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Daily Dosage - Feb. 8, 2009

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Danis islandersMckennaWe know you were excited about the epic goaltender battle last night.  That's right, we're talking about our pal Yann Danis butting heads with Mike Smith fill-in Mike McKenna.  The pair didn't disappoint as Danis stopped 27 of 28 and McKenna picked up his first career shutout for the win.  Unless Tampa Bay and the Islanders are allowed to only play each other for the rest of the year we don't recommend either of these guys.

Chris Mason responded very well to being officially handed the number one job after Manny Legace was waived.  He stopped 23 of 24 shots and picked up the 'W' last night.  It was only his eighth win of the season...which has more to do with his team than his play.  Speaking of Legace, he cleared waivers and will be playing in the AHL for the foreseeable future...time to drop.

Christian Ehrhoff picked up a goal and an assist last night.  He now has 24 points in 49 games which are numbers that will help teams in most leagues.  He's riding a hot streak (seven points in seven games) so he's looking like a good start right now.

Goligoski If you were stashing Alex Goligoski on your bench it might be a good time to clear the roster spot...A-Gol has been sent down to the AHL.  Barring an injury we don't see him coming back anytime soon...especially with Sergei Gonchar getting closer to returning.

Sergei Samsonov picked up a 1+3=4 night yesterday.  If you hung on and had him in your lineup...congratulations, you're a very patient owner.  The game marked the first multipoint game for S squared since January 2nd and gives him 30 points in 54 games.  Expect about the same for the rest of the year.

Green Mike Green is ridonkulous.  He scored two more goals last night and now has seven goals in six games and has a crazy 23 points in his last 18 games.  Those numbers would be good for a number one center...let alone a defenceman. 

Just when we think we've figured out Anahiem's goalie situation (Jonas Hiller as the number one) JS Giguere goes out and has two solid back-to-back games.  Last night he stopped 26 of 27 and the picked up the win against the struggling Flames.  We would expect Giguere and Hiller to split the starts until one of them steps up down the stretch.

Blake We can't believe we're saying this...but maybe it's time you went and picked up Jason Blake if he's available.  Blake scored two more last night, has 11 points in his last seven games and is playing at a 65 point pace on the year.  As you can tell we're not sure he can keep this going but when you're playing at this pace you have to roll the dice on him.

Brad Boyes hot streak stayed hot last night as he picked up a goal, an assist and was plus-3.  He's one of the streakiest players in the game so enjoy the ride while you can.  He now has nine points in his last five games.

Edler Big game by the Canucks last night and in particular Mats Sundin (1+2=3) and Alex Edler (1+3=4).  Sundin might be heating up finally as he now has five points in his last two games.  As for Edler, we like him a lot but he's too inconsistent too help in most leagues. One of these years he's going to put it all together...keep an eye on him for next year.

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

Steve 'the man' Mason has been placed on IR by the Jackets.  The move is retro to Wednesday so he's able to play as early as this coming Tuesday.  Dan LaCosta filled in for Mason last night and...ho-hum...shut down the first place Sharks and picked up the win in OT in his first NHL game..

Ryder Two days ago we reported that Michael Ryder took a stick to the face and after a few stitches he would be good to go last night.  Well now the Bruins are telling us (well not us, exactly) that the injury is much more severe.  Ryder is out indefinitely with a facial fracture and may need surgery.  We don't know how long indefinitely will actually be, but hopefully we'll find out more on Monday.

Mike Richards missed another game with the flu.  Looks like he'll be a game time decision for tonight's game.

Vanek Thomas Vanek took a slapshot to the face in the first last night and left with what Lindy Ruff called a 'sizable laceration on his jaw'.  He didn't return to the game.  No word yet on severity but he's going in for a scan on Monday so we should know soon. 

Also leaving part way through their games were Milan Hejduk (jaw), Daniel Carcillo (unknown), and Chris Neil (leg).  Haven't heard anything about the extents yet but we'll keep an ear to the ground for you.

Returning to action last night were: Milan Lucic, Manny Fernandez, Steve Reinprecht and Tom Gilbert

Distraction of the Day      

What's distracting us today?  We've gotten some feedback that our distractions are usually pretty juvenille and really don't have any substance (we would link to an example but there are so many to choose from).  In order to appease this vocal minority we thought we would go all emotional on you today.  Worst case scenario we might show a few chicks how sensitive we are. We'll see if we can make it through the whole post without posting something stupid.  It will be tough.

First up.  With the rash off parent-on-parent and parent-on-referee violence that been associated with minor hockey this kid really hits the message home of what's really important in youth sports.  All you minor league coaches and parents really need to listen:

Second up, 5-foot-nothin', 100 and nothin' and he has barely a speck of athletic ability and he's hung in there with the best hockey players for nine seasons....it's Brian Rafalski:

Oops, wrong video, although that last one did make us cry -- how's that for sensitivity bitches?  We always get Rafalski and 'Rudy'mixed up.  Here's the video we meant to link to...take a listen as Rafalski's tells of his unexpected rise to NHL stardom.  It's not Rudy-inspirational but it's up there:

One last video...Mikhail Grabovski is a barbie girl:

Damn...we were so close.