Justin Goldman has gone big time on us! He has another gem of a piece over at NHL.com

 

Sidney Crosby suffered a bit of a setback last week. I think he'll be fine with a full summer to recover, but no one knows for sure right now.

 

Jack Adams finalists - Bylsma, Vigneault, and Trotz. I love what Vigneault was able to do with a crazy amount of defensive injuries, and the same goes for Trotz and a mediocre offensive club (on paper). But Bylsma has to be the favorite - the fact that he was able to get the Penguins into the playoffs (and as a home seed, no less) with their injuries was a miracle.

 

Dobber: The Fantasy Prospects Report is now available for presale. I've also set up this year's Keeper League Fantasy Pack and the 'C' version of the Ultimate Fantasy Pack. As I pound through this FPR, I'm getting pretty pumped - not only are we doing 10% more prospects, and not only are we incorporating my new 3YP projection stat... but with two more writers on board, the opinions get more focused and to me that's a good thing.

 

Only one game on tap last night. My thoughts:

 

Nashville looked brutal for about 50 minutes. No offensive game whatsoever. No puck support, zero creativity, and only a handful of decent chances. Weber had a solid game, the rest of the defense was an adventure.

 

Pekka Rinne had a fantastic game – easily his best of the postseason. He stopped 29 of 30 shots, and I’d say about six or seven of them were grade A chances.

 

Shea Weber took a slash on the hand, but stayed in the game.

 

The Sedin twins combined for 12 shots – Henrik is playing with a bad back, but he looked much better last night than he did for most of the Chicago series.

 

On defense, Keith Ballard had a solid game. I have no idea why he hasn’t received more ice time. Obviously he is either playing through something (doubtful) or the coaches don’t trust him yet. He is a talented defenseman, but saw zero offensive production because of the role he was placed in (third pairing babysitter) for most of 2010-11.

 

Apparently Max Pacioretty would have received the green light to return to the Montreal for round two.

 

Keith Ballard with an absolute beauty of a hip check – it was called clipping….

 

Two former Habs connect on the only goal – both had fantastic games (Higgins and Lapierre):

 

 

 


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Mark McAuley said:

dropthepuck
What?! That was an amazing, clean hip check by Ballard. How the hell was that a penalty? The ref may need some "seasoning" in the AHL. Good thing Tootoo landed as he did or he could've broken his neck. The last thing the league needs is a player getting paralyzed or dying - especially in the playoffs. There'd be some great hitting after that wouldn't there?
April 29, 2011
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Louis DeSerrano said:

Luigi
No Washington vs Tampa Bay WTF!!! I tune in Shaw Direct, and the WAS vs TB gm 1 in not available! I can get the ROYAL WEDDING, ( billionaire aliens who have nothing to do with US!), World Figuring Skating for Moscow, 3 MLB games, the NFL draft, and the BUBBA BURGER 250.... WTF !!!!!!! Simcoe Boy here! Would love to see Simcoe son Dwayne Roloson take on OV and the Caps.... there is something wrong here!!!!!!
April 29, 2011
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Todd Dmitruk said:

Deets
unbelievable that there was even suspension talk. this is for all the people out there who say that ference should have been suspended for hitting halpern. he looks directly at ference and then skates directly at him!! what do you expect ference to do?? he braces himself to be hit because halpern is skating at him!! how is it ference's fault at all?? absolutely brutal that people think he should have been suspended for something totally caused by the other player!! give your heads a shake!!
April 29, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
Ballard Hit Interestingly here is Bob McKenzie's take on it.
Many seem bent out of shape over Ballard getting clipping penalty but replay I saw sure looks like initial pt of contact on Tootoo's knees.
April 29, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
STONE.? I think Chad saying "our 1st round pick last year" implies he's a Nucks fan, because Vancouver gave up their 1st round pick in addition to Grabner and Bernier for Ballard.
April 29, 2011
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gregory churchill said:

spitball
vancouver's overall team speed and face-off dominance were clearly evident last night. nashville couldn't catch up, and they couldn't get/keep the puck. if this series reaches 3-0, it won't go seven.

i don't think i've ever been less concerned about a 1-0 lead. jim and craig repeatedly commented on the importance of the insurance goal. most nights i'd agree. last night, nashville didn't seem capable of generating or sustaining attack.

at one point, hughson commented " legwand of moving in slow motion ". to the canucks, after battling the constant whirlwind that is chicago, the preds must have seemed strikingly slow. to use a chess analogy, in the first round, the canucks barely survived their match against a former world champion and grand master. now, in round two, they've been paired down. way down.
April 29, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
Don't forget They got Oreskovich too smilies/wink.gif

Actually, getting Ballard addressed a serious need - they were eliminated last year because their dmen were decimated so this time they wanted to make sure they were covered. Two years ago, Ballard was easily worth a first rounder and Grabner. That reputation carried over through September, even though his game had fallen off. It was a reasonable effort, but had Gillis delayed the deal he would have gotten more for that pick and been scared away from Ballard
April 29, 2011
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Dan Vena said:

Sack Lunch
... @Anonymous
It's not the "broken neck" that takes the most time to recover from. Actually a non-displaced vertebral fracture does not take long to heal. It's the concussion that was the most serious part of the injury.
The hit wasn't bad because of the nature of the injury that resulted, it was the way Chara appeared to use the stanchion to take Pac's head off. In slow mo, the hit looks absolutely devastating! That said, I don't subscribe to the theory that Chara did it on purpose.
April 29, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
... Rinne had a strong game, but i don't think he had to make to many spectacular saves??? seems like the knucks were firing their A shots. Some of the really good chances were blocked by dmen - eg. Kesler's blast.

As for the Grabner deal, his goal total makes it look bad for sure, but he never would have got that freedom on the knucks, and you need to look at the fact that the Canucks have the option of sitting a dman that would be on a least the second pairing on a lot of teams. its called DEPTH.
April 29, 2011
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STONE. said:

STONE.
CHAD? "arent you concerned that the canucks took on a 4 million plus defensman with remaining time on his contract in exchange for grabner and our 1st round pick last year!"

You're a Panthers fan and you're talking about winning the Grabner deal? How's he doing for you?

April 29, 2011
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Twiggy said:

Twiggy
Ballard While in retrospect the Grabner deal looks a bit worse now, just remember you badly raped the Sharks the year prior to get Erhoff. Basically got him for nothing. So alls good smilies/smiley.gif
April 29, 2011
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Chad Brown said:

Raider_Pride
Ballard Angus!!!! arent you concerned that the canucks took on a 4 million plus defensman with remaining time on his contract in exchange for grabner and our 1st round pick last year! i do respect ballards overall contributions, but grabners will and determination is starting to make this deal look bad for canuck nation. overall, i know, he never woulda cracked a full time role ( but are we sure??????) Raymond has been mediocre, but oh well, lol, grabners jump and tenacity woulda landed him a top 6 try out and this team coulda taken another small step forward in player development. when malhotra went down, raymond centering grabner and higgins would have been golden, 3rd line riches are hard to come by and i feel this is one that was sorely overlooked during the season! lol especially when Ballard is in coach V's doghouse lol
April 29, 2011
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Anonymous said:

Anonymous
... Remember when Mark Rechi said the Habs were embelishing the injury? Spot on. I feel for the guy and his injury, but come on. Chara's hit was not as bad as lots of people made it out to be and this is proof. A month and a half recovery from a broken neck (said may never play again) is pretty good in my books...
April 29, 2011
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