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Daily Dosage - Dec. 7, 2008

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GerbeNathan Gerbe was called up to help spark the Sabres struggling offense and made his NHL debut last night.  He was a star with Boston College and was lighting up the AHL so far this season.  One problem...he's only 5-foot-6 and 160 pounds. Gerbe is now the shortest player in the league (Brian Gionta is 5-foot-7).  We guess if this guy can do it, so can Gerbe.  In last night's game, he didn't score but was +2 and had four shots in 15 minutes of ice time.

Sticking with the Sabres... one of our favourites, Drew Stafford, had a big game for the Sabres last night (1+2=3).  He played 16 minutes with five on the PP.  If he can keep those minutes up he'll have some more big ones. 

We're starting a Phil Kessel goal streak watch and its now up to 5 games (9 goals in his last 9 games and a 11 game point streak).  We thought he was good for 30 goals this year and in the Breakout Bible said that he'd be a Rocket Richard Trophy candidate in the near future but we didn't expect it would be this year (he's currently third in the league in goals and on pace for 50).

I know we talked about Patrik Berglund recently but the kid is really impressing... 7+6=13 and a +8 in his last 12 games.

SpezzaA couple of slumps were broken yesterday when Jason Speeza (hat trick) and Jordan Staal (goal and assist) got on the board.  Speeza had only three points in his last six and Staal had only one point in his last seven. 

If you can't beat them to it then learn to love their sloppy seconds:

  • Someone in your league probably already picked up white-hot David Krejci (5+9=14 in his last 8) but look to DKs left and take a peek at his wingman Blake Wheeler (3+3=6 and +9 in his last 4).

  • Jiri Hudler is 9+3=12 in his last 10 games and was surely scooped up in your league but you can get a good meal off his scraps as linemates like Dan Cleary (6 points in his last 5 games) and Val Filppula (B2B 2 point games) are riding Hudler's coattails.

  • A situation that is still emerging is Jonathan Toews is heating up (5 goals in his last 5 games including a goal of the year candidate last night) so there's an opportunity to get some value from his new linemates, Kris Versteeg and Dustin Byfuglien.

From the "Just Plain Wrong" file, Edmonton called up Gilbert Brule and he played last night despite currently being suspended by the AHL for 4 games for a hit from behind... so if he nevers goes back down to the AHL then he never has to serve the suspension... that makes sense.

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

EllisDan Ellis got a puck in his knee in practice and missed last night's game. We're not sure how serious this is yet but we'll let you know when we do. Pekka Rinne got the start in Ellis' absence and absolutely shone stopping all 32 Minnesota shots. [more]

Simon Gagne insists the injury he suffered on Thursday night had nothing to do with his concussion problems.  If he's that emphatic about the injury we'll believe him.  He suited up last night and played 17 minutes and picked up an assist.  Even though he's injury free it would be a time to sell high on this guy...he's got injury written all over him.  [more]

Erik Christensen has missed that last 2 games with a recurring shoulder injury, he's listed as day-to-day.

Ryan Malone missed last night's game with a UBI.  Wade Redden did not practice yesterday and is not expected to play tonight due to a leg injury.  [more]

Frank Kaberle missed last night's game with a LBI, he's already missed 19 games this year with a foot injury so we're not sure if this is related.

The injury gods (which has to include Eric Lindros and Peter Forsberg) are not helping out the Crapitals as Eric Fehr left last night's game with a shoulder injury and that makes it something like 9 regulars out injured.

Niklas Hagman left last night's game with a head injury and is day-to-day.  Luke Schenn is out 2 weeks with a leg injury but he shouldn't be on anyone's fantasy team.

HolmstromTomas Holmstrom returned to action last night after eight games off with a back injury.  He's back on the top line with Pavel Datysuk and Marian Hossa but managed zero points in 12 minutes of play.

Returning from injury yesterday was: Chris Neil, Craig Rivet and Dennis Wideman.

Distraction of the Day      

What's distracting us today?  Not much going on in the world of hockey...well other than Avery related news that is.  We read an article today at From The Rink that stated the Stars were contemplating waiving Avery to the AHL before his comments.  The Stars AHL affiliate told Dallas: ''We wouldn't take him under any circumstance.''  Ouch.  We feel a bit bad for Avery...just 3 months ago he was on top of the world (a guest on 'The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos') now he can't even play for the AHL.  How the mighty have fallen.

Speaking of hockey players making bad off ice decisions...what were Fedor and Sergei Fedorov thinking when they agreed to be in video for 'More Than a Lover' by Russian band RU?