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Saturday, November 8, 2008

NHL Saturday Spectacular

Danny Briere
must have been drinking lots of milk and eating his veggies over the past 2 weeks. He is expected to play tonight against the Lightning after only 2 weeks of abdominal surgery. The ETA of Briere after surgery was originally 3-4 weeks, but will be back tonight with Gagne and Knuble on his wings.
Fantastical Outlook
- Get Danny off the IR right now and insert him for tonight (is possible. Unfortunately for me, i found out too late and am unable to activate him tonight) against the defensively challenged Lightning. Briere moves back to the top line with 2 of the hottest wingers in the Atlantic, while Glen Metropolit will likely move back down to the 4th line.

In other Flyers news, they traded two Steve's (Eminger and Downie) for a Matt (Carle). And better yet, Carle will make his Flyer debut tonight against Tampa Bay! Exciting stuff.
Fantastical Outlook
- Matt Carle was supposed to be the answer to Dan Boyle's departure in TBay. That didn't work out, and he will most likely be a 4th-5th defenseman in Philly, with 2nd unit powerplay time. Expect him to come out with points in his first couple games, and fizzle out.

Hi, my name is
RJ Umberger, and I am a Habs killer. After single handedly eliminating the Habs from last year's playoffs, RJ struck again last night for the first goal of the game.
Fantastical Outlook - RJ is back on the top line with Nash and Jason Chimera. While I like the Brassard line better, if RJ can get Nash clicking again, then he will be a worthy pick up. Until then, leave him on your watch list. If Brassard is still a free agent, pick him up.

Mark Parrish had a hat trick last night... Mark Parrish? Yes, Mark Parrish. He played with Avery and Modano.
Fantastical Outlook - don't be so quick pull the trigger. Instead of Parrish, I would look at highly touted free agent Swede, Fabian Brunnstrom, who moved to the big line last night with Morrow and Ribeiro, with the addition of Parrish in the lineup.

Sidney Crosby
is questionable tonight as the Pens play the Islanders. They don't really need him for tonight's game, but fantasy owners have to be weary about Crosby's somewhat continued minor injuries
Fantastical Outlook
- every Crosby owner should simultaneously tell him to grow a pair.

Kristian Huselius
and Olli Jokinen play their former teams tonight.
Fantastical Outlook - I expect both of these players to have good games tonight. While "Juice" was not a Mike Keenan's type player, he will try and prove to his former coach what they lost. The Doan-Jokinen-Mueller line has to be better. No better time than tonight against his former team and against the lowly Panthers.

To follow up on the previous post,
Evgeni Nabokov's injury is not serious, according to the San Jose Mercury News. However, Nabby will take the next two games off, while Brian Boucher will try his bid for 2 more shutouts.
Fantastical Outlook - Great news for Sharks fans and Nabby owners. As far as Boucher, if you desperately need 2 wins, he makes a smart option.

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