January 21, 2014

Dobber Sports

2014-01-21

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The Isles were victorious over the Philadelphia Flyers as Kyle Okposo led the way with a goal and a helper. The fact that he's playing with John Tavares and Thomas Vanek makes him such a great fantasy commodity. The trio gets almost all the power play time for New York, as Okposo's 6:27 against the Flyers showed. He's operating at essentially a point per game pace right now and sits tied for 10th in league scoring.

 

Michael Grabner just can't get it going and part of the reason is his minutes. He got no power play time against the Flyers and played just 11 minutes total. Grabner has so much potential but seeing next to no time with Tavares and Vanek isn't helping his productivity.

 

Anders Nilsson got the call in goal and it's been up and down for the Isles between the pipes since Nabokov went down. Kevin Poulin has played much of the time and just been average, although New York has been winning games at least.

 

Frans Nielsen extended his point streak to four games with an assist. He's on pace to shatter his career-high in points this season and has a legitimate shot at 60-plus.

 

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Matt Read scored twice for Philadelphia and now has three goals in his last two. He's actually been on pace for 20 goals a season since he came into the league and the reason for his hot streak may have something to do with Vincent Lecavalier, who has joined him on a line recently with Sean Couturier. Keep an eye on if that continues.

 

Speaking of Downie, he's in quite the slump. He's got no points in 12 games and what's worse are his shots on net. Downie has managed just one in four games. Yikes.

 

Jakub Voracek suffered a hand injury after taking a slash from Cal Clutterbuck, according to reports. No word yet on how serious it is.

 

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So this Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith-Brad Marchand line is really picking up some steam. They were at it again on Monday as the Bruins beat the Kings 3-2 and the three are all on four game point streaks, combining for 18 over that span. Perhaps no one has benefitted more than Marchand, who has six goals in his last four, including a pair against the Kings. He started the year sluggish with four points in 15 contests, but it looks as though Marchand is getting back on track.

 

Here's a sweet individual effort by Marchand for a shorthanded tally.

 

 

Torey Krug notched his 11th of the season and has an outside chance at 20 goals and over 200 shots. Not too shabby from a defenseman.

 

Chad Johnson started for Boston and he's done a nice job filling in for Tuukka Rask when called upon. In three of his last four appearances he has posted a save percentage of at least .940.

 

Jarome Iginla is now pointless in six straight games. He still saw nearly five minutes with the man advantage though on Monday. So as long as that continues there's no need to panic.

 

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Justin Williams is in a bit of a funk for Los Angeles. His minutes have been dropping recently and he's played less than 17 in five straight contests, failing to find the score sheet over that stretch. The last three games he has been playing a lot with Matt Frattin and Mike Richards, a bit of a drop off from regular line-mates Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown.

 

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In the shocker of the evening the Panthers dealt the Penguins a 5-1 defeat in Pittsburgh and shut down Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz, and James Neal.

Matt Niskanen scored though and he's been rolling as of late. He has points in eight of nine games and Kris Letang's return from injury a couple of weeks back hasn't slowed him down or limited his opportunities. Niskanen is still getting quality power play time.

 

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The Panthers won thanks to a two-goal performance from Drew Shore. It's tough to get excited about Shore yet as this was his only game of the season where he had more than one shot on goal, but he will be someone to watch down the road.

 

Nick Bjugstad on the ot