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George Kurtz

George Kurtz

George Kurtz writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

The Daily Puck
George Kurtz, RotoWire Writer

Projected Goalie Starters

Calgary (Henrik Karlsson) at Columbus (Steve Mason), 7:00 PM
Ottawa (Brian Elliott) at Buffalo (Ryan Miller), 7:30 PM
Tampa Bay (Mike Smith) at Atlanta (Chris Mason), 7:30 PM
Chicago (Marty Turco) at St. Louis (Jaroslav Halak), 8:00 PM
Minnesota (Jose Theodore) at Vancouver (Cory Schneider), 10:00 PM

Injuries for Teams Playing Friday

Day-to-Day (Includes DL players close to returning)
Anton Stralman (D) Columbus – (Upper Body) Missed the game Wednesday, day to day
Pascal Leclaire (G) Ottawa – (Groin) Could return this weekend but won’t play Friday
Jason Pominville (W) Buffalo – (Concussion) Just started participating in practice, out until next week
Nikolai Antropov (C) Atlanta – (Hip) Offseason surgery still bothering him, could be rested on Friday
Zach Bogosian (D) Atlanta – (Shoulder) Missed the game Wednesday but could return for Friday’s tilt

Long Term or IR
Daymond Langkow (C) Calgary - (Neck) Only started skating about 10 days ago, could return in early November
Ales Kotalik (W) Calgary – (Knee) Placed on long-term IR on Oct. 10, could be ready to return once he is eligible
Ethan Moreau (W) Columbus – (Hand) Surgery will keep him out 4-6 weeks
Filip Kuba (D) Ottawa - (Leg) Out until early November
Mattias Ohlund (D) Tampa Bay – (Knee) Skating with team, could be back next week.
Ondrej Pavelec (G) Atlanta - (Concussion) Returned to practice earlier this week, won’t require a rehab stint, could be back in the lineup next week
Brian Campbell (D) Chicago - (Knee) Out till early or mid-November
Pierre-Marc Bouchard (D) Minnesota - (Concussion) Still experiencing symptoms, unknown timetable
Josh Harding (G) Minnesota – (Knee) Out until at least early next year
Peter Mueller (W) Colorado – (Concussion) Unknown timetable, two concussions in five months, has not started skating yet
Alexandre Burrows (W) Vancouver - (Shoulder) Could be back early next month
Sami Salo (D) Vancouver - (Achilles) Out at least 3-4 months

Transactions

Thomas Greiss (G) San Jose – Assigned to Brynas of the Swedish Elite League
Jeremy Colliton (W) Islanders – Signed a professional tryout contract with Springfield of the AHL
David Van Der Gulik (W) Colorado – Recalled from the AHL
Ethan Moreau (W) Columbus – Placed on the IR with a broken hand
Nigel Dawes (W) Atlanta – Placed on waivers Thursday
Mark Olver (C) Colorado – Assigned to the AHL on Thursday
Alexander Sulzer (D) Nashville – Recalled from the AHL
Steve Begin (C) Nashville – Signed a one-year, two-way contract
Jamie Lundmark (C) Nashville – Cleared waivers and assigned to the AHL
Olivier Magnan (D) New Jersey – Recalled from the minors

Hot

Daniel Sedin (W) Vancouver – Sedin has started off the 2010-11 campaign on fire with seven goals and three assists in seven games. Even more impressive for fantasy owners is that three of those goals have come on the power play. If he keeps up this pace we could have another Sedin winning the Hart Trophy this season.

Marty Turco (G) Chicago – That’s four straight wins and counting for Turco, who has come on strong after a slow start to his Hawks career. Turco was probably taken in the mid to late rounds of your draft, but if he keeps up this kind of performance, he will be a steal.

Cold

Tuukka Rask (G) Boston – Rask was thought to be the starting goaltender heading into the season for the Bruins, but he gave up four goals on 36 shots in his first game and hasn’t started since. What makes matters even worse is that backup Tim Thomas has been lights out ever since and is showing no signs of giving the job back to Rask.

Mike Knuble (W) Washington – Knuble has gone scoreless in his last five games after scoring a goal in the first game of the season. One would think that wasn’t possible playing with the great Alexander Ovechkin, but the entire Capitals team seems to be in funk at this point in time.

Recommended Pickup

Matt Moulson (W) Islanders – Moulson came out of nowhere to score 30 goals for the Isles last season. This season, however, he had his doubters (including yours truly) that he would not be able to replicate that kind of production, but with four goals in his first seven games this season, including the game-winner in overtime Thursday, he is well on his way to proving his skeptics wrong.

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