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Silly me - I saw Andrei Kostitsyn take a wicked shot off the foot in Game 1 and hobble off the ice. And then after Game 2 I report (below) that he was a healthy scratch. Duh. Obviously he's hurt. I did think they put the hook on him too quickly. Now I know why. So I guess, there is no longer a certainty that he gets big points when he returns, since this doesn't count as a benching.

 

 

If I'm the Penguins I let Kovalev, Dupuis, Rupp, Godard, Adams, Conner and Johnson go as UFA's. I keep Comrie (for same rock-bottom price and hope the new hip is "as advertised" and he can play 70+), Talbot and Asham. I then go after Larose, Fleischmann and McCormick - and fill the other spots with Jeffrey and whomever prospect EARNS the spot (not necessarily Tangradi). There you go - affordable, all roles filled, and talented.
If I'm the Penguins I let Kovalev, Dupuis, Rupp, Godard, Adams, Conner and Johnson go as UFA's. I keep Comrie (for same rock-bottom price and hope the new hip is "as advertised" and he can play 70+), Talbot and Asham. I then go after Larose, Fleischmann and McCormick - and fill the other spots with Jeffrey and whomever prospect EARNS the spot (not necessarily Tangradi). There you go - affordable, all roles filled, and talented.

 

 

With Bobby Ryan out for two games, it looks like the Ducks will be trying Brandon McMillan on the big line. Jarkko Ruutu gets back into the lineup after being scratched.

 

If Drew Doughty goes nutty like that for a couple more games, the Kings will do what I didn't think they could without Kopitar - win a series. In a word - Dominant. Two goals, two assists, plus-2. The question is not 'will he win a Norris?' The question is 'so, how many Norris Trophies will he win?'

 

I was a little surprised when I opened up my dictionary and looked for an exact definition for the word "useless". It said 'See Penner, Dustin'. Weird, eh?

 

In 21 games for the Kings, Penner has a whopping six points.

 

Mark it - next year you will put Kyle Clifford above the Avery's, the Prusts and the Carcillos. I say 25-30 points and 200+ PIM.

 

If the Sharks want to win, they need to even this stat out a little more: Joe Thornton 22:54; Joe Pavelski 14:45. The gap in skill and clutch performance doesn't warrant the gap in ice time.

 

Sergei Bobrovsky got yanked after allowing three goals on seven shots. If this series goes to seven, I think you'll see Leighton.

 

The Coyotes didn't show up for the 2nd period in Game 1. They didn't show up for the 1st in Game 2. The other four periods they won. But if they can't play a full game, they're toast in four straight.

 

That Flyers-Sabres game was my favorite game of the playoffs so far. So much back and forth - that first period was goal after goal, back-and-forth.

 

Carey Price, the man whom some of you were so upset with me about for keeping him in my Top 5 keeper goalies last season - even No.1 for a time - has allowed one goal on 65 shots so far in the postseason. Could another hot goalie carry the Habs through two rounds again?

 

This is why I hope that more of you criticize me and disagree with me - but not get so adamant or bent out of shape over it. Allow for the possibility of my opinion, while inserting your own. You look less a fool that way!

 

The Habs actually scratched Andrei Kostitsyn. When he gets back in the lineup, look for some production. Happens every time with this guy. Too bad he can't get motivated on his own.

 

Boston should take a page out of that book and scratch Nathan Horton. It wouldn't make a difference to the game, as we haven't noticed him anyway.

 

I'm on the road today, so further updates will be this afternoon...

 

Awesome.

 

 

Doughty's two goals. If you want to know the speed of that first shot, think in terms of light beams (to quote NHL Slapshot)

 

 

 


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Robert Esquire said:

bullwinkle
Sabres/Flyers I fully agree with you on the Sabres/Flyers series. That was a fantastic first period. Still think the Sabres will win the series.
April 17, 2011
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Carson said:

Carson
... Price has been unbelievable. Man, Habs are doing it again. The Bell Centre will be rocking for sure.
Boston just seems like they need a star to step up and score (ie: Marc Savard). They really do not have a top stud and are forcing the fact onto the Lucic, Horton and Krejci line, however in reality they are more of a #2 line (ie: SJ Pav-Clowe-Seto).
One player, I am certain they are upset with is Kaberle, he has been terrible.
April 17, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
c'mon That was lighthearted - the exclamation mark indicates the lightheartedness of the statement. "You look less the fool that way!" All it needed was an LOL to make it even more so.

And this goes both ways - I don't go heavy on the criticism of your opinions, because if I do and I'm wrong then I look the fool myself.
April 17, 2011
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donions said:

donions
RE: Shoeless I'm glad i'm not the only one who kinda shook my head at that comment haha.
April 17, 2011
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Shoeless said:

Shoeless
Customer abuse "Carey Price, the man whom some of you were so upset with me about for keeping him in my Top 5 keeper goalies last season - even No.1 for a time - has allowed one goal on 65 shots so far in the postseason. Could another hot goalie carry the Habs through two rounds again?

This is why I hope that more of you criticize me and disagree with me - but not get so adamant or bent out of shape over it. Allow for the possibility of my opinion, while inserting your own. You look less a fool that way!"

For the life of me, I will never figure out why you choose to treat the people who help pay your mortgage this way.

April 17, 2011
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donions said:

donions
Horton geeez you guys are relentless.
April 17, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Horton is a lazy floater. Are we really surprised?
April 17, 2011
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r22yu said:

BlackGold
coyotes vs wings No way Dobber, they didn't show up in the 2nd in game 2 either because they were never given a chance to. The only reason the game ended the way it did was because of the penalties. Outside of the PP the wings continued to dominate.
April 17, 2011
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donions said:

donions
Horton Kind of ridiculous for anyone to blame Horton when Lucic has looked completely uninterested and is taking stupid penalties. Krejci hasnt done much but provide momentum for the Habs by getting himself crushed trying to go 1 on 3.

Complete team effort by the B's, an equal lack of effort I mean.
April 17, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Anyone see Ray Romano lately? What a turrible trade for the B's.
April 17, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Like a Snickers Bar Excellent rambling today!
Packed with some great info, tips, and comments.
I feel satisfied. GREAT STUFF! smilies/smiley.gif
April 17, 2011
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Mr Sausage said:

Mr_Sausage
... Lucic needs to start to play. He played awful yesterday and made some very poor decisions with and without the puck. Saw a stat on CBC that Boston is 0-26 in their lifetime when trailing a series 2-0. History is not on their side..their goes my pools.

Nothing weird about useless and seeing Penner their Dobber. I am not a fan and knew he was useless for 3 years. Important to note that of those 6 points in those 21 games, ZERO have come on the powerplay.
April 17, 2011
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Darcy S said:

swamp_mule
... Agree on horton - he was taken off the top line in the 3rd (from what I saw) and Peverley was put in (no help tho). Looch need to pull his head out of his ass!

April 17, 2011
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The Orange Guy said:

orangie6465
... Habs scratched Kostitsyn for a banged up foot. He took/blocked a Chara slapshot off the laces early in Game 1. Came back for 2nd and 3rd periods of that game. He had actually been playing fairly well (even by Hab fan standards for him). Was considered a game time decision all day for that reason.
April 17, 2011
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Mathieu Giroux said:

3nigm4
Kostitsyn AK was not a healty scratch as far as i know. He blocked a Chara shot with his foot and looks like it hurts smilies/tongue.gif. Actually he had to take a plane to nashville real quick to score a couple goal there since we all know there's only 1 Kostitsyn smilies/tongue.gif. Weber who replaced Kostitsyn, score last night, and was used as a D in powerplay.
April 17, 2011
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