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Monday, November 21, 2011




KESSELMANIA CONTINUES TO RUN WILD



Is it possible to overstate how stunning Phil Kessel’s start has been? OK, playing in an obsessive market like Toronto should probably make his run plenty famous, but still … the guy has 16 goals and 29 points in 21 games. Kessel has reacted to being the last pick of the 2011 All-Star Game fantasy draft in the same way a high co-ed should react to getting dumped: by looking better and better every week.



OLD STARS WINNING TOP JOBS?



Hockey life hasn’t been too kind for Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Martin Brodeur the last few years. During his time with Toronto, Giguere looked uncomfortably comparable to Vesa Toskala in his worst moments. Meanwhile Brodeur has been frequently usurped by Johan Hedberg, a goalie who’s only about a year younger but is at least a decade behind Marty in hockey years.



As bad as things have been, both of their outlooks are trending up after this weekend. They haven’t been earning many style points (Giguere had an especially tough night against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday), but they’re starting to compile standings points, which should provide them with precious starts.



Brodeur isn’t likely to be available in most sane leagues - even with his struggles - but Giguere should be around in many. Keep an eye on Giguere during the next week or so because he’s creating a platoon situation in Colorado.



CAPITAL SHAKEUP?



The media and Washington Capitals fans are calling for heads to roll after the team’s embarrassing loss to the Leafs on Saturday. Keep an eye on Rotoworld for news of a move because a trade or a coach firing can throw a lightning bolt into a sleepwalking team; just look at the St. Louis Blues’ promising mini-turnaround if you need an example.



INJURY SNIPES



Craig Anderson left Sunday’s Senators-Canucks game with a sore neck, but early indications are that it’s nothing too serious. Either way it’s a shame because he was finally putting things together … T.J. Oshie hurt his wrist on Nov. 19, but the Blues are “hopeful” that he’ll be ready for Tuesday … Guillaume Latendresse and Marek Zidlicky haven’t made much (if any) progress with their concussion issues, but Marco Scandella hopes to return by Thanksgiving Eve. Despite those bumps, the Minnesota Wild currently stand atop the entire NHL. (Yeah, I didn’t see that coming, either.) … Mattias Ohlund resumed on-ice activities, though it’s unclear when he’ll actually return. That news is probably more promising for Dwayne Roloson owners than anything else, though … Tyler Myers is dealing with what looks like a wrist injury, so stick with Rotoworld for updates. (Click here for the full injury list.)



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James O'Brien is the Hockey Daily Dose's author and has been a contributor to NBC's Pro Hockey Talk for more than two years. Follow him on Twitter.
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