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Fantasy Hockey Scouts: Daily Dosage - Jan 13th, 2010

Dosage Express
Big night for Bolts... Pitkanen worth a look... the rare shutout loss... Backes with the green-light (to fight)... some streaky Islanders... a potential head injury for Smith... the Crosby's dryer  

Daily Diarrhea   

StLouis Big night for the Bolts last night as they scored a touchdown against the Caps... Marty St.Louis had three points to extend his streak to 11 games where he has 6+11=17.

Kurtis Foster is a dman for TB that we've been talking about for a while and despite having a three game stretch where he was pointless with a minus-6, he's been playing very well lately as he now has 4+9=13 with 35 shots (and a minus-2) in his last 13 games.  

Steve Downie has been chipping in some offense lately (2+3=5 in his last five) but its the potential for PIM explosions, like last night's 21 PIMs, that keep us coming back for more.  He sits 5th in the league in PIMs (with 113) and of the top 20, he's one of only two with more than 20 points (Downie has 21 and Hartnell has 27 to go along with his 83 PIMs).

One more on the Lightning... Brandon Bochenski had three assists last night and that give him five points in his past two games... this guy's been a big point producer in the AHL and has been passed around by pretty much all the NHL teams as he's trying to find a home.  We wouldn't expect that he'll keep this up but he could be one to watch if you're hoping to grab the next Rich Peverley.

Pitkanen Three assists last night for Joni Pitkanen and that gives him 1+5=6, plus-5, 8 PIMs and 18 sogs in his last eight games and if you can put up with the injury risk then this guy can be a very useful player across a number of categories.

You know Jacques Lemaire was loving last night's game... good ole Devils hockey as they went through 65 minutes of scoreless action with the Rangers and then beat them in the shootout.  Marty Brodeur made 51 saves for another shutout and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 45 to pick up the rare shutout loss.

Those of you jumping on the Mathieu Garon bandwagon after his three straight wins were throw from the cart after he gave up three goals on nine shots and was pulled in the 1st period last night.

Not sure what new Blues coach Davis Payne said to David Backes but either he told him to fight more or Backes asked for the green light and Payne flashed it... Backes has three fights in his last six games and he also happens to have a point in each of those games as well, giving him seven assists and 19 PIMs in total... this is more like the David Backes we came to love last year.

Some streaking Islanders news... Kyle Okposo has goals in four straight, after two goals last night Robbie Schremp has 4+4=8 in his last six games and Josh Bailey extended his point streak to seven games and he has 4+8=12 during the run.

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

Smith_Mike Mike Smith was pulled from last night's game in the 2nd period with an apparent head/neck injury after he got ran into earlier in the game... didn't look that serious but Smith has had at least two concussions in the past three years and his last one caused him to miss the final 32 games last year.

Scott Hartnell only played eight minutes last night and only saw one shift in the 3rd period but the word is that he was just ill.. so no injury issue to worry about.

Brent Johnson is out day-to-day with an undisclosed injury... eeewww, mysterious.

Missed this one (well I wouldn't say that I missed it, Bob)... Steve Bernier sat out Monday night's game with a groin injury, he's listed as day-to-day.  

Daniel Alfredsson is a notorious quick-healer and so the fact that he might be able to return next week from his shoulder injury, a few weeks ahead of schedule, shouldn't come as much of a surprise. 

Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Lubomir VisnovskySean Bergenheim, Vinny Prospal, Scottie Upshall, Keith Tkachuk and Paul Kariya.     

Daily Distraction 

What's distracting us today?  This entertaining & extended commercial with Sidney Crosby, Max Talbot and the infamous Crosby family dryer where Sid learned how to do laundry shoot... which may or may not be broken after Talbot wastes one at the knob (spoiler alert: Sid fixes it):