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. Let's begin this week's 21 Rambles with a brief roundup heading into today's Round 1 matchups:
Replacing the struggling Linus Ullmark in net for Game 3, Jeremy Swayman made 25 saves in backstopping the Bruins to their first win of the series on home ice last Friday. Swayman was making his first career playoff start, and you’d have to think he’ll start Game 4, as well.
The Bruins’ Production Line was reunited after being split up partway through the regular season, and it seemed to pay off. Brad Marchand scored a goal and added two power-play assists to lead all Bruins scorers. Marchand had struggled a bit during April, at one point being held without a goal for 11 games and recording just two assists over a nine-game span. Expect the top-line stack to continue, which will be great for Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak, but not so much for other Bruins forwards. (may7)
2. Pyotr Kochetkov also made his first career playoff start in Game 3, stopping 24 of 28 shots in the loss. Kochetkov, the 36th overall pick in the 2019 draft, came to North America after the KHL season ended and had posted some solid AHL numbers upon arrival (15 GP, 2.09 GAA, .921 SV%). He is only 22 years old and is reportedly still learning English, and the playoffs are not something either he or the Canes expected him to experience this season, so we have to cut him some slack. There’s a good chance Antti Raanta could be in net for Game 4, but at least the future appears bright for Kochetkov (Dobber Prospects profile). (may7)
The silver lining with the Frederik Andersen and Raanta injuries (win or lose) is that the Canes will find out what they have with Kochetkov and perhaps even Jack LaFontaine. But for next season, there’s no reason to expect much different in the Canes’ goalie situation with the veterans. (may6)
3. Jack Campbell had an up-and-down regular season, but he seems to be finding his game at the right time. Campbell stopped 32 of 34 shots he faced in Game 3, as the Maple Leafs took a 2-1 series lead over the Bolts. It’s worth mentioning that over 10 career playoff games (all with the Leafs), Campbell has a 1.97 GAA and .931 SV%. (