Great news – the Frozen Pool issues have been ironed out. Now to fix DobberBaseball… (this should be fixed by tomorrow). Then the new shop and the mobile issues will be addressed.

 

Golfing – the Blackhawks. In the end, it’s goaltending. Smith has been better than Crawford all year. I knew this when I made my pick of Phoenix to win the series (and made Phoenix my “third team” in the hockey pool).

 

Crawford has faced 159 shots in playing six and a half games (give or take, when you toss in all the OT). By comparison, Smith has faced 241 shots.

 

If I mentioned in September that I thought Phoenix would get to the second round of the playoffs, half of you would have never come back! Man, hockey can be so unpredictable, and as a writer/analyst who puts himself out there, I have to try my best to never speak in absolutes. I always say “probably” or “I think” or “he should”, etc.

 

So the Michael Frolik playoff magic ran out, as he went pointless for the first time in the playoffs. How will he do next year? In Chicago, low expectations. In any other city? He intrigues me.

 

Jimmy Hayes got into his first playoff game and was kicked out of it for a hit on Rozsival. He’s looking at a suspension to start next year, can’t dig up a clip to show you as I write this.

 

Gilbert Brule has three points in five playoff games and is plus-2. The Kings, as someone pointed out to me on Twitter, would rather have had Fraser than Brule in that Smyth deal when they thought Brule was damaged goods.

 

Radim Vrbata has one point and is minus-4 so far. He had a great playoff last year and scored 35 goals during the season, so this comes as a bit of a surprise. He was well covered in the first couple of games, so Dave Tippett controlled/rolled back his ice time and he played a lot better the last three.

 

Los Angeles vs. St. Louis. Nashville vs. Phoenix. Will the four teams combine for 20 goals next round?

 

I got a tweet last night wondering if I will credit the unbelievable goaltending left in the West. And the goaltenders are unbelievable – Quick is a star, Smith has become the real deal, Elliott has come from out of nowhere and Rinne is, well Rinne. But think about it – if Tippett, Hitchcock, Sutter and Trotz coached in the East next year… I have a feeling I’d be crediting the “unbelievable goaltending” in the East.

 

Carolina signed free agent defenseman Beau Schmitz to an ELC. He has put up impressive OHL point totals (54 points this past year), but given Carolina’s depth in that area I wouldn’t expect him to make headway in the season ahead. But I’ll be watching out for the name – I remember the odds were against Jared Spurgeon two years ago, similar situation.

 

Carolina also re-signed Jiri Tlusty – two years, $3.2 million. If healthy, I think his 36 points from last year was just a stepping stone, but he’ll need to earn that spot on Eric Staal’s line again.

 

Shane Doan has 21 points in 44 career playoff games and is minus-4. You’d think he’d be a playoff warrior.

 

Chris Kreider scored his first career NHL goal and it was a Game 6 playoff game winner. His ice time is still being pampered, but if the Rangers get through the series I could see it creeping up. As long as Brian Boyle remains out.

 

Jakob Silfverberg made his NHL debut for the Senators in what has been a whirlwind season for him. You can read up on him over at DobberProspects.com as well as in the upcoming Fantasy Prospects Report, but suffice it to say – his year has been awesome (hint – MVP season, MVP playoffs in the SEL). He was pointless in nine minutes of ice time, and picked up a boarding penalty just after the Rangers tied the game, which could have been costly (but wasn’t). His ranking on the Fantasy Prospects List has been rising steadily since October, and will shoot up once again with the next update.

 

Derek Stepan picked up his first three points of the series.

 

Craig Anderson is 3-1 when he faces 29 shots or more, but 0-2 when facing 23 shots or fewer. He’s always been a better goalie when he’s busy.

 

Daniel Alfredsson was back in the lineup and played over 18 minutes, with nearly eight minutes in PP and PK time.

 

Any Sens fans have any insight as to why Nick Foligno is only getting about 15 minutes a game? I know that’s about all he was getting in the season, but he’s the type of clutch player who I’d think would get a couple of minutes more at this time of year.

 

Selke Trophy nominees – David Backes, Pavel Datsyuk and Patrice Bergeron. I like Backes here, but all three are good ones.

 

Jaroslav Halak’s ankle injury will keep him out for at least another week to 10 days, or Games 1 and 2 versus the Kings.

 

Nashville citizens are tuning in to watch their team – breaking local records.

 

Mike Smith stymies Brendan Morrison:

 

 

Chris Neil vs. Brandon Prust, and while dancing Neil waves his arm up to the crowd and again afterward:

 

 


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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
Beau Schmitz Watched a lot of him this year and he was definitely good but as an overager he played a ton of minutes. Moves the puck well and is a decent skater. Its definitely a good AHL pickup one that could have a long career.

Schmitz' playoff was extremely disappointing after going pointless
and -4 in 7 games.

April 24, 2012
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Carl Flintoff said:

Cflintoff
Foligno I think his icetime is just because MacLean has done such a good job rolling 4 lines, which has been an advantage for Ottawa over the Rangers. There's just not too much extra ice time to go around.
April 24, 2012
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
Vrbata is playing hurt According to the announcers in last night's game.
April 24, 2012
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Dobber said:

April 24, 2012
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
LOL I always say “probably” or “I think” or “he should”, etc.

replace with:
*try to
*should
*often
*need to remind myself to make a better effort to

That sentence was an oxymoron in itself. LOL.

Ah, my streak of compliments for Dobber has come to an end at four.
CHEERS!!! smilies/cheesy.gif
April 24, 2012
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UKflames said:

UKflames
Frolik I hope those few playoff points go a long way in giving him some of his confidence back. I think he needs to be playing a top 6 role rather than the third line energy/checking role, which he is not built for, but many will argue that he hasn't earned it and isn't good enough.
I think CHI was actually a terrible fit for him as he is stuck behind a lot of very skilled players that he would never replace on those top two lines. Whilst many would raise their eyebrows if he was traded again, having only recently gone to CHI, I think a trade would be the best thing for him. Maybe an interesting fit for him would be someowhere like WSH?
April 24, 2012
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paul said:

donpaulo
... re Foligno he has been very solid in the series so far, so has Smith especially in Lundqvists crease
April 24, 2012
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mike hess said:

SharkMeat
Next year Dobbs...nice read as usual...So next year will we see the stifling defensive forecheck games of LA, Phoenix, STL and Nashville take over the East? Much faster game when played this way with lots of hits, more playoff like hockey all the time...smilies/grin.gif
April 24, 2012
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