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Daily Dosage - Feb. 22, 2009

Daily Diarrhea

Burrows The latest Canuck to get a run of games on the Sedin's wing is Alexandre Burrows and with seven points in his last four games he's taking full advantage of the situation.  Give Burrows a whirl as Vancouver is hot right now and in addition to the points he'll give you a contribution in the PIMs category. 

We won't go into this too much since one of our scouts is adamant that this is only a blip but Brian Elliott's run as a solid start appears to be over as he's been pulled in two of his last three starts and sports a rather grotesque 6.38 gaa & .808 sv% over those three games.

Bryan Little is proving to be a very streaky scorer as most of his goals this year have come in bunches.  His latest streak includes goals in four straight games and he has seven points during that stretch.  He's back playing with Kovalchuk at both even-strength and on the PP so it's time to climb aboard the L-Train once again.

Pavel Kubina has had a nice run lately since Tomas Kaberle's been out and with eight points in his last 10 games to go along with 16 PIMs, he's a very solid addition to your squad or a strong start if you already own him.

Crosby Sidney Crosby picked up two goals and two assists last night.  Although he should send Marty Biron a case of Molson for one of those goals. [video]  With only two points in his last five it's good to see Crosby get back to his scoring ways.  He's second in the league in scoring...eight points behind Evgeni Malkin with 78 points.

You know when you a NHL GM makes a dumb move and you think to yourself...Man, I could do a better job than this clown?'  Well last night Bob Gainey proved why he gets the big bucks.  The controversial move to sit star Alex Kovalev for two games has paid off so far...Kovy picked up a goal and two assists as the Habs won 5-3 yesterday.

The Bruins got shutout again last night...this time by Tomas Vokoun and the Panthers.  The first half's hottest team has looked pretty human in the last 2.5 weeks.  In their last five games the team has scored 2, 0, 2, 5, and 0 goals.  The team has the perfect cure for their slump tonight...a visit to Tampa Bay.

Campoli Chris Campoli's start in Ottawa went well.  He picked up two assists played over 23 minutes with an amazing 9:33 on the PP.  If he keeps getting PP minutes like that (even though he didn't pick up any of his assists on the PP) he's definitely worth a flyer in medium to deep leagues.

Owen Nolan is on quite a hot streak lately with 5+4=9 in his last six games.  The old man has missed multiple games with various injuries this year and is probably due to get hurt any game now but he could be a nice short-term play right now.

Jon Quick had another bad game last night...his second of the week.  For the week, he put up an ugly line of one win, a 5.20 gaa and a .833 sv%.  LA is defensively sound so we expect him to improve but the great numbers he posted in his first 20 game shouldn't be expected to be duplicated down the stretch.

What happened to Steve Mason last night?  His team was dynamite in front of him (only giving up 13 shots on goal) but he stunk up the place (five goals allowed).  Looks like the Ducks caught a lucky break as you can't be expected to win many games when you only have 13 shots.

Danis islanders After two horrible goalie outings we need a bit of sunshine in our lives.  Yann Danis delivered the 40 save shutout last night against the Devils, who had won four of five entering the game.  He's now posting a 2.64 gaa and .922 sv% but has only five wins in 15 games.

New Penguins coach Dan Bylsma has opened his dog house and his first tenant is Kris Letang who has been a healthy scratch in the past two games.  Probably had something to do with Letang being a minus five in the two games prior to the scratchings.  Letang should make his way back into the lineup soon but maybe you shouldn't be counting on too much from the young dman for the rest of the season.

One Penguin who is flourishing under the new coach is Ruslan Fedotenko, with five points in his last 2 games playing exclusively with Sidney Crosby.  Fed could be another decent short-term play as Pittsburgh seems to have opened up the offense a little bit but eventually we'd expect GM Ray Shero to find a decent winger for Crosby to play with. 

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

Miller Why is it anytime we have big news in this section it's always bad.  Ryan Miller sustained a high ankle sprain last night and is out indefinitely.  We haven't seen an exact timeline yet, but when coach Lindy Ruff is saying things like -- "Patty’s’ a good goalie. We’ll get him up and running. Whatever length of time, we need to play in front of Patty" -- you know it's not going to be good news.  If you're in need of some goalie help grabbing Lalime would be a very good idea...especially for Miller owners.

Jason Chimera missed yesterday's game with a groin injury, he's listed as day-to-day.

Mark Giordano sat out last night's game with a UBI, not sure of the extent but it sounds like a day-to-day thing.

Returning to action from the injured list yesterday was: Daniel Alfredsson and Vesa Toskala.

Distraction of the Day      

What's distracting us today?  Yesterday in our Alex Ovechkin inspired distraction we posted a commercial for the NHL on NBC featuring AO.  It was part of the league's "NHL players are just like you and me" marketing campaign a few years ago.  We decided we would post all four of them.  Why not? 

We'll start with the Ovechkin spot just in case you were at the hospital with a sick relative yesterday and missed our post.

Ovechkin v. Vending Machine.  We hope Lays had to pay something for the free advertising.  First Messier was a Lays fan. now Ovechkin?

Next up Jumbo Joe Thornton struggles with a piece of toast:

Remember when Brad Richards and Vinny Lecavalier were teammates and Tampa wasn't a joke?  It seems so long ago:

And finally the classic 'Road Trip' featuring Ovechkin, Thornton, Crosby, Shanahan, Souray, Luongo, Miller, Turco, two Staals, Phaneuf, Havlat, Williams, St, Louis, Heatley, Rolston, Kessel and Eaves.  Which one of those doesn't belong?