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Thursday's Daily Dosage - Helm, Grabner, Kiprusoff...

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Helm is usually blowing past defenders but he took time out to blow-up Kopecky for this poster
Helm is usually blowing past defenders but he took time out to blow-up Kopecky for this poster

I wasn't fully aware of this... Darren Helm scored last night and now has 4+10=14, plus-4 & 46 shots over his last 17 games.  Very impressive and even more so when you realize that none of those points have come on the PP and he's playing on the 3rd line with guys like Draper & Miller.

Michael Grabner with two more points last night and he has 6+3=9, plus-5 & 30 shots over his last eight games... I'm not sold on him but give him a look if you like shots (and a few of those inevitably will go in).

Keith Yandle extended his point streak to nine games (2+12=14) with another two points last night and he enters the All-Star break leading all dmen in scoring on pace for 70 points.  I loved the kid's upside when he was coming up but didn't think he had something like this in him.

Anyone who acted rashly and dumped Miikka Kiprusoff last week (I think I may have advised this in a few cases) is likely going to regret it (sorry) as he's now won three straight games while only allowing five goals in aggregate.

Slow start for Kyle Okposo with only one assist in five games... be patient though as he's basically in pre-season mode having just returned from shoulder surgery. 

Joe Corvo has points in five straight and now 1+13=14 over his last 15 games... it's all about him and Pitkanen on the PP in Carolina and less about Jamie McBain (who only has one point over his last six games).

Another two assists last night for Lee Stempniak and he has a seven game point streak of the go with 5+6=11... he must think he was just traded or something.

Mike Ribeiro's point streak ended at 11 a few nights ago but he was back at it with two more assists last night and he's been very steady for a while with 6+17=23 over his last 21 games.

Another big game for David Moss as he had two PPGs & an assist last night and while he has 9+4=13 in his last 15 games, he only has points in six of those 15... it's all or nothing with this guy lately, I'd rather see some consistency. 

Peter Budaj was pulled after 13 minutes last night as he allowed two goals on nine shots... he gave way to Craig Anderson and this guy can't buy a break as he gave up two on 27 but got stuck with the loss, dropping him to 3-8-1 over his last 12.

The Avs Ryan Stoa with goals in back-to-back games and he's playing with Stastny right now.  His AHL numbers aren't that impressive on the whole but he has been hot lately with 13+9=22 in his last 24 games before being called up.

Dan Hamhuis has some hidden offensive potential but he's not asked to use it very often... well we've seen a glimpse of it lately as he has points in four of his last five (1+3=4) with 16 shots.  The 3.2 spg is way up from his season average of 1.4/gm. 

Canucks dman Lee Sweatt scored his first NHL goal last night in his first NHL game... he's an offensive dman who has bounced all around Europe the past few years before signing with the Canucks last summer.  There's been some encouraging signs along the way but I'd call it a longshot that he's ever a fantasy relevant player. 

A few weeks back I sorta wrote Nik Antropov off as he was on pace for 30-something points... well he's now starting to warm up with 2+5=7 in his last 10 games and is likely available in a lot of leagues, so give him a look if you're desperate.

Things can't go much lower for Nikita Filatov these days as he's in the AHL, not doing so well (3+6=9 in 14 games) and is currently out with a stiff neck.  I wouldn't give up on him but I would see if there's someone else in your league that still has a high opinion of him.

The word on Peter Forsberg is that he'll practice with the Avs for two weeks and if he's feeling good at that point, he'll sign a contract and officially make the comeback... I'm skeptical, asking this guy to remain healthy for two weeks is pretty monumental.