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Fantasy Hockey Scouts: Daily Dosage - Jan 20th, 2010

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Dosage Express
Keith as Green Lantern... Kessel will bust out soon... Tavares losing minutes... Burns close to returning... video replay is useless if they don't get call right 

Daily Diarrhea   

Keith We think there needs to be a bigger spotlight on Duncan Keith right now as dude is having a helluva fantasy season as he's on pace for 16+57=73, a plus-27 with 201 shots.  Amongst dmen he's tied for 2nd in goals, is 2nd in points, tied for 6th in +/- and sits 5th in shots.  Only Mike Green, who's having another amazing year, is more productive... in fact maybe we should call Keith "Green-Lite" or perhaps "Green Lantern"?... no that's gay... but you get the point.

Big night last night for Brandon Dubinsky as he had the Gordie Howe Hat-Trick to go along with a plus-3 and four shots... he's up to 8+9=17 in his last 15 games.

Phil Kessel is struggling to put the puck in the net with only one in his past 10 games but he does have a six game point streak on the go with 1+6=7.  He's averaging five shots a game over his last ten, that's shooting that only Ovechkin can match, so stay patient as Philly will start to score soon.

Speaking of guys breaking out of slumps, Geno Malkin had gone 11 games without a goal before scoring an ugly one on Saturday and that's all it takes as he potted a hat-trick last night (all on the PP).  Oh yeah, Sidney Crosby had six points in the same game, if anyone cares about him.

The Penguins took it to the Islanders last night but the Isles have been very solid lately with a 9-3-1 record in their last 13 games.  Dwayne Roloson was roughed up last night and while we thought he'd be able to hold of Ricky DiPietro for the #1 spot, Rollie has giving up four or more goals in three of his past five games so he's leaving the door open for RDP to stroll right through.  Ricky has looked solid in three starts so far including back-to-back wins over division leaders BUF & NJ.  Follow our Crease Conflicts section for our slant on which way this is heading.

Tavares Another interesting note on the NYI, as their recent fine form has had nothing to do with John Tavares as he's been struggling with only 2+2=4 in his last 18 games.  His ice-time has really started to be cut back as well... he started the year playing close to 20 minutes a night but hasn't played over 18 minutes in any of his past 13 games and his 15:13 last night was his second lowest total of the season.  You probably need to give strong consideration to dropping him in shallow one-year leagues.

It sucks to be Mike Brodeur right now as he was on such a high after back-to-back wins last week but then came down with the influenza and gave way to Brian Elliott and he's had back-to-back one-out wins.  Now Brodeur will have to wait for Elliott to cool off before he gets another chance to get back in there... damn virus.

Chris Osgood got his first start in a month last night and coach Mike Babcock didn't do him any favours as he threw him in on the road against the mighty Caps.  Osgood was ok stopping 20 of 23 but Babs seemed less than impressed as he said they'll go back to Howard next game. [more]

The Tim Connolly streak watch continues as he had two points last night and is up to 6+15=21 during his 13 game point streak.

The Wild have waived Petr Sykora and it sounds as though if he goes unclaimed that he'll be looking for work in Europe.

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

Burns Brent Burns has missed the last 29 games with a concussion but he's back practicing now and there is talk that he could return as early as Thursday... that seems a little premature but regardless, he should be returning to the lineup soon.  

Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Fedor Tyutin, Freddie Modin and Brent Johnson.     

Daily Distraction 

What's distracting us today?  As a follow up to yesterday's distraction regarding the possibility that NHL referees are having their worst year ever, we'd also like to rant that the video replay guys in Toronto have been pretty useless this year as well.  Is it just us or does it seem like these guys never do anything anymore?... they never overturn any calls made on the ice, despite having the luxury of looking at it over and over again on various replays.  The league really needs to overhaul how video replay is used cause the whole point is to get the call right and that's not what's happening.  Here's the latest debacle from the weekend...