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Daily Dosage - Feb. 4, 2009

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McCabe Bryan McCabe had the overtime winner last night against the Leafs in Toronto and that's gotta feel good for the Caber to give the giant bird-flip to all the fans and management who ushered him out.  He's bouncing back a little bit this year but he's nowhere near the fantasy stud that he was during his glory years with the Leafs when he was a regular 6 category contributor.

So Cory Clouston's big idea to fix the Senators... try to wrap your head around this one... Spezza-Heatley-Alfredsson, all together, on one line?!?!  How original.  So how did it work you ask?... well lets just say that they got shutout by the LA Kings, so you be the judge.  Didn't notice any other major changes from Coach Clouston's first game although Dany Heatley's ice time was down to below 17 minutes so well have to keep an eye on that over the next little while.

It was Mason v Mason last night and Chris topped Steve to pull out the victory.  We told you about Chris Mason yesterday as he had a pretty sweet January whereas Steve is probably just looking for the bed as he's been fighting mono for last little while... but the CBJs have no choice but to play him, what are they going to do... start Wade Dubielewicz?  This isn't the Islanders, my friend.

Sundin Mats Sundin picked up a goal and an assist last night.  Pavol Demitra was moved on his line for the first time last night so maybe that will help the big Swede get his engine started.  He only has 5 points in 10 games so there is nowhere to go but up.

Yann Danis continues to amaze.  Yesterday he stopped 29 of 30 shots and picked up his fourth straight win.  This cannot and will not continue.  Don't be suckered in to picking up Yanni.  Not only is he playing way over his head but number one guy (snicker) Joey MacDonald should be returning from injury this week.

A couple of noteworthy call-ups from the AHL... NYR called up Artem Anisimov as they're looking for some offense and that's what the big Russian does best as he's had 24 points in his last 18 games in Hartford.  Nashville recalled Patric Hornqvist after a so-so stint with Milwaukee, the main thing with him was that he needs to get his confidence back.  And lastly, Pittsburgh gave Luca Caputi his NHL debut last night and he responded with a goal on his first shift... it doesn't get much better than that.  Caputi had a slow start in the AHL this year but has picked it up lately with 27 points in his last 25 games.

Murphy Cory Murphy continues to produce and he picked up a PP assist last night.  That's five points in six games for the Bolts.  He's looking great as Tampa's PP QB and we expect him to produce at a 40+ point pace for the remainder of the season. Take a look on your wire for him.

Pekka Rinne started his fifth straight game and looked good...again.  He stopped 29 of 30 and picked up the win.  He's the #1 right now.  Start him with confidence.

Brad Boyes is a streaky player and so if he's on your fantasy team (he's on mine) then you want to make sure you're ahead of the streaks so you can get him in your lineup... well its time, Double B has 7 points in his last 3 games, so as a wise man once said... if the the horse is running, ride it!

Sticking with the Blue-Notes, we mentioned Carlo Colaiacovo yesterday and he kept the run going with 2 more assists last night to give him 11 points in his last 12 games.

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

Zetterberg Henrik Zetterberg should be rejoining the Wings tonight.  He's missed three games with back spasms, which have a tendency to linger, so keep an eye on how he goes his first few games back.  Good news for owners of Zetts but potentially bad news for Ville Leino.

Sam Gagner returned from his ankle injury about a week earlier than expected last night.  He had no points but he looks good to use if you normally would.  He only has 17 points, so we can't see you being in too much trouble without him the past three games.

Lubomir Visnovsky left last night's game with a dislocated shoulder, he'll be re-evaluated today but this is one to worry about if you're a fan of Lub's.

Brent Johnson was only planning on sitting on the bench last night but apparently his hip injury is acting up so he wasn't even able to do that.  He's listed as day-to-day but these injuries have really set BJ back as he's only started 3 of the past 17 games and Theodore has the Capitals rolling right now.

Backes David Backes left during the second period with an undisclosed injury last night.  More info when we get it.

Viktor Kozlov left last night's contest with a 'groin tweak'.  We're told that a 'groin tweak' is a bad thing but it sounds kinda good to us.  No word on severity yet but we can't see him being out too long

David Booth missed his second game with the flu...we don't expect him to miss anymore time.

Pavol Demitra returned from his groin strain last night so you can officially begin the countdown until his next injury strikes.

Distraction of the Day      

What's distracting us today?  We have four items that are distracting us today.  First up, Adam Graves had his number 9 retired by the Rangers last night:

Kinda odd the Blueshirts picked a Tuesday night for the event, but Graves seemed to enjoy it anyway.  Well, if that wasn't enough for him he'll now get the FHS-style tribute and we'll post his best fantasy season:

1993-94:  52 Goals, 27 Assists, 79 Points, 127 PIM. 

Add in the fact that Graves and the Rangers took home Lord Stanley and 1993-94 was a very good year for Adam Graves.

Secondly, we have a pretty good commercial courtesy of the Nashville Predators.  We're not sure who Taylor Swift is (we found out later, she's a country music star...which explains our ignorance) but if you like cute young cute blonde girls, as we do, you'll probably like her:
(Stick tap to
NHL Fanhouse)

The "rawrrrrrr" at the end is a particularly nice touch.

Third, on our distraction list is Marcel Dionne giving us his two cents about the modern player.  It's standard old-timers fair...'the new players make too much money...they don't play with passion....blah, blah, blah" but we don't want Marcel to think we've forgotten about him so we'll post the video anyway.  Maybe it would make him feel better to know the modern players are very jealous they don't get to wear the gold and purple uni he use to rock out in.

And finally, the recipe for this video: 10% baldness, 20% yelling, 20% bizarre, 50% crazy with a hint of video game dork.  The result: "Boom Slapshot".  We applaud his guy for trying to start another dynamite inspired catch-phrase...we think we'll use it for the next week.