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Daily Dosage - Feb. 23, 2009

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Backstrom Despite being overshadowed in Washington by stars like Ovechkin, Green and Semin, don't overlook Nicklas Backstrom as the second year Cmen now sits top-10 in league scoring and has a nice run going lately with 3+13=16 in his last 11 games.  

Pavel Kubina picked up three assists last night to give him nine points in his last eight games.  Kubina's days in Toronto are numbered and a new team could help him maintain this current pace.

Ray Whitney picked up two assists and a +4 last night.  He now has 12 points in his last 11 games.  His 51 points this year have helped many fantasy teams out.

Wojtek Wolski has goals in three straight and points in four straight while doing a nice job filling in for Paul Stastny as the Avs #1C.  But with Stastny returning any day now, Wolski could be due for a little let-down as he'll probably be relegated to playing with stiffs like Arnason and Svatos. 

Harding Josh Harding had a beauty last night.  He stopped 44 of 45 shots and picked up his second win of the season.  If the Wild let Niklas Backstrom leave (he's UFA this summer), Harding could be the man in Minny next year.  If the Wild sign Backstrom, he could catch on in a good situation somewhere else.  Either way, it's a good risk to take.  Keep him in mind for next year's draft.

Phil Kessel picked up his 25th goal of the season last night...breaking a scoring drought of 15 games. After scoring 23 goals in 2008 he only has two so far in 2009.  Hopefully this goal gets Kessel going again.

Jose Theodore is not really blowing anyone away with his performance in Washington this year as his numbers on the season aren't special (23W, 2.79 gaa, .901 sv%) but if you look at what he's done since January 1st, he looks like a much more solid play right now... in 18 games, he's 11-5-2, 2.47 gaa & .913 sv%.

For all you panicked Ryan Miller owners out there trying to figure out what happens next in Buffalo... Miller's going to test the ankle today to see how it is and then we might hear more about how long he'll be out.  Patrick Lalime will be given the chance to be the guy and maybe he could go on a similar run as backups like Ty Conklin or Scott Clemmensen did over the past few years... but we wouldn't count on it as Lalime has never proven be a player that raises his game when the chips are down.  Jhonas Enroth, the young Swede, is another option but his play in the AHL this year doesn't give us great hope that he's ready yet. 

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

Brunette Andrew Brunette sat out his second straight game with his LBI.  He was on a 509 consecutive game stretch so this isn't just a little sprain.  But don't expect him to miss too much time, he should be back sometime next week.

Owen Nolan left yesterday's game with an LBI.  Coach Jacques Lemaire said it didn't look good and the team might have to call somebody up.  Expect Nolan to miss at least a few games...par for the course if you own this old fella.

Cam Barker left yesterday's game after taking a puck to the leg, no word on the extent yet.

Joni Pitkanen returned to the lineup yesterday after missing two games with a UBI and he made people take note with a two point comeback. 

Distraction of the Day      

What's distracting us today?  Looks like the Crosby-Malkin feud is growing.  This can only be a good thing.  Even though the Penguins stink this year we're cheering for them to make the playoffs and hoping they meet up the Capitals in the post-season.  How good would that be?