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Daily Dosage - Mar. 2, 2009

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Toews Jonathan Toews is some kinda hot right now with 9+4=13 in his last eight games.  JT's had a few rough patches this year but he's been far from a sophomore slump as he's going to easily exceed his numbers from his rookie season and could hit the 35 goal/75 point plateau. 

Rumour that the Stars are going to put Sean Avery on re-entry waivers today and the the Rangers are expected to scoop him up.  Avery's had three points in eight AHL games with only eight PIMs.  We're not a big fan of this guy as it is and especially if he doesn't come with a boatload of PIMs, so we say: pass.

Michael Nylander has been a healthy scratch the past three games and while this would be par for the course based on the season Nylander's been having, we're hoping that it signals that the Caps may have hopes that they can trade the guy.  He comes with a big ticket so that's the hold-up but if he get dealt we think he could find new life and would help many fantasy hockey GMs down the stretch. 

BrodeurMarty Brodeur is making everybody forget about how badly Scott Clemmensen got the shaft.  Last night, Brodeur stopped all 27 Flyer shots to give him two shutouts in the three games he's played since he came back from his arm injury.  The Devils have only two games this week so Marty will get a little rest.

Claude Giroux was sent down to the AHL to make room for Danny Briere's return... it's a shame cause the rookie was starting to play well (seven points in his last ten games) and starting to see decent minutes and on the PP.  Hopefully his demotion won't last long.

The 8-6 Tampa win over Calgary last night probably made (and broke) a few fantasy weeks.  If you're in a head-to-head league hopefully you own Jarome Iginla (2+3=5), Michael Cammalleri (1+2=3), Mark Recchi (0+5=5), Vinny Lecavalier (1+2=3) or Marty St. Louis (2+1=3).

StamkosHe didn't have the biggest game last night but Steve Stamkos picked up two more points anyway.  He now has 10 points in his last 11 games.  Probably not worth a start this year but he's somebody you should be expecting a big increase from next year.

Craig Anderson continues his hot and cold play last night.  He stopped 32 of 34 to pick up the win against the Caps.  Since Tomas Vokoun's ear injury Anderson has let in 6, 1, 7 and 2 goals.  He's obviously a risky start and he shouldn't be starting for much longer.

This is only an AHL suspension but still newsworthy as Steve Downie has been suspended for slashing a linesman in the shins.  He says it was not intentional but he's probably in for a lengthy suspension nonetheless.

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

Vanek Thomas Vanek is expected to return to the lineup on Thursday from his broken jaw.  Well, you've almost made it Vanek owners.  Like you, the Sabres have really missed Vanek -- they have scored only three goals in their last three games.  Derek Roy and Drew Stafford (both zero points in last three games) will particularly benefit from Vanek's return.

Daniel Briere finally returned to the Flyers' lineup yesterday.  Hopefully he'll be re-lapse free this time and can get back in the groove.

David Booth had to leave yesterday's game with bruised ribs, we don't know much on the extent yet but ribs would not be our first choice of injury, so be nervous Booth owners. 

Viktor Kozlov re-aggravated that groin injury that's been dogging him for a while and he had to miss yesterday's game.  He's listed as day-to-day again but he missed nine games with the same injury in February.

Distraction of the Day 

What's distracting us today?  We saw a pretty bizarre video on NHL.com.  It features NHL rookie Devin Setoguchi and his off-season hobby...badminton.

This also gives an excuse to use the word 'shuttlecock'. 

The Gooch isn't the first pro-athlete to go all Badminty on us...it might be an epidemic: