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The Daily Puck: Two Late Games

Kevin King

Kevin King

Kevin is a suffering Tottenham supporter living in Buffalo, New York, where also suffers from being a Buffalo Bills fan. He covers Major League Soccer and the English Premier League for Rotowire.

The Daily Puck
by Kevin King

Projected Goalie Starters

Phoenix (Ilya Bryzgalov) at Anaheim (Jonas Hiller), 8 p.m
Carolina (Cam Ward) at Vancouver (Cory Schneider), 9 p.m

Injuries for Teams Playing Sunday

Day-to-Day (Includes DL players close to returning)

Derek Morris (D) Phoenix - (Lower body) Made his season debut Saturday night against Detroit, but at his age, with back-to-back games, keep an eye on his status for Sunday night.
Ray Whitney (LW) Phoenix - (Upper Body) Day-to-day. Was not in the lineup Saturday night, and at 38, his day-to-day status may just last all season long.
Jiri Tlusty (LW) Carolina - (Knee) With the Canes' AHL affiliate in Charlotte on a conditioning assignment.
Guillame Desbiens (RW) Vancouver - (Back) Played Friday night against Los Angeles and should be good to go on Sunday night..

Long Term or IR

Kurt Sauer (D) Phoenix - (Post-concusion syndrome) Likely out for season after missing 81 games last year with same problem.
Jason Jaffray (RW) Anaheim - (Knee) Out for three months after tearing ACL in training camp.
Joffrey Lupul (RW) Anaheim - (Back) Recovering from back surgery that he underwent last December. Eyeing, at best, a late-December return.
Andy Sutton (D) Anaheim - (Thumb) Expected back in six to eight weeks after surgery on his thumb earlier in the week.
Keith Ballard (D) Vancouver - (Concussion) Out indefinitely after suffering a concussion on Friday night.
Alexandre Bolduc (C) Vancouver - (Ankle) Set to miss six to eight weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain in the middle of the week.
Alexandre Burrows (RW) Vancouver - (Shoulder) Should return to practice this week, and could come off of the long-term injured list on November 2nd.
Sami Salo (D) Vancouver - (Achilles) No real timetable for the veteran defender's return, although he hopes to be back in January.

Transactions

Luca Sbisa (D) Anaheim - Assigned to Syracuse (AHL).
Brett Carson (D) Carolina - Recalled from Charlotte (AHL).
Jared Boll (RW) Columbus - Placed on injured reserve.
Nate Guenin (D) Columbus - Recalled from Springfield (AHL).
Tomas Kana (RW) Columbus - Activated off of injured reserve and assigned to Springfield (AHL).
Ray Kauniston (LW) Los Angeles - Activated off of injured reserved and assigned to Manchester (AHL).
Joe Thornton (C) San Jose - Signed three-year contract extension through 2013-14 season.
Brian Fahey (D) Washington - Recalled from Hershey (AHL).

Hot

Tomas Vokoun (G) Florida - Posted his second shutout of the week on Saturday night. As is the case with most players on the Panthers roster, Vokoun could be flying under the radar in your league.
Alex Goligoski (D) Pittsburgh - Goligoski had a monster week, posting three goals and three assists in six games for the Penguins. He's getting time on one of the most dynamic power play units in the NHL so there is no reason to think this won't keep up.
Derek Roy (C) Buffalo - Roy had five goals in the extended first week of the season. The much-maligned Sabre has quieted his critics just a bit in Buffalo for now, and he may have almost single-handedly won the week for a lot of his owners in head-to-head leagues.

Cold

Tyler Myers (D) Buffalo - Last year's Rookie of the Year has the worst plus-minus in the NHL, and only has one assist in six games. It's hard to get down on a 20-year-old with all of the physical gifts that Myers has, but his first week was a huge disappointment.
Ryan Kesler (C/W) Vancouver - The only reason that Kesler has any fantasy points this week is because of his 14 PIMs. He has zero points in four games for the Canucks, despite sharing power-play ice with the Sedins.
Wojtek Wolski (LW) Phoenix - Wolski was projected in the 65 to 70 point range this season, and playing on the top line for the 'Yotes could equate to even more than his projections. It's hard to get too down on Wolski, because Phoenix has only played three games, but the offense has been stale in those contests.

Recommended Pickup

Blake Comeau (RW) New York Islanders - Comeau got picked up in a lot of leagues this week after bursting out of the gate with three goals and three assists for the Isles. The offense has to come from somewhere on Long Island, and Comeau will see plenty of ice for New York's other team.