This will do it for the Skinny for the 2007-08 season. Thanks for sticking it out. For those of you who remain in contention for league championships, congratulations and good luck. As always, keep an eye on those games-played paces in rotisserie leagues. No sense having Chris Drury use one of your remaining games at the center position when you've got a perfectly healthy Joe Thornton in your lineup and only three center games remaining. And if you're lagging at any positions, now's the time to start churning players to catch up. Let's take a quick look around the league …
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Things to do ASAP: Marc Savard owners need to brace for a couple games without their playmaker, and possibly more. What the Bruins are willing to concede is that Savard is injured and that he'll miss two games. One of those games is in the books, so there's a chance the NHL's No. 2 assists producer could return Saturday against Ottawa. That said, the Boston Herald is reporting that Savard has a broken bone in his back. The report says the pivot broke his transverse process, which apparently is the bone to break if you're going to crack one in that region. Until the Bruins disclose more information, consider Savard day-to-day. Some widely available options for center depth: Johan Franzen (11 goals in 11 games), Jeremy Roenick (5 points in 3 games) and Jeff Halpern (more than point-per-game since joining Lightning).
David Krejci wasn't half bad filling in for Savard Tuesday for Boston. He centered the top line and picked up two points in a key win.
One-timers: Jean-Sebastien Giguere missed Anaheim's last two games with back spasms. He's targeting a Wednesday return, but look for some possible Jonas Hiller starts if the Ducks' games become meaningless. … Glen Murray snapped an 11-game pointless drought Tuesday with a power-play goal. … Peter Forsberg picked up an assist Monday in his return to the Colorado lineup. … Stars defenseman Sergei Zubov is with the team on its West Coast road trip and hopes to play in one of the next three games. … Get ready to plug Sidney Crosby back into your lineup. He's targeting a Thursday return.
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Jeff Halpern, C, TB – This one isn't the easiest in the world to explain, as Halpern's high-water mark fantasy-wise came in 2000-01 when he had 42 points and was a plus-13 in 80 games with the Caps. Now with Tampa Bay – and not skating with Martin St. Louis or Vincent Lecavalier, Halpern has 15 points in 13 games and is coming off a goal, two-assist effort against Florida Tuesday. Long-term you'd have to expect he'll fall back into a point every-other game pattern, but until then you've got a decent injury fill-in or extra centerman if you are for whatever reason behind the games-played pace there.
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Kyle Okposo, RW, NYI – The top prospect in the Islanders system has a goal and two assists in his last three games. He picked up an assist in Monday's 4-1 win over the Penguins.
Matt Lashoff, D, Bos – He notched a pair of assists Tuesday and now has power-play helpers in each of his last two games. It took a hole in the lineup to get him on the ice, but when he's out there the PP potential is intriguing.
Jeremy Roenick, C, SJ – Jonathan Cheechoo is day-to-day, but until he returns to the lineup is looks like Roenick will get his share of shifts on San Jose's No. 1 line. He had two assists there Tuesday and now has three goals and three assists in his last five.
Wade Dubielewicz , G, NYI – Still available in about 75-percent of Yahoo! leagues, Dubielewicz has won two straight subbing for the injured Rick DiPietro. He's stopped 62 of the last 64 shots he's faced.
Brian Boucher, G, SJ – The Sharks figure to clinch the Pacific Division shortly and have almost no shot at catching Detroit atop the conference. Translation: There are meaningless games ahead. Boucher has been pretty much mistake-free in net for the Sharks and San Jose has a three-games-in-four-nights stretch just around the corner. Could be a good time for a spot start.
Sam Gagner, C, Edm – Not budging from his spot here last week, Gagner now has multi-point games in half of his last six efforts. He ranks as a top 20 fantasy center over the last month.
Radim Vrbata, RW, Pho – The Coyotes managed five goals against the normally stingy Sharks, but Vrbata succeeded only in extending his goalless drought to 17 games.
Kristian Huselius, LW, Cal – The lack of production probably scared a lot of fantasy owners off, so consider the flat-out benching by coach Mike Keenan Tuesday the knockout punch.
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Can't get much closer than this, with the Rotowire entries of Maingot and McLarney tied atop the standings with 85 points, followed closely by team Romig and Tony from the Fantasy Hockey Caf. I may wind up paying a price for leaving some goalie and defensemen games on the table. I'm chasing, but I might not catch up.