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Daily Dosage - Oct 30th, 2010

Ryan Callahan has goals in three straight and 3+5=8 during a five game point streak.  He's a player that we like as he handles a lot of ice-time (21:15 /gm with 3:29 on the PP) and shoots the puck a lot (on pace for 300+ shots right now)... but we don't expect him to keep up a pace like this as he doesn't have elite talent and isn't surrounded by much on the Rangers.

Derek Roy had two more points last night and that's three straight two point games to continue his fine start (6+7=13 in 11 games).  He had an 81 point season back in 2007/08 and after 70 & 69 in his last two seasons, maybe he's determined to get back to higher ground.

Jeff Skinner had 2+1=3 last night and while his production hasn't been consistent, he has 3+4=7 to show for his first nine games and looks very comfortable at the NHL level.

One guy who may not be able to keep up with all the youth in Edmonton is Dustin Penner... he has one assist to show for his last five games.  He's currently fifth amongst the team's forwards in ice-time (16:41 /gm) but we can see him losing time to Hall & MPS who are currently behind him.  We think his 63 point season from last year was an aberration.

Alexander Burmistrov played his 10th game of the season last night which likely means that he'll be with ATL for the whole season and he marked the occasion with his first NHL goal.  Don't expect much offense from him this season and we're not really sold on his long-term upside either, although we are impressed that he's made the NHL as a teenager.

Roman Hamrlik has assists in three straight games and he's been pairing nicely with Subban on the top PP unit but look for that to cease once Andrei Markov is ready to return (possibly tonight).

Maybe Taylor Hall just needed that first goal to open the floodgates as he added another one last night and now has four points in his last two games.  Maybe he'll go on a run now but we think he'll have an up & down year and we're still comfortable with our prediction of 50-55 points for the saviour.

Jordan Eberle may not officially be the saviour for Edmonton but he's doing his best impression as he has a five game point streak going right now with 3+3=6 during the run.  Anyone who wasn't aware how sick this kid's hands are, you surely get the picture now.

The Flyers made Nikolay Zherdev a healthy scratch last night after only two goals in his first nine games.  His owners shouldn't really be surprised and we've been telling you to bail if you're on the fence as you don't need this kind of headache.  If you're in a deep league then you should probably hang on and see how he reacts to this.

The Predators have called up Linus Klasen from the AHL after a hot start that finds him as the leading goal scorer in the league right now (with seven in seven games)... we'll see if he can continue that in the NHL, we're skeptical.

Evgeny Grachev was called up by the Rangers after only 1+1=2 in his first nine AHL games and made his NHL debut playing less than seven minutes last night.  We're not very big on his long-term potential after a 28 point rookie AHL season last year.

Obviously Bobby Orr was dressed up as Dustin Byfuglien for Halloween last night on this end to end rush in OT...

Byfuglien is on fire right now with 4+5=9 and three GWGs in his last seven games and he might just be the top fantasy dman in the league right now.