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John Toperzer

John Toperzer

John Toperzer writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

Around the Rink

Pittsburgh can win the Atlantic Division with a win Sunday and a Philly loss Saturday. The Flyers are 5-0-0 against their opponent, the Islanders, but are winless in the last five (0-4-1).

Congratulations to Joe Thornton on his 1,000th career NHL point, which came on a goal Friday night. I can still remember the day he was drafted at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh. I think Sergei Samsonov went second (w/o looking things up). The Pens took Robert Dome, a truly forgettable selection.

I thought Teemu Selanne was an aberration when he scored 76 goals for Winnipeg back in 1992-93. Well, the 76 goals were, but Selanne has proven to be anything but. I finally gave up on him in fantasy after last season big mistake. He has 31 goals and 80 points in 72 games. His situation helps him out, too.

Patrik Hornqvist scored two goals to give him 21 for the year. Thirty would have been nice. At least he still took plenty of shots (259) in a valuable Yahoo! league category.

Who's Hot

Mikko Koivu Three assists Friday gives him his customary 60-point season.

Cam Ward He's 8-1-1 in his last 10 starts, leading the way for the Hurricanes.

Who's Not

Jiri Hudler Only two goals and four points in 14 games since February. He teased fantasy owners in his return to the NHL but has collected only 36 points in 72 games.

Recommended Pickup

Brandon Yip Disappointing 2010-11 but has three goals in his last two games.

Nathan Gerbe He's crafting out a spot in the NHL with eight goals and 11 points in his last 11 games.

Probable Starting Goalies

New Jersey (Martin Brodeur) at Rangers (Henrik Lundqvist), 12:30 p.m.
Ottawa (Craig Anderson) at Boston (Tim Thomas), 1 p.m.
Tampa Bay (Dwayne Roloson) at Carolina (Cam Ward), 7 p.m.
Buffalo (Ryan Miller) at Columbus (Steve Mason), 7 p.m.
Montreal (Carey Price) at Toronto (James Reimer), 7 p.m.
Islanders (Rick DiPietro) at Philadelphia (Brian Boucher), 7 p.m.
Washington (Semyon Varlamov) at Florida (Tomas Vokoun), 7 p.m.
Nashville (Pekka Rinne) at St. Louis (Jaroslav Halak), 8 p.m.
Vancouver (Roberto Luongo) at Calgary (Miikka Kiprusoff), 10 p.m.
Phoenix (Ilya Bryzgalov) at San Jose (Antti Niemi), 10:30 p.m.
Anaheim (Ray Emery) at Los Angeles (Jonathan Bernier), 10:30 p.m.

RotoWire Goalie Grid

Injury Roll Call

New Jersey

Anton Volchenkov Questionable, may play Saturday after lower body.
Dainius Zubrus Questionable, suffered stinger Wednesday, status unknown.
Zach Parise Out, ruled out for final weekend of season.


Chris Drury Questionable, not expected to play Saturday with knee injury.
Ryan Callahan Out, will miss indefinite, long-term time period with ankle.


Daniel Alfredsson Out, back will keep him out, should he come back in 2011-12?
Sergei Gonchar Out, concussion has ended his disappointing season.
Erik Karlsson Out, leg laceration will keep him out final weekend.
Marek Svatos Out, another concussed player to miss the last weekend.


Marc Savard Out, still suffering from concussion symptoms and memory loss.

Tampa Bay

Victor Hedman Questionable, probably won't play with no playoff implications.
Randy Jones Out, will be back for Round 1 of playoffs.


Jay Harrison Questionable, missed Friday with upper-body injury.


Jochen Hecht Out, will miss weekend with upper body.
Ryan Miller Probable, upper body played well vs. Philly on Friday night.
Patrick Kaleta Out, ruled out with knee injury.


Rick Nash Out, not expected to play the last weekend with back.
Kris Russell Out, expected to miss four weeks with fractured tibia.


Jeff Halpern Questionable, missed Thursday with lower body, unlikely Saturday.


Tim Brent Out, torn muscle in forearm will keep him out Saturday.


Jack Hillen Questionable, not expected to go because of shoulder injury.
Frans Nielsen Out, missing last game with concussion.


Chris Pronger Questionable, day-to-day with hand injury, missed Friday.
Jodi Shelley Questionable, cleared to play following eye injury, didn't go Friday.


Alexander Semin Questionable, missed Wednesday, no word about Saturday.
Mike Green Out, will not play in regular season finale Saturday.


Steve Bernier Questionable, missed Friday w/shoulder unlikely to play Saturday.
Ryan Carter Out, dealing with concussion symptoms.
Darcy Hordichuk Questionable, missed Friday with groin, unlikely Saturday.
Tomas Vokoun Probable, expected to start Saturday against Washington.
Stephen Weiss Out, will miss Saturday with groin injury.


Martin Erat Questionable, could be game-time decision, missed Friday.

St. Louis



Dan Hamhuis Questionable, looking to play Saturday after concussion.
Raffi Torres Out, will miss Saturday as part of a suspension.


Brendan Morrison Out, will get knee operated on in near future.


Martin Hanzal Probable, returned from lower body Friday after 12-game absence.

San Jose

Ryan Clowe Questionable, likely out again since Sharks have clinched division.
Devin Setoguchi Questionable, missed Friday and could be game-time decision.


Ray Emery Questionable, missed Friday with lower body, another game-time.
Todd Marchant Questionable, also missed Friday with flu.

Los Angeles