May 13 2015

Dobber

2015-05-13

Thoughts on Carey Price, AHL realignment, one of my keeper league teams and more …

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Ryan Callahan underwent an emergency appendectomy yesterday and is out indefinitely. Historically speaking, this could mean anywhere from three days (ala Jonathan Ericsson from a few years ago) to five games or more. We won’t know until he returns. But what we do know is this – Jonathan Drouin did not dress. Still. Instead, Jonathan Marchessault was in the lineup as coach Jon Cooper went with experience (? Four career games vs. Drouin’s 72 career games?). I guess by ‘experience’ it’s probably pro experience, in which case Marchessault has 299 career pro games vs. Drouin’s 75.

It turns out that it didn’t matter if Marchessault played, or Drouin played, or the hot dog vendor played. Because this game was all about the goalie Ben Bishop and the top line of Palat – Johnson – Kucherov. And yes, I called them the top line. The first line. They have been all year. Time to stop dancing around that fact. Time to stop calling whichever line Stamkos is on the first line.

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I feel bad for Carey Price. The best goaltender in the world in the opinion of many including my own. And his playoff performance improves with each passing year – and at 27 he’s only now entering his prime. But a second-round exit, no matter how mediocre the team around him, could be pinned on him. Not now, but in the future when people look back. When they say “Price? He’s not clutch. He hasn’t made it out of the second round in years.” When the reality is that he didn’t lose this series.

Price’s career playoff numbers: 23-27-5, 2.62, 0.912. Terrible postseason numbers, but his first three years act as a drag on them.

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So where do you point the finger?

Well, Andrei Markov played nearly 290 minutes in the playoffs and managed just two points. Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk just four points each. David Desharnais managed just three. I’ll assume that Max Pacioretty was playing hurt.

UPCOMING GAMES

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STARTING GOALIES

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HOT PLAYERS

  Players Team GP G A P
CONNOR MCDAVID EDM 4 5 4 9
SEBASTIAN AHO CAR 5 3 7 10
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS EDM 4 2 6 8
QUINN HUGHES VAN 4 1 6 7
BO HORVAT VAN 4 4 3 7
PIERRE-LUC DUBOIS CBJ 5 4 4 8
AUSTON MATTHEWS TOR 4 2 4 6
LEON DRAISAITL EDM 4 3 3 6
MIRO HEISKANEN DAL 5 2 5 7
ANDREI SVECHNIKOV CAR 5 4 3 7

LINE COMBOS

  Frequency S.J Players
22.8% MELKER KARLSSON JOEL KELLMAN STEFAN NOESEN
19.5% NOAH GREGOR EVANDER KANE KEVIN LABANC
14.9% LEAN BERGMANN DYLAN GAMBRELL ANTTI SUOMELA

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