Around the Rink
*First puck drops at 12:30 p.m. Est.
Peter Forsberg played in his first NHL game since April of 2008, skating more than 17 minutes. So long as his foot stays healthy there's plenty of reason to think the 37-year-old forward will put up a point per game once he finds his conditioning.
-- Can you name the NHL's top shot blocker? *Answer at end of Rink.
-- The Devils won again Friday, giving them a 12-1-2 mark in their last 15. New Jersey needs 40 points in its last 26 games to reach 88 points, the number Montreal totaled a year ago as the Eastern Conference's No. 8 playoff seed.
-- Vancouver defensemen Kevin Bieksa and Sami Salo get a chance to play on the top unit due to all of the injuries. Bieksa has just one assist in his last 11 games, but figures to get plenty of opportunity now.
-- Pittsburgh's injury situation is so bad that its AHL affiliate, the Baby Penguins, has no centermen on its roster.
-- How could Florida put Michael Grabner on waivers?
-- Happy 27th birthday to Max Talbot. The Islanders' Matt Martin certainly gave him a surprise.
-- Cal Clutterbuck once again leads the NHL in hits, with 245, while Tuomo Ruutu ranks second with 217. Fantasy pools that include hits which a much better category than penalty minutes make Clutterbuck and Ruutu fantasy MVPs. Ruutu even has 42 points (13, 29) in 55 games.
*Daniel Girardi of the New York Rangers has 157 blocked shots to lead the league 20 more than his closest competitor.
Michael Grabner He's not owned in 80 percent of Yahoo! fantasy leagues. His numbers are obscene.
Mikael Samuelsson He leads the NHL in post All-Star break points with 10 (4, 6). A pedestrian first four months may make him an easy trade pickup.
James Neal Pointless in his last six, Neal has nine points (7, 2) in his last 26 contests.
Kevin Bieksa - The Vancouver defenseman gets a chance to play on the top pairing (with Sami Salo, another cheap pickup) due to injury. Bieksa has just one assist in his last 11 games, but figures to pick up points by osmosis with the firepower surrounding him.
Probable Starting Goalies
Los Angeles (Jonathan Bernier) at Washington (Semyon Varlamov), 12:30 p.m.
Ottawa (Brian Elliott) at Edmonton (Nikolai Khabibulin), 2 p.m.
Toronto (Jean-Sebastien Giguere) at Montreal (Carey Price), 7 p.m.
Carolina (Cam Ward) at Tampa Bay (Dwayne Roloson), 7:30 p.m.
Chicago (Carey Price) at Phoenix (Ilya Bryzgalov), 8 p.m.
Colorado (Peter Budaj) at Nashville (Pekka Rinne), 8 p.m.
St. Louis (Ty Conklin) at Minnesota (Niklas Backstrom), 9 p.m.
Calgary (Miikka Kiprusoff) at Vancouver (Roberto Luongo), 10 p.m.
Rotowire Goalie Grid
Injury Roll Call
Marco Sturm Out, will miss his 11th straight game Saturday.
Mike Green Probable, Green is expected to play Saturday after battling a head injury.
Tom Poti Questionable, not expected to play Saturday due to groin injury.
Eric Fehr Out, 1-2 weeks away from returning with shoulder injury.
Matt Carkner Questionable, traveling with team but not known if he'll be ready Saturday.
Jesse Winchester Questionable, didn't play Wednesday and is day-to-day.
Daniel Alfredsson Out, looking at two weeks or more with lower back problems.
Gilbert Brule Out, could be sent on a conditioning stint in the AHL.
Shawn Horcoff Questionable, he is doubtful for Saturday's game.
Colby Armstrong Out, will miss about a week with blurred vision.
Jonas Gustavsson Out, elevated heart rate takes precedence over hockey.
Mathieu Darche Out, not expected to go Saturday with lower body injury.
Hal Gill Out, not expected to play Saturday due to upper body.
Michael Cammalleri Out, progress from shoulder injury continues to go slower than expected.
No reported injury news.
Ryan Malone Out, could miss 6-8 weeks with possible abdominal tear.
Nate Thompson Out, will miss Saturday's tilt with a head injury.
Marian Hossa Questionable, missed Friday's game and isn't expected to play Saturday.
Ryan Johnson Questionable, left Friday's game and probably won't play Saturday.
Fernando Pisani Questionable, left Friday with head injury and likely won't go Saturday.
Viktor Stalberg Questionable, also left Friday's game after four shifts with undisclosed injury.
Ed Jovanovski Questionable, may return for Saturday's game, likely a game-time decision.
Kyle Cumiskey Questionable, left Wednesday's game w/head injury after missing time w/concussion.
Adam Foote Questionable, day-to-day with quad injury.
Craig Anderson Out, will miss Saturday due to personal reasons.
TJ Galiardi Out, will miss unknown amount of time after suffering another wrist injury.
Marcel Goc Questionable, left Wednesday's game with lower body injury.
Matthew Lombardi Out, has started light exercises but still dealing with concussion-like symptoms.
Carlo Colaiacovo Probable, expected to return to action Saturday.
Josh Harding Out, skated for the first time in pads Friday but is weeks away from possible return.
Alex Tanguay Out, suffering some sort of neck injury or concussion, will not play Saturday.
Adam Pardy Out, will miss unknown amount of time with upper body injury.
Dan Hamhuis Out, will not play Saturday due to concussion.
Sami Salo Probable, activated from conditioning stint and will skate w/Bieksa on top defensive pairing.
Keith Ballard Out, will miss 3-4 weeks with a knee sprain.
Jonas Hiller Activated by Anaheim from the injured reserve list.
Tobias Enstrom Activated by Atlanta from the injured reserve list.
Sami Salo Recalled from conditioning stint at AHL Manitoba.
Cody Hodgson Assigned to AHL Manitoba by Vancouver.
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