April 9, 2014

Dobber Sports

2014-04-09

I know, I know. Nobody likes hearing about other people’s fantasy teams. But my story is riveting (to me). I’ve mentioned it a lot these past couple of weeks. The keeper league is the Forecaster, with a group of knowledgeable guys, many of whom contribute to the magazine. I won the last two years, going for the three-peat and my team is fantastic. But it took me until March to finally get into first place and I extended my lead to 19 points. But then that lead disappeared. Ovechkin, Giroux, Anderson and St. Louis conspired to destroy my chances. With just a few days left, it didn’t look good – I singled those four out in the pool trash talk.

Needless to say, those four combined for 17.5 points last night, and along with Hemsky and Carlson my lead grew to 20 points in a single night. That’s a lead that I assume (and hope) can be held for five days.

That’s not a bad story, but check out this one by reader jcairns in the forum – he had cracked open his beer to celebrate the win…and instead used it to drown his sorrows. Feel free to add your own story.

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Well, Nathan Horton was about to make history by not playing Wednesday. That’s because it’s the makeup game between Columbus and Dallas (the Peverley incident). They play the full 60 minutes, but Columbus keeps their 1-0 lead – and Horton got the goal. So he would be the first player to score a goal in a game that he did not play in. But then he returned Tuesday and picked up an assist. BUT – he left the game in the first period, suffering a setback. All indications are that he will be shut down until the playoffs (or beyond). So history will probably be made tonight.

And while I believe that the assist to James Wisniewski will stand – I don’t know about the goaltending GAA for that 1-0 goal. I would imagine that all personal stats remain, so the goalie gets charged for the goal. But that’s just a guess.

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So Horton returns and Cam Atkinson is back to not scoring. He did have four shots on goal though.

With eight shots on goal last night, Ryan Johansen is now 30th in the league in shots with 225. He also tallied two points.

And while I have the shots-on-goal page open, I notice three defensemen in that Top 30. Obviously Big Buff and Erik Karlsson is there, but without looking it up – who is the third one?

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His assist last night gives Mike Ribeiro the big two points in his last 11 games. Don’t worry Phoenix fans – he only has…three more years on his contract.

After going 2-0-1 in relief of the injured Mike Smith, Thomas Greiss is 0-2-3 in his last five. I really like Greiss and was interested to see his potential as a starter. But he’s not stealing games and it’s looking as though he wears down after several consecutive starts. Regardless of whether he has starter ability – NHL GM’s see that and take note. His odds of ever getting that chance are decreasing.

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Central Scouting released their final rankings of the 2014 draft. I’ll be interested in seeing what Rossy has to say about them o