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Stompy Stompy

Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs, Anaheim Ducks with tags , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2011 by davepoleck

Bobby Ryan has a hearing with the league for this stomp on Jonathan Blum in last night’s game. It will be interesting to see how the league deals with Ryan, a first time offender, considering the heavy suspensions handed down for stomping incidents in the past.

Back when multiple offender Chris Pronger was public enemy number one and Ryan Kesler was a blossoming third line player, Pronger sort of tried to take his leg off. He received 8 games for this.

Multiple, multiple….multiple time offender Chris Simon also had a stomping incident a few month prior to Pronger’s, where he attached Jarkko Ruutu. Simon was given 30 games for that one.

Considering the difference in the two suspension lengths above, you can see how the league likes to deal with its’ talent differently. Although Pronger had been suspended seven times prior to this incident, he was given significantly less than Simon, the goon.

I definitely think Ryan will be suspended, but because of his star status, that he’s a first time offender and the fact that it’s playoffs, I can’t see it being more than three games. But nothing would surprise me in the playoffs when it comes to suspensions (see 2007 playoffs and Chris Pronger).


Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs, Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2011 by davepoleck

For the first time in….forever….I will be missing the opening of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. I have a ball hockey game at 7 and due  to an oath I swore in blood at the beginning of the season, I have to attend. I’m already planning on taking my phone on the bench in order to prevent anxiety attacks, but it just won’t be the same. Thank God there are five games on tonight!!

Washington vs New York

  • Aka Washington vs Lundqvist; he’s the best goalie in the league and rarely has an off game. The same can’t be said for the Caps in the playoffs
  • Sean Avery will be a healthy scratch
  • People are always so hard to get on AO about not leading, but he had 10 points in seven games last year. Alexander Semin had two assists in their loss to the Habs
  • Michal Neuvirth makes his playoff debut. Jose Theodore was pulled after Game 1 in the last two playoffs

Detroit vs Phoenix

  • Modano is a scratch, Zetterberg is out, Kronwall is returning. Ugh.
  • In 2010, the Coyotes were up 2-1 in the series until Shane Doan missed games 4-7
  • The Wings outscored 28-13 in the seven game series last year

Pittsburgh vs Tampa Bay

  • Sidney Crosby likely won’t be playing in this series
  • After a slow start, Jordan Staal has 30 points in his last 37 games
  • After a hot start, Steven  Stamkos has five goals in his last 27 games
  • Crosby’s 61 points in 40 games still led the Penguins
  • Ryan Malone only has two points in 10 games against Pittsburgh since leaving
  • Dwayne Roloson’s last playoff appearance was in 2006 when he lead the Oilers to the Cup Final

Vancouver vs Chicago

  • This is going to be awesome. Enough said.
  • In the six game series last year, Byfgulien had four points, Ladd had one, Versteeg had three
  • Luongo has never played more than 12 playoff games in a season; the Sedin’s highest was 14
  • The Canucks and Hawks are 1st and 3rd in goals scored

Anaheim vs Nashville

  • Corey Perry has the same number of goals as Erat and Kostitsyn (Nashville’s leading scorers) do points
  • It looks like Dan Ellis will be starting in net for the Ducks

Poor Nashville

Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs, Anaheim Ducks, Nashville Predators with tags , , , , , , , on April 11, 2011 by davepoleck

Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators is beaten by Corey Perry #10 of the Anaheim Ducks in the first period on February 5, 2009 at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Corey Perry;Pekka Rinne

Let me tell you, I was ecstatic that the Wings didn’t matchup against Nashville in round 1 this year. Trotz’ system is bulletproof and so is their 6’5″ goalie, Pekka Rinne. The Wings have also only won two of six against them this year. Sounds like a recipe for a six game defeat if you ask me. But with the Wings’ win today, Nashville matches up against arguable the hottest team in the NHL, the Anaheim Ducks, who won 14 of their last 19 games to push all the way to home ice advantage in round 1

Every season they’re predicted to finish out of the playoffs, and every year they’re somehow in the mix albeit an anemic offense and a roster of players no one has heard of. And every year it seems that they either finish fifth and face a powerhouse or against the team that ends up in the Finals. Take a look at their playoff history since their induction into the league and you won’t really question why they’ve never won a series:

2004: Lost to Detroit, who lead the league with 109 points
2006: Lost to San Jose, who had 99 points
Lost to San Jose, who had 107 points
2008: Lost to Detroit, who lead the league with 115 points and won the Stanley Cup
2010: Lost to Chicago, who won the Stanley Cup


Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2011 by davepoleck

The first player to score 50 goals in the NHL this season is not named Ovechkin, Stamkos or even Sedin; it’s none other than my formerly most hated player turned fantasy favorite after he won my keeper league for me……….COREY PERRY!

Perry has broken out in a big way over the second half of the season, 25 goals and 22 assists in his last 28 games (since Feb  1), and has vaulted himself into Hart Trophy consideration. Prior to this season, he was considered an extremely valuable player to his team, and was on the cusp of the elite wingers in the league. His career highs were 32 goals in 08-09 and 76 points last season; now he is on the verge of cracking 100!

For those interested, on February 1 Steven Stamkos had 38 goals and now sits at 44. Do the math for Perry; it’s a phenomenal streak and it better not be thrown aside because he lines up with Ryan Getzlaf and one of the league’s best powerplays every night.

Ducks 3rd Jerseys

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , on October 19, 2010 by davepoleck

Now those are some nice looking third jerseys.

They have definitely come a long, long way from their expansion year in 1993, to possibly the worst/most embarrassing third jersey in NHL history, to what they have been wearing since removing the “Mighty” from their team name.

Western Conference Predictions

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2010 by davepoleck

This will probably be a lot quicker than the East predictions because there is a lot to get to before the season kicks off Thursday at noon. Still don’t know why there needs to be three full days without hockey before things get underway, but oh well:

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Teams Should Thank Flyers, Habs

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , on June 2, 2010 by davepoleck

Jeff Carter #17 of the Philadelphia Flyers defends against Glen Metropolit #15 of the Montreal Canadiens on February 27, 2009 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Habs defeated the Flyers 4-3 in overtime.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jeff Carter;Glen Metropolit

Dear Montreal and Philadelphia,

We would like to thank you for your recent success in the NHL Playoffs. Enjoy your late round draft picks.


Half of the NHL

Teams and fans alike, should be thanking the Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers for their recent success in the 2010 Playoffs. As everyone knows, the Habs had one of the best underdog runs that I have seen in my life time, knocking off both Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby in two seven game series. The Flyers success might be even more impressive, with the way they’ve dealt with injuries to their comeback against the Bruins when down 3-0.

Why is the success of two of the most hated teams in League be important to any of us?

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Exclusive 600 Club

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 15, 2010 by davepoleck

Teemu Selanne is now one goal away from joining the very exclusive 600 goal club in the NHL, a group that 17 players in the history of the league have reached before. He scored his 599th goal last night against the Sharks before leaving the game with an upper body injury. That goal was also his 20th of the season, the 15th time he has hit that mark in his 17 NHL seasons. It is even more impressive that one of the times that he missed the mark was during 2007-08 when he only played  26 games and contemplating retirement.

Depending on the severity of this injury, Selanne has a chance to pass a few of the greats as soon as this season.  Sitting at 601 goals is fellow Finn Jari Kurri, making him the highest scoring Finnish player to ever play in the NHL. If that isn’t a big enough honour, he would also be the second highest scoring European to only Jaromir Jagr’s 646 goals.

How far up the list Selanne gets all depends on his future in the league. If he plays another season he could reach as high as 14th on the list.

At 608 goals and in 16th right now is Dino Ciccarelli. The fact that he scored 608 goals absolutely boggles my mind, but I guess half of them were put in before I was born and in a completely different era. He is definitely on a lot of people’s “best players to not win a Cup” list.

At 610 goals is “the Golden Jet”, Bobby Hull. Hull’s totals were cut short by his move to the WHA in 1972. He put up another 303 goals in 411 games with the Jets and Whalers. You can bet that he would have been a lot closer to Gretzky’s 894 if he hadn’t left in the NHL.

Selanne would have to go on as late season tear to catch Dino and Hull, but passing the next one absolutely requires him to play another season. If he does, and maintains his streak of 20 goal seasons, passing Joe Sakic’s 625 goals is entirely possible.

Selanne’s next goal will be huge, for the obvious personal reasons but also because he is likely going to be the last player to do it for quite some time. None of Mark Recchi (545), Mike Modano (543) or Keith Tkachuk (525) have a hope of coming close to 600. The next possible member is Jarome Iginla who has 440 goals. At the age of 32, he will probably pass the mark within the next four to five seasons.

Then after that there are a number of stars who should at least flirt with the idea: Kovalchuk, Heatley, Nash, Ovechkin and maybe even Steven Stamkos.

Until then it is Selanne’s for the taking. With that I will leave this topic with the best memory that I have of the Finnish Flash, breaking the rookie goal record in the 1992-93 season; he ended up with 76 goals and 56 assists!

Toskala Takes Shot at Leafs

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 9, 2010 by davepoleck

Vesa Toskala was denied his request to number 35 on his new team.

When Vesa Toskala, who has yet to play a game for the Ducks, was asked when his mask will be re-painted with the Ducks’ colours, he responsed:

Hopefully soon … So I can wash that blue and white out of my gear

Speaking of painting masks, can’t Giguere just get a simple Leafs’ mask for the time being. I find it kind of embarrassing to have your starting netminder wear the mask of another team.

Uh Ohhhhhhh

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 9, 2010 by davepoleck

Ryan Getzlaf left last night’s game with a sprained ankle. For Team Canada’s sake, I hope it isn’t a similar high ankle sprain that has left so many people out for months over the past two years. If there are any side effects of this injury, you would have to think that Team Canada will have to find a replacement for Getzlaf; their first game is one week today. Possible replacements would be Jeff Carter or Martin St. Louis.