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Daily Dosage - Oct 26th, 2010

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Mathieu Garon picked up his second win in his second start last night as he's been very solid stopping 49 of 52 shots he's faced so far.  Steve Mason on the other hand is sporting a 3-3-0 record with a below average .900 sv%.  It will be interesting to see how new coach Scott Arniel handles this as last year Garon stole some starts from Mason (55 for Mason to 27 for Garon) and while Mason may be the franchise goalie, he hasn't shown much improvement from last year's poor season and he's only 22-years-old so we don't think he's a lock here. 

Carey Price has been a lock for the Habs as he's played every minute so far and is feeling it lately with four wins, a 1.79 gaa & .918 sv% over his last five games.  The most stunning part about his numbers is that he's only faced 21.9 shots/60mins over his last five (although two of those games were against Ottawa, who are beyond awful).

An assist last night for P.K. Subban gives him four of those in his last five games.  He hasn't exploded out of the gate but it's a solid start and the ice-time is encouraging as he's second on the Habs in ice-time (22:25) and first in PP time (4:01)... he leads NHL rookies in both those categories.

So far, so good for Ville Leino as he tries to convince me that last year's playoff performance was no fluke.  I'll admit that I was skeptical but he's kept it rolling with 2+4=6 in eight games to start the year.  He's seeing decent ice-time (15:18 & 2:53 on the PP) which is half the battle with Philly as they're a very deep team.

Two secondary options on the Kings are off to good starts as Jarret Stoll has 3+3=6 and Justin Williams is 1+5=6 over the Kings last six games.  We're not big believers in Stoll as he's only topped 50 points once in his career and that was five years ago and Williams has been cursed with injuries lately as he hasn't played more than 49 games in any of the past three seasons... so use caution.

We mentioned the other day that Andrei Kostitsyn was heating up and that continued last night as he potted the OT winner to give him 4+2=6 in his last four games... maybe all this talk about him being better without the distraction of his brother around is true.

Kyle Turris played a season high 17 minutes last night (with four on the PP) and picked up his third goal in the last two games, so the kid seems to be impressing the coach... we'll see if the ice-time keeps up when Doan returns (next game) and Hanzal comes back (soon).

Yikes... Nikita Filatov was the low-man on the team last night with only 5:46 of ice-time... a healthy scratch is likely in the cards very shortly.  We're going to preach patience here as the kid has boatloads of talent but we're getting a little nervous here ourselves.  At least give him a chance to respond to this message and/or scratching.

The Penguins sent Eric Tangradi down to the AHL, not surprising as he hasn't got anything going this year with only 1+1=2 in his first nine games.  We've said if before and we'll say it again... dude is not that good, don't believe the hype.

The Kings called Jake Muzzin back up from the AHL but he was just insurance and was a healthy scratch last night... he'll likely head back down when Doughty returns (on the weekend, perhaps?).