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The Daily Puck: Back in the Saddle

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

Nashville (Anders Lindback) vs. Tampa Bay (Dan Ellis), 6 p.m
New Jersey (Martin Brodeur) vs. NY Rangers (Martin Biron), 7 p.m
San Jose (Antti Niemi) vs. Calgary (Miikka Kiprusoff), 8 p.m

Injuries for Teams Playing Sunday

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

Ryan Suter (D) Nashville - (Leg) Placed on short-term injured reserve mid-week. Eyeing a return early next week, but will not play Sunday night in Tampa.
Mattias Ohlund (D) Tampa Bay - (Knee) Skated with the team this week, but is not expected to play Sunday night. Hoping to return for Wednesday night's game against Pittsburgh.
Simon Gagne (LW) Tampa Bay - (Illness) Missed Friday night's game with an undisclosed illness and status for Sunday remains uncertain.
Rod Pelley (C) New Jersey - (Nose) Pelley broke his nose and suffered a cut to the face that required eight stitches on Saturday night. He went to the hospital for a CAT scan, but miraculously returned in the third period. The tough, young winger should be good for Sunday night.
Erik Christensen (C) NY Rangers - (Groin) Sat out of Friday's practice, but took the ice in Saturday's game against Boston and should be good to go on Sunday night.
Adam Pardy (D) Calgary - (Shoulder) Sat out mid-week against Nashville, but played in Friday night's win over Columbus. Appears fine for Sunday night.

Long Term or IR

Marcel Goc (C) Nashville - (Shoulder) Out for 2-4 weeks after sustaining a seperated shoulder against Washington earlier in the week.
Matthew Lombardi (C) Nashville - (Concussion) Out indefinitely with post-concussion syndrome.
Roman Josi (D) Nashville - (Wrist) Out for at least 2-3 more weeks after breaking wrist in September.
Paul Ranger (D) Tampa Bay - (Personal) Left the club for undisclosed personal reasons in September and has not returned.
Anton Volchenkov (D) New Jersey - (Neck) Out indefinitely but the Devils remain fairly tight-lipped about any kind of timeframe for his return.
Mark Fraser (D) New Jersey - (Hand) Out 3-5 weeks after breaking his hand in a fight against Buffalo in the first week of the season.
Brian Rolston (C) New Jersey - (Sports Hernia) Will miss the next 3-6 weeks after suffering the injury in New Jersey's second game of the season.
Anssi Salmela (D) New Jersey - (Knee) Expected to miss the enitre season after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL in Septemebr.
Bryce Salvador (D) New Jersey - (Concussion) Out indefinitely with post-concussion symptoms.
Vaclav Prospal (LW) NY Rangers - (Knee) Out indefinitely after knee surgery earlier in the season.
Chris Drury (C) NY Rangers - (Finger) Expected to miss up to five weeks after breaking his finger a week ago.
Marian Gaborik (LW) NY Rangers - (Shoulder) Out for 1-3 weeks with a shoulder injury.
Derek Joslin (D) San Jose - (Upper Body) No timetable set for his return.
Raitis Ivanans (LW) Calgary - (Concussion) Remains out indefinitely with post-concussion symtpoms.
Ales Kotalik (RW) Calgary - (Shoulder) No real timetable for his return as of yet after being placed on long-term IR in early October.
Ryan Stone (C) Calgary - (Knee) Out indefinitely after offseason surgery on his knee.
David Moss (LW) Calgary - (Shoulder) Out indefinitely.
Daymond Langkow (C) Calgary - (Neck) Despite skating for more than a month Langkow remains sidelined with no timetabke for his return after a neck injury.

Transactions

Brett Carson (D) Carolina - Reassigned to Charlotte (AHL)
Evan Brophey (C) Chicago - Recalled from Rockford (AHL)
Erik Ersberg (G) Los Angeles - Released by Kings
Teemu Laakso (D) Nashville - Recalled from Milwaukee (AHL)
Alexander Vasuynox (LW) New Jersey - Recalled from Albany (AHL)
Oskars Bartulis (D) Philadelphia - Loaned to Syracuse (AHL)
Jay Beagle (C) Washington - Recalled from Hershey (AHL)
Mathieu Perrault (C) Washington - Recalled from Hershey (AHL)
Dany Sabourin (G) Washington - Recalled from Hershey (AHL)

Hot

Guillame Latendresse (LW) Minnesota - Latendresse went from a very quiet first week to a big second week, scoring two goals and notching three assists in three games for the Wild.
John Tavares (C) NY Islanders - Four goals and two assists in three games this week for Tavares, including a hat-trick on Saturday night.
Steve Stamkos (C) Tampa Bay - Stamkos is on fire for the Bolts, with four goals and four assists in three games this week. As if he needed to do more, he's also a plus-three with six PIMs this week.

Cold

Mike Knuble (RW) Washington - The University of Michigan alum has had a horrible start to the season, with only one goal and one assist in the first two weeks.
Brad Richards (C) Dallas - After an incredible start to the season that saw Richards earn ten points (2 G, 8 A) in the first five games, he has stalled out a bit and is without a point in Dallas' last two games
Wojtek Wolski (LW) Phoenix - Wolski is still without a goal on the season for the 'Yotes, disappointing owners who were high on him heading into the season after earning a point-per-game after arriving in the desert at the trade deadline last year.

Recommended Pickup

Steve Montador (D) Buffalo - If injuries or just lack of production have hampered your defensive corps, Montador is a nice stop-gap to grab. He won't blow the doors off offensively, but he's a steady performer who is a plus-nine for the Sabres, and has actually out-performed teammate Tyler Myers thus far into the season.