Lightning takes the lead, Eriksson Ek signs long-term, Keith Trade Rumors (July 3) – DobberHockey
The clock is about to strike midnight on the Cinderella Canadians. The balance of play may not be an indication that the Canadiens are dominated, as with any luck they might only lose 2-1 or maybe even win 2-1. However, Tampa has proven throughout the playoffs that they can win any type of game. High score game, low score game, finesse game, physical game, scorers, goalie, whatever you want. If you’re looking for a Habs miracle, you won’t find it. History has shown that a 3-0 lead is practically insurmountable, and the Lightning are the reigning Stanley Cup champions for a reason. It is quite possible that the Stanley Cup will be awarded on Monday evening.
Of all the Tampa scorers who led the team to a 6-3 win in Game 3, Tyler Johnson turned out to be the guy. Johnson scored two goals with a plus-2 differential and four shots on goal while registering just nine minutes of ice time. Johnson is enjoying a decent final with points in back-to-back games and he’s shot at least two shots in his last four games. This could be his last hurray with the Lightning, as the Bolts will have to cut their payroll during the offseason. The Seattle Kraken may seem like an option as Johnson is from Washington state, but the Kraken will also have a lot of choice and won’t need to pick a player as he’s a local boy and they have a lot of space for caps.
Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and added an assist in addition to six shots. He fled with the lead in the playoff scorers with 32 points in 21 games, nine points ahead of second-placed Brayden Point. Many Dobber writers (myself included) were drawn into Brayden Point’s goal streak when our Conn Smythe picks were made, but Dobber himself was the only one to turn the tide and follow Kucherov. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Kucherov. In fact, he put together a two-year race that was only matched by Gretzky and Lemieux.
Ondrej Palat has recorded two assists and eight hits, giving him seven points in his last seven games and 13 hits in his last two. He takes full advantage of the front row with Kucherov and Brayden Point.
Victor Hedman also scored a goal and an assist, ending a four-game drought.
Alex Killorn was absent for Game 3 and is considered daily for the remainder of the series. Killorn has been a major factor for the Bolts in the playoffs, scoring eight goals and 17 points in 19 games while taking on the power play time of the first unit. He also missed Game 2 with the injury. Eight of his 19 points were on the power play.
Killorn’s injury hasn’t slowed the Bolts as they score from everywhere. To give you an idea, Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow are both on a three-game streak with at least one point. Coleman has scored goals in back-to-back games, while Goodrow assisted on Coleman’s goal into an empty net.
Dominique Ducharme returned behind the bench for Game 3 after being released from COVID quarantine. He was forced into action early, requesting a timeout after the Lightning scored two quick goals in the first 3:27 of the game. Those goals seemed to set the tone, as the Habs were never able to catch the Lightning on the scoreboard despite passing them 35-30 in the game.
This might become the biggest regret of this type, given that the ticket prices appeared to be at least CA $ 1,000 each. I know there are die-hard Habs fans, but really? Perhaps the greatest moment of my life was the birth of my first child.
Percentage Savings of Carey Price by Series:
Round 1 vs Toronto: .932 SV%
Round 2 vs. Winnipeg: .942 SV%
Semi-final vs. Vegas: .933 SV%
Final against Tampa Bay: .835 SV%
Overall, the price doesn’t match well in Tampa Bay. He obviously didn’t play against the Lightning in the regular season since they weren’t in the same division. So I’m going to have to give you his stats against Tampa Bay for the 2019-20 season, using the Goalie VS Opponent feature on Frozen Tools.
4 GP, 0-4-0, 3.59 GAA, 0.857 SV% (more here)
He got a quality start in one of those four games with a .913 SV%. But his highest save percentage in one of the other three games was 0.864. Remember, the Habs and Bolts are back in the same division next season (Fun fact: next season will be the second season in a row where the Cup finalists from the previous season play in the same division.) is going to have to face the like the Lightning, Maple Leafs, Bruins and Panthers on multiple occasions. Something to consider if you think Price’s performance in the playoffs will fuel a rebound in the 2021-22 season. This is going to be a nasty division.
Conversely, Andrei Vasilevskiy compares very well to the Canadiens. He has now won 11 straight games against the Habs, spanning both the regular season and the playoffs. With a GAA of 1.94 and SV% of 0.938 and 15 quality starts over 21 games, Vasilevskiy will likely receive some consideration from Conn Smythe as well.
The Blackhawks continue to pay the price for keeping the group together. Rumors have surfaced that they are now trying to sell Duncan Keith to a team in Western Canada or the Pacific Northwest so he can be closer to his family. It’s not Keith’s Norris Trophy version, but rather a version that will soon be 38 with a cap of $ 5.5 million for two more seasons. I’m not sure the Blackhawks will be able to trade it in, but if it does, they’ll probably have to keep their paycheck and may need to add a sweetener as well.
Looking back, it’s easy to say the Hawks shouldn’t have given Keith this contract knowing that age catches up with everyone. But that’s the price the Hawks pay for winning three Stanley Cups. Any team that adds Keith should target him for a smaller role he received in Chicago, where he led the team in ice time in 2020-2021 (23:25 TOI).
On a related note, ownership of Kraken gave general manager Ron Francis spending power up to the cap. So, they can go after Keith if they wish, or many other options that teams are trying to get rid of or even are willing to go their separate ways.
The Wild signed Joel Eriksson Ek for an eight-year extension with an AAV of $ 5.25 million. Eriksson Ek won in 2020-21, finishing fourth in the Selke Trophy vote. This is a long-term investment in Eriksson Ek, although the Wild are not shy about signing long-term players.
Eriksson Ek has scored a career-high 19 goals in 56 games, which would have given a 27-goal pace in a full season. In particular, he started the season strong with five goals and nine points in his first 10 games. After a weak mid-season (11 PTS in 29 GP), he finished on a high note with six goals and 10 points in his last 16 games. This strong start got him noticed in fantasy leagues, as he was a hot waiver picker up early on when many fantasy owners pay close attention to their rosters.
A 16.0 SH% for a player who has shot below 10% throughout his career might suggest a possible regression in the goals department. Additionally, Eriksson Ek has recorded just two power play points all season, an indicative result of a player spending more time on the power play (1:40 SHTOI) than on the power play (1:11 PPTOI). ). He appears to be an ideal Selke candidate for the future, although his scoring potential could be somewhat limited.