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The Daily Puck: The Price is Right

John Toperzer

John has written for since 2003 and serves as the beat writer for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Pittsburgh Pirates. He’s worked for the Pirates for 17 years, written for the Penguins’ Web site as the first game-day editor, and rooted for the Steelers dating back to the Immaculate Reception.

Around the Rink

Montreal goalie Carey Price returned Tuesday after missing the last week. He stopped 40 of 41 shots in a win. The Habs will go as far as Price takes them in the playoffs. Can he pull a Halak?

Antti Niemi just pulled in a $15 million extension. Wasn't he battling Antero Niittymaki just to get on the ice a few months ago? Funny what a 16-1-2 stretch can do for a team and its goalie.

Ovechtrick, Ovechtrick, Ovechtrick has a league-leading nine game-winning goals among his abnormally low total of 25.

The Caps have pretty high expectations of Jason Arnott and Marco Sturm, but Dennis Wideman totaled nearly 27 minutes of ice (26:44) Tuesday and could really boost Washington's defensive corps with Mike Green ailing. Check your waiver wire for his availability (if you haven't already).

Pittsburgh is healthier than it's been since January and it's still missing seven or eight forwards (and Brooks Orpik). The Islanders have no sympathy.

Jamie Benn tallied his first goal since January on Tuesday after missing time with a head or shoulder injury. Maybe he could get a shampoo contract.

Who's Hot

Tuukka Rask - Panned recently in this column, Rask has won four straight with a shutout during a stunning six-game Boston road trip. Didn't see that coming.

Who's Not

Ben Bishop - Bishop was plenty of fantasy owners' darling a couple seasons ago and it looked like we might fall in love with him all over again - until he gave up five goals in 15 minutes Tuesday.

Recommended Pickup

Mark Letestu - Getting top line minutes with Alexei Kovalev and James Neal. Letestu is likely available on many a waiver wire and is worthy of a snag, given his current environs.

Probable Starting Goalies

Tampa Bay (Dwayne Roloson) at New Jersey (Martin Brodeur), 7:00 p.m.
Minnesota (Jose Theodore) at Islanders (Al Montoya), 7:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Marc-Andre Fleury) at Toronto (James Reimer), 7:00 p.m.
Calgary (Miikka Kiprusoff) at Chicago (Corey Crawford), 9:00 p.m.
Detroit (Jimmy Howard) at Anaheim (Dan Ellis), 10:00 p.m.

RotoWire Goalie Grid

Injury Roll Call

Tampa Bay
Mattias Ohlund - Questionable, missed Sunday with lower-body injury.
Martin St. Louis - Questionable, X-rays on his forearm came back negative, Wednesday status unknown.
Mike Lundin - Questionable, getting close to returning, missed Sunday's contest.

New Jersey
Zach Parise - Out, getting knee examined Wednesday which will help crystalize plans.
Bryce Salvador - Out, looking for a return from concussion at the start of 2011-12.

Warren Peters - Questionable, left Monday's game with a leg injury.
Mikko Koivu - Out, skated on own Tuesday for first time since finger injury, no specific timetable.
Guillaume Latendresse - Out, suffered setback Monday with no set return date on the horizon.
Cam Barker - Out, will not travel with team for games Wednesday and Thursday.

Michael Haley - Out, suffered knee injury Tuesday and didn't return.
Rick DiPietro - Out, worked out on the ice Monday and could return prior to season's end.
Mark Streit - Out, cleared for non-contact practice less than a week ago.

Tyler Kennedy - Probable, practiced Monday and Tuesday, expected to play Wednesday.
Chris Kunitz - Questionable, practiced Tuesday but isn't ready to return.
Paul Martin - Probable, expected to play Wednesday after missing last two games.
Brent Johnson - Probable, ready to serve as backup after practicing Tuesday.

Colton Orr - Out, no timetable for return from concussion.

Daymond Langkow - Out, participating in light workouts, a small step in the right direction.

Fernando Pisani - Out, practicing but did not play in Hawks last game Monday.
Jordan Hendry - Out, will miss the next six months with a torn ACL.

Brian Rafalski - Questionable, missed Wednesday with a back injury.

Saku Koivu - Out, getting close to practice following groin injury.
Joel Perrault - Out, expected to miss the next 10 days or so while recovering from ankle injury.
Jonas Hiller - Out, practiced with the Ducks Tuesday for first time since IR, still no timetable.