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Hockey Daily Dose

Dose: Streaks and Near-streaks

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


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-- A lot has been made of Henrik Lundqvist sort of flipping out and pushing his net away, but honestly, the thing that's most relevant to fantasy owners - beyond the momentary struggles - is that he was dealing with neck spasms.

The early word is that his issues aren't serious. Hopefully that remains the case.

-- Just about everyone got in on the fun on Thursday, for the Penguins that is.

Evgeni Malkin scored a goal and two assists, as he continues to be just outrageously Geno when he's healthy.

He led the charge but others really weren't that far behind. Phil Kessel scored a goal and an assist. Sidney Crosby found the net during the same game as Malkin, which is apparently not a usual thing.

(Granted, if I were the Penguins, exchanging games where the two scored goals wouldn't be so bad.)

Patric Hornqvist scored a goal, while Chris Kunitz and Carl Hagelin also notched an assist.

-- Marc-Andre Fleury is on a hot streak, and no, I don’t mean when it comes to making fun of Henrik Lundqvist.

MAF is now on a three-game winning streak in which he's only allowed two goals, and he's won five of six overall. He's also only dropped two decisions since Feb. 10, which I know only matters so much ... but hey, cool, right?


-- Claude Julien tied Art Ross for the Bruins record with his 387th win, and he did it in a cool way: beating Joel Quenneville and the Blackhawks.

Julien's an interesting case.

On one hand, it's my impression that it was his way or the highway with guys like Tyler Seguin and (amusingly), Phil Kessel. I don't know that, it's just how I FEEL.

On the other, he probably deserves more credit for the on-ice results he produced. The Bruins were a mess before Julien and Peter Chiarelli came along, and despite some ENORMOUS mistakes, they're still at least dangerous in their own way.

The fact that they're dangerous in a dangerous offense kind of way just highlights what Julien can do, even if he may stumble upon some of these results.

-- Even without Marian Hossa, the Andrew Ladd - Jonathan Toews combo seems likely to generate regular results.

Ladd grabbed an assist on Thursday, giving him three points in as many games with Chicago.

-- It's quite a mystery to imagine what kind of contract Lee Stempniak may receive if he transfers his Devils successes to the Bruins. He grabbed two assists on Thursday.


-- Cam Talbot generated a 35-save shutout in this game, including making 15 power-play stops.

Talbot's been lights-out during a three-game winning streak, only allowing two goals during that span, making a fantastic 102 out of 104 saves.

All of a sudden, Talbot's looking worth the investment: a very respectable .918 save percentage this season.

-- Rough night for Brayden Schenn, who suffered a -3 rating and wouldn't talk to reporters.

-- Connor McDavid did basically everything but score the goal for Nail Yakupov. Yakupov might just be useful down the stretch if he can stick with McDavid, so think about giving him an audition.


-- This marks eight straight wins for the Lightning, who are now technically the top team in the Atlantic.

They haven't faced the toughest group of opponents during this span, but on the other hand, only one of those games was at home.

-- Great win for Ben Bishop, who turned aside 33 out of 34 shots. He's on a five-game winning streak of his own, and now has 27 wins this season.

Doubt he'll match 2014-15's 40 victories but he's currently at a career-high with a .926 save percentage.

-- Erik Karlsson and Dion Phaneuf are struggle twinsies. No points, matching -3 ratings on Thursday.


-- From an eight-game winning streak (tying the Lightning’s team record) to the Ducks, whose 10-game winning streak is also a team record.

-- The Ducks did so without Ryan Getzlaf, who missed the game with a lower-body injury. The early word is that Getzlaf’s issue is day-to-day. We’ll see.

-- Frederik Andersen is on a hot streak of his own, which is obviously no big surprise considering his team's winning run.

Andersen has six straight wins in as many decisions, and hasn't been dinged with a loss since Dec. 21.

Even with injuries breaking things up and some nondecisions in mind, that's still remarkable.


-- Mike Babcock felt "ripped off" by the officials, and the special teams difference was notable.

The Wild went 2-for-4 on the power play in this game while the Maple Leafs didn't even get an opportunity.

I'm not sure if that constitutes getting "ripped off," but it is a noteworthy disparity.

-- This is now three straight wins for Minnesota, and the Wild look like they're in a solid position to grab one of the West wild card spots.

-- Devan Dubnyk's three-game winning streak, bumping himself up from .500: his record is now 24-21-5 with a nice .918 save percentage and four shutouts.

Nice turnaround by Dubnyk and like, a bunch of other Minnesota players.


-- The Devils ended a three-game winning streak, winning just their second contest in the last eight games. New Jersey is still pretty far behind, but the Devils needed this win.

-- Nashville lost, yet the Predators are now 7-0-4 in their last 11 games. The Central's top three teams are so strong right now that I highly doubt that the Predators are movng up, but at least they're fortifying their wild card spot.

-- Strong games from Adam Henrique (two goals), Kyle Palmieri (one goal, two assists) and Devante Smith-Pelly (goal, assist) for New Jersey.

DSP had made his debut for the Devils, receiving a big bump in ice time with 18:10 TOI.

-- The strong games for the Predators: three points for Filip Forsberg (1G, 2A), Craig Smith and Mike Ribeiro (who both generated a goal and an assist).


-- Speaking of milestones, Jack Capuano won his 200th game. I'm too lazy to check his losses. You are too, right?

-- Shane Price scored a goal in his second game since being traded to the Islanders. He's an interesting guy to monitor based on linemates.

-- Isles players generated two points here: Kyle Okposo and Anders Lee gathered a goal and an assist while Frans Nielsen produced two assists.

-- Mark Scheifele scored twice in this one, giving him 17 goals in 2015-16. He's been on a roll: Scheifele has 10 points in his past seven games.


-- Jaromir Jagr grabbed an assist in this game, pushing him to 1,850 points for his career. That ties him with Gordie Howe for third all-time in NHL history.

In totally more important news, Jagr also gave up drinking 10 (!) cups of coffee every day for Lent.

Fittingly, both things add to the "Jagr might not be human" argument.

-- Mikkel Boedker scored his first goal as a member of the Colorado Avalanche in this game. He grabbed an assist in his debut. So far, so good.

-- Sheesh, did the Avs find another goalie who can still games? Florida generated a 40-26 SOG advantage in this game, yet they lost a little ground to the Tampa Bay Lightning thanks to this defeat.

Calvin Pickard made 38 out of 40 saves to win for the third time in four games. Even in that defeat, he was impressive, stopping 15 out of 16 shots. Pickard is now 6-4-1 with a .921 save percentage this season.


-- Rasmus Ristolainen scored his ninth goal of the season to end a four-game pointless slump. Things haven't been going so well for Ristolainen for really the last six weeks or so, but the promise still seems to be there.

-- Strong game by Marcus Foligno: one goal and two assists. He was on a slump of his own, going seven games without a goal or an assist.

-- Dougie Hamilton now has 29 points on the season after generating a goal and an assist. While he has three points in as many games, he had been struggling for quite a while. Definitely an up-and-down season so far.

-- Buffalo won despite only going 1-for-8 on the power play. It helps to get a SHG, though.

-- Both Evander Kane and Jack Eichel are at 18 goals on the season after Thursday.


-- It looked like San Jose might be in a little bit of trouble, falling behind 2-0 to the Canucks in the first period.

The Sharks managed to come back, however, with Brent Burns leading the charge via a goal and two assists.

-- Patrick Marleau notched the GWG, giving him 19 goals on the season. He already has as many goals as he scored in all of 2014-15, although he has 18 fewer assists.

-- Dan Hamhuis couldn't score on Tuesday, but he managed two assists, two PIM and three SOG in 18:50 TOI in this contest.

-- The Sharks did trade for James Reimer, right? Martin Jones was in net again here, winning his third straight. He's limited opponents to a combined five goals in this streak.


-- To little surprise, the Kings hogged the puck generally speaking, doubling up the SOG (31-15). Neither team generated a power play goal, with Los Angeles getting four chances and Montreal receiving two.

-- The Habs defense helped to give them a chance here. P.K. Subban scored a goal and an assist while Andrei Markov notched two helpers.

-- Not the sharpest work from Jonathan Quick, who only stopped 13 of 15 shots. He's now at 32-16-3 after winning four of five.

Quite a few streaks and near-streaks in this Dose, eh?

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.