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Dose: Turning things around?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


CAROLINA 2, COLORADO 1

 

-- You have to love the category-filling prowess of Gabriel Landeskog, who had an assist and seven hits on Tuesday. He can do a little of everything, at least when his health is in order. To a lesser extent, Nathan Gerbe's doing similar things for Carolina (10 PIM during a scoring slump, which ended with two assists last night).

 

-- If Justin Peters hasn't fought for a future spot with the big club, he may very well have done so in the eyes of another NHL team. He's really heating up right now.

 

-- The Hurricanes could use more offensive zip (third goal, third assist) from Jordan Staal in these trying times.

 

BUFFALO 3, LOS ANGELES 2 (SO)

 

-- Jonathan Quick seemed to tweak something making a save in overtime. The Kings were mum about his status, at least last night, so keep an eye on that. Ben Scrivens received one of those arbitrary losses after taking over and falling in the SO.

 

-- This was the Sabres' first win in Buffalo while Colorado suffered its first road loss of the season in the same night.

 

-- Cody Hodgson (two goals) and Matt Moulson (two assists), might have their bumpy moments, but the two seem like they'll be just fine for Buffalo.

 

-- Ryan Miller sure had to earn his third win of 2013-14. The Kings generated a 45-17 shot disparity but still lost.

 

WASHINGTON 4, COLUMBUS 3 (OT)

 

-- Hard for me not to look at the Maurice Richard Trophy as Alex Ovechkin's once more, though there's obviously a lot of time. His 14th goal was an OT game-winner.

 

-- Brandon Dubinsky's playing so well lately, you don't really need to trumpet deeper stats that much. He has seven points in his last four games. But yeah, those peripherals (34 PIM, 40 SOG and 46 hits) clinch it for a guy owned in just 56 percent of Yahoo Leagues.

 

-- Mikhail Grabovski's bandwagon must be heating up again. He collected his 11th assist and sixth goal of the season last night.

 

-- Things have been working out for Braden Holtby when Ray Emery's fists haven't been involved. He's won seven of nine games and has an overall .920 save percentage.

 

DEVILS 3, RANGERS 2

 

-- Martin Brodeur has three wins in a row, allowing two goals in that span (including two straight shutouts). Cory Schneider owners have reason to be worried.

 

-- Jaromir Jagr has four points in his last four games (two goals, two assists) and is getting closer to a point-per-game with 14 in 18.

 

-- Henrik Lundqvist still seems a little shaky so far this season. At least the Rangers have generally been playing better.

 

ISLANDERS 3, NASHVILLE 1

 

-- John Tavares’ continued excellence is no surprise. It's heartening to see Kyle Okposo get back on the board (goal after three pointless games to give him 20 points in 19 games) while Frans Nielsen's hot start continues. A guy who was only supposed to be an OK offensive player with great two-way ability has 21 points in 19 games (including one goal and four assists in the last five games).

 

-- It wouldn’t be surprising to see Kevin Poulin continue to pile up the starts, although the desperate Islanders could just as easily consider turning to an experienced option beyond Evgeni Nabokov.

 

-- Patric Hornqvist ended a Predators’ goal-scoring drought that almost lasted three straight games.

 

-- Boy, Nashville is stubborn about staying the course with its goaltending, isn’t? Marek Mazanec lost in his first career NHL start last night. Hard to imagine him getting many more this season, but who knows with this sometimes-baffling organization.

 

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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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