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Dose: Steen gets his Green

Thursday, December 19, 2013


NEW JERSEY 5, OTTAWA 2

 

-- So, Jaromir Jagr made some more history on Wednesday. His 693rd goal put him at eighth place all-time, moving Steve Yzerman to ninth (692). He's now one goal away from tying Mark Messier for seventh all-time. He might struggle to move to the sixth spot (Mike Gartner, 708 goals) this season, but let's crunch the numbers. He has 12 goals in 35 games so far, so that gives him a .34 per game average. If he plays in all 47 of the Devils' remaining games - a big if at his age, mind you - he'll score about 16 more. Interestingly, that would be the exact pace he'd need to generate to pass Gartner. I don't see it happening, but who knows?

 

His beautiful power-play goal gave him an NHL record 122 game-winning goals, by the way. Normally, I'd devote this column to Jagr, but with Messier just a goal away and Steen's contract extension presenting its own big news, I thought it could wait. Eventually, I'll dive deep into that, though.

 

-- Damien Brunner is absolutely on fire lately, with four goals and one assist in his last five games. Amusingly, his only goalless and pointless game came when he fired six SOG as opposed to the two and three he generated while scoring. He's not the steadiest of scorers, but when he's hot, he can produce at an impressive clip. He's at least worth watching, if not worthy of a short-term pickup.

 

-- Martin Brodeur is heating up again, with three wins in his last four appearances. He's been especially sharp during his personal two-game winning streak, only allowing two goals on 58 shots.

 

-- You could do worse than watch-listing Eric Gelinas, who has three points in his last two games and has generally played a decent role with the Devils (though his time on ice has actually been limited the last three games).

 

-- It might be time for Ottawa to go back to Craig Anderson more often. Robin Lehner has now lost six of his last seven decisions (with one relief appearance).

 

-- The Senators might be tired of waiting for Milan Michalek to break through. While he scored a goal last night, he has a -4 rating and just three SOG in his last four games. That goal represents his only point during that span. Overall, he has a hideous -19 rating.

 

PITTSBURGH 4, RANGERS 3 (SO)

 

-- Henrik Lundqvist took a big bump from Chris Kunitz and appeared to suffer some neck pain. He stayed in through the rest of that overtime period and played in the shootout, so hopefully that’s a sign that he isn’t dealing with anything significant.

 

-- It's interesting that Brandon Sutter has one more goal than Pascal Dupuis so far this season. Sutter's a stride or two behind true fantasy relevance, but he's been a nice asset considering the fact that the Penguins were backed into a corner with the Jordan Staal trade.

 

-- Carl Hagelin is a nice player in reality, but that doesn't seem to translate into fantasy enough for a recommendation.

 

-- Undersized forward Mats Zuccarello is probably a little short of roster-worthy, too, but he's showing he at least belongs in the NHL.

 

-- I still think the Rangers can turn things around, although it might not be pretty.

 

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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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