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Daily Dosage - Dec. 2, 2008

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Avery Love a good hockey feud so looking forward to Sean Avery's visit to Calgary tonight to catch up with his old "boring" friend Jarome Iginla.  In addition, and we almost forgot about this, but Avery's got history with Dion Phaneuf as well as DP picked up Avery's sloppy seconds (or fourths or fifths) in Elisha Cuthbert... should make for some interesting chirping. 

Speaking of feuds, apparently former college teammates Ryan Kesler and RJ Umberger have one cause Kesler thinks RJ was jealous of his first contract?  What is this junior high? Wait, these guys probably didn't finish junior high. Whats that? They both went to Ohio State? Yeah, like we said.

A few call-ups that we're keeping our eye on:

  • Edmonton called up Robbie Schremp to fill in for Robert Nilsson... the kid's got shedloads of talent and as we said in a passage from the Breakout Bible, "The fact that this guy has only played 3 NHL games is about as gay as Richard Simmons".

  • With Aaron Ward hurt, Boston called up Johnny Boychuk who currently leads the AHL in scoring among dmen with 23 points in 22 games. 

Mats Sundin met with the Hawks on Friday. For Mats to join Chicago the team would need to clear a lot of cap space which would mean goodbye to either Nikolai Khabibulin or Cristobal Huet.  Probably nothing to worry about as we're still convinced Mats will be a Hab...if he plays. [more]

KoivuMikko Koivu is hot, hot, hot.  He picked up another three points last night and is now riding a five game point streak with nine points.  With 27 points in 23 games, he's Minnesota's only offensive weapon until Gaborik gets back...so expect him to continue at about a point a game pace. 

Niklas Backstrom let in six goals on 26 shots over two periods last night.  Even the best have a stinker every once and awhile.

Don't look now but Vesa Toskala has put together 3 straight strong outings by only giving up 4 goals over that stretch... just in time to impress his new boss & then get traded.

MA Bergeron has 6 points in his last 5 games and is putting together a decent season although he seems to have a hard time sticking in one place for too long so if you pick him up then make sure you have an insurance policy.

EdlerAlex Edler picked up two assists last night to bring his total to nine points in 23 games.  Edler was one of our breakout candidates this season so we're thinking he can get it going.  A lot of owners may have dropped him, if so he's a good add in deeper leagues.

The line of Milan Hedjuk and Paul Stastny finally put up a decent night after going four and seven games scoreless, respectively.  The line of these two (and Ryan Smyth) should be putting up better numbers.  Stick with them and hope they keep the hot streak going. 

Johan Franzen has 39 goals in his last 51 games going back to last year's bizonkers 2nd half.

Make sure you do your research on Pekka Rinne before picking him up... some people will be easily impressed that he's 4-0 on the season and started 2 of the past 3 for Nashville but don't forget the reason he hasn't lost this year is that in two of his starts he was pulled after giving up a combined 7 goals on 18 shots but Ellis ended up taking the losses... so we're not sure that the team or coach has full confidence in PR.  So take a look but proceed with caution. 

Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page which gives you a consolidated list of injuries):Giguere

J.S. Giguere came back from his personal time and shut down the Red Wings by stopping 37 of 38 shots before leaving with a some cramping in the third.  Doesn't sound to serious but we thought that about Martin Brodeur's elbow as well.

Curtis Sanford started last night but couldn't finish the game as he left with back spasms.  Cory Schneider replaced him, looked a little shaky and in 2 games now has more losses than he had in 11 AHL games this year.

Robert Nilsson is suffering from an upper body injury and the team expects him to miss a few games.

Returning from injury last night was: Ales Kotalik.

Distraction of the Day

What's distracting us today?  One of our favourite technical advances in NHL games has been having the players mic'ed up.  The real gold isn't what you see during the telecasts ... but the stuff that gets put up on YouTube....here are three of our favourites:

Corey Perry making sure Mikael Samuelsson and Pavel Datysuk know their Christmas presents are in the mail:

Not mic'ed up, but we think you'll figure what Aaron Downey is saying in this clip:

And finally, the granddaddy of all mic'ed up clips.  Brian Trottier, Kevin Stevens and friends giving Brian Bellows an ear full. (some bad language...actually a lot of bad language):