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Fantasy Hockey Scouts: Daily Dosage - Nov 14th, 2009

Dosage Express
Kovy is a monster... Garon > Mason... Roy and Langkow are heating up... Some big names could be returning tonight... hockey fans with superpowers, WTF?

Daily Diarrhea  

Afinogenov,maximThe Thrashers hammers the Kings last night to the tune of 7-0.  Big fantasy stars on the night were Maxim Afinogenov (2+2=4, +3), Ilya Kovalchuk (2+2=4, +3) and Evander Kane (2+1=3, +3).  We've been recommending Afinogenov as a great flyer pick and so far it's paying off as he has 16 points in 16 games.  Oh by the way, Kovalchuk is on pace for a nutso 129 points in only 76 games now.

Ondrej Pavelec picked up his first career shutout in the blowout.  His numbers are now at 6 wins, 2.90 gaa and .917 sv%.  He's not the greatest starting netminder out there but he's a servicable #2.

Potential goalie controversy in Columbus... Mathieu Garon stopped 32 of 34 and won the game in the shootout last night.  Steve Mason has been pretty awful (3.67 gaa and .879 sv%) while Garon has played pretty well (2.60 gaa and .923 sv%).  Don't be surprised to see Garon play a few more games until Mason gets going.

Copy of varlamov,simeonStill with the tenders... Semyon Varlamov stopped 29 of 30 shots last night and looks like he's rounding into form.  He's had two solid starts in a row and has finally got his numbers (2.67 gaa and .912 sv%) looking respectable.

Ryan Vesce has been reassigned to the AHL.  He picked up four points in four games before he suffered a leg injury that kept him out for seven games.  He'll get called up again at some point but he'll only have value if he sticks on one of the scoring lines... which is a longshot.

Derek Roy is starting to heat up.  He has four goals in his last five games after zero in his first 11.  He end up in the 70-75 point range this year.

Langkow,daymondAfter two points in his first seven games Daymond Langkow has scored nine in his last ten.  We don't really recommend him unless he can get Jarome Iginla back on his line (which is pretty unlikely). 

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

Mike Knuble broke his finger last night and will be out of action for 3-4 weeks.  Hit the wire. 

Just a heads up... Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Milan Hedjuk could all be coming back from injury tonight.  No guarantees but you might want to make sure Ovie and Geno are in your lineup just in case.

Little, bryanBryan Little missed last night game with a slight groin strain.  Doesn't sound serious... he could play Sunday night.  He's probably on your bench anyway after his slow start (2+4=6)

JS Giguere played his 1st game since returning from his groin injury.  He stopped 27 of 29 but lost the game in the shootout. 

Kristian Huselius returned to action last night after missing four games with a UBI.  He played almost 21 minutes and picked up a 1+1=2.  He now has 6+5=11 and is on pace for another 60 point season.

Returning to action from the injured list last night were: Kris Russell, Joni Pitkanen and Kyle Okposo

Daily Distraction 

What's distracting us today?  We were having a look through NHLVideo's archives and we found an absolutely bizarre video.  You might have seen this before as it's about a year old but it's so ridiculous we had to post it anyway.

Let us try to explain the plot.  A Canucks fan sells his jeep and after a short walk through the forest he gets a lightsaber hockey stick from a homeless guy.  He then meets up with a fan of each of the Oilers, Wild, Avalance and Flames in a ball hockey court.  An epic battle ensues.  Oh yeah, did we mention the five fans all have super powers?  We could not make this up if we tried...