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Friday, January 14, 2011
Stock up, stock down: Briere makes a point

By Scott Burnside

Stock Up

Danny Briere, Philadelphia Flyers
Take that, NHL Hockey Ops. After being snubbed by the NHL for inclusion in the All-Star Game in Raleigh later this month, Danny Briere continues to run red-hot for the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Flyers. He had a goal, his 23rd of the season, and an assist in Thursday's 7-5 loss to Boston, and now has points in five straight games. In his past eight games, Briere has seven goals and seven assists. Pretty good for a guy not good enough to go to the All-Star Game.

Tuomo Ruutu, Carolina Hurricanes
The Canes dropped a 3-2 decision to Buffalo on Thursday night, but Tuomo Ruutu kept up his recent torrid pace, adding his 12th goal of the season on the power play. He has goals in three straight games and points in four straight to help keep the Canes within shouting distance of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.

Stock Down

John-Michael Liles, Colorado Avalanche
It's been a difficult time for the youthful Avalanche as they try to hang onto a playoff berth in the Western Conference. One of the reasons for the team's strong start was the impressive point production of veteran defenseman John-Michael Liles. After a torrid start, though, Liles has managed just two points in his past 12 games for the Avs. As for goals, he has gone 17 straight without pushing one across.

Brooks Laich, Washington Capitals
One of the things that made the Caps such a dynamic offensive squad last season was the depth of scoring. Brooks Laich was the leader of a second line that most often featured talented yet streaky Alexander Semin, and Laich topped the 20-goal mark for the third straight season. Now he's on pace for about 15 goals this season and has gone 11 straight without a goal.