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Daily Dosage - Jan. 11, 2009

Daily Diarrhea

Shanahan old devilsBrendan Shanahan has agreed to join the Devils (pending a physical).  He's definitely worth an add in deep leagues.  Even though he struggled last season (46 points in 73 games) he played at nearly a point-per-game pace his two previous seasons.  Temper your expectations as Shanny will take a while to get going and will most likely be playing on the third line (but should get some PP time).

Pardon our language but David Krejci is fuckin awesome... check out the highlights of his 3 point game yesterday and tell us you're not in love with this kid.  Michael Ryder should be signing his paycheck over to DK cause that's who's putting bread on his table.  We were really high on this kid in the Breakout Bible (he was our #6 ranked breakout candidate) but there was no way to fathom that he'd be on pace for a 90 point season.   

Alex Goligoski was a healthy scratch for the third time in four games.  With Ryan Whitney back Goligoski's playing time (especially on the PP) has been severely affected.  We wouldn't recommend you count on him for the foreseeable future.

Mats Sundin scored his first point of the year when he scored a goal for the 'Nucks last night.  Big baldy finally hit the scoresheet and should only get better and better.  Expecting a point-per-game might be a bit of stretch after seven months off though.

FilatovNikita Filatov picked up a hat trick last night.  He's lining up with Jakub Voracek and Mike Peca and the line looked potent last night.  Filatov is one of the top rated prospects in the game and if he continues his development he could make a impact this year.  In the next few years...watch out.

Marty Turco picked up the shutout last night as he locked horns with Ilya Bryzalgov in a 0-0 draw which the 'Yotes eventually won in the shooutout.  Nice for Marty to bounce back with a goose egg after he got hammer by Detroit earlier in the week.

Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby were matched up on Pittsburgh's top unit (with Max Talbot).  The line generated two goals.  But the team still lost 5-3 to Colorado.  This would be good news for fantasy owners but we can't see it sticking unless the team starts winning...which isn't happening right now. 

2 more points last night makes it 6 in the last 3 games for Wojtek Wolski and apparently the shift to put him at center while Stastny and Sakic are out is agreeing with WoWo. 

Finally a goal last night for Brandon Dubinsky, his first in 20 games.  He had 4 goals in his first 11 games this year and then only 2 in his last 33.  We told you not to get too worked up about his hot start this year, you had to know if was going to be a tough year without Jagr and Straka but the kid is still young and a breakout could still be in the cards (just not this year).

Decent debut performance for Brian Elliott last night only giving up 2 goals on 27 shots to the Rangers.  This should earn him a few more starts for the struggling Sens... what other choice do they have?

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

Backstrom, niklasNiklas Backstrom (the goalie) didn't play last night due to a slight injury.  Many have rated N.B. as the #1 fantasy goalie this season so if this injury turns out to be major it would be another huge blow to the fantasy world.  All sounds okay so far.

Jason Arnott left last night's game with a LBI, he's listed as day-to-day.

Manny Fernandez is out with an undisclosed injury, it doesn't appear serious.  He might be good enough to dress as a backup but it sounds like he might be sitting on the bench for a few games.

Marco Sturm is going under the knife this week and the talk is that he'll be done for the year.

We can't believe we're saying this but...Steve Sullivan's comeback is complete.  He returned last night and played over 12 minutes but didn't score a point.  The fact he's made it back is incredible...the odds of him making a fantasy impact would be a miracle.

Also returning to action from the injured list last night was: Kristian Huselius, Cam Barker, Joffrey Lupul, Filip Kuba, Curtis Sanford and Michal Rozsival.

Distraction of the Day      

What's distracting us today?  Nothing is really distracting us today.  So we thought we would go into the vault and relive a classic hockey movie moment...Jim Carr and Denis Lemieux in Slapshot:

You can never have too much Denis Lemieux.  Maybe The Love Guru wouldn't have been the worst movie in history if Denis Lemieux was in it instead of Jacques Grande.