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Daily Dosage - Jan 20th, 2011

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Over/under on Havlat playing 82 games?: I say under (bold, I know)
Over/under on Havlat playing 82 games?: I say under (bold, I know)

Was talking about players that are frustrating to own yesterday (Malkin being one) and I mentioned that Martin Havlat is one of those guys for me... he's been having a great year with 43 points in 47 games and hasn't missed a game yet and while I'm not going to say that he's going to get hurt, the odds are that he will.  He's been relatively healthy playing 73 & 81 games the past two seasons but this is a guy that's only played more than 75 games in one of his nine NHL seasons and has been under 70 games in five of nine.  If you want to cut back on your risk a little bit then you might consider shopping him.

A player that is just driving Jay nuts right now is Kris Russell as he's been disappointing all year and isn't showing a lot of progress in his fourth NHL season.  With Russell & Stralman struggling, the CBJs are desperate for a PP QB and right now Fedor Tyutin and Grant Clitsome have stepped up... Tyutin has been rolling for a while with 3+8=11 (five PPPs) over his last 13 games and Clitsome has come up from the AHL and has 2+3=5 (two PPPs) over his last four games.  Clitsome seems to be a popular add these days, it's possible that he can keep producing but I have my doubts based on his numbers the past three years in the AHL. 

Cory Stillman had one bounce in off his face last night but he'll take it as it extends his point streak to five games (1+5=6)... I'd keep an eye on him as despite his game deteriorating over the past few years, he's still scored at .78 ppg since the lockout.

Those of you waiting for Marc-Andre Bergeron to start racking up the points on the Tampa PP won't like this... he's only had 1A so far in six games in Norfolk and missed the team's last game due to a knee injury, which may or may not be related to the major off-season knee surgery that he had.

Nice evening for R.J. Umberger with a PPG/GWG, two PIMs & eight shots... he's scored in three straight games now and his season has been all about streaks as he's had separate four game goal & 10 game point streaks prior to this new one.

Michael Santorelli has points in each of his last seven and in 11 of his last 12 games (all singles)... really liking this guy, worth a look for those of you in deeper leagues.

Tomas Vokoun was rolling along last night but gave up a late tying goal and then one in OT to take the loss.  He stopped 35 of 38 in total but we wouldn't be surprised to see Scott Clemmensen between the pipes next game.

Won't really get into Marian Gaborik's 4+1=5 night as those were his first goals in nine games and he's still only on pace for 30 on the season so we're looking for a little more consistency.  Likewise, Artem Anisimov had four assists but he had one point in his last nine coming in.

Wojtek Wolski has back-to-back two-pointers for 2+3=5 in five games with the Rangers... not bad since he's playing with two rookies (Stepan & MZA).

Kyle Brodziak's been playing with some decent wingers this year (Havlat for one) and he's had some decent stretches, like the 1+6=7 he's racked up over his last seven games, but you should be able to find a better option than him as he's only on pace for 30 points with weak peripherals. 

The Wild's Niklas Backstrom returned from his hip injury in fine form as he stopped 37 shots from a hapless Flames squad for the shutout.  With Theodore on the mend as well, expect Khudobin to be heading back to the AHL shortly.

Brendan Morrison has been playing on the top line in Calgary lately but I have no idea why... he's 0+3=3 with 15 shots over his last 15 games despite playing decent minutes (nearly 19 last night) and top PP time.

Carolina has sent Zach Boychuk back to the AHL after 3+2=5 in 16 games with the big club.  He's been playing at over a ppg pace in the AHL so let's see if he can keep that up and he should be back in Raleigh full-time next season.

With Neuvirth out with a LBI (day-to-day), the Caps have called up Braden Holtby... the 21-year-old has been one of the best goalies in the AHL this year going 10-5-2, 1.82, .937 with 4 shutouts.