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Daily Dosage - Dec. 11, 2008

Daily Diarrhea       

We laffed the other day when we heard Barry Melrose say that he "hopes Tampa doesn't win another game all year" but maybe it wasn't all shits and giggles, maybe Barry put the Curse of the Mullet on Tampa, they haven't won in 9 games and they might not win another until...???  I don't know... Barry shaves his mullet???

ClemmensenScott Clemmensen stopped 26 of 27 shots and picked up the win against Pittsburgh last night. If you're counting (and really, we all are) that's six wins in seven games.  We're ready to give Clems the coveted FHS thumbs up.  He should be a good start till Marty Brodeur is back. 

In other crease news...Ilya Bryzgalov didn't suck last night.  He stopped 29 of 32 shots and even picked up an assist in the win.  Bryz needed to have a good game to keep himself in the mix. 

Two interesting call-ups to watch:

  • Teddy Purcell got the call for LA, we were really surprised this guy was cut out of training camp this year but he went down and is doing his thing by leading Manchester in scoring and is ready to step in and contribute right away (if given the opportunity).

  • All of Washington's injuries have necessitated the Caps calling up Oskar Osala, the big Finn leads all AHL rookies in goals (16) and plus/minus (+17) in 26 games for Hershey.

StaffordThis week we've been hyping up Sabre Drew Stafford.  He picked up a goal last night and now has eight points in his last seven games.  Playing on the second line in Buffalo and getting a bit of PP time should help to keep his numbers high.  Playing at a 60 point pace is do-able for Stafford.

Still in Buffalo, the new look first line of Thomas Vanek-Jason Pominville-Jochen Hecht is really clicking in the two games they have been together.  Last night they combined for six points and Pominville, in particular, is a good buy low candidate.

The Philly Kessel goal streak watch is over at 6 games... boo... but the point streak continued and is up to 13 as Kessel made a nice pass to setup Milan Lucic for a goal last night. 

ClearyDan Cleary picked up two more points to give him seven in his last four games.  It's amazing what playing with Pavel Datysuk and Marian Hossa will do to your numbers.  We're still not convinced that Cleary will remain on the line because Holmstrom and Datysuk were part of Red Wings best line last season.  Having said that, Cleary is worth an add...just in case he sticks.

You looking for a sneaky good player right now?  Take a look at David Moss, 6+2=8 in his last 9 games and has been getting time on some scoring lines with guys like Langkow, Bertuzzi and even Iginla lately. 

JovanovskiEd Jovanovski picked up two more assists and now has nine points in his last eight games.  We're a big believer in owning players who get tons of ice time...especially on the PP.  Jovo-Cop fits the bill.  It was just a matter of time till he got it going.  Stick with the big fella.

We're all about efficiency here at FHS, that why when we go to the fridge for a glass of milk, we grab a few cookies too (save yourself another trip, genius eh!)... so we're all about Zenon Konopka's game right now... dude's been to hell (Wheeling, WV) and back (Idaho) throughout his hockey career so great to see him get called-up to Tampa Bay yesterday.  He wasted no time last night... first shift, within 40 seconds, interference penalty. 2nd shift, leaving the box, it takes him 5 seconds to skate to the bench. 3rd shift, within 2 seconds drops the gloves and has a go with Adam Mair.  Stat line for the game: 3 shifts, TOI= 47 seconds, PIMs=7. 

Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):

Sure you already heard about Joe Sakic sticking his hand in a snow-blower, so we won't got there... he's out for 3 months.  Don't tell me he's too cheap to pay someone to do this or that he likes using the snow-blower... sounds like my dad.

Manny Legace took a knee to the head right after he got beat on a goal by George Parros and had to leave the game... not sure if its his head or his pride that is day-to-day.

TJ Oshie has re-aggravated his ankle injury and didn't accompany the team on their roadie so he'll miss the next week, at least.

Olli Jokinen returned from injury last night and scored two goals.  We told you yesterday to get him back in your lineup asap.  Hopefully you had daily transactions and were able to take our advice.

SeminAlexander Semin returned to action last night and picked up an assist.  We thought he wouldn't be ready to go until next week so this is a nice surprise.  We're not convinced he can continue at his pre-injury pace (27 points in 16 games)...but not many can.  Tom Poti also returned for the Crapitals and had an assist to announce his return... hold your applause.

Tomas Fleischmann missed last night's game with a LBI, he's listed as day-to-day. 

Wade Redden returned from a one game groin induced absence and showed that it ain't no thang with 3 assists last night.

We thought that Marc-Andre Fleury and Roberto Luongo might be back soon but word yesterday was that Fleury is still a week away and Luongo left practice early and may have re-aggravated his groin, so more waiting.

Distraction of the Day      

What's distracting us today?  We're trying our best to be Avery-free but this article is too good to pass up.  The former media relations VP of the Islanders, Chris Botta, recounts a re-run with Avery from 2007.  It's pretty awesome.  Check it out..."When Avery Attacks"

We want to make sure our Avery content percentage as much as possible so we'll also give you three Gretzky clips.  Three clips and no goals

#1 - Gretzky learns the hard way not to skate through the middle with his head down

#2 - Gretzky vs Broten

#3 - Gretzky vs Sykes