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The Daily Puck: Mining for Cole

George Kurtz

George Kurtz writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

Projected Goalie Starters

Islanders (Nathan Lawson) at Buffalo (Ryan Miller), 7:30 PM.
Montreal (Carey Price) at Ottawa (Mike Brodeur), 7:30 PM.
Tampa Bay (Dan Ellis) at Florida (Tomas Vokoun), 7:30 PM.
Dallas (Andrew Raycroft) at Calgary (Henrik Karlsson), 9:00 PM.

Injuries for Teams Playing Friday

Day-to-Day (Includes DL players close to returning)
Rick DiPietro (G) Islanders – (Illness) Out for Friday, could be back Sunday.
Drew Stafford (D) Buffalo -- (Groin) Doubtful to play Friday.
Alexei Kovalev (W) Ottawa – (Knee) Will play Friday.
Pascal Leclaire (G) Ottawa – (Lower body) Out for Friday.
Dmitri Kulikov (D) Florida (Ribs) Out for Friday.

Long Term or IR
Michael Cammalleri (W) Montreal -- (Shoulder) Placed on IR, could be out up to a month.
Jason Spezza (C) Ottawa – (Shoulder) Has started skating again, still out for weeks.
Bryan McCabe (D) Florida – (Jaw) Out 3-4 weeks.


Fredrik Modin (W) Atlanta – Placed on IR.
Nigel Dawes (W) Atlanta – Recalled from the AHL.
Spencer Machacek (W) Atlanta – Re-assigned to the AHL.
Tim Stapleton (C) Atlanta – Recalled from the AHL.
Marc-Andre Gragnani (D) Buffalo –Recalled from the AHL.
Nick Leddy (D) Chicago –Recalled from the AHL.
Ryan Stoa (W) Colorado – Recalled from the AHL.
T.J. Galiardi (W) Colorado –Re-assigned to the AHL.
Joe Callahan (D) Florida – Recalled from the AHL.
Anton Khudobin (G) Minnesota – Re-assigned to the AHL.
Ryan White (W) Montreal – Recalled from the AHL.
Michael Cammalleri (W) Montreal – Placed on IR.
Andreas Engqvist (C) Montreal – Recalled from the AHL.
Chad Kolarik (W) Rangers – Recalled from the AHL.
Brodie Dupont (C) Rangers – Recalled from the AHL.
Dustin Jeffrey (C) Pittsburgh – Recalled from the AHL.
Antero Niittymaki (G) San Jose – Placed on IR.
Mike Smith (G) Tampa Bay – Assigned to the AHL on a conditioning stint.
Evgeni Nabokov (G) Detroit – Signed by Detroit, placed on waivers.
Brian Fahey (D) Washington – Recalled from the AHL.
Andrei Lotionov (C) Kings – Recalled from the AHL.
Marco Sturm (W) Kings – Placed on IR.


Clarke MacArthur (W) Toronto – MacArthur is on pace for his best season to date in both goals and assists. He is the sort of player that fantasy owners don’t pay attention to as he plays for an NHL team that has been at the bottom of the standing the past few seasons. However the Maple Leafs have a solid offense led by MacArthur, Phil Kessel and Mikhail Grabovski.

Dwayne Roloson (G) Tampa Bay – Other than being traded to Vancouver, Pittsburgh, Detroit or another top NHL team, things could not have worked out more perfectly for Roloson. He went from a team firmly entrenched at the bottom of the standings to an up-and-coming team that seems poised to make some noise in the playoffs. More importantly for fantasy owners is that he is sure to start a majority of the games left in the regular season and should be able to pile up some impressive fantasy numbers.


Mason Raymond (W) Vancouver– Coming off a season in which he scored 25 goals, big things were expected of Raymond this season. However, going pointless in eight straight games and only lighting the lamp once in the past 11 games certainly has curtailed those expectations of late. What should only make matters worse for fantasy owners is that he has been sent to the fourth line, not exactly a place that will cure your goal-scoring woes.

Mark Giordano (D) Calgary – Giordano has been in a big-time slump lately with only a single assist and a minus-9 rating in his last six games. Giordano was a pleasant surprise for the Flames last season and offensively his numbers are somewhat similar, but his defensive game has taken a plunge. Last year he was a plus-17, which can certainly help a fantasy team, but this year he is struggling in his own end with a minus-11, which may be sinking a fantasy team or two.

Recommended Pickup

Erik Cole (W) Carolina – Remember him? He was once a promising wing with the Canes before being shipped off to Edmonton, and then sent back to Carolina. Well, he’s starting to put up some solid numbers again as he has four goals and seven points in his last seven games, which brings his total to 12 and 25 on the season. Could be worth a pickup if you’re a little short at wing.