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Friday, December 24, 2010
Stock up, stock down: Bolts Ellis steps up, Bruins Horton disappoints

By Scott Burnside

Stock Up

Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks are hanging around the edge of the playoff picture in the Western Conference (they were tied for eighth as of the holiday break), due in large part to the production of their big line: Perry, Bobby Ryan and Ryan Getzlaf. Perry has been on fire lately with 13 points in eight games. He has scored seven times during this stretch and has moved into sixth in the scoring race with 41 points.

Dan Ellis, Tampa Bay Lightning
This has been an up-and-down year for the Lightning netminder, from his missteps on Twitter to complaining about Oilers rookie Linus Omark's shootout etiquette. But with colleague Mike Smith injured, the burden of keeping the Lightning in the playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference has fallen solely to Ellis, and he has responded nicely. The Lightning entered the holiday break atop the Southeast Division, and they are 3-0-2 in Ellis' last five outings. He was particularly good in a shootout victory over the New York Rangers that went 11 rounds on Thursday evening.

Stock Down

David Booth, Florida Panthers
The Cats hit the holiday break with a big win over the Buffalo Sabres but were still eight points out of the last playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. You have to wonder if former scoring star Booth is ever going to get right after last year's brutal hit by Philadelphia captain Mike Richards. Booth has one goal and one assist in his last seven games and just eight goals on the season.

Nathan Horton, Boston Bruins
Speaking of former Panthers, are the Boston Bruins finding out what the Florida Panthers knew from season after season of disappointment with Horton? After getting off to a good start with his new team, Horton has stalled offensively. He has one goal and one assist in his last seven games and saw his ice time limited to just 15:27 in Thursday's 4-1 win over Atlanta. The big winger has three goals in his last 18 outings for the B's.