James O'Brien

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Clinching it

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


New Jersey 3, Montreal 2

 

The Devils need to cough up a first-rounder soon, so it makes sense that they're less tank-inclined. (Boy, that Stefan Matteau pick looks worse every day, doesn't it?*)

 

Montreal's struggles might be a good thing, in some ways, for Habs owners. Might Carey Price play an extra game or two because of his struggles and the struggles of his team? Perhaps, especially since the Northeast is still up for grabs.

 

No one stands out as a great add, unless you have a real soft spot for Steve Sullivan.

 

St. Louis 3, Colorado 1

 

You might notice that Page 2's games aren't exactly jam-packed with suggestions. That's because there isn't much to say, although I would take at least a gander at guys like Alexander Steen (who might have been heavily dropped because of earlier injury irritations) and Paul Stastny (see: Steen, plus consider the negativity that follows his outrageous cap hit).

 

The biggest note is that Jaroslav Halak might be available to the Blues come playoff time, according to Ken Hitchcock. If that's the earliest he returns, then the only message is that you might just want to stay away from St. Louis goalies altogether in playoff pools.

 

Nashville 4, Calgary 3

 

Really, the less that's said about this game, the better ... although it's nice to see Filip Forsberg collected his first point and Austin Watson score his first goal. Roman Cervenka also scored two goals to bump his money-earning potential a bit.

 

Annnnd ... that's about it.

 

INJURIES (full list)

 

Time to drop Kimmo Timonen. His season has ended because of a foot issue ... Keith Ballard might play one more game this season, but hopefully that isn't enticing enough to inexplicably keep him after inexplicably having him around in the first place ... It's safe to drop Kyle Wellwood, too ... Steve Begin is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, but at least we have the "end/begin" puns ... Bryce Salvador's season is probably over ... Adam McQuaid is day-to-day with an upper-body issue.

 

* ... And it didn't look that promising on draft day, to be honest.



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James O'Brien is the Hockey Daily Dose's author and has been a contributor to NBC's Pro Hockey Talk for more than four years. Follow him on Twitter.
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