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Daily Dosage - Dec. 26, 2008

Daily Diarrhea - Boxing Day Edition

Thomas Vanek hasn't scored in four games.  If you own Vanek and were expecting him to continue at his unreal pace you were asking for too much.  Maybe the goal draught will help him to focus a bit more on passing and improve on his meager assist total (six).

Since it's a light couple of nights for NHL news we thought we would take a quick look at the league leaders (and surprises) in important fantasy categories:

  • Points - Evgeni Malkin - 58 (Jeff Carter 4th, Patrick Marleau 6th, Zach Parise 6th)
  • Goals - Jeff Carter - 26 (Phil Kessel 4th, Loui Eriksson 9th, Devon Setoguchi 10th)
  • Assists - Evgeni Malkin - 43 (David Krejci 12th, Mikko Koivu 13th)
  • Plus-Minus - Evgeni Malkin - +22 (Blake Wheeler 6th, Andrew Ladd 9th)
  • Power Play Points - Evgeni Malkin - 20 (Doug Weight 5th, Mark Streit 8th)
  • Shots on Goal - Alexander Ovechkin - 208 (Dustin Brown 2nd, Zach Parise 6th)
  • Time On Ice (Forward) - Alexander Ovechkin - 23:00 (Scott Gomez 2nd, Derek Roy 10th)
  • Time On Ice (Defense) - Dion Phaneuf - 27:58 (Bryan Allen 3rd, Duncan Keith 5th)
  • Penalty Minutes - Daniel Carcillo - 106 (David Backes 4th, Aaron Voros 9th)
  • Wins - Evgeni Nabokov - 19 (Tim Thomas 5th, Marty Turco 9th)
  • Goals Against Average - Steve Mason - 1.98 (Manny Fernandez 3rd, Craig Anderson 4th)
  • Save Percentage - Craig Anderson - .940 (Jonas Hiller 3rd, Mike Smith 7th)
  • Shutouts - Roberto Luongo - 5 (Pekka Rinne T-2nd, Tim Thomas T-2nd)

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

Paul Kariya is hoping to begin full practices with the team this Friday.  He's looking good for a comeback early in the new year. [more]

Jochen Hecht is expected to play Friday.  We were hoping for big things from Hecht as he's playing with Vanek and Jason Pominville on the Sabres top unit but he hasn't delivered yet.  If he doesn't fire it up soon Lindy Ruff could bump him from the plum position.

Distraction of the Day      

What's distracting us today?  It's time to fire up hockey fans (well mostly just Canadian hockey fans)!  It's World Juniors Time!  That special time of year where Canadians worry about 18-year-old hockey players more than their favourite NHL team.  

If this doesn't fire you up then we don't know what will:

Can we make it five in a row?  Yes we can!  Meet the team, if you haven't already:

Wanted to see Taylor Hall but we'll have to wait a year.