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Fantasy Hockey 2011: Midweek Report

Just some quick shot of some players throughout the league that have changed since I wrote on Sunday:

Sidney Crosby, Penguins - Many were reporting that he was going to see a specialist to clear him for contact practices but he didn't go. Still, the fact that he's that close to seeing a doc to clear him is a great sign but not quite enough to get too excited. As I've already ranted before, concussions are tricky.

Evgeni Malkin, Penguins - Another wounded Penguin and it sounds like the problem was the knee he had surgery on this past offseason but it isn't considered serious. He sat out this previous game but could be playing at any time. Breathe easy, Malkin owners.

Nikita Filatov, Senators - Well, I HAD mentioned that he was playing in the top line with Spezza and Co. but it sounds like his leach was pretty short and has already watched a game from the press box. It sounds like they aren't going to be patient with him so he can't be relied upon for some offensive output. Time to dump or remove from the watch list. I still like Milan Michalek, though and makes a good pickup.

Andrei Markov, Canadians - Uh oh. Sounds like Markov is going to be re-evaluated by a specialist about his knee problems. Hold your breath, owners.

Al Montoya, Islanders - Still an ugly situation but Montoya has done a fine job in stepping in the crease and making the offices look smart by picking him in the opener. It's still worth monitoring but if Montoya keeps this up, the Islanders may have to do something with Evgeni Nabokov and/or Rick DiPietro. Or not.

Early Season Positive Overreaction: David Legwand, Predators - Yeah, not happening folks. He's going on a hot streak here and he's going to fall hard. He has 2 goals, 5 points in only 2 shots on goal. Pass and let him burn someone else in your league.

Early Season Negative Overreaction: Corey Perry & Bobby Ryan, Ducks - Big, fat goose eggs occupy these two guys' offensive production in Goals, Assists and Powerplay Points. Perry has 6 Penalty Minutes and 4 Shots on Goal while Ryan has 2 Penalty Minutes and 6 Shots on Goal. There's a reason this is called an overreaction. In other words, don't do a thing if you own him. Hang tight and keep on playing them. They'll be fine...eventually. Just be patient!

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