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Hockey Daily Dose

Dose: Connor's Big Day

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

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-- Connor McDavid really poured it on the team he grew up cheering for, setting a new career-high with five points in one game (his previous peak was three).

McDavid got to that mark by scoring two goals and adding three assists for a +4 rating and five SOG.

His linemates enjoyed blistering nights, too, with Jordan Eberle combining a hat trick with an assist while Benoit Pouliot drew the least attention despite grabbing four assists.

You might as well make Pouliot at least a temporary add, as he could really enjoy big gains rolling with Eberle and most importantly McDavid.

-- Cam Talbot grabbed his 12th win of the season, although he has a journey to make it to .500 (12-17-3). He seems fine and all, but I'm still a little surprised that Edmonton was so trigger-happy when it came to a contract extension there.

-- Could Jake Gardiner be in for a strong finish? He has two goals in as many games, although he'll need to fire the puck more often to sustain a hot streak, with that duo of tallies coming on a mere three SOG.


-- John Tavares grabbed a goal (his 20th of 2015-16) and an assist in this one, giving him a four-game point streak. He also has five goals and seven assists for 12 points in his last eight contests.

-- The Islanders are now on a three-game winning streak. They've been very tough against West teams in Brooklyn.

-- Los Angeles has five games remaining on its current seven-game road trip, the longest of the Kings' season. There may been some ebbs and flows, then.

-- Solid work lately by Milan Lucic, who has points in three of his last four games. He scored a goal on Thursday, pushing him to two tallies and three helpers for five points during that span.


-- For the first time in 50 games, R.J. Umberger scored a goal. He's long been a so-so player who found ways to at least score goals, so this slump was especially disturbing.

-- Wayne Simmonds hit the 20-goal mark while Shayne Gostisbehere got his 20th assist. I have to admit I'm a little disappointed with Brayden Schenn considering it's a contract year, as he only scored his seventh of 2015-16.

-- Radko Gudas could be in trouble for a hit he delivered, but he sure showed why he's a hidden gem in fantasy on Thursday. While he failed to score a point, the big brute had a +3 rating, 17 PIM, four hits and six blocked shots. Wow.

-- Strong game by Steve Mason, stopping 41 out of 42 shots. He's closing in on a .500 record (13-14-7).


-- As of this writing, David Perron is only owned in 29 percent of Yahoo leagues, so there's a good chance you can scoop him up if he makes sense for you.

Perron has 10 points in as many games with Anaheim after scoring a goal and an assist against Columbus. He's at least interesting since he can help with peripherals.

It IS a little disturbing to see that he wasn't getting much ice time during a three-game drought that he just ended, so at least note that his bounces (22.2 shooting percentage in Anaheim so far) may dry up.

-- Ryan Getzlaf has two points in each of his last three games, totaling one goal and five assists. He also has 10 points during an eight-game span in which he's only failed to generate a point in one contest.

He's really making up lost time now: 40 points in 49 games with 44 PIM to ease some of that scoring disappointment.

-- Brandon Saad ended a four-game pointless skid with his 20th goal of the season. I'm not sure how Columbus fans feel about his output. Fantasy owners may have been guilty of excessive forecasts on the Seth Rollins look-alike, but he still could help the Blue Jackets in less disastrous times.

-- The latest rumor is that the Ducks are going to keep Frederik Andersen and John Gibson around. Hot take: that's a wise idea.


-- Karri Ramo suffered an injury during this wild game, and it could sideline him for some time. Keep an eye out for updates on Friday/this weekend in general.

-- Jonas Hiller came in and saved the day, stopping the eight shots he saw in eight minutes of game time and grabbing the shootout win. Some of Hiller's finest moments came in stealing wins from the Sharks; in Thursday's case, San Jose lost despite a towering 42-22 SOG difference.

-- Talk about a special teams-heavy game: Calgary went 2-for-5 while the Sharks had a ridiculous 3-for-9 night. Calgary enjoyed 2-0 and 4-1 leads yet San Jose almost got the win ... and blew a brief 5-4 lead of its own.

Again, weird game.

-- Calgary's offense was pretty nicely spread, with Sam Bennett's one-goal, two-assist night standing out amongst the Flames.

It wasn't difficult to find the San Jose standout, as Logan Couture managed a four-point night (1G, 3A). The talented forward also broke up a would-be goal with a deft poke check.


-- Dion Phaneuf generated his first points as a member of the Senators, delighting the Ottawa crowd with a pair of assists.

-- Erik Karlsson also grabbed two assists. The Sens didn't spare him in back-to-back games: 32:36 TOI on Thursday after 33:30 TOI on Wednesday.

Fantasy owners can't complain: 62 points in 56 games, with some great peripherals including a solid 34 PIM.

-- Jarome Iginla just keeps scoring. He generated two goals (giving him 15 on the season) and also added an assist. Nathan MacKinnon almost continued the theme of hitting 20 goals, although he settled for No. 19.


-- Alex Ovechkin scored the 14th hat trick of his already impressive career on Thursday, moving into the goals lead at 34. He also made some history, as he's now 39th all-time with 509 goals, two ahead of legend Jean Beliveau.

No. 8 also stacked up another high-shot night, tallying 10 SOG. Nicklas Backstrom was his familiar triggerman with three assists.

-- It was definitely a tale of two teams in very different situations. The Capitals won their fifth game in a row while the Wild fell for the seventh straight time.

The West remains formidable at the top, but it's a little floppy toward the bubble, as Minnesota's still very much alive in the race in only trailing Nashville by two points for the last wild card spot (while Colorado's four-point lead is deceptive since the Wild hold three games in hand).

-- Minnesota should really ride Darcy Kuemper for a while. Devan Dubnyk is struggling, and Mike Yeo's really tempting the firing gods by sitting pat on this one.


-- Here's something you don't see every day/season/decade: a Patrice Bergeron fight. He threw knuckles with fellow unlikely fighter Blake Wheeler.

I'd say Wheeler got the best of Bergeron, but No. 37 got the last laugh. Not only did the Bruins win, but he scored two goals, giving him 21 on the season.

Bergeron's overall line: two goals, +3, five PIM and nine SOG.

Brad Marchand tagged along nicely with a goal and two assists.

-- After five pointless games, Brett Connolly racked up three assists. He did so despite minimal ice time at 11:34.

-- Zdeno Chara managed a +4 rating with his one assist. He now has a respectable 29 points in 52 games played this season.


-- I mentioned that I didn't think Patrick Eaves would stick with Dallas' first line for very long, but hopefully that didn't deter you from playing him if you're into Daily Fantasy or simply make a lot of weekly swaps on your fringe spots.

Eaves now has seven goals on the season after generating a first-period hat trick. That included the GWG, as Eaves and John Klingberg scored all four of the Stars' goals in that opening frame.

-- Only four power play opportunities overall in this game, with Dallas nailing both and Chicago failing to score on its chances.

-- Big growth for Dallas, as the Stars beat the Blackhawks in a home-and-home, gaining four standings points (or eight if you want to talk about zero for Chicago). There's now just a single standings point separating these two teams for first place in the Central, and Dallas could make up that difference holding three games in hand.

-- Yes, Kari Lehtonen enjoyed a nice lead, but he earned his win by stopping 44 out of 46 shots. Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith made things a little more interesting with Chicago's two third-period tallies.

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.