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Daily Dosage - Nov. 1, 2008

Daily Diarrhea

Not a good night to be dressed as a goalie in the Anaheim-Vancouver Halloween horror show... JS Giguere gave up 4 goals on 13 shots before being replaced by Jonas Hiller (who gave up 2 on 16 shots) and Roberto Luongo gave up 6 goals on 37 shots before putting on his Mathieu Garon costume and stopping 12 of 13 in the shootout to pull out the win. 

Corey Perry was 1+4=5 last night and now has 13 points in his last 6 games... he's one of our favourites (yes, he's on our fantasy team) cause he does it all, points, shots and, of course, being on Anaheim he's very happy to take a lot of useless penalties as well, which we appreciate.

Teemu Selanne has 7 goals in his last 4 games after picking up 2 more last night.

Pat Kane had 3 points last night and is 5+5=10, +4, 25 shots in the 6 games since Joel Quenneville took over as coach, so this kid is turning into a 5-category fantasy stud (only 2 PIMs this year).

Cam Barker had a goal, an assist and 5 shots last night, was on the 1st PP unit for most the night and played with Brian Campbell a lot.  As we told you the other day, this guy is not coming up to fill in as the 6th Dman, he'll play in the top 4 and put up numbers right away... and yes, he's on our fantasy team as well.

Tobi Stephan got his 2nd start in a row for Dallas but was beaten 5 times in 32 shots in the loss to Chicago, so expect Turco back in the net tonight.

The Morrow-Ribeiro-Eriksson line played a ton last night and looked really dangerous but could only manage one goal by Loui Eriksson, who's 4+2=6 in his last 4 games.

Matt Niskanen only played 13 minutes last night and barely any PP time, hopefully he picks it up if he's re-united with Zubov when he returns.

Shawn Matthias and Steve Downie were both sent back down to the AHL, they should both rack up frequent flyer miles going between the AHL and the NHL this year but in the case of Downie, he's only "flying" across the parking lot in Philly when he gets called up... so I guess that was a stupid analogy. 

Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page which will give you a consolidated list of injury status):

  • Brad Richards missed last night's game and is day-to-day with a lower body injury.

  • No definitive word on Sidney Crosby's injury, so we'll call it a mid-body injury or maybe even an AKBS (Above-Knee-Below-Shoulder) injury, hope that helps... either way, he's day-to-day.

Distraction of the Day

What's distracting us today... speaking of Crosby, Alexander Semin is not a fan.  Semin gives Sidlicious a verbal bitchslap in an interview with Puck Daddy:

What's so special about [Crosby]? I don't see anything special there. Yes, he does skate well, has a good head, good pass. But there's nothing else. Even if you compare him to Patrick Kane from Chicago ... [Kane] is a much more interesting player. The way he moves, his deking abilities, his thinking on the ice and his anticipation of the play is so superb. 

I think that if you take any player, even if he is "dead wood," and start promoting him, you'll get a star. Especially if he scores 100 points. No one is going to care about anyone else. No one is going to care whether he possesses great skill. Let's say you put someone in front of the net and let him deflect pucks in, and he scored 50 goals; everyone will say "Wow!" and then hand him a $10 million per year contract. That's what they like here. 

Wow, great job by Puck Daddy, we've got to get these Russian players talking more cause obviously they're ignoring Gary's media training where the response "no comment" is considered to be divulging too much information.  Throw another log on the Pens-Crapitals rivalry, this is awesome!