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Monday Daily Puck: Jussi's No Joke

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

A lot of Penguins fans took exception to NBCSN’s Mike Milbury statement Sunday that Flyers fans should be “ecstatic” Evgeni Malkin will likely miss the remainder of the regular season with an upper-body injury – likely some sort of hand or wrist ailment.

Milbury says and does a lot of crazy stuff, but I have no problem with what he said about Malkin and his value to Pittsburgh. He’s right. The road to the postseason got a lot tougher without the team’s second-leading scorer.

For his part, Milbury has done some pretty crazy stuff over his career – see below – but Sunday’s comments probably don’t rank among Milbury’s Top 10 list.

Finally, here’s a photo of the NHL’s 27th leading point-getter at age eight. How can anybody not love Jaromir Jagr? Well, except for opposing goalies.

Projected Goalie Starters (all times Eastern)
For updates on the projected goalies later in the day, check our Projected Goalies Grid

Florida Panthers (Roberto Luongo) at New York Islanders (Thomas Greiss), 7:00 PM
Los Angeles Kings (Jonathan Quick) at Chicago Blackhawks (Corey Crawford), 8:00 PM
St. Louis Blues (Jake Allen) at Calgary Flames (Joni Ortio), 9:00 PM
Nashville Predators (Pekka Rinne) at Edmonton Oilers (Cam Talbot), 9:00 PM
Winnipeg Jets (Michael Hutchinson) at Vancouver Canucks (Ryan Miller), 10:00 PM
New Jersey Devils (Keith Kinkaid) at Anaheim Ducks (John Gibson), 10:00 PM

Injury News For Teams Playing Monday

Florida Panthers
Willie Mitchell, D - Mitchell (lower body) out Monday.
Dave Bolland, C - Bolland (lower body) on IR.
Teddy Purcell, RW - Purcell (groin) close to returning.

New York Islanders
Calvin de Haan, D - De Haan (lower body) could return Monday.
Adam Pelech, D - Pelech (undisclosed) out Monday.
Jaroslav Halak, G - Halak (groin) won't play Monday.
Mikhail Grabovski, C - Grabovski (upper body) still out.
Marek Zidlicky, D - Zidlicky (upper body) out for a "little while."

Los Angeles Kings
Marian Gaborik, RW - Gaborik (knee) out Monday.
Matt Greene, D - Greene (shoulder) will miss Monday and rest of regular season.
Jordan Nolan, RW - Nolan (undisclosed) out Monday.

Chicago Blackhawks
Artem Anisimov, C - (arm) questionable Monday.
Marcus Kruger, C - Kruger (wrist) returned to practice Sunday.
Michal Rozsival, D - Rozsival (lower body) questionable for Monday.

St. Louis Blues
Alexander Steen, LW - Steen (upper body) out Monday.
Steve Ott, C - (hamstrings) out Monday.
Brian Elliott, G - Elliott (lower body) out Monday.

Calgary Flames
T.J. Brodie, D - Brodie (upper body) doubtful for Monday's tilt.
Sam Bennett, LW - Bennett (upper body) won't play Monday.
Ladislav Smid, D - (upper body) on IR.
Karri Ramo, G - (torn ACL) out rest of season.

Nashville Predators
Eric Nystrom, LW - Nystrom (foot) on IR.
Paul Gaustad, C - (upper body) out Monday.

Edmonton Oilers
Darnell Nurse, D - serving suspension.
Brandon Davidson, D - Davidson (lower body) out long-term.
Benoit Pouliot, LW - (shoulder) out possibly rest of season.
Matt Hendricks, LW - Hendricks (undisclosed) questionable for Monday.
Adam Pardy, D - (undisclosed) out Monday, week-to-week.
Eric Gryba, D - (knee) out.
Oscar Klefbom, D - Klefbom (infection) out another week.
Andrew Ference, D - (hip) out rest of season.

Winnipeg Jets
Mark Stuart, D - Stuart (upper body) on IR.
Bryan Little, C - Little (head) out rest of regular season.
Anthony Peluso, RW - (shoulder) out long-term.
Joel Armia, RW - (lower body) out Monday.
Nikolaj Ehlers, LW - Ehlers (eye) out indefinitely.

Vancouver Canucks
Chris Tanev, D - Tanev (upper body) questionable Monday.
Alexander Edler, D - Edler (leg) out rest of season.
Jannik Hansen, RW - Hansen (ribs) out Monday.
Brandon Prust, LW - (ankle) out rest of season.
Brandon Sutter, C - (jaw) skating and close to returning.

New Jersey Devils
Jiri Tlusty, LW - (out) rest of season.
Jacob Josefson, C - Josefson (hand) questionable for Monday.
Patrik Elias, LW - (knee) out Monday.
Michael Cammalleri, LW - (hand) out Monday.
Jordin Tootoo, RW - (upper body) missed Saturday, questionable for Monday.
Cory Schneider, G - (knee) out for entire coming week. Use Kincaid.

Anaheim Ducks
Kevin Bieksa, D - (lower body) questionable for Monday.
Brandon Pirri, C - (ankle) practiced Sunday and could rejoin lineup by end of week.
Sami Vatanen, D - (upper body) remains a question mark for Monday
Chris Stewart, RW - (jaw) out Monday.


Alec Martinez, D, LOS – Martinez has a goal and six points in his last seven games. He’s also dished out 17 hits and blocked 23 shots over the same span. Martinez has scored only six goals and 28 points in 67 games, but he’s producing nicely right now. The Los Angeles blueliner is available in 54 percent of Yahoo! Leagues. The Kings play six times in the next nine days, though the matchups include the likes of Chicago and Dallas.

Sam Gagner, C, PHI – Dave’s son never turned into the superstar many expected him to become. He compiled 49 points as an 18-year-old rookie in 2007-08 and never again reached that number. Bouncing around, he’s simply trying to reestablish himself in Philadelphia after a season with the Coyotes. He’s still got a long way to go, but he’s been hot lately. Gagner has scored five goals and seven points in his last 10 games. The Flyers are desperately attempting to stay in postseason contention and Gagner has become a part of that hunt.


Tyler Toffoli, RW, LOS -- Selfishly, I want to use Victor Hedman (one assist in 12 games) as my cold player but saw Joe Mahoney snapped him for Sunday’s Daily Puck. If there’s a better way to get a cold player out of a slump than to put him on the cold list, I don’t know what it is. Toffoli hasn’t been much better. The versatile forward has gone without scoring in 10 straight games, with one goal in his last 13. This isn’t a recommendation to sell Toffoli, just a note that he hasn’t been producing. The 23-year-old needs only three points to tie his career high in points (49) and figures to turn things around before season’s end.

Recommended Pickup

Jussi Jokinen, LW, FLA – Jokinen might not be a sexy pickup but he just keeps producing. Florida plays four times in the coming week, including three on the road, but doesn’t face any elite teams. For his part, Jokinen has strung together a 10-game point streak (two goals, 10 assists). The Panthers’ “other” JJ is available in 61 percent of Yahoo! Leagues. While it’s true that players with 10-game point streaks are usually closer to the end than the beginning, there’s no reason why fantasy owners shouldn’t be running out the string.
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