Every Sunday, we’ll share 21 Fantasy Rambles from our writers at DobberHockey. These thoughts are curated from the past week’s 'Daily Ramblings'.
Writers/Editors: Ian Gooding, Michael Clifford, Alexander MacLean, and Dobber
1. As a fan, I can say that Vegas/Colorado has been an infinitely more exciting series to watch than Montreal/Winnipeg. Maybe it’s because the Avalanche and Golden Knights aren’t afraid to play end to end and take chances offensively. It could be the high-end skill on both these teams as well. The winner of the West series would definitely be an overwhelming favorite against the winner of the North series.
Philipp Grubauer entered Game 3 against the Golden Knights with six consecutive playoff wins and nine overall dating back to the regular season. He certainly can’t be faulted for the loss, as he faced 43 shots from the Golden Knights (while the Avalanche only took 20 on Marc-Andre Fleury). Grubauer could be this year’s Jacob Markstrom as the UFA-to-be goalie who is increasing his market value game by game during the postseason.
In spite of the loss, Mikko Rantanen scored another goal, giving him goals in four consecutive games. He has recorded at least one point during every game of the playoffs. In fact, he has a 17-game playoff point streak dating back to last season. Nathan MacKinnon seemed to be the overwhelming favorite for the Conn Smythe Trophy by our panel, but Rantanen could have a say in the matter. As could Grubauer.
In a winning cause, Max Pacioretty took eight shots and delivered five hits in addition to his goal. Another reason he’s such a highly-ranked multicategory league player. Patches has points in each of the four games he has played in during the playoffs.
Game 4 goes tonight in Vegas. (june5)
2. On paper, the trade for Pierre-Luc Dubois seems like a smart move for this very moment with both Mark Scheifele and Paul Stastny out for the Jets' Game 2 versus the Canadiens. As might be expected, Dubois logged just over 20 minutes in that game, as did Kyle Connor, Nikolaj Ehlers, Blake Wheeler and Andrew Copp. With 20 points in 41 games as a Jet, Dubois was on pace for just under 40 points prorated over an entire season. You might have watched HNIC's Kevin Bieksa targeting Dubois during the first intermission for taking too many shifts off and not making enough of a physical impact. Dubois ended up with four hits and 50% (9-for-18) in the faceoff circle. (