Some Stanley Cup notes – it’s starting to look as though Viktor Stalberg will be out… and Bryan Bollig will be in. Tim Sassone tweeted the line combos in practice, for the Blackhawks:
Sharp – Toews – Hossa
Bickell – Handzus – Kane
Saad – Bolland – Shaw
Bollig – Kruger – Frolik
So Coach Quenneville loaded up with talent on the top line, and gave Kane as much size on his line as possible. So who does Chara cover? If I’m Coach Julien, I try to match him with the Toews line. Leave Kane to Ference and Boychuk.
I don’t have Boston’s practice combos, but the lines they used last game, courtesy of Frozen Pool, were:
Bergeron – Marchand – Jagr
Horton – Krejci – Lucic
Daugavins – Peverley – Seguin
Paille – Kelly – Thornton
I try to use the Facebook page for some insider stuff about what is going on with Dobber Sports. Little hints of what is to come on the various sites. Yesterday I posted our plans for Frozen Pool. A few days ago I posted a new logo for something that is upcoming. I just want to make it worth your taking the time to “like” Dobber Sports.
I missed this yesterday, but Bob McKenzie tweeted that he expects Philadelphia to use the compliance buyout on Ilya Bryzgalov. Wouldn’t it be funny if they then signed Mike Smith, expecting another miracle goalie before discovering that it was Phoenix coaching all along?
Funnier still – Bryzgalov goes back to Phoenix…
NHL Conference finals viewership doubled over last year. Just a tiny article, so I’ll post it in its entirety here:
The NHL conference finals’ television viewership more than doubled from last year. With three large-market teams and three clubs with recent histories of luring audiences, the Blackhawks-Kings and Bruins-Penguins series averaged 2.65 million viewers on NBC and NBC Sports Network despite lasting only a combined nine games. Kings-Coyotes and Devils-Rangers ave