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Tuesday, November 08, 2011


The Daily Dose hasn’t been Sidney Crosby-centric because, frankly, you’re probably quite beaten down by the semi-updates and fake-outs. Still, it seems obligatory to mention that there are some rumblings that he might return this week. File that one with guarded cynicism until more tangible news arises, though.


KOVALCHUK’S BANGED UP


Ilya Kovalchuk strained a muscle in his leg (or something like that, you know how vague teams can be with injury updates), which prompted him to call it “serious” before backpedaling a bit by saying that anything that keeps him from action is “serious.” Still, he might miss the Devils’ Nov. 8 game against the Hurricanes and maybe more – so it’s a serious issue for fantasy owners. Stick with Rotoworld for updates in that area.

 

WELCOME BACK CARTER?


Optimistic impressions are that Jeff Carter might return from his foot injury as early as Thursday (Nov. 10). The Blue Jackets could use all the help that they can get, whether the two Scotts (Arniel and Howson) are still around or not. Carter is a high-volume shooter (20 shots in five games) who is bound to find the net much more often once he gets healthy. Hopefully that time will be soon because a lot of owners made big investments in the former Flyer.

 

SAME OLD, SAME OLD WITH CONNOLLY


Well, so much for Tim Connolly being an interesting gamble thanks to his widespread availability and high-profile role alongside Phil Kessel. Word is that it’s not related to his previous shoulder issues and he could miss up to two weeks. It’s almost as if someone has a Connolly voodoo doll (and a cruel sense of humor) at this point.

 

ONE MONTH WITHOUT WOLSKI


Wojtek Wolski could miss about a month after undergoing hernia surgery. He’s been dealing with issues in that area for some time and it’s quite possible that he never really had a chance to make a good early impression because of that problem. Wolski seemed like a frontrunner to line up with Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards this season, but it just isn't working out.

 

Wolski’s woes are another example of why the modern NHL really isn’t friendly to the old fantasy strategy of drafting a lesser player who seems primed to find his way on a top line. Maybe that idea is wise if you like to make a lot of cyclical add/drops, but hopefully you didn’t use a good pick on Wolski.

 

QUICK HITS


Evgeni Nabokov didn’t exactly improve his trade value last night while Al Montoya showed why many Islanders fans want him to be at least in the top duo (until the third period got out of hand, at least) … As expected, Jacob Markstrom was demoted to the AHL – for now.

 

INJURY SNIPES


Stay tuned for updates regarding Duncan Keith on Tuesday; he’s a toss-up for the Blackhawks’ Nov. 8 game right now … Sergei Kostitsyn (Nashville) and Andy Greene (New Jersey) are in similar situations for their teams … Rich Peverley missed Monday’s game with an undisclosed injury … George Parros will miss a month after undergoing eye surgery, which should only dismay those who need PIMs and the legions of people who admire his 'stache … It sounds like the Red Wings have a flu going around in their locker room, with Todd Bertuzzi and Jiri Hudler among the affected. (Click here for the full injury list.)



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James O'Brien is the Hockey Daily Dose's author and has been a contributor to NBC's Pro Hockey Talk for more than two years. Follow him on Twitter.
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