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Hockey Daily Dose

Dose: Break Time

by James O'Brien
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Enjoy the break, comrades. Or if you’re in hockey-light agony, at least explore your secondary hobbies.

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-- Calvin Pickard did his Semyon Varlamov impression with the latter dealing with his legal issues, stealing one for Colorado. Los Angeles doubled the Avs up in SOG (38-19).

Pickard stopped 35 out of 38 shots to improve his record to 3-2-0.

-- Gabriel Landeskog scored two goals on as many shots in this game. He's been pretty hit-or-miss lately, generating three goals in as many games, but also that total through seven contests.

The other Avalanche players who generated two points were Matt Duchene (1G, 1A) and Carl Soderberg (two assists).

-- Speaking of two-point producers, Dwight King scored a goal and an assist, breaking a six-game point streak.

-- Interesting peripheral game for Alec Martinez. He didn't generate a point, but he generated a +3, four SOG and four hits in 22:15 TOI.


-- Steven Stamkos scored his 21st goal of the season, which was obviously the GWG. He already has five game-winning goals in 2015-16.

This gives Stamkos 38 points in 49 games.

The goals are nice, but the overall production is a little disappointing. Especially in a contract year. Maybe the distractions are getting to him a bit?

(Or maybe the Lightning are just really dry offensively this season.)

-- That lone tally came on the power play. The Lightning only managed to go 1-for-6 on Wednesday, but that was good enough. I don't really know what to think about this team, other than that they're lucky to receive the goaltending they've enjoyed.

-- Andrei Vasilevskiy generated a 30-save shutout, his first goose egg of this season.

While his appearances can be spotty, it's probably fair to say that Vasi has been on a hot streak. He started the season 2-4-0. He's now won six straight decisions. Good stuff.

-- Jonathan Bernier lost despite making 28 out of 29 saves. He's now lost three in a row, and as lucky as he's been at times, his .902 save percentages tells enough of the story.


-- Jakub Voracek generated two goals in this game, including the OTGWG.

The 26-year-old now has a three-game point streak going with three goals and two assists. He also has 10 points in his past seven contests, only failing to generate a point once during that span.

His eight goals remaining a letdown, but his 5.7 shooting percentage argue for more gains going forward ... or at least a likely rebound in 2016-17.

-- Wow, Andre Burakovsky is really feeling it lately. He scored two goals, and he's enjoying a similar streak to Voracek, with five points during a three-game point streak.

He has three goals and six assists for nine points during six contests.

Burakovsky is up to 19 points in 44 games, making gains on 22 points in his 53 contests during his rookie campaign.

-- Hey, another red-hot run.

Shayne Gostisbehere collected a pair of assists on Wednesday. He's now generated a point in four straight games, managing six during his own run. This is a nice way to dissuade critics after he went through a slump (failing to score points in six of seven games from Dec. 27 to Jan. 17).

-- How remarkable is Braden Holtby? This loss drops him to 30-5-3 on the season.


-- Hey, Pekka Rinne was on a hot streak ... and Carter Hutton kept it going. He made 26 out of 27 saves to improve his record to 5-2-1, including two straight wins in which he's only allowed a solitary goal.

He doesn't get a lot of reps, and his small body of work argues that, so far, he's not especially deserving of more chances.

-- Ryan Johansen saw a bit of a slump, generating a goal and an assist on Jan. 21, but that being the only game in which he scored a point during a four-game span.

Even with that little bump in the road, Johansen has 10 points in as many games, as he grabbed an assist on Wednesday.

-- Man Mark Giordano is playing outstanding hockey. His goal on Wednesday continues his stretch of top-forward-like production: just three games without a point from Dec. 19 through Jan. 27.

-- Shea Weber grabbed the PPGWG in this one, his first GWG of 2015-16.

He now has 12 goals overall, and 31 points. I doubt that Weber manages to match or exceed his two-time career-high of 23 goals, but he could still generate some special overall offense.

His career-high for points is 56, by the way.

-- Yikes, Karri Ramo is slipping again. Ramo is on a three-game losing streak and has also dropped five of six.

It's almost as if ... he's mediocre! I mean as a goalie. He could be a great dude.

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.