Sunday, March 30, 2008

Draft Leads Both Were Padded

Saturday's eight games didn't seem to be too high scoring for the pool. Sure, there were a few games that scored some goals, but there was seemingly a lot of role players chipping in and doing the business for their teams. The only shutout counted towards our leader of the Draft, as Cristobel Huet (Stuart) blanked the Panthers early on in the evening.

Stuart managed to bump his lead back up to 14 points going into Sunday's action, thanks to Huet, and he ended the night up 6-3 on Clayton. Some of Clayton's hotter players were blanked and thus kept him away from taking back more points against the lead. Stuart didn't fare much better, only two players registered points, but like it was mentioned before, one of them was a shutout for 4 points.

Here's a look at the match-up from last night.
Miroslav Satan0Daniel Alfredsson0
Tom Poti2Johan Holmqvistdnp
Cristobel Huet4Alexei Kovalev0
Cam Ward0Alexander Ovechkin2
Vincent Lecavalier0Eric Staal0
Robert Lang0Frank Kaberle0
Erik Johnson1

It doesn't look too good for Clayton on Sunday, however. He'll be down a couple of active bodies in the final day of Week Twenty-Seven.

Ryan WhitneyChris Drury
Pavel DatsyukDan Girardi
Brian RafalskiMarek Zidlicky
Ryan SuterMarian Gaborik
Jochen HechtJose Theodore
Derek RoyJohan Holmqvist
Nikolai Zherdev
Robert Lang

The two hottest teams for Stuart are going for him on Sunday. Both Buffalo and Detroit have been very good for him through the season, but having both Derek Roy (Stuart) and Pavel Datsyuk (Stuart) have been great for their NHL clubs. Clayton will need another big win for Jose Theodore (Clayton) to possibly keep his head afloat today, while a good game from the Rangers will also be needed.

In the race for third place, Dale B. only managed to pull one point out of the bag, although it looked like he was going to get some major separation until the third period of the Chicago/St. Louis game.

Dale B.Chris
Christoph Schubert0Jason Spezza0
Mike Cammalleri1Wade Redden0
Mike Ribeiro3Martin Gerber0
Mark StreitinjSergei Zubovinj
Bill Guerin0Martin Birondnp
Braydon Coburn0Joe Corvo0
Patrick Sharp1Brad Boyes3
Daymond Langkow0Jonathan Toews1

Before the third period, Dale had opened up a 5-1 lead on Chris, but then St. Louis started to come back on Chicago's 4-0 lead after two. Both Brad Boyes (Chris) and Paul Kariya (Dennis) both started to light the lamp for the Blues, Boyes ended up with three points and Kariya with two. Boyes' three closed the gap to 5-4 and that's the way the night had finished.

Dale finished the night two points up on Chris going into Sunday, but the schedule is certainly in Dale's favour, having his goalies active (one starting for sure) and one extra player game as well.

Dale B.Chris
Evgeni MalkinMikko Koivu
Brian RolstonThomas Vanek
Peter BudajJonathan Toews
Ryan MillerEd Jovanovski
Mike Ribeiro
Shane Doan
Daymond Langkow

The scariest player on the ice today for either team will be Evgeni Malkin (Dale B.), he's been on a tear at home, scoring 12 points (7G, 5A) in his last six home games. Malkin has also enjoyed success against the Rangers at home. In their last meeting in Pittsburgh in January, Malkin recorded a hat-trick.

Chris will need a big day from his $10 million man in Thomas Vanek (Chris). Vanek does have 32 markers this season, so he hasn't been a big bust, but I'm sure the Oilers were thinking 40 for the money they offered him in the summer.

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