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Zero from Heroes

Wednesday, February 06, 2013


CLARKSON MIGHT JUST BE FOR REAL

We’re approaching the point where it’s only fair to list David Clarkson in that rare group of power forwards who are almost as likely to light up the scoreboard as they are to provide delicious peripherals like PIM.

Clarkson had a great game for New Jersey on Tuesday, factoring into all three goals (two tallies, one assist) to help the Devils continue to defy reason and on-paper expectations. Overall, he has a highly impressive 12 points in nine games, including seven goals - for of which on the power play, two of which were GWG. His 38 shots indicate that he's far from shy about firing pucks at the net and his 16 hits lead the team.

My only concern is what got Clarkson into the fantasy discussion in the first place: PIM. While his 11 PIM are nice, they all came in two games (nine against Pittsburgh on Jan. 22). It's quite reasonable to assume that the team has asked him to cool it because he's becoming increasingly important offensively, but it would be nice piece of mind to see him pile up more penalty trips.

His 18.4 shooting percentage is quite a bit higher than his 10 percent career average, although most owners would gladly accept a 10 percent success rate if he continues to fire about four SOG per game.

Obviously add him if you're lucky enough to be in a league where he's available, but cross your fingers that he can multi-task scoring and agitating.

INJURY NOTES (full list) and QUICK HITS

Quite the scare in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ win against the New York Islanders last night, as Sidney Crosby took a puck to the face. He returned to action so it’s probably A-OK, but considering his background, any time he takes one anywhere near his mug it’s good reason to at least keep your eyes peeled … Miikka Kiprusoff appeared to suffer some kind of lower-body injury last night and will be re-evaluated today or soon. Beware and ponder Leland Irving, who seems due for a chance or two at the big time anyway … James van Riemsdyk seems like one of - if not the - Toronto Maple Leafs to own. He scored goals five and six last night, so give JVR a spin if you’re winger-needy and he’s available … Martin Erat returned to action with a three-point game on Tuesday ... Thomas Vanek’s absurd scoring streak finally came to an end, but who are you to complain? … With Brian Elliott getting the hook on Tuesday, maybe Jake Allen will get a start? I wouldn’t make too many sacrifices to see if that pans out, honestly … Christian Ehrhoff is day-to-day with a mystery issue … Daniel Girardi also seems to have a case of the undisclosed injuries … Victor Hedman is day-to-day with a lower-body injury of his own … Carl Gunnarsson’s groin problem leaves him day-to-day, too.



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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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