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Daily Dosage - Oct 19th, 2010

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Mark Letestu added a PPG & an assist to his tally last night and that gives him 4+3=7 through seven games.  He's been seeing decent ice-time (15:43 last night) and has even been jumping onto the 2nd line with Malkin & Comrie and the #2 PP unit.  Could be a short term pickup but don't grab him expecting that this will last, cause it won't.  We had a question about Letestu yesterday and Jay pointed out that Letestu isn't even recommending himself... so there you have it, right from the horses mouth.

Yikes, Brian Elliott is killing me in two leagues right now... bad call to start him this week, should have known better after watching him get shelled on Saturday.  He only lasted 30 minutes last night as he gave up five goals on 22 shots before giving way to the 19-year-old Robin Lehner... Lehner wasn't nearly as busy but stopped all seven shots he faced and is likely in line for a start in one of the Sens next two games, back-to-back Friday & Saturday.

Caught some of the Blues game last night and David Perron was a force out there with two goals on five shots and could have had a few more... do whatever you want with that information.

Not the start people were hoping for from Simon Gagne as he's scoreless through five games with the Bolts and is a minus-7 so far.  Not sure if he just needs some time to adjust or what but we're a little concerned that this isn't just a short-term thing... that and he's always a huge injury risk.

I was a little unsure about Kris Letang's prospects for this season as I didn't see him logging a lot of PP time but he was on the #1 unit last night and added his first goal of the season (not on the PP)... he's getting a lot of ice-time, typically around 25 minutes a night and is 1+4=5 with a plus-7 on the season so far.  The plus/minus is also impressive as he has been +1, -7, -1 over the past three seasons.

Third straight start and third straight solid performance for Penguins goalie Brent Johnson as he stopped 32 of 34 shots and it looks like Bylsma is going to run with him as long as he's hot/winning.  We wouldn't normally be too concerned if you owned the #1 goalie in a situation like this as Johnson will come back to earth eventually but we are worried about Marc-Andre Fleury as we're not convinced that this dude is much better (.907 sv% since the lockout) so it may take him a while to gain his #1 job back.

Dominic Moore stepped in for the injured Vinny Lecavalier last night and made the most of his opportunity with two PP goals, giving him 4+1=5 in five games so far.  Moore has some offensive ability but this is purely a streak of great luck and it won't last, especially since Lecavalier should return soon.

So five games may have been the shelf life of the Ilya Kovalchuk on L1 experiment as he was bumped off the top line in favour of Dainius Zubrus last game and he was relegated to the 2nd line in practice yesterday.  They'll probably go back to it at times this year but it seems that, for now, he and Parise will be split up... Zach likely doesn't mind as he only has an assist to show for his last five games.

The Devils have sent rookie dman Alexander Urbom to the AHL after he started with no points & a minus-3 in his first six games.  He impressed people by making the team out of camp and surely he's been grabbed in a lot of keeper leagues but we're not big on his long-term upside... he's ranked at #369 in our fantasy prospect rankings.