March 28, 2007

Dobber Sports

2007-03-28

Gary Roberts has a sore knee and will likely not be in the lineup tonight. He took a shot by Crosby off of it. Nils Ekman may draw back into the lineup. They should probably give Roberts a rest anyway – they need him for the playoffs.
 

The Blues have failed to lock in rearguard Erik Johnson in time to have him play the end of this year, but they still hope to bring him in for the fall. That being said, the No. 22 fantasy prospect on my list, Patrick Berglund, is in St. Louis and is practicing with the team. Berglund is just getting a taste of NHL life and will still be playing in Sweden next season. The Blues are quite high on him though.

 

Travis Zajac has an eight game point streak. He has 10 points in that span.

Niklas Backstrom, the Wild goalie who leads the league in GAA and SV%, will be a UFA this summer. Just wanted to remind you of that.

 

Chris Osgood will get the start tonight, while Hasek will be between the pipes tomorrow night for Detroit.

 

Henrik Zetterberg is practicing, but still not taking all the drills.  

 

Derek Armstrong should return to the Los Angeles lineup tonight after missing the last nine contests with a knee injury.

 

Jack Johnson will make his NHL debut tonight. I won the bidding for him in the ICE experts league – when I want a player, I never lose. I can finally put in a solid lineup for the last week of the season – Pronger and Hemsky are both healthy, while Johnson will also step in. Time for a last minute charge!

 

By the way, Johnson will play with his childhood hero – Rob Blake.

 

Dan Paille and Ales Kotalik returned to the Buffalo lineup last night and each of them scored.

 

Peter Budaj will be back in net as the starter for the Avs tonight. There is talk in the Colorado media that Jose Theodore will be bought out this summer.

 

Eric Belanger returned to action for Atlanta last night.

 

Eric Lindros is hoping to be ready for the playoffs. He will start practicing again next week. He is suffering from a groin injury and it has cost him the last 10 games.

 

Chuck Kobasew was not a healthy scratch last night. It turns out that he sustained a minor concussion on Sunday.

Ales Kotalik will return to the Buffalo lineup tonight.

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Contrary to an earlier report by The Sports Network, DiPietro has not been diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome and was not ruled out of last night's game because he failed to pass the neuro-psychological exam that was administered. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, DiPietro's status is based simply on the fact that he reported experiencing headache following the Islanders' 2-1 overtime loss to the Rangers Sunday at Nassau Coliseum. He could play on Friday.

 

Kimmo Timonen is not expected to miss any time from that upper body injury sustained last night.

Petteri Nummelin has been sidelined from the Wild lineup with a groin injury.

Patrick Sharp lined up with Havlat and Bourque on the first line in practice. Sharp has seven goals in his