February 23, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-02-22

 

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My frame-by-frame breakdown of Henrik Sedin’s goal in Dallas from Thursday evening.

 

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Niemi and Emery were both very good last night in the Sharks/Hawks game.

 

Brandon Saad's strong rookie season continues – he showed great speed and a wicked release on his goal. He is fitting in nicely on the top line, and Quenneville is doing a good job of sheltering his minutes.

 

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The Vancouver/Nashville game was a snoozefest. Roberto Luongo was great. Pekka Rinne was good. The two teams played very, very defensive. Nothing to really report besides Bieksa's groin tweak – look for Andrew Alberts to play in his place tomorrow afternoon in Detroit.

 

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Matt Niskanen's solid play this season has to be compounding the wounds from trading away James Neal for Stars fans. Niskanen scored his third of the season last night, and he's been playing decent minutes for the Pens.

 

Jacob Markstrom stopped 37 of 40 shots in his first NHL start (of the season). He got off to a great start but the Pens found a way to get a few past him.

 

Malkin's injury is definitely neck related:

 

 

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Kyle Quincey is day-to-day with a leg injury. Jakub Kindl will take his minutes in the short term, and Brendan Smith should be back by next week (Wednesday sounds like the target date).

 

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Joel Quenneville answers five questions on the Blackhawks and their impressive start.

 

On Patrick Kane:

 

I think his focus, concentration and commitment has been in the right place. I think playing in Europe [during the lockout] helped him coming into the season. Every day he wants to be the best, wants the puck. It seems he's skating as well as he ever has, shooting the puck as well as he ever has.


I think he's gotten better defensively [plus-9 this season] and grown up each year he's been here. His shot is very dangerous and there's always a play or two, game in and game out, whether it's a pass, deke or just one of his moves where you say, wow, did you see that? He has the puck a lot, which has been very good for us.


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Erik Karlsson talks about his injury and his thoughts on the whole situation.

 

“As soon as I saw it was [Cooke], I knew what was going on. I’ve played long enough to know who’s going to hit you and who’