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Daily Dosage - Mar. 17, 2009

Daily Diarrhea

Suter We mentioned Ryan Suter a few days ago when his point streak reached four games... well its up to seven games now so you may not want to wait much longer if he's available on your waiver wire.  He's been hot for the last little while as he's 2+11=13 with 25 PIMs in his last 17 games and we love the career progression as he's improved on his point total in each of his first four seasons: 16, 24, 31, 39 (so far this year).

Zach Bogosian is starting to justify his high draft spot as the rookie has points in four straight and we're not sure what came first but his ice time has really picked up over the past five games (eg 25 minutes last night versus his season average of 17).

Tobias Enstrom continued with his hot play last night as he put together a 1+1=2 night.  He now has six points in his last five games.  With Mathieu Schneider gone, Enstrom is looking more like the player who scored 38 points last year in his rookie season.

I don't think anyone has ever talked about the Thrashers dmen so much but we have one more comment... Anssi Salmela scored a goal last night in his second game with Atlanta after coming over in the Niclas Havelid deal. He played a season high 21:50 of ice time and on the #2 PP unit, keep your eye on how he finishes the year with an eye towards next season.

Lehtonen Sticking with the Thrashers, Kari Lehtonen has been one of the best players in the league the last couple of weeks.  Five games, five straight wins and only six goals allowed.  That's some kind of hot.

Steve Sullivan continues to produce even with his regular Cman, Jason Arnott, on the shelf.  Sully had a goal last night and that gives him 5+7=12 in his last 10 games. 

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

Ron Hainsey suffered a leg injury in last night's game.  No word yet on severity but we'll keep an ear to the ground.

Brian Pothier played his first game in 14 months last night.  He missed more than a year with concussion problems but he's jumped over the first hurdle.  He scored 35 points three years ago but we don't anticipate him making a fantasy impact down the stretch.

Green Pothier was replacing Mike Green in the lineup who missed the game with the flu.  Soft.  The Caps go again tonight so hopefully Greenie will harden up and get out there.

Andrew Brunette has apparently been playing on a partially torn ligament.  He'll need surgery at the end of the season but is toughing it out now.  His injury is going to damper his production so lower your expectations.  This is how you do it, Green.

Randy Jones picked up a hip/groin injury on Sunday and although the team is calling it "mild" (what are we talking about, salsa?) he'll probably miss about a week of action.

Kovalchuk It's possible Ilya Kovalchuk will be back in the lineup tonight vs. the Pens.  Nothing has been confirmed yet but if he doesn't make it back tonight we would definitely expect to see him this week at some point.

Jason Arnott missed last night's game with a UBI.  There are rumours floating around that the 'upper' in UBI is referring to his head...more specifically to a concussion.   More info when we get it but this doesn't sound good.

Distraction of the Day 

What's distracting us today?  Do you like awkward and uncomfortable moments?  If so, you'll love watching Steven Stamkos deliver season tickets to some lucky fans.  Our favourite Stamkos comment:

            "Next year we'll be better, I promise"

Now there's an understatement!

It's one thing when you get a decent player like Stamkos (or even better Crosby) delivering the tickets but the awkwardness grows exponentially when you get a little known player visiting strangers.  Like in this clip where Jeff Taffe confuses a little kid:

The only way that things could get worse (or better if you're looking at things from our perspective) is if you had somebody who wasn't a good conversationalist...maybe somebody who can't speak English very well: