Set of playoff games, Habs score 10, Gostisbehere reaches 50 points (April 30) – DobberHockey
With the exception of the Seattle/Winnipeg catch-up game on Sunday, the regular season is over. Here are your playoff matches:
Florida vs. Washington
Carolina vs. Boston
NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh
Toronto vs. Tampa Bay
Colorado vs. Nashville
Calgary vs. Dallas
Minnesota vs. St. Louis
Edmonton vs Los Angeles
The party starts on Monday. I’ll discuss the playoffs in tomorrow’s Ramblings more and seek out Dobber’s writers to provide their playoff picks shortly after.
Today I will focus on Friday program, which concludes the regular season for most teams. Like a real hockey game, why not start with the national anthem?
The Florida Panthers won the President’s Trophy with the league’s best record. The Montreal Canadiens will finish with the best odds for the lottery draft. However, in a bizarre role reversal, the Habs won by a score of 10-2. The Panthers again rested a whole bunch of regulars for this game to prepare for the playoffs, and it showed.
Cole Caufield had an outstanding game, recording his first career hat trick to go with a plus-4 on nine shots. After a slow start, the Habs forward ended his rookie season with 23 goals and 43 points in 67 games. Although Caufield’s production slowed later in the season (aside from that game), you probably already know how his season took off after Martin St. Louis was hired as coach. It’s hard to know what the state of the Canadiens will be with all the injuries they’ve suffered this season following a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals last season, but Caufield himself has a very bright future.
Mike HoffmanProduction for has dwindled in the past two seasons since leaving Florida. However, he ended the season on a high with a five-game point streak and goals in four of those games. Hoffman had a goal and an assist with a plus-4 differential on Friday. Several other Canadians finished with two points.
One of those other Canadians with two points was Christian Dvorakwho finishes the season with his own five-game point streak and consecutive multi-point games.
Jeff Petry also has a five-game point streak to end the season. Over his last seven games, Petry has nine points (2 G, 7 A). He could be moved this offseason, though his $6.25 million contract with three years to play may not be ideal for interested teams.
I hope you haven’t watched this game and thought that Jonas Johanson was in a great position for a W, because that was certainly misleading based on how the Panthers were approaching this game. Johansson was in the net for all 10 goals because the plan was to keep Sergei Bobrovsky and Spencer Knight rested for what Florida hopes will be a long playoff series. Can we call this one a really, REALLY bad start, Frozen Tools?
Aside from Friday’s game, the Panthers have been license to print money this season.
If there was a Conn Smythe Trophy for fantasy playoffs, maybe that award should go to Steven Stamkos. The Lightning center finished the regular season with a hat trick, giving him multiple points in each of his last nine games. During that span, he’s racked up 26 points, or almost three points per game over the past two weeks!
Stamkos finished the season with 42 goals and 106 points, which turned out to be his first 100-point season at age 32. He also reached 40 goals on six occasions. Remember when he appeared in just one game in the playoff bubble when the Lightning won the Cup? It’s easy to send players off when they’ve suffered serious injuries. Hope you didn’t trade Stamkos to your goalie league for that reason.
As I suspected yesterday, many of Boston’s regulars didn’t dress up for their game against Toronto, including Brad Merchant, Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnakand Charlie McAvoy. The Bruins lost their three games to Carolina by a combined score of 16-1, so they might want to be careful what they wish for if they intentionally backed off in this playoff game. That said, the Hurricanes could be without Frederic Andersenso the Bruins could catch the Canes at the right time.
With a goal and an assist on Friday, Fabien Zetterlund finishes the season with a three-game streak of at least one point and 14 shots on goal in that span. Zetterlund has 24 goals and 52 points in 58 AHL games, so he could be ready for a full-time spot with the Devils next season. To learn more about Zetterlund, check out his Dobber Outlook page, recently updated by former Journey writer Hadi Kalakeche.
Michael Rasmussen scored a goal and an assist in the Red Wings’ 5-3 win over New Jersey. He also ended the season on a high, scoring goals in three of his last four games. The 6-6 Rasmussen is worth more in the bangers leagues, as he finishes the season with 142 hits and 66 penalty minutes.
It didn’t help the Golden Knights’ playoff chances, but at least Jack Eichel ends the season on a positive note. Eichel scored two goals and an assist and six shots in Vegas’ 7-4 win over St. Louis. I wrote more about Eichel and his team yesterday outlining what went wrong and what to possibly expect in the future.
mark the stone score a goal! It was his first in 10 games. With injuries, his last goal before this game dates back to February 1.
With both John Gibson and Antoine Stolarz injured in the same game, the Ducks were forced to go the EBUG route. That meant it was up to Tom Hodges to hold the Anaheim crease in the third period, with the mask and the equipment of the Stars!
Hodges made two saves and allowed the power play goal to Jason Robertson, who has scored on many NHL goaltenders this season. The Stars scored an empty-netter to hold on to a 4-2 win.
JT Miller was on a 100-point crusade in the Canucks’ last game in Edmonton. Despite scoring a goal in the first period, Miller found himself just under 100 points, finishing the season with 99. Overall, it was a career season for Miller, not just in points but also in goals (32), shots (206), power play points (38) and faceoffs won (666!). He finished among the top 10 scorers and appears just as valuable in multi-category leagues. Given that Miller still has one year left on his contract, the Canucks could look to trade Miller if their contract offers don’t sit well with him. His trade value will be exorbitant and the Canucks have holes to fill.
The Oilers have rested Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in this game. Unsurprisingly, McDavid wins the Art Ross Trophy with 123 points, while Draisaitl finishes second in the Rocket Richard Trophy race with 55 goals.
The Seattle goalie was thought to be their strength at the start of their inaugural season, but Chris Driedger and especially Philippe Grubauer have been a drain on fantasy teams. It wasn’t bad Friday, as Driedger posted his first shutout as a member of the Kraken. Driedger stopped all 24 San Jose shots he faced to earn his first quality start in four tries. If you play fantasy hockey all the way, there’s no telling who Seattle’s starter will be for their Sunday final in Winnipeg.
It is easy to assume that Brent burns might lack durability as he is now 37 and has logged a ton of minutes throughout his career, especially with San Jose. However, when I looked at Burns’ stats recently, I found he hadn’t missed a regular season game since the 2014-15 season. Burns is still more than 300 games behind Keith Yandle and Phil Kesselso I wouldn’t expect him to really challenge the consecutive games record.
If you were paying attention to the Predators/Coyotes game, you would have noticed Nashville taking a 3-0 lead before you could hit the refresh button on your ticker (within the first three minutes) and a 4-0 lead before the match lasted seven minutes, chasing Karel Vejmelka from the net. It appeared the playoffs solidified at this point because there’s no way lowly Arizona will come back from a 4-0 deficit, is there?
And then Shayne Gostisbehere scored his second goal of the match. His first goal of the match was therefore his 50and moment of the season, realizing my crazy prediction!
Now watch me go 1 for 8 in my first-round playoff predictions, having thought about these more carefully than I did in this tweet.
To all credit, however, Gostisbehere received an opportunity in Arizona that he wouldn’t have received with most other teams. The fact that Jakob Chychrun got off to a slow start then got hurt which probably helped Ghost stock. Chychrun is a strong candidate to be traded over the summer, which could help keep Gostisbehere’s value in Arizona.
Gostisbehere also finished the season with three straight multi-point games (7 PTS over that span), so until recently it looked like he might not reach 50. Needless to say, he’s been better than expected for fantasy teams this season. But with scoring, you could probably say that about a lot of players.