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Game 7, June 15, Laval vs Springfield, 7 PM


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(Lines are from last game with a guess at where Abbandonato fits in)

 

Harvey-Pinard - Paquette - Belzile

Gignac - Dea - Bourque

Teasdale - Abbandonato - Martel
Condotta - Smith-Pelly

 

Ouellet - Belpedio
Schueneman - Paquette-Bisson
Niku - Dello

Fairbrother

 

Primeau

 

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MacEachern - Joshua - Bitten (first time they've been listed as the #1 line this series)

Neal- Peca - Todd
Kostin - McGing - Anas
Alexandrov - Kaspick - Witkowski

 

Tucker - Lyle
Rosen - Santini
Cross - Kessel

 

Lindgren

 

Puck drop is at 7:00 PM and can be listened to here.  The game can also be seen on RDS.

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Another rough start for Laval who didn't have their skating legs for a lot of the period.  Matthew Peca snapped their 0/29 PP drought with an early goal, the only one of the period.

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2 - 0 mid-second ... Springfield carrying the play

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3 - 0 ... two on the previously punch-less power-play.

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Laval looks like a team that's just out of gas and has too many players playing through injury.  One period to go in their season barring them finding a gear they've been lacking all night.

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I give Laval credit - they found another gear but still couldn't beat Lindgren.  Springfield got a late empty-netter to make it 4-0 as the season comes to an end for the Rocket.  It was still a solid playoff run regardless of how things went tonight.

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Kudos to Lindgren for two very solid wins (and one somewhat less solid one) against the Rocket. I think he outplayed Hofer in the series and fully earned the game 7 start.

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10 hours ago, alfredoh2009 said:

Question: Niku or Leskinen?

 

For next year?  Leskinen but neither will make much of a difference with Montreal but Leskinen is better defensively.  I'd be shocked if Niku is back with this organization next season.  To be honest, I'd be surprised if he's in North America in 2022-23.  Getting waived by the last-place team in the NHL (and clearing) doesn't bode well for his NHL future.

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1 hour ago, dlbalr said:

 

For next year?  Leskinen but neither will make much of a difference with Montreal but Leskinen is better defensively.  I'd be shocked if Niku is back with this organization next season.  To be honest, I'd be surprised if he's in North America in 2022-23.  Getting waived by the last-place team in the NHL (and clearing) doesn't bode well for his NHL future.


I see your point, Maine Niku will be in Europe next year, unless the new baby and family keeps him away from the war risk there

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12 hours ago, dlbalr said:

For next year?  Leskinen but neither will make much of a difference with Montreal but Leskinen is better defensively.  I'd be shocked if Niku is back with this organization next season.  To be honest, I'd be surprised if he's in North America in 2022-23.  Getting waived by the last-place team in the NHL (and clearing) doesn't bode well for his NHL future.

I think Niku is very much a credible AHL player, though. And $200-300K in the AHL would be significantly more than he would make in Liiga. So, my bet is that he will be in the AHL next year as well.

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