James O'Brien

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Triumphant returns

Monday, March 11, 2013


I’m starting to think that I have a top two rounds curse in fantasy sports.

This time around, I was pretty confident that Evgeni Malkin would be the best option for a first round pick in this year’s drafts. While many were (quite reasonably) excited about Sidney Crosby, I thought Geno would be more reliable pick because he hasn’t been dealing with the same injury woes, came off a smashing Hart/Art Ross trophy season and ruled the KHL during the lockout.

That injury reasoning seems kind of cruel now that Malkin has his second “upper-body injury” of the 2013 season.

Last time, Malkin missed four games with a concussion that wasn’t labeled a concussion until a day or two passed. The Pittsburgh Penguins seem insistent that he’s not concussed this time around, although it’s hard not to worry about that.

Either way, the current timetable for Malkin is for him to miss 1-2 weeks. These are the frustrating kinds of issues because they often keep guys on the shelf without moving them swiftly to the IR, which is especially annoying in a condensed season.

Honestly, I feel kinda bad about feeling so excited about him, thus putting the whammy on Geno (which sounds kind of like a mob hit when you read it out loud).


Well, it had to happen sometime. At least the Chicago Blackhawks won’t have to mull over one bad bounce, missed shot or failed save. Instead, they were routed 6-2 by the Colorado Avalanche to see their record season-opening stretch end at 24 and their overall one stopping at 30.

The ‘Hawks then fell short of coming back from a 4-0 deficit against the Edmonton Oilers to lose once again in regulation on Sunday (6-5).

Of the two usurpers, I feel most confident that the Avs can yield something from beating the hottest (or once-hottest) team in the NHL.

Jump once more for the rest.

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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 four years. Follow him on Twitter.
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