The Daily Puck
John Toperzer, RotoWire Writer
Ed Note: For those of you who are our baseball subscribers, you might be familiar with this format - it's our hockey version of the Lineup Card.
Projected Goalie Starters
Montreal (Carey Price) at Toronto (Jean Sebastian Giguere) 7:00 PM.
Philadelphia (Sergei Bobrovsky) at Pittsburgh (Marc-Andre Fleury)7:00 PM.
Chicago (Marty Turco) at Colorado (Craig Anderson)10:00 PM.
Calgary (Miikka Kiprusoff) at Edmonton (Nikolai Khabibulin) 10:00 PM.
Injuries for Teams Playing Thursday
Day-to-Day (Includes DL players close to returning)
Hal Gill (D) Montreal - (Face) Clipped by stick Saturday. Should play Thursday but defense is his game.
Roman Hamrlik (D) Montreal - (Knee) Skated but won't play Thursday. Weekend return possible.
Michael Cammalleri (F) Montreal - (Suspension) Out Thursday, will return Saturday in Pittsburgh.
Andrei Markov (D) Montreal - (Knee) Skated all week, won't play Thursday, return closer than thought.
Brett Lebda (D) Toronto - (Upper Body) Likely out Thursday. Small role means little fantasy value.
Blair Betts (F) Philadelphia - (Knee) Expected to play Thursday.
Daniel Briere (F) Philadelphia - (Illness) Lost 10 pounds due to cold but should be ready Thursday night.
Chris Pronger (D) Philadelphia - (Knee) Took part in full skate Wednesday for first time, won't take long.
Arron Asham (F) Pittsburgh - (Shoulder) Went on IR Thursday morning after not practicing all week.
Kristopher Letang (D) Pittsburgh - (Illness) Questionable for Thursday, didn't practice in morning skate.
Brooks Orpik (D) Pittsburgh - (Groin) Expected to play Thursday against Flyers.
Nick Boynton (D) Chicago - (Suspension) Out for Thursday, eligible to return for second game.
David Moss (F) Calgary - (Shoulder) Not expected to play in Thursday's opener.
Long Term or IR
Michael Leighton (G) Philadelphia - (Back) Recovery should take less than 10 games, but out weekend.
Jordan Staal (F) Pittsburgh - (Foot Infection) Out min. of 10 games or 24 days, could miss more time.
Brian Campbell (D) Chicago - (Knee) Out for a month with a right knee sprain.
David Koci (F) Colorado - (Broken Jaw) Out for several weeks, was able to skate Wednesday.
Peter Mueller (F) Colorado - (Concussion) No timetable for a return.
Daymond Langkow (F) Calgary - (Neck) Out for several weeks.
Matt Stajan (F) Calgary - (Shoulder) Out with separated shoulder for extended period.
Ryan Stone (F) Calgary - (Knee) Still out indefinitely after undergoing surgery in March.
Ladislav Smid (D) Edmonton - (Neck) Smid is out with neck and a potential broken nose.
Jean-Francois Jacques (F) Edmonton - (Back) Hoping to make debut later in October.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard (F) Minnesota - Placed on IR.
Matt Kassian (F) Minnesota - Sent to Houston of the AHL.
Arron Asham (F) Pittsburgh - Placed on IR.
Jose Theodore (G) Minnesota - Will begin season with Houston of the AHL.
Casey Wellman (F) Minnesota - Prospect made the Wild's Opening Night roster.
Alexandre Bolduc (F) Vancouver - Sent to AHL but expected back for opener on Saturday.
Craig Conroy (F) Calgary - Made Calgary's Opening Night roster.
Maxim Goncharov (D) Phoenix - Assigned to San Antonio of the AHL.
Sergei Bobrovsky (G) Philadelphia - Named starter for Thursday's game in Pittsburgh. Flyers have had trouble against the Pens, but the unknown rookie could get extended play with strong start.
Michal Neuvirth (G) Washington Capitals - Neuvirth gets a crack at backstopping the highest-scoring team in the NHL while Semyon Varlamov spends time on IR. Neuvirth, at the least, is a valuable hand-cuff for Varlamov, and could see the majority of time next to the injury-prone Varlamov.Â
Depending on size and categories in Yahoo! Leagues, these players might provide good value.
Claude Giroux (Player Ranking at 136), Chris Kunitz-LW, Pittsburgh (172), PK Subban-D, Montreal (178), Ray Whitney-LW, Phoenix (200), Brad Boyes-RW, St. Louis (229), Martin Havlat-RW Minnesota (234), Tomas Fleischmann-LW, Washington (280), Michal Neuvirth-G, Washington (368), David Clarkson-RW New Jersey (418), Mike Comrie-LW Pittsburgh (532), Jiri Hudler-RW, Detroit (714), Anton Babchuk-D, Carolina (745), Eric Tangradi-C, Pittsburgh (940), Derek Stepan-C, RangersÂ (1155).