James O'Brien

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Dose: Parise in Pain

Tuesday, November 26, 2013



-- Jeff Carter's back. He already collected an assist (his fifth, only two less than he generated in last season's 26-goal, seven-assist oddball year). Activate him if you haven't already.


-- Is 63 percent owned even low for a goalie, considering that there are fewer spots for netminders? I don't know, but you should still grab Ben Scrivens if you can. Yes, I know I sound like a broken record.


-- Hey, speaking of things I focus on often, how about the contract year impact for Daniel Sedin? He has 93 SOG in 26 GP, just 45 short of what he had in 47 games last season. If he keeps this pace up and plays 82 games, he'd set a career high with 293.


Yes, I know he recently signed a contract extension, but it is INTERESTING that the only total he generated that hovers around 293 is his career-high of 285, which came (wait for it) in his last contract year.


While I agree that John Tortorella could be encouraging him to fire away (which would help explain the lack of a fall-off following an extension), it's still another interesting case study.




-- I think it’s safe to roll the dice with Tim Thomas (30 percent) as a third goalie again. He's generated points in four of five for Florida (3-1-1), with Monday's 38-for-39 save performance being arguably his best night of the season. There will be highs and lows on a weak Panthers squad, but he's doing OK; a .914 save percentage is more than respectable, all things considered. (His .929 even-strength save percentage is especially impressive.)


-- Don’t bother with Sean Bergenheim. That’s just my take.


-- It boggles my mind that Wayne Simmonds (47 percent owned) and Scott Hartnell (39 percent) are so easily dismissed. Both should be judged for strong November numbers (Simmonds - eight points, even rating, 13 PIM in 12 games; Hartnell - seven points, +2, 12 PIM in 12 games) rather than paltry overall stats that were soured by a brutal start for just about the entire team. These are two premiere fantasy power forwards, so scoop them up, you heathens.




-- Things have really started to look up for Marek Mazanec. He's won four of five and hasn't given up more than two goals in a single game during that span. He's not my first choice for waiver goalies, but could be a decent find in deeper leagues; that's especially true if Pekka Rinne's MRI results disappoint.


-- Good news for Coyotes: Martin Hanzal bounced back from a lower-body injury from Saturday to play (and remain at a point-per-game pace). Not-so-good news: Shane Doan left with a lower-body issue of his own.


-- It seems like Nashville’s forwards are getting things together, though it’s hard to really recommend one. It’s more of a by-committee approach.




-- Maybe scoring a goal will ease things up for Evander Kane, who has a highly disappointing 14 points in 24 games. The budding star had an 11-game goal-scoring drought before beating Martin Brodeur last night.


My guess is maybe Dustin Byfuglien handed his now-long-gone bad puck luck to Kane at some point, as Kane has fired 104 SOG but has only connected for seven, a 6.7 percent success rate. His career percentage is 9.2, so things should better.


-- Brodeur lost two in a row, so maybe it will open the door a bit for Cory Schneider? We’ll see.


-- After going without a point in his first two games back from an injury, Elias appears back in form. He has five points (two goals, three assists) in his last four games. He's not a great peripheral guy, which probably explains his 54 percent owned rate.


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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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