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Daily Dosage - Dec. 24, 2008

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Hartnell Two more assists last night for Scotty Hartnell and that brings him up to a smoldering 7+6=13 in his last 8 games.  We've always been telling you to look for the sloppy seconds, for example, if you weren't forturnate enough to grab Jeff Carter then look at his wingmen (Lupul and Hartnell).  Hartnell's a good one, his point totals tend to fluctuate depending on his linemates but his PIMs are pretty consistenly 100+ and he's been pretty healthy over his career.

One of the hotter players going right now is Pavel Datsyuk, 5+7=12 in his last 5 games... that's it, that's all we had to say... enjoy him if you got him, be jealous if you don't.

As the temperature drops, so does Chuck Kobasew's production, well not sure if its a hard-and-fast rule but there's a bit of a trend.  Everyone on the Bruins has been playing off the hook lately but Chuckie's only managed 2 assists in his last 10 games.  Doesn't help that he was on a struggling line with Patrice Bergeron and now with Patty out he's on a line with PJ Axelsson and Stephane Yelle... yikes and yikes. 

Tomas Vokoun came up with another shutout...that's two shutouts in two games.  Maybe it's not too late for Vokoun to win back the number one job.  He'll be getting more playing time as long as he keeps up the great play.

Quick In only his second start of the year, Jon Quick posted the doughnut for the Kings.  His other game was awful so we don't expect him to run away with he #1 job yet. 

Other goalies who performed well last night were: Pekke Rinne, Tim Thomas, Mike Smith, Ty Conklin, Evgeni Nabakov, Marty Turco and MA Fleury all put up good games in the crease last night.

James Neal picked up his first career hat trick last night.  That's 11 goals (with only 3 assists) in 28 games.  He's playing with Mike Modano and Jere Lehtinen but don't expect too much from the rookie.

Vesa Toskala put up a stinker last night.  He allowed seven goals on 27 shots.  Ouch.  Hopefully you didn't start him because he's been a bit banged up with an injured groin.  The Leafs will continue to roll him out there.  They want his trade value as high as like this won't help.

Another stinker from Alex Auld as he stopped only 25 of 31 shots last night. He's been brutal lately.  If you haven't dropped definitely shouldn't be starting him.

Chris Drury may be starting to bust out of his long funk.  He picked up three assists last night and now has six points in his last three.  Might be a good buy-low candidate.  Especially if the Rangers add some help through a trade.

For the first time in 19 games we can say this:  "Phil Kessel didn't register a point last night."  No worries here.  The team still played a great game against New Jersey.  He'll be back on the scoresheet soon.  His linemates David Krejci (six games) and Milan Lucic (eight games) both picked up points to keep their streaks alive.

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

Stastny Paul Stastny suffered a fractured forearm right at the end of the game last night, he'll be re-evaluated today to determine the extent but that doesn't sound like an injury that you just play through.

Minny is shutting Maid Marian Gaborik down for a few games, the next 2 at least, to let him rest his tender groin.

Ryan Whitney returned last night.  Although he didn't score a point he played big time minutes (over 23 ) especially on the PP (4 minutes plus).

Also returning from injury last night was: Vesa Toskala, Jose Theodore, Daniel Alfredsson and Rusty Klesla.

Distraction of the Day      

What's distracting us today?  It's obviously Christmas tomorrow.  We should be hanging out with the family but instead we're here to (hopefully) entertain you one last time before Christmas.  To help get you in the spirit of tomorrow we've found the '12 Days of Hockey' for your viewing pleasure:

Nine Pumper-Nichols...those are pretty sweet. 

Have a HAPPY MERRY Christmas from all The Scouts at Fantasy Hockey Scouts and from Anton Volchenkov: