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Daily Dosage - Dec. 14, 2008

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Philly Kessel continued the point streak last night, it's up to 15 games... we're running out of compliments to throw at this kid, so we'll just stick to the facts... 8+6=14 in his last 8 games.

Michael Ryder had two sweet goals last night and is 7+3=10 in his last 8 games since we called him out for being a bum so far this year... nice to see someone takes us seriously.  Ryder would be smart to stay attached to David Krejci cause the kid is a great playmaker and has put up 9 assists in his last 5 games.

MalikMarik Malik has been given the opportunity to run Tampa's power play.  Yeah, we're talking about the same guy who has never scored more than 23 points in a season.  Oh those crazy Bolts.  Always good for a laugh.  Last night, he had five minutes on the PP but no points.  Tampa's PP is really struggling right now so if Malik can get it going he might have some value in deep leagues...especially if he can do this again.  [more]

Even though Cristobal Huet played well in Nikolai Khabibulin's absence, Coach Quennville stated that the Bulin Wall is his number one goalie.  That's one expensive backup.  Since the Hawks play five games in nine days expect Huet to get two or three starts the next two weeks.

The Edmonton goalie situation is harder to figure out than how Gary Bettman keeps his job... but we'll give it a shot, Dwayne Roloson had a shutout last night and has won 4 of his past 5 starts, so we'd say he's done enough to be holding down the #1 spot for the next little while although we'd expect to see a little of Garon sprinkled in.

SykoraPetr Sykora is hot, hot, hot...eight points in last four games.  He followed up his four point Thursday night with two more assists last night.  He's playing with Malkin so he's got the opportunity to put up some big numbers but he's been pretty inconsistent this year.  Ride him while he's hot but don't depend on him.

Dan Ellis picked up the shutout by stopping all 27 Stars shots last night.  With Pekka Rinne breathing down his neck Ellis has put up a three good games this week.  Still, if you're an Ellis owner you would want to make sure you own Pekka as well.

Marty Gerber got the call last night and threw down a shutout against the dimless Lightning.  This can't hurt Gerber's case for more playing time but its pretty obvious the team has very little confidence in the guy so proceed with caution.

HechtThe Sabres we were hyping up are coming through.  Jochen Hecht (playing on the top line with Thomas Vanek and J-Pom) picked up an assist and Drew Stafford (on second line with Derek Roy) picked up another goal.  Both of these guys would be good adds in bigger leagues.  Remember Stafford was our 'Pick Up of the Week' in our Fantasy Fortnight.

Simeon Varlamov picked up a win in Montreal in his first NHL game... well done by the kid.  He's having a good season in the AHL this year, is Washington's goalie of the future and there's a chance that he could play so well that it's impossible for the team to send him down but we wouldn't bank on that.

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

The Montreal Canadiens are suddenly banged up.  Chris Higgins is out at least five more weeks.  Saku Koivu is out two more weeks.  Mathieu Dandenault is out 6-8 weeks with a broken wrist.  Carey Price is out another four days with a cold and a UBI.  That's a lot of hurtin' Habs.

GaborikIt's looking like Marian Gaborik could be coming back any day now.  If you can wait till he plays a game before getting him in your lineup you would be better off.  Brent Burns will move back to the defense when Gaborik returns.

Big news for the Canes and owners of Cam Ward as he returned from injury after missing five games..  He stopped 27 of 29 but lost the game in the shootout.  Looks like he's ready to get back in your lineup.

Sergei Fedorov left last night's game with an undisclosed injury.  No word yet if it's related to the ankle injury he just came back from... we'll let you know when we hear more.  Nicklas Backstrom also left last night game with an headache, with a few tylenol he should be good to go.

Mathieu Schneider is expected to return Tuesday against Ottawa. 

CarleMatt Carle (the good one) returned from injury last night and picked up two assists in 21 minutes of ice time.  He has only nine points this year but we think he's got more points in him than that.  Would be a good buy low candidate.

Marty St. Louis took a linesman's skate in the face (no lie) and had to get some facial patchwork done but its not expected to keep him out of the lineup.

Eric Brewer left last night's game with a UBI, he's listed as day-to-day.

Our boy Joe Pavelski left last night's game with a LBI... say it ain't so, Joe?  We'll be nervously waiting to hear more and we'll pass that on as soon as we get it.

Returning to action last night was: Robert Nilsson, Tim Gleason, Dennis Seidenberg and Drew Doughty.

Distraction of the Day      

What's distracting us today?  When you're a professional hockey player and are playing in a game that's broadcast all over the country it's probably a good idea to wait until the intermission to pick your nose:

We're sure Brandon Dubinsky hates YouTube today.  Hat tip to Puck Daddy for the video.