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Daily Dosage - Feb. 1, 2009

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Backes Another day, another David "F**ckin" Backes update.  Kid had another goal last night and that gives him 4+2=6, 12 PIMs, 24 shots in his last 6 games and he's on pace for a helluva fantasy season with close to 30 goals & 200 shots to go along with 200+ PIMs.  I'd seriously consider picking this guy up, if you don't then I will.

The guy with the quietest hot streak right now?... Dustin Brown has goals in 5 straight and is 6+4=10 during that streak.  The Head Scout loves this guy as he brings the noise in the PIMs and shots categories in addition to 30+ goals and 60+ points... we won't mention the +/-. 

Matt Cullen is another one who's sneaky-good right now... 3+5=8 in his last 8 games, he's been promoted up to the 2nd line with Ray Whitney and Justin Williams and he's doing it with little-to-no PP time. 

Told you about Kyle Okposo starting a little goal streak the other day, well its up to 4 games now and the most encouraging thing is that his coach, Scott Gordon, seems to have thrown the towel in and he's finally giving some of the kids like Okposo more playing time than dinosaurs like Weight and Guerin.  

Colorado rookie Chris Stewart is on a nice run lately with 4+4=8 with 19 PIMs in his last 8 games.  He's not seeing a lot of ice time or PP time but he's been producing nonetheless.  We're keeping our eye on him as he is looking like he should be considered a breakout candidate for next season.

RaskTuukka Rask picked up his first career shutout last night as he stopped 35 Ranger shots yesterday.  The Leafs definitely couldn't use a guy like this...it's a good thing they traded him for Andrew Raycroft.  Rask likely won't have any fantasy value this year as Manny Fernandez should be back very soon from his 'general soreness' injury.

In addition to the goose egg thrown up by Rask.  Cam Ward, Chris Mason and Ryan Miller all slammed the door yesterday as well.

Not all goalies were sharp yesterday.  Steve Mason was pulled for the first time this season.  He allowed three goals on only eight shots before getting the hook.  He wasn't as sharp in January as he was in December but he's still putting up a Vezina caliber season... now we find out that he's been battling mononucleosis for the last month or so... there's a good reason for his slight hiccup.  Whats with the young breakout players and mono this year?... was he sharing a juice-box with Phil Kessel or something?

Another first yesterday.  Ville Leino played in his first NHL game and scored in 12:20 of work.  It was a beauty of a goal too [video].  This guy will be a star in a few years but Detroit brings up their prospects very slowly into the mix (see: Hudler, Jiri and Franzen, Johan) so don't expect much this season (unless injuries open up some playing time).  He'll probably be back down in the AHL soon but keep an eye on him for the future.

StralmanWith Tomas Kaberle's injury (see below) the Leafs called Anton Stralman back up to the big club.  He had only seven points in 25 games before his demotion but he picked up a PP assist last night while he was manning the point with the man advantage.  With Kab's out Anton may get a long look as the QB PP.

Jonas Hiller played again for the Ducks...that's three in a row.  He's the quasi number one right and is definitely worth a pick up and a start in pretty much every league out there right now.  We can see the Ducks easing JS Giguere back into the mix down the stretch but if he can't pick up his play Hiller will continue to receive the bulk of the work.

Coach DeBoer has acknowledged that Tomas Vokoun has played himself back into the number one job in Florida.  You've probably figured that out already as Vok's has started every Panther game since January 6th.

BlakeJason Blake picked up a goal and an assist last night and now has nine points (and four goals) in his last four games.  With 37 points in 46 games Blake's season is starting to resemble something fantasy worthy.  He's been on fire the last month.  Pick him up, hope for the best.

Jere Lehtinen has always been a marginal fantasy player, at best.  Some things never change but if you're hitting the panic button right now and need a winger, give Lehtinen a whirl.  His 13 points this year probably makes him available in your league and he's 3+5=8 in his last 8 games.

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

Leaf Tomas Kaberle will be out for four weeks with a broken bone in his hand.  He wasn't doing much lately anyway (five points in January) but is one of the better d-men in the league.  Owners were hoping for a trade deadline move to a better team but this injury might make that impossible. [more]

BoyleDan Boyle didn't play last night...it was the third game he's missed with the UBI he suffered in the All Star game.  The Sharks don't play again until Thursday so expect to see Boyle in teal next week.

After initial reports said Steve Reinprecht would be out 4-8 weeks, Gretzky said yesterday morning that the shoulder injury would only keep him out two weeks.  We can't see how losing a centerman that has only 28 points will hurt your fantasy team that badly, but feel free to hit the wire for some help.

Two Sabres left the game early last night, Jaroslav Spacek hit the showers early with a UBI and Jochen Hecht couldn't finished cause everything was blurry... so sounds like he either had a concussion or maybe his contacts fell out?  We should know more tomorrow.

Returning from the injured list last night was: Kris Versteeg and Tom Poti.

Distraction of the Day      

What's distracting us today?  The 10-2 pounding the Sabres handed the Oilers a few days ago is apparently still fresh in a few peoples minds...namely Calgary Flames fans.  It seems the good folks of Calgary decided it would be nice to rub a bit of salt in the fresh wounds of Oiler fans with this song:

Update: After writing this distraction we saw that Puck Daddy did a much better job than we ever could with the video (again).  It seems that the Oilers are protesting the song and are trying to get it pulled from the radio station.  Whiny Oilers. Check out P-Daddy's article here