The Playoff Draft List is updated through today - with COL, DAL and BUF eliminated. If you want to see how this customization works - check out this video.

 

Working on Prospect Report stuff this morning.... is Florida's prospect group stacked, or what? Drew Shore, Kyle Rau, Rocco Grimaldi, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Nick Bjugstad, to name a few, all have top line upside. Huberdeau and Shore should be in the league this fall.

 

Please take the time to read Steve Laidlaw's final Cage Match tournament piece (on the bottom right of the main page) - the comments section after it features a fantastic debate between Laidlaw and Ryan Ma, as well.

 

Wanted to extend a huge thanks to Dave Poleck for delivering an awesome and insightful 'Looking Ahead' piece each week of the regular season.

 

In: Washington, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.

 

Out: Dallas, Colorado, and Buffalo.

 

Swedish goaltender Viktor Fasth may be signing with the Ducks soon. If he does, consider him the front runner to back up Jonas Hiller in 2012-13. Fasth isn’t a prospect – he turns 30 in August.

 

The depleted Flyers blue line gets a bit of help – Oskars Bartulis will be back this weekend.

 

Wayne Simmonds won the Hart Trophy (no, not that Hart Trophy) for the Flyers. A good read here.

 

So it was only natural that, for the 2006-07 season, when the Flyers decided to create an award for the player who has the best rapport with their fans, it would be named the Gene Hart Memorial Award. It is given to the Flyer who demonstrates the most "heart."


The winner is chosen by the Flyers Fan Club, and, considering the relationship the Flyers have with their fans, winning the Hart Award is a big deal.”

 

Last week of the season in many pools – who has been your MVP this week? Pekka Rinne’s shutout last night against Dallas may win me my pool, depending on how my competitors do in their match ups. It is a three-way tie for first in my one-year points-only league right now.

 

The Predators have now sold out eight straight home games. Winning, apparently, sells.

 

Bush league move from Ryane Clowe in the Sharks game last night. While sitting on the bench, Clowe used his stick to break up a Kings odd-man rush. Should be suspended for this, although he probably won’t.

 

Petr Sykora scored his 20th goal of the season for the Devils last night. Solid season for a player many of us had completely forgotten about.

 

Michael Neuvirth sustained what looked to be a serious left leg injury last night against Florida. Come on down, Braden Holtby! The Caps, by the way, clinched a playoff spot.

 

Claude Noel is so very wierd. His post game press conferences are getting more and more bizarre.

 

Habs will finish last in the Eastern Conference this season for the first time since.... 1940. Wow.

 

After not scoring a road goal since October, Ryan Getzlaf now has them in consecutive games.

 

Jeff Deslauriers got the rare start for the Ducks, stopping 24 shots for the win against his former team. He was always a goalie who I thought had the game to be a good one, but for whatever reason he didn’t get the opportunity he needed to prove himself. Perhaps next season?

 

Akim Aliu recorded his first career NHL point last night for the Flames. I thought he looked pretty good – big, good skater, physical. Not sure if he has any upside at this point, but Calgary wants to see what they have with him in these games that don’t mean a whole lot.

 

I’m not just saying this because he recorded a hat trick last night, but Cam Atkinson is going to be a really, really good NHL forward. He’s incredibly skilled and possesses an elite level of hockey sense, too. He’s really running with the opportunity that Columbus is giving him.

 

Three goals and seven shots on goal for Atkinson last night.

 

Tom Gilbert played almost 35 minutes for the Wild last night. The most surprising part? They won. Marco Scandella played over 35 minutes. To say Minnesota is thin on the back end would be quite the understatement (although they did hold Chicago to one goal last night).

 

Viktor Stalberg has 28 shots on goal in his last six games – he’s getting a lot of chances. The hands aren’t always there, but he can create a lot with his incredible speed.

 

Landeskog’s 267 shots on goal – the second most for a rookie LW in NHL history. The current record holder is Alex Ovechkin, with a whopping 425 shots back in 2005-06.

 

Cory Schneider weighs in with his thoughts on the Vancouver goaltending situation.

 

“He’s the guy who got us to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals last year, not me,” Schneider said of Luongo. “He’s clearly earned the right to [start the playoffs], both through his performance and his history and experience.”


Rhys Richards takes a look at a new rival for the Red Wings… the Nashville Predators.

 

This likely first round playoff matchup could turn out to be the first of several between these two teams in the near future. Nashville has been auditioning for Colorado’s role and has generally played Detroit well in recent seasons. Should the series require seven games, the Red Wings may finally find the modern version of the former Avalanche.


As Detroit was reminded last week, history shows that one melee can lead to a long-standing and deep-seated hatred between two teams. A long series and future battles between two similar teams could bring exactly that, though a second brawl like the one between the Red Wings and Avalanche could be a tall order.”

 

My piece on the Canucks Army yesterday – profiling Ryan Strome’s teammate in Niagara – gritty center Alex Friesen.

 

Andrew Ladd’s brothers try to drum up some support for him as the NHL 13 cover athlete:

 

Skip ahead to the 3:22 mark – different Wild goalie, same deke. How does Kane not finish this one off?


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Veritas0Aequitas said:

Veritas0Aequitas
Florida's Prospects... don't forget... Quinton Howden! He should also be a top 6 winger for the Cats.
April 06, 2012
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mick said:

hawkdog
lou so tired of all the BS, As Schneids says he got them to game 7 and if he wins that last game he is MVP.

I wonder if Akim even plays more than 2 NHL games? such a humble guy.
April 06, 2012
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AL said:

grindin griers
Wild D-men Also the reason the Gilbert and Scandella played that many minutes was because Prosser was given a game for headbutting, Foster is playing through back problems still and sucks, and it was Cuma's first NHL game. It's rough when two of your usual defensemen are out with injuries and the other one gets a game.
April 06, 2012
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AL said:

grindin griers
Kane Was being a cocky little shit, that's why he didn't finish that move off. Could have easily put some more on that shot but he was too good for that. Love how Harding gives him some shit for it too.
April 06, 2012
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Nick said:

slufoot
Clowe Suspended? Really? A bit of an overreaction I'd say. Penalty shot maybe. Definitely a 2 min minor. But not suspendable.
April 06, 2012
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... I assume you mean Max Lapierre, who has seven fights this year. He's not a good fighter, but he does "back it up."
April 06, 2012
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Kevin said:

mrmojorisin
Akim Aliu Post Game Aliu in his post game interview with HOF announcer Peter Maher, on Ian Lepierier "That is just the kind of guy he is, he talks a lot out there but he never backs it up. Hopefully I get another chance (to fight him), maybe one day although I doubt he ever steps up."

Interesting side note: Peter Maher (The voice of the Flames on the radio) reached 3000 games this season and has called EVERY SINGLE GOAL that the Calgary Flames have scored in their history having never missed a single game.
April 06, 2012
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Not one particular thing - he's just a peculiar guy - his mannerisms, etc.
April 06, 2012
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Austin said:

austeane
... What sorts of things has Noel said? Haven't been paying attention at all.
April 06, 2012
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Ballsakic said:

Ballsakic
Clowe hitting the puck with stick from bench This was just like a guy tackling a guy from the sideline in football.

http://lakingsinsider.com/2012/04/05/kings-respond-to-clowe-incident/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
April 06, 2012
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