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Daily Dosage - Dec. 29, 2008

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Gagner Brutal, Brutal, Brutal sophomore season so far for Sam Gagner, but hey maybe, just maybe he's starting to come around with 2 points last night (including only his 3rd goal) and that's 4 points in his last 5 games.  Keep an eye on him as he had a monster 2nd half last year. We'll throw his Dad's jersey up there until Sammy really gets hot & its always good to show some love to the old North Stars.

If our math is right, we count 7 assists in the last 4 games for Lubomir Visnovsky as he's really clicking with Sheldon Souray on the PP.

Michael Ryder is ryding the wave right now as he continues to pot goals (7 in his last 8 games) thanks for our boy David Krejci setting him up.  Ryder only had to get a stick on a fantastic setup from DK last night to steer in his 14th on the year.

Both goalies in Boston are playing well these days but you'd think something will have to give eventually as both are UFAs at the end of the year and they'll have to pick their guy to lead them into the playoffs.  Manny Fernandez is 7-1 in his last 8 starts and check out his goals against in those starts: 2,1,0,2,2,2,3,1... beautiful.  Timmy Thomas hasn't been as solid as that lately but has won his last 6 starts.

Four points last night for Dusty Byfuglien and although he hasn't quite lived up to our lofty expectations this year, he is now on pace for 40+ points, 80+ PIMs and around 225 shots which, if he's eligible as a Dman in your league is dynamite.

Ryan Bobby Ryan played a season high 17:59 last night and picked up 2 more points to give him 8 in his last 5 games.  He's been elevated up to the 2nd line with Brendan Morrison and is playing on the #1 PP unit with Getzlaf and Perry so he's a very solid add right now.

Michal Rozsival missed Saturday's game due to family reasons.  No word on how many games he'll be out but since the Rangers have only two games next week it's probably a good idea to sit him just in case.

Devin Setoguchi will not be playing in SJ's game tonight due to the death of his grandmother.  Jon Cheechoo will take The Guch's spot on the top unit for this game.  If Cheechoo stays hot (four points in three games) he might stick on one of the scoring lines.

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

Paul Kariya looks to be out for the year as he's set to go in for hip surgery.  He was fully recovered from his initial injury but an MRI found more damage inside the hip. [more]

Stajan Matt Stajan was hit by a soccer ball in the eye while warming up yesterday.  He'll be out at least a week with the injury, but there are some concerns that it might be pretty serious.  This is the first time an athlete went down with a soccer injury and was actually hurt.

Aaron Johnson has been activated from the IR.  He had a great +12 and seven points in 15 games before he was injured.  If he can keep that up the d-man will definitely help out owners in deeper leagues.  Just remember he's never scored more than 10 points in a season so don't have high expectations he can keep up his pre-injury pace.

Paul Stastny will be out 6 to 8 weeks after having surgery on his broken forearm.  We guessed at the length of his injury last week (and we were right) but we just wanted to let you know that timeline has been confirmed.

Taylor Pyatt is out with a broken foot, we're guessing he'll be out a month, at least.  Can't imagine you were counting on him for much and if you were, then you have bigger problems than this injury.

Matt Carle missed Saturday night's game with an ankle injury and is listed as day-to-day.

FYI that Scott Hartnell didn't miss any games with that broken toe, he was right back at in on Saturday night.

Returning from injury last night was: Mike Green, Cam Barker, Erik Christensen and Marek Svatos.

Distraction of the Day      

What's distracting us today?  As Canada continues to roll over their opposition...Canada beat Kazakhstan 15 to 0 yesterday afternoon (if you live in Canada you likely already knew that).  Canada is going for their fifth title in five years so we thought it would be a good time to take a look at the best moments from the past four years:

And just so we're not completely biased towards Team Canada we thought we would show a video that would make our Kazakhstan readers happy:

As the announcers said Mikhail Lazorenko who is 5'4" hit Canada's Tyler Myers who is 6'6".  Way to go Mikhail!