Here is an interesting breakdown on Linus Omark - Copper and Blue is predicting over 50 points for him next season.
Vincent Lecavalier has 10 points in nine games now for TB after he scored the OT winner yesterday. Going back even further, Vinny has 27 points in his last 23 games.
With Simon Gagne sidelined, Teddy Purcell still saw only 11:49 of ice time. He’s being held back by this team and yet he is still posting points (he has eight of them in nine games now). His ice time ranked him ninth among forwards.
The Red Wings scratched vets Mike Modano and Kris Draper for yesterday’s contest. They also had Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg on the same line. This is something that Babcock experiments with every so often over the last few years.
I think the Filppula, Franzen and Hudler line is an excellent second line on paper. But Filppula and Hudler have suffered from what Angus terms “suckitis” all year long and Franzen is probably still playing hurt. Going by prior postseasons, after playing five games Franzen should have approximately 14 goals and 23 points.
I’m seeing a lot of pats on the back from experts (and wannabe experts) for going seven for eight or six for eight in predicting Round 1. Myself, I was 7-1 and can’t remember the last time I did so well. But let’s face it – the first round went pretty smoothly. No major upsets. It was the easiest first round to predict in the last 20 years.
Buffalo prospect Zack Kassian, who is profiled in the Fantasy Prospects Report again this year, has been assigned to Portland for the playoffs. It will be his first experience with pro hockey.
In a remarkable coincidence, both Brandon Prust and Dan Girardi had unsuccessful surgeries. The latter was on a hernia, the former on a torn labrum. Oh wait, I read that wrong. The surgeries were successful, actually.
Jason Pominville could be out as long as six months. The skate that cut him damaged a tendon and he had surgery on it. He’ll be back between early September and early November.
Jochen Hecht missed the last portion of the season/playoffs with a concussion.
Tim Connolly suffered a sternum separation when he was shoved head first into the boards and he will need four to six weeks to recover.
Tampa Bay will not have their prospects play in the Traverse City tournament this year. I question the logic, but on the other hand I won’t question anything that Steve Yzerman does. Myself, I think all teams should have their prospects play in one tournament or another.
Antoine Vermette suffered a knee injury in the World Championship.
Simon Gagne wants to play in Game 3. I have more on him below.
Lecavalier’s OT winner – beauty pass up the ice by Jones:
Chris Pronger: Mean, Nasty and Tough…
You tell me – I don’t believe Gagne’s head hits the ice at all. I know Gord Miller says it right away, and every newspaper and online source picked up on his words and reports them, which were “bounces right off the ice”. But I think this was a whiplash thing – his neck wrenches quickly back and forth. Not that it isn’t any less serious than a concussion, since Gagne had neck problems in February and March and this no doubt made them worse, but I don’t believe the head hit the ice at all, or if it did it was very glancing. And you can get concussion symptoms from a neck injury too, from what I gather. I’ve played the hit at least 50 times, trying to pause it right on the spot…