Its a rapid fire edition today as we're working hard at finishing our Playoff Pool Guide... so be sure to check back on Monday, April 13th to pick up a copy.
Hot and possibly could help you in your playoff pool... Anton Babchuk with 3+5=8 in his last four games and 10+8=18 in his last 20 games, there's not a hotter dman out there right now. Also, Roberto Luongo will go into the playoffs on back-to-back shutouts that led his team to a NW division title. Lastly, Mike Cammalleri... Calgary doesn't look like a team that has a deep playoff run in them but it looks like Cammo will do everything he can in his first ever NHL playoffs as he's been hot with 3+4=7 in his last four games.
Hot and not going to help you in your playoff pool... Maid Marian Gaborik finished with 10+8=18 in his last 10 games since returning from injury. Given his immense talent and immense fragility, his free agent courtship is going to be one of the most interesting stories in the off-season. Five points last night put David Booth at the 30 goal & 60 point level for the season. Outstanding breakout season for the 3rd year pro, he's a real keeper.
Carey Price was apparently stellar last night, if you don't count the 3rd period when he gave up two short-handed goals which dropped Montreal into 8th place and a first round match-up with the Bruins.
Jonas Hiller enters the playoffs after getting pulled last night for Anaheim. We expect him to be Anaheim's game #1 starter but if you're Randy Carlyle and your #1 goalie has never played a playoff game, I'm sure you'd be quick to pull the trigger and remove him for a backup who has a Conn Smythe trophy under his belt (no matter how unreliable Giggy's been this year).
A few big-time goalies who are coasting to the finish... Steve Mason is 2-3-3 with a 3.03 gaa & .883 sv% in his last eight games and depending on what the Blues do today they could end up facing the Red Wings in the 1st round. Evgeni Nabokov goes into the playoffs after giving up four goals to LA, four goals to Phoenix, zero to Colorado and five to Anaheim while losing three of this last four starts.
Congrats to Curtis McElhinney on picking up his first NHL win last night, feel bad for the kid with the way Mike Keenan treats his goalies but nice to see the kid's season finish on a positive note.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Not much injury news to report from yesterday and we're getting to the point where injury information is more closely guarded than the Colonel's Secret Recipe. We'll have a full run down of all the injuries that affect playoff teams on Monday and Tuesday.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Kari Lehtonen, Dennis Wideman, Kyle Okposo and Matt Lashoff.
What's distracting us today? Congrats to BU on winning the NCAA championship last night in dramatic fashion... that could possibly be the understatement of the century. The Miami Hurricanes were up by two with less than a minute left and BU managed to tie it up and then won it in overtime as they lobbed one over the goalie... unbelievable stuff, check out the highlights for visual proof that we don't just make this shit up...