NHL Playoff Observations -- Weekend

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Abuse of an official? I guess I went to bed too early. You're a bad, bad boy, Jonathan Quick. I wonder if they have the onions to lay down some supplemental discipline under Rule 39.5. It's a possibility when a game misconduct is called for abuse of an official. 
  • Uh-oh. Henrik Lundqvist has an injured shoulder and is undergoing evaluation Sunday night. The Rangers can kiss that series goodbye without the King.
  • You know things are serious when Sergei Gonchar lays out James Neal along the side wall. He's not exactly considered to be tough. Or recently, even all that interested. Playing against your former team might make a difference, I suppose.
  • Valtteri Filppula looked like a world beater when he split the D and went five hole while airborne. That's a kind of intensity and engagement he just didn't show during the regular season.
  • Henrik Zetterberg sure is a difference maker. The shortened season was just what Big Zee needed. He might only be 32, but there are a lot of miles on that body.
  • Two games, two goals, including Sunday's sweet one where he picked up the pass between his legs and finished it off. Torey Krug is just 5-9 and 180, but he plays a smart skilled game and he's not intimidated by the size of the stage or the success of the stars he's facing. He's a great sleeper for next season. 
  • David Krejci has 16 points, including 11 assists, in nine games this postseason. He's only been held off the score sheet once in that span. Keeper leaguers need to leverage this performance in a trade. He's a 60-point, playmaking center whose playoff excellence might make net you a nice return.


By: evantodd
On: 5/19/2013 5:55:00 PM
If we're talking Detroit D, then Jakub Kindl also deserves some of the credit. It's nice to see how his game his matured so much from his junior and early pro days. Had always been decent offensively but had to build up the rest of the skills to earn regular minutes.
By: evantodd
On: 5/19/2013 5:58:00 PM
As for Conacher, I don't think he'll go cheap in any league next year due to a pretty good first season. But a warning for his long-term status: if his small frame continues to get whacked like it has so far these playoffs, then he ain't gonna last too long.
By: evantodd
On: 5/19/2013 5:59:00 PM
Karlsson looks like he's back at full power. Hmm, will wait to see if this can last all the way until the end of the game.
By: evantodd
On: 5/19/2013 6:35:00 PM
OK, scratch that optimism about Karlsson. Still at least one step behind. And three dives short of a complete Olympic routine.
By: evantodd
On: 5/19/2013 7:28:00 PM
based on all the praise being given, i'm starting to think don cherry doesn't realize daniel alfredsson is swedish.
By: evantodd
On: 5/19/2013 8:19:00 PM
woo hoo! double OT! ottawa playing desperate, but still better than pitt. expect someone with at least two names to score the winner.
By: Janet Eagleson
On: 5/19/2013 8:40:00 PM
Where'd Pageau come from, eh?! Pesky Sens.
By: pennucci42
On: 5/21/2013 4:33:00 AM

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