Jonas Hiller continues to shine, even though he took the loss last night. He stopped 45 of 48 shots, facing nearly twice the number that his counterpart faced. It's hard to imaging JS Giguere becoming a full-time backup, but with a six-million dollar cap hit, which team would want him? Something it gonna happen here that will enable Hiller to start at least 55 games next season. Perhaps it will be Hiller who will be moved, similar to Bryzgalov 18 months ago.
John Tortorella will be suspended for today's game thanks to his altercation with a drunken fan (I showed the clip in yesterday's ramblings). It turns out that Torts squirted the fan with water first, prior to getting beer thrown at him.
Dion Phaneuf left last night's contest with an apparent head injury. He is officially day to day, but I don't think we'll see him again until the fall – assuming that Chicago takes this series.
Sniper Mark Eaton has two goals in the postseason, and he was a plus-4 yesterday.
Kris Letang was back in the lineup after missing the game prior with an undisclosed injury. He played nearly 19 minutes, including 5:33 on the PP.
Miro Satan can't be blamed for not scoring during his 8:35 of ice time. Consider him a second-line power-play specialist only, with the outlook for points this spring very grim.
With Philly out of the playoffs, we can take the following from their players' performance:
– Richards may have put up big points (5), but his minus-4 leaves room for improvement.
– Giroux is the real deal. Five points, plus-2 and you can expect at least 60 points next campaign.
– Briere will be just fine. He may only be a 70- or 75-point guy going forward, as long as he shares PP time with so much other talent, but he'll be fine fantasy-wise.
– Matt Carle and Braydon coburn had three points each, while Timonen had just one. This may hint at a slow transition of QB duties from the latter to the two youngsters next campaign.
– Carcillo's two points, plus-3 and five PIMs hints at his role next year. Could he be a 35-point, 150-PIM player?
– Jeff Carter led the team in shots by far with 30, but failed to score more than one.
Cam Barker has six points in five playoff contests.
Joe Thornton's three points last night give him five in five. He'll need to repeat that two more times or playoff poolies will be saying "I told you so" all year long to the guy (or gal) who drafted him.
On the latest Dobber Nation Podcast, Guy Flaming of Edmonton's "Pipeline Show" and Hockey's Future will be on to discuss the Oilers and some prospects; Paul McCann hosts Preds weekly show on AM560 sports radio in Nashville; DobberHockey's Jeff Angus will be on to give his take on some of the playoff action. Th