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The Daily Puck: Horton Hears a Goal

Drew Clement

Drew Clement

Drew Clement writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

The Daily Puck
Drew Clement, RotoWire Writer

Projected Goalie Starters

For updates on the projected goalies later in the day, check our Projected Goalies Grid.

Boston (Tuuka Rask) at Washington (Semyon Varlamov), 7:30 p.m.
Calgary (Miikka Kiprusoff) at Nashville (Pekka Rinne), 8:00 p.m.
Vancouver (Roberto Luongo) at Minnesota (Niklas Backstrom), 9:00 p.m.
Carolina (Cam Ward) at San Jose (Antti Niemi), 10:30 p.m.

Injuries for Teams Playing Tuesday

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

Mike Green (D) Washington -(Stinger) Was seen skating on Monday with the team but is still questionable for Tuesday's game against Boston.
Tom Poti (D) Washington - (Lower Body) Skated hard in practice on Monday and hopes to play Tuesday, but is still questionable against Boston.
Matt Bradley (F) Washington - (Lower Body) Skated with the team Monday but is questionable for Tuesday's game against Boston.
John Carlson (D) Washington - (Undisclosed) Questionable for Tuesday's game against Boston.
Rene Bourque (F) Calgary - (Head) Practiced Monday but isn't fully expected back into the lineup until Thursday or Friday.
Raitis Ivanans (F) Calgary - (Head) Questionable for Tuesday's game against Nashville and still recovering from brutal knockout at the hands of Edmonton's Steve MacIntyre.
Martin Erat (F) Nashville - (Back Spasms) Is still listed on the Injured Reserve but is slated for a potential return to the ice on Tuesday against Calgary.
Keith Ballard (D) Vancouver - (Concussion) Ballard is expected to miss both games on the Canucks upcoming road trip.
Brent Burns (D) Minnesota - (Foot) Despite being diagnosed with a broken foot after the game on Saturday, Burns was on the ice and practicing with the team on Monday.
Matt Cullen (F) Minnesota - (Illness) Questionable for Tuesday's game against Vancouver but should definitely return by the end of the week.
Jamal Mayers (F) San Jose - (Arm) Mayers is closing in on a return to action and should be in the lineup by the weekend if all goes according to plan.

Long Term or IR

Marco Sturm (F) Boston - (Knee Surgery) Expected to be out of the lineup until at least Mid - November.
Trent Whitfield (F) Boston - (Achilles) Placed on Injured Reserve as of September 14th and is out indefinitely.
Marc Savard (F) Boston - (Concussion Symptoms) Placed on Injured Reserve as of September 14th and is out indefinitely.
Daymond Langkow (F) Calgary - (Broken Vertebrae/neck) Out indefinitely and may not see the ice at any point this season.
Ryan Stone (F) Calgary - (Knee) Has still yet to begin skating on the season and remains on the injured reserve.
Ales Kotalik (F) Calgary - (Knee) The Flames placed Kotalik on long term IR last week due to his sprained knee.
David Moss (F) Calgary - (Shoulder) Skated briefly with the Flames during practice on Sunday, but there is still no set timetable for his return.
Adam Pardy (D) Calgary - (Shoulder) Pardy's shoulder is still bothering him as he holds onto his spot on the Flames' packed full Injured Reserve.
Jamie Lundmark (F) Nashville - (Groin) Has been out since late September dealing with an injured groin and is still listed as day - to - day.
Matthew Lombardi (F) Nashville - (Upper Body) Lombardi is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with a concussion.
Marcel Goc (F) Nashville - (Upper Body) Goc was recently placed on the Injured Reserve with a separated shoulder.
Alexander Burrows (F) Vancouver - (Shoulder Surgery) Listed on the Injured Reserve after left shoulder surgery, retroactive back to September 13th.
Sami Salo (D) Vancouver - (Achilles) Out indefinitely after successful right Achilles surgery, and may not return to the ice at any point this season.
Alexandre Bolduc (F) Vancouver - (High Ankle Sprain) Placed on the Injured Reserve as of October 11th.
James Sheppard (F) Minnesota - (Knee Surgery) Is expected to miss as many as 4 more months after suffering a knee injury in an ATV accident.
Josh Harding (G) Minnesota - (Torn ACL/MCL) Harding will miss the entire season after tearing his right ACL/MCL.
Pierre - Marc Bouchard (F) Minnesota - (Concussion) Has been increasing the duration and intensity of workouts, but has yet to be cleared for contact practice.
Jiri Tlusty (F) Carolina - (Knee Surgery) Is undergoing a conditioning stint with Charlotte of the AHL after off - season knee surgery.
Derek Joslin (D) San Jose - (Upper Body) Reports have stated that Joslin is not close to a return to on - ice action.

Transactions

Nick Spaling (F) Nashville - Recalled from Milwaukee of the AHL.
Alexander Urbom (D) New Jersey - Assigned to Albany of the AHL.
Olivier Magnan (D) New Jersey - Recalled from Albany of the AHL.

Hot

Alex Tanguay (F) Calgary - This playmaker was pegged by a lot of experts to exceed expectations this year, but got off to a slow start. However, Tanguay upped the ante over the weekend and picked up two goals and three points against the rival Oilers. He will be looked upon to lead the way offensively for the struggling Flames and will get all of the ice time and opportunity in the world to do so.
Nathan Horton (F) Boston - Unlike Jay Bouwmeester, Horton has truly flourished since finally getting out of Florida heat. He now has three goals and five points in just 3 games with the Bruins, and looks like he could lead the team in scoring with Marc Savard out for a lengthy period of time.
Henrik Sedin (F) Vancouver - This comes as no surprise as the new Canucks captain is an elite talent within the league. He now has seven assists on the season and with 11 shots on goal, and you can bet he will start putting the puck in the back of the net soon as well.

Cold

Jay Bouwmeester (D) Calgary - The Flames big defensive acquisition over a year ago continues to struggle in Calgary. Many pegged him for a bounce back year this year, yet he has been unable to register a point in four games and has a minus - 2 rating. He will continue to receive a ton of ice time, and there is still plenty of time for him to turn it around. However, he just doesn't look like the player he was in Florida.
Matthew Lombardi (F) Nashville - Lombardi replaced Jason Arnott as the number one center in Nashville, but has not quite meshed with the team like many expected. He was unable to register a point in two games, has a minus - 1 rating, and to make matters worse is now out indefinitely with a concussion. Certainly not what many hoped for as they took a flyer on him in later rounds of their fantasy drafts.

Recommended Pickup

Steve Sullivan (F) Nashville - The speedy winger has magically picked up five points and scored four goals for the Predators in just four games so far this season. While he does have an injury history that plagues his fantasy value, he has all the talent to make a major impact for his team and his fantasy owners. Despite his powerful numbers on the season thus far, he is only owned in 40% of Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey leagues. If you are in a deeper league, and can afford to take a risk with an oft - injured player, Sullivan deserves a spot on your roster at this time.