|Eastern Conference Playoff Primer|
New York Rangers
With his history of clutch performances, one guy to keep in mind on draft day is Chris Drury. Both Drury and former Devil Scott Gomez enjoy playing against New Jersey.
A dark-horse pick if the Rangers face the Devils is Nigel Dawes. He’s scored four goals in six games against New Jersey. Jaromir Jagr isn’t a great pick if he faces the Devils. This season he has recorded only two points in seven games. I guess Brodeur has his number.
If Simon Gagne has recovered from his concussion, he could be a decent last round pick up. The Flyers don’t want to face New Jersey in the playoffs. Philadelphia won their first game against the Devils and then proceeded to lose the next six games before Friday night’s 3-0 shutout victory. Montreal has won all four match-ups against Philadelphia this season.
Patrice Bergeron would be an interesting comeback story for the Bruins. From a fantasy perspective, Zdeno Chara has had a very productive season. Rookie Milan Lucic likes playing against Ottawa. Wideman is a good choice against Montreal, but the Bruins haven’t been able to beat the Canadiens in eight tries this season. Don’t take Chuck Kobasew, he’s out up to two months with a fractured tibia.
Secretly, this is the team everyone wants to face in the first round. With the recent injuries to Alfredsson and Fisher coupled with inconsistent goaltending, the Sens look to be an easy opponent as they come in the East.
If Ottawa faces Carolina in the first round, of course Spezza and Heatley will light it up, but strangely Alfredsson has only a single point in four games this season.
If Ottawa faces Montreal, it might be worth it to take Spezza or Heatley based on their regular season mauling of the Canadiens. Both Alfredsson and Spezza had 15 points and Heatley has 12 points in seven games against Montreal. Heatley in particular like playing the Bruins with seven points in seven games.
Dean McAmmond has three points in four games against the Caps and two points in three Carolina games. Chris Neil has three points in seven games against Montreal and two points in four games versus Washington. Schubert has two points in four games against both Pittsburgh and New Jersey. Heatley has six goals in four games versus the Penguins.