My Puck Daddy piece is posted now.

 

Good timing for my Puck Daddy piece out later today - Varlamov's agent has said that he is considering some offers from the KHL for next season. Definitely posturing, as he doesn't want his client backing up either Neuvirth or Holtby. The threat of bolting exists to a degree, though.

 

Justin Williams is out for the season with a shoulder injury. The Kings have recalled Oscar Moller and it sounds like he will be given a shot on the top line alongside Penner and Kopitar.

 

With two goals last night, Torrey Mitchell has seven points in his last eight games.

 

Joe Pavelski has 10 points in his last four games.

 

Puck Daddy: 68 reasons why the NHL playoffs are better than March Madness. Personally, I love both. No comparison, though.

 

One of the biggest offseason acquisitions last summer – Newell Brown. Who is he, you ask? The mastermind behind Vancouver’s deadly power play unit. He encouraged more movement, more switching, and more shots.

 

Too often powerplays become stagnant and set in their ways. The Canucks were guilty in the past of not moving and waiting for the Sedins to work their magic down low and behind the net.

 

This year, you have Ehrhoff and Edler shooting and pinching aggressively, and Ryan Kesler floating around the shot and in front of the net. The puck movement and player movement has been tremendous all season.

 

My Puck Daddy column should be up later today – I discuss Gerbe, Desharnais, and the Washington goaltending carousel. I’ll link to it ASAP.

 

Jamie Benn’s point streak was stopped at 10 games last night.

 

Loui Eriksson returned to the Dallas lineup after missing two games. He had a goal and played over 22 minutes.

 

I don’t have the stats handy, but I wonder what percentage of Anaheim goals have come from Ryan, Selanne, Perry, Getzlaf, or Visnovsky? You could make the same case for all teams (that the best five offensive players generate the offense), but Anaheim seems to have the exact same names on the score sheet each game.

 

Selanne scored with five seconds left to tie the game last night and rookie Cam Fowler scored the OT winner (his second point of the game).

 

Fowler has five points in five games after going pointless in his five previous games.

 

I predicted before the season that Visnovsky would lead the Western Conference defensemen in scoring – he’s now leading the entire league.

 

Daniel Sedin could potentially win the Rocket Richard (three behind Stamkos), Art Ross (leading by seven) and Hart (argument could be made) this season. I am surprised more isn’t being made of the Sedin dominance of the league over the past two years.

 

Roberto Luongo is tied for the league in wins and is creeping towards the top in both GAA and SV%. He stopped 39 of 40 at Joe Louis last night.

 

Jimmy Howard had a solid game (31 of 33 shots) but he continues to spit out ugly rebounds right into the slot. Needs to be cleared up if the Wings want to go deep in the playoffs.

 

Hudler scored the lone Detroit goal – he missed the past three games with the flu and a minor shoulder injury.

 

Samuelsson was a scratch for the Canucks. Alain Vigneault said he would have played if it was the playoffs. He’s been dealing with a sore hip for most of the season.

 

Corey Crawford recorded a shutout in his 18th straight start of the season.

 

Tomas Vokoun let in four goals, but he had absolutely zero support. The Panthers are an offensive wasteland.

 

Dave Bolland is out indefinitely with a concussion – Marcus Kruger will slide in on the third line to replace him. I wouldn’t expect Bolland back any time soon.

 

Kruger was pointless in about 11 minutes of ice time last night. Expect him to be eased into the lineup.

 

Pat Sharp is out for a few weeks with his knee injury. Chicago needs him badly but they can’t afford to rush him back and risk any long-term damage either.

 

Florida’s defense last night – Kulikov, Weaver, Sulzer, Joe Callahan, Keaton Ellerby, and Jay Garrison. Would be a solid AHL group.

 

Michael Frolik has only two points in his last seven games (including a helper last night).

 

Daniel Sedin became the first Canuck to score 40 goals since Naslund and Bertuzzi both passed the mark in 2002-03.

 

The fourth annual Prime Cuts team is close to being unveiled. This year, I am putting a contest together. The winner will receive an autographed 8x10 photograph (with certificate) of Teemu Selanne. More info on the contest here.

 

My top 10 Defensive Keepers list is set to hit the site on Friday. A new number one? Perhaps. A few graduates from the prospects list will also crack the top 10. Any guesses? Post them below!

 

I mentioned him two days ago – Toronto’s recent NCAA signing Tyler Brenner scored twice in his AHL debut. He had 26 goals at RIT this past season (more than double any other player on his team).

 

Sticking with college signings, the Flyers inked Matt Read to a three-year yesterday. Read scored 22 goals this past season while captaining the team at Bemidji State. The Blue Jackets tried unsuccessfully to sign him last summer.

 

From Read’s coach: "He's got depth to his game. Every year he's become more and more versatile," Serratore said. "That's why he's so attractive to the NHL right now because he's an all-situation type player. He was a complete player when he came here, but he's even more of a complete player now to the point where the game has slowed down so much for him out there."

 

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!

 

Great puck movement – Howard not much of a chance:


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lanky522 said:

lanky522
Re: Angus No... i mean i get that... I'm just saying... how many times do we see players in "a great situation" fail to live up to what we tout or expect because of outside factors (injuries among other things).

To that end, Visnovsky was a reasonable pick to make in the preseason for a big year, but all i'm saying is that the odds he would get injured and have that big year derailed made it a pretty risky pick. Ultimately him not getting injured and it playing out is pretty much luck I'd think... (not to belittle the prediction at all... as most of prognosticating successes are luck if you ask me).

I get what you're saying about the sedin's, but I look at it a little differently I guess... you think that it's a big deal because they're twins on the same team? If not for being on the same team, we wouldn't even be talking about them in the art ross/richard race. They feed off each other imo. You kind of make it seem like them being on the same team and seeing success is impressive. I'm really not surprised by it that much.

I dunno... I guess I'd be a little bit more impressed if malkin hadn't been injured the last 2 years... crosby the last 6 months... and ovechkin doing god knows what.

Good for them... by all means. I've just gotten persnickety and my standards are higher because of the big three. smilies/cheesy.gif
March 24, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Visnovsky is doing this well because he is in a great situation. Health is a factor but not the be all end all.

It is impressive. Back to back Art Ross winners who are twin brothers on the same team? Please. Their health is impressive but their offensive dominance is even moreso.

I didn't praise him as a god - nice hyperbole though. smilies/smiley.gif


Canucks get lots of converage because a) I watch them a lot and b) they are dominating the league.

I actually have made a conscious effort to try and cover all 30 teams, but as you said, it is always better to cover what you know.

March 24, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
visnovsky good point about his number of games played but I think the predication was pretty straight forward in that the ducks really didn't have anyone else to qb the pp. I mean when you have a guy that is on the powerplay with getz, teemu, ryan and perry you are going to get points lots and lots of points.

this year is a weak year for scoring but what about last year?
March 24, 2011
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lanky522 said:

lanky522
Vancouver I kind of get tired of reading about vancouver all the time... smilies/sad.gif

I know they always say to write about what you know... but golly...

P.S. The Visnovsky prediction only looks good because of luck btw. The guy has a career average of 69 games/season. Sure he's doing well this year, but it's only because he's healthy (something he could only boast in 4 out of 10 seasons including this one).

P.P.S. No one is talking about the sedins and their "trophy prowess" because it's not really all that impressive (in the grande scheme). Daniel Sedin is on pace for less than 45 goals and less than 110 points. Every year since the lockout, there's been at least one player to score more than 110 points and/or more than 50 goals.

Just because this year is a "weak year," doesn't mean that the best of the non-injured players should be praised as gods.

At the very most, the sedins should be praised for their ridiculous health through the years.
March 24, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
... @Penwin7 I was curious about Pavelski's faceoff record, so I looked it up. Its 58-35 over the last five games. 31-10 in his last 2 games.
March 24, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Notes 1. Nobody wanted to take a stab at my trivia, except RT, OK.
Well, top 5 longest shift takers: Green,OV,Malkin,Crosby,Letang
*Green is tops at 62seconds/shift.
The shortest shift taker: Zenon Kenopka (at around 36s/shift).
*Makes good sense why he's the shortest!

2. Besides Pavelski's point rush... how about his work on the dot. I don't have the stats, but I know he's been just dominating faceoffs during his point streak. I think he was like 15-2 at some point during yesterdays game.

3. Toews & D.Sedin are both shoe-ins (IMO) for a Hart nominee.
March 24, 2011
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duducks said:

duducks
10 defensive keepers I'll go with:
Letang, Yandle, Green, Doughty, Karlsson, Weber, Enstrom, Streit, Visnovsky, Pietrangelo
March 24, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
toews Winning the cup is a team effort. You can say toews brought chicago into the playoff race, but if Crawford wasn't standing on his head they would still be out. Chicago's team last year was stacked and you could argue that Keith was the MVP.

I would put toews in the same category as Kesler and Datysuk, Richards.
March 24, 2011
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Derrek said:

TangerineDreamTeam
Daniel Sedin vs Toews Everyone made a huge deal of the season/year Crosby had in 2009-10, because of the regular season, Stanley Cup win and olympic gold. Now that Daniel is leading the league in a super low scoring year people want to make sure he gets his extra praises.
In the past two months one name is dominating the NHL even more than Sedin, Kovalchuk or Ovechkin, Mr Jonathan Toews. With two more assist than Sedin he brought his team from outside the playoffs to more than a contender in the West. He's tied in goals with Daniel and Ilya in those 2 months
(points over 2 months Toews 36, Daniel 34 Hank 30, a few at 29)
Let's not forget the olympics either. Who was MVP? Played in the toughest situations, wasn't on for a goal against the entire tournament, was a above a point per game and then how'd he do afterwards, in those tough NHL playoffs.... O right, went out and won the Stanley cup, as MVP in the playoffs with 29pts in 22g. Toews is the best overall player in the world right now. For points ya the Sedin's are very very good, I put them in the company of Ovechkin and Crosby for this year, but if they don't win a cup, they can't be the best in the world.
March 24, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
68 reasons The NHL playoffs and March Madness don't even overlap, I don't understand why it needs to be one or the other? Not that I disagree though that one is better than the other!
March 24, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

March 24, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
pengwin is biznasty the least?
March 24, 2011
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Buck said:

Buck Fush
Pavelski Actually has 13 pts in his last 5 games, and all of those games have been multi-point efforts. Guy is en fuego right now!
March 24, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
... Green still has to be the top dog! Jeff told me not that long ago that he would still trade Yandle for Green in a keeper, no sure who else could unseat him at this point.
March 24, 2011
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Michal Sk said:

StevenY
Daniel Sedin Maximus - when people check Daniel Sedin stats from last season, very often is forgotten the fact that Daniel missed two months with broken leg. His P/G average was just a little bit worse than Henrik (Ovechkin 1.51/Henrik 1.37/Daniel 1.35/Crosby 1.35) and he had over 80 points despite the injury last season. So if somebody says that Sedins have been dominating he would be right...and another fact is that Sedins have more points combined for last two seasons than Crosby with Ovechkin combined.
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mick said:

hawkdog
sedins Wow, back to back art ross trophies for the Sedins. History made.

How many people thought a Sedin would win the Art Ross Trophy this year?

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Of course no will take them seriously until they dominant in the playoffs.
March 24, 2011
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Andrew said:

duducks
... 61. Our white guys are tougher than your white guys.



Def Keepers....what are the cats? PIMS or Shots included?
March 24, 2011
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horrorfan said:

horrorfan
Dobber Fair enough - thanks for the response.
March 24, 2011
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Maximus said:

Mr Zizzla
Dominance "I am surprised more isn’t being made of the Sedin dominance of the league over the past two years."

i would say that THEY are dominating this year but it was Hank's coming out party last year.

they have a great supporting cast and Daniel's 'dominance' is somewhat overshadowed by Kesler, whom i have heard a lot more about living in Toronto. Kesler has even had a THN cover describing him as a MONSTER and thrusting him into the spotlight. I find that more is made of his goal scoring than Daniel's.

also, i am pretty sure there was some other player that was DOMINATING for the first 41 games of the year....hmm what was his name again? he ACTUALLY dominated, had a 25 game point streak...hmmm his name eludes me as i haven't seen him play in months but i am certain he's the best player in the world and dominates almost single handedly...if only he had a twin. hehe...i digress.

but really, Vancouver is scary this year but so was Washington last year (minus the stud goalie).
March 24, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
I hate it when... ...the ramblings are so solid that I can find anything to argue or expand upon. Damn it Angus. Another great job!

So... trivia question for the day (no cheating!):
1. Name the top five players in the league (40games min.) for Time On Ice per Shift. [Hint: They come from two teams and there are no surprises]
2. Name the player in the league (40games min.) that plays the LEAST Time On Ice per Shift. [Hint: There is very good reason this player is on the ice the least per shift... think hard.]
March 24, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Horrorfan - No to the sticky idea, and here is why: I barely even do that for my Playoff Draft List, which is how I make my living. And since, very soon, I will be having the sticky for the Playoff Draft List, I want to have the ramblings free of my own 'ads' to give the reader a break. If I were to put a sticky up at the top pushing something, it would be my baseball guide, as the season starts in a week. I want to keep the ramblings informative, and not filled with 'ads'.

I actually wasn't planning on noting the polls in the ramblings more than once/twice per week. Less is more - just need to make the reader aware of them, and therefore note it every so often. smilies/wink.gif
March 24, 2011
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horrorfan said:

horrorfan
Dobberhockey Minors Program- sticky In order to get enough responses from a wide range of people, I suggest your link to the 'Farm Team' polls should be at the top of the ramblings on a regular basis. If this program is intended to allow more people the opportunity to contribute to this site, then the poll to identify the brand should be available to those who don't always check the forums. Having it at the top of the ramblings will be viewed by most people accessing this site, especially as these polls are only open for a limited time.
March 24, 2011
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Luffy D Monkey said:

Luffy D Monkey
guess off the top of my head, doughty, keith, green, yandle, karlsson, carlson, subban, pietrangelo, enstrom, letang
March 24, 2011
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Steffen said:

Steffen
... Oops. It's Wednesday.
March 24, 2011
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Steffen said:

Steffen
I won a prize here once. The answer was "Martin Scorsese." I forget why it was correct. I got an Ovation rookie card: Paul Stastny.

I can always tell when it's Thursday night, because the ramblings suddenly get Canuck-centric. I'm not complaining, not at all. I like them, and I hope they win the Cup this year. I even went out there for the World Juniors a few years ago.

But I've been trying to lurk less, and post more. I'm still working on that.

This site is growing, and I like the way it's doing so. The rookie writer picks have been excellent, and have encouraged me to dig deeper into the knowledge offered by the forum.

Congrats to Dobber, Angus, Old Goldie, Miller, Ma, and everyone else I forgot to mention. This thing works.
March 24, 2011
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