Goldie says: Remember gargantuan goalie Jason Missiaen? The former Habs prospect is expected to sign with the NYR. I somewhat "broke" this news on Twitter. Read my analysis here.

 

How excited are my readers and forum members about my DobberHockey Minors program? This excited. As you may (or may not) know, I have a semi-regular feature every week or two in which I pull a gem of an article from the forum and post it under the "Called up from the DobberHockey Minors" section. It's a chance for a regular Joe who has always wanted to write some fantasy hockey columns to give it a shot and perhaps get recognition. If you get enough recognition, you could James Reimer your way onto the big club and get a regular column. That's how we discovered our latest columnist Tim Lucarelli. Anyway, this section in the forum is where you submit your article and it is where they are holding a tournament to name the "DobberHockey Farm Team". Loads of fun, and they're looking for your vote on the best name in each "division", eventually whittling it down to two finalists over the course of the next two weeks. Take a look!

 

Stephen Weiss is day-to-day with a leg injury. Interestingly enough - Shawn Matthias is also day-to-day now, as he closes in on a return. Matthias, by many accounts, had played his three best NHL games of his career prior to going down, so that was bad timing - but also an indicator of a dark horse.

 

The Devils losing three of their last four has finally done them in. They just didn't want to die, did they? But next year, I can see them rolling with Josefson, Kovalchuk and Tedenby on one line, and a re-signed Parise, Zajac and (???) on the next line. Not bad. Josefson has six points in his last six games.

 

Marek Svatos scored his second goal since signing late in the season, and his first goal since joining the Sens. I said right off the hop that he sucks, but it's not like I'm an NHL GM or anything...

 

Nate Gerbe has five points in his last three games. He's doing this getting 10/12 minutes per game. I really believe in this guy long-term. He's not another one of my little-guy projects, he'll work out.

 

Ottawa rookie Colin Greening has eight points in his last 14 games. They're starting to lean on him, too, giving him 18 minutes or so. I can see 40 points next year from the guy, give or take.

 

Andreas Nodl snapped a nine-game pointless drought and Kris Versteeg snapped a seven-game drought last night.

 

Al Montoya is 8-3-4 now. He seriously needs a full-time NHL job next year. Any political crap preventing this will make me throw in the towel on the whole thing. If he gets a job, and goes 0-10 to start, and THEN is banished to the AHL? Then, sure, that's fair. But he needs a job to start and I think he'll be DiPietro's backup (which means he'll be the No.1 by the second period of Game 1 after DiPietro twists his knee). Montoya had 17 saves in the third period alone last night.

 

Sergei Bobrovsky played terrible and got the hook, and yet Boucher takes the 'L'. Sometimes, stats are set up to not do justice. Three goals allowed on nine shots.

 

Like James Reimer really needed to get into the 'zone' again. But the rookie has three straight wins and has allowed just three goals in that span. Three shutouts already.

 

Lauri Korpikoski - Phoenix is REALLY starting to lean on him. He's seeing 22 minutes a game at times and seems to pop up on the scoresheet every two games. I think he'll be that third-line guy who posts 45 points a year, kinda like Handzus was in Philadelphia. He has six points in his last six games and is one of the better plus/minus owns.

 

Justin Williams has dislocated his shoulder and will be out for close to a month, per the LA Times. There is a chance he may need surgery. Oscar Moller has been recalled and may actually get a look in Williams' spot. I don't recommend nabbing him at this time, though.

 

In his last 31 games, Paul Stastny has 18 points and is minus-13. You can't pin the Avs woes strictly on him...but he ain't helpin' any.

 

Two more points for Grabner. He's now tied with Couture in the rookie scoring race for second place, and his 31 goals leads all rookies. Right now I have Skinner, Grabner, Carlson, Crawford, Couture as my Calder picks in order.

 

My THN column from yesterday on Benn, Anderson, Samsonov, Belanger and Mitchell

 

Steve Downie and Ryan Malone are each within 10 days or so of returning. Downie should be ready this weekend.

 

Check out what I said on Twitter about four or five hours before the Matt Cooke suspension announcement. Sometimes I get it right!

 

Patrick Wiercoch made his NHL debut for the Sens...and was a minus-2 last night in nine minutes of action

 

Eric Fehr played just 9:26 in his return to action. He was pointless and minus-1

 

Loui Eriksson is "probable" for tonight's contest, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas News.

 

Three weeks for Patrick Sharp. So do the Blackhawks hang in there? A lot of hungry teams in the 6-10 spots in the West. Marcus Kruger better make a star debut, to make things easier for this team. He's expected in the lineup tonight for his NHL debut. He's ranked 62 on my prospects list.

 

Scott Upshall has five points in 12 games with Columbus.

 

With Chris Osgood ready to return, the Red Wings sent probably their hottest goaltender to the AHL in Joey MacDonald. The team recalled Jan Mursak.

 

The Pens have signed prospect Tom Kuhnhackl to an ELC. He's ranked 84th on my prospects list because, of course, he is a winger in that system and his offensive upside is quite high.

 

With Niklas Hagman injured, the Flames have recalled Greg Nemisz.

 

As crappy as Mike Fisher has been for the Preds, since they acquired him David Legwand has 18 points in 17 games.

 

Lengthy tilt - Erik Johnson vs. Ryan Jones:

 

 

So....what happened here?

 

 


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Derrek said:

TangerineDreamTeam
Defenceman Poll Yandle, Green or Doughty, with over 1100 votes, 1st and 3rd are separated by 5 votes!! that must be one of the tightest Dobber Polls of all time. If green wasn't 40 points below last years numbers he would have won hands down, add multi-cat and i'm guessing Yandle wins. Add Olympic play and Doughty wins.
March 23, 2011
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Colin said:

NJDevils
NJD Lines next year next year, I am expecting to see these lines:

Parise-Zajac-Palmieri
Kovy-Josefson-Tedenby
Rolston-Elias-Zubrus

Palmieri has clicked nicely with Zajac and Kovy this season, but also played great with Zajac and Parise in a call up last year
March 23, 2011
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STONE. said:

STONE.
Wings Youngsters I'm glad McDonald's heading back to Grand Rapids. The Griffins are fighting for their playoff lives and have been killed by the Wings' injuries this year. Hopefully McDonald can help them finish strong.
March 23, 2011
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Jocular Hockey Manager said:

JHM
Montoya I do like where you have Montoya ranked on your overall keepers list though. My gut tells me somewhere in that 40-60 window in most formats. We all know how goaltenders can surprise. See Reimer, James!
March 23, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Joc - Much of that is when he plays sporadically. His AHL numbers were solid when he played 75% of the games. As soon as the workload dipped, the numbers dipped. Not a fair comparison really. For more details on strong NHL numbers vs. so-so AHL (plus ECHL stint) numbers, see Reimer, James.
March 23, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
... Osgood still isn't ready, so Troy Passingham will backup for the Red Wings today.
March 23, 2011
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Jocular Hockey Manager said:

JHM
Montoya Do consider that in some 160 career AHL games, Montoya has managed a save percentage only a couple points above .900. That in the past two seasons his save percentage is under .900 and that he has been usurped as the main man for five consecutive AHL seasons by a goaltender that did not make the NHL.

Brian Boucher holds the NHL record for most consecutive minutes without allowing a goal. Andrew Raycroft won the Calder Trophy.

The sampling size for Montoya is SIGNIFICANTLY too small to get a good read. It is so small that expending significant resources to acquire him for your Fantasy team is foolish. Perhaps in a one year league.
March 23, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Physics on the Save The puck changes direction because it hits the ice.
This can't be seen from the overhead view. The puck maintaining a "flat appearance" makes it look magical.
If you rewatch the original (even-ice) replay you'll see where it comes down (mid-net) and contacts the ice.

Ice has friction and can cause a change in direction depending how an airborn puck lands (tilt). It is the same case, to a lesser degree, as watching a punted or fumbled football land and bounce all over the place.

This is my geeked-out physics contribution as the day.

(ps. Dobber: I spent $13 on your fantasy baseball guide. That Snyder guy is sensational. Great guide. Now I need a one-year league to ramp up my skillz. There needs to be a DobberHockey fantasy baseball pool. Make it happen!)
March 23, 2011
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Ryan Battista said:

Kabs15
Weiss Anyone have an update! Its the first round of playoffs and hes been on fire for me? Why was he held out last night????
March 23, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... ROY - If you play something like 7 or more games in each of two seasons, you are ineligible.
March 23, 2011
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Tim Johnston said:

holdUP
Quick save As lanky said, looks like it hit the underside of his arm, and rolled out of the crease, parallel to the goal line.

The physics makes sense, if it was coming in from the right side and hit his arm some, it didn't change direction that much.
March 23, 2011
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Darryl Atkinson said:

habsrule
ROY Dobber, can you explain why Alex Pietrangelo isn't eligible for the Calder? He had played fewer games than Carlson coming into this year, and was drafted the same year, and yet it seems he isn't eligible but Carlson is... ? I assume he would be a top 3 if he was eligible, and I never see his name mentioned..
March 23, 2011
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Maximus said:

Mr Zizzla
Typo Tom Kuhnhackl (KOO-knock-el) ends with 'L' not 'I'

All of a sudden the Pens are flush with scoring wingers well at least compared to the last couple years which is good since half the Fs are UFAs this year.
March 23, 2011
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lanky522 said:

lanky522
RE: What happened here? seems like quick got a piece of it when it came through, and when the puck landed... it landed on edge and rolled away.

I'm not sure how the physics (forces involved) on that save worked with the puck moving as it did... but that'd be my guess...
March 23, 2011
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Shoeless said:

Shoeless
What happened here? Magnets - it's gotta be magnets or Quick's ass was sucking so hard that the vortex changed the direction of the puck. Pretty weird.
March 23, 2011
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