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Red-Light District: Vote for Booth, push for Peverley

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Today we talk hockey, and we do it bullet-style:

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What does David Booth have to do before you make the point-and-click? He's got a tasty 5-8-13 line this month with three power-play goals and 46 shots, and he's still owned in half of the Yahoo! leagues out there. Left wing isn't that deep a position.

I don't know what to really make of this Rich Peverley fellow, but he's got a 2-6-8 line since he landed in Atlanta and sidled up to that Ilya Kovalchuk fellow. Kovalchuk can't stop raving about him, either. I know you probably don't need a center and it's hard to get too excited about someone who was waived by a professional club just a few weeks ago, but heck, Peverley's only owned in five percent of Y! leagues - that number should be higher if only because of the Kovalchuk factor.

It was interesting to see Jonas Hiller get back-to-back starts Tuesday and Wednesday, and he wasn't the reason the Ducks couldn't hold off the Blackhawks. Anaheim's hold on a playoff spot is tenuous at best, so Randy Carlyle can't worry about name brands and egos, he's got to roll with the players who are producing in the here and now. J.S. Giguere has a history of second-half comebacks, but he can't help us from the Anaheim bench. The Ducks play four of their next five on the road, which will tell us a lot about this club.

Looks like Martin Brodeur (arm) is ready to start taking shots and the Devils still pencil in a return date around March 1. The sizzling Scott Clemmensen (five straight wins) gets the call Thursday at Boston, working in front of his college peeps from BC.

Hope you got a good look at Justin Pogge Tuesday night in Minnesota - he made just 15 stops in the 6-1 loss and has already been sent back to the AHL (which was the plan all along). The team's nominal goalie of the future has a 2.58 goals-against average and .901 save percentage with the Toronto Marlies this winter, good for a 15-13-4 record.

Roberto Luongo (groin) is winless since he came back four games ago (0-2-2), but Wednesday's loss belonged to the team, not the netminder. Look for him to bag at least a couple of wins over the next three home games.

Not that he isn't a star, but does anyone else agree that Zdeno Chara might be a touch overrated? He loses more 1-on-1 battles than you might think; speed merchants routinely get past him a few times every night.

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Chris Osgood gets his second straight start for the Red Wings Thursday and he did a credible job in the overtime loss to Columbus. Mike Babcock probably won't make a big deal out of it, but he's essentially giving Osgood a chance to take control of the job as the Wings get ready for the playoffs. Look for Detroit to make a statement at home against Dallas Thursday - Marty Turco has a poor track record at The Joe (0-8-2 in the regular season).

It's mind-blowing that Alexander Ovechkin could lose .047 off his shooting percentage and still lead the NHL in goals. It's equally as ridiculous that the man has 314 shots in 47 games (109 in front of Marian Hossa and Eric Staal). Start the engraving now, no one's even in the MVP argument so far as I can see.

Get healthy, Dan Boyle, I've got a stake in you winning the Norris Trophy. He's considered questionable for Thursday.

I've got no stats to back it up, but doesn't it seem like we've seen less cases of the flu this winter? Now last season, that was a career year for the flu, no doubt about it. Michael Ryder, flu-ridden member of the Bruins, should be back in the spoked sweater for Thursday's clash against New Jersey.

Manny Fernandez (general soreness) should be back to full health by the weekend, if you wanted to know. In the meantime Tim Thomas gets another tap on the pads Thursday.

Henrik Zetterberg's giant contract is a big story in Hockeytown, but fantasy owners have to worry about his sore back and the team's tendency to baby their star players down the stretch. He's already been ruled out for Thursday, and the kid-gloves approach might come into play again as other nicks crop up. In a non-keeper league, I'd strongly consider a soft-sell here after Zetterberg returns for a game or two (your expected return should increase after he plays and throws up a couple of points).

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We speculated last week that Patrick Kane might not be over the high-ankle sprain and he admitted as much Wednesday. He played a modest 14 minutes at Anaheim, scoring his first goal in a month.

It's still the Yann Danis show in the Islanders goal for now, with Peter Mannino the current backup. I'm expecting Atlanta to score at least four times Thursday.

It's time to order whatever Michael Cammalleri's having. He's scored 11 goals in his last seven games, and that's come on moderate total of 31 shots. I was offered Cammalleri in a Friends & Family trade earlier this month and passed, Bad Decision No. 319 for Team Titanic this year. And so it goes.

Want more hockey in your Thursday? Go check out Matt Romig's freshly-updated Big Board.

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