Dobber here - Angus had some ramblings up, but was having some trouble with posting. I'm just testing to see how it goes on my end - seems to be working well here. Apologies. We'll get the ramblings up at some point. Dobber Nation will be up early as well, so you'll hopefully see today. I fortunately had a screen of the ramblings still up on another tab, so I stuck them back in.

 

Brad Richardson is a player who often impresses me when I see him play. He only had seven regular season goals... (three of which came in the same game), but I could see him breaking out under the right circumstances (a consistent scoring line spot). I guess the same could be said for a number of depth NHL forwards, though.

 

My Top 10 Keeper League LW list will be posted Sunday.   Taylor Hall is on the list, and I consider both Datsyuk and Marleau LW, because... well, they play the position the majority of the time. Datsyuk hasn't played as a full-time center in a long time.

 

Roberto Luongo is like Neve Campbell in the Scream series… just when you think the killer is gone, there he appears! Luongo was shelled by the Blackhawks and yanked for a second straight game. He’s given up 10 goals against Chicago (although he could only be faulted for two or three of them).

 

Vancouver’s collapse over the past two games has been nothing short of disastrous. After stonewalling the Hawks for three games, the league’s best defense (in the regular season) has been absolutely ventilated. I can’t explain what happened – no gap coverage, weak back checking, stupid penalties… the perfect storm.

 

Patrice Bergeron had a goal, an assist, seven shots on goal, and 17 face off wins for the Bruins last night. I’d be surprised if he wasn’t one of the finalists for the Selke Trophy this season.

 

Michael Ryder and Chris Kelly combined for six points for the Bruins.

 

My Top 10 Keeper League LW list – delayed until Sunday. Have something to do today that just came up. The list almost finalized, just haggling a bit over the final three or four spots.

 

Logan Couture was fantastic against the Kings last night (through two periods, which is when I stopped watching, at least) – such a strong player at everything. What’s his upside? I guess it depends on Pavelski/Thornton, as something has to give with three strong centers (you would think).

 


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TML said:

TML
3 Centres Something has to give with 3 centres? Does Ray Shero know about this?
April 22, 2011
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Will said:

canucksfan1
Datsyuk When Datsyuk and Zetterberg were both healthy this season Datyuk played left wing for the majority of the time with Zetterberg centering.
Its true all those players you mentioned were wingers, but Filppula Modano Helm Draper Abdelkader have all played C for Detroit this year.

When healhty the lines looked like this:
Datsyuk Zetterberg Cleary/Holmstrom
Bertuzzi Filpulla Franzen
Cleary Modano Hudler/Miller/Eaves
Draper Helm Abdelkader/Miller/Eaves/Holmstrom
April 22, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Datsyuk Datsyuk does not "play LW the majority of the time". I'm sorry to say this Angus, but you are straight wrong on this one. IMO, you will lead many people astray if you include Dats or Z as LW. It will be a lucky blessing if Yahoo! opens them next year with LW eligibility (though I will love it, as I own Datsyuk in my Yahoo! keeper).

Datsyuk and Zetterberg are both centers. The only way either of them EVER plays LW is IF they play together... in which case, they share center responsibilities... and only by this default do either of them end up on the left wing.

There is a really good article you will find if you google: "Babcock Datsyuk Zetterberg USAToday". It is from May 6, 2008. It doesn't matter if it is old, nothing has changed with regard to Dats & Z & Babcock and where they play positionally.

Please read some articles, quotes, watch the games, check the box scores and face off logs. Holmstrom, Cleary, Bertuzzi, Hudler, Franzen... these guys are not playing center.

DATSYUK IS NOT A LEFT WING.
April 22, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Sorry for the technical difficulties - the site isn't cooperating. Trying to figure it out. Bear with me.
April 22, 2011
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GB said:

Front89
Refs I would love to hear your thoughts on the calls in the last Flyers-Sabres game, especially the ones against Carcillo and Richards and the usage of a rookie ref in the playoffs by the NHL and one who has a history of making some nutty calls i.e. see Dustin Brown phantom call earlier this year and others...
April 22, 2011
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Reg said:

Manhands
the B's Has anyone seen the Bruins "top line" Lu? Horts? Krej? They look absolutely brutal out there and are a liability in their own end. Lines 2 and 3 played great last night but if they want to go deep in the playoffs the B's need the bash brothers to take their skirts off and play like men.
April 22, 2011
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doulos said:

doulos
Points for the ramblings... - Crawford has 2 points in the last 2 games - the Sedins combined have 1. (Thanks James Duthie)

- Duncan Keith has Seabrook's jersey hanging in his locker right now (Jason Botchford mentioned this). It's looking like Torres' hit on Seabrook was the turning point of the series perhaps - but not in the "2006 I just killed Michalek and won the series for the Oilers" kind of way
April 22, 2011
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Carson said:

Carson
... 1) It all started in game 4. AV for some stupid reason, let him sit in goal and get roasted. I mean the team was completely beaten on every aspect of the game and there was no way they were coming back. That's called a throw away game and instead of having your star goalie take it, you play your b/u and get em outta there.
2) The game last night. You could tell right of the get go he was not himself. Personally, i would of pulled him after 2 and for sure AFTER 3. instead, AV waits too long and its too late to come back.
What is AV afraid of by putting in CS earlier? The guy started 30 odd games and had brilliant numbers.
Now he has to go with Lou for the next two but the damage is done, the Hawks have gotten to him. 90% mental, 10% physical.
AV should of put CS earlier in both games. Poor coaching. Poor goaltending management.
April 22, 2011
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Marc said:

MGW
Luongo Poor Luongo...maybe he just needs a bit a break. I guess 10 million dollars just isn't enough to keep him from collapsing at the most important time of the year. The Nucks have to do what's best at this point, cut their losses, and roll with Schneider.
April 22, 2011
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derek said:

buck0198
Ducks What is up with Anaheim? They lose...they win big...they lose...they win big.
April 22, 2011
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derek said:

buck0198
Luongo I completely agree with the below post by JW. Except I believe that Luongo is overrated. Regardless of what everyone says, great goalies need to come up big in big games sometimes and he hasnt shown me that yet.

Dont even mention the Olympics where he looked like dogsh*t in the final game. If the USA had half the talent of the Canada it woulda been a route the way Luongo played. Every shot was put right back out in front. Shots to the glove hand popped out continuously. He is overrated. I may be eating my words in June but I doubt it.
April 22, 2011
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JW said:

maya has the knife
Luongo Having watched the past two games it really seems that Luongo's confidence has been shattered. AV keeping him in for the first 5 goals on Tuesday was completely idiotic... and he would have kept him in there had Luongo not taken himself out. Schneider HAS to start Game 6 if Vancouver wants any chance at advancing. Start Schneider, get the win, rest Luongo up and start him fresh in the second round. AV needs to act NOW before it's too late, because the Hawks smell blood. Luongo simply isn't in a playoff state of mind and is more of a liability than Schneider at this point. Just my own observations and opinions, of course...
April 22, 2011
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Trevor said:

Brady19
... I`m glad I`m not the only one who has been impressed with Hodgson`s play so far in the playoffs. It seems like every time he`s on the ice, they have a pretty good shift.

When Malholtra comes back (next season obviously) are the Canucks going to clue in and move him to the wing so he can play in the top 6? Or maybe Henrik to the wing and keep Hodgson as center. Crazy until you think about it... But I dont the Sedins style of play would change much if Hank is playing center or on the wing.
April 22, 2011
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Austin said:

austeane
... And how is it that I can write 1000 words in 20 minutes but when I actually NEED to write something like that it takes me forever?
April 22, 2011
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Austin said:

austeane
Canucks My take on the game and the panic of canucks fans everywhere.

http://forum.canucks.com/topic/301172-we-are-winning-this-series-3-2/


Some of the things that went on are uncanny...


Luongo wasn't bad but giving up three bad goals in two playoff games shows he is shaken. If I were AV I would reconsider the decision to put him back in net. If we lose game 6 with Schneider in net then put him back in but to me Schneider is only slightly less talented then Luongo and doesn't have the history. If he is in I think they score three on him but he won't give up a blowout... Calm, calm goalie.

AV seems idiotic right now. He messed with a winning lineup by putting in Torres and taking out one of the Canucks best players this season in Hodgson (who was awesome again tonight, the third line was the best three players by far on the ice for the Canucks.

He put in Rome who was -2 in 4 minutes of ice time and took out Ballard, who has played a solid solid game in the playoffs.
April 22, 2011
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