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Daily Dosage - Jan. 17, 2009

Daily Diarrhea       

Programming Note:  Big night tonight as the top 2 teams in each conference square off... Bruins @ Crapitals and Detroit in San Jose... enjoy... oh and Atlanta's in Nashville if you prefer the bottom end of the table.

Peverley Rich Peverley had 3 points in his second game with the ThrashCans last night, playing on the 1st line with Kovalchuk and Armstrong.  He played over 20 minutes, in Nashville it would take him about a week to see 20 minutes of ice, and he is seeing some PP time (although not on the 1st unit yet).  Peverley was a pretty productive scorer in the AHL (54 pts in 45 games last year) so he does have some offensive ability.  We'll keep an eye on him for ya.  (Note: We're so ahead of the curve on this one, we can't even find his new Thrashers jersey yet) 

Jason Williams played 17 minutes in his first game with the CBJs, mostly on the 4th line but he did man the point on the 1st PP unit.  We don't expect it will take long for J-Will to overtake stiffs like Manny Malhotra and Mike Peca on the depth chart amongst Cmen so he should be up on the 1st line with Rick Nash shortly... but with Hitchcock, you never know.

Jiri Tlusty has 4 points in his last 2 games and saw more ice time last night than he's seen since opening night.  He's not recommended yet but this is a good sign for the youngster.

Nik Antropov was looking like he might be a great rental addition for some team earlier in the year but lately he's been pretty poor... no goals, 6 assists and a -7 in his last 12 games.  He'd better pick it up cause trading him could bring Brian Burke some nice pieces for his reno. 

Scott Niedermayer hasn't had a great year and he's on pace for a sub-par sub-50 point season... but lately he's picked it up with 10 points in his last 10 games so maybe there's still hope.

Speaking of guys with great wheels, Jay Bouwmeester has a 5 game point streak going and is a +6 during the streak.  Its been another solid year for J-Bo as he's on pace to approach his career high of 46 points and should set career highs in PIMs and shots.

Wisniewski James Wisniewski is hauling some serious ice lately, setting a p.b. with 25 minutes on Wednesday and then topping his own best with 28 minutes last night (including 7:32 on the PP).  It's partially due to Duncan Keith being on the shelf but let's not take credit away from the Wiz... he's had decent numbers since returning after missing the first 26 games of the year with a knee injury with 7 points in 13 games and averages 3 shots a game (great for a dman).  In addition, he's typically a mean s.o.b. (103 PIMs last year), roll all that together and you got yourself a ready-made FA add. 

Huge matchup as two titans clashed when Mathieu Garon topped Andrew Raycroft by stopping 37 of 39 shots to pick up his first win since December 5th.  What a waste... wait, stop the press... Garon's just been traded to Pittsburgh for Dany Sabourin, Ryan Stone and a 4th... wow, the Penguins must have really liked what they saw in Garon last night.  I guess Garon could push Fleury for a few starts but with the way he's played this year, he won't be the answer for the Pens.  As for Edmonton, wasn't trading a goalie supposed to resolve their 3-headed goalie problem?  Maybe they figure that Sabs can clear waivers and go to the AHL.  This would look to be a boost for Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers who's had kind of a lost season only playing 6 NHL games so far.

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

Sidney Crosby couldn't go last night but he did skate for 20 minutes yesterday, so his knee injury shouldn't keep him out for too long.

Dan Girardi left the game last night with a UBI that he suffered in a fight with Cam Barker... don't mess with dude's named Cam!  Girardi may be ok to go on Sunday so he might not miss any games.

Returning from the injured list last night was: Raffi Torres and Ville Peltonen

Distraction of the Day      

Anderson What's distracting us today?  Glenn Anderson is going to get his number hung in the rafters this Sunday.  So we thought we would give Anderson the FHS tribute and discuss his best fantasy season.  He broke 100 points three times but his best season was likely 1985-86 when as a 25 year old he had:

54 goals, 48 assists, +38, 243 shots and even chucked in 90 PIM's

We would have no problem having that on our fantasy team.

Forgetting about fantasy for a second, Anderson had some sweet moves in his prime:

And finally what's a distraction without something bizarre.  In a very awkward interview Glenn and some guy wearing a sweatshirt (way to be professional pal) chat about a piece of memorabilia that Anderson had a hand in creating.  It just might be the ugliest jersey we've ever seen.(go to the 2 minute mark if you're impatient):