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Thursday's Daily Dosage

A fantasized look at NHL action from Wednesday night

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Patrice Bergeron picked up a goal and an assist and Tuukka Rask stopped 35 out of 36 as the B's dominated the Habs.

From the "I did not see that coming" department... Calgary thumped the Ducks 7-2.  Seems like a good time to mention how good Mark Giordano has been.  After a 1+1=2 night, he's now playing at a 63 point pace over 82 games (yeah that's right, 6-3).  That's the third best pace amongst blueliners this season.  He's not getting the attention he deserves since he's missed a few games with injury and of course, who wants to own a Flame.

Mikael Backlund had an even better night with 2 grapes and an apple.  He's already topped his career high and if keeps up his current pace he'll top 40 points too.

Joni Ortio played his sixth game with the Flames last night and has a respectible 3-3 record after besting the Ducks.  Add in his 2.20 gaa and .907 sv% and he's not half bad.  I wouldn't trust him and the Flames but desperate times...

Another Flame that I've been keeping an eye on is TJ Brodie.  He had two assists last night and now has 23 points in 66 games (a 29 point pace).  That should be useful to some of you in deeper leagues.   Granted he is a bit weak in some of the peripheral categories, but still.

The hard luck losers on the Ducks were Jonas Hiller (3 goals on 5 shots in just over 10 minutes of action) and Ryan Getzlaf who came home with an ugly minus-4.

After a bit of a rough patch (three points in eight games) looks like Matt Duchene has righted the ship as expected.  After his 1+1=2 last night he has 21 in his last 17 games.  He's up to 19th in the league scoring race too.

Semyon Varlamov picked up his 33rd win last night... good for second in the league behind MAF.  He's made a lot of owners happy this year.

Alex Burrows broke his goal-less drought with two last night.  Took him 36 games to get those  He has been battling a few injuries along the way, so at least he has a reason.  He's still on an unbelievable 82-game pace of just 18 points.  He has a 67 pointer under his belt from a few years back... maybe be worth a flyer in deeper leaguers?

I think Bryan Little has snuck up on a few people this year, myself included.  Another assist last night gives him 53 on the year and in a tie for 29th in the league in scoring.  He has also thrown in a few PIM's, shots and PPP as well.