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Saturday's Daily Dosage - Salo, Raymond, Aucoin

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A fantasized look at last night's NHL action

Bruce Bennett

The fantasy line of the night may have to go to a healthy (so far) Sami Salo who had two assists, plus-5 and four blocks last night in Tampa's win over Ottawa. This is not somebody who you should be counting on over the long haul but ride the horse while it's running, as they say, as he's seeing 3:46/gm on the PP and 20+ mpg for a pretty dynamic Lightning squad.

Figures that Mason Raymond would come to life right after I dropped him. I watched him closely for the first two games of the season and decided that I didn't like his chances this year, especially given the lack of 2nd line forwards to play with in Vancouver. But now Mase has three goals in his last two games including two on the PP and I'm feeling like the village idiot.

Also on a nice little run for the Canucks is Zack Kassian as he scored on the PP last night on a nice feed from the Sedin's and now has a goal in three straight games... lovin the start from the big fella.

Evander Kane, Blake Wheeler, Andrew Ladd & Dustin Byfuglien had matching 1+1=2 last night for the Jets but lets give the rockstar of the night award to Kane for his five hits & five shots to go along with his fancy new hairstyle.

Dan Ellis with a heroic effort in the nets for Carolina as he stopped 40 of 41 in a win over Buffalo in his first start of the season. He's a solid backup but isn't likely to play much behind Ward.

Dougie Hamilton with 2A last night and he seems to be settling in on the Bruins 2nd pairing with Seidenberg and manning the point on the #2 PP unit.

What do you think... is Keith Aucoin going to be the Islanders next great AHL reclamation project in the vein of Matt Moulson, P.A. Parenteau & Michael Grabner? The 34-year-old Aucoin, who the Isles claimed on waivers from Toronto, scored twice last night and now has 3+1=4 in his last three games.

Speaking of guys making the jump from the AHL, Cory Conacher continued his early season streak as he had two more helpers last night to give him 2+5=7 through his first four NHL games.

Your shutout of the night goes to Cory Schneider for his 30 save beauty versus the Ducks. Solid revenge outing after the Ducks chased him on opening night.

Rick DiPietro made his first start of the season last night and while he lost (23/27) just getting through a game without hurting himself has to be a victory for this guy. In three of the last four seasons he's played eight games or less. Please don't get your hopes up here, I beg you.

Mike Knuble has signed with the Flyers... so get excited if 40-year-old men normally get you excited.

Mikhail Grigorenko saw his ice-time drop to a season-low 6:48 last night in his fourth game. Not a good sign as game #5 will be the last of his audition that has seen him go pointless with just three shots.

Your notable healthy scratches last night were Mark Scheifele and Adam Larsson. You probably know what's coming next for Scheifele whereas Larsson has been a scratch for all three Devils games so far.

Not that anyone should care but the Jets have placed Mark Dekanich on waivers and the Oilers added Niko Hovinen off waivers from the Flyers. Neither should be in your fantasy thoughts.

Now riding the buses in the AHL: Jake Gardiner & Sami Vatanen.

Now flying 1st class in the NHL: Jonas Brodin & David Rundblad.