It was nice of the league to continue the tradition of three nominees for the Bill Masterton Trophy. And Sidney Crosby and Adam McQuaid had some tough moments. But for Josh Harding to pick himself up after the crushing news informing him that he has MS, and then later returning from treatment to play in the NHL playoffs - it's an amazing feat and I'm glad the league recognizes things like this with an award.

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Ottawa outplayed the Penguins through nearly two periods, but were down 2-1 despite outshooting them. A holding call on Cory Conacher gave the Pens a PP and they quickly made it 3-1 on a Kunitz goal. That about did it. Unless Fleury is in net (he wasn't), you're probably not coming back from two goals down against the Penguins. It's not like they're the Leafs… (sorry, too soon?)

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Pascal Dupuis, with his shorthanded marker last night, is tied for the league lead in goals with six. I said it last week on The Hockey News - he's going to command $5 million per year this summer.

Jarome Iginla is having the time of his life, passing the puck to people on the ice with him and they actually do something with it. Looking to his left and recognizing the player taking the faceoff as a legitimate star. He has 21 points in 20 games for Pittsburgh, and eight assists in seven playoff games. In fact, he had just one point in his first four games with them, so since then it's 20 in 16.

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Pavelski is another player I traded during the season who is doing well in the postseason - eight points in four games. Between him and Brassard it's driving me nuts. At least with Pavelski I got Markstrom. But still, it sucks seeing the name on the scoresheet all the time. That's why it was nice to see him get blanked by Jonathan Quick last night.

Quick stopped 35 shots and is back to his old self. That spells trouble for the other NHL teams. In fact, if you go by the hottest, most talented goaltenders, you'll see a Final with Los Angeles vs. the Rangers.

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Tommy Wingels had eight hits last night and he has 28 hits in his five playoff games. If your league counts hits, I think he's going to flirt with 250 of them - to go along with close to 30 points.

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Jonathan Huberdeau had surgery on his hip yesterday. He'll be ready in time to start training camp, the Panthers say. I did some digging and I was able to confirm that the surgery was successful, don't worry.

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You can look this up yourself, but I'll save you the hassle. Here are the leaders in hits for these playoffs:

1

Matt Martin

NYI

6

41

2

Dustin Brown

LAK

7

35

3

Ryan Callahan

NYR

7

35

4

Dion Phaneuf

TOR

7

35

5

Chris Neil

OTT

6

34

6

Alex Ovechkin

WSH

7

34

7

Cody Franson

TOR

7

33

8

Milan Lucic

BOS

7

32

9

Vladimir Sobotka

STL

6

32

10

Johnny Boychuk

BOS

7

31

11

Matt Cooke

PIT

7

30

12

Nikolai Kulemin

TOR

7

29

13

Zdeno Chara

BOS

7

28

14

Tommy Wingels

SJS

5

28

15

Ryan O'Byrne

TOR

6

27

16

Matt Beleskey

ANA

7

26

17

Cal Clutterbuck

MIN

5

25

18

Trevor Lewis

LAK

7

25

19

Chris Porter

STL

6

25

20

David Backes

STL

6

23

21

Matt Frattin

TOR

6

23

22

Ryan Reaves

STL

6

23

23

Jarret Stoll

LAK

7

23

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Viktor Stalberg is probably going to be a healthy scratch, as he practiced outside of the four lines for three straight sessions.

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Wish I had an explanation for you about Drew Doughty. The guy gets 59 points, and then he Duncan Keiths his way down to being a 40-point player. He has 121 points in his last 234 regular season and playoff games. That pro-rates to 42 points in an 82-game season.

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Raffi Torres hits Jarret Stoll in the head. The NHL has him on speed dial, so they'll be calling today:

 


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Corstyles said:

Corstyles
Doughty I think anyone who would take Doughty over Erik Karlsson (in real life) is insane. Karlsson is the 2nd best hockey player on the planet. Doughty is great and all, but Karlsson just plays the game differently than anybody else. And by differently, I mean 'better'.

May 15, 2013
Votes: -1

Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Doughty's 59pt season Doughty had two things go perfectly for him in that 59pt season.

1) 31 PPP. I, personally, benchmark most PP-QB defensemen for about 20-25 PPP per year. So Doughty was possibly +11pts too high that year, due to a clicking PP.
2) 11.3 SH%. Most defensemen shoot 5%. Some sniping defensemen will shoot 6 to 8%... which is what Doughty has shot since. If we would have corrected his 16 goals back down to 10 or 11 (past years), we would have been more reasonable on his projections.

-11 points from a clicking PP.
-5 points from above average shooting percentage.

This would have given us a correction on Doughty's 59pts to a projection of 43pts.

My personal view on defensemen scoring is that there is a slew of good NHL defensemen that will take turns being in the top 10 in scoring due to clicking-PP and good-SH%. They'll be between 40-55pts yearly, with almost none (not named Karlsson) hitting over 55pts in consecutive years.

Doughty's one of twenty NHL defensemen who is a 40-55pt defenseman.
To put one number on him, I'd say 45pts: going forward is a good projection.
May 15, 2013
Votes: +1

jsuites said:

jsuites
Doughty In evaluating Doughty’s value, what seems to be often overlooked is his age. Dude is still only 23 years old! Any fantasy owner should be thrilled with his current production at his age.

His 82-game pace this year was 10G, 27A, plus-8, 62 PIM, 195 SOG, 18 PPP, 218 Hits, 78 blocks. On pace for career highs in shots and hits, and headed for his fourth consecutive year with double-digit goals.

If you’re looking at points-only, sure, the value hasn’t quite been there the last three years. But he’s a hot streak away from 50 points instead of 40, and in roto leagues he is already a quantifiable beast (finished ranked 12th overall by Fantrax this season in standard leagues).

IMO, the time to acquire Doughty is now. It will be very surprising if he doesn’t top 50 points again a few times during his prime years.
May 15, 2013
Votes: +2

Rodgort said:

Rodgort
... The NHL has Torres on speed dial so much that they would rather call him about Kelly Elbowing JVR?

Also wow, 41 hits in 6 games for Martin, I bet the Pens are quite happy to have that series over. Also great ramblings as usual
May 15, 2013
Votes: +0

Dobber said:

Dobber
... We're talking fantasy hockey here, folks. Doughty would probably be first overall among defensemen in the real NHL. But in fantasy I'm starting to wonder if he's Top 20. Is he going to get the points of a Yandle or a Shattenkirk next year? Will he come close?
May 15, 2013
Votes: +0

shingy said:

shingy
Doughty
Isn't it as simple as the role he's playing without their shutdown D healthy? The less of an offensive role he plays...

Franson is looking a like a decent roto pick up for next year.
May 15, 2013
Votes: +0

27Blue said:

27Blue
... Can't deny the numbers with Doughty... but after watching him through last year's playoffs and again this year against the Blues, there is not another defenceman in the league that I would take over him heading into the post-season. I have been a fairly hard critic of Doughty in the past (mainly for fantasy purposes) but, damn, the kid is just a warrior on the ice. Karlsson gets so much buzz around these parts, but for me, I would take Doughty EASILY over him for a cup run.
May 15, 2013
Votes: +0
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