Monday's Daily Dosage - Benn, Edler, Hitchcock...

Jamie Benn with a pair of goals and plus-3 last night and he has points in eight of his last nine for 3+10=13, plus-6, 14 PIMs & 27 shots during that stretch.  He will have to cool off a little at some point but he looks on his way to super-stardom this year.

Michael Ryder is enjoying feeding on the scraps of Benn & Eriksson on the Stars top line... he had 1+2=3 last night and has 2+4=6 over his last four games... I don't like the guy but I won't say anything if you pick him up.

Alexander Edler with a pair of PPAs last night and he is now tied for the league lead in dman scoring (with MAB) after a crazy run with 3+6=9 over his last five games.

So the Blues, not the Blue Jackets, fired their coach yesterday and replaced him with Ken Hitchcock... wowzers.  Hitchy is a bit of a nightmare for fantasy hockey GMs as he's allergic to offensive creativity and has no time for developing young offensive players.  Sure the Blues were off to a rough start, 20th in the league in goals & 30th in PP%, but I think they deserved a little more time as this was a team that was top 10 in both categories last season.  In addition, they bring in Hitchcock, who will turn them into a shutdown defensive team, but they are already 2nd in the league in fewest shots allowed and 16th in team gaa.  Not sure which players this will affect the most but I'm worried for T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund & Alex Pietrangelo especially... hopefully they escape Hitchcock's wrath but I'd downgrade all Blues skaters.  The goalies, on the other hand, should get a bump, although it's not like they've been getting shelled this year to start with.  Hitch could start by rotating Jaroslav Halak & Brian Elliott to give them both a chance to prove themselves or he may use the old coach's trick of playing the crap out of Halak to show his faith in his #1.  We'll be watching the Blues closely starting on Tuesday to see what changes the new coach makes.

Sheldon Souray with a pair of assists last night and he's been steady all season but especially productive lately with 3+4=7, plus-4, six PIMs & 15 shots over his last five games.  Dude can be an absolute fantasy monster if he can stay healthy and gets a chance to play... so far, so good.

Roberto Luongo stopped 38 of 40 for the win... in Chicago of all places.  He now has wins in three of his last four but you might still be able to take an unsuspecting fantasy GM off-guard as his numbers are still bad (3.06 & .894).

It was the Derek Stepan, Marian Gaborik & Artem Anisimov line combining on all three goals for the Rangers last night and Gaborik now has 3+5=8, plus-5 & 25 shots over his last five games.  Stepan has pulled himself out of an early season slump with 2+4=6 & plus-5 over his last five games and Anisimov is worth a look in deeper leagues as he has 1+4=5 & plus-4 over his last four games. 

Martin Biron with his third straight win to start the season as he posted a 23 save shutout over the Jets last night.  He may have earned himself a few more starts but Lundqvist is about as safe as they come, so me wouldn't worry.

Another backup who was making a push, Mathieu Garon in Tampa, saw his first start in four games and was pulled from his second straight start after allowing three goals on 12 shots.  I'd say he's firmly entrenched as the #2 for a while, Dwayne Roloson is safe.

I'm just going to keep mentioning this guy... Stephane Robidas with a goal, plus-2, three shots, three hits & four blks.  Solid contribution across the board if you're playing the peripheral game.

Kris Versteeg with an assist on seven shots last night and he's still at a point-a-game on the season with 2+4=6 over his last seven.  As I mentioned yesterday, I like the 3-game sked for the Panthers this week (@TOR, @WPG & vs PHI) so give him and his mates a look.

Another assist for Dmitry Kulikov... he has 0+7=7 & plus-4 over his last seven games.

Jacob Markstrom is expected to be sent back to the AHL today as Scott Clemmensen is back from his conditioning stint.  We should get confirmation shortly.

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