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Daily Dosage - Feb. 17, 2009

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SchneiderMathieu Schneider was traded from the Thrashers to Montreal yesterday for a few picks and the 39 year old returns to where it all started so long ago.  Despite having an awful year and his advanced age, he could see a boost as the Habs are in desperate need of a spark on their PP... so he could be a useful player for you during your stretch drive but we wouldn't trade more than a bag of pucks for him... actually a bag of pucks might be too generous.

Not only is Loui Eriksson having a breakout year but he's on pace to approach 40 goals and it was all going so well with 5+5=10 in his last 10 games... then last night happened (see below for Brad Richards' injury news).  Eriksson has been playing with Richards exclusively over the past few months and not having the sublime Richards setting him up with sweet passes will definitely hurt Eriksson's production... can't say to what extent but its safe to say that you can knock him down a few pegs with this news. 

Ottawa is finding their game under new coach Cory Clouston... despite less ice-time, Jason Spezza has points in 6 straight and Dany Heatley has 5 points in his last 3 games.  Another one for you keeper league GMs is Nick Foligno who has 4 of his 10 goals on the year in his last 6 games.  That info might not help you this year but Foligno could be one to watch for next year. 

Quick Since he burst onto the season on December 19th Jonny Quick hasn't been pulled from a start...well at least until last night.  He let in three goals on seven shots in the first eight minutes of the game.  With Erik Ersberg as his backup Quick should get plenty of chances to redeem himself.

Even though many fans might not have cared about the Atlanta-Los Angeles game last night...fantasy owners should.  Alex Frolov (14 points in last 10 games) and Ilya Kovalchuk (11 points in five games) both had three point nights to keep their recent hot streaks going.  Frolov, in particular, might be a great trade target for your stretch drive...he's been looking great and he shouldn't be too pricey.

RJ Umberger has not been the #1C that the CBJs had hoped he'd be but he has been a solid 3rd line center (unfortunately their paying him #1C $$$).  RJ had 2 goals last night and that gives him 5 points in his last 5 and he does still see action on the #1 PP unit so he isn't totally inadequate. 

Slava Kozlov has a 5 game point streak going with 7 points during the streak and despite not playing with much talent on the 2nd line, he is still a mainstay on the #1 PP unit and that's where he does most his damage.

Gonchar

Sergei Gonchar picked up his first point last night -- a power play assist, of course.  The Pens PP looked better than it has all season so expect an increased output from all Penguins...especially Ryan Whitney. 

So new Pens Coach Dan Bylsma couldn't rally the troops enough to get a win over the very last place Islanders in his first game?  Weak.  Bylsma made a few notable changes in the lineup, Miroslav Satan has been let of of the doghouse and ended up on a line with Malkin and Sykora and both Satan and Sykora saw more ice-time than usual.  Our old friend Ruslan Fedotenko found himself pretty much taped to Crosby as they stuck together most the night... so he could see a little spike despite being pretty useless. 

We told you the injuries to Visnovsky and Grebeshkov would be good news for Tom Gilbert, who was already starting to roll before these injuries happened, as now he's up to 13 points in his last 13 games and at this rate he could approach 50 points this year. 

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

Richards, brad Some more bad news on the injury front.  Owners of Brad Richards should start looking for some help asap as he broke his wrist on Monday night.  No exact timeline has been set but expect him to miss a couple of weeks at least.  We should know more in the next few days.

Still with the Stars, Steve Ott missed Monday night's game with a LBI.  It doesn't look too serious as the Stars said he could return Thursday.

Dan Carcillo missed last night's game with an undisclosed injury.  No word on the extent. 

Williams, justin Justin Williams has a broken hand and will be out a month at a minimum.  If he elects for surgery he's gone for the season.  With only 10 points in 32 games it's time to cut him loose if you haven't already.

Mark Streit returned from injury.  He had no points but played over 24 minutes. Use him as you normally would.

Also returning from injury last night was Martin Hanzal.

Distraction of the Day      

What's distracting us today?  It's a pretty light day out there the old interweb but we managed to find you two videos. 

First up, it's the five greatest fights between star players.  You really have to love it when a guy who can score can also throw a few bombs.

This compilation of the greatest Canadian hockey moments is too good not too post.  We apologize to our American readers as it's a pretty long video with so many great memories.  Don't feel too jealous though...at least your greatest hockey moment starred Kurt Russell.