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Gambling on Marian Gaborik

Thursday, November 10, 2011


THE HOTTEST LINE YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF


Well, maybe the Nashville Predators won’t miss David Legwand that much.

 

Their young trio of Craig Smith (14 points), Patric Hornqvist (11 points) and Colin Wilson (nine points) is absolutely on fire right now. Hornqvist’s goal-scoring streak came to an end against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, but his three assists evened out his season stats quite nicely. Overall, I’d say that Hornqvist is the “safest” choice of the three young guns because he has a longer track record of success.

 

I’m a bit lukewarm on Wilson at this point (not that he isn’t promising long-term), but Smith is awfully intriguing. For all the (mostly deserved) attention Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has received, Smith jumped into first place in scoring among rookies after Nov. 9. He’s also tied with Shea Weber for the team lead in SOG with 45 (three per game), which is a promising sign that he’ll be a big part of the offense over the long haul.

 

Again, I’d say Hornqvist is the safer bet, but Smith is awfully promising and Wilson isn’t a bad choice, either. Smith is more likely to be available than Hornqvist, though, so don't hesitate to "settle" on him.

 

CHRIS PRONGER COMES BACK


As surprising as it might sound, Chris Pronger managed to come back on Nov. 9 after that scary injury that almost claimed his eye. He didn’t exactly get eased into action, either, as he registered an impressive 25:22 minutes of ice time. Pronger only had one shot on goal in that time, but his four penalty minutes were surely appreciated.

 

Speaking of the Philadelphia Flyers, Jakub Voracek might be worth a look. After scoring just one point in a stretch of six games, Voracek scored four points in his last two to reach nine overall. He might not knock your socks off, but you'd be wise to keep him on your radar if nothinge else.

 

QUICK HITS


So who was the biggest beneficiary of that bizarre 1-3-1 trap-related standoff between the Flyers and Lightning last night? How about Dwayne Roloson, who earned a win after making just 14 saves … Philly handed Braydon Coburn an extension that will pay him an average of $4.5 million per year, giving the team a stunning four defensemen who carry cap hits of $4 million or more … Say what you want about Sean Avery, but anyone willing to drop the gloves with Zenon Konopka deserves a little respect.

 

INJURY SNIPES


Sergei Kostitsyn returned to action last night. Time will tell if he’ll be a go-to guy for offense in Nashville again this season, though … Mason Raymond practiced for the first time since he was injured in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals … Daniel Alfredsson skated with the Senators, but it’s unclear when exactly he’ll play again … Mike Green might be back sometime this weekend, which would be a welcome development for fantasy owners and the Washington Capitals alike … Anton Babchuk is on the injured reserve with a hand injury … Word is that Jeff Carter probably won’t play tonight, but stick with Rotoworld for updates. (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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