The power’s out in my apartment (bad), but I’m able to work in a more limited capacity thanks to a battery and hot spot (my wife is smart), so a Dose is upon us. I’m going to keep it short and sweet before …
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ISLANDERS 3, CAPITALS 2 (OT)
-- This game was all about special teams, as the Capitals went 2-for-2 and the Islanders went 2-for-3 on the power play. Alex Ovechkin scored both of Washington's power-play goals while Travis Hamonic and John Tavares did so for the Isles.
-- Odd tidbit: the Islanders won shots fairly comfortable yet had 55 hits to Washington's 28. You don't normally see the team dominating puck possession deliver more hits. Maybe some hometown scorekeeping or is it just the Cal Clutterbuck effect?
(Actually, Matt Martin was the hit-throwing champion here, with a whopping 13 bodychecks delivered.)
-- It's weird that Ryan Strome is just 21, because it feels like he's been on the verge of making a dent in the Islanders lineup for at least a couple years now. Anyway, he has six points in his last five games and 17 points in 22 games overall. Very nice.
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RED WINGS 5, FLYERS 2
-- Pavel Datsyuk returned to the lineup on Wednesday, managing two goals on as many shots in just 14:14 of ice time. It's frustrating for fantasy owners to witness the "Will he or won't he?" game with Datsyuk, but he has 13 points in 11 contests, so you can't really doubt his effort.
-- Well, would you look at that: three goals in two games for Stephen Weiss. His trio of tallies has come on just four SOG and he's logged about 22 minutes combined the last two games ... so no, still not expecting this to last. It's still a nice story, however.
-- Jakub Voracek has 30 points in 21 games played. Outstanding.
-- Henrik Zetterberg hit a little rut there, but with two points in his last two games, maybe he's working himself out of that.
LIGHTNING 4, RANGERS 3
-- Pretty quiet game for Martin St. Louis in his return to Tampa Bay: no points, zero shots, -1 rating in 19:36 TOI. "The Emotional Game" isn't an exact science.
-- Rick Nash was just fine, though, scoring another goal and adding an assist. With four PIM and two SOG, he was doing a little of everything. What a start to the season for him.
-- Anton Stralman’s been quite a find. He didn’t score points on Wednesday, but he threw six hits and registered three SOG. It feels like the ties between these teams are endless, doesn’t it?
JETS 2, SABRES 1
-- Quite a disappointing season so far for Chris Stewart, but in fantasy and reality. In 58 games with St. Louis last season (just going to keep the split simple for now, sorry) he had 15 goals, 26 points, 112 PIM, 76 hits and 107 SOG. In 22 with Buffalo this season, just two goals, one assist, 20 PIM, 24 hits and 49 SOG. Fantasy veterans are well aware of his inconsistent scoring, but that mean streak usually fuels fantasy riches. Not so much so far. Sure, being on an awful team doesn't help, but many were hoping a heightened role and the frustration of losing might power him to nice numbers.
-- I've spoken about how I think Michael Hutchinson deserves a heightened role, but it's not because Ondrej Pavelec's been garbage; it's just because Hutchinson's been so lights out. Pavelec improved to 8-8-2 and has certainly not been the problem in Winnipeg.
-- Seriously, can we free Buffy already? I find it hard to believe he couldn't fetch a nice trade reward, and it just feels like his Swiss Army Knife skill set is wasted in Winnipeg.
PANTHERS 1, HURRICANES 0
-- More than a few people are worried about Roberto Luongo's injury, and I get that. He's definitely one of the leading reasons that the Panthers have been frisky. Still, Al Montoya's done the best he can with various tough situations over the years, including out-playing the aforementioned Pavelec last season.
-- Nick Bjugstad continues to be a shining light for Florida, as he added another goal last night. He's rising to the level of no-brainer in deep formats.
-- Alexander Semin's sad story continues. He's on a four-game pointless streak. In the previous three games, he only managed two SOG. The effort was there more last night (three SOG in 19:42 TOI), yet this seems like a dour situation. Maybe it's best if he Kovalchuk's away?
(It's depressing to write things like this regarding a player who I've stood up for a lot over the years. I'm not even sure how much of it is desire vs. health, but it's a bad situation either way.)
PENGUINS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 3 (OT)
-- Interesting line combos for the Penguins. It looks like Chris Kunitz and Blake Comeau were having a go alongside Evgeni Malkin while Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling skated with Sidney Crosby. Comeau was the biggest winner of the deal: a hat trick, four SOG, five hits and a +2 rating.
-- Jonathan Bernier update: 7-5-3 with a solid .915 save percentage. Whether it's been Bernier or James Reimer in net, goaltending's rarely been the issue for Toronto. Kinda odd that there's at least a chance that Bernier might be the odd man out next season, though, isn't it?
-- Marc-Andre Fleury's 13-3-1, maintaining his "elite, at least in fantasy" reputation.
-- Leo Komarov scored two goals and delivered six hits last night.
KINGS 4, WILD 0
-- Los Angeles really just needed to show up to work in the first period, as they scored all four goals in 20 minutes, chasing Darcy Kuemper from the Wild net in the process. Simply put, it seems like Kuemper's going to face his ups and downs. I think he's generally worth the hassle.
-- Drew Doughty "only" played 25:36 last night. Imagine some of that comes from having such a robust lead.
-- Justin Williams only has five goals so far. Being that he's in a contract year, I was kind of excited about his potential to have a big regular season, yet that hasn't happened yet.
BLACKHAWKS 3, AVALANCHE 2
-- Andrew Shaw returned from injury issues and got a goal for his troubles. Maybe a little break will help him be more of an offensive factor for Chicago?
-- The Blackhawks generated a 45-29 shot advantage against the Avalanche. Pretty difficult to pin this one on Calvin Pickard.
-- Patrick Kane had three assists and four SOG on Wednesday.
-- More signs of life from Ryan O'Reilly? He scored a goal on four SOG and was on the ice for 21:27 TOI.
FLAMES 2, SHARKS 0
-- Karri Ramo was the standout in this one, stopping all 32 San Jose shots. That shot advantage makes me wonder if the Sharks might snap out of this as many stats-leaning folks believe. Man, though, it's difficult not to feel uncomfortable about this team right now.
-- TJ Brodie added two assists to his season total. He's quite the find, eh?
-- Jiri Hudler's on a hot streak of his own, with a three-game point and goal streak (four goals, one assist). He's generally a high-percentage shooter (14.8 career shooting percentage), so while his 28.6 mark will drop, he could still be solidly productive. Just don't get TOO excited, as he'll likely face peaks and valleys much like any other midlevel forward.