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Projected Goalie Starters

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

Ottawa (Brian Elliott) at Toronto (Jean-Sebastian Giguere), 7:00 p.m.
Montreal (Carey Price) at Columbus (Mathieu Garon), 7:00 p.m.
San Jose (Antero Niittymaki) at Minnesota (Niklas Backstrom), 8:00 p.m.
Vancouver (Roberto Luongo) at Edmonton (Nikolai Khabibulin), 9:00 p.m.

Injuries for Teams Playing Tuesday

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

Alexander Burrows (F) Vancouver - (Shoulder Surgery) Burrows is expected to be activated before the game against Edmonton on Tuesday.
Ryan Parent (D) Vancouver - (Groin) Will not play on Tuesday night against Edmonton.
Dan Hamhuis (D) Vancouver - (Foot) Will miss Tuesday's game against Edmonton.
Jason Spezza (F) Ottawa - (Groin) Questionable for Tuesday's game against Phoenix.
Jan Hejda (F) Columbus - (Calf) Questionable for Tuesday's game against Montreal.
Milan Michalek (F) Ottawa - (Knee Tendinitis) is expected to miss a few more games with tendinitis in his left knee.
Daniel Alfredsson (F) Ottawa - (Lower Body) is listed as probable for Ottawa's game against Toronto.
Cam Barker (D) Minnesota - (Groin) Questionable for the game on Tuesday against San Jose.
Guillaume Latendresse (F) Minnesota - (Groin) is expected to miss the game against San Jose on Tuesday night.

Long Term or IR

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 is serving his 6-game suspension after an altercation with a fan.
Filip Kuba (D) Ottawa - (Broken Leg) on injured reserve since October 6th but is making progress.
Pascal Leclaire (G) Ottawa - (Groin) on injured reserve retroactive to October 15th.
Andrew Murray (F) Columbus - (Knee) On Injured Reserve as of October 2nd.
Mike Commodore (D) Columbus - (Fractured Thumb) On Injured Reserve retroactive to October 9th.
Ethan Moreau (F) Columbus - (Hand Surgery) Moreau had surgery on his hand in late October and there is no set timetable for his return.
Kristian Huselius (F) Columbus - (Ankle Sprain) Huselius has been injured since October 24th and is considered to be out indefinitely.
Derek Joslin (D) San Jose - (Upper Body) Placed on the Injured Reserve since October 2nd with an upper body injury.
Colby Armstrong (F) Toronto - (Finger Surgery) Expected to miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing finger surgery at the end of October.
James Sheppard (F) Minnesota - (Knee Surgery) Placed on injured reserve since September 16th.
Josh Harding (G) Minnesota - (Torn ACL/MCL) out for the season.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard (F) Minnesota - (Concussion) Still on injured reserve thanks to a concussion suffered at the start of October.
Anti Miettinen (F) Minnesota - (Concussion) out indefinitely as of October 26th.
Jean-Francois Jacques (F) Edmonton - (Back Surgery) Placed on Injured Reserve retroactive to October 4th.


Nick Bonino (F) Anaheim - Recalled from Syracuse of the AHL.
Zack Kassian (F) Buffalo - Signed a three-year entry level contract with the Buffalo Sabres.
Brian Campbell (D) Chicago - Activated from injured reserve.
Dave Bolland (F) Chicago - Placed on Injured Reserve.
Jeff Deslauriers (G) Edmonton - Was placed on waivers by the Oilers.
Jon Sim (F) New York Islanders - Was placed on waivers by the Islanders.
Robin Lehner (G) Ottawa - Assigned to Binghamton of the AHL.
Eric Wellwood (F) Philadelphia - Recalled from Adirondack of the AHL.
Matt Roy (D) Tampa Bay - Recalled from Norfolk of the AHL.


Daniel Alfredsson (F) Ottawa - The ageless spark plug has been impressive in the past few weeks tallying 7 points and picking up 5 goals in the last five games he has played. However, he did leave practice early this week with an undisclosed injury, but that looks to be purely a precautionary measure.

Mikko Koivu (F) Minnesota - Koivu has been on fire so far this season and after picking up an assist on Saturday he now has a point in every Wild game this year except one. With 3 goals, 11 points, and a plus-5 rating he continues to lead his team and does not look to be slowing down anytime soon.


Nick Foligno (F) Ottawa- Many fantasy hockey managers and Senators fans alike expected big things from Foligno this year but he has simply not delivered. He has all the talent to become a top 6 forward in the league but has only managed to muster 3 assists in 11 games so far this year.

Rick Nash (F) Columbus - To be fair, the entire Blue Jackets offense has looked pretty anemic as of late, but Nash is at the forefront of it all. He has been held scoreless in the last five games and has only managed 5 points in the first 10 games of the season. There is no reason to think that the speedy winger will not bounce back, but for now he is struggling to say the least.

Recommended Pickup

Mathieu Garon (G) Columbus - This recommended pickup is only geared towards those willing to take a risk and in need of help at the backend of their team. Columbus has not shown a whole lot of offensive prowess to support their goalies so far this season, but Garon could have value now and later into the season. With starting goaltender Steve Mason struggling to the tune of a 5-3 record and a 3.30 GAA, Garon has stepped in nicely with a 2-0 record and a 1.50 GAA so far this season. On top of that, keep in mind the fact that Garon is 7-0-4 in 12 starts at home with the Blue Jackets and his upside becomes pretty obvious for those in deeper leagues.

Tyler Bozak (F) Toronto - Bozak has been a disappointment so far this season which means he should be available in the majority of fantasy leagues right now. While he may only have 1 goal on the season so far, Toronto will be entertaining the Senators tonight which could be the spark the young center needs. Last year Bozak picked up 4 points in just 3 games against Ottawa and you can believe he would love to repeat those numbers tonight.