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Fantasy Hockey Scouts: Daily Dosage - Nov 19th, 2009

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The best Hejduk in years... Neal could be the breakout of the year... Smith v. Niittymaki continues... Smyth and Gionta out... Savard, Gonchar and Sedin (almost) in... a terrible hockey movie.

Daily Diarrhea  

After two 50-something point seasons Milan Hejduk is on pace for 68 now (he scored two goals last night).  We're not really convinced the 33-year-old will be able to maintain this pace but his hot start should get him to around the 60 point mark.

Frolik,michaelMichael Frolik has picked up goals in three of his last five games.  A much better pace than what he managed in the 11 games previously (two points).  He really needs to turn it on quickly to improve on the 45 points he had last year. 

We haven't typed this line very often this season... Ryan Miller stunk last night.  He let in five on 23 shots.  It was just the third time this season he's let in three or more goals. 

Neal,jamesJames Neal continues to be one of the biggest surprises of the year.  He picked up two assists last night and now carries a crazy 11+11=22 line... that's a 96 point pace.  He can't keep this up but you're watching a big time breakout here.

Mike Smith will be starting for the Bolts tonight.  After one great start the Bolts look to be giving Smith a vote of confidence.  One of Smith or Antero Niittymaki needs to start playing poorly otherwise it's looking like a job share... and that's not good for anybody's fantasy team. 

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

Smyth,ryanRyan Smyth's UBI injury will keep him out of action for up to a month.  Look for Alex Frolov to get Smyth's spot on the top line.  Frolov will make a great fill-in, but we wouldn't expect him to score at the pace Smyth was (projected 84 points)... actually we wouldn't expect Smyth to be able to continue to score at that pace either.

Brian Gionta is out 'indefinitely' with a broken foot.  No idea how long indefinitely means but we would think it would be a few weeks at least.

Marc Savard could be coming back to action tonight.  The B's and a bunch of fantasy teams really need his 90 point pace back in their lineups.  Same deal with Sergei Gonchar as he could also suit up tonight.  Still more on the comeback front... Daniel Sedin is expecting to play Sunday.

Drew Stafford returned from a hip flexor last night and picked up a goal.  He looks good to start.

Michael Leighton suffered a groin injury on Monday night.  No word on severity but expect to see a lot of Manny Legace this week.

Sam Gagner returned after a one game absence due to a LBI.  He picked up 1+1=2 last night and is now on pace for 49 points.  One of these years this guy is going to put it all together and have a monster of a season.   

Daily Distraction 

What's distracting us today?  We're big hockey fans, you know that.  But what you may not know, is we're also pretty big movie buffs.  So we were a bit surprised when we discovered that H20 Extreme was a movie about hockey (kinda) that was released earlier this year.

Check out this 'plot' (from imdb.com):

"H20 Extreme" is the story about Austin Roberts, a 22-year-old hockey star from Wisconsin who visits his water-skiing friends at Cypress Gardens Adventure Park during the summer. Roberts discovers his passion for show skiing, falls in love with Cypress Gardens and of course, a girl.

Wow, we've seen some bad movies with hockey plots or sub-plots but this sounds like it might be one of the worst.  It doesn't get any better when you watch the preview, either:

At least they got that guy from the Dukes of Hazzard... we guess that's kinda cool.