The Daily Puck
by Kevin King, RotoWire Writer
- Incredible start to 2011 in the NHL with another terrific Winter Classic. Living in Buffalo, I can't say I feel all that bad about Sid and the Pens losing on home ice on their big night.
- The Winter Classic rightfully dominated the headlines of the hockey world, but the Sabres and Bruins played to a classic of their own. Buffalo locked up a 7-6 shootout win over the B's. Two of the best goalies in the NHL - and yeah, 12 goals.
- So much for the thought that Evgeni Nabokov would be coming back to the NHL and signing with Tampa Bay. The Lightning acquired Dwayne Roloson from the Islanders on Saturday, and Roloson owners should be thrilled with the move. Tampa gives up the fewest shots per game in the NHL.
Enjoy the World Juniors and a full slate of NHL action on Sunday!
Atlanta (Ondrej Pavelec) vs. Montreal (Carey Price), 1:00 p.m
(LW) - Was placed on IR earlier in the week and his prognosis is undisclosed. The nature of the injury has not been announced, nor has a timetable for Antropov's return.
(C) - Returned on Friday night from an undisclosed injury and should be all set for Sunday's early puck drop.
(D) - Out for season with knee injury
(D) - Out with knee injury and was placed on IR on Friday night.
NY Rangers (Henrik Lundqvist) vs. Florida (Tomas Vokoun), 5:00 p.m
NY Rangers injuries:
(RW) - Out six-to-eight weeks with hand injury
(C) - Out four-to-six weeks with sprained MCL in right knee
(LW) - Out until mid-January with knee injury
Michael Del Zotto
(D) - Questionable for Sunday. He is ready to return from groin injury, but is being held out because of how well the six defensemen in front of him are playing
(LW) - Out with shoulder injury
(C) - Out, quite possibly for the entire season, with injured achilles
(RW) - Out indefinitely with groin injury
(RW) - Returned on Friday night against Montreal and should be in the clear for Sunday
(LW) - Was back on the ice Friday night and should be all set
(C) - Like Dvorak and Stillman, Olesz returned to the ice Friday night and appears all set
Philadelphia (Sergei Bobrovsky) vs. Detroit (Jimmy Howard), 5:00 p.m
(D) - Out four-to-six weeks as he recovers from surgery to repair broken bone in his foot
(D) - Out and could miss up to two months after hip surgery a little more than a week ago
(C) - Out, and not sure if he will return at all this season as he battles to overcome a concussion
(LW) - Is eligible to return from two-game suspension on Sunday night and should be on the ice for the Flyers
Red Wings injuries:
(C) - Out
Dan Cleary (RW) - Out for at least a month after fracturing his ankle early in the week
(C) - Out four-to-six weeks with hand and wrist injuries
(RW) - Out for Sunday's game against the Flyers with an elbow injury
Dallas (Kari Lehtonen) vs. St. Louis (Jaroslav Halak), 6:00 p.m
NO INJURIES OF NOTE
St. Louis injuries:
(C) - Out as he battles to overcome concussion
(C) - Out three-to-five weeks with knee injury
(RW) - Out indefinitely as he also battles to overcome a concussion
T.J Oshie (LW) - Out indefinitely but skated last week to test his injured ankle
Phoenix (Ilya Bryzgalov) vs. Minnesota (Jose Theodore), 6:00 p.m
NO INJURIES OF NOTE
(RW) - Questionable for Sunday night with an undisclosed “nagging injury” that kept him off the ice Friday night against Nashville
(D) - Out for several months, if not remainder of season, with shoulder injury
Columbus (Chris Mason) vs. Nashville (Pekka Rinne), 6:00 p.m
NO INJURIES OF NOTE
(C) - Out; struggling to overcome concussion.
(RW) - Doubtful to play Sunday night after being downgraded to doubtful and missing Friday night's game against Minnesota.
(LW) - Out for Sunday after being placed on IR earlier in the week with a lower body injury.
Jordin TooToo (RW) - Out after voluntarily joining the NHL/NHLPA substance abuse and behavioral health program.
Vancouver (Roberto Luongo) vs. Colorado (Craig Anderson), 8:00 p.m
(LW) - Out; still at least two weeks away from returning from broken thumb
(D) - Out indefinitely with terrible achilles injury. Will not even resume skating until late January
(G) - Will dress Sunday night, but whether or not he will start will be known during the course of the day Sunday
(CASA) - Out
(D) - Out
(RW) - Out with broken hand, but recently reported that he is making progress in his recovery
(D) - Questionable for Sunday night as he nears a return after missing the last 25 games with a concussion
(C) - Status for Sunday is uncertain after having to be helped off the ice Thursday night
Chicago (Corey Crawford) vs. Anaheim (Jonas Hiller), 8:00 p.m
(RW) - Expects to play Sunday after battling the flu all week
(C) - Out for two weeks with shoulder injury, although he is determined to beat that timetable
(RW) - Out one-to-three weeks with fractured orbital bone
(CASA) - Out indefinitely as he was placed on IR with a broken nose
(G) - Traded to Tampa Bay
(D) - Traded to N.Y Islanders
(D) - Assigned to Hamilton (AHL)
AROUND THE LEAGUE
(RW) - Stafford netted a hat-trick in Saturday night's wild win over the Bruins. He looks comfortable, confident, and is seeing more ice in the absence of Derek Roy
(C) - Hank Sedin is as good as it gets in the NHL. He's always brilliant, but he is on a run of exceptional brilliance right now, with two goals and eight assists in Vancouver's last four games.
(D) - If it were a normal human being, you could rightfully expect a pretty considerable regression from Lidstrom this season. Seriously, the guy is 40 and still one of the best defensemen in the league, and he's hot right now. He has seven points (2 G, 5 A) in the last three games for the Red Wings. Amazing.
(RW) Boston - Knowing how ice cold Horton has been over the past month, you'd look at the score 7-6 score from Saturday's loss to Buffalo and think that Horton had to figure in the scoring somewhere, right? Nope. His gigantic offensive struggles continued again, and it's beyond time for his owners to look for other options.
(G) Montreal - The honeymoon may be ending between Price and his fantasy owners. Price has two wins in his last nine starts. A lot of Price owners feared his incredible run early in the season was too good to be true .
.. and that's looking to be the case.
(G) Philadelphia - While the goaltending situation in Philly only gets cloudier with the return of Leighton earlier in the week, he still should be stashed away on a roster in most leagues. Leighton is simply getting paid way too much money for the Flyers to not give him every chance to win back his job from Sergei Bobrovsky
. Take a shot on Leighton if you need goalie help, or as insurance if you have Bobrovsky on your team.