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Sunday's Daily Dosage - Samuelsson, Kovalev, Desharnais...

There's nobody hotter than Mikael Samuelsson right now as he scored twice last night and has 6+6=12 during a six game point streak... enjoy it while it lasts as this guy isn't nearly good enough to keep anything like this up.

Niklas Backstrom with another solid outing, stopping 24 of 25 to beat the Blues and he's been really tough to beat lately going 5-2-0, 1.42 & .957 over his last seven games... he's quietly moved himself into the top 3 in the league in sv% (.927).

Alex Kovalev with a trifecta against the Oilers yesterday and so it seems the mood has struck him lately as he has 5+3=8 over his last six games... a trade is likely what he's after.

David Desharnais with two points last night and he's had a few good games on the trot with 2+4=6 over his last three... he saw 4:12 on the PP last night but he's going to need some better linemates at ES (typically Pouliot & Darche) to really be a decent fantasy option.

Another busy evening for Cal Clutterbuck with a goal, five hits & four shots last night... you know you'll always get the hits from him (easily leads league with 250) but the offensive contributions have been more prevalent this year as he has 4+4=8, plus-5, 28 shots & 36 hits over his last nine games.

Something had to give in the Sens-Oilers game yesterday as Brian Elliott came in without a win in 15 games and Nikolai Khabibulin was the owner of 13 straight losses.  Well Elliott was victorious as he only had to stop 15 of 18 for the win but his performance this year has been one of the biggest disappointments for me as I was counting on him in a few leagues... there, I said it, now maybe the healing can begin.

The Sens Bobby Butler had his first NHL goal yesterday while playing 15 minutes (6:47 on the PP) and perhaps, as a result of the Fisher trade, he'll get a chance to prove himself in the NHL after leading the AHL in goals by a rookie this season. 

Curtis Glencross played over 20 minutes again last night (playing with Iginla & Morrison some) and scored a goal on six shots... he now has 7+3=10 over his last 10 games.

Radim Vrbata with goals in three straight and 5G & 32 shots over his last six games.

Marc-Andre Bergeron with the OT winner last night but he only played 11 minutes including four minutes at ES and seven minutes on the PP.  As long as he keeps getting the PP time then we'll take it and less ES time means lower probability of going minus-4 like last game.

Mike Fisher played 18 minutes (0:51 on the PP) in his debut with Nashville and he hit the scoresheet with the crucial 2nd assist on the ENG.  He played with Erat & Kostitsyn at ES.

Fisher's addition looks like it will bump Colin Wilson down the lineup as he played under 13 minutes last night (his lowest TOI since December) with Smithson & Ward... that's not cool. 

Dallas signed UFA forward Jason Williams, he had been playing with the Connecticut Whale of the AHL (4+5=9 in 17 gms).  He's only 30, had 47 points just two seasons ago with ATL/CBJ and has been known to play the point on the PP so he could be worth a look if you're desperate.

Avs dman prospect Cameron Gaunce was called up and played 11 minutes in his NHL debut.  He's a decent looking prospect who put up some nice numbers in the OHL but the Avs pipeline is pretty loaded with defenders with offensive upside so I think that hurts his potential.

Chris Stewart was a healthy scratch last night as he's been struggling with 1+3=4 & minus-9 over 11 games since returning from his hand injury... hopefully this gets him back on track.

Craig Anderson is expected to re-join the Avs on Monday after leaving the team for personal reasons on Friday.