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Dose: Returns and Rebounds

Wednesday, November 06, 2013



-- Mark Arcobello scored his first two goals of 2013-14 after living off of 10 assists. He halted a five-game pointless streak. I still don't know what to make of the guy, really.


-- It feels weird being a Devan Dubnyk apologist - at least in terms of being a decent option as, say, a third fantasy goalie - but so be it. He's not Edmonton's problem, but I guess it's easier to change goalies than it is to totally revamp a morbid defense and actually add depth beyond those young guns?


-- Stay away from Jacob Markstrom. It's clear the Panthers really need Tim Thomas this season. Will Markstrom even be ready next season?


-- After a first-career healthy scratch, Kris Versteeg didn't score a point, but he did fire four SOG.




-- Zach Parise's finally getting some puck luck. He scored two goals and an assist on five SOG. He now has eight goals on the season, which sounds plentiful, but is just OK considering he has a blistering 75 SOG in 16 GP (second only to Alex Ovechkin's 79 ... in 13).


-- For what it’s worth, Josh Harding is only owned in 65 percent of leagues. His work lately (five wins in a row) is so undeniable that the Wild have to give him at least 1A/1B treatment with Niklas Backstrom. No reason not to give him a shot, yourself, if you’re in a league sedentary enough to leave him abandoned.


-- Reto Berra had a back-to-reality game, though I wouldn’t blame him solely. I really wouldn’t be too anxious to add him, either.




-- Derek Morris suffered a lower-body injury and didn't return in the game. He's not a top Coyotes defensive producer, but useful enough that Phoenix would obviously rather have him around.


-- Ryan Kesler's red-hot lately, with points in seven of eight games (six goals, four assists). He's another high-SOG guy (63) who can do a little of everything. It was easy to forget about the talented American after injury concerns, but maybe this is merely a matter of him being 100 percent once more?


-- Again, Shane Doan brings plenty to the table with nice production lately, 45 SOG and 35 hits this season.


-- It's as if Mike Smith needs a few "See, he isn't that great and depends on the Coyotes system" articles early in a season to get things going. OK, we can't really disprove the system part, but he's been a nice workhorse.




-- It's quite possible that Tommy Wingels was robbed of an OT game-winner on Tuesday, but karma-wise, didn't Ryan Miller deserve a win? A guy with a .919 save percentage, amid all this doom and gloom, deserves a record better than the 2-10-0 he finished with after that gift win.


-- Tomas Hertl's slowed down, but he's still getting plenty of ice time and still is firing SOG. Overall, he has 48 SOG in 15 GP. I like what the rookie is doing.


-- Matt Moulson has six points in four games with Buffalo. I thought he'd be OK considering that he'd have a prominent role on a team with few offensive options, yet he might just thrive. Cody Hodgson is doing just fine, 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 four years. Follow him on Twitter.
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