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Daily Dosage - Nov. 27, 2008

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Happy Thanksgiving to our south-sider readers... enjoy the T-bird.

(c) www.jerseydatabase.comIn his first game action in 10 games, Jason LaBarbera made 22 saves and picked up the 2-1 win for the Kings.  A few more performances like this and he could get back in the mix in LA.  We still like Erik Ersberg to take the lead, but you never know.

Phil Kessel is 4+4=8 and +5 in his last 7 games, so it seems like he's enjoying playing with Marc Savard and Milan Lucic... honestly, could a goal scoring winger ask for more perfect linemates?  We know its not Kurri with Gretzky and Semenko but same idea.

Speaking of blazin bruins... rookie dman Matt Hunwick is 3+3=6 with a +5 in his last 5 games, he's getting decent ice-time and some PP time so he's definitely worth a look if you need a FA pickup.

Jay Bouwmeester had a slow start to the season but he's picked it up lately, got his first goal last night and is 1+6=7 with 24 shots in his last 7 games.  And to all you people saying that they could afford to get rid of J-Bo cause they got Ballard... we say, right (you can't see us but we're shaking our heads)... Ballard's got nothing in his last 11 games. 

Devin Setoguchi started the season pretty hot but now he's like hotter than the surface of the sun with 5+6=11 in his last 6 games... we continue to strongly recommend a pickup or trade for him as everything's in place for this to continue.  In a related note, Jonathan Cheechoo has slid down to the 3rd line and with only 2 assists in his last 12 games he's really hit rock bottom.  He typically picks up his game in the 2nd half but its going to be really tough without Jumbo Joe putting them on a platter for him.

Alex Ovechkin had a hat trick and an assist last night.  He's got a crazy 21 points over his last 9 games.  This just in...Ovechkin is good.(c)

Loui Eriksson continued his breakthrough season last night.  He picked up three points to bring his season total to 15 points in 22 games.  Imagine what he would be doing if Dallas was any good.  He had 31 points last year...can you say breakout?

J.S. Giguere is going to miss the Duck's next game to attend to a few family matters. He's expected back on Sunday.  We'll avoid saying something sarcastic about his performance of late in case it's a serious family matter.

We told you last weekend about Steven Stamkos getting benched.  Last night he played 16 minutes but didn't register a point (but did get into a scrap with Nik Zherdev).  He only has 3 points in all of November.  He's not worthy of a start until he starts showing some production...any production.

In his first game with St. Louis, Alexander Steen centered the 1st Line (with Boyes and Tkachuk) and played on the #1 PP unit... he couldn't manage and point (or a shot) but the kid has to be encouraged.  We'll see how long it lasts. 

MA Fleury is still out and Dany Sabourin has been carrying the load so far, until last night when he got pulled after giving the Isles a 3-0 lead.  John Curry replaced him and shut them out the rest of the way and Pittsburgh stormed back to win 5-3.  Curry was a former standout at BU who was a bit of a phenom last year as a rookie in the AHL but his numbers down there this year haven't been very good so we wouldn't get too excited that he's going to pull another Ty Conklin on Dany Sabourin like last year.

Tomas "Flash" Fleischmann is 4+3=7 in his last 7 and has pulled his minutes up to the 16 to 18 minute level lately.  He typically bounces around on different lines but has managed to sneak onto the #1 PP unit lately... which is good work if you can get it.

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

Evgeni Nabakov returned to action last night and stopped 26 shots to pick up the win.  He's good to go.  Also returning to action were: Mike SmithLukas KrajicekWojtek Wolski and Joe Sakic.

(c) www.jerseydatabase.comNikolai Khabibulin left last night's game with an injury in the 2nd.  The Hawks aren't saying much on the injury other than they are hopefull it isn't too serious. Would they have told us if they hoped it was serious?  Here's a video of Cristobal Huet after he heard the news.

Chris Clark is out for 3 weeks with a broken forearm... this guy's a little snakebit with injuries lately and is also just not very good, if you needed another reason to drop him.

JM Liles missed last night's game with influenza.

A few scary ones here: Olli Jokinen (shoulder), Alex Tanguay (neck), Thomas Vanek (undisclosed) left last night's games with injuries.  No word yet on the extent... keep your breath firmly held.

Distraction of the Day

What's distracting us today?  We're feeling a little puffed in the chest after visiting From The Rink's latest post.  Canada is putting in 52% of the NHL players this season.  A distant second place belongs to USA with a paltry 19.9%.  Here's a pie chart.  We like pie. You like pie?


Pretty impressive, until you consider that one of the Canadians included in the 52% was this guy:


If you're a nerd and like numbers -- and we'll assume you are since you're reading a fantasy hockey website (don't feel bad, it could be worse you could be a fantasy hockey writer) -- you should visit From The Rink for more details on the current NHL demographics.