The new shop - still tweaking it. Almost done. It will be up today (or die trying), but I missed my goal of 1pm. But when it's up, the Keeper League Fantasy Pack, the 2012 Fantasy Prospects Report and the 2012-13 Fantasy Guide will be up for sale. Stand by, and thanks for being patient.

 

Ilya Kovalchuk's lower body injury will keep him out of the lineup tonight.

 

Breaking: This is absolutely unbelievable. Never seen anything like it. The Nashville Predators have suspended Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn one game for violating team curfew. They will miss Game 3. Seriously. And kudos to them for enforcing the rules. Very gutsy, down two games to zip.

 

Several sources are reporting that Evgeny Kunzetsov has signed a two-year deal to play in the KHL. The wife has spoken! Seriously though, family comes first and I suspect that she had influence here, so he's just doing what he thinks will make him happy. But my guess is that he'll remain in Russia for good, barring a divorce or something along those lines. Again, that's just my initial response.

 

PK Subban has a lower-body injury and missed the pre-tournament game Monday. He’s “day-to-day”. They’re even vague with injuries outside of the NHL. We can’t win…

 

Canada nearly lost to Switzerland in that game – down 1-0 with a second to go. Jordan Eberle tied it up, and then scored the shootout winner.

 

Poolies aren’t happy with Scott Glennie’s slow development, but Les Jackson says he’s been “one of the best players in the game” in each game he’s seen.

 

Tuukka Rask is up for another season as a backup, according to telegram.com. Also, GM Chiarelli expects Nathan Horton to be back to full health come training camp.

 

What’s a nice way to tell Steve Mason that you don’t want you anywhere near your net anymore? Well, you tell him “we’re going to have a different look at that position next year”. Well said Mr. Howson. Well said.

 

Brian Burke – now you try it. “Mr. Gustavsson. Mr. Reimer. We’re going to have a different look in that position next year.”

 

Mike Gillis – your turn. “Mr. Luongo. We’re going to have a different look in that position next year.”

 

If Jordan Staal is traded, my expectation of points jumps from 60 to 70. But if I’m Ray Shero, I’m not moving Staal. Staal would get me a good player, a great prospect and a draft pick. But Crosby would get so much more. Screw public relations, trading Sid would set this team up for years – and allow them to keep Malkin and Staal. It would never happen, and it would take cojones the size of watermelons.

 

If not shaving brings good luck in the playoffs, how come it doesn’t work for the 200-odd players who don’t shave yet get eliminated?

 

Kris Versteeg played the last three months with a cyst in his hip that affected his mobility. Looking at how well he played up until February, I’d be looking at a buy-low opportunity this summer.

 

Tomas Fleischmann broke his hand in Game 2 of the playoffs, but continued playing with it.

 

Cool fact – Danny Briere has 36 playoff goals for the Flyers since fleeing Buffalo to sign with them. The Sabres have 33 playoff goals since he left.

 

I agree, I like Linus Omark’s honesty here. But he’s very bitter, clearly getting sick of all the whiners who lash out at him – on its own, a ‘lash’ or an angry jab is innocent and harmless. Add it to 50 others and it can be tough.

 

Ilya Kovalchuk has an injury. He’s getting treatment, but nobody will say what it is. Stay tuned…

 

The Blues lost the game, but the decision to bench Chris Stewart and dress Matt D’Agostini paid off, as the latter scored. But moving Patrik Berglund off the Andy McDonald line hurt, as I opined yesterday – Berglund was a minus-2. At this points in his career, he needs to click with somebody, and he seems to be pretty picky about the type of player he meshes with.

 

Brian Elliott only faced 21 shots, yet let in five goals. The last time Elliott allowed five goals in a game was March 28... 2011.

 

Ken Hitchcock says that Jaroslav Halak is out for the series, so there goes Plan B.

 

Barrett Jackman is minus-6 in the playoffs, and was minus-3 last night. His ice time was cut to 13 minutes. This puts even more pressure on the St. Louis back end because Alex Pietrangelo is out (he did not play last night). When Kris Russell is up over 22 minutes, you know you’re in trouble.

 

Dustin Brown continues to roll, with three assists and plus-3 last night. He has nine points and is plus-8 for the playoffs. He also managed 14 PIM in the game.

 

Alexander Ovechkin saw just 13:36 of ice time, but he scored the game winner and managed seven shots. I gotta give Dale Hunter credit – he’s forcing the superstar to play his way. How often do you see that?

 

Alexander Semin saw just 12:27. The stars are warming the bench, and the Caps are winning. Because of it? Meanwhile, Jay Beagle gets 19:58 of ice time. In fact, 13 Capitals saw more ice time then those two.

 

Brian Boyle got into the game, and Brandon Dubinsky is out with an LBI. Chris Kreider got 18 minutes of ice time again. Getting pretty impressed…

 

Artem Anisimov played 4:56. Not so impressed…

 

My column yesterday on Chris Kreider for The Hockey News.

 

Oshie hhhhhhhhammers Penner:

 

 

No goal!

 

 


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paul said:

donpaulo
forum v forums you could go with Fori smilies/grin.gif
May 01, 2012
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mick said:

hawkdog
... Eberle - Mr. Clutch. Best oiler in my opinion.

I wonder if Trotz was looking for an excuse to shake the line up?
May 01, 2012
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... mick: Touché. I guess I was going between "like to point" and "like pointing" and then my brain just fizzled smilies/smiley.gif I tend to leave out words sometimes when I'm going a bit too fast.
May 01, 2012
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
... Great hit by Oshie, who gives up about 6inches to Penner, who finally decided to care about hockey after treating the regular season as an extended training camp. Richards was lucky he didnt get more, probably shouldve been 5 for fighting and the instigator.
May 01, 2012
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
Grammar Love Dobber and Sentium sitting in a bush, gonna make a baby, push push push smilies/wink.gif
May 01, 2012
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mick said:

hawkdog
grammer @Sentium "Since you like point out stuff like"

Are you missing something here? Since you like to point out stuff like.

May 01, 2012
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sentium said:

May 01, 2012
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... LOL Sentium, little do you know I'm as obsessed about this as you smilies/wink.gif

The one word I changed several times was cojones, but auto-correct wouldn't fix it for me! And it didn't correct cajones so I thought I had it. D'oh!

And forum vs. forums - another thing I dwell on. How I treat it is this - Hockey Forum. Baseball Forum. "Other Stuff" Forum. Prospects Forum. But together, they become "Forums". Just like the World Championship. This year it's the World Championship. But "he played in the last three World Championships".

The point is, I'm one of the only other guys you know who thinks about this stuff far more than I should. Drives me nuts if I don't fix it, I think about it all day
May 01, 2012
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... By the way, do you call it forum or forums? smilies/cheesy.gif
May 01, 2012
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... Since you like point out stuff like "world championships", it's my pleasure to point out to you that it's spelled "cojones" and not "cajones".

Also, I give you this:

"The term championships (in the plural) is often used to refer to tournament competitions, either using a knockout format, such as at Wimbledon and other championships in tennis, or a mixed format with a group stage followed by knockout rounds, such as used in the European Football Championships.

A variation of the knockout format is the "best-of-X" or series format where two teams face other for a specified number of times until one team wins the majority of specified games, most of the time the remaining games are not played anymore; only then is the losing team eliminated from contention and the winning team advances to the next level. This format is predominant in American sports such as baseball, ice hockey and basketball, and on test cricket."
May 01, 2012
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Hek said:

87Flyer
We miss you Richie As much as I am enjoying the Flyers run so far I must say I am enjoying the Kings just as much. With all the flack Richards and Carter took after the trades it's awesome to see them showing that they were just as much a part of Philly's runs as anyone. When I started the video and seen the scrum ensue the first thing I thought was "I bet that's Richie on the bottom of the pile". Sure enough lol. An awesome team guy no matter what anyone says. Problems with the offense? No worries, he shows up in so many other ways imo. It's still to early to call it but how sweet would a Flyer/LA finals be? Talk about drama lol. Oh a fan can wish.
May 01, 2012
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