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Daily Dosage - Dec 31st, 2010

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Ladd has just been a bystander for these gatherings lately
Ladd has just been a bystander for these gatherings lately

A-ha, I knew this guy wasn't for real... Andrew Ladd has 2+0=2, minus-1 & 20 shots over his last 11 games. Hopefully you sold at the peak (when you had the chance).

Here's something that I wasn't fully aware of... Antti Niemi over the past month: 10GP, 5-4-1, 2.38 & .919.  Antero Niittymaki over the past month: 6GP, 4-2-0, 3.15 & .887.

The Flyers finally gave Michael Leighton his first start of the year last night and while he wasn't what I would call great by any stretch of the imagination, he did stop 32 of 36 to pick up the victory.  Again, I have no idea what the Flyers will do with their goalies, my best advice is to put three names in a hat and pick one... I hear this is what Peter Laviolette does before every game.

Day #5 at the WJCs... bad news for Canada as Jaden Schwartz is done for the tourney with a fractured ankle.  The US cruised to a 4-0 victory over Germany and Charlie Coyle was the most impressive player with 1+1=2 and he leads the team with 2+3=5 so far.  I'm also coming around on Kyle Palmieri as I wasn't sure about his upside, but he's shown nice vision and has 2+2=4 so far.  Calle Jarnkrok, a Red Wings 2nd rounder, has been the Swedes most impressive player as he had three points yesterday and his name means "Balls of Iron" in Swedish (or something like that).  Martin Frk had two goals for the Czechs and looks like the real deal but you'll have to wait as he's not draft eligible until 2012.  

Was checking out Dany Heatley's numbers yesterday and while he's disappointed this year and his shots are down (on pace for 224), I gotta believe that he finishes with more than the 32 goals he's on pace for right now...  he's averaged 44 a season since the lockout so I'd bet on a strong 2nd half.

Look for Kurtis Foster to pick up some ice-time and be featured more on the PP with Ryan Whitney out... he had an assist, played a season high 23:33 and had 10 shots last night.

Jack Johnson with the PPG last night to extend his point streak to six games where he has 2+5=7 with 5 PPPs.

Beauty comeback season from Justin Williams as he's been banged up the past three years but hasn't missed a game yet this year (I may have just jinxed him) and has been steadily producing.  He has five goals in his last eight games and is on pace for 33+37=70 for the season.

Maybe, just maybe Blake Wheeler is starting to put things together as he has 3+2=5 and a plus-5 over his last seven games... actually I have no confidence that he's figured it out but I'm hopeful.

Milan Lucic had been unbelievably consistent to start the year so you knew a lull was coming... he's had no points & is a minus-3 over his last six games.  But he's still on pace for 36+25=61 this year.

James Wisniewski made his Canadiens debut last night playing nearly 22 minutes and leading their dmen in PP time (4:43).  On a related note, P.K. Subban kept his spot in the lineup (Josh Gorges is out injured) and played 23 minutes last night but didn't see as much PP time (2:45) and was held off the scoresheet (he has only 1+1=2 over his last 11 games).

I'm usually a big fan of Pavel Kubina as he's reliable, consistent and chips in across the board but he frustrated me at the beginning of this season (1+5=6 & minus-11 over his first 27 games) that I dropped him in one league... well I may regret that now as he's warming up lately with 1+6=7, plus-7 & 17 PIMs over his last 11 games and is starting to see more PP time.

Steven Stamkos had a bit of a slow start to December but he's finishing it strong with four points last night and 10+6=16 over his last 10 games.

Cheeky move by the former Habs farm team coach, Guy Boucher, to give the former Habs farm hand goalie, Cedrick Desjardins, his first NHL start against his former team last night and he responded by stopping 27 of 28 for the win.  This guy has put up some decent numbers in the AHL the past few years so keep an eye on him as the coach is obviously a fan.

If you know me then you know that Troy Brouwer's lack of consistency annoys me, so use this however you wish, he has 5+3=8 over his last 10 games.

You knew it would happen... I just mentioned how Mike Richards had cooled off lately and he goes off for 2+2=4, plus-2, 4 PIMs & 5 shots last night... hopefully nobody ever listens to me.

Just for full disclosure... Erik Gustafsson didn't get into the lineup for the Flyers last night as Kimmo Timonen was good enough to go.