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Daily Dosage - Jan 11th, 2011

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Big Z gives the nod to Rask... Thomas looks jealous
Big Z gives the nod to Rask... Thomas looks jealous

Tuukka Rask has started four of the past five games for the Bruins, winning two of them, while maintaining some pretty solid numbers (2.53 & .927), ignoring his 4-8-1 record.  This little stretch is serving a few purposes as it's helping Rask's confidence and also giving Thomas a little rest but don't overlook the fact that Thomas hasn't been as hot lately as he was to start the season (4-2-4, 2.49 & .924 over the past month)... so something could be brewin' here.

15 points in his first 29 games this year for Patrice Bergeron but with back-to-back multi's he's now had 5+9=14 over his last 12... use that how you wish when evaluating his middling 58 point pace.

David Backes with a goal, plus-2 & five shots last night to keep his run going as he has 5+4=9, plus-7 & 27 shots over his last eight games... all categories, all the time with this guy, actually his PIMs & PPPs are a little light lately but they should be good in the end.

So Wojtek Wolski goes to the Rangers, he should slide in perfectly to Frolov's underwhelming role.  Who knows what you're going to get from him, likely he'll try to make a good impression at first like he did after the trade to Phoenix last year (18 pts in 18 games).  He might make a good speculative pick-up but I wouldn't give up anything for him.  Michal Rozsival goes the other way and this probably isn't a great move for him as the Coyotes have less need for him and he probably won't see much PP time.  This doesn't help a young dman like Oliver Ekman-Larsson either as he'll probably be sitting more often now or be sent back to the AHL.

Matt D`Agostini with two points last night and he has 2+4=6 over his last four games... give him a look if you're in a deep league and are feeling some desperation.

Mentioned the Blues Brad Winchester the other day as he's been mildly productive lately, which is better then the next to nothing that you usually get from him.  He's now scored in three straight games and has six goals in his last 13 games.  It would have to be a really deep league but he might be of use to a few GMs.

It's sunny days for Phil Kessel owners as he scored again last night on six shots and now has 6+4=10 & 41 shots over his last seven games.

James Reimer stopped 30 of 32 shots last night to pick up his third win in four starts and look for the Leafs to ride him as long as this little run lasts.

The second half has begun so aren't all hyped rookies like Tyler Seguin supposed to go on Stamkos-esque runs about now?  Not much has changed for him so far as his ice-time has hovered around 12-13 minutes a night and he had 4+4=8 with 35 shots in his first 20 games and now 2+4=6 with 41 shots in his last 19 games.

Another strong performance from Matt Duchene last night as he was 2+1=3, plus-3 with four shots... he's been steadily strong all season and has exactly a point-a-game through 43 games, not bad for a teenager. 

Kyle Turris had 1+1=2 with five shots while playing 12 minutes last night but he's on pace for 28 points this year and only played five minutes in his previous game so try not to get too excited. 

Not sure where this is coming from but the Coyotes Taylor Pyatt has 3+2=5 including two GWGs in his last four games... but we've seen enough of this guy to know that it ain't gonna last.

Two points last night for Henrik Zetterberg to extend his point streak to 11 games where he has 6+10=16 and the most impressive part is that he's doing it without Datsyuk.

Jan Mursak with his first NHL goal last night in game #8 for him... being a Wings prospect people tend to get a little giddy about him but I'm not sold, 42 pts in his second AHL season last year and 23 pts in 33 games so far this year, that doesn't scream high-end point production potential to me.