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The Daily Puck: Teddy Flash Strikes Again

George Kurtz

George Kurtz writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

Projected Goalie Starters

Philadelphia (Sergei Bobrovsky) at Pittsburgh (Marc-Andre Fleury) 7:00 PM.
Buffalo (Ryan Miller) at Toronto (James Reimer) 7:00 PM.
Carolina (Cam Ward) at Washington (Semyon Varlamov) 7:00 PM.
Florida (Scott Clemmensen) at Columbus (Steve Mason) 7:00 PM.
Chicago (Corey Crawford) at Boston (Tim Thomas) 7:30 PM.
Atlanta (Chris Mason) at Montreal (Carey Price) 7:30 PM.
Ottawa (Craig Anderson) at Tampa Bay (Dwayne Roloson)  7:30 PM.
Minnesota (Niklas Backstrom) at St. Louis (Jaroslav Halak) 8:00 PM.
Vancouver (Roberto Luongo) at Nashville (Pekka Rinne) 8:00 PM.
Los Angeles (Jonathan Bernier) at Edmonton (Nikolai Khabibulin) 9:30 PM.
Dallas (Kari Lehtonen) at Phoenix (Ilya Bryzgalov) 10:00 PM.

Injuries for Teams Playing Friday

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

Mark Letestu (C) Pittsburgh - (Upper body) Probably to play Tuesday.
Joni Pitkanen (D) Carolina - (Illness) Food poisoning, questionable to play Tuesday.
Alexander Ovechkin (W) Washington - (Undisclosed) Ovechkin wants to play, coaching staff may hold him out however, questionable.
Sergei Gonchar (D) Ottawa - (Concussion) Working out, but still not symptom free, most likely out for the season.
Jason Arnott (C) Washington - (Groin) Out for Tuesday, could return by the end of the week.
Michal Neuvirth (G) Washington  - (Illness) Should at least be able to back up Tuesday.
Tomas Vokoun (G) Florida - (Back) Probable for Tuesday but may not start.
Grant Clitsome (D) Columbus - (Knee) Doubtful to play Tuesday.
T.J. Oshie (W) St. Louis - (Unexcused) Didn't report to practice, could face team discipline.
Dave Bolland (C) Chicago - (Concussion) Still no timetable for his return.
Mikael Samuelsson (W) Vancouver - (Leg) Doubtful to play Tuesday.
Dan Hamhuis (D) Vancouver - (Concussion) Not expected to play until next week.
Kurtis Foster (D) Edmonton - (Concussion) Out for Tuesday.
Lauri Korpikoski (C) Phoenix - (Lower body) Questionable to play Tuesday.
Vernon Fiddler (C) Phoenix - (Upper body) Questionable to play Tuesday.
Ed Jovanovski (D) Phoenix - (Face) Skating, but still doubtful to play Tuesday.

Long Term or IR

Chris Pronger (D) Philadelphia - (Hand) Out for Tuesday, unlikely to play until next week.
Sidney Crosby (C) Pittsburgh - (Concussion) Skating, but still no timetable.
Jordan Leopold (D) Buffalo - (Finger) Out for the remainder of the regular season.
Mike Green (D) Washington - (Concussion) Skating, but no timetable.
Patrick Sharp (W) Chicago - (Knee) Could return by the end of the regular season.
Andrei Markov (D) Montreal - (Knee) Skating, but a return to the playoffs is still unlikely.
Kristian Huselius (W) Columbus  - (Lower body) Could be out for the rest of the season.
Daniel Alfredsson (W) Ottawa - (Back) Skated on Monday, Doubtful for Tuesday.
Ryan Malone (W) Tampa Bay - (Abdomen) Cleared to play but still doubtful for Tuesday.
Anze Kopitar (C) Los Angeles - (Ankle) Out at least a month.


Ian Cole (D) St. Louis - Recalled from the AHL.
Cam Atkinson (W) Columbus - Signed a two-year entry-level contract.
Blair Jones (W) Tampa Bay - Re-assigned to the AHL.
Marc-Andre Gragnani (D) Buffalo - Recalled from the AHL.
Braden Holtby (W) Washington - Re-assigned to the AHL.
Thomas McCollom (G) Detroit - Recalled from the AHL.


Teemu Selanne (W) Anaheim - It’s hard to keep him off this list after he scored a hat-trick Monday night, especially the way he did it, an even strength goal, power play goal, and penalty shot goal. Selanne will be 41 years of age this summer, may retire, and if he does, he will go out still being one of the better goal scorers in the NHL. He has 25 goals and 70 points as of this writing and his helping lead the Ducks to an improbable playoff run.
Patrick Marleau (C) San Jose - Marleau has taken a lion's share of the blame for the Sharks failures in the playoffs over the years and isn't the top offensive player that would come to mind when thinking of the Sharks (Joe Thornton/Dany Heatley), but he not only leads the Sharks in goals with 33, but it seems that many of those goals have won games late in the 3rd period or overtime to claim wins for San Jose. With Heatley and Thornton both disappointing in the light the lamp department, Marleau has been one of the saving graces for the Sharks.


Anze Kopitar (C) Los Angeles - Kopitar was already having what most fantasy owners would consider a disappointing season, but now that the playoffs are in full swing, he will miss the next 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury (broken or ligament damage depending on what report you believe). This injury may be the straw that broke the camel's back for his fantasy teams.
Jonas Hiller (G) Anaheim - Hiller had missed 15 games with vertigo and came back with a clunker versus Nashville. Nothing wrong with displaying a little rust after all that time off, but with the Ducks needed two points from every game to make the playoffs, and Ray Emery playing exceptionally well in net, they can't afford to let him shake off the at the expense of their playoff lives.

Recommended Pickup

Jason Reimer (G) Toronto - Reimer has won five of his last seven starts for the Leafs, allowing only nine goals in that span. Toronto still believes they have a shot to make the playoffs, so the team is playing hard in front of Reimer. You probably have better options in net if you made it this far in your fantasy playoffs, but if not, Reimer could be your man.