A hearty "Well Done" to Kyle Rammler who leads our FHS Playoff Pool after the first week on the back of wise picks of Giroux, McDonald & Quick but he is also pretty Penguin-heavy so things could go south after tonight. The firm of Kosoff, Wiggs & Ouellette is ready to pounce if the Midnight-Rammler falters
And in our our FHS Staff Invitational Playoff League, loyal reader i12swim holds a chunky lead as he somehow managed to scoop up Giroux, Quick & Lundqvist without anyone noticing... must be a bunch of clowns in that league?
Another goal for Gabriel Bourque last night gives him three in the playoffs and he has a solid 6+5=11 over his last 15 games going back to the regular season. Despite not being a big scorer, he has a bit of a history of clutch performances as he was the Q playoffs MVP in 2009/10 and then had 7+6=13 in 13 playoff games as a rookie with Milwaukee (AHL) last season. I have my eye on him.
A postgame scoring change gave Andy McDonald 1+3=4 on Monday night and 2+4=6 through the first three games of the series. This guy is so money if he could just find a way to stay healthy.
Crazy game in Newark last night as the Devils jumped all over Jose Theodore with three goals in the first six minutes before he gave way to Scott Clemmensen. Then the Panthers stormed back with four goals over the span of 10 minutes and chased Martin Brodeur (9/12). Clemmensen (19/19) outdueled Johan Hedberg (13/14) the rest of the way for the dramatic victory. With Theodore's propensity for soiling himself, you gotta think the Panthers will give Clemmensen the G4 start whereas the Devils may have a little more to think about before benching Marty but I'd go with Hedberg if it was my call.
Marian Hossa left last night's game on a stretcher after a high-hit from Raffi Torres. He went to hospital and was later released but I'd expect him to be out a while.
Patrik Berglund has 2+2=4 in the playoffs including two PPGs, which is an infinite percent increase on the zero he had during the regular season. We've seen flashes like this from him in the past but consistency has been elusive.
Sean Bergenheim is at it again, not sure what kinda spring fever takes over this guy but he has a point in each game of the series so far (2+2=4) after just 23 points during the regular season.
Where the F is this coming from?... Kevin Klein with goals in back-to-back games for Nashville, last night's was the GWG and Sunday's was a thriller from the (typically) stay-at-home dman.
Any chance Mike Smith and the Coyotes were playing up his injury a little? He continued in the game on Saturday but then the Coyotes said that he was a game-time decision for last night's game but he started and looked fine. Not trying to say he wasn't injured but seems like a little gaming going on here.
Daniel Sedin (concussion) practiced yesterday on the top line and depending on how he feels this morning it kinda sounds like he might give it a go tonight.
Hard to know what to believe but apparently Daniel Alfredsson (concussion) was close to returning for game #3 on Monday but may have now suffered a setback and so who knows when he'll be ready to go.
I misremembered to congratulate Jordan Staal on his 50 point breakout season... so umm, yeah. I've been pretty hard on this guy over the years as I've been adamant that he doesn't have much offensive upside (as proven by his five seasons sub-50 points) but he finally put it together this year and was just healthy enough to turn the trick (50 pts in 62 games).
Chris Kreider made his NHL debut on Monday night, playing 11 minutes in the Rangers win. Not sure why the Rangers are blowing a year off this guy's ELC so he can fill-in for a few playoff games, seems like bad asset management. Again, I've said this many times before, love the raw talent with this kid but haven't been impressed with the results.
Linus Omark is a RFA this summer and so he needs a new deal and most likely it will be with a new team as he doesn't appear to fit into the Oilers plans (saw just 14 NHL games this year). But he does seem determined to stick with it and is hoping the Oilers will trade his rights.
The Pens have signed 2010 1st rounder Beau Bennett to an ELC after two seasons at UofDenver. He was a big scorer coming out of the BCHL but missed a bunch of time this year due to a wrist injury so it's hard to get a handle on his development.
Some notables that have been regular healthy scratches in these playoffs: Craig Smith, Colin Wilson, Adam Larsson, Marc-Andre Gragnani & Dmitry Orlov. Always interesting to see who the coaches go with when the season is on the line... but nothing to shed a tear over, hell, Tyler Seguin was a health scratch for a majority of last year's playoffs and he turned out just fine.
Chris Stewart was a scratch for the Blues in game #2 but was back in the lineup Monday, playing less than nine minutes.
Shanabanamania runs wild as Andrew Shaw (3 games), Arron Asham (4), James Neal (1), Craig Adams (1), Nicklas Backstrom (1) were all suspended and Raffi Torres is sure to top them all.