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Daily Dosage - Nov. 26, 2008

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Lee Stempniak debuted for the Buds last night.  He had 17 minutes of ice time, an assist and four shots in the game.  He started on the third line but ended the game playing with Nik Antropov and Matt Stajan on the top unit.  First line duty can only help Stempniak's value.  Speaking of Stajan, with another point last night he's up to 20 points in 20 games.

As the Leaf forwards continue to roll, some people might overlook Anton Stralman.  With an assist last night he has four points in his last five games and should be safely in the lineup as Toronto only has 6 healthy dmen right now.  He has potential to be a star on the blueline one day, so keep an eye on him. 

Todd White picked up another two goals last night.  He is now 6+11=17 in 20 games played. We all thought White was the problem last year, but maybe it was Ilya Kovalchuk's fault that White had only 37 points a year ago. It's a nice surprise, but we wouldn't count on this kind of production all year.  A 60 points season is the best you'll get here.

Speaking of Ilya Kovalchuk, he did fantasy GMs proud last night with a goal and 9 PIMs as he dropped the mitts with Ian White.  But there's an underlying problem in his game right now as he's not shooting the puck enough, only 55 shots so far this year which is the lowest spg (shots per game) of his career and as a result he's on pace for a career low in goals.  If I'm a Kovy owner, I'm a little concerned cause he doesn't have the talent around him to drag him along, only way he puts up decent number is if he shoots the puck.  Also remember that Kovy is usually more of a quick starter than a strong finisher so he better get his act together soon cause once the clock strikes Jan 1st, he usually goes downhill from there.

(c) www.jerseydatabase.comIt looks like Ty Conklin is going to be getting a bit more playing time. Coach Mike Babcock said he's going to try a 50-50 split between Conklin and Chris Osgood.  We hate having a part-time goalie on our squad but if you own a guy who plays 50% of the time, you want him to be a Red Wing. [more]

Dan Ellis and Chris Mason posted shutouts against each other last night but Mason ended up getting the win in the shootout.  Mason's game was particularly brilliant as he stopped an amazing 47 shots.  He's been lights out the past three games...enjoy the ride while it lasts.

Our boy, Erik Ersberg, got his 10th straight start for LA but was pulled for the first time this year after giving up 4 goals on 18 shots.  Jason LaBarbera relieved him but gave up 2 goals himself.  Will be interesting to see if this opens the door for LaBabs to break Double Es streak and start vs Edmonton tonight.

(c) www.jerseydatabase.comMike Keenan juggled with his lines last night.  The big winner was Matthew Lombardi who lined up between Jarome Iginla and Mike Cammalleri.  The Flames won 6-2 and Lombardi has 2 assists.  If the combos stick, Lombardi may be worth an add.  He only has 4 points so he's likely available in your league.  The big loser?  Daymond Langkow....who'll now be feeding Todd Bertuzzi and Dustin Boyd the puck.

While we go on an on about all these players on hot streaks its only fair to give the struggling guys some air time as well:

  • The aforementioned Todd Bertuzzi, 7+5=12 in his first 14 games and now 0+3=3 in his last 8 games;

  • Fabian Brunnstrom, 1 point and 11 shots in his last 10 games;

  • Mason Raymond had 10 points in his first 13 games but is now on a downhill with only 1 point in his last 9... he is a +5 over that stretch but the ice-time has suffered. 

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

Dustin Boyd left the game last night with an undisclosed injury, we'll let you know when we hear more.

The update on Maid Marian Gaborik is that there is no update... 17 games out, he's still experiencing soreness and is not skating so doesn't look anywhere close to returning... and this guy wants someone to pay him $10 million a year???  I wouldn't feel comfortable giving him $10 a year.

If you still own Jason Blake, then you must be a first time reader, so welcome.  He got absolutely rocked last night (for the 59th time this year) cutting across the middle with his head down... we're guessing grade III concussion and some sorta arm thingie.  He's probably day-to-day with the injuries but is out of talent perpetually.

Alex Semin, Mike Green and Sergei Fedorov are all expected back this week.  Semin will probably be back first, followed by Green and then Fedorov.  That's a lot of talent in the medical room.  [more]

Steve Bernier is day-to-day with a bruised shoulder.  Shouldn't be out too long, but unless he's playing on the first line (which he currently isn't) he's not worth your time.

Darcy Tucker has been put on the IR by the Avs and is out four weeks.  His seven points should be pretty easy to replace in your lineup.

Distraction of the Day

What's distracting us today?  Did you see the move Mike Ribeiro almost pulled off in the shootout last week? 

Pretty.  For a guy that scored on about 25% of his shots last season you don't expect him to miss very often.  You've seen some of the best of Mike about some of the worst?