April 12, 2014

Dobber Sports

2014-04-12

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The Capitals shutout the Blackhawks 4-0 on Friday and Jay Beagle of all people led the way with a pair of goals. Those were just his first goals since early March and only his third and fourth of the season.

 

Alex Ovechkin scored his 51st of the year and now has 384 shots on the campaign. That's his highest total since the 2008-09 season when he posted a ridiculous 528.

 

Jaroslav Halak had a 34-save shutout. He'll be a UFA after the season and I'll be curious to see what the Capitals do there. If they re-sign him then you would have to think they have lost all confidence in Braden Holtby and his fantasy value would take a major hit.

 

Marcus Johansson left the game after being struck in the arm with a shot. What a disappointing season he's had. Many had him tabbed as a fantasy sleeper prior to the year, but he didn't even manage 10 goals. What's worse is Johansson's most frequent line combination this season by a mile was with Ovechkin and Backstrom, yet he still couldn't produce.

 

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The Blackhawks look like a team that's simply trying to get to the playoffs healthy at this point, and it's hard to blame them with the key injuries they have been dealing with.

 

Corey Crawford was pulled after giving up four goals on 20 shots and he'll need to be better if the Hawks hope to duplicate another Cup run. He had a strong postseason last year and was often overlooked on Chicago's deep roster.

 

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Tampa beat Columbus in a battle of Eastern Conference playoff teams. That's not something many would have predicted when the season began.

 

Eric Brewer had a couple of goals to give him three in his last two contests. If Tampa could get some additional production from their blue line, that would be a huge bonus against Montreal in a postseason series. You know the Canadiens rely on points from their defensemen, so if Tampa could offset that somewhat then it would improve their chances greatly.

 

Ondrej Palat had a goal to give him eight points in six games and 59 total for the year. If he hasn't convinced you by now he will be a key fantasy contributor next year, he never will.

 

Kristers Gudlevskis, of Latvian Olympic fame, got his first career NHL start for Tampa and looked sharp making 36 stops. Still, if Ben Bishop isn't healthy I can't see Tampa taking down Montreal.

 

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Boone Jenner had a goal and an assist against the Lightning. He's had a very quiet 16 goals and five of those have been game winners. He's managed just 12 assists though and that will have to improve before he's taken seriously as a consistent fantasy option.

 

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Carolina took down Detroit 2-1 and Cam Ward had a decent outing. The Hurricanes are another team that need to figure out what to do in goal this offseason thanks to the emergence of Anton Khudobin. I would say go with the cheaper option in Khudobin and let Ward go, as difficult as that might be. It would save them money and Khudobin proved he could handle the job this season.

 

Jiri Tlusty scored his fourth goal in five games. If the Canes bring him back he could be a nice under the radar option for next year that you could snag later in your draft.

 

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Gustav Nyquist with just two assists in his last five games. What's up with that? That's what happens when you set the bar too high. Seriously though, his numbers would be frightening if he wasn't stuck in the AHL for the first two months of the year and the Wings likely wouldn't have struggled like they did to get in the playoffs.

 

Jimmy Howard with another average performance, which has really been the story of his season. If he's just average in the playoffs Detroit won't last very long and Mike Babcock knows it.

 

Jakub Kindl with good hand/eye coordination to bail Howard out.

 

 

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