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Daily Dosage - Apr. 6, 2009

Daily Diarrhea 

Vokoun Tomas Vokoun returned to the net yesterday after being nailed to the bench for four straight and he responded by stopping 41 of 43 shots to beat the Pittsburghers and pull Florida into a tie with the Rangers for the last playoff spot in the East.  Craig Anderson played well while Vokoun refreshed on the bench but coach Pete DeBoer seemed pretty intent on getting TV back in there as he knows where his bread is buttered, so to speak.  Look for Vokoun to start the rest of the way.

Another goalie who has a firm grasp on the #1 job is Nikolai Khabibulin in Chicago.  The Hawks were just kinda blah with Cris Huet in net while Khabi was out injured but since he's been back Chicago has ramped it up and have really reduced the shots their allowing lately.  Khabi's 6-1 in his last seven starts with nice averages...1.96 gaa & .912 sv%.

Three-pointer yesterday for Brooks Laich gives him 50 for the year and we call that a breakout season here at Fantasy Hockey Scouts.  He took a nice jump after 37 points last year and is one to watch in you playoff pool as he's smokin' lately with 2+7=9 in his last five games and has been seeing some time on a line with Backstrom and Semin and also on the the #1 PP unit.

Cheechoo Jonathon Cheechoo went 1+1=2 last night and now has five points in his last five games.  Maybe he's finally starting to gel with Joe Thornton or maybe he's just toying with your emotions to get you to pick him up again only to start to suck as soon as you put him in your lineup.

Sidney Crosby owners received a bit of a bonus last night.  He didn't score any points but he picked up seven PIM's in a fight with Keith Ballard (video).  It's not the greatest fight but we appreciate him trying.  Crosby was sticking up for Geno Malkin after he was crushed by a nice (and legal) hip check by Ballard.

Alex Ovechkin picked up two assists last night to give him 55+51=106 and is now only two points behind Malkin for the NHL lead.  If he ends up leading the league in points you would have to think he has the Hart wrapped up.  Btw, Ove's 11 shots last night puts him over 500 shots on the year, unbelievable... Eric Staal is 2nd with 360.

Hossa Both Marian Hossa and Pavel Datysuk went 1+1=2 last night.  Hossa has been a bit of a let down this season...his 68 points in 72 games are nice but we were thinking he might end the year with around 90. 

We thought the Avalanche were losing on purpose?  Somebody on the Coyotes thinks so.  Well it didn't look like it last night as they beat up on the 'Nuck's 4-1.  Milan Hedjuk led the way with a three points and a +3.  His 58 points are an improvement on last year (54 points) and he has a good shot at 60 points.  Rookie TJ Galiardi had two goals for the Avs, as he got a chance to play on the top line with Hejduk and Tucker (not sure we can call that a #1 line, lets just call it line #2A and leave the #1 line vacant).  TJ was a decent point producer in junior but has had a rough year in the AHL this year so we won't be expecting a breakout season next year.

Took down our old poll, the majority of you guys said Alex Burrows was the right waiver wire add if you had one forward spot and Burrows made you look smart with 6+4=10 & 29 PIMs in his last 10 games.  Our new poll wants to know who you're pulling for down the stretch... this scout would like to see the Blues sneak in as the kids are fun to watch. 

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

Legwand Reports coming out of Nashville that David Legwand will 'find a way to play' if the team makes the playoffs.  Since Legwand is out with a facial fracture we like this.  Maybe Versus could make a commercial featuring him?

No Kristian Huselius yesterday for the CBJs, he apparently picked up a concussion the other night so he may be resting for a while.

Daily Distraction

What's distracting us today?  For some strange reason we're feeling nostalgic today.  Not that we were even alive when these commercials aired but we do miss ads this hilariously bad:

First up, we get to see Phil Esposito, Ron Duguay, Dave Maloney and Anders Hedberg make fools of themselves.  We hope the free jeans were worth it:

That commercial was so popular they even made a sequel.

Next, we get to see Lanny McDonald sing, dance and...yup you guessed it, make a fool of himself:

This has to be the worst quality commercial we have ever seen.  Which of course, makes it awesome:

This next clip has one of the greatest lines in commercial history.  "Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good".  Classic.

Finally, we'll close out with Bob and Doug McKenzie.  Anything with those two automatically qualifies as awesome but when you add in The Flower it's super awesome: