No Big Board update this week. I have travel commitments with some college friends, and I've been told my laptop will be obliterated on sight if I bring it. If you knew these guys, you'd believe them. So in lieu of an update and mailbag, let me just state that I greatly respect Mats Sundin, I think Anze Kopitar is a talent and an All Star in the making and Andrei Markov will be on the top 50 next week (unless I go crazy and add Mark Streit instead). See you back here next Wednesday. On to a slightly abbreviated updated …
MID-WEEK UPDATE: Need-to-know info from the past few days
Things to do ASAP: The Carey Price ownership watch is up to 80 percent. We're getting there, folks, but again there's no reason he's not owned in 100 percent of leagues. Heck, Mathieu Garon is more popular in Yahoo! leagues. Price, for the record, picked up his second career shutout Tuesday. He now has eight wins in 13 starts since the All Star break and even more fantasy-friendly totals of .929 save percentage and 2.36 GAA.
While we're on the uptick subject, a few other players due for a bump: Niklas Kronwall (56 percent), Patrick Marleau (56), Ryan Smyth (52 percent and returning way ahead of schedule) and Sergei Samsonov (9 percent and still on a roll).
One-timers: Peter Forsberg missed a second-straight game with a groin injury Tuesday. He was listed as day-to-day heading in, so it's not expected to be long-term. That said, this is what you get with Foppa. … Sabres.com is reporting that defenseman Dmitri Kalinin could miss 1-2 weeks with a shoulder injury, but more importantly fantasy-wise is that Jaroslav Spacek (chest) could be out even longer. Jason Pominville could play some defense in a pinch. … Avs defenseman Adam Foote played just under five minutes Tuesday before leaving with a hip injury.
MARKET MOVERS: Charting player values
Andrew Brunette, LW, Col – Both of his Tuesday shots found the back of the net, improving his recent scoring run to five goals and four assists in seven games.
Michel Ouellet, RW, TB – On the short list of streakiest players in the NHL, Ouellet is on one of those runs with seven goals and four assists in his last nine games. Linemates Jeff Halpern and Mathieu Darche have been along for the ride, though both are producing to lesser degrees.
Jason Blake, LW, Tor – He was held without a point Tuesday, but Blake (83 percent owned) had seven points in his previous seven. He did snap off four shots against the Flyers after averaging five shots per game in his previous five. Helps in leagues that accepted the default SOG category.
Dustin Byfuglien, D, Chi – There's probably been a bit of overkill with Byfuglien in this space, but the 51-percent owned "defenseman" does rank in a tie for second among d-eligible players with 16 goals. Four of those have come in Chicago's last seven games as Byfuglien is playing exclusively on the wing and, more importantly, serving as a big body in front of the net on the power play.
Alex Burrows, LW, Van – Following in the footsteps of Aaron Voros, Daniel Carcillo and Sean Avery, we have Vancouver's Alex Burrows establishing himself as a heavy-PIM guy who also possesses some soft hands when it comes to scoring. He has six points in his last three games and dating back to mid-February has 62 penalty minutes in 12 games.
Peter Mueller, C, Pho – Fantasy owners, myself included, have cooled to this rookie in recent weeks. Better days could be ahead, however, as Mueller has five points in four games and has been put on a line with Shane Doan and Radim Vrbata.
Sam Gagner, C, Edm – He quietly reached the 30-assist mark and hasn't slowed down. Gagner had a nine-game point streak in February and now more recently has one goal and four assists in Edmonton's last two games.
Braydon Coburn, D, Phi – Another two points (power-play goal and assist) and a team-high 29 minutes of ice time followed his three-assist effort Saturday on Long Island. Still bargain-bin eligible, he has a more than respectable 18 points in 22 games.
Yahoo! Friends and Family League
Different week, same leader as Rotowire-Maingot maintains the lead. He has to be happy to see Martin Gerber carrying the load again in Ottawa. Team Romig got a six-point boost Tuesday, thanks primarily to Carey Price's shutout. Weekly transactions involved Corey Crawford, Milan Michalek, Brian Gionta and Jeff Carter among others.