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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.

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.

2010 HHOF Inductees: Tomorrow

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2010 by davepoleck

Unlike the past few seasons where there was little to no intrigue as to who would be inducted due to the star studded players who had their first year of eligibility; who will be inducted in 2010 is completely up in the air.

2007 had what was widely regarded as the best class of inductees ever, with Mark Messier, Ron Francis, Al MacInnis and Scott Stevens. That argument was soon defeated in 2009, when Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille and Brian Leetch were inducted together. This year will likely see at least two players who are already past their first year of eligibility. Continue reading

East Disappointments and Surprises

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 13, 2010 by davepoleck

So since that last one was done before I could get to it, here is a good old midway through the season surprises and disappointments list. The first thing I will say is that some teams may have a few of each, but my choices are based on the expectations that I had for them at the beginning of the year. I will start with the Eastern Conference: Continue reading