This week's Skinny comes to you a day late and a few elements short. When it comes to moving employees around, Yahoo! is the Michel Therrien of the dot-com world. Penguins can't get too comfortable with linemates, Yahoo! employees can't get too attached to a cubicle. So yet another cube move – this one involving a new building and trading a view of Los Angeles' beautiful Getty Center for one of a pole – and a handful of meetings got in the way of things.
I'd say I'll be back with a full production next week, but with only two full days of games between now and my next scheduled transmission, I'm not sure there will be enough news to fill a column next week. Let's call it a game-time decision and get on with the mini-Skinny …
One-timers: The Chicago Tribune reports that Jonathan Toews is still three weeks away from returning from a sprained knee. … Blue Jackets center Andrew Murray has three goals on six shots in seven career games. … Dan Boyle may return to the Tampa Bay lineup Thursday against Ottawa, according to the Tampa Tribune. … Nashville right wing J.P. Dumont now has a 13-game point streak.
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Jose Theodore, G, Col – Theodore (34 percent owned) is expected to make his 10th straight start Thursday against Minnesota. Peter Budaj (86 percent owned) hasn't started a game for Colorado since Jan. 2. In his nine January starts, Theodore is 5-3-1 with a 1.86 goals against and a .932 save percentage. Colorado is a long way from healthy, but when they do get some pieces back, it looks like it'll be Theodore backstopping the playoff run.
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Shea Weber, D, Nas – He's been a disappointment coming off a 17-goal, 40-point season, but the frequently dinged defenseman is showing signs of life. In his last three games, Weber has a fight, two goals, an assist and a plus-4 rating.
Cory Murphy, D, Fla – Murphy was back and quarterbacking the Florida power play Tuesday. He missed more than two months with a shoulder injury after opening the season with 11 points in 19 games. He's owned in about 10 percent of leagues.
Tomas Fleischmann , RW, Was – Fleischmann has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in four games since Michael Nylander opted for the surgery route. Boyd Gordon, for what it's worth, has eight points in nine games and is getting a shot at second-line duty.
David Booth, LW, Fla – He's on his second go-around on my roster in a league configured for three starters at each wing plus the center position. Booth continues to be a good story with four goals and two assists over his last six games. He's nearing his career-high for goals in a season at any level, established as a freshman at Michigan State.
Peter Mueller, C, Pho – His seven-game point streak includes four goals, seven assists and five points on the power-play.
Nicklas Backstrom, C, Was – He was holding steady at about 46-percent ownership after Saturday's four-assist game against Florida. Those numbers are only calculated once a week, however, so it's a safe assumption that there was a spike after he backed it up with four more assists against the Penguins Tuesday.
Daniel Carcillo, RW, Pho – He's set to begin an AHL rehab assignment, then join the Coyotes after the All-Star break. Now that Aaron Voros has faded, Carcillo, Sean Avery and Steve Downie remain your best points-PIM options among widely available players.
Chris Campoli, D, NYI – He's lost for the season, in case you haven't heard.
Erik Johnson, D, Stl – It seemed like his press box days were over when St. Louis shuffled some pieces around, but Johnson was a healthy scratch Wednesday. Since recording three assists on Jan. 8, he's gone six games without a point.
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Bada Byng maintains his lead and adds a third goalie to the fold, claiming Josh Harding via waivers to complement Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Martin Brodeur. Hard to match that trio in goals-against and save percentage. Team Romig remains 2.5 points behind after parting ways with Kari Ramo and Dustin Byfuglien, two Skinny favorites who have fallen on hard times.