If you want a nice breakdown of the goings on in the OHL, Brendan "Dean Youngblood" Ross has a nice post up in the forum.

 

In seven games with Dallas, Alex Goligoski now has six points, after notching a pair of secondary assists last night. With 37 on the season, he ties his career high and he should finish up with at least 45 points. If he has a healthy season next year and doesn't beat 50, I'll change this site to DobberBallet.

 

Brad Richards has missed 10 games now and Mike Ribeiro has nine points in that span. Richards could play Wednesday, but we won't get word on that until Wednesday morning I'm sure.

 

Anze Kopitar has 15 points in his last 12 games, three in the last three since Dustin Penner joined the team. Justin Williams is the other linemate.

 

Michal Neuvirth took a shot off the mask and got a bit of metal in his eye, so he left the game. Braden Holtby was admirable as a replacement. Neuvirth is okay - metal removed. Holtby got the win though, stopping all 21 shots he faced.

 

After four games as a Capital, Dennis Wideman finally picked up his first point, an assist. He is plus-4 in Washington though, and was minus-26 in Florida. The Caps have won every game since he joined them.

 

Wideman's arrival has actually made Jeff Schultz a healthy scratch, though he was back last night. Mike Green is back skating, but you can add a week to that before a best-case return.

 

The Blue Jackets keep trying Derek MacKenzie on the first line with mixed results. He may be their best option while Brassard is on the shelf. If that's the case, look for 10 points in the final 17 games at the very least. He has seven in his last nine and his ice time is hovering around 14 minutes. The second line of Calvert, Vermette and Umberger has also been very effective.

 

Andy McDonald has 17 points in his last 15 games. Teammate Patrik Berglund has 23 in his last 24.

 

Florida is trying to push Tim Kennedy through re-entry waivers, indicating that they are giving him a look. He should never have been in the AHL, but the Rangers felt that it would be a better idea to sign Alexander Frolov. Kennedy has 43 points in 56 AHL contests and is worth keeping an eye on.

 

TJ Hensick was recalled by the Blues, played 11 minutes, and was minus-2 without a shot. Not how you get into the good books.

 

Anaheim has called Ray Emery back up. He was down for just one game. IN five AHL games, Emery is 4-1-0, 1.98 and 0.943. I don't know what more the team needs to see.

 

Chris Kunitz is "probable" for tonight's game for Pittsburgh. Mike Comrie skated in full gear, but is still a couple of weeks away from any contact in practice and probably a couple of weeks beyond that from getting into a game.

 

Corey Crawford will start his 12th straight game for the Blackhawks and is looking for his 27th win in his come-from-behind attempt at that Calder Trophy.

 

Both Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson suffered hand injuries Saturday, but both will play, according to chicagobreakingnews.com

 

Before the game yesterday, Washington coach Bruce Boudreau had this to say to reporters, according to Lightning Strikes:

 

"Quite frankly I think from the beginning we didn’t know what to expect the first couple of games," Boudreau said. "Once they took the lead on us and then they beat us 1-0 and then they beat us 3-0, it sort of, you know, started to say, 'Hey we don’t like these guys. We don’t like the way they dive every two seconds. They lead the league in power play attempts because guys like Downie, even though he might not be playing tonight, but if I was a referee I’d never make a call on him ever. He dives every two seconds, Stamkos dives every two seconds. So you start to get a hate on for guys like that. So, it’ll be interesting."

 

Atlanta prospect Carl Klingberg's season in Sweden is over and he will play in the AHL for the rest of the season. He is ranked 101 on my prospects list, but gets a bit of a boost in the next update, as I've been spending this week going over things with a fine-toothed comb.

 

Tampa Bay has signed prospect Tyler Johnson to a three-year entry-level contract. This catches my attention for two reasons. One, that this is Steve Yzerman signing an undrafted, high-scoring prospect. And two, that he was given a three-year ELC as opposed to just signing him to a tryout deal, or an AHL deal. At 5-9, 165 we know why Johnson wasn't drafted. His 106 points in 64 games led Spokane (WHL) by a wide margin. Keep in mind that he's 20 and 20-year-olds are expected to produce big numbers, but his 71 points as a 19-year-old are nothing to sneeze at. Watch how he debuts next year for Norfolk, there could be promise there.

 

Chris Stewart, not learning his lesson from his last fight...

 

 

Doughty with the dive!

 

 


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Daryl Charlesworth said:

johnnycheese
James Neal Just wondering where Neal went. Is he still in the league or did he get traded to Siberia.
March 08, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Whoa Nelly Dobbs - I think you should bring that Goligoski prediction down around 40pts.
Perhaps the stats suggest he's one of those guys that plays like gangbusters at the start of seasons (or in his "new start" with the Stars).

1st (7) for DAL 2011: 6pts in 7games (Pace = 70pts)

1st (7) for PIT 10-11: 7pts in 7games (Pace = 82pts)
Next (53) for PIT 10-11: 24pts in 53games (Pace = 37pts)

1st (13) for PIT 09-10: 12pts in 13games (Pace = 77pts)
Next (56) for PIT 09-10: 25pts in 56games (Pace = 37pts)

Hot start, followed by long stretch of average play = 40pt D-man.

(ps. I think DobberHockey needs a new addition called "PridePoints". You set an over/under mark everytime there is a highly debatable forecast. Each user can vote on the over/under or a player choice. When season or stretch is over, the site can add +1 or -1 depending on whether the user got it right. Could you make this happen?... with a leaderboard... it would be super-fun!)

March 08, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
Clitsome And Clitsome was scratched for Friday's game I believe. Hope he continues to produce.
March 08, 2011
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Kingchev said:

Kingchev
Hensick actually hensick's ice time was minimized because he left the game in the second period after blocking a shot after a mighty backcheck (two ways to get in the coach's good books). He was also playing with Steen, and Oshie, the first time all year he actually had decent linemtes. Hopefully he is ok and can get the same opportunity next game.
March 08, 2011
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Pokerface said:

Pokerface
Clitsome/Russell Clitsome is still producing- 6 pts in the last 9 gms
March 08, 2011
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Pokerface said:

Pokerface
..... Hensick left last night's game with an injury
March 08, 2011
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mike hess said:

SharkMeat
Dobberballet I have the complement the Dobber group...the calls have been right on Justin has been right all year; trade impacts right on....especially good the last few weeks from Ryan, Jeff and yourself...Has allowed me to add strength for the last push in my pools...keep up the good work...

ps...becareful what you say Dobbs...My wife won't let me visit a site called Dobberballet...will think I am messing around
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March 08, 2011
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Will S said:

Bomm Bastic
Parrish Recall Luke Adam got the call up too. See NHL Team Coverage/Buffalo Sabres in the forums unde PG Advised for additional comments re tonight's game (heh-heh...cheap plug, I know)
March 08, 2011
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Anthony L said:

messierforlife
Looks like Mark Parrish will be getting yet another shot in the NHL with yet another sucker This time the Buffalo Sabres will probably be the ones falling victim to an early teaser and then quickly losing any perceived value from him after his first week.
March 08, 2011
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Michal Sk said:

StevenY
James Neal I have checked his stats for the last three seasons and this guy is very good adept for Windex Wonder nomination - maybe too early to judge as this is just his 3rd season, but he has already had a few point streaks as well as a few droughts.
March 08, 2011 | url
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Ken Shultz said:

kshultz
"Double B" Bruce Boudreau If disallowing Lecavalier's goal last night was a response to Boudreau's pre-game rant, then before they play Edmonton on Wednesday, watch for Boudreau to accuse Eberle of being a goon.
March 08, 2011
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Anthony L said:

messierforlife
Crawford in the Calder Race & Emery The calder race is certainly looking to be an interesting one!! Can almost be described as a marathon race between the trio mentioned above. Only Couture & Skinner are fatiguely jogging side by side jostling for position, heading into their final lap, seemingly out of gas. Meanwhile, Corey Crawford is still running full speed(delayed slightly by an interfering fan running on to the course & blocking his path(Marty Turco). Corey is only half a mile back and rapidly closing the gap. Its now only a matter of time before he passes them just before the finish line..

Also, quick note. Ray Emery actually manged to get in a pair of starts over the weekend, saving 40/41 & 27/28 respectively, for an impressive .971% in the 'A'. He 100% gets into game action over Dan Ellis by this weekend!)
March 08, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
... I sure hope Green is on your Bandaid list - there was lots of talk about drafting this guy in the top ten in our league which he would deserve if he could ever stay healthy.

The Tampa comments bring back to mind the comments on Omark's first shoot goal.
March 08, 2011
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Will S said:

Bomm Bastic
Sayyyyyyyyy..... .....who's that dashing, young upstart of a defenseman, plays for the Blue Jackets? You know the one...he now has 8pts in last 9 games. Smart kid...uhhhh....Kris Rosser? No...Kris Roosel? No...hmmmm...what was his name????

*THIS MESSAGE PAID FOR BY THE COMMITTEE FOR KRIS RUSSELL IN THE RAMBLINGS*
March 08, 2011
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studley49 said:

studley49
Tyler Johnson Another point about Johnson that makes him one to keep an eye on, IMO: he made the USA's WJC team twice. Johnson's first appearance with the American WJC squad was as an 18-year old on a deep team which included JVR, Schroeder, Wilson, Bowman, Tangradi, and O'Brien (all of which were 19).
March 08, 2011
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