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Wednesday Daily Puck: Great Goose

Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan is a writer of sports, pop culture, and humor articles, a book author, a podcaster, and a fan of all Detroit sports teams.

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Wednesday is the final day of NHL action this week before the league takes a break for its All-Star festivities. There are those who disparage the NHL All-Star Game, and all-star games in general. They complain about the lack of hitting and all the goals and the general lack of resemblance to the traditional NHL game as a whole. Sure, this is true, but thats also the point.

The All-Star Game is not supposed to be just another hockey game but with better players. Its supposed to be a chance to see skills on display we generally dont get to see. It is about fancy passes and stickhandling movies and the occasional bit of tomfoolery. The game is supposed to be fun, not a game that drains players and risks undue injury due to a hit to the head or what have you.

If you dont like that conceptually, thats fine. This isnt for you. Take a few days off from watching hockey, and let those of us who are interested enjoy some breakaway goals and a general defensive apathy. Its only for one night, after all.

Projected Goalie Starters (all times Eastern)

Maple Leafs (Jonathan Bernier) at Senators (Robin Lehner) 7:00
Blackhawks (Corey Crawford) at Penguins (Marc-Andre Fleury*) 8:00
Blue Jackets (Sergei Bobrovsky) at Jets (Michael Hutchinson) 9:00
Bruins at Avalanche (Semyon Varlamov) 10:00
Flames (Joni Ortio*) at Ducks (Frederik Andersen) 10:00
Kings (Jonathan Quick) at Sharks (Antti Niemi) 10:30

*Confirmed Starters

For updates on the projected goalies later in the day, check out our Projected Goalies Grid.

Injury News For Teams Playing Wednesday

Maple Leafs
Peter Holland, C (upper-body) Expected back after All-Star break.
Leo Komarov, LW (shoulder) Wont play Wednesday.
Joffrey Lupul, LW (lower-body) Expected back after All-Star break.
Stephane Robidas, D (upper-body) Wont play Wednesday.

Senators
Mark Borowiecki, D (leg) Out indefinitely.
Zack Smith, C (wrist) Out at least another month.

Blackhawks
Daniel Carcillo, LW (suspension) Suspended for six games.
Trevor van Riemsdyk, D (knee) Expected back between mid-February and mid-March.
Kris Versteeg, RW (hand) Out for at least another couple weeks.
Penguins
Blake Comeau, LW (wrist) Getting x-rays on wrist.
Simon Despres, D (illness) Did not play Tuesday.
Pascal Dupuis, RW (blood clot) Out long term.
Patric Hornqvist, RW (lower-body) Out indefinitely.
Kris Letang, D (undisclosed ) Left Tuesdays game with injury.
Olli Maatta, D (shoulder) Out for season.

Blue Jackets
Artem Anisimov, C (triceps) Returning soon, but date unknown.
Brian Gibbons, C (knee) Expected back soon, but date unknown.
Boone Jenner, LW (back) On injured reserve.
Ryan Murray, D (knee) Out indefinitely.

Jets
Grant Clitsome, D (upper-body) On injured reserve.
Mathieu Perreault, C (upper-body) Out through All-Star break.
Mark Stuart, D (undisclosed) Questionable for Wednesday.
Jacob Trouba, D (upper-body) Questionable for Wednesday.

Bruins
Simon Gagne, LW (personal) Out for season.
Brad Marchand, LW (suspension) Out Wednesday.

Avalanche
Patrick Bordeleau, LW (knee) On injured reserve.
Jamie McGinn, LW (back) Expected to be out for season.
Borna Rendulic, RW (leg) On injured reserve.
Ryan Wilson, D (shoulder) Out for season.
Jesse Winchester, LW (concussion) Return date unknown.

Flames
Curtis Glencross, LW (lower-body) On injured reserve.
Josh Jooris, C (wrist) Off injured reserve, but didnt play Monday.
Ladislav Smid, D (upper-body) On injured reserve.

Ducks
Eric Brewer, D (foot) On injured reserve.

Kings
Martin Jones, G (back) On injured reserve.
Tanner Pearson, LW (leg) Out for season.
Tyler Toffoli, RW (illness) On injured reserve.
Slava Voynov, D (suspension) Suspended indefinitely.

Sharks
Justin Braun, D (upper-body) On injured reserve.
Mike Brown, RW (leg) Out until late January at least.
Raffi Torres, LW (knee) Out indefinitely.
Tommy Wingels, RW (upper-body) On injured reserve.

Hot

Zach Parise, LW, MIN Parise scored two goals against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, giving him not just a four game point streak, but a four game goal scoring streak. He also threw in one assist for good measure. This gives him 19 goals on the season in 39 games, and he has at least four shots on goal in his last six games. The Wild have had issues, but they have been in net, meaning there is nothing Parise can do about that. All he can do is keep scoring, and hes been up to it recently.

Gustav Nyquist, C, DET Goose started to make people take notice in the second half of last season, and he got off to a good start to this season as well. He cooled down a smidge, but in his last three games he has had one goal and one assist. He hasnt been taking a lot of shots, which is concerning in terms of keeping this pace up, but he showed us last year what hes capable of when hes firing on all cylinders. When the Goose is loose, take advantage while you can.

Cold

Steve Downie, RW, PIT Downie is presumably owned in fantasy leagues because he is capable of throwing in a spot of scoring with a plethora of penalty minutes. While the latter has been in full effect recently, his scoring has left owners desiring something more. He is sans a point in his last six games, and he is also a minus-5 in those contests. There are players who can give you penalty minutes and scoring, and Downie is only helping you in one of those right now.

Brooks Orpik, D, WAS It seems odd that Orpik is owned in any fantasy leagues at this point, considering that he only has nine points this season, all assists. None of those points have come in those last eight games, and hes not even helping your plus/minus if you own him. Anybody who is still holding onto him need to take this chance to let him go.

Recommended Pickup
Mike Fisher, C, NAS Fisher missed time with injury, hes only played in 23 games so far, but hes been making up for lost time recently. He has eight points in his last 10 games, giving him 18 points on the season. Hes also a plus-5 over his last seven games, so he is helping there as well. Now that hes healthy, Fisher is worth sticking on your roster.

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