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Great American Waste

Friday, February 08, 2013


FIRSTS

Thursday’s game had a funny way of reacting to recent editions of the Daily Dose. While the Fasth-Thomas comparison came just hours before Thomas’ name cropped back up in the hockey consciousness, two stars finally got some growing monkeys off their backs.

KESSEL GETS IT

First things first, Phil Kessel scored his first goal. He now has a single tally on an absurd 46 shots, but at least that goal meant something; it was both a power-play and game-winner. He has a respectable seven points in 11 games, but fantasy owners drafted him to be a sniper.

While I expect him to produce at a higher rate going forward, his shots won't go in simply because he misfired on an uncanny amount of them before. Still, the good news is that, again, his luck could get a whole lot better. If you just traded for him below value, you're probably cackling like a 'stached villain who just tied your trade partner to the train tracks.

WEBER STICKS WITH IT

For all the abuse Kessel gets, Shea Weber probably deserves an even bigger beating. The guy’s making nearly $8 million per year, and so far, he’s putting up the numbers of a player who … sure seems like he’d rather be playing in Philadelphia.

Weber finally got his first assist of the season as the Nashville Predators defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-0. Overall, Weber joins his paltry assist with 13 PIM, 24 SOG and a +1 rating. Not exactly the production you hope for from one of the highest-paid players in the NHL, yet maybe he just now shook off the rust.

INJURY NOTES (full list) and QUICK HITS

Thomas Vanek continues to be one of the biggest surprises in the league. It might be time to consider him for a legitimate run at the Hart Trophy … Pekka Rinne got his first shutout of 2013, stopping all 32 Kings shots … Shawn Thornton is out indefinitely with a concussion … Sounds like Darren Helm’s back difficulties continue to flare up … The latest update implies that Andrej Meszaros won’t return until the end of the month … Seems like Kris Letang is day-to-day with a lower-body ailment … Stay tuned for updates on Jaroslav Halak today … Cory Schneider beat the Minnesota Wild, only allowing one tally … J.T. Miller found the net twice, but don’t get excessively comfortable with him just yet … The Devils decides to burn the first year of Stefan Matteau’s career, after all … The Flyers locked up Kimmo Timonen for one more year, because really, who else is going to play defense?



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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 four years. Follow him on Twitter.
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