Tom Gilbert has 18 points in his past 15 games. He had 12 in his first 66.
Alex Kovalev is done for the season and playoffs with a torn ACL in his left knee.
Keith Tkachuk had a great final NHL game. He recorded two assists for the Blues, as they won their final home game of the season 6-3. It is always nice to see legends like Tkachuk and Modano leaving on top. He won't travel with the team for their final game of the season. He now has lots and lots of time to get the nightmare that is his dental situation figured out!
Is there a better individual rivalry in professional sports than the one between Crosby and Ovechkin?
Funny story out of Vancouver (well not funny for Canuck fans…) – Sami Salo, who was held out of Thursday's game against the Sharks to rest up for the playoffs, injured himself during the team photo and light skate on Friday morning. The Canucks will be without Salo, Willie Mitchell (still recovering from concussion issues related to a dirty Malkin hit way back in January), Aaron Rome, and Shane O'Brien during their final game against the Flames tonight. Aside from Mitchell, they are all expected to be healthy for game one of the playoffs (either Wednesday or Thursday).
After a three point game last night, Alex Ovechkin now leads the Art Ross race by one over Henrik Sedin, and he holds the tiebreaker (goals) as well. Sedin plays at home against Calgary tonight, while Ovechkin and the Caps will play the Bruins on Sunday afternoon. Unless Sedin has a three or four point game, this trophy is Ovechkin's to lose.
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Dobber's Interactive 2010 Playoff Draft List is now out – this was the first thing I ever bought from Dobber, back in 2005 or 2006, I can't really remember. Essentially it ranks players for you depending on who you see reaching the cup finals. Very easy to use and cuts out a lot of the grunt work. You check off the boxes of the teams you feel will come out of the first rounds and who will meet in the Final. Click “GO” and this MS Excel spreadsheet will auto-sort for you, ready to print, your draft list. It also includes updated injury news, playoff studs and duds, as well as Dobber’s own draft list for you to refer to. This is all you’ll need to win your playoff pool!
We have managed to lock down some seriously awesome prizes for the Playoff Challenge. An Easton S17 composite stick, a jersey (winner chooses team and player), and a copy of DobberHockey's Ultimate Fantasy Pack. The best part? You can enter up to three times per e-mail address. Time to make those picks! Check out Thursday's article for all of the information you need with regards to the Playoff Challenge.
DobberHockey member ultrawhiteness took in the Flames/Wild game two nights ago, and here are a few of his observations: