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The Daily Puck: Benn's Binge

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.

NY Rangers (Henrik Lundqvist) vs. Pittsburgh (Marc-Andre Fleury), 12:30 p.m

NY Rangers injuries:

Marc Staal (D) - Questionable for Sunday after leaving Friday night's game early due to taking a stick to the face.

Pittsburgh injuries:

Mark Letestu (C) - Out for Sunday with upper-body injury.
Matt Niskanen (D) - Questionable for Sunday as he attempts to come back from an undsiclosed illness.

Nashville (Pekka Rinne) vs. Buffalo (Jhonas Enroth), 5:00 p.m

Nashville injuries:

No Significant Injury News

Buffalo injuries:

Patrick Kaleta (RW) - Out again with severe knee bruise.
Jochen Hecht (LW) - Out as well with upper-body injury.

New Jersey (Martin Brodeur) vs. Columbus (Steve Mason), 5:00 p.m

New Jersey injuries:

No Significant Injury News

Columbus injuries:

Grant Clitsome (D) - Questionable after leaving Saturday's game early with a knee injury.

Montreal (Alex Auld) vs. Minnesota (Jose Theodore), 6:00 p.m

Montreal injuries:

Tomas Plekanec (C) - Doubtful with lower-body injury.
Jeff Halpern (CA) - Also doubtful with lower-body injury.

Minnesota injuries:

Marco Scandella (D) - Out after breaking a finger on Saturday against Columbus.
Marek Zidlicky (D) - Out with lower-body injury.
Guillaume Latendresse (LW) - Out for Sunday with lower-body injury.

Chicago (Corey Crawford) vs. Phoenix (Ilya Bryzgalov), 8:00 p.m

Chicago injuries:

Dave Bolland (C) - Remains out as he battle to recover from a concussion.
Brian Campbell (D) - Out with foot injury.

Phoenix injuries:

Martin Hanzal (C) - Doubtful with lower-body injury.

Calgary (Miikka Kiprusoff) vs. Anaheim (Dan Ellis), 8:00 p.m

Calgary injuries:

David Moss (LW) - Out and is expected to miss significant time with an ankle injury that he suffered early in the week.

Anaheim injuries:

Jonas Hiller (G) - Out, but getting better in his fight to overcome a bout with vertigo.

TRANSACTIONS

Jonathan Hazen (RW) Florida - Signed entry-level contract with the Panthers
Brandon Mashinter (LW) San Jose - Recalled from Worcester (AHL)
Braden Holtby (G) Washington - Re-assigned to Hershey (AHL)
Victor Oresovich (RW) Vancouver - Re-assigned to Manitoba (AHL)

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Who's Hot

Joe Pavelski (C) San Jose - Pavelski is the hottest player in the league right now, and with the playoffs going on in most leagues, he has won his owners some money with the incredible week he has had. The native of Plover, Wisconsin has earned a staggering 12 points this week (4 G, 8 A).
Jamie Benn (LW) Dallas - While Pavelski is putting up huge numbers for the Sharks, Benn may be having the best sustained hot streak that any player has had in the NHL this season. Benn is on a 10-game point streak, and has gotten on the scoresheet in every single game this month for the Stars.

Who's Cold

Mike Fisher (C) Nashville - And while Jamie Benn has notched a point in every game this month, the opposite can be said for Fisher, who is 0-for-March in the points department. Still, it's hard to feel bad for Carrie Underwood's husband.
Mattias Ohlund (D) Tampa Bay - Ohlund's entire season has had the look of being the final year of his career. The veteran d-man has not earned a point since early January

Recommended Pickup

Matt Carle (D) Philadelphia - Carle could make a big impact on your roster down the home-stretch of the season if you need help in your defensive corps. For some reason Carle is widely avaiable in most leagues, despite 33 assists on the season and a plus-22.