We're down to two suggested names for the DobberHockey columnist farm team - Black Aces or Hidden Gems. Voting ends at 5pm today. Currently, the Gems are winning. But for what it is worth - I voted for the Black Aces and that is where I'll throw my weight behind. Vote the Black Aces!

 

Dustin Byfuglien became the first defenseman to hit 20 goals this year. Firing 334 shots probably helped. He and Enstrom have hit a wall. Byfuglien has three points in his last 10 games.

 

Brad Marchand is on a run of five points in four games. His plus-26 and 41 points on the season (and five shorties) make him a Top 5 rookie. In fact, 40 of his points have come in the last 65 games.

 

Ondrej Pavelec, who had a tremendous season before this, has lost four of his last five and is 5-14-5 in his last 24 decisions.

 

Still rolling – Simon Gagne. Playoff dark horse and also could surprise with 60 points in 70 games next year. Injuries have kept him from being the star player he should have been. Gagne has 14 points in his last nine games.

 

Look at Ilya Kovalchuk, spitting in the face of his fantasy owners, laughing at us as he scores pointless goals in April after we are long eliminated. Fourteen goals in his last 26 games.

 

Kovalchuk played on a line with the returning Zach Parise and Travis Zajac. I thought I read that he had enough of experimenting as a right winger? I didn’t see the game, perhaps they put Parise on the right side.

 

Daniel Briere could be scratched for the Flyers today. Uh oh – it begins. Star players in and out of the lineups of teams that are well into the postseason.

 

Ray Emery finally lost his first game for the Ducks.

 

Jan Hejda was suspended two games for his elbow on Marcus Kruger

 

Pavel Datsyuk is expected back today for the Wings, but Nik Kronwall will sit out with a bum shoulder.

 

Phoenix has signed the nation’s top college scorer, undrafted free agent Andy Miele. The Hobey Baker finalist is a smaller player, but had 71 points in 39 games for Miami U. I expect he will play with the big club, which probably means Kyle Turris will sit out. He’s still only 22, so there is some definite upside here.

 

Martin Havlat did not make the trip to Detroit because of an undisclosed injury. Here is what Michael Russo had to say about it: “Not sure what's wrong with Havlat right now, but he was rocked by Mattias Ohlund coming across the blue line in today's game. He did stay in the game and didn't leave for the 15-minute window if the team suspects a head injury.” Despite that, I personally suspect a head injury. After his problems that final year in Chicago, I very much suspect a head injury.

 

The Tennessean brings up a good point. Mike Fisher has six points in four games, but now David Legwand’s hot streak has fizzled out. Legwand has just two points in that span. That’s the story of the Preds – only one line gets hot at any point in time.

 

Patrick O’Sullivan has 46 points in 35 AHL games and had a four-point effort last night for the Aeros.

 

Lubomir Visnovsky, the leading scorer among defensemen, was taken out of the game with this hit. It looks like a forearm injury and I’m thinking he’s done for a little while:

 

 

Check the amazing save by Jimmy Howard:

 

 


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Chewd said:

Chewd
Emery This was Emery's 2nd loss in a row.
April 03, 2011
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Greg said:

GregP
Larry knows - CBC announcers I couldn't agree more with Larry. Weeks and Lee are absolutely awful to listen to. We had it so good with Jim Huston on CBC for Nucks games for so long. At least we get Shorthouse on Sportsnet. Still miss Larshaid on the radio though!
April 03, 2011
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Hugo Mercier said:

SixtyPercentOfTheTime
Visnovsky The injury wasn't that bad apparently.
April 03, 2011
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Scott Parker said:

Sin Bin
Black Aces Dobber use your admin powers and name them the Black Aces...vating is close enough to do it...plus here in the states it seems the loud minority gets there way instead of the majority...
April 03, 2011
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JB said:

jbsleepers
Help for last week of setting roster! Help!!!

With Detroit sealed into the playoffs, do you see Jimmy Howard sitting on the bench at all over the next 4 games in order to give him some rest and give Joey Mac some more playing time?

I'm 5 points out of first and this could make it or break it for me.
April 03, 2011
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lanky522 said:

lanky522
Visnovsky I'm surprised to not see more sarcasm surrounding visnovsky's injury. I mean, any time gaborik (or other band-aid boys) get injured, there's always an element of I told you so in the ramblings reporting it.

I'm just surprised that there isn't something similar with visnovsky here.

Furthermore... how in the H.E.double hockey sticks is Visnovsky NOT a certified band-aid boy?
April 03, 2011
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Curtis Curve said:

tcescon
... I'm going to guess broken collarbone for Viz. Alternate guess is separated shoulder. I am not a doctor, and did not stay @ Holiday Inn Express last night.
April 03, 2011
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El Caballo said:

rtstr
Kovalchuk/Parise
according to frozen pools, Kovalchuk played about 40% of his shifts with Parise, and Parise played about 50% of his shifts with Kovalchuk. More than I thought, but it's a stretch to say they were setting up on a line together. I watched the entire game and they were not consistently playing together until the third period, regardless of what Frozen Pools says. They saw maybe 2 or 3 shifts together in the first, maybe a few more in the second, and then when the Devils were pushing to score in the third, they played a lot together.

Anyway, my point is they aren't linemates, nor should they be. Parise can work well on the right wing but I hate Kovy there. He loves to pull up at the top of the circle when he enters the zone, or cut in and dangle, and he needs his stick in the middle of the ice so his options are always open.

Pencil me in for next season with Parise-Zajac-Someone and Kovalchuk-Josefson-Tedenby
April 03, 2011
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Dean Pace said:

Blasters
Kovalchuk/Parise I saw the firs half of the Devil-Habs game. They started on separate line but midway in the first were placed on the line with Zajac. Kovalchuk and Parise played both sides and it looked like they switched back and forth between both sides as plays developed. Kovalchuk also has no time limit on his shifts. Always playing half way through the next shift floating around waiting for a loose puck or breakaway pass.
April 03, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
Nucks vs Oil Most of the Nucks took the night off, but Aaron Rome had 2 standout hits: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...re=related


you might want to watch with the sound off, save yourself from the inane drivel of Kevin Weekesauce and Mark 'the Insomnia Healer' Lee
April 03, 2011
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5hole said:

April 03, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
ouch I need visnovsky formy h2h finals!! daytsuk is back but that still leaves sharp, miller and now vis!!!
April 03, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... El Caballo - they were linemates a lot more than 25% - see Frozen Pool. Fact!
April 03, 2011
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Karbinkopy said:

Karbinkopy
Kovalchuk I'm loving his goal scoring as I head into the finals of my H2H league. Of course it helped that I also have Perry, Marleau, Benn, Pavelski, and Backes as my other wingers. If my goaltending stays good there's a good chance I win it all. Fingers crossed.
April 03, 2011
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El Caballo said:

rtstr
Kovalchuk/Parise
They werent on a line together. they played about 25% of their shifts together, but that was it. jacques juggles his lines throughout the game on nearly a nightly basis. the lines that they were rolling the majority of the game were Kovalchuk-Zajac-Palmieri, Parise-Josefson-Tedenby.
April 03, 2011
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