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The Daily Puck: Get Iggy With It

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.

- Unbelievable playoff races in both conferences. Every single game on Sunday has pretty profound playoff implications.
- John Tavares scored an absolute beauty on Saturday, one that's worth looking up online to see again. The kid is closing in on 30 goals, and Islander fans (are there any left?) have hope for the future!
- With early starts today, remember to keep checking in with our starting goalie grid for the latest word on who will be between the pipes, especially in the later games.

Philadelphia (Brian Boucher) vs. NY Rangers (Henrik Lundqvist), 12:30 p.m

Philadelphia injuries:

Daniel Carcillo (LW) - Questionable after missing Saturday afternoon's game agaisnt Buffalo with the flu.

NY Rangers injuries:

Marian Gaborik (LW) - Questionable for Sunday with concussion symptoms. Did not skate on Saturday, hard to imagine he'll be on the ice Sunday for the early start time.
Ryan McDonagh (D) - Questionable for Sunday after injuring his knee Thursday night. The injury is not thought to be serious, but it does not seem likely that he will play on Sunday.

New Jersey (Martin Brodeur) vs. NY Islanders (Nathan Lawson), 3:00 p.m

New Jersey injuries:

No Significant Injury News

NY Islanders injuries:

Radek Martinek (D) - Doubtful for Sunday with lower-body injury.
Michael Haley (C) - Doubtful for Sunday with knee injury.

Washington (Michal Neuvirth) vs. Florida (Tomas Vokoun), 5:00 p.m

Washington injuries:

Semyon Varlamov (G) - Out. Will miss most of the upcoming week most likely due to lower-body injury.
Tom Poti (D) - Out as the season-long injury saga with Poti continues.
Mike Green (D) - Out indefinitely with head injury.

Florida injuries:

Ryan Carter (C) - Out. Likely to miss a week due to upper-body injury.

Buffalo (Jhonas Enroth) vs. Minnesota (Jose Theodore), 6:00 p.m

Buffalo injuries:

Jochen Hecht (LW) - Out for Sunday with upper-body injury.
Mike Grier (RW) - Out for Sunday with lower-body injury.

Minnesota injuries:

Cal Clutterbuck (RW) - Doubtful after he did not participate in practice on Saturday due to a head injury.
Chuck Kobasew (RW) - Questionable with flu-like symptoms. Did not play Friday night and does not carry a ton of fantasy value.

Nashville (Pekka Rinne) vs. Calgary (Miikka Kiprusoff), 8:00 p.m

Nashville injuries:

Steve Sullivan (LW) - Out and will miss more than a month after undergoing groin surgery this week.
J.P Dumont (RW) - Doubtful for Sunday as he continues to be a scratch for the Preds. There is no clear word on whether or not he is injured, but Nashville keeps winning with Dumont on the sidelines.

Calgary injuries:

Mikael Backlund (C) - Questionable with flu, which kept him out of the lineup on Friday night.
Brendan Morrison (C) - Questionable for Sunday with knee injury.

Vancouver (Roberto Luongo) vs. Anaheim (Dan Ellis), 8:00 p.m

Vancouver injuries:

Chris Higgins (LW) - Doubtful for Sunday with thumb injury but is getting closer and should return within the week.
Kevin Bieksa (D) - Doubtful as well for Sunday with foot injury but he could be back at some point this week.

Anaheim injuries:

Jonas Hiller (G) - Out. Scary stuff as he battles vertigo.
Jason Blake (LW) - Doubtful with hand injury.
Saku Koivu (C) - Doubtful for Sunday with groin injury that kept him out of Friday night's game.

TRANSACTIONS

Mark Mancari (LW) Buffalo - Recalled from Portland (AHL)
Ray Emery (G) Anaheim - Re-assigned to Syracuse (AHL)
J.P Levasseur (G) Anaheim - Recalled from Syracuse (AHL)
Alex Giroux (C) Edmonton - Recalled from Oklahoma City (AHL)
Ben Holmstrom (C) Philadelphia - Re-assigned to Adirondack (AHL)
Carter Hutton (G) San Jose - Re-assigned to Worcester (AHL)

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Who's Hot

Jarome Iginla (RW) Calgary - Unless you root for the Oilers or Canucks, you have to admit it's good to see Igninla when he's going as well as he is right now. Iginla has four goals and three helpers in the last three games for Calgary.
Jonathan Toews (C) Chicago - Toews is in beast mode as he tries to get the Blackhawks into the playoffs. He has six goals and two assists in the last four games for Chicago and is right in the middle of the Hart Trophy conversation.
Andrej Sekera (D) Buffalo - Sekera is the hottest blueliner in the league right now, with four straight games with two points. He has two goals and six assists in the last four games for the Sabres who are making a mad dash for the playoffs.

Who's Cold

Brandon Dubinsky (C) NY Rangers - Dubinsky had a nice season but it has gone off the rails a bit. 43 points (19 G, 24 A) in 54 games has turned into 43 points in 62 games.
Niklas Backstrom (G) Minnesota - Backstrom has three has lost his last three starts, and was yanked after allowing three goals in 21 minutes in his last start. The Wild need Backstrom to rebound now as the Western Conference playoff race is intense and they need the guy who was stopping 93% of the pucks he saw back immediately.

Recommended Pickup

Devin Setoguchi (RW) San Jose - Setoguchi was brutal through January, but has found the form that had him projected for at around 60 points for the season. If you need help on the wing, especially in deeper leagues, Setoguchi should be the guy if he is available in your league.