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Fantasy Hockey Scouts: Daily Dosage - Nov 3rd, 2009

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Flyers don't miss Gagne... Stamkos on pace to pot 75... shop Smytty... Doug Weight, just can't do it... injuries galore... find out what a 'Guin' is

Daily Diarrhea  

Van Riemsdyk The Flyers laid the smack down on the Bolts last night.  Big loser?... Mike Smith who went 13 for 18.  Big winners?... Mike Richards, James van Riemsdyk and Scott Hartnell all picked up three points and a plus-2.  Keep an eye on JVR, with Simon Gagne out of the lineup for two months (more on that below) he could end up locking a plum spot on the 2nd line (although Claude Giroux might have something to say about that)

Joining JVR on the second line in Philly right now is rookie David Laliberte and he's had goals in each of his first two NHL games.  We're not going to recommend this guy right now but we'll be keeping an eye on him as he did manage 28 goals in the AHL last year and scored 50 during his 20-year old season in the Q.

Our #1 breakout pick this year, Steve Stamkos, might end up making us look like fools as we picked him for 'only' 78 points this season.  He picked up his 11th goal last night and now sits tied for 2nd in the league...he's on pace for a ridiculous 75 goals and 109 points, so expect him to cool off eventually.

Smyth Ryan Smyth is in a great spot in LA playing alongside Anze Kopitar, with 2+2=4 last night he sits 5th in league scoring and is on pace for 103 points!  Smart GMs will be shopping this guy as his career high is 70 points and he's injury prone.  Now he has played 70+ games in four of his past five seasons and he looks like he should top 70 points this year but play the odds and see if you can acquire a safer bet.

Must. not. recommend. Doug. Weight.  After a two pointer last night, Weight now has four points in three games.  According to the boys over at FH911, Dougie has been playing on the third line and we don't recommend 3rd liners from the Islanders... FHS policy (for now).  Sorry Jeff Tambellini (eight points in six games), that includes you too.

Raise your hand if you thought the 40-year old Dwayne Rololson would only have one loss after a month of play... yeah, we thought so.  Rollie's numbers stand at a respectable 4-1-3 with an okay 2.70 gaa and a tidy .914 sv%.  We would happily take those digits on a few of our more tender-starved teams.   

Looks like the B's will be rolling out some new lines.  More of a shuffle then anything, as we don't really see the value of any of these guys changing much.  Best case, it wakes up the Bruins slumping offense (good luck without Savard).

Mueller Peter Mueller has been a healthy scratch the past two games after starting the year with only two points in his first 12 games.  I thought the sophomore slump only lasted a season?  We'd take a chance on this kid in keeper leagues if the GM who owns him is frustrated as he proved in his rookie season that he can produce.

Jiri Tlusty's latest stay in the NHL lasted only two games (and no points) as the Leafs sent him back down to the AHL.  This doesn't make a lot of sense as Tlusty has tons of talent and the Leafs don't... you'd think he could, at least, get a longer look.  Expect him to be bouncing between the AHL and NHL all season.

James Wisniewski will get to watch the next two games from the pressbox as he's been suspended for his forearm to the head of Shane Doan.

The Ducks waived Erik Christensen and it sounds like he's done in Anaheim.  We used to be high on this guy but we're about done with him now.

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

Gagne We've finally got a timeline on that Simon Gagne hernia injury... and it's not good news.  Gagne will be out 6-8 weeks which means we may not see him again until 2010.  Don't complain too much Gagne owners... you knew this was a possibility with the fragile Simon when you drafted him.

We were a bit worried about Danny Briere's groin injury because two words you don't want to hear together are "groin and Briere".  Apparently the injury is to a different part of the groin that caused him to miss time last year... Danny must have a big ass groin.  Anyway, Briere is expect be back on skates tomorrow in practice and could return later this week. 

The word on Eric Staal's injury is that he'll be out for 'several' games according to GM Jim Rutherford.  It's probably the last thing the Canes want to hear as they are only 2-8-3 this season.

Another superstar injury update... Alex Ovechkin is officially listed as week-to-week but he may only miss one game (Wednesday) with his suspected shoulder injury.  If you're in a daily league you might want to give Ovie a seat on Wednesday... wow feels weird to say that. [more]

Jason Spezza (who has missed two games so far) should miss another two games as he's expect to miss another week of action.

Weber Another one, as Shea Weber has a foot injury and is expected to be out for 1-2 weeks.... you know the old saying, "when it rains, everyone on my fantasy team gets hurt"... or something like that.

Some good news... finally.  Patrik Elias practiced with the team and could possibly get into game action this weekend.  Next week sounds a bit more optimistic to us as Elias hasn't played in almost half a year.  Get ready to stick him back in you lineup.

Some more good news... Justin Williams returned to the lineup last night and played 15 minutes and picked up a goal.  He was on fire before his injury and he's back on the 1st line.  Feel free to add him to your starting lineup.

Daily Distraction 

What's distracting us today?  We're loving that the blogosphere is giving us more and more NHL video series.  There's another one we've stumbled upon... Some guy we've never heard of from VH1 hosts 'Yinz Luv Da Guins' It's a must-watch if you're a fan of the Penguins or of photoshopped photos: