March 23, 2013

Dobber Sports



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Think Justin Abdelkader likes playing with Pavel Datsyuk? Three goals and a helper for the fiesty forward last night against the Ducks. Datsyuk had three points as well.




Without Letang on the back end, Matt Niskanen played almost 24 minutes. He also led all Penguin skaters with five shots on goal.




Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of goals last night – he is really starting to play some great hockey again. To me, you can tell he is back with how involved he is physically.


Ovechkin is starting to thrive on the right side, just like Adam Oates predicted he would. Oates had a similar impact on Kovalchuk in New Jersey.




Columbus put up five goals on Calgary, but no points from Cam Atkinson. Atkinson is still dealing with lingering effects of a high-ankle sprain, and he probably won't be "right" until next season. Maybe try and buy low on him while you can.


Columbus is winning a lot (points in 12 straight) because they have an identity. Rick Nash wasn't it. This team is tough as hell, they are tenacious, and they are scrappy. Foligno, Umberger, Dubinsky – these guys are a pain in the butt to play against. Johnson too.




An interesting look at how the 30 NHL clubs have used rookies in 2013.




Tim Gilbert may suit up tonight for the Wild – the two-way defenseman has been out for a few weeks.


More good news out of Minnesota:


There was one more encouraging note. Goaltender Josh Harding was at Xcel Energy Center Friday, and helooked good. "I had a brief conversation with him," Yeo said. "And he was feeling very good. His word, actually, was great. And even just looking at him, I think he looks great. So we'll talk some more about what the plan is going forward."

Harding has not played since Feb. 7 while trying to get a handle on treatment for multiple sclerosis.



David Booth is done for the regular season, and potentially the playoffs, too. He suffered a grade two/three ankle sprain (torn ligaments) and had surgery yesterday. He's had rotten luck since coming to Vancouver. A huge buy low candidate this summer, regardless of where he is playing.




Mike Babcock, tell us how you really feel about Darren Helm.


“Helmer, to me, is a top-four forward on this team, to me,” Babcock said.

That’s a hefty statement considering that, given Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk are obviously the top two, that means Babcock’s third is either Damien Brunner, Valtteri Filppula or