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Expected To Return Tuesday

12/27/2011 4:07 AM - 

Milan Michalek is expected to return to the Senators’ lineup on Tuesday against Montreal.

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Analysis: 

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.

Credited With Goal

12/27/2011 4:05 AM - 

Cam Ward was credited with a goal in the Hurricanes’ 4-2 win over New Jersey on Monday.

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Analysis: 

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.

Placed On IR

12/27/2011 4:01 AM - 

The Phoenix Coyotes have placed Mike Smith on injured reserve with a lower-body injury believed to be a groin injury.

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Analysis: 

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.

Returned To Lineup Monday

12/27/2011 3:58 AM - 

Mikko Koivu returned to the Wild’s lineup on Monday after missing the past four games with a leg injury.

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Analysis: 

The Wild’s captain is still the team’s leading scorer with 28 points (8g-20a) and a +9 this season.

Out For Remainder Of WJC

12/27/2011 3:56 AM - 

Devante Smith-Pelly is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks with a broken foot after blocking a shot at the World Junior Championship.

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Analysis: 

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.

To Miss Next Two Games

12/26/2011 2:44 PM - 

T.J. Oshie is expected to miss the next two games with a wrist injury.

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Analysis: 

The Blues are hopeful that the injury will not require surgery. Oshie is tied for the team lead with 23 points.

Wilson Tweets Contract Extension

12/25/2011 4:19 PM - 

Leafs coach Ron Wilson announced via Twitter that he has received a contract extension.

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Analysis: 

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.

Leaves Friday’s Game

12/24/2011 2:20 AM - 

Sheldon Souray left Friday’s game against Nashville in the second period with an ankle injury, according to Stars coach Glen Gulutzan.

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Analysis: 

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.

Three Points On Friday

12/24/2011 2:16 AM - 

Michael Ryder scored a goal and added two assists in the Stars’ 6-3 win over Nashville on Friday.

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Analysis: 

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.

Adds To Goal Streak

12/24/2011 2:13 AM - 

Curtis Glencross scored a goal and added an assist with a +3 in the Flames’ 3-1 win over Vancouver on Thursday.

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Analysis: 

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.