James O'Brien

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Dose: Halted by Huet

Thursday, March 27, 2014


RANGERS 3, PHILADELPHIA 1

 

-- The Rangers won their eighth game in a row (at Madison Square Garden) against the Philadelphia Flyers. I’m not sure how much that is mere coincidence - it doesn’t seem like the Rags have been particularly impressive at home, especially earlier this season - so I’m not sure if it’s something I’d put too much weight in when planning. I mean, you were going to start Henrik Lundqvist anyway, right?

 

-- It's nice to see Lundqvist bounce back, yet it's telling about his up-and-down season that Steve Mason has as many wins (30), as Lundqvist does in 2013-14. It's also wise to note that Mason continues to play well, even if last night wasn't ... ideal.

 

-- Jakub Voracek is one of the many Flyers who clearly rebounded after that tough start. Hopefully you took advantage, whether that means that you added Voracek, Scott Hartnell, Wayne Simmonds, etc.

 

-- Ryan McDonagh scored again, added four PIM and two SOG last night. The Dose has been following his breakthrough season for a while now, and it seems like it's becoming a more widely known jump. That's great news for his recognition, but it also means he probably won't slip under many radars.

 

VANCOUVER 5, MINNESOTA 2

 

-- Alex Burrows just keeps shaking off scary injuries, as he fought through a disturbing finger ailment to play in general and then managed to come back from a questionable hit from Nino Niederreiter. Impressive, but keep an eye open if he needs to miss time.

 

-- Nice to see David Booth be semi-useful, but I wouldn't add him.

 

-- There's already word about the Wild struggling to choose between Ilya Bryzgalov and Darcy Kuemper, but last night's bad performances from both goalies might just make things more complicated. It also implies that the starts might be pretty balanced, making both less worthwhile.

 

ANAHEIM 3, CALGARY 2

 

-- Looks like Jiri Hudler is back on track with three points in his last four games back from injury. I wonder if those issues explain his lull. He went four straight games without a point, only had one assist in seven games and failed to score a point in nine of 11 contests from Jan. 22-March 3. He was pretty close to a point-per-game player aside from that rough run, however. He's not a high-end fantasy forward, but could be worth a very late pick in drafts or at least an immediate watch list spot once 2014-15 begins. (As always, it depends, especially on the size of your league.)

 

-- Brian McGrattan scored a goal in this game, which is symbolic of the game ... in that it's difficult to care about it. Seriously.

 

-- The most exciting bits are probably goalie-related. Jonas HIller is now 29-11-6 on the season, generating quite the contract year. He's had some bad luck over the years, but he's legit, if you ask me.


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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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