March 06, 2009

Dobber Sports

2009-03-05

 

Jack Hillen has two points in his last three games and saw a season high 19:30 last night. Clearly benefitting from the Campoli trade…

 

Sean Avery was a minus-1 and took two minutes in penalties on 13:56 of ice time in his Rangers debut.

 

Last two luxury suite spots are now sold. Thanks all!

 

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As expected, Olli Jokinen lined up with Iginla and Cammalleri. The trio combined for seven points.

 

Jordan Leopold also scored in his return to Calgary. However, he did not knock Aucoin off the top PP spot. Phaneuf and Aucoin still manned the top power play unit.

 

On the same night that Crosby returns to the lineup, Ovechkin sits out. He has a bruised foot from that shot that hit him in practice. He hopes to be ready Sunday when the Caps play the Pens.

 

Crosby played over 18 minutes last night.

 

Bill Guerin saw 15:12 and lots of PP time.

 

Line combos with Guerin in the lineup: Crosby, with Kunitz and Guerin; Malkin, with Fedotenko and Sykora; Staal, with Kennedy and Cooke; I can get on board with those three lines, and Bylsma kept them throughout the game. Therrien would have mixed them 10 times by the second period.

 

Alex Goligoski was called up because Sergei Gonchar's wife went into labor. Goli played five minutes on the PP, but was pointless.

 

As expected, Ales Kotalik lined up with Horcoff and Hemsky. The line went minus-6 and was pointless. O'Sullivan played 15:45 with minimal PP time. Not a great outlook, but he seems to grow on coaches whenever they try to hold him back.

 

Other EDM line combos with the new lineup: Gagner, with O'Sullivan and Pouliot; Cogliano with Penner and Pisani.

 

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Robert Nilsson was a healthy scratch. He almost always comes back from those strong.

 

With two points last night, Mike Comrie has five in six games for Ottawa. Campolia also has five in six.

 

You had to know I was gonna mention this one: Pekka Rinne vs. Steve Mason. For weeks I have been telling you to take Rinne seriously and last week in my Hockey News column I compared their stats and said Rinne's would be better by April. Last night the two went head to head. Mason allowed four on 23 shots. Rinne allowed two