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Dose: In Case you were Worried

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

Child’s Voice: “Mr. Sunday Dose Man, why is this column starting with two 5-0 games? What’s so interesting about lopsi----”


Sunday Dose Man: “Son, step aside. For you have not seen the glory and splendor of Brent Burns’ shots on goal totals.”


Child’s Voice: “Hey, wait a minute, you just took all of my fun size Reese’s and replaced them with candy corn!”


Sunday Dose Man: “Muhahaha, never make a fantasy trade when you’re sugar-crashing.”




That’s the most ordinary way I know how to wish everyone a late Halloween. Also, be careful about trades. They usually just ruin the fun for people who aren't making dumb ones.


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-- For the first time since 2014, Devin Setoguchi scored a goal … two of them, actually. Another first in ages: Peter Budaj grabbed his first shutout since 2013.


-- Setoguchi’s production has been spotted, so this feel-good story is mainly that, rather than something to get excited for in fantasy. I probably wouldn’t go overboard with Dustin Brown’s two assists, either, although he might be a guy to keep on the radar if he can produce (since the pesty forward can often fill some peripheral stats like SOG and hits, at least during his best days).


-- Budaj is more interesting, even if his value is obviously linked to other, better goalies remaining injured. His 12th career shutout wasn’t the only benefit he provided fantasy owners, as he’s now 6-3-0 on the season. With a five-game road trip coming up, it isn’t the GREATEST of circumstances, but the Kings sure are playing like a great team with not-so-great luck.


-- Dougie Hamilton had a rough night with a -3 rating, but I still can’t easily accept 17:52 TOI for Hamilton vs. 22:49 TOI for Deryk Engelland. Engelland, BTW, received 16 more seconds of ice time than Mark Giordano on Saturday.


… Maybe Glen Gulutzan is bad, gang.




-- You know who isn’t bad? Sidney Crosby.


For the third time in his last four games, Crosby generated two goals. (The non-two-goal-er featured an assist. SLACKER.)


He now has eight goals and two assists for 10 points in six GP. It sort of feels like Tom Brady making up for lost time with the Patriots, as Crosby really isn't missing a beat despite not being able to begin the season. It's more of a feat for Crosby, of course, since he's dealing with an injury instead of just an injured decision.


-- Matt Murray’s sample size is small, but so far, he’s following up that Stanley Cup win as strong as anyone could expect. After only allowing a goal in his first game back, Murray shut out the Sharks in a game you had to think that San Jose really, really wanted to win.


-- Carl Hagelin nabbed three assists while Conor Sheary collected two. Not sure what kind of plan might be in place, but I love the concept of putting Crosby with those two: "Hey, no one can think the game at Sid's speed, but these two are physically fast enough to maybe make up some of that difference."


 -- Brent Burns was a -3 in this one, much like Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. Although, let's be honest; he probably deserves a +1 for cameras catching him singing "Born in the U.S.A." despite the lack of factual accuracy.


(Maybe Duck Dynasty or some other group made him an honorary 'Merican cause that kickin' beard?)


Anyway, there's been a bit of a lull for Burns: just a goal and an assist in his last seven games. He's been reacting by firing the puck with startling frequency. He had six SOG on Saturday and a ridiculous 11 on Nov. 1 against Arizona.


So in that two points span in seven GP, he has 44 SOG. That total would tie him with James Neal and Patric Hornqvist for ninth overall in the NHL.


/Needs to sit down for a minute.


-- I wouldn't worry too much about Martin Jones. My general feeling is that he doesn't have a crazy-high ceiling, but should be a nice, suitable starter. So ... if you were expecting a Vezina campaign? Maybe worry a little. Otherwise you should be fine.




-- Calvin Pickard and Devan Dubnyk put on a goaltenders duel in this one, with Pickard coming out on top making 32 saves. Dubnyk made 31 saves in the 1-0 loss. This one literally came down to one shot.


-- Then again, even that didn’t tell the whole story. Eric Staal created havoc and was called for goalie interference on what would have been Charlie Coyle’s game-tying goal. Speaking of Staal and Coyle, it looks like Jason Zucker is getting some reps with those two.


-- The Wild went into the game with an 8-1-1 record against the Avs in their last 10 meetings, so the regulation win must have been a relief for Colorado. It was also only the second win in the last six games for the Avs overall.


-- Tyson Barrie had 5 SOG, 3 blocked shots in just over 22 minutes. Expect a strong season for a guy Colorado almost allowed to walk out the door.




-- Previous to tonight's contest, the Blues had allowed 11 goals in its last two games. St. Louis is also struggling to find the back of the net, which is something to watch long-term.


-- Vladimir Tarasenko went into tonight's contest without a goal (though with three assists) in his last seven contests, but scored the overtime tally for the Blues. To give you an idea of how rare Tarasenko goal droughts are, consider that five games was his longest goalless streak in 2015-16.


-- Carter Hutton picked up the win for St. Louis making 20 saves. In four games played, Hutton has been quite sufficient, especially considering his .926 save percentage. His overall numbers aren't great, but with a .918 mark last year, maybe the Blues acquired a nice backup for Jake Allen.


-- Atkinson fired five SOG on Saturday after scoring two goals on seven SOG on Friday, so that's an impressive 12 SOG in a back-to-back set. He’s been hovering between three and four SOG quite frequently this season, and that would be a great clip for the CBJ forward.




-- The Rangers and Bruins both entered this contest with three game winning streaks on the line. They've generated a 21-6 goal differential during their four-game winning streak and have scored 5+ goals seven times already in 2016-17.


-- Tuukka Rask lost his first game of the season and now has a 6-1-0 record. Even with this tough outing, his save percentage is still robust at .938.


-- The Rangers scored two shorthanded goals in this one, one with just over three minutes left in the first period and the second just over two minutes into the middle frame.


-- Michael Grabner continued  his hot streak picking up a goal and an assist on Derek Stepan's first period shorthanded goal. Grabner now has 5 goals and 2 assists in the last four games. Kevin Hayes scored the second period shorthanded goal.  


-- Boston had a shorthanded goal as well, thanks to David Pastrnak.




-- The Canadiens were back in action just 24 hours after being embarrassed 10-0 by the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. The loss to Columbus matched the team record for goals against in a shutout loss. Hey, when you allow 14 goals in a 48-hour period and win one of those games, things are still generally going well for you.


-- Goaltending was definitely the difference-maker between the Flyers and Canadiens. Despite the goal differential, it was a pretty one-sided game; Philly fired 38 SOG while Montreal only sent 17 toward Michal Neuvirth. So, yeah, not a great Neuvirth appearance.


-- Nine goals in this one, all by different goal scorers.


-- Andrei Markov picked up a goal for Montreal just 1:06 into the game while later on adding an assist.


-- Shayne Gostisbehere picked up a goal and an assist for the Flyers. Jakub Voracek continues his impressive start to the season adding two assists. He has 6 goals and 7 assists in 12 contests.  




-- Looking at this game on the Saturday slate, I honestly expected a shot-suppression-y time (scientific term). Instead, both goalies were tested, with the Devils generated 38 SOG and the Lightning firing 35 SOG. Bishop got the best of the game, stopping 37 of 38. The big goalie hasn't had the greatest season overall (5-3-0, mediocre .904 save percentage) but he's been strong in his last two starts, both wins. Cory Schneider, meanwhile, made 31 saves.


-- Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov each had a goal and an assist. Kucherov has three goals and five assists over his last four games and a remarkable 15 points in 11 GP overall.


-- Damon Severson continued his hot streak for the Devils picking up a goal in the first period. The defenseman has two goals and three assists in his last three games.


-- After losing three straight games in regulation, they have points in three straight (2-0-1).




-- The Capitals picked up their fifth straight win beating the Panthers 4-2. While they didn’t score on the man advantage on Saturday, it also seems like Washington’s power play has been picking things up lately.


-- T.J. Oshie scored twice for the Capitals, his third goal in his past two games and sixth overall this season. With a 21.4 shooting percentage (versus a 12.4 mark for his career), expect Oshie's luck to subside. Even so, I think he could improve on 2015-16's 26 goals, his previous career-high.


-- The Panthers lost Jaromir Jagr. Florida is already without several top six forwards so if the injury is at all serious, Florida could be in trouble. No word on how severe, exactly, that lower-body issue is for Jagr.


-- Alex Ovechkin's starting to feel it again. His last two games have been really impressive:


Nov. 5 - goal, assist, +3, six SOG

Nov. 3 - two goals, one assist, eight SOG




-- The Islanders and Oilers came into this contest struggling. The Oilers snapped a three-game losing skid, while the Isles have dropped five of six.


-- It was a potentially costly game for both teams injuries-wise. Jesse Puljujarvi and Zack Kassian suffered injuries on the Edmonton side, while Travis Hamonic might be a little banged up for the Isles.


-- Connor McDavid didn't score, giving him just one assist and a -7 rating in the past four games. Don't get bent out of shape though, he still seems awesome. He generated six SOG on Saturday, giving him 15 during this four-game slump. So, yeah, I expect everything to be fine, and even with this dry streak he still has 13 points in 12 games.


-- Patrick Maroon made the most of getting on a line with McDavid and Jordan Eberle, scoring a goal and an assist. Milan Lucic responded well to a demotion/possibly easier competition, generating a tally of his own.


-- Oilers defensemen were feisty in this game: Adam Larsson delivered six hits while Darnell Nurse and Eric Gryba generated five.




-- The Maple Leafs are on a roll, winning their third straight contest. That really rubs it in for the Vancouver Canucks, too, as they’ve now lost eight straight (7-0-1). This hurts that much more for the Canucks; while they suffer in the present trying to “reload on the fly,” Toronto already looks much better now and is loaded with blue-chippers.


Yeah, not a great night for the Canucks.


-- The final tally of penalty minutes for this game: a ridiculous 171. Nazem Kadri’s hit on Daniel Sedin generated a lot of attention, and could yield a suspension. Actually, keep an eye out for this, and maybe other bits.


-- Tyler Bozak scored twice for the Maple Leafs, and added an assist. Four of his season's nine points were generated in the past two games. Mitch Marner and James van Riemsdyk have really done great things for Bozak. JVR generated two assists.


-- After a hot start to the season, Auston Matthews had been held without a point in his last 6 contests. He broke that slump with an assist on Saturday, though. Much like with McDavid, expect good stuff over the long haul. Matthews has an impressive 51 SOG in just 12 GP. Here are the league leaders in SOG: Brent Burns (69), Vladimir Tarasenko and Jakub Voracek with 52, and then Matthews.


-- Both Daniel and Henrik Sedin found the back of the net in the loss for the Canucks.




-- The Sabres snapped Ottawa's three game winning streak, which has been founded on some great work by Craig Anderson and also a surprising shutout by Mike Condon.


Remarkably, Anderson was back in goal for Ottawa after taking a leave from the team to be with his wife once again. Anderson saw his own three-game winning streak (in which he allowed just two goals) come to an end, but he was still very strong, stopping 30 out of 32 SOG. His save percentage is at .930. Strangely, I pointed out on PHT that he seems to rotate solid and really good seasons, and so far he's sticking to that odd, maybe somewhat coincidental pattern.


-- Robin Lehner is on one heck of a tear in his own right, winning three of four games and allowing just five goals in that span. His lowest save percentage of that stretch was .931, which is close to his 2016-17 save percentage of .929. His career mark is .917, which isn't half-bad, but this season could be his first truly fruitful one thanks to previous issues with competing with Anderson for starts in Ottawa and then dealing with injuries/playing for a worse Sabres team last season.


Lehner MIGHT be available in your league, as he’s 63 percent owned. I don’t expect a .929 save percentage all season, but he has a chance to be a useful starter. Plus he could beat up most other goalies, earning him the Ray Emery - Ron Hextall Award.


-- Mike Hoffman scored Ottawa's lone goal. Sam Reinhart and Kyle Okposo picked up the tallies for the Sabres.




-- Quite a run for Matt Irwin, who scored a goal and an assist. He now, shockingly, has a three-game goal streak going, generating three goals on just five SOG for a 60 shooting percentage. He's doing all of this with minimal ice time.


If those last few bits didn't scare you off to anything but Daily Fantasy/short-term add-drop curiosity, I doubt you've been reading many Doses.


Irwin's shown a sign of scoring ability before with San Jose, managing 19 points twice (in 62 games in 2013-14 and 53 in 2014-15), to the point that I'm surprised he hasn't gotten more chances in the NHL. Especially since he was with the Providence Bruins (30 points in 64 AHL games in 2015-16) while Boston could've used any competent defenseman they could find.


He has 55 points and 63 PIM in 160 GP. The Predators might have themselves a solid little depth gem, but again, I don't expect him to be a scoring machine.


-- I don't think of Ryan Johansen as Manny Malhotra 2.0, but he sure dominated in the faceoff dot on Saturday, going 14-5. No points, though.


-- Nice pass from Colin Wilson to James Neal for Neal's second tally of the season. Jeff Skinner already has six goals in 2016-17, by the way.


-- Cam Ward's been actually-not-terrible lately, even if his season stats (2-3-0, .888 save percentage) are still bad. He stopped 30 out of 32 shots against Ottawa and then 25 of 27 vs. Nashville on Saturday.




-- Uh oh, add another Stars player to the injury heap, as Jason Spezza left the game and did not return thanks to a lower-body injury.


-- Honestly, it's kind of hard to keep up with the Blackhawks' mixing of top line forwards, but the good news is that they're still producing at a nice level anyway. Richard Panik scored AGAIN - now seven goals - while Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov all made their presences felt, too.


-- Not a lot is going right for Dallas, who saw Chicago get double the power-play opportunities (Blackhawks went 1-for-6 vs. 0-for-3 for Stars) despite the game being on home ice.


-- Your updated Stars goalie stats for 2016-17:


Antti Niemi: 3-2-1, zero shutouts, .900 save percentage, 3.31 GAA

Kari Lehtonen: 1-3-1, zero shutouts, .900 save percentage (twinsies!) and 2.65 GAA.


As unpredictable as goalies can be, those two just keep pouring salt in the Stars' wounds. Honestly, Dallas might be lucky to have four wins right now.

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.