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Kevin Porter is out with an upper body injury and Adrian Dater is reporting that neither Peter Mueller nor David Jones will be ready for Game 3. Ryan Stoa is expected to slide back into the lineup. Marek Svatos is another option.
Mueller has not even resumed skating, so you can write him off for Game 4 as well. Look for Game 5. Did I say “look”? I meant “hope”.
Patric Hornqvist did not practice yesterday, but the Tennessean reports that he will be in the lineup for Game 2.
Brian Campbell will not play in Game 2. Again, with him I’m thinking Game 5. Maybe Game 4 if the Hawks are in trouble.
So just like last year, Jose Theodore gets the hook. He gave up two goals on two shots, and when you consider the Habs won Game 1 in OT, Theodore has allowed his last three shots faced to go in. I think they’ll come back with Theodore, as Varlamov didn’t establish himself like he did last year. But it’s a short leash. This is precisely why I cautioned you against any WAS goalies for the postseason.
Mikko Koivu will undergo knee surgery. Nothing major, but apparently he hurt it in November.
So I took the last three full days, plus Wednesday night to – gulp – enjoy some playoff hockey. Didn’t think of the fantasy impact of this line combo or that line combo. I did some housekeeping for the keeper league I run, but otherwise I shut my brain down from fantasy hockey. Now I’m pumped. The 2010 edition of the Fantasy Prospects Report is firmly on my radar and outline is in place, as well as the intro written. It will be the best one yet, as I have brought Ryan Van Horne and Justin Goldman on board to lend their expertise, and we can now draw from the hockey mind of Alessandro Seren Rosso for all Russian prospects. Late Monday this will become available for sale and the long awaited Keeper League Fantasy Pack will, too.
A shout out to our Playoff Pool sponsors – Easton’s S17 stick is the top prize; and a custom jersey from Cool Hockey is the second prize. There is a problem with scoring the goaltenders, I am in the process of getting that fixed. You can check out your pool team’s progress right here. I have the stick – can’t get over how light it is. It shoots ‘left’ by the way (sorry righties). Team Dobber is ranked 171 and my second team is ranked 1524.
So what can I say about John Carlson? I’ve been hyping this guy since watching him in an OHL playoff game a year ago between London and Windsor. He was the best player on the ice, when players like Taylor Hall, John Tavares, Michael Del Zotto and Nazem Kadri were on the ice with him. He has three points and is a plus-3 in his first two career playoff games, while Mike Green has no points and is a minus-1. Bold prediction here, but I think Carlson will start to erode Green’s production beginning next year. I think Carlson can get 50 points and knock Green down to 70, and within two years after that they will meet in the middle. In fact, the economics of the game today could see Green starring as a 60-point QB on a different t