Every Sunday, we 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. Nikita Kucherov is running away with the playoff scoring lead with 32 points in 21 games, a full nine points ahead of second-place Brayden Point. Many of the Dobber writers (myself included) were drawn into Point’s goal streak when making our Conn Smythe picks, but Dobber himself was the only one to buck the trend and go with Kucherov. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if it is Kucherov. In fact, he’s put together a two-year run that has been matched by only Gretzky and Lemieux. (july3)
2. Carey Price‘s save percentage by series:
Round 1 vs. Toronto: .932 SV%
Round 2 vs. Winnipeg: .942 SV%
Semifinal vs. Vegas: .933 SV%
Final vs. Tampa Bay: .835 SV%
Overall, Price does not match up well vs. Tampa Bay. He obviously did not play the Lightning during the regular season since they were not in the same division. So I’ll have to give you his stats against Tampa Bay from the 2019-20 season, using the Goalie VS Opponent feature on Frozen Tools.
4 GP, 0-4-0, 3.59 GAA, .857 SV% (more here)
He earned a quality start in one of those four games with a .913 SV%. But his highest save percentage in any of the other three games was .864. Remember that the Habs and Bolts are back in the same division next season (Fun fact: Next season will be the second consecutive season where the Cup finalists from the previous season will play in the same division.) Price is going to have to face the likes of the Lightning, Maple Leafs, Bruins, and Panthers numerous times. Something to consider if you believe that Price’s playoff performance will spur a bounce-back 2021-22 season. That’s going to be one nasty division.
Conversely, Andrei Vasilevskiy matches up very well against the Canadiens. He has now won 11 consecutive games against the Habs, spanning into both the regular season and the playoffs. With a 1.94 GAA and .938 SV% and 15 quality starts out of 21 games, Vasilevskiy will probably also receive some Conn Smythe consideration. (july3)
3. The Wild have signed Joel Eriksson Ek to an eight-year extension with an AAV of $5.25 million. Eriksson Ek established himself in 2020-21, finishing fourth in Selke Trophy voting. This is quite the long-term investment in Eriksson Ek, although the Wil