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Daily Dosage - Dec 21st, 2010

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Jonas Hiller is tied for third in the NHL in wins... probably because he doesn't have any crap painted on his mask.
Jonas Hiller is tied for third in the NHL in wins... probably because he doesn't have any crap painted on his mask.

Sorry this is a bit late I was having some technical difficulties.

Evgeni Malkin with the 5-pointer (2+3=5 plus 7 shots and a  +2) last night and that's eight points in the three games since he returned from injury.  The big night puts Malkin over a point-a-game pace for the first time this year.  It's looking like Geno might be ready for a bit of a tear. Malkin also said after the game that he is "close to 100-percent" so it was good news all around for his owners.

Sidney Crosby had a big one too with 1+2=3 and his point streak is now at 21 games.  Kris Letang had 1+1=2 and is now on pace for a crazy 69 points and 101 PIM's.

Tobias Enstrom had a nice night 2+2=4, a +3 and even 4 PIM's.  I've never been a big fan as he doesn't take enough shots (on pace for only 91) but since he's on pace for 62 points, I could find him a spot on my team.  He's playing a bit over his head right now but a repeat of last year's 50 points seems easily in reach.

Anthony Stewart is putting up a breakout pace in Atlanta so far.  With 1+1=2 last night he's now on target for 51 points (with not much in the peripheral categories).  He's almost doubling his pace of 31 points in 77 games he put up last year IN THE AHL.  Even though he's lining up with Little and Kane and getting a bit of PP time... I'm still not sold on him.

Tomas Vokoun and Jonas Hiller both put up the goose egg for their owners last night.  Hiller is a guy that might be undervalued a bit right now.  He (and the Ducks) struggled to start the year but he has put up very solid numbers since.  He's only allowed 13 goals over his last nine games and stopped a whopping 45 shots last night.  He's now tied for third in the league in wins.

If you were gutsy enough to start your Flyers this week (their only game for the week was last night), things didn't work out very well as everybody finished pointless and only Timonen and Zherdev didn't have a minus rating.

Niklas Backstrom wasn't getting a lot of love in fantasy circles earlier this week.  He let in six goals to the Ducks and was sitting on the bench in favour of Jose Theodore with more regularity.  Hopefully back-to-back one goal wins against Calgary will give his owners a bit of confidence.

Martin Havlat had a 1+1=2 last night and he's been cooking lately with 13 points in his last 12.  He's actually on pace for 76 points, which I didn't think he would be able to do on the Wild.  If you drafted him well done, you must have gotten him for a song after his 54 points and -19 last year.

Martin St. Louis with the 1+2=3 night to give him 43 points on the season.  He's on pace for a crazy 106 points and currently sits third in the league in scoring.  He's an underrated fantasy superstud.

Teddy Purcell continued his hot streak with two assists last night and now has 14 points in his last 15 games.  He's getting some good PP minutes and with that lineup just standing on the ice with the man advantage will get you some points.

Ryan Kesler started out of the gate slow (one point in first six games) but has been on fire since (25 points in 25 games).  He picked up his 16th goal last night (with 7 shots) and he's on pace to top 40 goals for the first time in his career.  Add in his PIM's (which will be lower than last year, btw) and shots and you've got a five category stud.

Daniel Sedin had his 10 game scoring streak snapped last night.  I'll be the next streak will be starting soon.

Evgeni Dadonov had 16 points in 24 AHL games before his recall earlier this month.  Good, but not great.  He's now played six games in the NHL and after 1+1=2 last night has six points.  The coaches are showing a bit of faith in him as he played only ~11 minutes / game until last night where he was on the ice for nearly 16 minutes.  Definitely worth a flyer in deep league but we wouldn't get too excited as he's playing on the third line, with little to no PP time and hasn't had many successful seasons as a minor leaguer.

With Mike Smith out injured, Dan Ellis got the nod and stopped 21 of 22 shots against the Canes for the win.  It was the first time in seven games he's allowed less than two goals in a game.  Ellis will have a great chance to step up and win the #1 job with Smith out... although I would rather take a shot on Cedric Desjardins myself.

Teemu Selanne continues to produce.  Two more assists last night make 30 points on the year and he's still on pace for almost 80 points even though he's missed nine games with groin issues.  His health is the only question mark here... but it's written in a very big font.

Brett Lebda, normally a defender, was playing wing on the Leafs 4th line last night.  More of an FYI as he doesn't produce enough to help you no matter where he plays.

Nazem Kadri was a healthy scratch for the Leafs last night.  He'll be back in the lineup shortly... otherwise he's be in the AHL.