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The Daily Puck: Another Injured Penguin

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

- How great were those Flames jerseys for the Heritage Classic? They need to go to those full-time.
- The injury situation with the Penguins is laugable at this point. Nine forwards were already on the shelf with injuries, and then Jordan Staal takes a puck to the face and leaves Sunday's game early. With a quick turnaround to play Monday night, it's hard to envision Staal playing, making it more than three lines of forwards in street clothes.
- In 180 minutes of action, the Sabres have scored twice. Even the Avalanche think that's absurd.
- NOTE - With early puck drops because of President's Day, make sure to check out our goalie grid for updated starters.

Florida (Tomas Vokoun) vs. NY Islanders (Al Montoya), 1:00 p.m

Florida injuries:

Dmitry Kulikov (D) - Out for another week or so with ankle injury.

NY Islanders injuries:

Jeremy Colliton (RW) - Won't play Monday because of rib injury, but he has returned to practice.

Chicago (Corey Crawford) vs. St. Louis (Ty Conklin), 2:00 p.m

Chicago injuries:

Fernando Pisani (RW) - Out for Sunday with what is being called a head injury.

St. Louis injuries: 

No Significant Injury News

Washington (Michal Neuvirth) vs. Pittsburgh (Marc-Andre Fleury), 7:30 p.m

Washington injuries:

Tom Poti (D) - Out. There has not been one word about Poti's status from the Caps, yet he hasn't played since January 12.
Mike Green (D) - Doubtful for Monday with ear injury.
Eric Fehr (RW) - Out Monday with shoulder injury. Took part in non-contact drills at practice on Saturday but is still a ways away.

Pittsburgh injuries:

Jordan Staal (CA) - Doubtful for Monday after leaving Sunday's game after taking a puck to the face.
Dustin Jeffrey (C) - Out Monday with lower-body injury.
Nick Johnson (RW) - Doubtful for Monday after leaving practice on Friday with an upper-body injury.
Arron Asham (RW) - Out for Monday, battling post-concussion symptoms.
Chris Kunitz (LW) - Out Monday with lower-body injury.
Eric Tangardi (C) - Out Monday as he also battles post-concussion symptoms.
Sidney Crosby (C) - Out, and nothing new to report as Sid battles to recover from a concussion.

TRANSACTIONS

Nigel Dawes (LW) Atlanta - Assigned to Chicago (AHL)
Ryan Johnson (C) Chicago - Activated from IR
Trevor Ludwig (D) Dallas - Assigned to Texas (AHL)
Marco Scandella (D) Minnesota - Assigned to Houston (AHL)
Kris Newbury (LW) NY Rangers - Recalled from Connecticut (AHL)

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Who's Hot

T.J. Oshie (C) St. Louis - Everyone was scoring for the Blues on Saturday night against the Ducks, but Oshie deserves the most credit. T.J has three goals and two assists in the last two games, and is a plus-4 over that span. Oshie missed a huge chunk of time after breaking his ankle in November, and now that he has returned, he's showing just what a big piece of the puzzle he is for the Blues.
John Tavares (CA) NY Islanders - Tavares is on a staggering hot streak for the Isles. With two assists on Saturday night he now has 13 points (4 G, 9 A) in the last 10 games. In Febraury alone, Tavares has five multiple point games for the Isles.

Who's Cold

Alexei Ponikarovsky (LW) Los Angeles - Ponikarovsky has one point, a goal, since New Year's. He has had a 60 point season in his career, so it's odd to see him being this unproductive.
Mattias Ohlund (D) Tampa Bay - For a team with such a dynamic offense, you would think Ohlund would accidentally get an assist at some point. Ohlund hasn't logged a point in the last 16 games for the Bolts. Nobody is expecting him to be Dustin Byfuglien or anything, but you would think that a guy who sees about 17 minutes of ice every night would get on the scoresheet once in a while.

Recommended Pickup

Andy McDonald (CA) St. Louis - A huge week by McDonald has him being scooped up off of waivers in a lot of leagues. He's a nice four game plug-in in weekly leagues because he's more than capable of doing what he did this week - six points (3 G, 3 A) and a plus-3 in three contests.

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