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Daily Dosage - Feb. 14, 2009

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Boyes Brad Boyes continued his hot streak last night with the only goal in a 1-0 soccer match vs Chicago.  Boyes is 5+8=13 in his last 8 games and we told you to ride the horse that's running last week cause when Double B gets hot he's unconscious but then he tends to fall asleep for a few weeks after that.

Remember how brutal Marty Turco was at the beginning of the year?... well, he's been just as brutally awesome lately.  Check out his numbers in his last 10 games... 8-2, 1.52, .945.  If you're a regular reader then you know that we begged you earlier in the year to either hold on to this guy or buy low cause he always has a 2nd half resurgence.  Hopefully you listened and are reaping the benefits right now.... in the wise words of Hannibal from the A-Team, I love it when a plan comes together.  

Thornton Jumbo Joe Thornton picked up four assists in the Sharks loss to the Sabres last night.  Good to see the big fella have a huge game finally...he's been kinda human lately (two points in six games before last night).  He now has 62 points in 52 games.

Scott Clemmensen and the Devils put up the big goose egg against the mighty Bruins last night.  The Clem Dawg stopped 31 shots and looked very good.  Nobody is exactly sure how much playing time he'll get when Marty Brodeur returns but we would guess he'll start about a third of the time.   

We'll mention one of our young favourites, Matt Niskanen, again as the kid had another assist last night and has 9 points (all assists) and a +7 in his last 7 games.  He's a great add, especially in points-only leagues.

Rivet If you're really desperate for help on the blue line you might want to roll out Craig Rivet.  He only has 15 points this year so he should be available in your league and he's been on a bit of tear recently.  He's picked up nine points in his last 10...including three assists last night.  Don't get too excited though, he's scored more than 25 points only once in his career.

Tomas Vokoun and Henrik Lundqvist stole the show as they had quite the battle last night.  Lundqvist stopped 42 of 43 and Vokoun stopped 34 of 35 before Vokoun won the game in the shootout. 

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

Sidney Crosby is suffering from the flu.  He missed practice yesterday but he's expected to suit up for the Pens against the Leafs tonight. 

Antero Niittymaki (who's become a regular in this space the past few days) has the influenza and is questionable for today's afternoon start vs the Islanders.

Streit Mark Streit (who's been out for four games with a UBI) is expected to play for the Islanders today.  He's one of the better fantasy d-men out there (especially if your league counts PP points) so make sure he's in there if you have daily changes.

Teemu Selanne has been suffering with a sinus infection and he admitted that its been sapping his energy, which would explain his dip in ice time and production lately.  Hopefully he gets over the sniffles soon and can get back to leading this scout's fantasy team to the title. 

Last night, Steve Mason returned from his bout with mono and shut down the Red Wings.  He stopped 32 of 34 and looks like he's back to his old self.

Also returning to action from the injured list last night was: Andrej Sekera.

Distraction of the Day      

What's distracting us today?  We were trying to think of a clever link between these two clips but gave up.  The only excuse we have is we're engaged in full-on trade talks in our fantasy league.  Hey, the Distraction of the Day is important...but we're talking about fantasy trading here. 

First, a behind the scene look at the hockey mom at the NHL Entry Draft.  We wonder what Mrs. Tavares and Mrs. Hedman are doing around June?  We think we need to go and call our moms now: 

Secondly, if you like NHL players (in particular the San Jose Sharks) answering random questions with quick'll love this video: