The DobberBaseball Fantasy Guide is out now and fully updated - tell your baseball fan friends, I promise they'll love this guide and how thorough it is.

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I was going to write a big thing about Beau Bennett for the ramblings, but it started getting lengthy as I did brief write-ups on the prior prospects in Pittsburgh's system and how they fared on Crosby's and/or Malkin's wing. Then I just made it into a column and gave it to The Hockey News - here.

And Malkin's injury was announced, as I was writing it.

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San Jose has only won twice in regulation in their last 19 games. They're in the playoffs by one point. It doesn't look good. And if they lose eight of their next, say, 13 games - the trade deadline gets a hundred times more interesting. If the Sharks become sellers - watch out.

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Bobby Ryan is really clicking on the Getzlaf - Perry line. That's terrible news for Kyle Palmieri owners. He was really flying on that line before getting hurt. Now he'll come back and perhaps not get that sweet job back. Things like that have turned many future 70-point players into 45-point checkers. This is the 'luck' factor I allude to with my advanced stats piece. In this case, bad luck.

Palmieri should be back in three or four games, so says Dr. Dobber

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The Preds have lost Patric Hornqvist and Colin Wilson to UBIs for the next while - they were placed on IR, so at least a week right there. This beatwriter considers them the most irreplaceable forwards on the team.  Disagree. Hornqvist they're replacing every two weeks because the guy always gets hurt. Wilson, sure, you have a case there. But my pick is - nobody. They're all replaceable. A dime-a-dozen, this group of 55-point forwards.

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Tyler Toffoli did not get into the game last night. Healthy scratch. The wait continues, for his NHL debut.

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Jamie Benn's injury was not a concussion - but he did suffer a wrist injury earlier in the Saturday game. I stuck the Martin Hanzal hit on him at the bottom.

Ray Whitney could also return - still questionable at this point. He's missed 16 games.

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AHL player of the week - Patrick Maroon. He's ranked 106 on the Fantasy Prospects list I updated last night. Maroon was called up Monday so we'll see if he can ride that momentum.

OHL player of the week - Mark Scheifele. He weighs in at No.2.

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The Jordan Schroeder experiment is over. At least for this season, barring an injury in the Vancouver lineup. Schroeder has been sent down and Andrew Ebbett has been called up. Schroeder had one point in his last 13 games (and minus-9), and five points on the season.

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Tyler Ennis is questionable for tonight's game, but he did not suffer a concussion from that hit Sunday.

And here's something - remember a player by the name of Ville Leino? I think he'll get into the lineup tonight, but that may be dependent on Ennis.

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The domino effect of the Martin Brodeur injury - Scott Wedgewood gets to play in the AHL. He started back-to-back games over the weekend for Albany and won them both - his first two AHL games (he's been in the ECHL).

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 Ottawa line combos (and PP units) from last night - already up and you can always get them quick and easy right here - but here they are anyway:

OTTAWA SENATORS LINES FOR 2013-03-11

EVEN STRENGTH

FORWARDS

#1           22.7%    GREENING,COLIN - SILFVERBERG,JAKOB - TURRIS,KYLE

#2           20.3%    ALFREDSSON,DANIEL - LATENDRESSE,GUILLAUME - SMITH,ZACK

#3           19.9%    DAUGAVINS,KASPARS - NEIL,CHRISTOPHER - ZIBANEJAD,MIKA

#4           15.1%    CONDRA,ERIK - O'BRIEN,JIM - STONE,MARK

DEFENCE

#1           35.1%    GONCHAR,SERGEI - METHOT,MARC

#2           26.7%    GRYBA,ERIC - PHILLIPS,CHRIS

#3           14.7%    BENOIT,ANDRE - WIERCIOCH,PATRICK

POWER PLAY

FORWARDS

#1           38.5%    ALFREDSSON,DANIEL - LATENDRESSE,GUILLAUME - TURRIS,KYLE

#2           30.8%    NEIL,CHRISTOPHER - SILFVERBERG,JAKOB - ZIBANEJAD,MIKA

#3           7.7%      CONDRA,ERIK - O'BRIEN,JIM

#4           7.7%      CONDRA,ERIK - SILFVERBERG,JAKOB

DEFENCE

#1           30.8%    BENOIT,ANDRE - GONCHAR,SERGEI

#2           23.1%    GONCHAR,SERGEI - WIERCIOCH,PATRICK

#3           15.4%    GRYBA,ERIC - PHILLIPS,CHRIS

You can get Boston's yourself - right here.

Interesting to see Latendresse's presence impact the lines, moving Alfredsson off of the Turris line, and Silfverberg off of the top power play. Latendresse scored and played nearly 19 minutes.

And speaking of neck injuries (what Latendresse had), I did something to my neck Monday morning and as I write this…I fear I can't go much longer. I'll wrap this up early. Consider me "day-to-day" with an upper-body injury.

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Dan Sexton was traded to the Lightning by the Ducks for Kyle Wilson. I don't see Sexton getting an opportunity there either. The team has enough smallish guys with a lot of skill.

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Here is a hit that took out Chris Neil last night. From the first angle, it looked like Neil fell and McQuaid hit nothing but the boards. But as you see at 1:30, McQuaid actually banged Neil's chin off the top of the boards.

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Here is Hanzal hitting Benn. Keep your head up! And he made contact with the head, I question that this was not a concussion, wow…

 


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Disco Stu said:

Disco Stu
Penguins forwards Dobber, how could you leave out Mark Letestu?
March 12, 2013
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Dennis4022 said:

Dennis4022
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Although Bennett has just five points in 11 games on the season, all five of them have come in the past seven games. And credit for a goal on Saturday, originally his, was given to Paul Martin after the game.


Bennett never touched that puck. Martin shot it and Gunnarsson put it into his own net, so they gave the goal to Martin for exactly that reason. Bennett was just standing next to Gunnarsson.
March 12, 2013
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AL said:

grindin griers
@Angus Blindside isn't in the language of the rules anymore. It was a full body hit, similar to the one Stuart had on Landeskog. Plus history of suspensions don't matter until they decide if the play was worthy of a suspension.
March 12, 2013
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angus said:

angus
... No idea how Hanzal (history of suspensions) gets off for nothing. That is a textbook blindside hit.
March 12, 2013
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newfcollins said:

newfcollins
Neil If there was a stat for this, I bet you would see that Neil leads the league every season in hits seconds after a guy gets rid of the puck. He's constantly doing it. It's not too late to be suspended, but still after a guy gets rid of the puck. Last night, for example, his knee on knee. Kelly had gotten rid of the puck already, and Neil could (should?) have stopped, but kept going until he hit Kelly's knee. He's constantly doing it.
March 12, 2013
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Manhands said:

Manhands
... I'm not ripping on Neil and saying that was a clean hit or anything BUT.... why are guys going into the boards with their back turned? It's one of the first things you learn in minor hockey when you start body contact is never go into the boards with your back to another player because things like that can happen. You can't just count on the other guy not bumping into you.
Didn't Neil get a knee on Kelly later in the game?
March 12, 2013
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cdubb said:

cdubb
Neil Yah, I hear ppl complain about him all the time. But usually it's not from behind, and we have never seen him suspended at all.

Can't say that about Giroux, OV, Backstrom, Birere, Skinner, Letang and the plumbers like Cooke, Lucic, Gilles, Eager, Carcillo, Tootoo, Staubitz, Shelly, Kaleta, Torres, Marchand.

He's the only who plays that style but doesn't get suspended.
March 12, 2013
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donpaulo said:

donpaulo
... some crocodile tears for Neil. The guy plays right up against it and often crosses over with his style of play. Live by the sword, die by it I reckon.
Nobody wants to see an injury but its not surprising in the least that this guy ends up on the ice. Feel the same way about Matt Cooke too.
March 12, 2013
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