May 01, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-05-01

My Playoff Draft List is updated completely. Fully customizable, instant download, complete with notes – and even a sheet with my own personal picks if you’d rather go with those. Thanks for supporting the site.

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Congratulations to Russ Miller for finishing second place in the Industry Experts League to Kukla’s Korner, facing down competition from RotoWire, RotoWorld, Sirius/XM, Yahoo!, NHL.com and others. You can check out the final standings here.

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Niklas Backstrom left during warm-ups last night. As if picking the Blackhawks to win the series wasn’t easy enough. But Josh Harding was actually quite fantastic. He took the team to overtime, stopping 35 of 37 shots. No word on how long Backstrom is out – and we’ll never get word. Unless he’s done for the playoffs. That’s the only time the team will bother announcing it. Playoff time!

It was Harding’s second game in nearly three months.

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Jonas Brodin played 34:20 in just over 3.5 periods. That’s second only to Ryan Suter.

Jason Zucker, in for Pominville, saw over 17 minutes of action – and looked dangerous in most shifts.

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Michael Frolik didn’t get going last playoffs until Dave Bolland returned to the lineup. Bolland is expected back “real soon“.

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Alex Steen scored twice, including a shortie. Also, five shots. He came to play. But what caught my attention was the play of Jaden Schwartz. His six shots led the team and he saw nearly 20 minutes of ice.

Vladimir Tarasenko was a healthy scratch. It was his first healthy scratch of his NHL career. That doesn’t strike me as a Ken Hitchcock move – after all, Tarasenko is a highly-skilled but inconsistent Russian player who…oh wait a minute. Yes, yes that’s exactly a Ken Hitchcock move.

Is Nikita Filatov looking for a roommate?

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Brian Elliott was excellent as the starter for the Blues. Halak was the backup, but because he hasn’t played in four weeks, Hitchcock decided to go with Elliott.

 

 

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As expected, Jonas Hiller was the starter for Anaheim and he stopped 21 of 22. He won’t lose this role until he gets lit up

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