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 set the stage and dive into today's Round 2 Stanley Cup matchups:
Antti Raanta earned his first career playoff shutout (21 saves) to ensure that the Hurricanes keep home ice advantage as they head into MSG on Sunday. Raanta is rounding into form with three consecutive quality starts along with quality starts in four of his last five games. He has been especially lethal at home during the playoffs, allowing one goal or less in five of six games in Raleigh. As long as he is getting the job done, the Canes have no need to rush Frederik Andersen back.
In the two games in Carolina, the Rangers have scored a grand total of one goal. At least Igor Shesterkin seems to have put his first-round struggles behind him, having earned quality starts in each of his last four games. Shesterkin stopped 20 of 21 shots he faced in the loss. (may21)
2. The hands, the feet… this Connor McDavid guy has it all. Along with the above goal and an assist in the Oil's Game 2 win to tie the Flames at 1-1, McDavid also finished with five shots and four hits.
Here’s a McDavid stat you probably didn’t expect: The Oilers captain has at least four hits in six playoff games this season, including each of his last three games. In addition, McDavid has also taken at least five shots in each of his last four games. Oh yeah, and he still has multiple points in all but one game during these playoffs, as well as goals in five consecutive games. If Edmonton wins this series, it’s because McDavid has willed his way to that victory. In the meantime, he’s showing a multicategory flex that could extend his value even further if it carries over to the regular season. Look out. (may21)
3. The Lightning might be considered worn out and injured, yet they continue to find ways to win with their fourth consecutive victory in the playoffs. The Bolts as a team blocked 24 Panthers shots on Thursday, including 15 in the third period alone. The Lightning were once again without Brayden Point for Game 2, opting to use 11 forwards and seven defensemen. This is a practice that seems to be used more ofte