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Daily Dosage - Dec 12th, 2010

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A little tardy today as I was out last night and with 13 games on the sked, there's a lot to catch up on... I'll try to speed through the updates...

Fantasy line of the night goes to Ryane Clowe with two goals (GWG), plus-2 & seven sogs.  He now has four straight two-pointers and 4+7=11 with a plus-7 over his last seven games.

Another assist last night for Sergei Kostitsyn and he has 1+5=6 & a plus-7 during a five game point streak.  I don't think I'd want to be relying on him but I guess it depends how desperate you are.

The Preds Anders Lindback had the 22 save shutout last night and he's 3-0-1, 1.76 & .944 in his last four games since Rinne went down injured.  This guy is a great short-term add right now with a splash of some longer-term potential as we wouldn't be surprised to see a goalie controversy in Nashville eventually. 

Speaking of controversies, the Flyers are expected to have Michael Leighton back this week so there is already plenty of uncertainty there and meanwhile Brian Boucher was given back-to-back starts and won both games while only giving up a goal in each... this one could turn into a crazy three-way battle.

Lots of James Neal talk lately as he scored again last night to extend his point streak to seven games where he has 5+4=9... we'll mention it again, he's having a very solid & somewhat under-the-radar all-round fantasy season.

Don't look now but Jose Theodore has started five of the past eight games for the Wild and has gone 2-2-1 with a 2.65 gaa & .913 sv%... nothing fantastic but worth noting.

Three points last night for Keith Yandle and the dman has points in four straight and a PP point in four straight.  He's on a sweet pace for 14+38=52 with 93 PIMs & 205 shots this year.

Two goals last night for Shane Doan and he has 3+6=9 with 32 shots over his last eight games.

Phil Kessel got his first goal in eight games last night but he's a very streaky player so we'll see if this mushrooms into more... he's been getting chances & shots lately as he has 40 sogs over his last eight games.

Rob Schremp with three points last night and he has 4+3=7 & a plus-5 over his last six games.

Paul Stastny had gone though a bit of a lull, maybe missing his wingman Chris Stewart, but he had three points last night and has 3+3=6 during a four game point streak.

Kevin Shattenkirk took two games off of scoresheet contributions but was back at it last night with 1+1=2 and now has 5+10=15 over his last 12 games.

Patrick Marleau has no points and is a minus-6 over his last five games... he's a minus-17 on the season and is on pace for just 62 points. 

Antti Niemi has started five of the last six games for the Sharks, going 3-2-0 with a 2.21 & .921... so his game is starting to come around and he seems to be gaining the trust of the coaching staff... bad news for Antero Niittymaki's owners.

Sidney Crosby extended his point streak to 18 games with a bit of a cheap one as he had the second assist on a Goligoski goal that banked in off a defender.  That's right, the Kid has been so good that we're critiquing the fact that his streak is starting to lose steam.

Penguins rookie Dustin Jeffrey had two points in his season debut but he only played 10 minutes last night.  Keep an eye on him if he starts seeing more ice-time as he's been hot in the AHL this year.

The Sharks Justin Braun had another assist last night and has 1+6=7 over his last eight games.  He's a decent prospect but not someone you'd expect something like this from.

The frustrating Shea Weber with a goal last night and he has three goals in his last six games but still only 4+2=6 & a minus-7 over his last 20 games.

I wasn't that excited about a Marco Sturm to LA deal when it almost went through last week and can't say I'm any more jacked up now that it looks like it will happen.  He's due to return in a week or two and could get a shot on the top line, so give him a look but I expect some underwhelming results... maybe I'll be proven to be wrong.

The Habs called up 5-foot-7 mighty-mite David Desharnais from Hamilton where he was third in AHL scoring with 7+23=30 in 26 games.  He was a healthy scratch for last night's game.

The night's healthy scratches of some note:  Nikolay Zherdev, Jiri Hudler, Anton Stralman & Niclas BergforsTyler Seguin was a scratch but he had the flu.

The Senators sent Bobby Butler back down to the AHL after he went pointless in four games.