The Denver Post reports that Kevin Porter will be back in the lineup tomorrow, and Milan Hejduk and Ryan Stoa are day-to-day and are “possible” for tomorrow. Still nothing new on Peter Mueller and David Jones.
Semyon Varlamov will get the start for the Caps in Game 3. His home stats are far better than his road stats and far better than Jose Theodore’s home stats.
There are 1949 registered teams in the DobberHockey playoff pool. Weird that I had more entries for the Olympics Pool. Anyway, thought I would pass that along.
Here’s a shocker – Jordan Leopold has been ruled out for tomorrow’s contest. Also, Brent Johnson has been sick (tired, dehydrated – and can’t figure out why) so Brad Thiessen has been backing up Fleury.
Ruslan Fedotenko has been a healthy scratch. The two lengthy playoff runs that he has been on resulted in 14 points each, clearly stepping up his production vs. the regular season. But the Pens have a healthy forward corps right now and one of he, Rupp or Dupuis must be scratched.
Devin Setoguchi took Dany Heatley’s spot on the top line in San Jose’s devestating loss last night. Torrey Mitchell took Seto’s spot on the second line.
Colin Wilson played on the top line for Nashville last night (Jason Arnott and Martin Erat). The fact that the team was shut out doesn’t bode well for his odds of staying there, though if Patric Hornqvist returns to the lineup the point is moot. Steve Sullivan was stuck with Marcel Goc and Jordin Tootoo.
Glen Metropolit (shoulder) could be back in the lineup for Game 3.
Robert Lang played seven minutes in his return to the Phoenix lineup. Nearly half of that was on the power play.
Shane Doan left the game with what looked to be a shoulder injury. There will be more information on the nature and extent later today. With him out, we saw Radim Vrbata get a small boost in ice time.
Nicklas Lidstrom was a minus-3. He has just three points in his last 11 games going back to the regular season. Prior to that he was on a tear, nearly a point per game over 45 or 50 contests.
The Blackhawks signed prospect Ben smith to an ELC. Smith was nearly a point per game for Boston College this past year. He had his best season two years ago playing with Nate Gerbe and then fell off a year ago. He won’t be a fantasy factor in the next three years – certainly not for this team.
As promised, Jason Arbuthnot has now set up the Frozen Pool section (access it via “fantasy tools” on the menu) for the playoffs.
Talk about hush hush. Dany Heatley is out with an undisclosed injury for an undisclosed amount of time. Nobody saw it coming until a couple hours before game time. Dwight Helminen took his spot.
Milan Hejduk left last night’s contest with an UBI. With Kevin Porter out, Ryan Stoa got into his first NHL playoff contest.
Patric Hornqvist was out last night due to an UBI. Dustin Boyd dressed in his place. Hornqvist had participated in the morning skate, but that was