Steve Sullivan is out for the remainder of the second round with a knee injury. Sounds like Colin Wilson will draw in.

 

Nashville could use an offensive spark - their top line has combined for zero points through three games against the Canucks (Fisher, Hornqvist, and Kostitsyn). I figured Hornqvist would be more of a presence - he plays an agitating and aggresive style that seems tailormade for the postseason.

 

As a fan of hockey, I’m not liking the way the second round is shaping up with all of these short series.

 

The Fantasy Prospects Report is only 26 days from release!

 

My May 15 Points to Consider column will be posted on Friday afternoon. I have been working on this one for a while.

 

I predicted a sweep in the Tampa Bay/Washington series…. But unfortunately had the team wrong. Thoroughly impressed with the strong system and timely scoring the Lighting showed all series.

 

Like I said a few days ago, I love watching third lines dominate in the playoffs. Moore/Bergenheim/Downie had a series to remember. All over the ice in each of the four games. I like Downie the most from a fantasy perspective (obviously).

 

Bergenheim had 14 goals in the regular season and has seven for the Lightning in 11 playoff games. He also had seven shots on goal last night.

 

Vinny Lecavalier had seven points in the four game sweep. He looks to be getting his mojo back… I liked him as a sleeper for 2011-12 before the playoff outburst, and this only makes an improvement more logical/realistic (but his value is going up as well, so he’ll be harder to acquire).

 

Tampa Bay has won seven straight games.

 

Zdeno Chara had a monster game – two goals, one assist, nearly 30 minutes of ice time, a plus-4, and five shots on goal. Too bad most playoff leagues don’t count all statistics!

 

Boston is up 3-0 on Philadelphia…. About as done as it gets, right? Last year’s collapse aside, I don’t see the Flyers finding a way back in this one. They have absolutely zero confidence in their goaltending right now.

 

Sticking with goaltending confidence, it is amazing to see how different teams play when they have confidence in their goalie compared to when they don’t. The most notable example to me – this past season in Toronto, before and after the emergence of James Reimer.

 

After a poor first round series, David Krejci has taken over in this one. He has four goals and six points through three games against the Flyers.

 

As Bob McKenzie said, “Alexander Semin was awful in these playoffs.” I have two takes with regards to Semin’s value – check my column out on Friday to find them out.

 

Jeff Carter – pointless in 16 minutes of ice time in his return to the lineup. Does he become available in the search for a goaltender? The Flyers can’t go another summer with a band-aid situation in goal, can they?

 

I have more on the Flyers goaltending in my Friday column, including potential targets and potential players they may dabgle as trade bait.

 

Barry Trotz criticized the Canucks for diving and embellishing. He has a beef with both calls – Luongo sold the high stick, and Kesler tucked Weber’s stick under his arm. I don’t know why more teams don’t criticize the refs (players at least). Under the CBA, the maximum fine for a player is something like $2500 – not much to someone making millions of dollars. Complain a little!

 

Vancouver has been awarded more power plays than their opposition twice in the last 30 games.

 

Johnny Boychuk has stepped his game up in this series – 25 minutes played, an assist, and a few massive hits once again last night.

 

Guy Boucher’s 1-3-1 system is boring to watch at times, but I understand why he is employing it with the personnel he has right now. The Tampa defense is big and strong, but lacks mobility. Having one play deep allows them to break the puck out quicker and avoid getting caught in their own zone against aggressive forechecks.

 

Setoguchi had a hat trick last night, and he is clicking on the top line with Thornton and Marleau.

 

San Jose has three lines rolling right now, and their helicopter line (no wings) is a big part of that. Pavelski, Mitchell, and Wellwood have all adjusted to playing out of position very well.

 

Al Montoya was lit up against Sweden at the World Championships yesterday, allowing six goals (including a few softies).

 

Patrik Berglund has been a monster for the Swedes. Bodes well for those who own him in keeper leagues. He had a very strong second half of the 2010-11 season as well.

 

Why I love hockey – Boychuk steps up in a big way:

 

 


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alessandro said:

back check
let 'em ramble, let 'em talk O.K. I have writen in a couple of times asking for this or that story to cover things I would like to see, but lets face it THIS IS THE BEST FANTASY HOCKEY SITE ON THE NET. As Angus and Dobber can see from all the postings, people love this site and the ramblings. So let the paid professionals (unpaid professionals?) do their work. That said, lets not jump all over the guy who is posting comments. The second best part of this site (after the great writers they have) is all the opinionated posters (some well informed, some not so much) who put their two cents in. So, let the ramblers ramble and let the critics criticize - its all great stuff from here.
- back check
May 05, 2011
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bball said:

bballplyr321
... Wait......Dobber is a Toronto fan? lol smilies/grin.gif
May 05, 2011
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Chris said:

Dunnder
canucks and ramblings Like kevinsrangers, i live in the knucklehead province too (and i also hope they choke) and have to deal with the most annoying fans in hockey all day, every day. Having said that, I dont mind the disproportionate amount of canuck ramblings by Jeff. Its true that they are more fantasy relevant than most other teams in the league, but I would love to see more depth/ramblings about other teams as well.

As many have commented, I too come to this site primarily for the ramblings... Id love to see them 3 times longer every day! I read them every day and find them invaluable, and on days when the ramblings are brief, i find myself yearning for more! i love to see injury updates, line combo changes, fantasy relevant stats and all the other info that slips by the mainstream media coverage.

Bring on as much rambling as possible, Canucks and all!
May 05, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
are people seriously complaining about canucks coverage here? there's like, 2 items about the canucks in this post. if you don't like it, go to Russia!
May 05, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
it's actually easy to understand why there isn't more complaining about the refs think about it: if you bitch and moan about a specific ref, then the next time that ref officiates your game, how much slack do you think you or your team is going to get? multiply that by a large number of complaints, and the issue is compounded.

let's not pretend that referees don't have long memories - they are as human as anyone else in sports.
May 05, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
Some quick thoughts on the VAN coverage from Angus Just off the top of my head:
1. Vancouver is one of seven teams still standing, so at the very least, they should get 10 times the coverage of 23 other teams in the league.
2. If the Leafs were a Cup favorite, I hahahahahahahahahahahaha
Sorry, was distracted there from my statement. Ahem. Okay, let's try again...
2. If the Leafs were a Cup favo- hahahahahahahaahaha
Oh man...deep breath. Okay. Once more
2. If the Leafs were a Cup favorite, as a resident of the GTA my Toronto coverage would probably be very similar.
3. It's good to get a West perspective for a few days, after reading what is probably too much East leanings from my side of the continent Sunday through Wednesday.
May 05, 2011
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greg said:

geetos
Canuck Bias Let's not forget that the Canucks were the highest scoring team in the league to boot. That sounds fantasy relevant to me, and probably warrants more analysis than the New Jersey's and Florida's of the world. You certainly can't please everyone so just shoot for the majority and I think we've spoken.
May 05, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
My take. Personally, I don't care about the Canucks comments, I come here and take whatever I can get. I can't speak for others, but I get the feeling that it's not so much that you (Jeff) ramble about the Canucks so much more than everything else, but that they would like to see more effort put into digging up info on the other teams in the league. Its obvious, and proudly admitted that you are exposed to the Canucks more than other teams, but since this is a job, and not just a personal fan blog, so visitors here would love to see some of those great and valuable tidbits for other teams too. Essentially you spoil us with Canucks knowledge, and often leave us hanging when it comes to the other 29 teams in comparison. I think that if you were able to balance things out with some more of the quality reporting on the other teams in the league, your Canucks bias, or whatever people want to call it, may not stand out as much. That's just how I perceive this topic, that seems to come up every week!
May 05, 2011
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kevinsrangers said:

kevinsrangers
correction all three games. lol.
.....also sometimes its not how many power plays you get but when you get em or how long they are. a two minute pp in ot is way better than four 30 second pps in a game.
May 05, 2011
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kevinsrangers said:

kevinsrangers
just a comment... krejci also has the game winning goal in all tree games.
i live in canucks neigborhood and have to listen to wannabe canucks fans steady, still i dont mind reading canucks ramblings from someone who seems to know what he is talking about.(i hope they choke).
i also have not missed a ramblings since i discovered this site and it is my favorite thing to read here. keep up the good work.
May 05, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
True or False? Washington needs a #1 goalie?
Philadelphia needs a #1 goalie?
Detroit needs a #1 goalie?
Tampa Bay will re-sign Roloson?
May 05, 2011
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Bender said:

baconnol
Canucks PP Angus, I enjoy your ramblings and don't have a problem with you discussing the Canucks. However, you've implied in the ramblings and again in the comments (as did another reader) that the Canucks are given less penalties because they had the best PP in the regular season. To me this sort of comment does not belong. It's fine to talk about what you know, not about how you think your favorite team is getting screwed by a league wide conspiracy.
May 05, 2011
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
Angus looks good in Green and Blue Glasses I don't care that Jeff mentions the Canucks more than Dobber one little bit. The Canucks are one of the NHL's best teams and deserve to be covered. If Angus has an inside edge and knowledge base on the Canucks then by all means utilize that knowledge. It's sometimes tough to get news on the Western Conference team so I welcome whatever you post Angus.

I enjoy the ramblings everyday but I must admit that I enjoy Angus' Thursday-Saturday coverage and the indepth analysis.
May 05, 2011
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Jeremy Wark said:

jer_33
Boychuk hit. I love big hits as well (especially against Flyers), but if you replaced Coburn with Briere, that's a boarding call IMO.
May 05, 2011
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Stephen Kostoff said:

SK47
Helicopter Line Loooooooooovvveeee IT.
May 05, 2011
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Woodrow said:

woodrow
Agnus Keep writing about what you know best bud. I like reading the ramblings period. If you mention the Canucks a lot, so be it. There a great team and its good to read about what's happening with Western based teams imo. If other readers don't like what they perceive as "bias"... well, they certainly can skip over anything said about the 'Nucks. I read all the ramblings, sometimes I fall behind a bit, but I always, always read them. There is just too much good info and insight in these ramblings not to read them.
Keep up the excellent work guys. I'm sure most of us appreciate all the great work you do.
May 05, 2011
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Puckhead said:

Puckhead
OVI to LA... Darryl, while I can't argue that a scenario like that may give McPhee pause, the reality is, he would be crazy to trade OVI. I do think his supporting cast may look a lot different next season, as being swept by Tampa Bay will not sit well with anyone from Ted Leonsis down to the fans, and OVI, is probably the most frustrated of all, as nobody competes harder and wants to win more on that team, than him.

Sadly, Boudreau will bite the bullet on this, and maybe its justified, but I find it hard to believe that he didn't try to address the problem areas as the series went on. That said, he can only get the guys to understand and practice what needs to be done, then they have to go out and do it, and the Caps had way to many passengers this series, especially last night in the 'must win' game.

As Angus said, the Lightning had some very timely scoring, a consistent effort from every guy on the ice, which means they have all bought in to Guy Boucher's mantra, and that bodes well going forward. Its all gravy now, as I don't see them beating what looks most assuredly like a meeting with the Bruins in the conference final, but hey, I didn't give Tampa much of a chance to beat let alone sweep the Caps.

This is a team going in the right direction again, and with a new everything in Tampa, from an owner, to GM, to rookie NHL coach, the future is once again bright for the Lightning.

Puck
May 05, 2011
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Seth said:

Fast Tony DeNiro
Philly Goalies Do you really think it's that important for the Flyers to get a goalie this offseason? Bobrovsky was great all season until the end where he slowed down a bit. He lost game 1 against Buffalo 1-0 and then had a rough game 2, and that was it for him. I really don't see any evidence that says he's not the answer, or at least deserves another shot at showing he can be that guy.
May 05, 2011
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Jerry said:

CallMeJerry
Without bias Rule #1 for all writers: Write what you know.

And Angus you're right about the stat being remarkable. I think it has everything to do with Vancouver having the league's top PP. After the last game it's only going to get worse. There's no way the Canucks get another PP in OT - refs know there's a good chance they're going to score.
May 05, 2011
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praba said:

praba
... if your strength is the canucks, then obviously you should use it. a lot of people (including myself) believe the nucks are getting preferrential treatment, but i'm sure glad to know that they arent when they are barely getting more powerplays then their opposition.

it's so easy to find out that setoguchi had a hatrick, but it is pretty hard to find that stat about the canucks. ramblings are 50% of the reason why i come to this site. i dont think i've missed reading one for over 2 years now (Even when i go on vacation i come back and read through a week's worth of ramblings haha). keep it up angus!
May 05, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Thanks Ryan.

KJ - I don't organize my ramblings from most to least relevant. I do exactly what it says - I ramble. I didn't leave Setoguchi at the bottom because I don't care about his hat trick - the DET/SJ game was the last I covered.

I don't let my bias affect my writing. I write more Canuck info because I am exposed to more of it. I know more about the team than I do others, and if I can help give poolies an edge because of this, I will.

How does my comment have anything to do with bias? I think it's a pretty remarkable statistic (especially for the league's best PP).

Devil you do, devil you don't. If I don't write about the Canucks, people wonder why I have stopped. If I do, people tell me to stop being biased. I am not biased, but if it comes off that way, I apologize.

May 05, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
... Bergenheim actually had 14 goals this season.
May 05, 2011
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KJ said:

Big Kjell
Angus v Dobber I love to read these daily posts as summaries of fantasy hockey relevant news. Many days it's all the hockey updates I have time to read. I truly appreciate tidbits and updates that matter to me as a fantasy hockey manager. So...is it just me or is Angus not wearing his Canucks colors a little too much and too obviously? Dobber is writing team agnostically fantasy posts while Angus is seeing through blue and green tinted glasses and can't write without mentioning something about the Canucks....even on days when they are not playing.

Take tonight as an example. Setoguchi scores a hat trick and the Sharks beat the Wings in overtime but Angus won't say anything until the very end of his post, almost in passing....and not until after some meaningless mumbo jumbo about the Canucks awarded more penalties twice in the last 30 games... Nothing personal but please. Spare us the team bias. smilies/wink.gif

May 05, 2011
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Darryl Atkinson said:

habsrule
Ovechkin So, Jeff, i know it would never happen, but what would you do if you were the Caps GM and the phone rings from LA tomorrow, and you hear, "Doughty and Schenn for Ovechkin...? "
May 04, 2011
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