Ovechkin gets two games. The NHL had a no-win announcement - anything from 0 to infinity games would lead to an outcry somewhere. I for one feel comfortable with the two games. And I do admit that if Ovechkin's name was I.P. Freely, he would have gotten 10. And I am not totally against a subtle, blurry double standard for superstars if the league can get away with it. From a business standpoint, you gotta do what you gotta do.

 

Angus popping in - got a fantasy question on your mind? Ask me here!

 

Blake Comeau has 12 points in eight games and is a plus-6 in that span. As a bonus, the guy has six PIM to boot. His ice time has been up noticeably lately.

 

Brian Campbell will probably miss the rest of the season after getting hit from behind by Alex Ovechkin (clip below). He suffered a broken clavicle and ribs, according to TSN. Brent Seabrook's PP time just shot up.

 

The amount of excuses and explanations and reasons I am seeing in the media is a little sad. I think OVY should get a couple of games, myself. But that aside, the fact that the excuses and reasoning ("his three game misconducts were for different things" or "it's been over 41 games since the last time he did this") just reek of trying too hard. The media seems to be trying too hard to absolve him. I like Ovechkin (I like him a lot, actually) and I don't think the book should be thrown at him at all, but come on - give the guy two games. He's a repeat offender. If you beat someone up and get arrested for assault, the court looks at that if you do it again six months later. They don't say "six months went by since the last one, so we won't look at that".

 

Kristian Huselius should be back in the lineup tonight.

 

Portzline says that Matt Calvert should have been No.3 on the Blue Jackets' prospect list, which I found quite interesting and informative.

 

After going pointless in three games and getting scratched, Sean Avery returned and had a golden fantasy game - two goals, three shots, plus-2 and of course two PIM. Coach Tortorella is the reason his PIM will be below 175 this season when it should be 250. But Avery has nobody to blame but himself for the weak output offensively. Perhaps this will help him salvage a 35-point season.

 

Max Talbot and Alex Goligoski were healthy scratches in favor of Jay McKee and Tyler Kennedy. Like the Caps, the Pens have a ton of depth and the players are healthy. Unlike Boudreau, who is scratching players to rest them, Bylsma will punish players who aren't at their best.

 

Out of all the $8 million men in the NHL, Daniel Briere gets the least ice time. He's seen 17 minutes just once in 18 games, but has dipped below 15 minutes on six occasions in that span. He has 10 points during that range.

 

In case you're scoring at home - Wojtek Wolski has three points in five games for Phoenix. Peter Mueller has eight in six for Colorado.

 

Kevin Porter played his second Colorado game Sunday, playing 10 minutes and going minus-1. He didn't get any PP time, but had some PK time. With the pile of scorers in Colorado and virtually all of them young, Porter may have to hone his craft as a checker in order to stick in the NHL. That certainly doesn't bode well for Porter owners. I would shop him, as his value has resurged a little with the trade.

 

Too bad no fantasy owner in his right mind had Brandon Segal on his team. Last night he scored twice, had six shots, added seven PIM and was a plus-2.

 

Another day another goal for Latendresse. He has 25 now and 14 games to reach 30.

 

Cam Barker has four points in eight games for the Wild, which is in the ballpark in terms of expectation. Anything from three to six at this point. Still only 23, if he could ever have a healthy season he would be a top producer on the blue line. That's a pretty big if.

 

Andrew Ebbett has five points in his last six games. That's what trading Eric Belanger did. I recommend picking him up, if you need a center who will get you 12 points in the final 14 games.

 

Miikka Kiprusoff was hammered with 20 shots in the first period as his team abandoned him. He got the hook. The Stajan, Bourque and Iggy line was on the ice for both even-strength goals against in the first.
Prior to Sunday's game (as I write this, the game is ongoing), Ian White has five points in 12 games as a Flame, while Mark Giordano has four in that span. The jury is still out.

 

I sold 20 of these as soon as I made them available. So I changed my package from one large luxury suite to two medium ones and made more tickets available. Six sold quickly. Now, with six days before the event, I have FOUR tickets left to this amazing DobberHockey event. Details are outlined neatly (including some new ones) HERE. As you can see, now that the details have fallen into place, that this will be quite a fun event for Dobber Nation. You can buy a ticket right here - just four left.

 

Nicklas Backstrom's sweet overtime goal Sunday:

 

And of course - Ovechkin's hit that got him a game misconduct. Apparently, the rule that brings an automatic one-game suspension for a second offense does not apply here because it has been more than half a season since Ovechkin's last game misconduct. Should he get suspended anyway? The NHL is screwed. If they don't suspend him, they will be a laughing stock for the double standard for superstars. If they do suspend him, they will be a laughing stock because Matt Cooke got zilch just a few days ago.

 

 

 


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Scribe said:

Scribe
Double standards can cut both ways Dobber, about the Ovechkin suspension comment. I agree, it's a no-win situation. No matter what the NHL did, they were going to be criticized. And I also agree with the comment that if his name was Rusty Bedsprings (the name of the book authored by the fella you mentioned), it would have been 10 games.

Some will argue that's not fair, and those who do that will only look at the number of games the player is suspended, thinking that a 10-game suspension for Ovechkin and a 10-game suspension for Bedsprings would be equal punishment.

When you look at it that way, you realize that it's not equal punishment. It poses an interesting question. What is equal punishment in this case. I don't think that anybody would argue against fairness or equal punishment, however you will get many opinions on what is fair or equal.

If the NHL suspends Ovie and Bedsprings each 10 games for the same infraction, the Capitals are getting punished more severely because Ovechkin is a great player. Should the NHL consider that in suspending these players? If they do, there will surely be accusations that there is a double standard and that stars are punished less severely. The players assistance fund will get a nice boost from Ovie's two-game ban, too -- much more than they'd get from a 10-game ban for some plug.
March 16, 2010
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agentzero said:

agentzero
Business and Respect With respect, Dobber, I disagree with your not being against the double standard for stars. Even in business, if you do the right thing (suspend equally across the board, star or not) you may not be liked at first, but at least you'll be respected and that is worth more in the long run. The NHL has to stop trying to be liked, and work at being respected. Once people respect a business, they will buy into it. Treat everyone the same, meal ticket or not. Then you'll at least win the fans' respect, even if that means losing a little money from displeased fans at first.
March 16, 2010
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... He's in the WHL as an overager - most skilled overagers get 100 points there. What's Justin Azevedo and Colin Long doing now?

Don't go by his points at all. Nearly making the team out of camp should hold more sway. Then again - Filatov DID make the team out of camp. And he'd still be there if he didn't leave.
March 15, 2010
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Dobber said:

Dobber
Calvert From the Fantasy Prospects Report last year:

Matt Calvert
Every great junior line has one spare tire. It's inevitable. See: Roussin-Crosby-Pouliot - one NHL star, one bottom-sixer, one minor pro player. So who is the weak link on the great Brandon Wheat Kings unit of Matt Calvert, Brayden Schenn and Scott Glennie? Despite being two years older than either of his first-round caliber linemates, 20 year-old Matt Calvert is ultimately not an NHL-quality talent. An elite skater with solid passing skills, the speedy winger nevertheless lacks the IQ and shot to be a scorer and at 5'10, the size to be a grinder. It doesn't help that Calvert is also a perimeter player. Calvert will head to the AHL next year and he could have a good career there - just not in the show.

Upside: Third-line energy winger (15-30-45)
Certainty (NHLer; Upside): 30%; 25%


Obviously, he has since proven that there is potential for more. But THAT much more? Is he really getting into the trenches now? His size, time and again we see it, will see to it that we won't see big points out of him in the NHL for six years if we do.
March 15, 2010
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studley49 said:

studley49
Calvert I agree with Portzline: I'm pretty sure THN is putting too much stock into the league a player's in. Sure, Calvert is 5'9", 165lbs playing on a powerhouse team; however, he just put up 47 goals and 52 assists for 99 points in 68 WHL GP.

If I recall correctly, Calvert was one of the last cuts from camp that CBJ made this year and it wouldn't surprise me if he saw spot duty in the NHL lineup next year. The reason he puts up such good numbers playing with Schenn and Glennie is because Calvert, too, has the ability and the gritty game to play with them. IMO, a dark horse prospect for deep keeper leagues.
March 15, 2010
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... IP Freely... hehehehehehehehehehe smilies/smiley.gif always cracks me up
March 15, 2010
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Rusty Pickles said:

Rusty Pickles
... Richards/Dubinsky

Had Dubinsky not pulled Richard jersey over his head like a coward he would've lost. I have seen the two fight before, with Dubinsky winning fairly even, for me I lost respect for him if anything.

I love consistency talk when the league failed to follow the rules when it came to the automatic suspension Malkin deserved in the Cup finals. Pens fans should know from defending Cooke that what Downie did is in the "grey area" of undefined rule breaking and is therefore not punishable. Intent to injure definition recently given by the league has no mention of figure 4 leg locks. Also, had they not run Stamkos five seconds prior to this, Downie doesn't go goon Crosby. He is saying to the Pens, you are not going to "savard" our superstar. Good for him.
March 15, 2010
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Chet said:

soothy69
SuperOne Oh hey, don't get me wrong on the part where Ovi was an idiot. I just know that when I play hockey, I have a tendency to toss guys around pretty easy being 230lbs area. But sometimes you get caught up in the speed and hit someone harder than you would like. Ovi on the other hand, does this often. VERY often. If I were BC I would be right mad, and so he should be. It was a "shove" as he called it, but dirty. Ovi needs to be suspended and not just a one game. That's a slap on the hand. 3 - 5 games. He's got to learn to simmer down. But I'll be shocked if he gets more than a single game.

Now if Ovi were to get hit from behind and got hurt... the NHL would jump up and act. The sky is falling.
March 15, 2010
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
Lapierre vs Ovie For me there is a difference, as the Lapierre hit served no purpose- the goalie had the puck, the play was over. I have no problem with Ovie hitting Campbell- but he pushed him at a dangerous distance with Campbell already bent over. Its more like the Jones/Bergeron play-which resulted in 2 games and a serious injury,althought I hope he gets more than 2 (Jones got off very light).

As for Cooke- how does a hit to the head not fall into 'intent to injure'? Cooke couldve gone shoulder to shoulder and knocked Savard on his ass- but instead targeted the head. What makes the league look worse- suspending a 3rd line POS like Cooke for 10 games? Or giving free reign on headshots for the last 18 games as long as your stick isnt the weapon. Didnt the learn anything from the Moore/Naslund/Bertuzzi incident?

Its a shame that after witnessing all that great Olympic hockey,we are left talking about how screwed up the NHL is rather than playoff races/scoring races or how bad Burke has messed up the Leafs smilies/grin.gif
March 15, 2010
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Erik said:

theleaguerookie
... One day, someone will get killed or paralyzed from the neck down on the ice. If it's a superstar, maybe the league will even care.
March 15, 2010
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SuperOne said:

SuperOne
@Chet "Now in fairness to Ovi, BC is listed at 6’-189lbs. Ovi is 6’2”-220lbs… 30 pounds on the guy."

Fairness to Ovi? What does size have anything to do with it? And I'm being serious, no "size matters" jokes. Is it Campbell's fault he is smaller than Ovechkin? How about Ovi think, in fairness to Campbell, I won't shove him from behind into the boards, after all if it happened to me and I got seriously hurt, I would be pretty pissed to not be able to play the game I love so much for weeks/months.


March 15, 2010
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Dave Parker said:

hockeyislife
... Ovy should get the same penalty as Lapierre; the league has to send a message that these types of hits are not tolerated and that the stars of the league dont get preferential treatment.

Of course, since we've all seen the "official NHL disciplinary flow-chart" for such things, we all know that AO will get nothing...
March 15, 2010
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DuklaNation said:

DuklaNation
... Im getting tired of these hits for a different reason. When are these guys going to learn to protect themselves? Dont leave yourself in such vulnerable positions. Especially Campbell, look up!
March 15, 2010
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Jake k. said:

Kotentie
Richards / Dub You guys have to check out the fight between Mike Richards and Dubinsky at the end of the Rangers/Philly game. You would think that Richards easily takes the kid, but man is he in for a surprise. As a rangers fan my respect for the kid went up 100 percent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tzJu5B6XaE
March 15, 2010
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fzusher said:

fzusher
Jackets fans on Filatov Scroll down the Portzline link to the comments section; the local fans are just ripping into Filatov.
March 15, 2010
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Jim said:

hoopej2
Hossa/Selanne Updates Just wondering if there is any info on these two guys, Selanne started the game yesterday but didn't finish and Hossa didn't even start. I know Hossa was a late scratch but I need to set my lineup for the week today.
March 15, 2010
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Chet said:

soothy69
Ovechkin Well you can’t knock Ovechkin for his strength and speed, the man has pure grit. John Wayne would have a fight on his hands with Ovi. But the man’s reckless. He’s going to hurt someone one day worse than he already has. From what I heard on the radio this morning, BC has some cracked or broken ribs, and will be out for the remainder of the season most likely. Now in fairness to Ovi, BC is listed at 6’-189lbs. Ovi is 6’2”-220lbs… 30 pounds on the guy.
March 15, 2010
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Maximus said:

Mr Zizzla
To suspend or not.... As a Pens fan, i did not like the Cooke hit but it was legal and if Savard didn't shoot and perhaps held onto the puck, it would've been a great hit but since he didn't have the puck at that EXACT moment, people felt it was dirty which is understandable.

Ovechkin on the other hand SHOULD get the suspension for at least 1 game, as he missed most of the Hawks' game so it would be like a 2 game suspension however it seems as though he will get nothing despite the erie similarities to the mentioned Lapierre hit that sent EVERYONE in the media and hockey fans everywhere wanting his head and saying it was as dirty as they come.
The double standard is put on display here. Campbell looks to be out for the year at this point and since may considered this to be a preview of the Cup finals, that hit could be the difference between the ultimate glory and crushing defeat.

As no one was mentioned it and it wasn't in the ramblings, how about the Downie slue foot on Crosby? the pens' commentators descibed it as some kind of 'figure four leg lock' and it was as dirty as they come. in the replay you can see Crosby's knee and ankle bend in ways they are not meant to bend and Downie got 2 minutes for it. Luckily Crosby did return and later described it as more of a 'stinger' but it did not look good from any angle. Downie has started to become the player many thought he would as he is now playing a lot better but that looked like he wanted to end Crosby's season and significantly shorten his career.

March 15, 2010
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Alexandre Lussier said:

lusshouse
Lapierre part II That's a very Lapierre-esque hit. If Lapierre got 4 games, shouldn't Ovechkin (another repeat offender) get the same?

They seem to be more agressive in board checks than on open-ice head checks.
March 15, 2010
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Budde said:

rbudde
precedent predicament If it's confusing for us, think about the players. They must be second-guessing, double-clutching every hit.
March 15, 2010
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Daniel Bellan said:

dbellan
Ovechkin vs. Matt Cooke I think this might come down to precedent. Mike Richards wasn't suspended for a very similar hit to what Matt Cooke threw last week. Max Lapierre was suspended for a very similar hit to what Ovechkin through yesterday. I think Cooke wasn't suspended to make sure that people didn't think Richards got the star treatment a few months ago, and suspending Ovechkin would be consistent on both accounts: precedent, and no superstar treatment.

That said, my prediction: He suits up on Tuesday with no suspension smilies/tongue.gif
March 15, 2010
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