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Daily Dosage - Feb. 2, 2009

Daily Diarrhea       

Rinne We're ready to call it... Pekka Rinne is officially the #1 in Nashville.  Since the beginning of January Pekka has started 9 of 13 and in the 4 that Ellis started, he was pulled in 2 of them.  Rinne's numbers over the last two months are fantastic: 9-8, 2.08, .927.  So if you're in need of a goalie who plays, may not rack up the Ws but will give you solid averages, give Rinne the Pooh a whirl.  

Anyone else get the impression that Alex Ovechkin is really just toying with the rest of the league and that poor Jeff Carter has about a 0% chance of winning the Rocket Richard Trophy?  3 more goals yesterday for AO and that's 9 in his last 7 games and since starting the season with only 2 goals in 11 games, he's now had 34 in his last 38 games.  We won't even mention that's he's on pace for 525+ shots right now... totally bizonkers.

Mike Green had a four point night yesterday.  How good is this guy?  Even though he's played 12 less games than most of the other d-men in the league he still leads the league in both goals (15) and points (44) by a blueliner.  His earlier injury trouble makes his season seem only great when we should be calling it unbelievable. 

After posting a 2.27 GAA in his first seven games and never giving up more than four goals in a game Brian Elliott must have realized what team he was playing for last night.  The rookie tender gave up four goals in the first period and saw his GAA jump up to 2.70. He's not somebody you want to be depending on but at the same time he's no Joey MacDonald either.

Wideman Dennis Wideman picked up a goal last night and now has a tidy six game point streak going (3g & 3a).  He's only one point shy of his career high (36 points) and should easily top 50 points this season.  Add in his current +30 and 21 PP points and you've got a stud.  You probably drafted him pretty cheap this year...don't expect it to happen again.

We took down our old poll... 64% of you liked Marty Turco's chances of turning around his disappointing season with a strong 2nd half, while only 2.6% like Wade Redden's chances.  Well Turco's already picked it up with a respectable January going 7-3-2, 2.42, .910 whereas Wade had 1 assist in 12 January games... so well done.  In the same vein, our new poll wants to know which of the guys that typically tank in the 2nd half and that we named to our All-2nd Half Stinker Team a little while ago, will stink it up the best... choose wisely!

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

Lang Rough game for the Habs yesterday as Robert Lang left the game with a torn achilles tendon and could be done for the year, Guillaume Latendresse left with a shoulder injury, extent unknown, and Alex Kovalev just didn't really feel like being there so Carbs benched him for part of the 3rd period.  He should be ok to go next game but trying to get this guy motivated is like trying to tell a cat not to be so lazy.

Alexandre Picard left yesterday's game with a UBI, we'll look for an update on his condition today and then we'll pass that info on.

Joey MacDonald is close to returning for the Islanders.  He expects to travel with the team this week but with Yann Danis playing well (three wins in a row...that's right, you read that correctly) we would expect J-Mac to get eased back into the lineup.  If you're a MacDonald owner, we just wanted to say "good on you".  Not many owners would continue coming back to FHS even though their team is in the tank.  Why didn't you listen to us and pick up Jonas Hiller a few months ago?

Returning to action from the injured list yesterday was: Brent Johnson.

Distraction of the Day      

What's distracting us today?  Not many interesting hockey videos or stories out there.  It's almost as if the entire world shut down to watch something.  We're even surprised that the NHL scheduled three games on the same day as the spectacle.  Wouldn't be wise to just submit victory to the NFL on Super Bowl Sunday?  But we digress.  We hope you enjoyed your day and your Super Bowl Party wasn't as lame as this one:

This must be the only Super Bowl Party in history with no alcohol

Super Bowl or not...we can't go an entire distraction without showing you at least one hockey video. 

You know your addiction to NHL09 has gone too far when you replicate real NHL goals in your video game, then video tape it, then put it up on the interweb for all to see how much you've lost touch with reality:

Time for us to go.  We've got some drinkin' to do.