NHL Odds and Ends: Niedermayer Elbow, Leafs/Tampa Rumours, Game Sevens

Ken YongContributor IMay 13, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 05:  Scott Niedermayer #27 of the Anaheim Ducks falls after scoring the Ducks second goal over goaltender Chris Osgood #30, Valtteri Filppula #51 and Jonathan Ericsson #52 of the Detroit Red Wings in the second period of Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Honda Center on May 5, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Ducks-Wings Series Gets All Kinds of Nasty

For Wings fans looking for a suspension on Niedermayer after the apparent elbow he delivered to Datsyuk, my advice is: Don't hold your breath.

Love it or hate it, the NHL will not sit one of their stars out of an important Game Seven.ย  The players involved in the scuffle, and the context of the situation, will likely lead to no suspensions and little to no disciplinary action.

From an objective standpoint, this is the right call to make. Though I'm not sure Wings fans would see it that way.

Draft Dealing: Are the Islanders Taking Hedman?

It's been confirmed by both parties that the Tampa Bay Lightning have requested Schenn, Kaberle, and the Toronto Maple Leafs first rounder (seventh overall) in exchange for their first round pick (second overall).

If this is true, can it be assumed that the Islanders are taking Victor Hedman first overall? Burke has gone on record as being all over Tavares like clingy, wet, swim trunks. He's more than likely already talked to Garth Snow on the Island.

This would seem to be the smart move, as doubt has crept in to the Tavares bandwagon. And there's no denying that the Islanders are still feeling the pain of giving up on Zdeno Chara. This might be the do-over they've been looking for.

Game Seven Predictions

I'm putting it on the line here. It'll be the Penguins, the Wings, and the Hurricanes joining the Chicago Blackhawks in the conference finals.

That's right, I said it. The Hurricanes. They looked good in Game Six despite the 4-2 loss, and when they've brought it, they've been the better team throughout the series, while Boston has been good only in spurts.

Staal hasn't scored in two games. That trend won't continue.


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