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The Daily Puck: Ellis Lands On His Feet

George Kurtz

George Kurtz writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

Projected Goalie Starters

Florida (Tomas Vokoun) at Carolina (Scott Clemmensen) 7:00 PM.
Buffalo (Ryan Miller) at Rangers (Henrik Lundqvist) 7:00 PM.
Islanders (Nathan Lawson) at Washington (Michal Neuvirth) 7:00 PM.
Montreal (Carey Price) at Atlanta (Chris Mason) 7:00 PM.
Boston (Tukka Rask) at Ottawa (Craig Anderson) 7:30 PM.
Calgary (Mikka Kiprusoff) at St. Louis (Ben Bishop) 8:00 PM.
Dallas (Kari Lehtonen) at Phoenix (Ilya Bryzgalov)  9:00 PM.
Nashville (Pekka Rinne) at Edmonton (Martin Gerber) 9:30.
Columbus (Steve Mason) at Vancouver (Roberto Luongo) 10:00.
Colorado (Brian Elliott) at San Jose (Antii Niemi) 10:30.

Injuries for Teams Playing Friday

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

Eric Staal (C) Carolina - (Upper body) Expected to play Tuesday.
Jordan Leopold (D) Buffalo - (Upper Body) Unlikely to play Tuesday.
Ruslan Fedotenko (W) Rangers - (Shoulder) Unlikely to play Tuesday.
Marian Gaborik (W) Rangers - (Concussion) Out for Tuesday, timetable still unknown.
Marc Staal (D) Rangers - (Knee) Unlikely to play Tuesday.
Radek Martinek (D) Islanders  - (Lower body) Questionable to play Tuesday.
Semyon Varlamov (G) Washington - (Lower body) Out for Tuesday.
Ondrej Pavelec (G) Atlanta - (Wrist) Will not play Tuesday.
Chris Neil (W) Ottawa - (Lower body) Expected to play Tuesday.
Dan Boyle (G) San Jose - (Undisclosed) Out for Tuesday.
Anterro Niitymaki (G) San Jose - (Lower body) Practicing, out for Tuesday.

Long Term or IR

Chris Drury (C) Rangers - (Knee) Not expected to play again this season.
Martin Biron (G) Rangers - (Collarbone) Not expected to play again this season.
Mike Green (D) Washington - (Head) Out at least two weeks.
Mark Streit (D) Islanders - (Shoulder) Practicing without contact.
Tom Poti (D) Washington - (Groin) Skating on his own, out for Tuesday.
Milan Michalek (W) Ottawa - (Foot) Expected to be out for at least a few weeks.
David Perron (W) St. Louis - (Concussion) May be out for the season.
Jaroslav Halak (G) St. Louis - (Hand) Taking shots, considered day to day, won't play Tuesday.
Brad Richards (C) Dallas - (Concussion) Practicing, could play Friday.
Sergei Gonchar (D) Ottawa - (Lower body) Expected to return Tuesday.
Steve Sullivan (W) Nashville - (Groin) Out for Tuesday.
Nikolai Khabibulin (G) Edmonton - (Eye) Out for Tuesday.
Chris Higgins (W) Vancouver - (Thumb) Expected to miss two more weeks.


Ben Maxwell (C) Atlanta - Recalled from the AHL.
Spencer Machacek (W) Atlanta - Re-assigned to the AHL.
Peter Mannino (G) Atlanta -Recalled from the AHL.
Richard Petiot (D)Edmonton - Recalled from the AHL.
Bill Thomas (W) Florida - Re-assigned to the AHL.
Ryan White (W) Montreal- Recalled from the AHL.
John DiBenedetto (W) Islanders - Recalled from the AHL.
Cameron Talbot (G) Rangers - Recalled from the AHL.
Colin Greening (W) Ottawa - Recalled from the AHL.
Derek Smith (D) Ottawa - Recalled from the AHL.
Dustin Jeffrey (C) Pittsburgh - Recalled from the AHL.
Todd Ford (G) Washington - Recalled from the AHL.
Brad Winchester (W) Anaheim -Traded from St. Louis.
Radek Dvorak (W) Atlanta -Traded from Florida.
Pat Rissmiller (C) Florida - Traded from Atlanta.
Niclas Bergfors (C) Florida - Traded from Atlanta.
Tim Stapleton (C) Atlanta -Cleared waivers.
Mark Stuart (D) Atlanta -Signed a three-year $5.1 million contract.
Rob Schremp (W) Islanders -Claimed off wiavers.
Fredrik Modin (W) Calgary  -Traded from Atlanta.
Ben Carson (D) Calgary - Claimed off waivers.
Bryan Allen (D) Carolina -Traded from Florida.
Chris Campoli (D) Chicago - Traded from Ottawa.
Ryan Potulny (C) Ottawa -Traded from Chicago.
Michael Chaput (C) Columbus -Traded from Philadelphia.
Greg Moore (W) Columbus -Traded from Philadelphia.
Tim Sestito (W) Philadelphia - Traded from Columbus.
Scottie Upshall (W) Columbus -Traded from Phoenix.
Rostislav Klesla (D) Phoenix - Traded from Columbus.
Dane Byers (D) Phoenix - Traded from Columbus.
Jimmy Howard (G) Detroit - Signed a two-year $4.5 million extension.
Sergei Samsonov (W) Florida - Traded from Carolina.
Justin Williams (W) Los Angeles - Signed a four-year 14.6 million extension.
Dustin Penner (W) Los Angeles - Traded from Edmonton.
Colten Teubert (D) Edmonton - Traded from Los Angeles.
Jeff Penner (D) Minnesota - Traded from Boston.
Warren Peters (W) Minnesota - Recalled from the AHL.
Drew MacIntyre (G) Montreal - Traded from Atlanta.
Dave Steckel (C) New Jersey - Traded from Washington.
Jason Arnott (C) Washington - Traded from New Jersey.
Nathan Lawson (G) Islanders - Cleared waivers.
Adam Cracknell (W) St. Louis - Recalled from the AHL.
Greg Nemisz (C) Calgary - Re-assigned to the AHL.
Scott Nichol (C) San Jose - Placed on IR.
Kent Huskins (D) San Jose - Placed on IR.
Brandon Mashinter (W) San Jose - Recalled from the AHL.
Antti Niemi (G) San Jose -Signed a four-year $15.2 million extension.
Ty Conklin (G) St. Louis - Cleared waivers.
Mark Dekanich (G) Nashville - Re-assigned to the AHL
Anders Lindback (G) Nashville - Recalled from the AHL.
Philip McRae (C) St. Louis - Placed on IR
Victor Oreskovich (W) Vancouver - Re-assigned to the AHL.
Cory Hodgson (C) Vancouver - Re-assigned to the AHL.
Chris Porter (C) St. Louis - Recalled from the AHL.
Joel Perrault (C) Anaheim - Traded from Vancouver.
Ryan Reaves (W) St. Louis - Recalled from the AHL.
Mikko Lehtonen (W) Minnesota - Traded from Boston.
Anton Khudobin (G) Boston - Traded from Minnesota.
MacGregor Sharp (C) Vancouver - Traded from Anaheim.
Maxim Lapierre (C) Vancouver - Traded from Anaheim.
Brett Festerling (D) Atlanta - Traded from Montreal.
Drew MacIntyre G) Montreal - Traded from Atlanta.
Chris Higgins (W) Vancouver - Traded from Florida.
Evan Oberg (D) Florida - Traded from Vancouver.


Dustin Penner (W) Los Angeles - The big power forward gets a nice change of scenery with his trade from Edmonton to Los Angeles on Monday. Perhaps heading out to the land of beaches, bikinis, and a playoff race will be enough to spark a hot end to the season.
Jimmy Howard (G) Detroit - Underlying numbers aren't all that great, but Howard does keep piling up the Ws and the Wings showed just how much faith they have in their young netminder with a two-year contract extension.


Jarome Iginla (W) Calgary - Only two assists in his last five games. Iginla got off to a slow start this season but has been tearing it up since December. He had to cool off sooner or later, but is picking a bad time for the Flames as they are in a heated battle to reach the playoffs in the Western Conference.
Tomas Vokoun (G) Florida - Not only has Vokoun only won one of his last five games, but he didn't get traded to a contender at the deadline either. Oh well, it's not like playing in south Florida is the worst gig on the planet.

Recommended Pickup

Dan Ellis (G) Anaheim - With Jonas Hiller out with vertigo, you could do worse than trying to hit gold with Ellis. Starting goalies with upside are hard to find at this point in your fantasy season.