Michalek has missed the past five games with a concussion. He led the NHL with 19 goals at the time of injury, so ensure that he is back in your lineup on Tuesday.
Ward was credited with the goal, since he was the last Hurricanes’ player to touch the puck before Ilya Kovalchuk shot the puck to the point, but the puck instead sailed all the way into the Devils’ open net at the other end. Fantasy owners will not be credited with the goal, but they will receive the win, which is now two in a row for the otherwise struggling Ward.
Jason LaBarbera should handle the starting goalie duties while Smith is out, so he makes for a decent short-term pickup for fantasy teams that need goalie starts. Curtis McElhinney has been called up from the AHL and should serve as JLB’s backup.
Smith’s injury is likely more relevant in World Junior pools than it would be in NHL fantasy leagues. Still, his injury will be a big loss for Canada as it attempts to recapture the gold medal on home soil.
The tweet said: “He came! He came! Remember saying that as a little kid? Well he did: I got a new Red Ryder BB gun and a contract extension!” Hopefully Wilson is enjoying his new BB gun and his piece of paper this Christmas. Santa Burke obviously came through.
Gulutzan said that Souray would be re-evaluated on December 26, as all NHL teams are on a two-day break for Christmas. Souray owners may wish to look for another blueliner for next week, just to be on the safe side.
Ryder now has 13 goals this season, including goals in four consecutive games. He was notoriously streaky during his days in Montreal and Boston, so he is probably worth a short-term pickup in many fantasy leagues.
Glencross has now scored goals in four consecutive games, scoring five goals over that span. Playing on a decent Flames’ second line alongside Olli Jokinen, Glencross has 14 goals this season. There’s an excellent chance that he is available in your league.