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The Daily Puck: Unheralded Superstar?

John Toperzer

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

Around the Rink

Sidney Crosby continues to make progress from a concussion. He'll travel with his team to Tampa Bay and take part in the game-day skate Thursday. Crosby still won't give or take contact for an undetermined amount of time. As a result, it's safe to drop him in non-keeper leagues unless you think he'll score a hat trick in the regular season finale.

Alexander Ovechkin returned from a three-game, undisclosed-injury absence Tuesday night.

The Penguins have scored two power-play goals in the month of March.

Is Corey Perry the best player the NHL has yet to hype? He's tied for the league lead in goals scored (44) with Steven Stamkos.

Kings rookie goalie Jonathan Bernier has three shutouts in his last nine starts. Fantasy owners have to hope the other Jonathan gets traded prior to 2011-12.

Are the Leafs doing this well because the pressure is off of them and no one expects them to make the postseason, or is this a sign of things to come?

Cam Ward has started 68 of Carolina's 76 games. He's got to be tired, doesn't he? Unless the ‚ÄėCanes pick things up in a hurry, Ward's offseason will start when the playoffs commence.

Who's Hot

Cam Fowler - He's emerged from hibernation to record seven points (2, 5) in his last eight contests and is likely available on plenty of waivers.

Logan Couture - Another freshman who's gotten his second wind. Couture has scored five goals and nine points in his last nine games.

Who's Not

Tobias Enstrom - The offensive defender has gone seven straight without nary a point. He's too good to scrap. Wonder if he's just tired of playing for the Thrashers.

Mike Green - He's seen a 50-point drop in an injury-plagued season. His biggest moment might've been riding a kid-like motor scooter during HBO's 24/7.

Recommended Pickup

Alexander Edler - Edler has missed the last couple months but could come back for the last couple games of the regular season.

Probable Starting Goalies

Montreal (Carey Price) at Carolina (Cam Ward), 7:00 p.m.
Islanders (Al Montoya) at New Jersey (Martin Brodeur), 7:00 p.m.
Rangers (Henrik Lundqvist) at Buffalo (Ryan Miller), 7:00 p.m.
St. Louis (Jaroslav Halak) at Detroit (Joey MacDonald), 7:30 p.m.
Anaheim (Ray Emery) at Calgary (Miikka Kiprusoff), 9:30 p.m.

Injury Roll Call

Alexandre Picard - Questionable, missed Tuesday with foot injury.
Jay Harrison - Out, upper body will keep him out Wednesday.
Bruno Gervais - Questionable, not expected to play against Jersey w/lower body.
Milan Jurcina - Questionable, also not expected to go against Devils on Weds.
Doug Weight - Out, will miss rest of season, had nine points in 18 games this year.
New Jersey
Ilya Kovalchuk - Questionable, says he "thinks he's in" Wednesday against Isles. 
Anton Volchenkov - Out, lower body will keep him on shelf against New York.
Colin White - Out, also will miss Islanders' game with lower body.
Zach Parise - Out, expected to return Saturday from season-long injury.
No recently reported injury news.
Mike Grier - Questionable, sat out Tuesday despite taking part in practice.
Johan Hecht - Questionable, missed last two periods of Tuesday w/upper body.
Derek Roy - Out, could return for Round 2 of playoffs following quad injury.
Jordan Leopold - Out, ruled out of rest of regular season with finger injury.
St. Louis
Vladimir Sobotka - Probable, returned from foot injury Tuesday night.
Barret Jackman - Out, nearing day-to-day status following finger injury.
T.J. Oshie - Out, will not play Wednesday after not showing up for work earlier.
Alexander Steen - Out, skated Tuesday but no sign of possible return in 2010-11.
Pavel Datsyuk - Out, expected to return from lower body injury Saturday.
Jimmy Howard - Out, also expected back Saturday.
No recently reported injury news.
Niklas Hagman - Questionable, missed last two games w/concussion symptoms.
Daymond Langkow - Out, practicing but not playing possibly due to salary cap hit.
Brendan Morrison - Out, making progress but still out with knee injury.

Adam Cracknell - Recalled by St. Louis from AHL Peoria.
Brad Thiessen - Returned to AHL Wilkes-Barre by Pittsburgh.