April 18, 2008

Dobber Sports



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Philippe Boucher did not play last night as he was out with a lower body injury. Mark Fistric took his spot. Consider Boucher day-to-day.


Phil Kessel got back into the Boston lineup and proceeded to score the opening goal.


David Krejci led all Boston forwards in ice time with 20:33. He had two assists in the win.


Mark Streit missed last night's contest with a hip injury. Michael Ryder got back into the lineup. Ryder did not play on the power play. I guess Carbonneau dressed him for his defensive acumen.


Chris Osgood will indeed get the start in goal tonight for the Wings.


The Habs recalled Kyle Chipchura, Ben Maxwell, Yann Danis, Brock Trotter, Mattieu Carle (a different one), Pavel Valentenko and Matt D'Agostini from Hamilton.


All this talk about Jeff Carter being a "third-line center" is just silly. A team can play three pivots at 19 minutes each, give or take a minute depending on who is hot. Take last night for example – Carter saw far more ice time than Richards and Briere. Does that now mean that Briere is the third line center? He saw the least ice of the three, but leads the team in points. Anyway, do not use the depth chart in this case as an excuse to underrate any of these three.


Kimmo Timonen was back in the lineup and logged monster minutes.


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Benoit Pouliot got into the Wild lineup last night. He played 10 minutes and was a plus-1. No PP time. 


Chicago came to terms with Dan Bertram on an entry-level deal. Bertram ranks 290 on my prospects list, but moves up with the news. He has 70-point upside, but the team is deep in prospects with offensive potential so we shall see where the chips fall when they actually fall.

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Glen Murray is now pointless in five postseason contests.


Chris Clark has been skating on his own. Now that the Caps' backs are against the wall, it would not surprise me if he tried to give it a go for Game 6. He has been out since November with an injured groin.


Sergei Zubov is continuing to skate, but with the team up 3-1, do not expect him back for Game 5 or Game 6 (if nec.). If they get to the second