Steven Stamkos (broken effin’ leg) is actually skating already. Yes, you read that right, just one month and three days after he broke his tibia Stamkos was back on the ice. He wasn’t practicing, nor did he wear any gear, but he’s on his feet and looks like he’ll actually make it back before the Olympic break. Jimmy Howard (knee) has a grain-1 MCL sprain and will be out for 2-4 weeks. I’ve been telling everyone to pick up Jonas Gustavsson for weeks now, so I hope y’all listened! If not, he’s still owned in less than 50% of Yahoo! Leagues. Yar. Shawn Thornton (assault and battery) was suspended for 15 games for his vicious attack on the Pens’ Brooks Orpik a week ago. That sounds about right.
Pavel Datsyuk was out for the Wings’ morning skate and returns to the Wings’ lineup tonight after missing seven games with a concussion. Get him in there! Corey Crawford is out for 2-3 weeks, so grab Antti Raanta where you can. Kent Simpson, who is not worth adding in any formats, will back up Raanta. Brooks Orpik is “doing quite well. Up and moving around just fine.” According to Pens head coach Dan Bylsma. It can’t be good that Bylsma goes right to “He can move okay!” to illustrate that he’s okay. It’s safe to assume he, too, has suffered a concussion.