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Daily Dosage - Jan 16th, 2011

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The best picture from last night but this wasn't one of Tavares three goals
The best picture from last night but this wasn't one of Tavares three goals

Natural hat-trick for John Tavares last night and he's been very good for the past month with 10+9=19 & 53 shots over his last 15 games and while his plus/minus still sits at a pretty ugly minus-17, he's been a plus-2 over his last 15 games, so the bleeding has stopped (for now).

Not sure if this is just a ploy to light a fire under Tomas Vokoun but the Panthers gave Scott Clemmensen back-to-back starts (he won both) and he's started four of the past seven games.  Going back over his last eight games, Clemmensen has actually been very solid posting a 4-1-1 record with a 1.87 gaa & .943 sv%, so maybe they're just rewarding him for his fine play.

Taylor Pyatt with the GWG, plus-3 & five shots last night and while I don't think this will last he's obviously in a groove right now as he has 5+2=7 & plus-7 over his last seven games.

Two goals for Jarret Stoll last night and he has 5+1=6 over his last five games while putting 21 pucks on net.  Forgive me if I'm not a big believer in his 82 game & 50+ point pace as as he's only played more than 75 games in two of his six NHL seasons and has only topped 50 points once. 

Blake Comeau tends to run hot & cold, he had a goal last night and now has 5+2=7 in his last six games... starting at the beginning of the season here are his points broken into six game blocks: 6, 3, 0, 3, 5, 4, and now 7 in his last six.  So 12 points in his first 24 games and 16 in his last 18 (for those of you without a calculator handy).

Carolina's been rolling lately, for example... Jeff Skinner with points in five straight (5+3=8 & plus-5) and Jussi Jokinen with a 3-pointer last night and he has 4+3=7 in the three games since returning from a UBI.

The Lightning went right back to Dwayne Roloson after his stinker against NJ on Friday and he responded by giving up five goals on 30 shots in a loss last night.  So this is now three shiitshows & three great games for Rollie in Tampa... minor bump in the road, I think he'll do very well.

Man, all Ondrej Pavelec was looking for last night was a day off but Chris Mason got hurt and had to leave the game after seven minutes and Pavelec was thrown into the firing line again.  He was beaten six times on 24 shots and is really fighting it lately going 3-5-2, 4.05 & .889 over his last 10 games.  Maybe the constant barrage of shots he faces is starting to catch up with him as he's faced 36.7/60mins over those 10 games... that's way too much to ask of your goalie.

I called out Andrew Ladd during his recent slump, saying that I knew he wasn't for real after going 2+0=2 over 12 games but I have to eat my words (for now) as he's followed that up with 4+3=7 during a six game point streak. 

Also need to apologize to Marco Sturm as I haven't been very complimentary of his game but he now has 2+3=5 over his last five games, so maybe he isn't useless.

Drew Doughty was active last night with 1+1=2 and a takedown of Taylor Hall... Doughty hasn't been lighting it up but he's been solid with 1+7=8 over his last 10 games and if he keeps playing like he did last night then points will follow.

Nice evening for Ray Whitney last night as he had 2+1=3, plus-2 & six shots... he had a slow start to the season (0+5=5 & 19 shots in his first 13 games) but has been producing regularly lately with 10+18=28 & 77 shots over his last 30 games.

By all accounts (I didn't see the game), Jordan Staal was an animal yesterday with 1+1=2, GWG & four shots.  He led the Pens forwards in ice-time with 21:31 & led the team in PP time (2:00)... that's now 2+3=5 over his last two games.

I traded Evgeni Malkin in a single-year league yesterday for Corey Perry as I've lost patience waiting for Geno and Perry's one of my favourite players... Malkin has 2+2=4 in his last 10 games and we're up to a year and a half now where he hasn't been performing up to his capabilities.

Another goal for Shea Weber to extend his point streak to eight games and he's been putting up numbers that few other dmen can with 3+9=12, plus-15 & 21 shots over his last eight.

The Sens sent Robin Lehner back to the AHL, this might not be the last we see of him this season but for whatever reason the Sens would prefer he learn his craft in the AHL.