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Daily Dosage - Mar. 23, 2009

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Backstrom, niklas After posting a very un-Backstrom like gaa of 3.34 in March, Niklas Backstrom picked up a big game yesterday afternoon...a 31 save shutout of the Oilers.  It was only his second shutout since January 6th so it would be nice for the Wild and Backstrom owners if he strung a few good games together down the stretch.

Marc Savard scored only his second goal in his last 18 games last night.  It was looking like he was going to set new career highs in goals a month or two ago but he'll need to get hot to do that now.  He's still picking up the assists so all is not lost with Savard.

Shane Doan is still putting up the numbers even though Olli Jokinen has left town.  After a 1+1=2 night last night he has 10 points in his last eight games.  Use him as you would.

Kostitsyn,sergei Sergei Kostitsyn was recalled by the Habs yesterday.  One of our (and most people's) big breakout picks this season hasn't come close to delivering on the hype.  We wouldn't expect too much from Sergei down the stretch.  Next year though things should be better.

Ilya Bryzgalov started games on back-to-back days for the Coyotes.  He didn't too fare well (six goals on 30 shots) but it looks like Gretzky is going to ride Bryz down the stretch.  He's not the most consistent option out there but he'll help in some deep leagues.

Havlat With two goals last night Marty Havlat upped his season totals to 24+39=63.  He's on pace to set a new career high in points...which has more to do with him setting a career high in games played than anything else.

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

As we told you about yesterday Rob Blake missed the Sharks game on Sunday with an LBI.  It doesn't sound very serious so consider Blake day-to-day.

Paul Stastny missed yesterday's game with a bruised foot he picked up by blocking a shot.  He's day-to-day so he shouldn't miss much time but you might want to sit him next week if you have a decent option.

Marek Zidlicky couldn't got last night as he has a LBI and is listed as day-to-day.

Hanzal Martin Hanzal missed last night's game with an unknown injury.  We know it's either a UBI or an LBI.  Not sure how long he'll be out for but it shouldn't be too hard to replace his production (28 points).

Big news (maybe) on the injury front as Marian Gaborik returned from injury last night.  He played 18 minutes and had six shots on goal with no points.  Roll the dice with Gabby if you're feeling lucky...he hasn't managed to play in more than four games in a row all season.

It wasn't all good news for the Wild in their 3-0 win over the Oilers.  Captian Mikko Koivu left in the first period with a knee injury.  No info has been released on the injury yet but he's questionable for the upcoming road trip.  You might want to sit Koivu to play it safe...especially if you're battling it out in your league.

Matt Cullen left Saturday's game with a LBI and will miss tonight's game but is only listed as day-to-day.

Michal Rozsival left yesterday's game early with a leg injury, no word on the extent yet.

Returning to action from the injured list yesterday was: Patrick Sharp, Ruslan Salei and Randy Jones.

DIstraction of the Day 

What's distracting us today?  First off we heard yesterday that Marty Brodeur turned down David Letterman.  Brodeur was asked to read out the Top 10 list on the Late Show but declined.  We would have loved to have posted a Top 10 list in this segment but Marty turned down the late night giant because it was his daughter's birthday.  You gotta love that.  Good work Marty.

We'll stick with the goalies.  Brodeur appears to have his head screwed on properly.  We're not sure we can say the same thing about Bruin prospect Tuukka Rask.  Check out this footage from a Providence (AHL) game from Friday night: