth on the strength of two bad decisions for this week – dressing Peter Mueller and Cam Barker (more on Barker below). But Dave Bolland was hurting me (and now he’s hurt) more than he was helping me and I thought Mueller would get into a couple of games. Not so. And Barker, well, I had nobody else. That was solved this week as I secured Jared Spurgeon, who has points in his last two games. I also activated Nino Niederreiter. I made a strong, unnecessary bid on Jhonas Enroth in an effort to screw the competition, but Marty Kwiaton outbid my $17 with $20. The plan was for me to then use Enroth or Khabibulin (also rotting on my bench) to land a player who will help in shots and power-play points.
I also won Justin Braun. But haven’t decided if I will use him. It would mean dropping Travis Hamonic or Andrej Sekera. And even though Hamonic has been sucky, his PIM potential is too much to make available for others.
Bollan, by the way, could play tonight.
Cam Barker is out for a month with a shoulder injury. He actually looked good in his last two games, so naturally – just when you could possibly consider warming up to him again – bam. TSN also reports that Ryan Whitney is out for another 10 days, give or take. Corey Potter, c'mon down!
Andrei Markov was back in practice yesterday, although he is not taking contact. There is no scheduled date for his return to the knee surgeon game action.
Roberto Luongo is day-to-day with a UBI. TSN hints at a possible head injury, so be wary of that.
Brad Marchand upped his points streak to six games. He has 18 shots and is plus-9 in that span. He had 22 shots in his first 10 games, so he's picking up the pace. Last year he did not average two shots per contest – 149 in 77.
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Take away that first game in which Phoenix allowed a ton of shots, resulting in many goals – and Mike Smith would be a Top 5 goaltender right now in every category. As things stand, he ranks around seventh. Health is the only thing that stands between him and elite fantasy value.