April 18, 2013

Jeff Angus

2013-04-18

 

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Speed and skill, or grit and size? How should the Canucks build their lines for the postseason? My quick thoughts here.

 

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Montreal has returned Nathan Beaulieu to the AHL, likely to make way for Raphael Diaz on the back end.

 

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Per TSN’s Scott Cullen – don’t look now, but Mike Green has seven goals and 11 points in his last 10 games. Is Green back from the isle of fantasy irrelevance?

 

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Patrick Sharp may play tonight – let’s hope he does, for those of us with him on our fantasy squads. Chicago has missed him, and I bet he would be suiting up if this were the postseason. No harm in being extra careful.

 

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The Rangers have recalled Chris Kreider after the injury to Brian Boyle. They could really use some energy right now, and Kreider could be the guy to provide it, just like he did last spring after turning pro.

 

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The Oilers signed former Yale captain and Frozen Four MVP Andrew Miller to a two-year rookie contract. Miller is a prototypical undersized skilled college forward – these signings are great – asides from taking up a contract (each NHL team can have up to 50 contracts at any time), there is absolutely zero downside/risk to them.

 

Miller’s teammate, rangy winger Antoine Laganiere, inked a deal with the Ducks – Laganiere could play in the NHL right now according to many scouts. Limited upside power winger with great size, good wheels, and decent hands.

 

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With both Malkin and Crosby out, Pascal Dupuis slid over to center in between Morrow and Kunitz. Morrow, in particular, had a phenomenal game. The biggest difference for him when he has played well in recent years – his “jump.” He gets to loose pucks, forces turnovers, and that allows him to generate and finish offensive opportunities.

 

It was a vintage multi-cat night for Morrow – two goals, an assist, three SOG, and seven PIM.

 

Kris Letang, showing why he is one of the most valuable d-men in the league, had two helpers and controlled the game for most of the 29 minutes he was on the ice.

 

Beau Bennett had a helper and continues to look comfortable down the stretch – can’t see him getting left off the playoff roster.

 

Rolled the dice starting Budaj in my H2H postseason last night – and it bit me in the butt. Budaj let in three goals on nine shots before getting the pull. Our league counts saves and games started, and I was hoping for something like two or three goals on 25 shots (well, hoping for better, but expecting that).

 

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Mark Pysyk stood out to me last night – the rookie looked like anything but one against the Big Bad B’s. He is a good skater and moves the puck really well – he will be a fantasy factor next season for Buffalo.

 

Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand combined for 10 shots on goal (no points, but both players were positive factors for Boston).