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Fantasy Pool Look: Blues’ all-USA line intriguing

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Fantasy Pool Look: Blues’ all-USA line intriguing

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St. Louis left winger Keith Tkachuk had not seen numbers as low as his 2005-06 totals in six years. Right winger Bill Guerin's numbers were as thin as they'd been in five years. The other member of the Blues' top line, Doug Weight, is coming off his lowest numbers in four years.

The 2005-06 season was a forgettable one for Guerin and Tkachuk, who combined for 76 points – a mark either could have reached on his own in better times. And while Weight is coming off a Stanley Cup win in Carolina, his regular season point totals left something to be desired in fantasy land.

There are a lot of teams out there who would stick Weight and Guerin on the second or even third line. In St. Louis, however, they are the go-to guys. Now 35 years old, Weight is out to prove he can still make a significant contribution to the scoresheets, and with strong comeback seasons from his linemates, he just might do so.

Tkachuk, 34, is coming off an injury-filled season for the fourth time in his career. The other three times he followed up with at least 71 points. This will be a big year for him – bank on it.

Guerin, 35, also battled injuries last season, but now has a clean slate in St. Louis. His four-goal performance Sunday proves he is on a mission to erase a miserable 40-point season from memory. Expect a bounce-back year with 30 goals and 60 points.

Almost certainly, Weight's numbers will have to improve – his linemates should put up solid numbers and he will be involved in that. He, too, should approach the 60-point mark this season.

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Injuries, from a fantasy pool perspective: Tuomo Ruutu's sprained knee (which will knock him out of the lineup until late October) opens up some more ice time for Chicago's other wingers – mainly Tony Salmelainen and Radim Vrbata. The latter picked up two power play assists on Sunday…Ottawa's Joe Corvo has a fractured foot, which means all the offense from the defense will center around Wade Redden, Tom Preissing and Andrej Meszaros. The biggest impact will come from Meszaros, who will likely see a modest increase for a dozen or so games to begin the year…

Farm Report: NHL camp cuts of fantasy interest: Carsen Germyn, Calgary; Jeff Woywitka, Carl Soderberg, Peter Sejna and Marek Schwarz, St. Louis; Marty Sertich, Dallas; Marek Zagrapan, Buffalo; Matt Foy, Minnesota; Chris Bourque, Washington; Ramzi Abid, Nashville.

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Fantasy Pool Look: Blues’ all-USA line intriguing