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Jonathan Daniel

A Fantasy Hockey perspective of what went down in the NHL on Wednesday Night

Your Daily Dosage for the games of January 9, 2014

This is my second doseage of the New Year and it still takes some thought to recall the actual date.

Last nights edition of New York's King Henrik of Sweden, it seemed as though 2013 was indeed gone.

New York Rangers (3) @ Chicago Blackhawks (2)

Henrik Lundqvist Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde season continues as the good doctor, seemed to be in control of Mr. Hyde last night. King Henrik beat the Blackhawks last night for the first time since January of 2009, stopping 35 of 37 shots and giving a heroic effort in the final minutes to secure just his 13th win on the season. If you are an optimist you might look at this game as a confidence builder, but I just don't see any of the Rangers "star" talents stepping up to lead them on anything resembling a run giving Lundqvist, even should he start playing the way we are used to, rather limited value.

Mats Zuccarello, who tallied again last night for his 11th on the season, a total that nearly doubles his previous career high of 6, I really like as a depth scorer and great value draft pick early this season co-leads the team in goals (11) assists (20) with Brad Richards, who after last nights 2 point (1 goal, 1 assist) effort has the identical numbers (11+20=31), well identical til you get to the salary where Brad leads by nearly $8,000,000...  good thing that doesn't count in most pools.

Carl Hagelin another depth scorer getting the job done with a goal for his 11th of the season, to jump into the crowded goal scoring race, well race is a relative term here.

Marc Staal added a pair of assists, and I'm hoping it is the start of something, though I'm not counting on it.

Brad Richards (11) Assisted by Ryan Callahan , Marc Staal

Mats Zuccarello (11) Power Play Assisted by Michael Del Zotto , Henrik Lundqvist

Carl Hagelin (11) Assisted by Marc Staal , Brad Richards

Jonathan Toews was the only one of the high octane Hawks to find a way thru Lunqvist's pads with a power play goal on 3 shots. He continues to steadily put up points at a PPG pace, and there is no reason to think it won't continue.

Duncan Keith with another power play assist, as he continues to lead all NHL defenders in points and assists.

Jonathan Toews (16) Power Play Assisted by Patrick Sharp , Duncan Keith

Brandon Bollig (4) Assisted by Marcus Kruger

Montreal Canadiens (1) @ Philadelphia Flyers (3)

Sean Couturier got the Flyers started with his 8th goal of the season, he had a nice run thru the late November early December portion of the schedule, and while he has a good amount of skills, I think he is still a couple seasons from realizing anything close to his potential. If he isn't scoring though he just doesn't do a lot for your fantasy lineup. A streamable asset is what I would consider him depending on the depth of your pool.

Andrej Meszaros assisted on all three Flyers goals... huh? yeah that's what I said, he has totaled 5 assists over his last 5 games, I'm not gonna read too much into it though.

Sean Couturier (8) Vincent Lecavalier , Andrej Meszaros

Zac Rinaldo (1) Assisted by Luke Schenn , Andrej Meszaros

Michael Raffl (3) Assisted by Andrej Meszaros , Brayden Schenn

Peter Budaj in just his 11th appearance got no support from the Hab's struggling offense 24/27 .889 SV%

Steve Mason continues his strong season as the Flyers anti-Bryz stopping 19/20 .950 SV%, to get his 7th win in his last 8 starts, I didn't think The Flyers were this good and I still don't but Mason has found his confidence and his game and should continue to play well.

Tomas Plekanec (14) Shorthanded Assisted by Brian Gionta

Ottawa Senators (3) @ Colorado Avalanche (4) OT

For Ottawa it was the usual suspects producing, the five leading scorers all producing at least one point, led by the surprising Clarke MacArthur who just continues to put up points, Clarkie tallied a goal running his goal streak to four consecutive and added an assist as a bonus, giving him 5 points during the streak. The peripherals don't do a lot for you, though his 42 PIM's over 44 games is a surprise and a pace that would well eclipse his career high of 56. He still doesn't give much more beyond the points and an average number of shots. He may make a run at 30 goals this season playing alongside Kyle Turris, who also tallied a goal in this one, and Bobby Ryan who assisted on his goal.

Jason Spezza also scored in his return from injury.

Mark Stone who was recalled on an emergency basis was the only depth point on the night, I don't think he is quite ready for the NHL but he is one to watch for in the future.

Clarke MacArthur (15) Assisted by Bobby Ryan

Jason Spezza (12) Power Play Assisted by Clarke MacArthur, Erik Karlsson

Kyle Turris (11) Assisted by Mark Stone, Erik Karlsson

Jamie McGinn scored a power play goal just 2 minutes into the game, his 10th of the season and 4th in the past 5 games. certainly not production that is sustainable and his 5 assists on the season while skating most of the season in the top six is disappointing, I wouldn't be averse to adding while he's hot, and a dump when he goes cold. But his numbers don't really justify him being rostered on anything other than an ultra deep league.

Tyson Barrie (1 goal, 1 assist) who scored his 3rd of the season to end the game in OT, has also been hot of late with 4 points over his last 3 games played (1 goal, 3 assists, 3 SOG, 2 PPP) and 6 points over his last eight (2 goals, 4 assists, 8 SOG, 4 PPP) The young blueliner has been terribly inconsistent in his young career, given that and the lack of peripherals beyond PPP's, I would put him in a watch and see or if you need power play points he could be a buy semi low candidate.

The red hot Paul Stastny figured into the final 3 goals for the Av's with 2 assists and his 13th goal on the season, a late game tying tally, to post his second consecutive 1goal 2 assist game, and third consecutive multi point effort. It's a contract year for Staz, and the only thing i can see different about his game is that the Colorado offense is just better than it has been the past 3 or 4 years. He is a solid 60 point player on this team, who will likely score 20 plus goals over the next few seasons, should he resign in the Mile High City, but I don't see many 30 goal seasons in his future, which is what they thought they paid for.

Craig Anderson is looking very ordinary this year as is his custom over various stretches when he loses his mojo, stopping 27/31 for .871 SV%.

Semyon Varlamov, and his tremendous start has long since been forgotten, and has had a serviceable though mediocre season since his arrest. He stopped 29/32 (.906 SV%) to get the W, but I still wouldn't recommend him for a championship run in your pool.

Jamie McGinn (10) Power Play Assisted by Erik Johnson, Nick Holden

Jan Hejda (5) Assisted by Gabriel Landeskog, Paul Stastny

Paul Stastny (13) Assisted by Gabriel Landeskog, Tyson Barrie

Tyson Barrie (3) Assisted by Paul Stastny, Gabriel Landeskog

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