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Daily Dosage - Mar. 13, 2009

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Blake After a crazy run of 27 points in 21 games Jason Blake has picked up only two points in the Leafs last six games.  With no Dominic Moore on his line it might take Blake a bit of time to find some chemistry with new linemate Lee Stempniak.  Somebody has to score for the Leafs so expect Blake to be a decent fantasy source down the stretch...just don't bet the farm on him.

Due to his injury earlier this year Andy McDonald is flying well below a few radars.  After missing 36 games with an ankle injury he's picked up 14 points in 14 games.  He now has 30 points in 30 games this season...those numbers could help a lot of fantasy teams.  A few warnings with McD: don't expect too many goals (only 10 this season) and watch out for that ugly +/- (currently at -11).

Nikolai Zherdev played only six minutes in last night's win over the Panthers.  After picking up an assist in the first, he coughed up the puck which resulted in a Nashville goal and Zherdev riding the pine the rest of the way.  Uh oh.  John Tortorella's dog house is not a place you want your fantasy players to be.  He's been playing at a 60 point pace for the last two seasons so hopefully this won't affect his minutes down the road.

Antoine Vermette has four points in three games with his new club and seems to be clicking with his new linemates, RJ Umberger and Jason Williams.

Brind'amour After starting the season with 31 points and a -31 in his first 63 games Rod Brind'Amour has put up a nice run the last five...four goals, three assists and a +4.  Maybe Brind'Amour still has a bit of gas left in the tank.  Don't expect this engine to keep going at this level for much longer.

4+4=8 in the last eight games for Stevie Stamkos and its nice to see Tampa finally give him some decent ice-time and linemates... he's been playing with Marty St.Louis and Ryan Malone lately. Btw, Malone has seven points and 11 PIMs in his last seven games and despite being a colossal waste of money he may reach the 30 goal level this year.

Another Kyle Okposo update... a goal (OT winner) and seven shots in 23 minutes of ice last night as KO extended his goal streak to four games.  His buddy Blake Comeau has a six game point streak going and has eight points during the streak... not bad, if you're in to the Isles.

A nice little stretch from Ryan Suter lately with 11 points and 23 PIMs in his last 15 games.  Suter's been overshadowed by Shea Weber this year but his numbers (37 points & 67 PIMs) are not that far off his much more heralded teammate (Weber has 42 points, 74 PIMs and a lot more shots).

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

Kovalchuk Ilya Kovalchuk had to shut it down last night after one shift. He left with a UBI that the team says has been bothering him for a little while and despite saying that he's day-to-day, Coach John Anderson may have been hinting at something more serious when he said, "We don’t want to say too much right now because we don’t know for sure." [more

Patrik Berglund missed last night's game with a sore back, he's listed as day-to-day.

Ilya Bryzgalov sat out last night's game with an ankle injury... just when Wayne thinks things can't get any worse. 

Two Islanders left their road trip to return to New York for evaluation... Joey MacDonald has a knee thing that's bothering him and with Sean Bergenheim, its the groin.

Tomas Kaberle is back traveling with the team after injuring his hand.  He's not expected to play this Saturday against the Flames but he should be good to go next week.  If you're a gambling man, you may want to roll the dice and start him next week.

Returning to action last night were: Sheldon Souray, Phil Kessel, Chris Neil, Danny Briere and Michael Nylander.

Distraction of the Day 

What's distracting us today?  A video for your viewing pleasure today...

We get to see Elliotte Friedman bumble his way through another interview.  This time it's with good friends Jason Bay of the Boston Red Sox and Shawn Horcoff at the World Baseball Classic: