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Daily Dosage - Mar. 1, 2009

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Arnott Hat-Trick last night for Jason Arnott and he and the entire Preds 1st line (well entire lineup really) was rolling in a 8-0 spanking of the Red Wings.  Arnott's been finding the back of the net lately with 10+5=15 in his last 14, JP Dumont's been setting him up with 1+8=9 in his last six and Steve Sullivan's been doing a little bit of everything with 4+4=8 in his last six.

Back-to-back multi-point games for Matt Hunwick since being recalled as he filled in for Milan Lucic yesterday on the top line with Marc Savard and Phil Kessel.  Can't imagine this gig will last too long for Hunney-Bear but with the Bruins having a four game week coming up Hunwick could be worth a start if you're desperate on the back-end.

Similar situation for Ville Koistinen in Nashville as he lined up at forward as well and finished with two points in the rout over the Wings.  Koistinen's pretty likely to be a healthy scratch next game so we wouldn't recommend you take any action here, although we like his offensive skills so watch out if he gets traded at the deadline as his situation could really improve.

Peverley Rich Peverley was back on Ilya Kovalchuk's line for part of last night's game.  He picked up two goals and now has 21 points in his last 19 games.  That's a nice stretch and there's no reason not to expect him to continue putting up the points while he's playing with Kovy.

Jaroslav Halak continued his impressive streak last night stopping 46 of 49 shots against the Sharks.  Everybody expects the Habs to eventually go back to Carey Price but they can't take Halak out when he's playing like this.  He's started and won four games in a row.

Steve Ott has been suspended pending a hearing for eye-gouging Travis Moen during a fight right at the end of their game yesterday... eye-gouging? really?  What does he think he's George 'The Animal" Steele?  Well regardless, it worked out well for fantasy GMs as Ott had two points to go with his 15 PIMs yesterday, although you may have to do without as he'll probably have to miss a few main events this week.

WeberShea Weber had a big game last night.  A goal, assist, 5 PIM's and an impressive +5 in the 8-0 win over the Red Wings.  After a rough stretch (one point in 14 games) he's been much better lately (five points in four games).

Patrick Lalime played his third straight game last night but couldn't pick up a win for the third straight time.  Yann Danis and the Isles shutout the Sabres 2-0.  Lalime's been pretty good as the Sabres number 1 so far, (.932 sv%) but his team hasn't done much to help him. 

Pavel Kubina picked up two goals (one game tying and one game winning) last night.  He now has 12 points in his last 11 games.  There's a strong possibility he'll be traded before the deadline which would likely increase his value. 

Guerin Bill Guerin wasn't in the lineup last night.  Apparently he wasn't injured and participated in the pre-game skate.  No reason was giving by the Isles which is causing some to speculate that Guerin has been dealt.  A trade to a contender would be a big boost for Guerin's trade value.  More info as we get it.

If Billy G does get traded then it will also help some of the young guys on the Islanders who have been waiting for more ice-time.  Sean Bergenheim is one... he's got four goals in his last four games and seven points in his last 8.  Probably not going to help you this year but keep watch him down the stretch with an eye towards next year.

Robert Nilsson was a healthy scratch last night for the Oilers.  Might have something to do with the fact that he's gone seven games without a point or 14 games without a goal... but that's just speculation on our part.

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

GaborikMarian Gaborik is progressing in his comeback from his groin surgery.  He's expected to begin practicing this week and should be getting back into games around March 21st.  If you've got a free roster spot and somebody dropped him in your league now's the time to grab him and stash him.

Daniel Briere was (finally) activated from the IR and is expected to lace 'em up today for the Flyers. 

Tomas Kaberle returned last night after missing 13 games with a broken hand and his mitts looked fine as he had an assist.  He could be on the move at the deadline although Brian Burke may have priced him out of the market so he may be destined to stay in Toronto and build on his frosty -13. 

Also returning to action from the injured list yesterday was: Marc Savard, Jaroslav Spacek, Sergei Samsonov, JM Liles, Denis Grebeshkov, Carlo Colaiacovo and Mike Van Ryn

Distraction of the Day 

What's distracting us today?  Don Cherry laid into Alex Ovechkin (and soccer players) last night:

Nice to see somebody sticking up for Sid the pretty much everybody is jumping on the Ovie bandwagon.

From one old guy yelling about Ovechkin to another...Dick Vitale offers a few tips to Barack Obama on watching sport in the nation's capital.  After a long chat about the local college basketball teams Dickie V gives a plug for the Capitals and in particular Ovechkin (at the 1:15 remaining mark):

If Obama decides to attend his first ever hockey game, it's looking like he's picked a great city and team to lose his hockey virginity to.