March 15, 2014

Dobber Sports

2014-03-15

UPDATE:

 

It looks like Carey Price will return tonight against the Sens.

 

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Marty Havlat had a goal and an assist to help the Sharks to a victory over the Islanders. He'd be a very tempting acquisition right now, but you just know he won't stay healthy for long. If you are attempting to crack the playoffs in your in league, are you desperate enough to take the gamble?

 

Another Shark that's displayed an upswing in offensive production lately is James Sheppard. He's not an offensive juggernaut by any means, but he's been playing with Havlat and Tommy Wingels for the last few contests. Sheppard picked up a pair of assists against the Isles to give him his second multi-point game in his last three outings. It's hard to say how long this trio will last and produce, but you might want to cash in while you can.

 

Matt Nieto now has a four-game point streak going and is seeing some decent power play time. The Sharks' big names are well known, but it's some of these depth guys that can prove valuable down the stretch.

 

The Sharks display a passing clinic.

 

 

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So this Anders Lee from the Islanders looks like a player. He had two points on Friday to give him nine in eight games this season. He was inserted into the lineup after the Olympics and he's certainly taking advantage of the ice time. He's also got 23 shots over that stretch.

 

Another multi-point game from Kyle Okposo to go along with a plus-2 rating against the Sharks. That Tavares injury sure is taking its toll on his production.

 

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Evgeny Kuznetsov had three assists on Friday, a dream night that many fantasy owners have been waiting years for. He skated a bit more with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom both on the power play and even strength. However, he still played less than 10 minutes and saw much of his time with Tom Wilson and Jay Beagle. I suspect that will be happening less and less as he gets more comfortable and his time with the top group will increase.

 

I can't believe how quickly the Caps have soured on Braden Holtby. Jaroslav Halak made his fourth straight start and played well, making 38 stops against Vancouver. Holtby just seems to be an afterthought there now.

 

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With Ryan Kesler out a couple weeks with a knee injury, things just seem to be going from bad to worse for the Canucks.

 

With that being said, it just means young players will get an opportunity to step up and Nicklas Jensen, Shawn Matthias, and Jordan Schroeder all scored for Vancouver on Friday. If you had to choose one of the three right now as an addition to your squad, Jensen is probably your best bet. The Canucks seem to be pushing him heavily as he saw over 20 minutes against the Caps and more than four of those were on the power play.

 

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Roberto Luongo got the better of Corey Schneider on Friday as the Panthers beat the Devils. Both guys must be happy to be out of Vancouver though with the way things are going there right now.

 

Jimmy Hayes now has four points in four games and is seeing steady power play time. He's worth a look as short-term addition.

 

Brian Campbell had two points Friday and he has been solid for the Panthers in the last few seasons. He won't get a lot of attention because of where he plays and how bad Florida has been in the standings, but he always logs major minutes.

 

It's still very early but he Luongo move has seemed to breathe new life in the team and they could be a squad to look out for next year.

 

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The Devils only had one power play opportunity on Friday and Damien Brunner took advantage grabbing an assist on a Jaromir Jagr goal. He added another helper later on to give him points in three of his last five. It's nothing to be ecstatic about at this point, but if Brunner keeps seeing time on the man advantage with Jagr, I like his chances to keep it going.

 

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The Oilers lost to the Wings in a shootout and Nail Yakupov is now pointless in his last five games. He's also been a minus-3 with only three shots in his last three contests. That's a healthy scratch waiting