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Daily Dosage - Feb. 19, 2009

Daily Diarrhea

Conklin Its almost not worth mentioning cause despite Ty Conklin outplaying Chris Osgood all year (his gaa is almost a full goal lower!) the Wings seem reluctant to turn the steering wheel over to Conks. TC is a real solid play right now with a 9-2 record, 2.19 gaa & .924 sv% in his last 12 appearances, we just wish he'd play more.

Another goalie who's a good play right now is Henrik Lundqvist.  Perception might be that he's struggling along with the entire Rangers squad but that's not the case as King Henrik has great numbers... 2.24 & .925 in calendar year 2009 so far and if the Rangers can turn it around a little bit then he might be able to improve on his 7-7-2 record so far this year. 

Hopefully you listened to us when we told you to buy-low on Anze Kopitar cause he is paying off in spades right now (not sure what that means but I hear people say it all the time) with 11 points in his last 7 games.

Stoll After two straight years of 30-something points Jarret Stoll is back to being fantasy relevant.  With three points last night he now has 15 points in his last 12 games.  Give him a spin if you're in a deeper league.

Steve Sullivan scored his first two goals of the season last night.  He's up to seven points in 16 games which is a far cry from the point-a-game pace he was on before his injury. 

A little AHL note to brighten your day... Leafs farmhand Jiri Tlusty had 5 goals last night and despite a slow start in the A this year he's been on an incredible tear lately with 12+8=20 in his last 8 games.

Ovechkin Alex Ovechkin scored a crazy goal [video].  He now has 42 goals and 75 points...he's good.  Nothing else to add, we just had to link to that goal.

Mathieu Schneider picked up a power play assist in his first game as a Hab.  Some of our Scouts aren't too hot for Schneider but Montreal hasn't had a true PP QB since Mark Streit left last year so there is some upside here.  If Montreal gets their power play back on track...Schneider could be a steal.

Andy McDonald's been back from injury for 5 games and has 5 points so he might be a Cman that could help you down the stretch if he's been forgotten on your league's waiver wire.

Nash Since his hat trick against Detroit on January 27th Rick Nash had only one goal in ten games before last night's game.  He picked up a goal and an assist last night so hopefully this will bust him out of his funk.

Some reports out of Montreal that Alex Kovalev told a Russian newspaper that he's played his last games as a Hab and blamed the teams struggles on the young players partying too much.  But according to TSN [video] the story isn't true and they he will be lacing up his skates when the team returns home.

It's bad enough when your fantasy hockey team is going head-to-head with a hot Marian Hossa this week but add to the fact that Hossa decides to drop this mitts last night???... fine, I guess I can deal with that, but then Maid Marian doesn't bother to tie his jersey down so that's a 10 minute misconduct to boot... fantastic.  Add to the fact that he fought Ryan Suter, who is also on the team I'm playing this week, and you're getting a little glimpse of how my day's started... don't cross me.

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

Daniel Alfredsson is out for at least the next week with a slightly fractured jaw. Ottawa's captain suffered the injury during the third period of Ottawa's 3-2 OT loss to the Avalanche this past Tuesday. Alfie is notorious for being a quick healer so, hopefully, he's not out for too long.

Both Patrick Sharp and Nikolai Khabibulin were placed on the IR by the Hawks yesterday.  Sharp is suffering from a knee injury and is out 2 to 4 weeks and Khabby is out with the old groin injury and is listed as day-to-day but he's out for at least another week. 

Vesa Toskala had an MRI on his sore hip but the team says its not serious and he'll skip tonight's game but will probably return on Saturday.

Franzen Johan Franzen returned last night after missing 5 games with a hand injury and not sure what they did to that hand but Franzen squeezed 2 goals and an assist out of it so he looks like he's ok.  His return had a negative effect on Ville Leino who was dropped down to the 4th line and didn't get a sniff of the PP. 

Joni Pitkanen is out day-to-day with a UBI and will miss tonight's game vs the NYI.

Thomas Vanek says the the 3 to 4 week rehab schedule for his broken jaw will be more like 5 to 6 weeks which will push his return to mid to late March... dammit, dammit, dammit (he's on this scout's fantasy team).

Distraction of the Day      

What's distracting us today?  NHL Fans are crazy.  When you create a song for your favourite player...that's a bit bizarre.  When you record it and do some fancy editing to it...that's a bit weird.  When the object of your affection is a player who has eight goals and twenty points on the season...that's truly crazy.

Have a look at The Jonathan Cheechoo Song: