I love the community here, and the commenters are fabulous! Sometimes, as is the case with Hakan Loob (great handle by the way) below, they go off the deep end. "Overrate the Penguins much, Dobber?" I doubt it, Hakan. It's possible, but I doubt it. Your argument - "they're a fourth place team!". My argument - "...without Sidney Crosby for 60 games and Kris Letang for 40". Come on man! I love a good discussion, but this is no contest! A better argument would be - what about the Red Wings of the late 90's? You'd have an excellent case there, and judging by the last three games you'd have a winning case there. But with everyone healthy, the Penguins are - on paper - one of the two or three best teams that have stepped onto the ice in 20 years. That's the problem with paper - it burns! It crumples! But, seeing the forest through the trees let's get to what my point was - Pittsburgh is a good team, even the most negative Pittsburgh hater has to grudgingly admit that - and nobody would have placed a single dollar wager on a Philly sweep. Nobody.

 

I try not to see through rose-colored glasses when it comes to teams, but I also try not to dive overboard off a sinking ship either. I give things time and assess over the long term. I was one of the very few last summer who loved what the Flyers did. Big picture!

 

It's looking like my Fantasy Prospects List will be up later today, as I'm full throttle into it this morning. Sorry for the delay - a record-setting delay, as I've never been so late. But with the end of the season, the upcoming launch, and then I was away on the weekend... this slipped through the cracks. If I were to guess, I would say 5pm ET.

 

Vigilante justice. That was my theme here yesterday. And then we watched the Penguins/ Flyers game. Crosby fights Giroux – the only way to get two bigger names is if Gretzky and Lemieux laced up the skates again. Letang gets kicked out of the game. Timonen gets kicked out of the game. Asham out of the game. Yeah, that’s the first period.

 

The Pens result is the most shocking thing I’ve ever seen in hockey. To me, the Penguins have the best team that I’ve seen in twenty years – the skill, depth, grit, coaching and everyone’s healthy. They aren’t having problems scoring. In fact, despite Philadelphia playing almost perfect defense and Ilya Bryzgalov being very strong in net, the Pens are still scoring a lot of goals. But the Flyers have been so aggressive and persistent on the forecheck that it’s making the Penguins defense look weak. I don’t think the defense has been that weak – I just think the Flyers have been that strong. And when you add in the fact that Marc-Andre Fleury isn’t stopping beachballs right now, you have a team in trouble.

 

With Fleury – and I said this during their Cup run – you know when he’s on. You know it right away. And you know when he’s off. If a player rushes down the wing into his zone, you’re either confident that he’ll stop it or you’re pretty certain it’s going in. Can’t put my finger on why, but it’s true. You know right away, your gut tells you on the first rush. Fleury was pulled after the second period. Brent Johnson gave up two goals, but at least the gut feeling wasn’t telling me “it’s going in” every rush anymore.

 

It was Matt Read’s turn to be awesome. Braydon Schenn took Game 1, Sean Couturier took Game 2. Now Read. So there you go – he’s played 82 NHL games now, has 26 goals, 24 assists and 50 points. Nice start. More to come.

 

It seems like more, but only twice in Daniel Briere’s NHL career did he finish a regular season with more than a point per game. Yet in the playoffs, he has 101 career points in 100 career games. Money.

 

Lost in the shuffle was the fact that Pascal Dupuis’ 19-game points streak came to an end.

 

As I noted in my THN article out later today – with Kevin Klein, Mike Fisher, Martin Erat and Sergei Kostitsyn all tallying points Sunday, there are only three Preds left who have yet to get on the board after three games – Ryan Suter, Roman Josi and Jack Hillen.

 

The Detroit- Nashville series is another good one that I wish was in the third round. The seeding system is messed up. Just go to two conferences.

 

Pekka Rinne faces 17 shots and loses, but then faces 43 shots and wins. Thrives on action.

 

Carl Hagelin was suspended for three playoff games for his hit on Daniel Alfredsson. This could mean Chris Kreider gets in – or not. I’d love to see it though. Matt Carkner was suspended for one game for using Brian Boyle as a punching bag.

 

Ryan Ellis got into the game in place of Jack Hillen. Jordin Tootoo got into the game in place of Craig Smith. Neither player saw even eight minutes.

 

Things I didn’t know – Chris Stewart was a healthy scratch for Game 2. Just read that. No explanation for why his game has fallen off.

 

Regardless of the health of Michal Neuvirth, Braden Holtby is Washington’s goalie.

 

Toronto goalie Ben Scrivens led the AHL with a 2.04 GAA and won the “Hap Holmes Award”, which is their version of the Jennings. Chris Bourque won the AHL scoring title, while Tampa’s Cory Conacher was the top goal scorer (as well as the AHL MVP and rookie of the year).

 

I think Conacher is worth drafting for what he could do in the 2015-16 NHL season. I hope he gets a chance to make the big club in the fall.

 

Andrei Loktionov, thanks for donning the jersey. That 3:45 you played was crucial (not).

 

Cory Schneider got the start and took the loss, despite his team outshooting Los Angeles 41-20. A goalie duel.

 

I posted this yesterday, but will re-post in case you miss - This week, I hope to re-launch the Dobber sites and introduce to you a new website. While that is being done, I am addressing some security issues (just some idiots planting harmless but annoying spam on some pages). I’ll also be addressing recent issues that have come up with regards to accessing the site via mobile phone. For what I figure has been about 10 days now, some of you have been unable to access DobberHockey. For now, give DobberHockey.mobi a try.

 

Tentative re-launch and new site launch was tomorrow (the 17th). I will delay this until Thursday the 19th – which is still tentative, but the fact that I’m spouting dates should indicate that things are close. You will love the new website though, I guarantee it.

 

I could show 50 great clips of this game, but this is a fine example of the Pens/Flyers series to date. Terrible Fleury… and lots of scrapping:

 

 

Henrik Sedin gets hhhhhhhammered by Dustin Brown, who later scored the game winner. Then Alexandre Burrows fights Anze Kopitar. Sedin would return and play 22 minutes:

 

 


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Haakan Loon said:

Chucker10
@Derek FYI bud, I am not a Flyers or Caps fan. I am just an objective hockey fan who sees the Penguins, Crosby and Malkin for what they really are. Overrated, dirty, cry babies. Sorry but no biased Penguin fan will change that. Take a step back and look at this team objectivley, you will be amazed at what you weren't seeing.
April 17, 2012
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paul said:

donpaulo
Boyle makes Ottawa pay Carkner left his side of the ice and went in high towards the face of Boyle. Hit his opponent a few times while he was down on the ice and didn't even hurt Boyle when all was said and done.

And Boyle came up with his gloves on. LOL

Classless is a better description for what Carkner did

Then again Boyle is on fire with 3 goals in the series so perhaps rangers fans should be thanking Carkner
April 17, 2012
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slufoot said:

slufoot
Pens overrated here. CONSISTENTLY. Sorry Dobber, but while the Pens are a good team on paper, they are far from being the best team in the league even this season. I think you're living too much in the fantasy realm - not surprising though since its your job.
Hockey isn't basketball, where 3 stars can guarantee wins. Good teams have depth and that's something this Pens team sorely lacks.
They have the world's 2 best centers, and their 3rd is very strong - better than most team's 2nd. Their PP QB is elite, and their goalie is top-10. But that's where it ends.
James Neal is a product of his linemates, on most other teams he'd be a 30-30 guy. The rest of the Pens wingers are 2nd-3rd line tweeners on most teams. Their 4th line is useless, and Paul Martin and Matt Niskanen as 3-4 defencemen is not desireable. Neither are physical or good on the PK (You want one of those attributes in your 3-4 D).
So no its not surprising at all that their down to the Flyers. If someone said before the series Flyers in 5 - I wouldn't have been surprised in the least - though I'd have said the same about Penguins in 5.
April 16, 2012
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Trevor said:

Brady19
Derek's Math Skills 10-1 odds... Winning $100 dollars would mean he bet $10 bucks. Make sure to bring a calculator next time you make idiotic comments to a guy sharing a story.
April 16, 2012
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derek said:

buck0198
Flyers It amuses me all these Flyers fans that come out of the woodwork when they are about to do something shocking like sweep the Pens. I agree with Dobber...no one in their "right" mind would have bet a sweep...atleast not any significant cash.

Hakan is one of these guys too...he is either a Flyers or Caps fan.
April 16, 2012
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derek said:

buck0198
LOL @ Tyler...wow you bet a dollar? you really went out on a limb there...ur a turd.
April 16, 2012
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Tyler Haskell said:

TheBoneweasel
... not to be a douche...
but i bet on a flyers sweep. my pens fan friend said hed go 10-1 odds and i like the way the flyers stack up against pitt. so im one game away from winning $100.

admittedly, i AM a flyers fan, but i really did think we had a good shot at it. The pens have looked very, very mortal against us all year.
April 16, 2012
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

This Penguins team is the best in 20 years? Ummmm, the 01/02 Wings say hello. Hall of famers on the fourth line. Grind line in full swing. Lidstrom at his best, Hasek, Yzerman, Fedorov, Shanahan, Larionov, Hull, Robitaille, Chelios, etc, etc, etc. Bowman at the helm.

I can come to think of other more dominant and more complete teams than this year's Pens, even discounting this playoff belly splash.

Hyperbole, your name is Darryl Dobbs.
April 16, 2012
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Bender said:

baconnol
Brown Hit and Comments Fossile... agree with going with conference seeding, but to do anything else would be too much. The conferences would be weighted with more games played between conference teams so a 9th place team in another conference is not automatically better than an 8th place team in another conference just because they have more regular season points.

Larry, how can you say the intent was to hurt? If you have ever played hockey then you know that the intent is always to hit hard, but I bet most players go not intend to injure. I didn't see the forearm contact the chin. Saying it should have been charging is not correct as it looks like he glided from the red line.

Dobber, I would say the Pens likely have the fire power as good (relatively) as the Oilers in the Gretzky era, but I don't think they could be considered the best team in the last 20 years with defense the way it is playing. I think a guy like Jay Bouwmeester would do wonders on that team and could likely be had in the offseason if they can afford his cap hit.
April 16, 2012
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
Brown hit I didnt like the Brown hit, simply because his sole intent was to hurt Sedin, the fact that Sedin had released the puck and was starting to turn towards the bench/Brown was immaterial to Brown, he already had Sedin in his tracks and was bracing for impact,he wasnt cognicant of the puck,or henriks viewpoint. It was a forearm to the chest/neck/jaw which probably knocked the wind out of Henrik and hurt his jaw-maybe some whiplash to boot. It wasnt half as dirty as either of Neals hits, but a 2 minute penalty for charging shouldve been called (not that it wouldve helped the canucks awful PP). If the game wasnt so close, it was the type of play that could set off a melee.
April 16, 2012
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Haakan Loon said:

Chucker10
Penguins "The Pens result is the most shocking thing I’ve ever seen in hockey. To me, the Penguins have the best team that I’ve seen in twenty years – the skill, depth, grit, coaching and everyone’s healthy."

WOW! Overrate the Penguins much Dobber??? They are a fourth place team!!! I think you need to end your man crush on them. They have zero discipline, a terrible goalie and often benefit from league and officiating favortism due to their star power. That does not make them one of the best 50 teams in the past 20 years, nevermind the best. I know you have Malkin and Crosby on many of your draft teams but you should try to be somewhat more objective when it comes to the Penguins.
April 16, 2012
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Kyle said:

lesouder
Brown Hit The thing about the Brown hit is that had Sedin not at the last minute turned, it would have been a hit from behind. It happened way too fast for anyone to convince me that Brown was anticipating that, so in my mind the intent was to hit from behind. Isn't intent what the league is suppose to be cracking down on? Brown got away with one there..
April 16, 2012
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Mike Brown said:

mbrown
Sedin - no sister Great hit by Dustin Brown, called finishing your check for those who don't play hockey. I really liked Henrik's reaction. He doesn't complain, doesn't whine, throws Dustin Penner into the boards about 3 minutes later. Sydney Crosby should be taking notes on how to play the game like a man. Henrik earned my respect today.
April 16, 2012
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Brown hit was clean as can be - Sedin said as much after the game. Looks late on replay, but any hit in slo-mo looks late.

Brown caught him and knocked his wind out (you can tell by how he reacts - wasn't knocked out but couldn't breathe).

Really impressed with Brown this series - guy is dominating in all facets.
April 16, 2012
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frozenpools said:

frozenpools
What is a good hit? TSN timed Browns hit as .33s after Sedin passed the puck. Romes hit on Horton was 1s after. I would think anything over 0.5 is a penalty and could be suspension based on injury?
April 16, 2012
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Jason said:

pookguy88
Brown hit I love how CBC calls it an 'elbow' right away then when we see the replay no one steps up to correct themselves, hate Hughson and the rest of the CBC announcers
April 16, 2012 | url
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Brian said:

pbhockey4
Brown hit on Sedin Totally agree with VW82...those were some very Vancouver-biased announcers! The hit itself didn't directly hurt Sedin--it was Sedin's whiplash and his impact with the ice that shook him up. A good, clean hit by Brown with no intent to injure whatsoever. The puck was not long gone, and Sedin's head was not the principle point of contact (watch the slow motion replay, Sedin's head snaps back as a response to his chest being struck, NOT from the initial hit). And I think Brown was smart to stay out of the crap after the whistle...he's been one of LA's best players all series and not only kept himself out of the box but avoided any potential injury risk from getting in a fight. It may be looked at by others as a "cowardly" move, but long-term it was very smart by Brown (especially if the Kings advance to the 2nd round or beyond). Nice to see a clean hit after watching that ugly Pens/Flyers game yesterday.
April 16, 2012 | url
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martin said:

Hollywood
Pointless Preds? I tought that Josi had a pass on the Datsyuk's goal yesterday...smilies/wink.gifsmilies/grin.gif
April 16, 2012
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VW82 said:

VW82
Brown Hit What the hell is the color guy talking about on the CBC broadcast? He says that the puck was "long gone" by the time Brown hit Sedin. The puck was not even gone for half a second. It was a great, clean hit - a rare thing in this year's playoffs.
April 16, 2012
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Superchief said:

Superchief
Correction.... Henrik Sedin got fore-armed in the chin by Dustin Brown, who should have been penalized on the play. He should also have dropped the gloves.
April 16, 2012
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Fossile said:

Fossile
... Sorry I made a mistake : the Rangers finished 18th overall in 2011. Didn't deserve at all to make the playoff.
April 16, 2012
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Fossile said:

Fossile
messed up seeding system I agree 100 % with you Dobber.

The fact that each division champion gets first to third place in the conference, no matter how many points they have is absolutely stupid.

I would go like you said : Conference.

I would even put another ruling that could spice it up even more in some years :
If an overall 17th place or weaker team gets in the playoff because of the conference system, it would be replaced by the overall 16th or better team that is not in the playoff in the other conference.

In 2011, the Rangers (17th overall) would have been replaced by Dallas (16th overall) against Washington. In 2012, no effect.
April 16, 2012
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hazetech said:

haze_tech
... Hi Dobber. Just to know, there is not 215 prospects this week ?
April 16, 2012
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