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Hockey Daily Dose

Dose: Bob bounces back

by James O'Brien
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET

I didn’t get to see the reactions to the Capitals and Panthers going 20 rounds in the shootout, but I imagine there were plenty of complaints about the “skills competition.”

Let me keep this short, as there are a lot of games and shootouts have very little fantasy impact beyond randomly awarding a goalie a somewhat ill-earned win.

A) I agree that it’s pretty lame that shootouts make such an impact on the standings.

B) That said, ties are pretty lame, too.

C) During especially boring games (mainly a few years ago), shootouts would occasionally be one of the few times when something entertaining might happen.

Personally, I think the NHL should move to a “3-2-1” format, but the NHL is extremely slow to make big changes. Complaining about the shootout is understandable, yet it’s also like getting the mumps and whining about dry mouth while your face is swollen like a hot-air balloon.

Anyway, let’s cap it up.

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-- Alex Ovechkin's just putting up monster numbers again. In the last four games, he's scored two goals and three assists, registered a +4, four PIM, threw 21 hits and fired 29 SOG.

-- Troy Brouwer has three goals in the last four games in large part because of a plum gig as a component of the Capitals PP with Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson.

-- Braden Holtby hasn't lost in regulation since Dec. 2. He's 4-0-2 in his last six games. Roberto Luongo's been refreshingly strong himself, as he's 11-6-6 with a very nice .925 save percentage.


-- So, Toronto's now 10-1-1 since that debacle against Nashville, although this was one for the still formidable "naysaying" category, as Anaheim generated a 42-27 shot advantage.

-- Frederik Andersen was pulled earlier in the third after allowing four goals on 20 shots, paving the way for Ilya Bryzgalov to not be all that great (two goals allowed on seven shots). I'd keep an eye on Bryzgalov if Andersen hits a serious lull ... but not yet.

-- James van Riemsdyk is red-hot right now. He has seven points in the last five games. In his last nine games, he's generated 11 points.

-- David Clarkson slowed down a bit after drawing some praises, but you have to love seven hits and two SOG. It's obvious that he's only really worth looking at in hits leagues, but he's at least interesting in that format.

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-- His name won't be easy to continually enter into search functions, but Andrei Vasilevskiy (seriously) could be quite interesting in the future. He did well in his first start, stopping 23 out of 24 shots.

-- Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov just keep chugging along. Gotta say I'm impressed. Kucherov is still only owned in 66 percent of leagues.

-- Mark Streit has six points (all assists) in the last six games. He's not really doing much peripherally - two straight games with zero SOG, for example - but I'd peg him as a respectable depth defenseman who (importantly) has a good chance at consistently producing solid offense.


-- Alex Galchenyuk generated a hat trick last night, giving him nine goals on the season. He's 42 percent owned while current linemate Brendan Gallagher is 27 percent, and both of those numbers should be higher for as long as they're alongside Max Pacioretty. I really like this line, which probably shouldn't surprise anyone who follows the Dose.

-- P.A. Parenteau is a nice enough player, but he hasn't really produced much fantasy-wise, with just 13 points and 62 SOG in 32 games played.

-- Cam Ward is slipping again (four straight losses), but really, he can't be much worse than Anton Khudobin has been. And furthermore, Carolina might as well just bomb out at this point.


-- There are few feelings emptier than the "shutout, but a loss." It must burn Jimmy Howard owners that much more, as he's lost beyond regulation in the last three games, only allowing three goals in that span. That says a lot of things, but maybe especially "Detroit needs to score more for Howard than they've been lately."

-- Slow going for Niklas Kronwall lately, with just one goal and one assist in the last eight contests. He's at least tiring, with five SOG, four hits and two blocked shots last night.

-- After losing five games in a row and seven of eight, Sergei Bobrovsky has now won seven straight contests. I can't help but wonder if Columbus has a shot at making a playoff run. Alas, Sports Club Stats gives them just a two percent chance, but at least a lot can change.



-- Usually teams get the "uh oh, they changed coaches" bump, but it doesn't look like that happened too well for Edmonton ... at least right away. Then again, it was an odd game, with the Oilers taking shots 25-13 in the first and third period while Arizona dominated the second period (27-5).

It's probably too early to say that there will be a wakeup call one way or another.

-- Ben Scrivens has a long way to go, but stopping 42 out of 44 shots is promising.

-- The gulf between Devan Dubnyk and Mike Smith has been so wide that it's hard to take the Coyotes seriously if they give Smith an even share, at least at this point. If Dubnyk falters, they could always go back to their previous wayward plan ...

-- Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored one goal on an impressive eight SOG and has three points in his last two games. He strikes me as a fantastic buy-low candidate.


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-- Wow, what a start to the season for Rick Nash. He's creeping up on his 2013-14 stats already with 20 goals and 13 assists in 29 games versus 26 goals and 13 assists in 65 games in 2013-14. I wonder how much all of this is about health, familiarity or even being angry about playoff struggles.

-- Henrik Lundqvist is now on a four-game winning streak in which he's allowed six goals. This is a very, very promising development, especially since the last three games came on the road.

-- His shooting percentage is a disclaimer-worthy 21.3, but it's getting tougher to deny that Jiri Hudler cannot at least be a consistent threat.


-- Nash isn't the only player to hit 20 goals on Tuesday, as Vladimir Tarasenko's hat trick paved the way for exactly that.

I usually don't make a note about guys who are owned in a good chunk of leagues, but it's silly that Jaden Schwartz is only 77 percent owned. I expect him to be pretty close to Vlad points-wise going forward, so add him even if you already have Tarasenko. You could very well "double dip" on many nights.

-- It's fair to say that Kevin Shattenkirk has towered over Alex Pietrangelo for much of this season, but "Petro" is putting it together lately, including a five-game point streak.

-- Things are also really coming together for Alexander Steen, which is troubling news for the rest of the league, really.

-- The talent's never been the issue with Marian Gaborik. He's not all that widely available (76 percent owned), but if you're willing to deal with the inevitable headaches, then I guess a short-term shot is fine. Again, in a world where you could turn injuries off like video games, he'd probably be a top 50 pick.

-- Jake Allen seems like he's righted the ship with a three-game winning streak.


-- I get the impression that the Bruins will be to the East what the Sharks might end up being to the West: an unusually low seed that could make a division winner very nervous in the playoffs.

-- It still drives me crazy to see Milan Lucic averaging less than two shots per game (50 in 31).

-- What a show Pekka Rinne's been putting on. He continues the night of 20 theme with his 20-6-1 record, not to mention a gorgeous .937 save percentage. Guess he's surviving without Mitch Korn.

-- Filip Forsberg has a point per game and his shooting percentage isn't that outrageous. I wonder where his numbers would be if Peter Laviolette was replaced with Barry Trotz.



-- Thomas Vanek might be out of his free agent signing/weird gambling debt hibernation, as he now has four points in as many games.

-- Nino Niederreiter has three goals in his last four games and 14 in 29 contests overall.

-- Eight of Brent Seabrook's 18 points have come on the power play. I'm almost a little surprised by his modest 49 hits, but perhaps he just makes those checks count.

-- Brad Richards is on a six-game pointless streak. Chicago can handle him being streaky, but fantasy owners might not really dig the feast or famine routine.


-- "Where would Buffalo be without Jhonas Enroth?" might be answered with "Appropriately closer to Connor McDavid territory." This team is really, really, really bad. Credit to Enroth for holding them up, something that becomes clearer on the nights he's off duty.

-- Six of Mark Scheifele's 16 points came in the last three games. It's worth noting that he's still just 21.

-- Cody Hodgson's been a full-fledged disaster, yet he does have a goal and an assist in his last three games. He only played 4:55 total last night, so I'd imagine he'll be one of the happier fellows in the highly unlikely event that Ted Nolan gets fired either in 2014-15 or in the following summer. I'm not giving up on him long-term, but I'd stay away this season (or at least until he gets out of the doghouse with greater consistency).

-- Hey, Ondrej Pavelec is still playing reasonably well. Fancy that.

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James O'Brien
James O'Brien is the Hockey Daily Dose's author and has been a contributor to NBC's Pro Hockey Talk for more than four years. Follow him on Twitter.