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Daily Dosage - Apr. 11, 2009

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Tkachuk Congrats to the Blues on punching their ticket for the dance, they're back baby... Keith Tkachuk was the driving force yesterday as he had three points and that's his third straight multi-point game.  KT doesn't see a regular shift on one of the top lines but he is a staple on the #1 PP unit and that's where he does a lot of his damage.

Also congrats to the Ducks who clinched the final playoff spot yesterday... Scott Niedermayer has been the man lately eight points in his last five games and if you think the Ducks have a playoff run in them then Scotty should be one of your top playoff pool picks.

Calgary only dressed 15 skaters last night, hilarious... also slightly hilarious are Miikka Kiprusoff's number since the beginning of March... 8-9-0, 3.29, .884... that's not going to get it done in the playoffs.

Weber Nashville was eliminated yesterday but one guy whose season cannot be discounted is Shea Weber.  He really stepped up to level of the elite fantasy hockey dmen finishing tied for 2nd among dmen in goals (23), top 10 in points (53), 3rd in shots (251) and had a solid 80 PIMs to boot. 

Can't mention Weber without mentioning his fantasy hockey twin this year, Sheldon Souray.  Double S has one game to go but is currently tied with Weber in goals, assists, points and +/-... and also has similar number of PIMs (98) and shots (265).  Freaky, hopefull Weber doesn't catch Souray's injury bug.

Pittsburgh cleared Miroslav Satan through re-entry waivers yesterday so he'll join them for the playoffs, he could surprise but we're about as interested in picking him in our playoff pool as he is interested in exerting himself on the ice.

Brunnstrom Fabian Brunnstrom didn't live up to the over-blown expectations that everyone had coming into the season but he did have a few highlights including a hat-trick in his first NHL game and a season ending hot streak where he managed 4+2=6 in his last five games.  We like what we've seen lately and he'll be a breakout candidate next season.

Steve Ott finished with three points yesterday and that gives him 46 points in an injury shortened 64 game season.  Add his surprising offensive touch to his 135 PIMs and he was a pretty valuable fantasy contributor this year.  We're not convinced that he'll build on this next year but he could be a nice addition as only a handful of guys with over a 100 PIMs had more points than Ott this year.

We thought James Sheppard would take a jump in his 2nd season but maybe year three is more doable.  He's only had 24 points this year but eight of those points have come in his last 10 games so maybe its a sign that next year could bring bigger and better numbers (especially if Jackie Lemaire retires).

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

Bergeron With all the playoff spots wrapped up, look for a lot of guys to be rested over the weekend... one that we're expecting is Patrice Bergeron as he picked up a foot injury on Thursday but was able to finish the game.  He'll probably sit out one or both of the Bruins games this weekend but should be ready for the start of the playoffs.

Kris Versteeg picked up a UBI in practice and so he's questionable for the Hawks weekend games against the Red Wings.

Curtis Glencross has an undisclosed injury and we're not sure of the extent at this point.

Not sure there's anyone out there who cares but Matt Lashoff is out with a LBI.

Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Marty Turco and Francois Beauchemin.

Daily Distraction

What's distracting us today?  We're busing working on our Playoff Pool Guide which will be out on Monday (more details to follow), so be sure to come back and grab a copy.  Meanwhile, we found Steve Ott trying to goad Mike Brown into a staring contest last night pretty amusing...