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Daily Dosage - Jan. 6, 2009

Daily Diarrhea

Lundqvist - swedenNot all Swedish goaltenders were brutal yesterday.  King Henrik picked up his first shutout of the season.  He's struggled this season but that has more to do with his team's ability to play defense than anything he's doing.  In other Lundqvist news...he would pose shirtless - for a price.

It's looking like Mats Sundin is ready to make his season debut this week...possibly Wednesday.  Sundin owners...get him in there asap.  Everybody else...prepare yourself for Canuck fan giddyness.

Andrew Cogliano played a season high 17:30 last night and had the game winning goal, his 4th goal in his last 7 games.  Cogs' numbers for the season are quite underwhelming but on the Mr. Brightside, he is 9+5=14 in his last 20 games which is a lot closer to the 60 point pace we thought he'd be on this season.  

Marc-Andre Fleury put up another sub-par performance last night.  He gave up three goals on 22 shots.  He's now given up three or more goals in four straight starts.  The Penguins are struggling right now and it's really hurting Fleury's value.  Bench him if you're in a shallow league.  For the rest of you...you'll probably just have to hope for the best.

GomezScott Gomez picked up two points last night.  He's looked lost at times this year and has struggled to his current 27 points.  Don't forget this guy had 70 points last year and is one of a handful of players on NYR with some offensive ability.  We think he's a good buy-low candidate...just make sure it's pretty low.

Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien is doing some major dart throwing trying to come up with the right lineup.  Last night's tossings left Alex Goligoski out of the lineup.  We wouldn't worry too much about that as eventually Pittsburgh will turn things around and The Gos will be back in the lineup.  What should worry Goligoski owners is that he's lost a lot of his PP time to Ryan Whitney.

One of the things that gives us great joy here at FHS is to shine a little light on some of the guys who are just trying to blend into the walls and go unnoticed threw a tough stretch or a rough season... and it would be too easy to pick on the Penguins right now (Staal - no points in 7 or Crosby - only 2 goals in his last 17) and would just be piling-on to insult Dion Phaneuf (only 2 points in his last 10 games)... so we'll go with dudes from Nashville... Dumont (0+2=2 in his last 8), Arnott (2+1=3 in his last 12) and everyone's golden boy Shea Weber (1+2=3 in his last 12) have all hits the skids recently.     

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

LupulJoffrey Lupul will be out two weeks with a abdominal strain.  Too bad...he was really clicking with his current linemates.

Matt Stajan is back on the ice but still wearing the no-contact jersey.  His eye injury shouldn't keep him out much longer.  Expect him back later this week

Rick DiPietro was a possibility for the start last night...didn't happen.  Joey MacDonald picked up the start and the loss...it is the Islanders we're talking about here.  Ricky D should be back for the Fishstick's on Thursday.  If you own DiPietro we send our sincere condolences on your losing fantasy season.

Dougie Weight missed last night's game with a leg injury, he's day-to-day.

Maxim Afinogenov has a bum groin, so he's out "a little while"... we're sure you'll really miss those 2 goals and -14.  Actually this is what is called "addition by subtraction".

Sullivan Stevie Sullivan is talking about a return to action on Saturday... wow, only took him 2 years to recover, you'd think he'd be well rested and ready to jump right back in where he left off???  Ahhh, not likely... steer clear of Sully, not worth your time and energy.  Its been so long since Sully's played that the Preds were wearing these hideous (dijon) mustard jerseys at the time.  In related news, Nashville has announced that these jerseys will be their retro jerseys for the 2009-10 season.

Philippe Boucher returned to the lineup last night after missing two games with a mystery injury. 

Distraction of the Day      

What's distracting us today?  FIVE-PEAT!  For those of you outside of Canada you might not know that Canada pulled out the gold at the World Junior Hockey Championships:

  

We could watch that video all day.