April 10, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-04-10

 

Kari Lehtonen left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury. Richard Bachman came in and was fantastic. I get the feeling that he and Nihlstorp will split duties for a couple of weeks. It’s early – and no real word has come out. But Lehtonen missed five games with a groin injury already. And last year he missed 12 games with a groin injury. With nine games left, I can see each of the three goalies getting three starts. So yeah, my guess is that one Dallas goalie is as good as another for the final nine.

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Beau Bennett saw just two ES and four PP shifts with Evgeni Malkin. Instead he played primarily with Tanner Glass and Craig Adams. He still managed to score. He has 10 points in his last 16 NHL games.

I’m surprised and impressed that Pascal Dupuis is still doing well without Sidney Crosby. I was ready to trade him at the deadline in one league, and bench him for this week in another. Fortunately, neither came to pass. He has five points in his last three games, including three last night. That’s better than, say, Jarome Iginla. Dupuis’ plus-24 sits eighth in the league.

Iginla has two points in five games for Pittsburgh playing almost every shift with Evgeni Malkin.

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The chemistry that Matt Calvert is showing with Cam Atkinson is the sole reason that I like Calvert as a fantasy prospect. I think there is promise, for that reason only. That’s how highly I regard Atkinson.

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The Blues recalled prospect Dmitrij Jaskin, which had me scrambling a little. I thought (and still think) he’s two years away and had him safely stashed in the minors in my one keeper. This surprise recall slipped him up to my reserve and I have an illegal roster for next week if something doesn’t change. Also, because of his impressive 99 points in 51 QMJHL games, as well as his size (6-3, 205) and pedigree (second-round pick in 2011), he has been shooting up the Fantasy Prospects List. After the recall, I had to go back to St. Louis and tweak him upwards even more. That list is updated either as you read this or it will be up very soon.

Jaskin was scratched from last night’s game.

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So the old