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Daily Dosage - Nov. 29, 2008

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Marbury Seeing that its around Thanksgiving time for some, just have to say that we're very thankful that we don't have to write about the NBA (we'll leave that to our friends at the Raptorblog) cause having to deal with clowns like Allen "I don't want to practice" Iverson, Stephon "I don't want to play" Marbury and LeBron "I want to play but not until 2010 & in NYC" James... although entertaining, that would just set us off way too often... we'd turn into crusty old men at a much faster rate than we already are.

Edmonton is a bit of a mess these days and rumours are flying that a trade or a firing is on the horizon. The stats tell the story, the team leader in goals is dman Sheldon Souray with 7 and their top 3 dmen have almost as many goals (13) as their #1 line coming into the season (14)... Erik Cole, in particular, has been a major disappointment with only 7 points in 21 games.

We'll mention Boston dman Matt Hunwick again, since he kept his point steak alive, now at 6 games (3+5=8 over that stretch)... he's playing in Boston's top 4 on the blueline, seeing some decent PP time and looks like a great pickup.  Only problem for those with weekly roster changes is that Boston only plays 2 games next week (but 4 the week after that).  

So a day after we call out Michael Ryder for heading towards B2B down years, he put up 2 goals yesterday... the situation is ripe for this guy cause he can't lose playing with one of Savard, Bergeron or Krejci, he just needs to get his head in the game. He admitted that his Mom was the one that told him to sign with Boston, so maybe Mama Ryder can shake him out of this funk.

Speaking of our boy David Krejci, he's 3+5=8 and +7 in his last 5 games and all his points have come at even strength so just imagine if he started to pile some PP points on top of that.

(c) www.jerseydatabase.comThe Guch, Devin Setoguchi, picked up another two points last night to bring his total up to 27 points in 23 games.  Setoguchi has been the breakout of the year so far (look for our next Breakout Tracker article this weekend).  As long as he stays on the top line (and why would you move him when he's producing like this) you'll have nothing to worry about.

Jay Bouwmeester scored a goal and an assist last night and has nine points in his last seven games. 

Erik Christensen was a healthy scratch last night, he had only one point in his last 6 games, only one goal on the season and has been a major disappointment to us personally.  Hopefully he pulls a Michael Ryder and pots a few next game just to spite us.  

Cristobal Huet got the start and performed very well (20 saves on 21 shots) last night.  Huet needs to step up his game to win back the number one job...this is a good start.

Marty Turco has been better lately but is still prone to falling apart and ruining fantasy GM's weeks pretty regularly (yes, he's on the chief scout's fantasy team) with garbage like giving up 5 goals on 19 shots before getting pulled after 2 periods last night.  We're going to keep telling you to hang cause they should turn it around and Turco always does better in the 2nd half of the season but even we're getting dangerously close to the ledge.

Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page which gives you a consolidated list of injuries):

SakicIn Joe Sakic's second game back from injury he shut it down after only 28 seconds into his first shift.  This ia baaaad sign.  We wouldn't be surprised to see Sakic out for an extended period of time with his back injury.  We'll keep an eye on it for you. 

Thomas Vanek returned from injury, played over 19 minutes and recorded an assist.  He looks ready start him with confidence.  

Tom Poti missed yesterday's game with a groin injury, he's listed as day-to-day.

Phillipe Boucher left last night's game with an undisclosed injury, not sure on the extent either... I know, what good are we really?

Dennis Seidenberg left yesterday's game with a lower body injury after putting up 2 assists.  Carolina is being very secretive with all their injuries so we wouldn't expect much more than an acknowledgment of the existence of the injury.

Jon Cheechoo sat out the 3rd period of last night's game... not sure if he was injured or just sucking so much that the coach requested that he not play anymore?  We'll get back to you when we sort that out.

Returning to action last night was: Frank Kaberle, Patrick Eaves, Derek Morris, Dustin Byfuglien and Dan Cleary.

Distraction of the Day

What's distracting us today?  We just saw the unusual goal Fedor Tyutin scored last night from center ice.  The announcer said it deflected off of Hossa's stick but it sure doesn't look like it to us:

Thanks to Kuklas Korner for the video.