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Daily Dosage - Mar. 22, 2009

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Setoguchi It's looking like the line shakeup the Sharks did is working...although not as expected.  We told you Jon Cheechoo is now on line #1 and Devin Setoguchi is on line #2.  Yesterday afternoon, Cheechoo had zero points and a minus one.  Setoguchi went 1+1=2 with a +3 and his linemate Joe Pavelski went 1+2=3 also with a +3.  Things could change quickly when Ryane Clowe returns next week...so keep reading FHS.

With another three assists last night Daniel Alfredsson kept his hot streak going.  He's scored 13 points in only nine games.  Even though he's down from last year's pace (89 points) he's one of the hottest in the league right now.

Ward, cam Cam Ward pitched a beauty last night...stopping 31 of 32 Capital shots.  The Canes and Ward are en fuego right now...last 10 games started by Ward: 7 wins, 2 OT losses and 1 loss.  Keep Ward active until he cools.

Evgeni Malkin will not be suspended for his cheap shot on Wayne Simmons.  Double standard or not he won't miss anytime for you Malkin owners.

Grabovski Mikail Grabovski went 1+3=4 last night against the Habs.  It was a good thing because he was in a bit of a slump.  He's up to 18+22=40 in 69 games which is nice but we think he might have another big jump in points next year...especially if the Leafs bring in some talent.  Of course with M-Grab's big night comes a big night from his linemate Alexei Ponikarovsky.  Ponk went 2+2=4...his second four point game in his last four games.  He's a decent start but as with most young lines there will be ups-and-downs.

With Carey Price's game in shambles the Habs really need Jaroslav Halak to step it up if they are going to have any chance at making the playoffs.  That didn't happen last night as Halak let in five goals on 37 shots.  Montreal now sits only one point ahead of ninth place Buffalo.  Deep breath Hab fans.

Ed Jovanovski potted his seventh goal of the season last night.  After 12 goals and 51 points last year fantasy owners wanted a lot more from Jovo-Cop this season.  On the plus side, he's already over 100 PIM's this year.

Elliot By stopping 20 of 22 shots last night Brian Elliott picked up his eighth straight win.  He is 15-4 now.  Cory Clouston is a genius.

Steven Stamkos is looking like a whole new player nowadays.  After starting the season with a measley 14 points in 40 games he's picked up 24 points in his last 29 games.  If you project his last 29 games over 82 that's 69 points.  If you're in a keeper league go grab him if he's available.

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

Richards, brad Brad Richards owners we have some good news and bad news.  The good news is Richards returned on Saturday from the broken right wrist that kept him out of 15 games.  The bad news is that Richards broke a bone in the other hand and is out for the rest of the season.  We couldn't make this up if we tried.

Rob Blake suffered a LBI in yesterday afternoon's game against the Stars.  No word on severity yet but Blake left the game in the 2nd and did not return.

DIstraction of the Day 

What's distracting us today?  We're sure you've seen Alex Ovehckin's latest antics after scoring his 50th goal on Thursday night.  If not, have a look:

Apparently it was Jose Theodore's idea.  So now the Caps have another reason to start Simeon Varlamov.  Our opinion?  We think the media is blowing this whole thing out of perspective but premediated celebrations are a bit lame in our eyes.  But really, what do you care what we think?  You probably want to hear what somebody important thinks:

Bruce Boudreau:

"We had a little talk," he said. "I won't say what we talked about, but we talked."

After a pause, Boudreau added: "It's the first and only time I've seen that happen in all the time I've been watching Alex. I've never seen him do a celebration like that. But I don't expect it to happen again." (Washington Post)

Alexander Ovechkin:

"Oh yeah, [Cherry] is going to be [ticked] off for sure," Ovechkin said Thursday. "I love it - love it. I can't wait to when he say something about it Saturday night. Coach's Room? No, Coach's Corner - old coaches, old system. It will be good."

And he added...

"Bruce asked me what I mean to do this," Ovechkin said. "I just have fun. He said people might think I don't respect different team. But I respect everybody. I don't want to show bad things. I show my thing. It was not disrespect."

"Everybody right now don't like my celebration when I score a goal and jump to the glass or do something like that," he added. "But I only do something new. It's just my thing. I was just happy that I scored 50 goals." (all from the Washington Post)

Rick Tocchet:

"I grew up in the old days in the Spectrum where in the first period, after that happened, it might have been a three hour first period. It's not something I like. It's hard for me to see that in our building." (The 700 Level)

(FHS Note: So why didn't you so something then, Rick?  Where's Steve Downie when you need him?)

Mike Green:

"He wanted me to join in, but there was no way I was joining in on that," he said. "I just kind of stood back and let him do what he does. I think it is great."  (Washington Post)

Sidney Crosby:

"I'm sure he's trying to prove a point," said Crosby, who has said he does not care for Ovechkin's flamboyant style.

"He's been probably criticized a bit about it and wants to show that that's something that is important to him, to show that passion, and that's fine." (Post-Gazette)

Ryan Malone:

"I was in the [penalty] box at the time, but you remember something like that and make sure he pays the right way," Malone told the Tampa Tribune. "He's going to do what he's going to do, and it's up to us to react the way we should." (Post-Gazette)

Nick Foligno, Jarome Iginla, Mike Fisher, Kevin Bieska, Jason Spezza, Nick Kypreos, Cory Clouston, Willie Mitchell, Kyle Wellwood, Daniel Alfredsson, Shane O'Brien, Brad Boyes, and Dan Hinote:

and finally...Don Cherry

Friday March 27th.  The Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Washington Capitals.  Prepare for media onslaught.