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Daily Dosage - Feb. 11, 2009

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Kronwall Niklas Kronwall can kinda be the forgotten dude in Detroit, overshadowed by the Lidstrom's and Rafalski's of the world but with 15 points (all assists) in his last 14 games, he's a force on his own.  Only problem with Wally is that he doesn't bring any heat in any categories other than assists and maybe PP points... so he's a points-only stud but not so much other fantasy formats. 

We told you about how Pavel Datsyuk's really kicks it up a notch in the 2nd half when we named him captain of our All-2nd Half Stars Team a little while back and he is not letting us down with 5+11=16 in his last 9 games... he's proven that the only person that can stop him is Gary Bettman.

Someone that deserves your attention right now is Dan Cleary as he's been lining up with the aforementioned Datsyuk and Zetterberg lately and also joins them on the #1 PP unit.  He hasn't really taken off yet but he does have 5 points and 18 shots in his last 5 games, so this might be an under-the-radar FA add that could pay off. 

Oshie Former first round pick TJ Oshie is healthy and producing.  Since his return from injury on Dec. 30, he's picked up 14 points in 16 games...including two last night.  His totals look pretty ugly (only 18 points in 28 games) so he might be a free agent in your league.  Definitely worth a flyer in deeper leagues...lots of upside here.

I know we keep talking about Carlo Colaiacovo and it's because I'm trying to find a way to get him on my team and I'm kicking myself every game that goes by and he keeps this hot streak going... 2 more assists last night for CC and that give him 11 points in as many games (8 on the PP).  You know the minute that I pick him up that he'll go down for the year with a mysterious virus of some sort.

Not all fantasy news was good for the Blues last night. Chris Mason put up a stinker, stopping only 24 of 29 Canuck shots.  It was the first time he let in five or more goals since the middle of December.  One of the reasons #1 guys like Mason are so valuable is that one or two bad games don't affect their playing time.

Sundin canucksMats Sundin scored two more goals last night.  He has only 10 points in 12 games this season...but seven in his last three games.  It looks like the rust all gone so get him in that lineup if you took him out after his sluggish start.

Its been 11 games since Jason Williams (the hockey player not the basketball player who went to Duke or the one who shot his limo driver or the one nicknamed 'White Chocolate') joined the CBJs so we can get a feel for how Coach Hitchy plans to use him and it's less than ideal.  He's had 7 points in 11 games, playing mostly on the 3rd line and despite being on the #1 PP unit, he's only managed one PP point as the CBJs rank 30th with the man advantage.

Thrashers coach John Anderson has been playing around with his lines lately. In practice this week Ilya Kovalchuk, Todd White and Bryan Little were all on the same line, again.  Keep an eye on the Thrashers this week to see if the re-united Little-White-Russian line can get any chemistry going.  Last night the line didn't really produce anything...but the team did win. 

FrolovSpeaking of hot streaks it's looking like Alex Frolov might be getting back to his old self.  After 67 points in 71 games last year, Frolov frustrated fantasy owners with his ordinary first half -- 29 in 45 games, but in his last seven games, he's put up ten points, including two last night.  Time may be running out to buy low on Fro. 

Great rumour going around yesterday that the Oilers were going to bring Jaromir Jagr back to the NHL this year and that Ales Hemsky is really pushing for it and doing a big sell job on Jags... the only snag being that he'd have to clear through waivers first but apparently the Oilers could work out a deal where the Islanders would claim him and then trade him to the Oilers... its all very sordid.  Basically, we'd give it about an (e1) likelihood of happening, so we wouldn't drop anyone for this guy right now. 

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

VianovskyLubomir Visnovsky's is set to have surgery on his injured labrum and won't be returning this year...he injured his labrum last Tuesday.  Visnovsky owners: it's time to hit the waiver wire for help.  It could be worse...the loss of Visnovsky is going to make it very hard for the Oil to hang onto that last playoff spot. [more]

A quick update on Paul Stastny's forearm injury.  He should be returning to practice in a week and could be returning to game action in two.  We'll keep an eye on his progress for you.

Daniel Briere's next attempted return from his groin injury is scheduled for Feb. 25th.  Expect this to change as we trust Briere's judgment on rehab about as much as we'd trust Michael Jackson with our children.   

Paul Ranger missed last night's game with a UBI and is day-to-day, he's been struggling with a shoulder injury this year so he may have re-aggravated that.

Smith, mikeWe've been telling you about Mike Smith's mystery injury the last couple of weeks...we finally found some answers for you.  Originally, we heard the injury was some sort of UBI but it turns out it's a concussion.  The weird part of the story is that Smith was hiding the news from the media and then the Lightning released the info on their website.  Click here for all the bizarre details.  The Lightning said that Smith won't be playing until he's 100% but they don't expect him to be out for an extended period of time.

Yesterday we told you Martin Hanzal would be out for a couple of weeks.  Sounds like the injury wasn't as bad as originally thought and he may be able to play this Saturday.

Andy McDonald returned last night after missing 36 games with a broken ankle but didn't miss a beat as he posted two points to continue his hot start to the year.

Also returning from the injured list last night was: Jakub Voracek.

Distraction of the Day      

What's distracting us today?  Just a few goodies for you today.

TSN's Top 10 Penalty Box Moments:

...and Rollie the Goalie finds a new way to clear Cleary from the crease: