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Not many would have picked Marian Gaborik to sit second in league scoring after signing with the Rangers as a UFA this summer. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Not many would have picked Marian Gaborik to sit second in league scoring after signing with the Rangers as a UFA this summer. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Why stick with just a couple of topics when there is so much going on in the fantasy hockey world? Let’s get started.

I come down pretty hard, pretty often on Marian Gaborik, especially considering the fact he is easily one of the five or six most skilled players in the game. His 60-goal, 111-point pace isn’t slowing any, either. So the million-dollar question is – when will he get injured? Or did the lower-body injury that caused him to miss two games in October count as his injury for the year? My strategy – which is completely biased given my attitude towards band-aid boys – would be to shop him; his value is sky high. Every game you wait, that value might go up just a little more, but you also risk injury. It may never happen, but historically it has, so play it safe…

Patrice Bergeron has 16 points in his past 16 games – 10 of which have come in the eight games since Marc Savard returned from a broken foot. If he can stay healthy (which is almost as big a question mark as it is with Gaborik), I am getting the impression he’ll switch rolls with David Krejci. Where Krejci was the 70-point player last year and Bergeron was the third-liner, the opposite is in store for this campaign…

Chris Stewart won’t keep this up forever. He’s young, so the hot streaks and cold streaks will come and go, but his 13 points in his past 10 games are as good as any winger right now. Prior to that, he went 10 games without a point, so you know what you’re getting into. For roto leagues, if you play your bench properly, his hot/cold tendencies could work out quite well for you…

You’re not going to catch an Eric Staal owner sleeping. If you didn’t ‘buy low’ on him when he was injured, you’re probably not going to get a deal on him now. Since returning from injury, Staal has eight points in seven games and should be better than a point-per-game the rest of the way. He should finish with around 68 points…

Eric Fehr is about two years late, but he is finally coming into his own. Injuries had hobbled his development and it was starting to look as though he would never blossom into that premier power forward. However, since returning from his rib injury, Fehr has 14 points in 15 games and his ice time is up to around 15 minutes per game. Look for him to finish in the mid-50s…

Anaheim’s Joffrey Lupul was hot for a few games in October – usually when he was on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Once removed from that line, he was a dog. But now that he’s back on the big line, he has four points in three games. I think coach Randy Carlyle is happy with him there this time, so look for an extended hot run…

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Since his upper-body injury (or benching, you decide), Peter Mueller has a point in each of his past two contests. His ice time is still low, but he’s finally getting a bit of confidence back. I don’t think we’ll see him get the ice time needed to post big numbers this season, but a 50-point pace going forward is certainly doable. That would put him at about 40 points at the end of the campaign. I still believe he’s a future point-per-game guy…

Keep your eye on Dan Sexton. While Teemu Selanne is out, Anaheim’s second line features Saku Koivu, Bobby Ryan and Sexton, an undrafted, but skilled winger. He recently scored twice in one game and could be a good producer for the next several weeks…

While Paul Martin has been sidelined, Andy Greene has been a beast on the blueline for the Devils with 14 points in his past 17 contests. When Martin returns, which should be before Christmas, there is a good chance Greene’s numbers will slip back down. But given how well he’s filled in (better than Martin himself, one could argue), poolies hope the Devils keep him in that role as the power play quarterback…

Despite going pointless in his lone game for his new American League team in Albany, Jiri Tlusty has been recalled by the Hurricanes. He’ll replace Erik Cole in their top six and I believe he will get a fair shake there under his old coach, Paul Maurice…

What would you put your money on: Tim Connolly and Marian Gaborik each playing 80 games this season? Or Detroit missing the playoffs?

Darryl Dobbs’ Fantasy Pool Look is an in-depth presentation of player trends, injuries and much more as it pertains to rotisserie pool leagues. Get the edge in your league - check out the latest scoop every Tuesday and Saturday throughout the season. Also, get the top 300 roto-player rankings on the first of every month in THN’s Fantasy section.

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