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Hockey Daily Dose

Dose: Marchand - Potent Pest

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

It feels like it was only yesterday that I was recapping the Dose for you fine folks.

As it turns out, it was the day before yesterday. In case you missed yesterday’s Dose, Jimmy Hascup covered the Sunday edition. No, this column is not brought to you by a certain Beatles song, why do you ask?

Anyway, let’s talk about yesterday’s games.

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-- It's weird how relative head-to-head fantasy situation can be.

Let me explain: I have Tuukka Rask in one league. Normally, Sunday would be the kind of day that would etch his name in the annals of fantasy playoff failure, but he really only would have made a difference one way or the other if he got a shutout.

Since it was a "hey, why not?" start, I basically just shrugged my shoulders at him getting pulled after allowing four goals on just 12 shots.

I imagine there were a lot of Rask owners who lacked the same blasé attitude about his rough game against the Bolts, though.

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-- Zach Trotman played with Dougie Hamilton sidelined thanks to what appears to be a shoulder injury. Trotman logged almost 17 minutes of ice time, too.

-- David Pastrnak's month-by-month numbers:

November - zero points in two games

December - one assist in three games

January - five points in nine games

February - eight points in 12 games

March - eight points in 11 games

Pretty remarkable work for a rookie who's on a near-Calder-pace the past two months.

-- Brad Marchand generated an assist (giving him 39 points) and seven PIM (bumping him to 91 penalty minutes). With 22 goals and 91 PIM, he's edging toward Scott Hartnell-type power forward numbers. Promising stuff.

-- Matt Carle collected two assists in his fourth game back from injury issues. He now has three assists in that four-game span. The 30-year-old only makes a talented blueline more crowded. That's great news for the Lightning, but mixed news for fantasy owners.

-- With three wins in a row, Ben Bishop is now 36-11-4 on the season. He set a career-high with 37 wins last season, so he could set quite a mark for himself to clear in future campaigns.

-- Vladislav Namestnikov may be the latest in an almost-ridiculous line of talented young forwards for Tampa Bay. Namesy (just going to assume that's his nickname because hockey players) now has four points in his past five games after Sunday's one-goal, one-assist output.


-- Bad news: Justin Abdelkader's OT GWG probably shouldn't have counted. Good news: it gave us something to talk about in what was otherwise a pretty unremarkable game.

-- That said, quite a remarkable shot by Alexander Steen, who scored his 23rd goal of the season. Worries about him falling short of last season's breakthrough numbers seem shortsighted, as he's one point short of last season's career-high of 62 points with his 61st on Sunday. Granted, he's played three more games in 2014-15 ... but that's close enough, right?

-- Erik Cole's luck really shone through on his 21st goal of the season, as the puck came to him from Chris Butler's unlucky backside.

-- Suspect goal or not, it was a massive game for Abdelkader. He scored an OT GWG on the power play, added an assist, generated seven SOG, two hits and four PIM. Quality stuff there.

-- Marek Zidlicky now has eight points in 10 games with the Red Wings. Could he match the 23 points he scored in 63 games with the Devils? Probably not, but it would be amusing if he came close.


-- Not a great sign for those hoping that Frederik Andersen will regain his grasp on the starting role in Anaheim. He allowed three goals on just seven shots while John Gibson gave up four (but on 22). Maybe Bruce Boudreau will just wash his hands of this one when it comes to gauging his goalies.

-- As ugly as this was for Anaheim, Corey Perry continues to be great. He scored both of the Ducks' goals in this one while generating two PIM and eight SOG. Ryan Getzlaf only got an assist ... the slouch.

-- This was the kind of contest Keith Yandle owners were waiting patiently for. He generated three assists and a +3 rating with four SOG in 20:41 TOI. His only other point in 10 Rangers games was a goal. He has the skill to finish strong, in my opinion.

-- After 12 pointless games, Derek Stepan had a big Sunday, scoring two goals and one assist with a +1 rating and five SOG. Many of his owners likely dropped him too early (raises hand) to enjoy that, but it was a nice day for those who grabbed him in FanDuel.

-- Pretty stunning that Cam Talbot is one win away from 20 victories on the season (19-7-4). Honestly, if you're the Rangers, do you flinch regarding Henrik Lundqvist coming back? I wonder if a rusty Lundqvist could add some intrigue to this situation.

(Of course, King Henrik could come back full speed for all we know, too.)


-- This "Mike Smith plays really well but loses" trend is almost getting a little weird. He stopped 41 out of 43 shots on Sunday, yet his losing streak stretched to six games (with just one win since Feb. 10). You don't see many goalies go 1-7-0 in a month where they have a .941 save percentage.

-- Jacob Markstrom earned his first NHL win of the season and second victory as a Canuck by making 26 out of 27 saves.

I doubt that he'll get a whole lot of reps instead of Eddie Lack, although Vancouver may benefit from testing the big Swede a bit. He's 19-7-2 with an impressive .932 save percentage with the AHL's Utica Comets this season. I'd say that's at least intriguing for a goalie who's still just 25.

-- Great weekend for Radim Vrbata: one goal and two assists on Saturday followed by two assists on Sunday. His first season with Vancouver looks that much better now: 27 goals, 26 assists for 53 points in 69 games played. I don't think the Canucks can really complain about his numbers.

-- Only three power plays in this one, with Vancouver going 1-for-2 and the Coyotes failing to score on their lone chance.

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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.