James O'Brien

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Wednesday, November 09, 2011


Ron Wilson admitted that he has "no idea" when James Reimer might return. That's rough news for a team that allowed 12 goals in his last two games. They can't prop up Jonas Gustavsson and Ben Scrivens every night, after all. Toronto's offense should be taken seriously, but a shaky goalie situation might act as "gravity" for Leafs fans whose heads have been in the clouds.



Nikolai Khabibulin is now 7-0-2 on this young season after allowing one goal in his last two games. There's no way he will keep his numbers up this high, but there's nothing wrong with riding this wave for all its worth.


(That being said, if you had a chance to land a franchise goalie on a better team – dare I say a struggling one like Ryan Miller? nahhh – then go for it. Those are the kinds of gutsy moves that can win fantasy championships and anger other owners in the process.)



OK, you're not likely to land Miller, but what about Cam Ward? That would be a big risk since Carolina's defense is really bad, but it would certainly be an interesting idea with Ward's value at what is probably an all-time low … Adam Henrique went from goat to hero in the same game, but it's hard to say that he'll have much of a role once Ilya Kovalchuk gets healthy again … Johan Franzen (hat trick) and the Red Wings are back, folks … Speaking of goalies getting hung out to dry, can someone in Colorado play a little defense for Semyon Varlamov? It's not all on him, but the Russian goalie and his fantasy owners are suffering as a result of that porous protection.



Stick with Rotoworld for updates regarding Chris Pronger; as far-fetched as it seems, there's a chance that he'll play against Tampa Bay tonight … Dare I ask if the Capitals are missing their perennial scapegoat Mike Green? Just saying … Ales Hemsky played on Nov. 8. He's basically the Tim Connolly of wingers, so feel free to give him a shot, but be prepared for the inevitable injury … David Legwand's been a pleasant surprise this season, but he took a big hit from Dustin Brown on Tuesday and he's not expected to play against the Anaheim Ducks. (Click here for the full injury list.)

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