Bolts face the Canadiens for the Cup, Caufield’s Value, Vegas Falls Short (June 26) – DobberHockey
There was only one goal scored in Game 7 between the Islanders and the Lightning, but those types of games turn out to be nails instead of snoozefest when there’s so much going on. By the way, Andrei Vasilevskiy made no mistakes, making 18 saves in the 1-0 shutout win for Tampa Bay. Vasilevskiy now has four playoff shutouts this season and five shutouts in his last 19 playoff games. He’s also building his reputation as a playoff goaltender, as the Bolts have now earned four straight series wins thanks to a shutout from Vasilevskiy.
The only goal of the game was scored by Yanni Gourde, a shorthanded goal less than two minutes into the second period. It was Gourde’s third goal in his last five games. He also led the Bolts with five shots in that game. He’s been more visible lately, taking 12 shots in his last three games.
After missing the morning training, Nikita Kucherov was able to gear up for this match. Kucherov didn’t appear to be a huge presence in this game, taking two shots. As a decision during the match, Kucherov was probably in a lot of pain from what was rumored to be a rib injury caused by the cross-check he suffered from Scott Mayfield in Game 6. His presence alone likely gave the Bolts a boost for Game 7. Consider it questionable for Game 1 of the Cup Final on Monday, as I’d be willing to guess he wouldn’t have played if the Lightning’s season wasn’t in. Game.
Erik Cernak also returned for Game 7 after missing the last two games with an upper body injury. He recorded just under 20 minutes.
Unfortunately, Brayden Point’s goal streak ended at nine games. It falls just one goal off Reggie Leach’s all-time record. Still, it’s an impressive race for Point. He still leads all playoff scorers with 14 goals, six ahead of teammate Alex Killorn, Nathan MacKinnon and Brad Marchand.
The Lightning largely outscored the Islanders in the first two periods by a total of 27-11. The Islanders were able to secure a few more chances in the third period, with the Bolts even hanging on for life for about the last 30 seconds. With just one goal on 31 shots, the Lightning was only one rebound away from the lucky Islanders to play in overtime for the second game in a row after holding the lead. Semyon Varlamov guarded the Islanders in this game, making 30 saves.
It’s no doubt a tough pill for the Islanders to swallow, having been ousted by the Lightning in the semifinals for two consecutive seasons. However, it is clear that Barry Trotz is making the most of this team and should continue to do so as long as he is the head coach. Even though the Islands do not have the star power that many other teams have, they must be in discussion to fight for a Metropolitan Division title.
So now it’s the surprise Canadian and defending champion Lightning in the Stanley Cup final. Who do you Love? It might be difficult to choose. I’m really interested in the number of experts who believe the Habs underdog can get the job done. Look for our writers to weigh in with their streak predictions and the Conn Smythe winners some time before the puck fell on Monday night. In the meantime, you can check out how we fared with our semi-final predictions.
Obviously there are no games today (Saturday). In fact, there are no more Saturday games scheduled this season. You’ll have to wait until fall to get your fix of Saturday night hockey. When the final isn’t happening, it’s time to get out there and enjoy the summer. Do it safely if you are in the middle of a heat wave like I am where I live.
From how the Vegas / Montreal series unfolded, we learned that the North Division might not be as weak as we thought. It wasn’t chock full of Stanley Cup contenders, but it was also a competitive division packed with plenty of middle teams – Stanley Cup finalist Montreal being one of them. On the other hand, the West Division did not seem so balanced. It’s possible that the records of Vegas and Colorado (and possibly even Minnesota) were inflated by the showdown with the three California teams, none of which were supposed to face each other. Maybe the Golden Knights and Avalanche weren’t as strong as we thought they would be, although so many Stanley Cup playoffs don’t go the way we expected anyway.
Predicting the standings next season might not be as easy as it looks. Remember that each team only faced six or seven other opponents instead of facing the 30 teams as in the past. The lack of variety in clashes could skew a team’s record in one way or another in a strong or weak division. We’ll never really know if one division was much stronger or much weaker than the others, so a team’s record in 2020-21 can be misleading. Plus, some teams just don’t compare well to others, which creates an even bigger gap if the teams play multiple games in a row.
Of course, a ton of offseason activity has yet to take place, so it’s far too early to speculate what the teams will really look like next season. That being said, we might see one or more bottom teams take an unexpected giant leap. At the same time, a team or two that have had no trouble qualifying for the playoffs this season could be in jeopardy next season.
These playoffs have given us all a glimpse of Cole Caufield. As each series passes, Caufield has taken his game to another level, and his production shows it.
against TOR: 5 GP, 0 G, 1 A
against WPG: 4 GP, 0 G, 3 A
against VGK: 6 GP, 4 G, 1 A
You may recall that Caufield was a good scratch for the first two games of the Toronto series, a decision that reflects the reluctance of coaches to play rookies. This decision seems inexplicable now.
Many different storylines can be discussed about Caufield, including how teams continue to devalue understatement in the draft, how the Habs can have a future franchise player on their hands, and of course where Caufield should be drafted. in the fantastic leagues next season. The latter storyline will be a big deal for fantasy owners and will of course generate a ton of debate, given that rookies are difficult to assess and often don’t reach their level of hype in their first season. Caufield could be different in that he’s already doing it right before our eyes. From what I’m seeing now, Caufield is heavily involved in the discussion to be drafted into the 2021-22 single season leagues, not just the goalie leagues.
Don’t pass the Golden Knights to try and level up at center in the offseason (Jack Eichel, anyone?) In the team’s first season, William Karlsson scored 43 goals out of nowhere . Since then, his highest total in 24 goals. He is part of the Jonathan Marchessault – Reilly Smith line, but not a real No.1 center. Playing on the front row greatly enhanced Chandler Stephenson’s fantastic value, but the fact that he’s on that front row demonstrates that weakness to what is seen as a key position for a team focused on winning the Cup. Stanley.
Marc-André Fleury’s commercial value won’t be very high for a number of reasons (36 years, $ 7 million cap reached, only one year left on the contract), but I wonder how effective he is. for the Golden Knights to have $ 12 million of cap space occupied in goalies. It’s a nice luxury to have if a goalie is injured or struggling, and Fleury’s rebound season has been a great story. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Golden Knights revisit trade talks for Fleury during the offseason.
Another player Vegas might consider trading is Alex Tuch. The Golden Knights have a lot of depth on the wing, which often makes Tuch the odd man of the Top 6. He won’t return a number one cross on his own, but he could be a key part of a pack that could send. one in Vegas. Many teams should be interested in a 25 year old, 6-4, 220 lb scorer who can skate like the wind.
If Vegas can’t orchestrate a trade or signing a true Top 6 center, they’ll have to take a hard look at the promotion model from within. Maybe that’s where Nicolas Roy and Cody Glass come in, and more long-term Peyton Krebs.
As for Mark Stone (no points and if not a non-factor in the six-game series), I had thought he was injured. It turns out he was effectively followed by Phillip Danault, who probably showed why he deserves more votes for the Selke Trophy. As the owner of Stone Keeper, I’ll breathe a sigh of relief that he’s not considering potential surgery that could start his 2020-21 season.
The Bruins have re-signed Trent Frederic to a two-year contract with a cap of $ 1.05 million. Frederic has only scored five points (including four goals) in 42 games in 2020-21, despite leading the Bruins with 65 penalty minutes. If he can improve his 11:15 in ice time, he could someday evolve into a banger league option. Frédéric’s 61 hits weren’t as high as I thought they would be, although the 23-year-old forward could very well bet on that total as well.