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Fantasy Hockey Scouts: Daily Dosage - Feb 14th, 2010

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Turco responds... Rask & Niemi starting & streaking... Jussi a solid target... Subban makes himself at home... Markov & Hossa out... documenting the selection of the Canadian Men's Team  

Daily Diarrhea   

Happy Valentine's Day to all you sweethearts out there... do something nice for your fantasy team today!

Turco Ever since the Stars gave Marty Turco the giant FU by trading for Kari Lehtonen, he's been on fire and has a 4-1-1 record, two shutouts and a 1.16 gaa & .967 sv% in his last six games 

Tuukka Rask started his sixth straight and won his fourth straight last night... this run is great for Rask owners but we wanna see what happens when he loses, we don't think Tim Thomas will take this lying down (well he'll probably be flopping around like a fish out of water, but that's just how he rolls). 

Antti Niemi started and won his third straight for the Hawks but it wasn't particularly pretty as he gave up four goals on 27 shots... I think you all know how we feel about this guy.  Keep an eye on our Crease Conflicts as this one continues to heat up.

Jussi Jokinen, again... 2+1=3 last night extends his point streak to nine games (8+4=12 in total).  We mentioned it before that this guy has really elevated himself from a nice waiver wire pickup to a solid fantasy hockey contributor that would be a nice target for fantasy GMs at the trade deadline.

Zach Boychuk scored his first NHL goal last night and now has points in three straight games since being recalled... he should be a big part of the Canes down the stretch as they're playing for next year.

It didn't take PK Subban long to make himself at home in the NHL as he's had points in each of his first two games.  He played 22 minutes last night and led the team in PP ice-time (5:31).  Hopefully the Habs can find room for him in the lineup after the Olympics but we have our doubts.

Oshie With two points last night TJ Oshie continued his hot run as he has 4+9=13 in his last 15 games... he's still one of our favourites so we're lovin' it (if that phrase hasn't been copyrighted by McDee's yet?)

Four wins in a row for Mike Leighton and he's given up exactly two goals in each game... he's filling in nicely for the injured Ray Emery.

Marty Biron got his second start in the past three games for the Isles and has won both by stopping 38 of 42... is this enough to get him traded?... doubt it, but NHL GMs are known to do some crazy things. 

A hat-trick last night for Danny Briere and while he's been having a down year with his lowest points/game total in seven seasons, he'll still chip in some big games like this and is a useful fantasy player as he's a fixture on a line with Carter & Hartnell.

Another strong fantasy night for Steve Downie with a goal, plus-2 and seven shots.  He's on a six game point streak with 3+5=8, plus-9, 12 PIMs and 18 sog... not bad for a guy who's likely still available on a lot of waiver wires.

Lets not forget about Steve Stamkos' little run as he extended his point streak to 12 games and has 9+12=21 during the streak.

The Leafs picked up Jamie Lundmark on waivers from Calgary... yawn.

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

Markov Andrei Markov missed both Friday's & Saturday's games due to a LBI, there's no word on the extent yet.

A hat-trick of head injuries last night as Marian Hossa suffered a head injury at the expense of Colby Armstrong and had to leave the game, Petr Prucha left the game on a stretcher after a James Neal elbow and Kyle Cumiskey missed last night's game due to a concussion, too bad as the kid was just coming on.  All three will be re-evaluated over the next few days.  

Valtteri Filppula missed last night's game with a groin injury.

Tomas Holmstrom's been in and out of the lineup lately due to various injuries and he had to leave last night's game due to a recurring knee injury... he'll probably be fine to return after the Olympic break.   

Brent Johnson left Friday night's game early with a LBI, he wasn't going to play today anyway.

Returning to action from the injured list last night was: David Moss, Nigel Dawes, Niklas Kronwall and Anssi Salmela.     

Daily Distraction 

What's distracting us today?  It's a long one.  It's about time we start to turn some of our attention towards the Olympics.  No better way to get pumped up for Team Canada than by watching (or rewatching) the great TSN documentary "Canada: On Home Ice".  Only in Canada will you get a 1 hour documentary on the SELECTION of the Men's Hockey Team.  Fantastic.  Take a look at Part 1:

... and here are parts 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6.

It's a little overly dramatic at times... but still definitely worth your while. 

(A very loud stick tap to the amazing Greatest Hockey Legends)