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Daily Dosage - Apr. 30, 2009

Daily Diarrhea

Dead night in the NHL last night, lets not do that again... luckily Round #2 starts up tonight with Chicago at Vancouver.  While we've got a little free time lets reflect on some of the Breakouts & Breakdowns of the 1st Round:

Breakouts (maybe they broke out during the regular season and kept it going or maybe they're showing that they'll be breakout candidates in next year's Breakout Bible):

Ryan Bobby Ryan - already broke out this year with 31+26=57 in 64 games but kept it going with four goals in six playoff games and could be in for another jump next year if he plays with Getzlaf and Perry all year. 

Jonas Hiller - by season's end we considered him a breakout this year and he's just cemented that (and his #1 status) with an unbelievable 1st round with two shutouts, 1.64 gaa & .957 sv% vs the Sharks.

Phil Kessel - 36 goals in the regular season and four in four in the playoffs.

Chad LaRose - had a nice year this year with 19+12=31 and is at a ppg after the 1st round (2+5=7 in seven) but we have our doubts if he can keep this pace up over a full season.

Kris Versteeg - was a surprise rookie breakout this year with 53 points and started the playoffs slowly with nothing in his first three games but has exploded with seven points in his last three.

Barker Cam Barker - was the league's top breakout dman this year 40 points in 68 games but he's taken it to a new level with 3+3=6 in six playoff games and he's shooting the puck a lot more.

Ryan Callahan - had a nice 40 point season but only two goals in the post-season may not show you much but he led the Rangers in shots and was second in ice-time among forwards in the playoffs.

Claude Giroux - would have broken out this year if he played a full season (27 points in 42 games) and continued that in the playoffs by leading the Flyers in scoring (2+3=5 in six games).

Alex Burrows - followed up his 28 goal/150 PIM breakout season with more of the same in the playoffs with three goals and six PIMs in the 1st round.

Simeon Varlamov - 1st round performance was un-real (1.17 gaa & .952 sv%) but you can't play the Rangers every game, so we'll see what the kid can do next year if he's given the starting job over Jose Theodore.

DruceJohn Druce Award (player who came out of nowhere and will probably go back to nowhere next year):

Jussi Jokinen - three goals in the playoffs including a few huge ones after only seven goals during the regular season... don't be fooled.

Breakdowns (awful, putrid, disgusting, etc.):

Miikka Kiprusoff - this is more an indication of his defense breaking down and Kipper being tired but 3.52 gaa & .884 sv% are not elite level numbers.

Erik Cole - seemed to bounceback after returning to Carolina but no points and only 11 shots in seven games in round #1.

Antoine Vermette - had hopes that he'd be the #1C that the CBJs crave but no points and a minus four won't win him too many new fans.

Plekanec Tomas Plekanec - had a brutal year as his number dropped by 30 points and so no points and a minus five in the playoffs shouldn't have come as a big surprise.

Nik Zherdev - not sure how this guy exists in New York next year with Torts... he had no points, was a minus five and averaged 12 minutes of ice in the playoffs.

Jeff Carter - we wouldn't get too down on him but only one playoff goal (on 30 shots) after a 46 goal regular season would bring a tear to Tim Kerr's eye. 

Joe Pavelski & Milan Michalek - made up a great 2nd line during the season but combined for only one goal in the playoffs.

TJ Oshie & Patrik Berglund - two young guns couldn't continue their fine rookie season's in the playoff (zero points combined) and Berglund spent a lot of time on the bench (only averaged 10 minutes of ice-time).

Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):

Official word was released yesterday that Chris Drury was playing the 1st round with a broken hand... we mentioned a few times that dude didn't look right and this confirms it.

Daily Distraction 

What's distracting us today?  Heard a pretty frank and interesting interview with NHLPA head Paul Kelly yesterday (listen to it here) where he says that it is a "no brainer" for the NHL to consider putting a second team in Southern Ontario... draw your own conclusions on what he suggests might be between Gary Bettman's ears since Betsy has already said that he couldn't care less if people are interested in a moving a team there... hell he's probably looking at adding a team in Havana as we speak.