Andrew Shaw gets three games. Mike Smith WILL play tonight. Per Dreger

 

Some notes, via TSN - Leighton has cleared re-entry waivers. Also, Nicklas Backstrom will have a hearing for the crosscheck (shown below).

 

Our Dobber Nation podcast is back up on iTunes. Unfortunately, you need to resubscribe. Sorry for that. Blame them. Yeah, that’s it, blame them. Anyway, resubscribe via this link or by searching for Dobber in the iTunes store. You can always just download the podcast directly from us, via the Dobber Nation link (found above "Free Features" as well as "Columnist/ Articles")

 

If interested, you can watch the latest Don Cherry here. Quick thought – I don’t think “Cheetah” does very well, in terms of sales. So why do they keep sponsoring this show? Pouring money down the toilet…

 

Chris Kreider made his NHL debut and played 11:11 for the Rangers. He didn’t get any PP time, but saw some time with Richards and Gaborik, who are alright linemates. With Carl Hagelin suspended for two more games, we’ll get to see more of him. Kreider was glued to the bench in the second half of the third, as it was a close game.

 

It was still dumb of me to take him as a dark horse in the final round of a playoff pool. Building around Rangers, Preds and Coyotes (just based on where I drafted, the more preferable teams were already picked clean). When it got down to the final round, I had to decide between Brian Boyle – who I thought was a great dark horse and could get anywhere from 4-12 points in 15 games – or Kreider. And since I love shocking people with off the board picks, I went Kreider. Now Boyle is having the series of his life. Three goals in three games, when his entire team has seven goals. It was a low-risk draft pick, but going with the other option obviously was the better move.

 

It’s called arrogance. Being a know-it-all and a show off had me picking off the board. And not for the first time. It pays off so rarely, but damn it feels good when it does.

 

Boyle also has 12 shots and nine PIM on the series.

 

Daniel Alfredsson missed the game with a concussion, but was in the morning skate. I get the feeling he’ll be back within two games, as he was a game-time decision and had passed the baseline concussion tests.

 

Bobby Butler got into his first career playoff game and managed five shots in 14 minutes of action. That’s exactly what he’s there for, it just didn’t go in for him.

 

Both James Neal and Arron Asham will have hearings today. Asham’s was clearly out of line and a multi-game suspension. Neal’s was just careless, but I don’t know about intent - he turned on Couturier. The Giroux one, not so innocent. But given the star power, I can see a one game suspension for him, or perhaps just a fine. Probably not more than that.

 

After being squeaky clean for two games, Milan Lucic picked up four minor penalties last night.

 

Zdeno Chara and Brooks Laich each picked up their first three points of the postseason last night.

 

Dennis Wideman has been a minus player in each playoff game so far. Going back to the regular season, he has two points and is minus-9 in his last 15 games.

 

Nicklas Backstrom got a match penalty after the game for crosschecking Rich Peverley in the face – could lead to a suspension.

 

Patrik Berglund and Andy McDonald are having strong series. Berglund has four points and McDonald five, after three games. They play on the same line, so perhaps Berglund would have had a big year with Andy on the line instead of Stewart.

 

Brian Elliott has only given up three or more goals eight times out of 37 starts this year. Two of those eight were in his last two starts though. Not a great time to show your mortality.

 

Chris Stewart was back in the lineup but played the big 8:46.

 

Here is a new look for the Nashville lines in practice – other than the Fisher line of course, which will always stay together until death do them part – Fisher, S. Kostitsyn, Erat; Spaling, Radulov, A. Kostitsyn; Gaustad, Horny, Bourque; Legwand, Halischuk, Yip. Quite the opportunity for Spaling, who still needs to prove that he can be a top sixer as opposed to a checker. Hal Gill also skated for the first time.

 

Detroit is using new lines as well, at least in practice – Zetterberg, Filpps, Hudler; Datsyuk, Franzen, Cleary; Abdelkader, Bertuzzi, Miller; Emmerton, Nyquist, Holmstrom.

 

Not to be outdone, Chicago practices with new lines - Brunette-Kane-Hossa, Stalberg-Toews-Sharp.

 

Minor news, but interesting – the Isles will not be bringing back their assistant coaches.

 

With the end of the AHL season and some teams not making the playoffs, Detroit, Chicago and Ottawa recalled a slew of players. Of note, Tomas Tatar, Fabian Brunnstrom, Thomas McCollum, Robin Lehner, Mika Zibanejad, Patrick Wiercioch, Stephane Da Costa, Mark Stone, Brandon Pirri and Brandon Saad.

 

The Flyers have placed Michael Leighton on re-entry waivers. Feel free to raise a Spockian eyebrow.

 

May be nothing, but Mike Smith and Martin Hanzal were not in practice for the Coyotes yesterday.

 

Sign up for the Fan Zoo Auction page in the next 48 hours for a chance to win $100 towards their online store. To enter, simply sign up for their auction site and put DH (for DobberHockey) at the end of your username. An example: angusDH. The Fan Zoo will be running live auctions every day for the rest of the postseason. Check their daily auctions out here. This DobberHockey exclusive contest runs until Wednesday at midnight EST. Just looking out for you guys, and when they threw a hundred bucks at me to give to one of you…then who am I to turn that down on your behalf?

 

 

The Backstrom crosscheck – uh oh…

 

 

Sobotka takes down Moore, and Polak takes down Braun as the Blues throw their muscle around:

 

 


Write comment
Comments (16)add comment

derek said:

buck0198
Flyers fans There sure are alot of Flyers fans...when they are winning.

Go Panthers!
April 17, 2012
Votes: -1

Dobber said:

Dobber
beer I'm on it. Great idea. When you see tonight's announcement you'll see why.
April 17, 2012
Votes: +0

Hakaan Loon said:

Chucker10
Cherry Not personal at all Dobber, perhaps on your end, but not on mine. I think the site is fantastic. That said, you have admitted before that you have been accused of possibly "pumping the tires" for the Pens too much. Was just pointing it out that it is still happening. I just think readers should take comments made by columnists about certain teams or players with the grain of salt as they sometimes comes with biasis. You are welcome to your opinion, as is anyone else. To say they are the best team in the past 20 years is a bit of a stretch therefore you should expect a bit of kickback from it. I could go as far as saying that was a "dumb statement" and that I want to "put you in your place" but I won't as I feel there is no need to get personal or try play the bully. I won't stoop to that level. I know you had a rough week with the Pens going down 3-0 but it happens. Have a beer and relax.smilies/smiley.gif
April 17, 2012
Votes: -1

Dobber said:

Dobber
Cherry Here you are Hakaan - pretty much all positive Don Cherry mentions here:
http://www.dobberhockey.com/in...com_search

I'm sure you love to troll columnists around the internet, but the difference with me is - I troll back. So bring it! LOL
April 17, 2012
Votes: +2

Dobber said:

Dobber
... Hakaan - What a dumb statement. I love Don Cherry. Did you even do a search of "Don Cherry" to check your facts first? Or you don't let facts get in the way when it comes to opening your yap? I speak of all teams and all players in a positive light unless they do something wrong. But it's never personal, it's only hockey pools. For some reason, to you it's personal. Maybe you had a rough week, I don't know. In the future, if you feel like yammering, you can email or even phone me. I'll be happy to put you in your place smilies/wink.gif
April 17, 2012
Votes: +0

Hakaan Loon said:

Chucker10
Cherry Funny how I have rarely if ever seen Cherry mentioned on this site, or only mentioned in a negative light, but suddenly he defends Crosby and up goes the link immediatley. I feel like I am on the Penguins team site here at times. Kind of makes me want to stop checking in to Dobberhockey. There is just no objectivity here when it comes to the Pens, Malkin or Crosby. Very disappointing to see such a great site go that route. Oh well. C'est la vie. Glad to see other impartial analysts and websites starting to see the light and speak the truth. Great players, terrible attitudes, very unlikeable franchise. Note: Not a Flyers, Caps, Rangers, Islanders or any other team fan that is rivals with Pittsburgh. Just telling it like it is.
April 17, 2012
Votes: -2

UKflames said:

UKflames
Dobber Nation Podcast Hey, any other way to get the pod cast other than via Itunes (shudder I feel dirty just saying the word)
April 17, 2012
Votes: +0

Death from Above said:

Death_from_above
Wilson & Smith Has any other 2 players dropped off the face of the playoff earth more than Colin Wilson and Craig Smith? Smith hasn't been the same player since he missed that empty net. Wilson is just such a disappointment.
April 17, 2012
Votes: +0

Hek said:

87Flyer
@maximus Interesting that you call out GB for being a Flyer faithful only to put up ridiculous comments right after. Yes I am a Flyer fan. Yes I can admit that our guys can be just as brutal at times as well. To say though that because Crosby has the camera on him more than others is the reason he has so many people making comments about his whining and crying is ludicrous. He has been a whiner and cry baby since he came into the league as the next prima donna. Man up bud, he's an immature punk who has had to much fortune at an early age and expects that it should be his right to have more. Watch a little closer and take off the rose coloured glasses and you will see what all the rest of us do, he is a whiny b*tch.

As for the Neal crap. Really, he hits an unsuspecting player who didn't even touch the puck. Couturier drops like he was shot? Have you ever played the game? Try taking a hit when you are not aware the guy is about to cream you and then tell me if he was acting like he was shot. Neal is a gutless b*tch just like his captain. If he had any b*lls he would have gone after Simmonds and received proper treatment.

Not only does Neal take out his frustrations on Couturier but then he goes after Girouxs' head much like Gena did the last few regular season games. Why is it that none of that is looked at? Oh yes, because the Pens are the favoured child of the NHL. Typical. You tell me, if Hartnell made those exact same hits to Cindy and Gena would he still be playing or would the league be throwing the book at him. That's what I thought.

I got no problem with you defending your Pens and trying to downplay just how pathetically dirty they are but at least have the cohones to own up to the fact that what they are doing is no different than what countless other players have done over the years when things aren't going as expected in the playoffs. Throwing a temper tantrum like a 5 yr old child who wasn't given what they wanted.
April 17, 2012
Votes: +1

GB said:

Front89
Pens Maximus...thanks for the comments and explanation. I agree meltdown is the common ingredient, but to me its not that they only lost control, but that is shows their TRUE nature as a team and individuals. Other series this year and other years have been just as tough, intense and physical, but we've not seen the childish behavior like Crosby or Adams(hair pulling, really?) or the vindictive approach like Asham or Neal come out repeatedly...throw in Crosby's post-game comments which showed how much of a petulant spoiled brat he is and it all makes perfect sense IMO. Blysma covering for him is pathetic and the total silence from Mario is pretty funny you've got to admit...when another team does it, he'll speak loudly/repeatedly, but when his own team does it 10x worse his lips are sealed tightly. I'm a Flyers fan, but I think this was pretty clear to anyone with a brain and an ounce of objectivity.
April 17, 2012
Votes: -1

Maximus said:

Mr Zizzla
@GB You must be a bitter leaf/habs fan or a flyers fan based on your comments.

everything you described below translates to one thing, MELTDOWN.

Everything the Pens are doing is happening because they are MELTING DOWN and they've lost control. When a team is losing and no matter what they do to win doesn't work, especially with the caliber of talent they have, they become unravelled and spiral out of the playoffs.

The Flyers have handed it to them and have had a response for everything they have done and they are totally in their heads.

The Crosby is a whiner/cry baby comments got old 4 years ago dude, find something else to talk about. If the camera was on Giroux or Timonen or Briere or Hartnell at all times like it is on Crosby, you'd see them bitching and moaning all game long too.
April 17, 2012
Votes: -1

Maximus said:

Mr Zizzla
$$ or Games Neal gets 1 or 2 fines of $2,500 just like Weber, otherwise, Shanahan might as well just reveal the wheel and let it be a TSN daily event where he spins it LIVE on TV to determine the punishment because he has NO CLUE what he is doing.

If Weber got 1+ games for the face slam, i don't think teams would be going AS crazy.

Giroux stumbled after Neal's hit because his helmet was stuck over his eyes and he tripped over his own feet. OBVIOUSLY Neal wanted to lay Giroux out but i am certain there was no intent to target the head. Giroux was out in the scrums right after and tangled up with Crosby (although nothing happened) again.

Whatever Asham gets for his 'deadly' cross-check on Schenn, Backstrom should get 1 game less since he didn't punch Peverley too. If Peverley didn't get his stick up, he wouldn't have any teeth today and if Peverley dropped the way Schenn did, people would be going wild about it.

Everyone complains about the Pens diving (and i agree that Letang does it as much as anyone in the league) yet it's lost on all of the haters that the Flyers are doing the exact same thing. Both Schenn and Couturier went down like they were shot and came out swinging the very next shift but because the Pens were unraveling, it was lost. No doubt do i think Asham should sit, i would rather have more skill in the line-up anyway...not that it matters much.

April 17, 2012
Votes: +0

GB said:

Front89
Pens I just love how the Pens have been exposed during this series...from Letang's obvious dive in game 2 to Crosby "fighting" Giroux (only when the refs had a firm grip on Claude)to Crosby's petulant behavior on Voracek's glove to Neal's head hunting to Asham's "protecting his teammate" by punching a guy face down on the ice from behind to Adams pulling Hartnell's hair to Bylsma's lame excuses and transparent contention Crosby did what he did to "spark his team". What a joke, one many of us knew a long time ago and, amazingly enough, total silence by their whiny owner, Mario, who made a big stand last year after a fight marred game on the Island on handing out suspensions and openly wondering if he could stay in a league that allowed such bad behavior...classic hypocrisy
April 17, 2012
Votes: -1

InnocentBystander said:

27Blue
... berglund centers macdonald and steen on the second line...
has all series.
stewart just doesn't have the skills to be successful in any kind of system other than a run and gun offence...
well, maybe a center like giroux could make him a star.
April 17, 2012
Votes: +1

Jeff Sabatine said:

marsid6687
Neal If Weber only gets a fine for slamming Zetterberg's face to the glass, is there any way the league can justify giving a game to Neal?
April 17, 2012 | url
Votes: +2

bill said:

kidd
... "Neal’s was just careless, but I don’t know about intent."
ummm...he leaped into couturier, then shortly after targeted giroux. his intentions were lovey-dovey. unfortunately he's a star and on bettman's love-child penguins, which means he won't get much, a game at most.
April 17, 2012
Votes: -1
You must be logged in to post a comment. Please register if you do not have an account yet.

busy