Mid-day update: Jacques Martin is leaving sunny Florida for stormy Montreal to be their new Head Coach. Good news for Florida as Jackie's GMing style was to basically not do anything and hope for the best... lots of better options out there for that job but the team is a bit of a mess. As for Montreal, this is good news for Carey Price as Jacques is a good defensive coach but bad news if you like scoring or winning in the playoffs... cause that's not Jackie's bag.
Chris Osgood has been the difference so far as he's stopped 62 of 64 through the first two games and gives the Wings a 2-0 lead heading to Pittsburgh. More importantly, Ozzie hasn't given up any weak ones, unlike MA Fleury, and he's made the big saves when he needs to, right Geno?
Malkin did get credit for the Pittsburgh goal last night as Brad Stuart swatted it in his own net... that's two points in the series for him but still none for Sidney Crosby. Whenever Crosby beats Osgood he gets foiled by the post or Henrik Zetterberg, who always seems to be in great position in the crease and has made more key saves in this series than Fleury. Btw, no suspension for Malkin as when league rules say that a suspension is automatic, its kinda like when Gary Bettman says that the league has 30 healthy franchises, it's a lie.
Two Stanley Cup games and two goals for Justin Abdelkader as he picked up the insurance marker again... this just points to the Wings depth when one of their black aces can step into the lineup and be a huge factor.
Valtteri Filppula had the game winner last night and that gives him 2+7=9 in his last eight games... this just points to the Wings depth when your #1C goes down (Datsyuk) and you can bring a guy up from the 3rd line and not miss a beat.
Jonathan Ericsson had the first goal for Detroit and he's managed three points in his last four games and is showing no ill signs from his appendicitis recently... this just points to the Wings depth when your #5 dman is a horse like this guy whereas Hal Gill and Rob Scuderi are a combined minus-7 for Pittsburgh through the first two games.
Brett Hull and Les Jackson are out as the two-headed GM monster in Dallas and Joe Nieuwendyk is in. Maybe a rash move by owner Tom Hicks but we're not surprised that Hull is paying for the whole Sean Avery mess and unfortunately Les Jackson is guilty by association. We wish Nieuwendyk nothing but the best as he's a real class act... he takes over a situation that has some nice pieces in place and is only one year removed from a conference finals appearance.
Pavel Datsyuk couldn't go last night, not a surprise, what was a surprise is that Detroit finally gave an update on his status as Coach Babs said that Dats isn't recovering as quickly as they had hoped from his mystery injury... we think he's out for the series unless she goes to a game #7.
What's distracting us today? It's the middle of the Stanley Cup finals, so not much. But we did see that Hockey's Future has released their bi-annual comparison of the prospect pools for each NHL team.
St. Louis comes out on top thanks to FHS favourite T.J. Oshie (although we're not sure he still qualifies as a prospect after his breakthrough 2008-09). Montreal is a bit of a surprise at #2 and Nashville, Los Angeles and Columbus round out the top five.
As any good fantasy player would know, knowing who the next big fantasy stud is going to be is one of the big keys to fantasy success. We strongly recommend you have a read:
We'll be taking an in depth look at the fantasy potential of the young guns on Hockey Future's list so make sure you keep visiting FHS over the summer months and purchase a copy of our 2009 Breakout Bible in September.