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Daily Dosage - Feb. 16, 2009

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Michel Therrien took the fall for the Penguins collapse on Sunday, he's out and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach Dan Blysma takes over on an interim basis.  This is nothing but good news for fantasy GMs cause Therrien wasn't igniting the offense this year and the players were said to have despised him.  Their main problem this year is the PP, which ranks 24th in the league after being top 5 last year.  They also sit dead last in the league in shots per game, proving that they aren't generating the scoring chances.  Look for that to change as hopefully Mario will be pulling the strings behind the scenes and can get this offense going again.

Giroux Nice game yesterday for Claude Giroux, 3 points, which gives him 6 in his last 5 games.  Not sure we'd recommend the kid now, unless you're in a very deep league, but he's going to be one for the future... maybe as early as next year as he's got fantastic vision and hands... his game is very easy on the eyes.

Scotty Hartnell is quietly having one of the better all-around fantasy seasons.  He's on pace for around 30 goals, 60 points, 150 PIMs and 200 shots... not too shabby.  Added to the fact that he's been steady lately with 4+5=9 & 17 PIMs in his last 8 games and he would be a very nice addition for any fantasy team's stretch drive and playoffs.

We told you about Dan Cleary before, he's a great under the radar add right now with 7 points in his last 7 games... basically, its a simple as this... you could put Brad Marsh on the wing with Datsyuk and Zetterberg and he'd be a good add, so why wouldn't you want Cleary?

Kovalchuk Ilya Kovalchuk picked up the big hat trick last night.  It was only his third multi-goal game of the season.  It's been a down year for Kovalchuk but he's still clicking along at a point-per-game pace.  We think this superstar needs a change of scenery (or a top quality centerman) to reach his potential.

Speaking of hat tricks, Alex Ovechkin did the trick as well last night.  One even strength, one power play and one empty netter gives AO 41 goals and a healthy lead in the scoring race.

Patrik Elias hasn't been lighting in up lately but he's just been chugging along and consistently producing... 10 points in his last 10 and 23 in his last 20.  Might be a great trade target in your league cause he tends to be under-appreciated but just puts up points and shoots the puck a lot.  He's one of our favourites cause he always picks up his game in the 2nd half of the year, which is why he was on our All-2nd Half Stars Team a little while back. 

SelanneTeemu Selanne picked up three points last night.  Maybe this is a sign that the Finnish Flash is getting over his sinus issues.  Keep an eye on his minutes as he's been been getting tired really quickly due to his illness.  He played almost 16 minutes last night.

Marty Biron kept up his good play by stopping 35 of 37 shots and picking up the win against the Rangers last night.  He's played in back-to-back games and only let in three goals.  It looks like Biron is back in the mix.

There are those that have been worrying about Nicklas Lidstrom this year pointing out that he's on pace for a 4-year low in points... but not too worry, 8 points in his last 8 games and a strong finish will put him right where he always is... near the top of the scoring for dmen and another Norris Trophy nomination.

ReddenHey Wade Redden isn't dead.  He scored two points last night.  He had only two points in the 25(!) games before this one.  We pray you don't have to start Redden on your squad.

We expected quite a bit out of Valtteri Filpulla this year but his offensive game was slow to start (only 8 points in his first 24 games).  It has been coming around lately with 9 points (all assists) and a +7 in his last 10 games.  Part of the reason for his issues this year was his linemates as he was stuck on the 3rd line but lately he's been up playing with Hossa on the 2nd line and he's showing everyone what he can do. 

It's been a bit of a rough stretch for Evgeni Nabokov owners recently as he's got a (it's as easy as) 1-2-3 record with 3.77 & .866 averages in his last 6 games.  You can't do much else but ride this out and wait for Nabby to come around, which he will eventually, hopefully this week as the Sharks return home for 3 winnable games.

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

Stastny Sounds like Paul Stastny could be returning from his forearm injury sometime this week or early next week.  Wait till he plays a game before you active him.

If you noticed Dan Boyle wasn't in the lineup last night don't panic Boyle owners.  He's come down with the flu and shouldn't be out too long.  No word yet if he'll be good to go on Tuesday.

Brendan Shanahan and Paul Martin both missed yesterday's game against the Sharks with minor injuries.  Shanny has a bruised foot and Martin was out with upper body soreness... both are day-to-day.

Paul Mara hurt his shoulder in a fight yesterday, no word on the extent yet but it is swollen and he's in a lot of pain.  We'll find out more soon.

Justin Williams Two guys from the Hurricanes are out with hand injuries right now, what are they having thumb wrestling tournaments on the flights during road-trips or something?  Tim Gleason hurt his on Saturday and is out day-to-day and Justin Williams hurt his on Sunday and we should know more about the extent today. 

Freddie Modin is out with a strained knee suffered on Saturday night... he'll be out a week, at least.

Distraction of the Day      

What's distracting us today?  We've got a couple of videos for your viewing pleasure.

First off, we have two of the greats words known to man...goalie fight.  It's even better because it's from a Junior 'A' game. 
(Thanks to regular reader Fred for the link)

Second up is some old-timey-hockey gold.  Any video with Terry O'Reilly is good.  Any video with Terry O'Reilly taking a swing at an referee is awesome.

Third on our little list is this interview with Thrasher goalie prospect Ondrej Pavelec.  It's pretty much the most boring interview ever...did they really just ask him what his favourite TV show is? But we like it...maybe it's works because it's so boring...kinda like the Blue Jackets defensive system.

Finally, there's no better way than to celebrate Valentine's Day by taking your lucky lady to an IHL game on pink ice.  If you're really lucky you'll get to see two men bash each others heads in.