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The Daily Puck: Hot Couture

George Kurtz

George Kurtz

George Kurtz writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

The Daily Puck
George Kurtz, RotoWire Writer

Projected Goalie Starters

Montreal (Carey Price) at Detroit (Jimmy Howard), 7:00 PM.
New Jersey (Martin Brodeur) at Ottawa (Pascal Leclaire), 7:30 PM.
Colorado (Craig Anderson) at Atlanta (Ondrej Pavelec), 7:30 PM.
Carolina (Cam Ward) at Dallas (Andrew Raycroft), 8:30 PM.
Tampa Bay (Dan Ellis) at Edmonton (Nikolai Khabibulin), 9:00 PM.
Calgary (Henrik Karlsson) at Anaheim (Jonas Hiller), 10:00 PM.

Injuries for Teams Playing Friday

Day-to-Day (Includes DL players close to returning)
Scott Gomez (C) Montreal - (Lower body) Won’t play Friday.
Brad Stuart (D) Detroit - (Groin) Expected to play Friday versus Montreal.
Martin Brodeur (G) New Jersey -- (Elbow) Will start Friday versus Ottawa.
Kari Lehtonen (G) Dallas - (Lower body stiffness) Doubtful to start Friday.

Long Term or IR
Andrei Markov (D) Montreal – (Knee) Out for the season.
Mike Modano (C) Detroit – (Wrist) Best-case scenario is a February return.
Zach Parise (W) New Jersey – (Knee) Out until after the All-Star Game.
Peter Mueller (W) Colorado – (Concussion) Still no timetable for a return to action.
Chris Stewart (W) Colorado - (Hand) Hand surgery will keep Stewart out 3-5 weeks.
Vincent Lecavalier (C) Tampa Bay - (Hand) Out at least another week or two.
Steve Downie (W) Tampa Bay – (Ankle) Out 3-4 weeks.
Ales Hemsky (W) Edmonton – (Groin) Could be out up to a month.
Shawn Horcoff (C) Edmonton – (Knee) Out at least two months.
Daymond Langkow (W) Calgary - (Neck) Has experienced numbness below the waist, career could possibly be over.

Transactions

Mark Mancari (W) Buffalo – Recalled from the AHL.
Jordan Knackstedt (W) Florida – Acquired from Boston.
Jeff LoVecchio (W) Florida – Acquired from Boston.
Sean Zimmerman (D) Boston – Acquired from Florida.
Alexei Ponikarovsky (D) Los Angeles – Activated off the IR.
Olivier Magnan (D) New Jersey – Placed on waivers.
Stephen Gionta (W) New Jersey – Placed on waivers.
Levi Nelson (C) Tampa Bay – Acquired from Boston.
Juraj Simek (W) Boston – Acquired from Tampa Bay.
Anssi Salmela (D) New Jersey – Re-assigned to the AHL on a conditioning assignment.
Rob Klinkhammer (W) Chicago – Re-assigned to the AHL.
Jeremy Morin (W) Chicago – Re-assigned to the AHL.
Philip Larsen (D) Dallas – Re-assigned to the AHL.
Ryan Stone (C) Calgary – Cleared waivers, assigned to the AHL.

Hot

Sidney Crosby (C) Pittsburgh – Crosby could probably be on this list every week, but the streak he has been on lately is just sick. Crosby has 11 goals in his last six games and 26 goals on the season. He is so hot right now that he could make a run at 50 goals in 50 games. It seems like every game he is shooting for a hat trick. If there was any doubt about the title of best player in the NHL, there should be no more. What’s even more incredible is that he has done a majority of this damage without Evgeni Malkin, who is out due to injury.

Tomas Kaberle (D) Toronto – Kaberle may have been forgotten in some fantasy leagues, as he is still stuck in Toronto for some reason. There have been plenty of rumors over the past couple of years that Toronto would deal the veteran defenseman for players that could help the team with their rebuilding effort, but Kaberle remains, and has four assists in his last four games.

Cold

Daniel Alfredsson (W) Ottawa – That’s nine games and counting for Alfredsson without not only a goal, but a point as well, and it’s not like he’s going to help your team with penalty minutes. If you haven’t already, Alfredsson needs to take a seat until he starts entering some crooked numbers on the score sheet.

Brian Elliott (G) Ottawa – Elliott has now lost six of his last seven starts, and this cold streak couldn’t come at a worse time as Pascal Leclaire is back and healthy, and will start to eat into Elliott’s playing time. Elliott needs to be more consistent, as he does have a pair of shutouts during that streak, including a shutout he lost during a shootout, but overall his performance has done nothing to solidify his status as the No. 1 netminder.

Recommended Pickup

Logan Couture (C) San Jose – With all the talk about Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin as the probable Calder Trophy winners, Couture has flown under the radar so far this season, but with 13 goals, including six in his last four games, he is definitely worth a pickup in your fantasy league if still available.