March 10, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-03-10

 

 

Tuukka Rask picked up his second shutout of the season Saturday afternoon. That 3-0 win over the Flyers pushed his record to 12-2-3, while also improving his peripherals to 1.97/ .927 on the season after a pair of four-goal speed bumps early in March. The 6-3 Finn has excelled in the outright No. 1 role and has rewarded those who entered the campaign with the full faith he'd shine sans Tim Thomas.

 

Tyler Seguin had trouble finding the net in January and February, but has five goals in five March tilts. He has 21 SOG in that stretch too.

 

Jordan Caron saw his first action with the Bruins in this one, skating with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. Caron has 10-5-15 with 38 PIM in 44 starts in Providence.

 

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The Flyers announced after the game they'd sent down Brian Boucher and called up Michael Leighton. Try to suppress your enthusiasm.

 

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Two-goal game for John Tavares, who had actually been blanked altogether in four of his prior five outings. Like you'd ever take him out of the lineup though.

 

Brad Boyes collected his 19th and 20th points of the season, which means he's only three points shy of matching his entire output from the 65 games he played last year. I've never been particularly enthused about Boyes in pools, but give it to the guy for stepping up and delivering. Yes, it's clearly a huge plus for him skating with Tavares and Matt Moulson for the last while, but we've seen more than enough cases of fringe guys not being able to succeed in similar situations around the league.

 

Moulson, incidentally, is still hovering around the point-per-game mark through 26 starts. Had there not been a lockout, there's little doubt he'd be handing his fantasy owners a fourth consecutive 30-goal effort. He's actually on pace for what would be nearly a 300-shot season too, which would shatter his prior high of 237. Just a steady guy who has seen his point pace increase annually all four years in which he's played for the Isles.

 

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Philipp Grubauer made his first NHL start for the Caps as the team gave Braden Holtby a rest and Grubauer stopped 40 of 45 in the loss to the Isles. This is his third league of the '12-13 season too. 19-5-1 in the ECHL with 2.30/ .912 splits. 8-4-1 in Hershey, sporting a 1.99 GAA and .930 SV%.

 

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Jack Johnson has points in all three March affairs and has them in 11 of his past 16 overall. This month, FWIW, he's plus-1 with no minus games.

 

R.J. Umberger has points in four of six and six of 10, so his lower seasonal totals are a little deceptive when it comes to his value as a free agent addition today. Linemate Nick Foligno has six points in his last six outings and Ryan Johansen, the third member of that trio, has points in four of five in March.

 

Columbus has won four straight (sweeping the four-game homestand vs. Colorado, Edmonton, Vancouver and Detroit) with points in six in a row. Sergei Bobrovsky started three of those four home games and got the win in all four, coming away with an impressive 0.52 GAA and .981 SV%. He has stopped 103 of 105 shots in that time, culminating with the shutout against the Wings.

 

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Vladimir Sobotka earned a hat trick against the Sharks, but it's also worth noting he has found the back of the net in four of five this month. No minus games in that time and he has 14 SOG.

 

Chris Stewart has been a lights-out option over the past month, with 5-12-17 in 14 GP. Linemate Patrik Berglund has four points in his last three starts.

 

Jake Allen has won both starts since being recalled this past time. Three goals against in each and his Blues had to overcome a 3-1 third period deficit to win in overtime Saturday. He's 5-1 overall. Jaroslav Halak is slated to start Sunday.

 

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It was the middle of last February when Kevin Shattenkirk's point production really took off. Since then, he has struck for 39 points in 50 games from the back end. You may remember that Alex Pietrangelo's Oprah “Aha!” moment was when the calendar turned to 2012. In that span of time through now, the young rearguard has tallied 56 points in 67 clashes.

 

Of the eight assists awarded the Blues Saturday, incidentally, seven came from defencemen.

 

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Ilya Kovalchuk finally came through with his first multi-goal game of the season, ending a six-game