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Daily Dosage - Feb. 28, 2009

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Osgood Chris Osgood looked mentally and physically refreshed in his return to the ice last night as he stopped 30 of 31 shots to pick up the win over LA.  This was a great sign for Ozzie and the Wings as he hadn't given up less than two goals in any of last ten appearances.  So Ozzie looks to be back in the mix and Ty Conklin, winner of his last six starts in a row, just can't gain the trust of the Wings and will be relegated to platooning for now.

Mathieu Schneider's rejuvenation and the his rejuvenation of Montreal's PP is nothing sort of remarkable.  Schneider's been with Montreal for five games, in which they are 3-1-1, and he's 3+2=5 with all his points coming on the PP.

Two other people that may have a thing or two to do with Montreal's revival are Alex Kovalev and Jaroslav Halak.  Kovalev's had seven points in the three games since returning from his house arrest and Halak is 4-1 in his last five games with a 2.47 gaa & .940 sv%.  Montreal is going to need Carey Price to regain his form before the playoffs but it would be hard to remove Halak from the nets now, so expect him to be in there as long as he stays hot.

Stamkos From the "good signs" department, Steve Stamkos is shooting the puck more lately (3.0 spg over his last eight games while he season average is 2.1) and the pucks are starting to go in... as he's got six goals in his last eight games.  

Chris Kunitz laced 'em up for the Penguins last night and looked good in his debut with a goal and an assist.  No Crosby last night so he played with Jordan Staal and on the #1 PP unit with Malkin and Sykora.  We'll have to see how the lines shake out once Sidney returns.  One thing that was noticeable was that Miroslav Satan might be the odd man out as the addition of Kunitz dropped his ice-time down to under nine minutes (although he still managed two points).

Nick Boynton is the latest NHLer to be sent home and told to take a mental health break.  Apparently things got a little heated between him and Coach Pete DeBoer over Boynton's lack of playing time, so the team told him to cool off for a bit.  Word is that he could be done in Florida and may be waived... either way, hopefully your fantasy team will survive the loss.

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

Hossa Marian Hossa missed last night's game with a sore neck that he suffered in Wednesday's game vs San Jose.  He's probably out of tonight's game vs Nashville as well.

Cory Stillman took a puck off the foot in practice on Thursday and couldn't go that night and is probably questionable for this weekend's games.

Philly delayed Daniel Briere's return, again.  They claim it wasn't due to cap issues and that Briere was still feeling pain, so hopefully he'll be good to go on Sunday. 

Distraction of the Day 

What's distracting us today?  We came across from footage of an Under-19's game between Australia and New Zealand:

They aren't too bad.  The game was played in Taipei making it possible the most international game of hockey ever played.

The video of the Kiwi's playing hockey reminded us of one of our favourite all time videos...the NZ Ice Hockey Team (aka the Ice Blacks) doing the Haka:

It's just doesn't look right...and it definitely wouldn't strike fear into the opposition like it's supposed to.  If you're not familar with the Haka and you need a comparison check out the All-Blacks (the NZ rugby team) do it properly: