March 8, 2011

Dobber Sports



If you want a nice breakdown of the goings on in the OHL, Brendan “Dean Youngblood” Ross has a nice post up in the forum.


In seven games with Dallas, Alex Goligoski now has six points, after notching a pair of secondary assists last night. With 37 on the season, he ties his career high and he should finish up with at least 45 points. If he has a healthy season next year and doesn’t beat 50, I’ll change this site to DobberBallet.


Brad Richards has missed 10 games now and Mike Ribeiro has nine points in that span. Richards could play Wednesday, but we won’t get word on that until Wednesday morning I’m sure.


Anze Kopitar has 15 points in his last 12 games, three in the last three since Dustin Penner joined the team. Justin Williams is the other linemate.


Michal Neuvirth took a shot off the mask and got a bit of metal in his eye, so he left the game. Braden Holtby was admirable as a replacement. Neuvirth is okay – metal removed. Holtby got the win though, stopping all 21 shots he faced.


After four games as a Capital, Dennis Wideman finally picked up his first point, an assist. He is plus-4 in Washington though, and was minus-26 in Florida. The Caps have won every game since he joined them.


Wideman’s arrival has actually made Jeff Schultz a healthy scratch, though he was back last night. Mike Green is back skating, but you can add a week to that before a best-case return.


The Blue Jackets keep trying Derek MacKenzie on the first line with mixed results. He may be their best option while Brassard is on the shelf. If that’s the case, look for 10 points in the final 17 games at the very least. He has seven in his last nine and his ice time is hovering around 14 minutes. The second line of Calvert, Vermette and Umberger has also been very effective.


Andy McDonald has 17 points in his last 15 games. Teammate Patrik Berglund has 23 in his last 24.


Florida is trying to push Tim Kennedy through re-entry waivers, indicating that they are giving him a look. He should never have been in the AHL, but the Rangers felt that it would be a better idea to sign Alexander Frolov. Kennedy has 43 points in 56 AHL contests and is worth keeping an eye on.


TJ Hensick was recalled by the Blues, played 11 minutes, and was minus-2 without a shot. Not how you get into the good books.


Anaheim has called Ray Emery back up. He was down for just one game. IN five AHL games, Emery is 4-1-0, 1.98 and 0.943. I don’t know what more the team needs to see.


Chris Kunitz is “probable” for tonight’s game for Pittsburgh. Mike Comrie skated in full gear, but is still a couple of weeks away from any contact in practice and probably a couple of weeks beyond that from getting into a game.


Corey Crawford will start his 12th straight game for the Blackhawks and is looking for his 27th win in his come-from-behind attempt at that Calder Trophy.


Both Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson suffered hand injuries Saturday, but both will play, according to


Before the game yesterday, Washington coach Bruce Boudreau had this to say to reporters, according to Lightning Strikes:


“Quite frankly I think from the beginning we didn't know what to expect the first couple of games,” Boudreau said. “Once they took the lead on us and then they beat us 1-0 and then they beat us 3-0, it sort of, you know, started to say, ‘Hey we don't like these guys. We don't like the way they dive every two seconds. They lead the league in power play attempts because guys like Downie, even though he might not be playing tonight, but if I was a referee I'd never make a call on him ever. He dives every two seconds, Stamkos dives every two seconds. So you start to get a hate on for guys like that. So, it'll be interesting.”


Atlanta prospect Carl Klingberg’s season in Sweden is over and he will play in the AHL for the rest of the season. He is ranked 101 on my prospects list, but gets a bit of a boost in the next update, as I’ve been spending this week going over things with a fine-toothed comb.


Tampa Bay has signed prospect Tyler Johnson to a three-year entry-level contract. This catches my attention for two reasons. One, that this is Steve Yzerman signing an undrafted, high-scoring prospect. And two, that he was given a three-year ELC as opposed to just signing him to a tryout deal, or an AHL deal. At 5-9, 165 we know why Johnson wasn’t drafted. His 106 points in 64 games led Spokane (WHL) by a wide margin. Keep in mind that he’s 20 and 20-year-olds are expected to produce big numbers, but his 71 points as a 19-year-old are nothing to sneeze at. Watch how he debuts next year for Norfolk, there could be promise there.


Chris Stewart, not learning his lesson from his last fight…



Doughty with the dive!




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