Ramblings: An update on Nikita Gusev’s plans. Also, Bobrovsky! Labanc, Donato, Mantha, Little Bert and more (Apr 01)
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Only one thing can stop the mighty Tampa Bay Lightning. And that’s a white-hot, molten-lava-hot goaltender. And right now there is none hotter than two-time Vezina winner Sergei Bobrovsky. In fact, he’s been so hot that he’s carried the Blue Jackets into seventh place, shooting right past the eight-spot where they would have faced Tampa. Nine Quality Starts in his last 11 games, four shutouts in his last seven games, and just seven goals allowed in seven games.
Bobrovsky’s numbers since March 5: 9-2-0, 1.27 GAA, 0.957 SV%, 9 QS
He has started 18 consecutive games, easily the most this season and it seemed as though the steady, heavy workload finally got him into the zone. If things end this way, the defending Cup Champions would have their hands full. The bottom line right now is that Washington is the second seed, Columbus is the seventh seed, but just eight point separate them – two extra wins and four extra OTL. Not as big of a gap as you think. Nightmares of Jaro Halak back when he was with Montreal?
Cam Atkinson was held off the score sheet Sunday, but good on him for scoring two Saturday, including his 40th. He had 38 goals on March 9 and nine games later only managed one more. It would have been a damn shame if he fell short. I think he’s a 35-goal scorer without Panarin, but not 40. With Panarin leaving (likely), this was Atkinson’s shot and he got there.
Atkinson’s usual linemate, Pierre-Luc Dubois, was the offensive start notching three points. Matt Duchene took over PLD’s spot on the top line, with Dubois centering an effective line with the