Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Just Fantasy Hockey - Injury Report

J-S Giguere (G) Groin - Questionable for Oct. 30 vs. Vancouver
Fantasy Spin: Jonas Hiller now becomes the default number 1 goalie in Anaheim until Giggy can get healthy. Anaheim is struggling but is should soon be able to turn around their game. Start Hiller in all formats.

Ilya Kovalchuk (LW) Foot - Out until at least mid-November
Fantasy Spin: With their leading scorer out for 3-5 weeks, Evander Kane has made the jump to the top line. Expect Atlanta to mix it up until they can find the right chemistry on the top 2 lines. Kane has limited value but may be worth look in deeper leagues. Peverly and Little should see a lot more ice time as well, don’t hesitate to play them.

Milan Lucic (LW) Finger - Out until at least late November
Marc Savard (C) Foot - Out until at least late November
Fantasy Spin: With 2 of the top Bruins out of the line-up for an extended period of time, the depth players must step up to carry the team. Krejci and Bergeron now become the top two centers, while Wheeler and Ryder will be looked upon to score the big goals. Look for more production from the defence during this time. Keep playing your Bruins as their potential on the ice far out-weigh them sitting on your bench.

Jonathan Toews (C) Upper body - Questionable for Oct. 29 at Nashville
Fantasy Spin: Toews has started the season slow and this injury doesn’t help his case. Look for the Hawks to rely on Sharpe, Kane, Byfuglien and Bolland to step up while Toews clears out his cobwebs. Look for Andrew Ebbett, Troy Brower and Jack Skille to add depth with Toews and Hossa are out.

John-Michael Liles (D) Shoulder - Out until at least late October
Fantasy Spin: Liles is skating and looks to return this week. That is great news for the Aves powerplay and owners of Wolski, Hedjuk, Stastny and Quincey. Activate Liles for your line-up next week.

Johan Franzen (C) Knee - Out until at least mid-February
Fantasy Spin: Detroit is struggling to score goals and find the right line combinations to make an impact. Although it is not wise to sit players like Zetterberg and Datsyuk, think twice about starting Betruzzi, Cleary and Leino until the Red Wings get going.

Sheldon Souray (D) Concussion - Out until at least late October
Fantasy Spin: Still not skating, Souray is taking a very slow road to recovery. Gilbert, Grebeshkov and Vishnovsky are the direct beneficiaries of this injury. Having Souray’s booming slapshot from the point on the powerplay hurts the Oilers, keep him stashed on your IR until he hits the ice and plays a couple games.

David Booth (LW) Concussion - Out until at least early November
Fantasy Spin: Receiving a crushing blow, Booth was carried off the ice on a stretcher. With Booth out for an undetermined amount of time, look for Frolik and Olesz to benefit with more icetime. With Florida having the second lowest goals for, I would look at other players as fantasy options.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard (C) Head - Out indefinitely
Fantasy Spin: With Minnesota struggling to score goals, the injury to PM Bouchard truly hurts. A lack of secondary scoring has frustrated fantasy owners. Eric Belanger has been a clear beneficiary of the injury as he has netted close to a point per game. Don’t expect Sykora, Nolan and Sheppard to get going until Bouchard can return. Look for Koivu and Havlat to continue leading the charge for the Wild.

Andrei Markov (D) Ankle - Out until at least early February
Fantasy Spin: Adapting to life without their most productive defenceman has been difficult. With Markov out for an extended period of time, M-A Bergeron has been signed to fill the void. Bergeron has helped turn the Habs powerplay around by offering them another option from the point. Add Bergeron in all formats as he will eat up a lot of PP time.

Jason Arnott (C) Arm - Out until at least early November
Fantasy Spin: With Arnott out, the Predators are finding it difficult to find the back of the net. The lowest scoring team in the league, the Arnott injury has affected the team’s fantasy value. It would be best to rest your Predators until they can get their game back on track with the exception of Weber and Suter.

New Jersey
Patrik Elias (LW) Hip, groin - Out until at least late October
Paul Martin (D) Arm - Out until at least late November
Fantasy Spin: With a November 4th date to return, the Devil’s will welcome back the veteran. Elias will take some time to get back into game condition so keep him reserved for the week he returns. Paul Martin has been a staple of consistency on the Devil’s blueline. With his injury, they have called up journeyman Cory Murphy. Murphy has limited fantasy value.

NY Rangers
Marian Gaborik (RW) Undisclosed - Questionable for Oct. 28 at N.Y. Islanders
Fantasy Spin: The Rangers are holding their breath hoping that Gaborik’s injury is not serious. The second leading scorer in the league, any injury to Gaborik will be a huge blow to the entire team. Keep him in your line-up until you hear differently. No news is good news.

Simon Gagne (LW) Groin - Out until at least early November
Fantasy Spin: his will be a good test to see if Philadelphia can overcome a major injury. Expect Gagne to be out for an extended time and continue to struggle upon returning. Expect Briere, Giroux, Hartnell and JVR to step up and play the wings on the top 2 units.

Sergei Gonchar (D) Wrist - Out until at least late November
Fantasy Spin: The top team in the league has already shown they can do it with Gonchar out of the line-up. The main beneficiary of the injury will be Kris Letang and Alex Goligoski on the top powerplay unit. They have increased value now that Gonchar will be out for at least a month.

San Jose
Joe Pavelski (C) Foot - Out until at least late October
Fantasy Spin: Although he is skating, the timetable for Pavelski is still loose. An underrated fantasy player, Pavelski centers the Sharks second line when healthy. Patrick Marleau has thrived with Pavelksi on the sidelines.

St. Louis
T.J. Oshie (C) Appendectomy - Out until at least early November
Fantasy Spin: Struggling to find his game early in his sophomore year, Oshie will be sidelined temporarily. He offers little fantasy value at this point but has a bright future in St. Louis. Look for Boyes, Kariya and McDonald to continue to eat up the icetime for the Blues.

Phil Kessel (RW) Shoulder - Out until at least early November
Fantasy Spin: With only 1 win under their belt, Toronto needs Kessel to come back to help lead their lousy offence. Aiming for a November 3rd return, he still has not been cleared for contact. Owners should expect Kessel to struggle when he does come back into the line-up. Keep him reserved until he has a week of game time under his belt.

Daniel Sedin (LW) Foot - Out until at least mid-November
Pavol Demitra (RW) - Shoulder - Out indefinitely
Sami Salo (D) Knee - Out until at least late November
Fantasy Spin: The infirmary is loading up for the Canucks. With 3 important pieces out of their line-up and Luongo struggling early, Vancouver has looked for rookies to help with the depth. Michael Grabner and Sergei Shirokov have been promoted from the AHL and may be worth a look in deeper leagues. Mathieu Schneider is back from an early injury and should be activated in all formats.


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