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Daily Dosage - Dec 6th, 2010

Alex Steen went through a stretch with no points and only 11 shots in six games but has ramped it up with 21 shots over his last four games and has 3+2=5 to show for it.  There's some encouraging signs if you like Steen as he's on pace for 280 shots this year and is second on the Blues in PPTOI (averaging 4:16/gm) but I don't generally get too excited about guys that were sub-50 points in each of their first five seasons... as guys that do that rarely go on to be decent point producers.

If Danny Briere can stay healthy then he has a chance to put up a seriously solid fantasy season as he's on pace for 44+18=62, 142 PIMs & 290 shots (and he's plus-11).  I've always been a fan as he's underrated for the PIMs he provides.

Rene Bourque only has 2+2=4 & 18 shots over his last 10 games and while he plays on the top PP unit he's been playing on a line with Glencross & Moss lately... that's not where the magic happens.

Jeff Tambellini has been seeing some L2 action lately and has 2+3=5 during his recent five game call-up for the Canucks.  This guy has always been a point producer in the AHL, so don't be thinking he's just a plugger but we also don't see this lasting long-term.

Corey Crawford stopped 24 of 26 shots to beat the Flames and pick up his sixth straight win.  We'll wait a few more games before we anoint him the #1 but he's their best option right now and the team is playing great in front of him as he's faced an average of 25.8 shots/gm over his last six.

Troy Brouwer moved up to the top line and #1 PP unit in the absence of Kane (more on that later) last night but couldn't put anything on the board... this guy is terribly inconsistent but should get more opportunities if Kane is out for a while.

Brad Boyes had a streak of points in six straight games but now he has only one point over his last six... very streaky.

Anton Babchuk had his first point with the Flames (in his 10th game), a PPG.  He could get hot and go on a run but based on his play & usage so far in Calgary, I wouldn't recommend him.

Mark Giordano set up Babchuk's goal and he now has points in four straight and brings a nice all-around game to any fantasy team.  He's especially been a steady source of PIMs lately as he has 23 PIMs over his last 10 games.

Shane Doan got his first goal since returning from that UBI seven games ago and that was only his second of the year.  He now has 1+5=6 over his last six games and the really encouraging part is that he has 24 shots over those six games, so the goals will come.

Chris Kelly with a hat-trick for the Sens yesterday... you'd be wasting your valuable time if you even bothered to think about picking him up.

I thought Milan Michalek would be able to bounce-back this year after going through an injury-plagued first season in Ottawa with only 34 pts in 66 gms... but dude has looked even worse this year and in the 14 games since he was out with a knee injury he has 1+4=5, minus-5 with 22 shots... that's pathetic.

Bobby Butler was called up by the Senators and got into his first NHL game of the season (he played two at the end of last season).  He played on the top line and #1 PP unit and looked involved from what I saw but finished the game with no points, no shots & a minus-1 in 14 minutes of action.  He is the leading rookie goal scorer and point getter in the AHL this year (15+8=23 in 25 games).

With Butler in the lineup, Peter Regin was a healthy scratch for the Sens, he had no points in his last nine games.  A lot of people were expecting him to breakout this year, not me... dude has never shown me enough, at any level, to get excited about.

With Lupul returning for the Ducks, they sent Dan Sexton to the AHL.