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Daily Dosage - Dec 29th, 2010

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That's right... dude with a skinny tie & bed head is rocking our world right now.
That's right... dude with a skinny tie & bed head is rocking our world right now.

Ryan Kesler might actually do it, he may very well increase his points-per-game for the 7th consecutive season... he's at .97 ppg this year after a career year with .91 last year.  He's on a crazy 10 game tear right now with 9+8=17, plus-10 & 34 shots.

I feel dirty even writing this but Andrew Raycroft looked good last night stopping 44 of 46 shots to pick up the win and while his three losses have been pretty horrific (14 goals allowed), he's been pretty solid this year with a 7-3-0 record and 2.33 & .927 numbers.

The Habs picked up James Wisniewski from the Islanders for a few picks.  I'm a big fan of the Wiz but I don't see a big boost in his value as he's already on pace for 50 points and can't see him doing much more than that.  He should jump onto the top PP unit for MTL but he was already seeing 4:56 of PP time with the Isles and it's not like Montreal is some offensive juggernaut but his plus/minus should thaw a little from his current minus-18.  Interesting to see what this means for P.K. Subban but it certainly can't help.  What a joke Garth Snow is turning the Island into, but I guess this means more opportunities for young dmen like Andrew MacDonald (meh) and Travis Hamonic (keep an eye on him). 

Day #3 at the WJCs... Brayden Schenn (1+4=5) and Kyle Palmieri (2+1=3) were the stars for Canada & US as they both cruised to easy victories but the story is the mounting injuries as Jaden Schwartz & Calvin de Haan were lost for Canada and Jeremy Morin & Brock Nelson were missing for the US.... oh and the Russians are 0-2 but don't count them out yet.

Alright, if the little six game point streak (4+2=6) that Jeff Tambellini is on didn't catch your attention then how bout the nine sogs last night?

Nine sogs?... Patric Hornqvist laughs at your puny shot total Tamby as he had 14 (!) last night.  This guy has fallen on hard times this year as he's on pace for only 19 goals but if he keeps shooting the puck like that then they will start going in.

Vladimir Sobotka logged 20 minutes of ice-time last night and kept his little run going with a goal to give him 3+5=8 & plus-5 over his last seven games.  I'm not a big fan, dude doesn't shoot enough for my taste.

Mike Richards has gone a little cold lately with just 2+5=7 & 2 PIMs over his last 12 games.

It's gotten to the point where we're talking about the streak within "The Streak" as Sidney Crosby had 2+2=4 last night to extend his goal streak to five games where he has 6+5=11.

Dustin Byfuglien is having a rather amazing season himself and he just keeps shooting and scoring with 4+4=8, plus-5 & 34 shots over his last nine games.  I bow down to you if you were a big believer in this guy as I wasn't.

Pekka Rinne has returned from his injured knee with three straight L's... this is could be the falter that Lindback owners were hoping for.

Christian Ehrhoff isn't quite getting the praise he was getting last year but he's on his way to a similar fantasy season (except for the huge plus/minus) and he's been rolling lately with 2+5=7 over his last seven games. 

Eric Staal with a pair last night and he has 6+2=8 over his last seven games.

Jeff Skinner with 1+5=6 over his last seven games and he's taken back the rookie scoring lead from Couture.

Mikhail Grabovski just keeps plugging along for the lowly Leafs as he potted another one last night and has 8+3=11 with 31 shots over his last 10 games.  He's also given you a nice Christmas bonus with 14 PIMs in his last eight games.

25 save shutout of Montreal last night for Semyon Varlamov and he has back-to-back wins for the Caps as they're back rolling with no regulation losses in their last five.

Maybe I'm pulling out the Jump to Conclusions mat a little early here but I'm going to say that Sabres dman Mike Weber had the best game he'll ever have last night with 2+1=3 & a plus-4 in a win over the Oilers... those were his first NHL goals in the 40th game of his career.

Brian Rolston is heading to hell & back... well actually he's headed to Albany and then back on re-entry waivers shortly... doubt anyone bites.

The Blues have signed Marek Svatos to a one-year deal, he'll need to clear waivers, which I can't imagine will be a problem... you should let him clear your waivers as well, dude's not worth your valuable time.

Darryl Sutter stepped down as GM of the Flames, Jay Feaster in... this is like replacing the Captain of the Titanic after they've hit the iceberg.   Actually, there is some talent there and maybe they could turn things around but I doubt Feaster is the guy who can pull it off.