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Closing Time was such a gas during the baseball season, we're offering a hockey version of it twice a week – once on the weekend, and once in the middle of the week. Settle in for some bulleted content as we collect observations from a heavy batch of Saturday action on the frozen pond.

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Life on the Joe Thornton line is agreeing with winger Devin Setoguchi. He potted his second goal of the year Saturday, rolled up five shots, and added a couple of hits for good measure. The only thing missing from the Setoguchi profile right now is power-play time; he's been used as a spare part on the man advantage through two games, with 10 teammates logging more PP time than him. But anytime you see a former first-round pick come out of the chute producing, be ready to pounce.

I didn't get much of the Montreal power play in my drafts (it was not a buyer's market) and I'm probably going to regret that most of the season. Sergei Kostitsyn's upside is a lot higher than I thought a year or so ago; he's a great finisher, but he can create his own opportunities, too.

Good to see that Alexander Ovechkin isn't going to succumb to the Yahoo! fantasy cover athlete jinx. Washington's employee No. 8 had two goals and six shots in Saturday's win, dished out a few hits, and pretty much had the puck glued to his stick all night. He's the most electrifying player in hockey right now and no one is even close.

Keep an eye on the underrated Michal Rozsival, who's keeping first-unit power play time in New York and has a big enough shot to score 10 or more times. Rosie potted his first goal of the year Saturday, a howitzer from 50 feet.

Just one assist for Patrice Bergeron on Saturday at Minnesota, but he was all over the ice. Keep this guy healthy for another month and his ownership level will hit a major spike.

Martin Gerber looked pretty sharp to me for most of the night against Detroit (38 saves), but Johan Franzen's game-winning goal came on a soft wrist shot, so all of Ottawa will be calling for Gerber's head today. Franzen, by the way, looked super all through camp and it carried over to Saturday (two goals); I'll be stunned if he doesn't score 30 or more this time around. Riding shotgun on a line with Henrik Zetterberg (two assists, five shots) is a good place to be.

Keith Tkachuk's comeback year last season took me by surprise – power forwards don't always age well and he's been through the ringer a few times – but I have to admit, he looks like there's a lot left in the tank. If he ever gets wing eligibility, snap this guy up immediately.

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All things considered, Sarah Palin can't feel that bad about her reception in Philadelphia (some boos, some cheers). This is a city that hissed at Mike Schmidt and Santa Claus. Once the game started the crowd shifted the aggression to goaltender Martin Biron (four goals, 14 shots). Antero Niittymaki picked up more team support in his 43-minute relief stint, but he also didn't allow a goal over 13 shots. Figure on Niittymaki getting the call Monday against the Habs.

Don't sleep on Wayne Gretzky's team in the desert; I'm calling for them to make the playoffs and I see a lot of fantasy potential from this roster (Peter Mueller, I'm looking directly at you). Ilya Bryzgalov landed on my two most important teams and he answered the cal Saturday, stopping 28 of the 29 shots he saw. I'm not going overboard for Kyle Turris yet, however - he played a mere 11:15 Saturday (even with an assist), and he's not on the first power-play unit. Sure, he projects to be a star eventually, but keep your expectations tempered for now.

Manny Fernandez didn't have his best stuff in his Minnesota homecoming (four goals on 26 shots), so look for everyone's favorite underdog, Tim Thomas, to get the call when the Bruins return to work at Montreal Wednesday (admittedly, no easy assignment).

The Sedin Twins went back to their normal roles Saturday - Henrik handed out two assists, Daniel potted two goals. Daniel Sedin was an early pick in most leagues and can't be snagged now, but Henrik Sedin might surprise some people this year, he looks ready to climb another level, a little more confident shooting the puck.

It was an interesting night for Michael Cammalleri at the Calgary home opener: a goal, an assist, and a costly giveaway in overtime that led to Vancouver's game-winning score. MC still isn't getting run on the first line or first power-play unit, which keeps his upside limited, but he's a 65-point guy on any line, if healthy and motivated.

Quick Hits: While I'm rooting for Barry Melrose to be successful in Tampa, the press conferences are a lot better when he's losing . . . Michael Peca gets at least a 10-day vacation for a run in with the officials. Act surprised, everyone . . . Two goals and eight shots for Eric Staal, who was criminally affordable in too many drafts this fall. He's got than 45-55-100 look to him again . . . If Ray Whitney stays healthy, you'll get 70 points out of him. One of the most underrated forwards of his generation . . . Randy Jones (hip) is headed for surgery and will miss 3-4 months. The deep Philly blue line should be okay without him . . . Kevin Bieksa (knee) and Bryan McCabe (back) are hurt again, let's keep some tabs on those guys. The Panthers are optimstic that McCabe isn't hurt that badly . . . Welcome to Dallas, Sean Avery - 25 minutes in penalties. I wonder what he thinks about with all that time in the sin bin - wait, I can probably guess.

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