Some morning notes from around the league:
It’s looking like Jarret Stoll is a strong possiblity to return for Game 7.
Sidney Crosby has removed his jaw protector and hopes that the next few days (before the next series starts) will be enough time to get him used to playing without it.
An interesting slant given by Ken Holland on the FAN590 this morning. When he was asked about the team’s tendency to let their prospects season in the minors for so long, while other teams put them on the big club at the age of 19 or 20, Holand replied that he is the same as other general managers. The Wings haven’t had a Top 10 draft pick in 20 years and they’ve traded eight first rounders in the last 18 years. Prospects drafted late require more seasoning and had Detroit drafted a Top 10 guy, they’d put him in at 18 or 19 just like anyone else.
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Los Angees line combos last night:
||CLIFFORD,KYLE – KOPITAR,ANZE – WILLIAMS,JUSTIN
||BROWN,DUSTIN – KING,DWIGHT – LEWIS,TREVOR
||FRASER,COLIN – NOLAN,JORDAN – RICHARDSON,BRAD
||CARTER,JEFF – PENNER,DUSTIN – RICHARDS,MIKE
The Sharks pushed the series to a Game 7 thanks to some steady goaltending by Antti Niemi. Here is a guy who has slowly ironed out his inconsistent play. Not once this year has Niemi allowed more than four goals. And only twice in the postseason has he allowed more than two goals (10 games).
Top save percentage, postseason:
1. Quick 0.947
2. Vokoun 0.941 (!)
3. Crawford 0.938
4. Lundqvist 0.934
5. Niemi 0.932