Daily Dosage - Dec 18th, 2010

We're seeing a Stamkos-like sensational sophomore season (say that six times in succession) from Matt Duchene as he had two more goals last night (including the OT winner) and has 6+6=12 over his last seven games.

Two PPGs for Martin Erat last night and he's been productive lately with 3+7=10 over his last eight games.  He's good for runs like this occasionally but will end up with around 50 at the end of the year (he's on pace for 49 right now).  Rather incredibly, he's had between 49 & 57 points in each of the past six seasons.

Anders Lindback with another win last night (stopped 15 of 16) and he's now 6-0-1 with a 1.43 gaa & .949 sv% since Rinne went down injured a little over two weeks ago.  Rinne looks about ready to come back and Trotz says he's still their guy but seriously, if Rinne slips up a little then look for Lindback to be back in there pretty quickly.  

I reached out to our friends over at Fear The Fin to find out if they thought rookie dman Justin Braun was for real... check out their comments, Sharks fans are (overwhelmingly) firm believers.  One thing that they did say to watch out for is that the Sharks are on the lookout for a puck-moving dman prior to the trade deadline, so that could affect Braun's opportunities.

Two assists for Kevin Shattenkirk last night and he has 5+13=18 over his last 15 games... I had hopes for him but certainly didn't expect anything like this (or this soon).

Sergei Kostitsyn extended his point streak to eight games last night and he has 3+7=10 & a plus-8 during the run.

Shea Weber & Ryan Suter are both on four game point streaks right now, Weber has 1+4=5 & plus-5 and Suter has 1+5=6 & plus-5.  Hopefully everyone held on to these guys, or you might still be able to grab Suter in some leagues and I'd go ahead and do that.

Stephen Weiss is having a down year (on pace for 49 points) but he's been looking lively lately with 3+4=7 over his last five games.  Weiss makes a good buy low candidate right now as he's the undisputed #1C in FLA and if they can ever get their act together on the PP (worst in the league at 9.6%), then he'd see his numbers creep back up to the 60 point level that he's reached the past two seasons.

Also with FLA, Michael Frolik has 4+2=6 over his last six games... we're expecting a big breakout from him at some point but the Panthers PP struggles have hurt him as he only has three PPPs on the season.

I have to apologize for recommending Brian Elliott to you as he's just been dreadful lately... he gave up six goals last night and is 1-5-3 over his last 10 games while giving up 4+ goals in six of those games... but he also has two shutouts over that span as well?!?  It's becoming increasingly clear that he's either unbeatable or can't stop anything... and it changes from game-to-game.

A goal last night for Erik Karlsson continues his hot streak as he has 2+6=8 over his last six games.

I don't like this guy but Tomas Kopecky had two goals last night (one was an ENG) and he has four points in his last three games.  I wouldn't waste your time as he only has five goals this year, is on pace for under 50 points and is a minus-7... pass.

Brent Seabrook has 8A over his last eight games and he's on pace for 48 points which would easily be a career high but watch out for the plus/minus as he's a minus-6 over those eight games.   His PIMs are down as well as he's on pace for only 38 after averaging 75 over the past five seasons.

Bryan Bickell's been seeing more ice-time lately with Hossa, Kane & Stalberg out and has 5+2=7 on only 11 shots over his last six games.  He's got nine goals on 42 shots this year (20.6% sh%) so I'd say he's getting very lucky and won't keep it up.

Corey Crawford with 29 saves on 30 shots for the win over Detroit and that gives him his first win in the last four games but he's still been really solid over the past month and I think he's got the #1 job locked down for a while in Chicago.

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