Archive for October, 2010

Capital Struggles

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2010 by davepoleck

With the second overall pick in my yearly money league, I felt like the luckiest guy in the world when someone picked Stamkos over Ovechkin first overall. But now it looks as though Ovechkin is actually human, even going as far as to somewhat complain about the coverage against him thus far in 2010-11.

I don’t expect it average-ness to last, but it is definitely something worth pointing out, especially when it’s not only Ovechkin who isn’t producing. Here is a look at their big guns through 10 games compared to last season.

Alex Ovechkin
2010-11
5 goals, 5 assists, +1
50 shots
0 PPG

2009-10
9 goals, 8 assists, +8
67 shots
1 PPG

Niklas Backstrom

2010-11
3 goals, 3 assists, even
24 shots
1 PPG, 2 PPA 

2009-10
2 goals, 9 assists, +3
23 shots
1 PPG, 4 PPA

Alex Semin

2010-11
5 goals, 3 assists, +4
30 shots
1 PPG

2009-10
7 goals, 6 assists, +3
33 shots
2 PPG

Thank You, Kessel!….and Burke

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on October 29, 2010 by davepoleck

A “Thank You, Kessel” chant broke out last night after 2nd overall pick, Tyler Seguin, scored against the team he could have been drafted by. The fans really should have been chanting “Thank You, Burke”; it’s not like Kessel did the trade right?

Leafs and Wings Season Comparison

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2010 by davepoleck

I have added a section to the sidebar on the right which will compare the Leafs and Wings year this year, with their progress during the 2009-10 season. The original request I got was to just do the Leafs, but I can’t give the Leafs credit for improvement when I fully expect the Wings to improve on their season as well. As you can see, the Leafs 5th win didnt’ come until November 25 last year!

I also want to add a side note that will track some of the prospects for both teams throughout this season, I just need to ensure that I will be able to keep it up to date enough to make it worthwhile.

Neuvirth Save

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , on October 28, 2010 by davepoleck

And here is why I traded Varlamov in my keeper offseason and kept Neuvirth. That and Varlamov can’t stay healthy, case in point this season.

Seguin vs Kessel

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on October 28, 2010 by davepoleck

Tonight is round 1 of what most likely will be a career long comparison between Phil Kessel and Tyler Seguin. Is it fair to do? Not a chance! It doesn’t even make sense because there is still another first round pick in the picture for the Boston Bruins. But it is definitely fun to look at because there is little chance that the Leafs can come out on top of this deal.

Devils Suck

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , on October 28, 2010 by davepoleck

The 2-7-1 have unfortunatly put themselves in a situation where they need wins as soon as possible. While no team can really be out of contention in the East this early, things could get a lot worse for Mr. $100 million and his Devils. After getting smoked by the Sharks last night (their top line combined for 13 points), New Jersey plays in Anaheim, LA, Vancouver and Chicago.

That may be the toughest road trip of any team, in the entire NHL season. The Ducks may seem like the weak link here, but they are a different team in Anaheim. In their three home games they have scored 11 goals. In their seven road games this year, they have only 17 goals.

One has to wonder if we will be seeing another surprising coaching change in New Jersey this year.

Holy Tim Thomas

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , on October 22, 2010 by davepoleck

Tim Thomas was awesome last night against the Capitals. He stopped 38 of 39 shots, 13 in each period including multiple cross crease saves (as seen above). He is now 4-0, with a 0.978 save percentage and 0.75 GAA!! And that is against some the League’s elite; Phoenix, New Jersey and Washington twice.

I think it’s safe to say that he has stolen the starting job back from Tuukka Rask.

Datsyuk Highlight

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on October 22, 2010 by davepoleck

Scroll to the 1:00 mark and watch Datsyuk absolutely undress Mikael Backlund before feeding Lidstrom for a powerplay goal. Just sick…

6 Games

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on October 22, 2010 by davepoleck

Rick Rypien has been suspended 6 games for this…..

……the same as Mike Milbury got for this…..

Canucks vs Hawks

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2010 by davepoleck

Speaking of the highest paid players in the game, Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks face off against their Playoff kryptonite, the Chicago Blackhawks. Luongo’s struggles against the Hawks have been well documented, mainly because they were the team that knocked Vancouver out of  the post season the past two seasons. Starting with their second round series in 2008-09, here is how Luongo has fared against Chicago:

2008-09 Playoffs

W: 5-3. 0.903%
L: 3-6. 0.839%
W: 3-1. 0.958%
OTL: 1-2. 0.929%
L: 2-4. 0.897%
L: 5-7. 0.767%

2009-10 Season

W: 3-2. 0.900%
L: 0-1. 0.941%
W: 5-1. 0.977%
L: 3-6. 0.643%

2009-10 Playoffs

W: 5-1. 0.973%
L: 2-4. 0.909%
L: 2-5. 0.857%
L: 4-7. 0.818%
W: 4-1. 0.967%
L: 1-5. 0.857%

That comes out to a record of 6-9-1, with the Hawks scoring an average of 4.5 goals in the games that they win. Tonight’s regular season game pales in comparison to the intensity and pressure of the Playoffs, but I found it interesting that in the two games where Vancouver were knocked out of the Playoffs, Luongo let in a total of 12 goals.

While a lot of the blame does fall on the shoulders of Luongo, and even more because he was the captain last year, you also have to look at how the Sedin’s have been somewhat contained over their two series against Chicago. In 2008-09, Henrik had three goals and three assists, while Daniel only had three assists over the first five games of the series, then finally scored two in their 7-5 elimination loss. Last season, Henrik again led the way with two goals and four assists (way below his 1.36 points per game average from the season); Daniel only had one goal and three assists over six games.