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Drew Clement

Drew Clement writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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Drew Clement, RotoWire Writer

Projected Goalie Starters

For updates on the projected goalies later in the day, check our Projected Goalies Grid.

Florida (Scott Clemmensen) at Toronto (Jean-Sebastian Giguere), 7:00 p.m.
Buffalo(Ryan Miller) at Philadelphia (Sergei Bobrovsky), 7:00 p.m.
Phoenix (Jason LaBarbera) at Ottawa (Brian Elliott), 7:30 p.m.
Edmonton (Nikolai Khabibulin) at Calgary (Miikka Kiprusoff), 9:00 p.m.
Anaheim (Jonas Hiller) at Dallas (Kari Lehtonen), 9:00 p.m.
Colorado (Peter Budaj) at Vancouver (Roberto Luongo), 10:00 p.m.

Injuries for Teams Playing Tuesday

Day-to-Day (Including DL players close to returning)

Raitis Ivanans (F) Calgary- (Head) Still suffering from concussion after fight with Steve MacIntrye of the Oilers.
Ales Kotalik (F) Calgary-(Knee) Still dealing with a sprained knee. 
David Moss (F) Calgary- (Shoulder) Still out despite partaking in practice with the team. 
Jason Garrison (D) Florida- (Groin) Questionable thanks to a groin injury, and is listed as day to day.
Cam Fowler (D) Anaheim- (Broken Nose) Remains day-to-day with  broken nose.
Joffrey Lupul (F) Anaheim- (Blood Infection) Dealing with the effects of a blood infection.
Dan Sexton (F) Anaheim- (Broken Nose) Just like Fowler, Sexton is feeling the effects of a broken nose.
Andy Sutton (F) Anaheim- (Broken Thumb) Sutton is out thanks to broken thumb on his right hand.
Keith Ballard (D) Vancouver- (Concussion) Ballard is out indefinitely dealing with a concussion.
Dan Hamhuis (D) Vancouver- (Foot) Hamhuis is listed as day-to-day and could return any game now.
Scott Hannan (D) Colorado- (Head)- Hannan is listed as day-to-day with a head injury, but should return to action soon.
Shaone Morrisonn (D) Buffalo-(Groin) Questionable for Buffalo's game against Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Craig Rivet (D) Buffalo- (Shoulder) for Buffalo's game against Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Shane Doan (F) Phoenix- (Undisclosed) Questionable for Tuesday's game against Ottawa.
Jason Spezza (F) Ottawa- (Groin) Questionable for Tuesday's game against Phoenix.

Long Term or IR

Daymond Langkow (F) Calgary -(Broken Vertebrae/neck) Out indefinitely.
Adam Pardy (D) Calgary- (Shoulder) Pardy is still on the injured reserve and no word on his return has surfaced.
Alexander Burrows (F) Vancouver-(Shoulder Surgery) Listed on the Injured Reserve after left shoulder surgery, retroactive back to September 13th.
Sami Salo (D) Vancouver-(Achilles) Out indefinitely after successful right Achilles surgery, and may not return to the ice at any point this season.
Alexandre Bolduc (F) Vancouver-(High Ankle Sprain) Placed on the Injured Reserve as of October 11th.
Rick Rypien (F) Vancouver-(Suspension) Rypien has begun serving his 6-game suspension after an altercation with a fan.
Adam Foote (D) Colorado- (Concussion) Foote is out definitely thanks to a recent concussion.
David Koci (F) Colorado- (Broken Jaw) Koci is listed on the injured reserve with no timetable set for his return as of yet.
Peter Mueller (F) Colorado- (Concussion) Mueller is still on the IR and has yet to take the ice this season.
Jason Pominville (F) Buffalo- (Concussion) Out indefinitely with a concussion since October 12th.
Martin Hanzal (F) Phoenix- (Lower Body) On the injured reserve since October 18th.
Ian Laperriere (F) Philadelphia-(Post Concussion Syndrome) On injured reserve retroactive to September 28th.
Michael Leighton (G) Philadelphia- (Lower Back) Is expected to miss two months more after lower back surgery.
Matt Walker (F) Philadelphia- (Hip Surgery) Out three months after hip surgery.
Filip Kuba (D) Ottawa- (Broken Leg) On injured reserve since October 6th and is expected to miss another month.
Pascal Leclaire (G) Ottawa- (Groin) On injured reserve retroactive to October 15th.


Ondrej Pavelec (G) Atlanta- Activated from the injured reserve.
Peter Manninon (G) Atlanta- Assigned to Chicago of the AHL.
Jared Boll (F) Columbus- Activated from the injured reserve.
Drew Doughty (D) Los Angeles- Placed on the injured reserve after suffering a concussion.
Jake Muzzin (D) Los Angeles- Recalled from Manchester of the AHL.
Teemu Laakso (D) Nashville-Recalled from Milwaukee of the AHL.
Matt Martin (F) New York Islanders-Recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL.
Jeremy Williams (F) New York Rangers-Assigned to Hartford of AHL.
Eric Tangradi (F) Pittsburgh-Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.
Andrew Hutchinson (D) Pittsburgh-Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.
Braden Holtby (G) Washington-Recalled from Hershey from the AHL.
Dany Sabourin (G) Washington- Loaned to Hershey of the AHL.
Jay Beagle (F) Washington- Assigned to Hershey of the AHL.


John-Michael Liles (D) Colorado- The shifty Avalanche defenseman has started the season on a tear, as he has picked up a point in each game of the season and has 10 assists on the season.
Chris Stewart (F) Colorado- Stewart is tied with Liles for the team lead in scoring and has 4 goals and 4 assists during his last 5 games.
David Booth (F) Florida-Booth has tallied 3 goals in the first 6 games of the season and looks to be completely healthy once again after dealing with concussion problems all of last year.
Rene Bourque (F) Calgary- The young offensive talent has been on fire as of late and is leading the way for the Flames. He has 5 goals and 1 assist in his last two games, including a hat trick, and is fully recovered from the injury that slowed him down earlier.
The Entire Dallas Stars Top Line- The trio of Brad Richards, Loui Eriksson, and James Neal have meshed perfectly this year. Richards has 10 points, Neal has picked up 8 points, and Eriksson has 6 points so far on the young season.


Roberto Luongo (G) Vancouver- It may be a little harsh to put Luongo in the cold category but the fact is that he just has not looked himself so far this season. While he hasn't played terribly, his 1-3-2 record on the season is dramatically magnified by the fact that young Corey Schneider has been a brick wall this season. Luongo will be given every chance to lead this team deep into the playoffs, but it has to be a relief for Canucks fans to see Schneider waiting in the wings. 

Recommended Pickup

Ryan Whitney (D) Edmonton- While ownership has jumped in a number of fantasy leagues for Whitney as of late, he may still be available if some of the other managers have been sleeping. The young defenseman showed a lot of promise coming up through the Pittsburgh Penguins' system but was unable to get comfortable or find his groove once he was traded to Anaheim. He finally looks comfortable again playing with an up and coming young Oilers team and has now picked up 4 assists in his past 3 games. It looks like it is a fun group to play with in Edmonton, and hopefully Whitney can take advantage of that all year.
Drew Stafford (F) Buffalo- Stafford has been picked by many fantasy experts to break out over the past few years but it hasn't all come to fruition quite yet. However, despite being owned in less than 35% of Yahoo! Fantasy Leagues Stafford already has 3 goals, 4 assists, and is plus-5 on the season so far. Pick him up and see if this is the year he puts it all together.