February 25, 2014

Dobber Sports

2014-02-25

If you’re a Drew Doughty owner you are probably hoping Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter was watching the Olympics. Doughty’s 59-point season in 2009-10 seems to be a distant memory as the Kings continue to employ him in a shutdown role more regularly. In Sochi, however, Doughty proved he can still provide significant offensive contributions when necessary.

 

In the Olympics Doughty was clearly at his most effective when firing shots from the point, but sadly that hasn’t translated to as much offensive success with the Kings, likely because LA has a dreadful 29th ranked power play. One has to wonder if there is something with the man advantage that Sutter could tweak to make Doughty more of a threat points wise. He had points in three-of-four games before the break, so let’s see if his strong play overseas helps him keep it going.

 

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Someone else who really stood out on Canada’s blue line was Marc-Edouard Vlasic, and by standing out I mean he was very responsible defensively and didn’t make many mistakes. If you have a deep roster with blocks as a category, he’s a good one to have around.

 

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Dallas Eakins said recently that he wants to know if Ben Scrivens is for real. This could be a hint the Scrivens is in for a string of starts so Eakins can see what he is really made of, but in that same piece he also said both Scrivens and Ilya Bryzgalov would get a chance to play when things resume this week. Eakins did add though that he wants to 'ride the hot hand' which should signify he is hoping to at least figure out a No. 1 goalie at some point.

 

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Mikael Backlund lost a bet and was forced to wear a Team Canada t-shirt. The second part of his punishment was that he had to remain on the Calgary Flames.

 

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The New York Islanders have placed Frans Nielsen on injured reserve because of his broken hand. Long Island was once a fantasy gold mine this year, but soon it's going to look very bleak. John Tavares is done for the year, Thomas Vanek will likely be dealt shortly, and now Nielsen is out for an extended period of time. Kyle Okposo looks to be the last man standing.