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Hockey Daily Dose

Dose: Pekka Panic

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

Your humble author may or may not have a plane to catch (transporting me from a snowy place to a sunny place), so let’s get-a-capping.

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-- Chris Higgins apparently succeeded in his goal (as a Terminator robot) to injure Pekka Rinne last night. I'm not so sure how bad things are, but Rinne did not return to the game, and considering the fact that people are throwing around Hart Trophy talk (not just Vezina), it's clear this is a cause for concern.

-- One announcer made an amusing but interesting point: if Carter Hutton allowed one goal - not a big deal once the Predators expanded a one point lead to four in a dizzying span - he could have grabbed his first win of 2014-15. Then again, there's a chance he might get more opportunities to pile up wins than Nashville would probably prefer.

-- Mike Ribeiro collected two more assists (it looked like three more, but that was changed) and is still only owned in 50 percent of leagues. Come on, now.

-- Colin Wilson's generated a really impressive four-game point streak (two goals, five assists), made that much more impressive thanks to last night's two-goal, two-assist performance.

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-- Man, did someone light a fire under the Jets lately, or what? Wow.

-- Mathieu Perreault collected four of Winnipeg's eight goals, giving him 15 on the season and 28 points in 43 games. He has an even better four-game run than Colin Wilson: six goals, two assists for eight points. He also has 20 SOG in that four-game span, so it isn't just a fluke. Give him a shot.

-- Another fantastic game by Dustin Byfuglien: two goals, one assists, +1 and five SOG in 25:37 TOI. The only upset was zero hits and zero PIM. It seems like he continues to torment Roberto Luongo stemming back from Chicago's 2010 Stanley Cup run ...

-- Michael Hutchinson is now 12-4-2 with a .931 save percentage, grabbing wins in three of four games. Seems silly to go to Ondrej Pavelec evenly at this point, but paying one goalie a lot more than the other does funny things to teams' brains.


-- Was last night the "Evening of Blowouts"? Maybe not, but it also might have spelled the end of Mike Yeo as we know it. It would be odd if it came against Pittsburgh, his (and GM Chuck Fletcher's) former employers.

-- David Perron is good. He's playing with Sidney Crosby. He's owned in just 65 percent of Yahoo leagues. Owners in the loopy 35 percent should amend this. If it clarifies anything, I'd grab him over Perreault and Ribeiro, as his ability to stack up PIM and hit give him an advantage.

-- I know Chris Kunitz has been a bit disappointing, but all things considered, 27 points in 34 games still isn't too shabby. I'd like to see him shoot a bit more often (77 SOG in 34 games), however.

-- Niklas Backstrom is basically that highly paid employee at a sinking ship of a company who just punches his time card, does his work (poorly) and does not bother doing any overtime to try to turn things around.

OK, that might not be fair - he could be really trying - yet it kinda feels that way, does it not?


-- It's as if the Islanders furrowed their brows and said "Hey, the Rangers aren't the only red-hot team in the TRI-STATE AREA."

-- The Frans Nielsen goal seemed to serve as a reminder that Henrik Lundqvist is human (it seemed to handcuff him, so to speak) instead of some sort of flawless Handsomebot.

-- That is shutout No. 4 for Jaroslav Halak. He's been great himself; does anyone else find it odd that he is lacking in charity points (23-8-0), though?

-- Anders Lee (quite fairly) gets lost in the shuffle in New York, though he has been solid with 71 hits and 19 PIM to go with 11 goals, 15 points and 85 SOG in 37 games. If nothing else, he does not seem to slow linemates down too much when he gets a crack with bigger names.


-- It appears post-Tyler Johnson life for Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat won't be so bad, however long that lasts. Steve Stamkos slid between them at center while Ryan Callahan goes with Valtteri Filppula and Alex Killorn. I would not be surprised to see some mixing and matching among Tampa Bay's lines, so stay on your toes. Palat and Kucherov have made a strong argument that they can keep their numbers up in various situations, however, so add one or both if you still can.

-- Much like the last time Victor Hedman was hurt, Anton Stralman could be the big winner, fantasy-wise. I would be tempted to jump the normal wait-and-see process and give Stralman a short-term add, at least if I were D-needy.

-- David Pastrnak sure seems like he has built up some confidence from a strong WJC run. He now has a two-game two-goal streak going as he's been three games back. It looks like he is skating with Brad Marchand and David Krejci, so the good times may just continue to roll.

(Assuming Boston is willing to burn one of his ELC years, which I would guess they would. Do not add him yet, though, as he is at the eight-game mark.)

-- There was a moment when it seemed like Zdeno Chara punched Cedric Paquette and then relented, basically saying “You know I can basically kill you, right?” Paquette seems pretty bold (and by bold, I mean out of his mind).


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-- It is oddly fitting that one Czech (Petr Mrazek) topped another (Michal Neuvirth) on Dominik Hasek night. With Jimmy Howard on IR, Mrazek is an easy short-term add, and a guy with an intriguing future to boot. He is now 6-3-1 with a .920 save percentage.

-- I wonder if the Red Wings sort of knew they could take it easy in this one.

-- Gustav Nyquist has been dynamite since Dec. 23. In that nine-game span, he has two goals and nine assists. It's generally too late to grab him, as he's owned in 85 percent of leagues, though.

-- Justin Abdelkader continues to do a very good job of reaping benefits from his frequent nods alongside Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.


-- It took him seven games, but Jordan Staal finally scored his first goal of the 2014-15 season.

-- All of a sudden, Anton Khudobin is looking like he might not be totally awful. He is now on a three-game winning streak (representing all the wins in his 3-8-2 record), allowing four goals in that span. He has not faced a ton of shots, so don't get too excited, but at least he isn't an automatic win for the other team any longer.

-- Calvin Pickard lost his sudden (but planned) call-up game, but it was not his fault, as he stopped 44 out of 46 shots. The troubling thing for Colorado is that its goaltending has been outstanding and the Avs are still losing.

-- Alexander Semin: still depressing.

-- Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay are playing well enough together to prompt a nickname. Maybe "Skatin' with the Oldies?"


-- From what I have seen, Jori Lehtera (nine goals, 30 points in 42 games) is not a product of linemates alone, as he has made some nifty passes in his own right. Naturally, those assignments do probably make him fantasy-relevant (rather than just a nice player), however.

-- Hey, at least Benoit Pouliot was trying. He scored two goals, generated six PIM, threw three hits and three SOG last night.

-- Jake Allen is 13-5-2 despite an unimpressive .900 save percentage. It is probably because he barely sees shots, as he only stopped 13 last night and 19 in his previous win.

-- This was an "everyone gets theirs" stats night for St. Louis, more or less, so I will limit praise to red-hot David Backes. He is now on a four-game multi-point streak (six goals, four assists).


-- Speaking of abysmal backups looking at least somewhat competent recently (though Khudobin inspires more confidence), Anders Lindback now has two wins in three games, albeit stretching back to Dec. 21 (!). His numbers are still jaw-droppingly bad: 2-6-0 with a tragicomic .871 save percentage. Yikes.

-- Bobby Ryan collected two assists to give himself four points in three games. He now has 12 goals and 30 points in 39 contests so far in 2014-15.

-- Mike Hoffman just keeps plugging along: three goals in four games, 15 tallies and 22 points in 39 games so far. Those are not "add me now" numbers, but they are at least "ponder me in daily formats such as FanDuel" stats.

-- Jason Spezza seemed like a prime candidate for "scoring against his former team" work, but Ales Hemsky was that man instead, generating a goal and an assist against a Senators squad he briefly drew paychecks from.

-- John Klingberg may not seem as enticing as before, but his two goals give him a very solid 15 points in 28 games. The Stars will take that.


-- Keith Yandle has six more points (26 to 20) than Oliver Ekman-Larsson, but OEL has been hotter lately. Yandle is on a four-game point drought while Ekman-Larsson has four points in seven contests. OEL fired six SOG on Tuesday night.

-- Mikkel Boedker, Shane Doan and Antoine Vermette seemingly remain the non-depressing Coyotes, forwards edition.

-- Joe Thornton got an assist in his second game back from what sounded like a shoulder injury. Hard to beat him up too much for just one SOG in two contests if he is limited physically.

-- Antti Niemi progress report: 17-11-4 with a .912 save percentage. In other words, he basically remains middle of the road.

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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.