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Sens-Canes

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , on November 17, 2010 by davepoleck

The Canes absolutely lit up both Leclaire and Elliot tonight, beating them 7-1. Eric Staal had a hat trick and five points while Chad Larose managed two goals and two assists. Jussi Jokinen and Sergei Samsonov both had two assists each.

Jeff Skinner, the leading candidate for the Calder Trophy, was held pointless for the night with only one shot. An interesting note is that while Samsonov still holds the spot on the top unit and played 5:23 on it tonight, Skinner still played more for the game with 15:30.

And I was going to bet on the Sens tonight.

Skinner

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , on November 10, 2010 by davepoleck

Jeff Skinner has been on absolute fire since being added to Eric Staal’s line. After a modest start for an 18 year old (1g, 3a in his first eight games), Skinner has 5g and 6a in his last seven games!

It’s interesting to see the production of players who play with Eric Staal pick up. Last year, it was Jussi Jokinen who benefited from playing with Staal. Ray Whitney’s resurgence in Carolina was also seen alongside the oldest Staal; now I think Phoenix is seeing that he may not be as good as they thought he was.

NHL Series Cover Curse: Part 2

Posted in Hockey Blogs, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 18, 2010 by davepoleck

If you still don’t believe in the EA Sports Cover Curse after reading Part 1……fuck you…. Continue reading

3 Awesome Videos

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

Again, PuckDaddy has the exact same three on his 3 stars of the night at: http://bit.ly/cwp7EP ….but I still feel like they’re good enough to be posted here too.

Eric Staal’s hat trick, which of course came on hat night in Carolina.

A very emotional goodbye to Mike Modano, a lifetime Star, who might have played his last game in Dallas last night. He is the highest scoring American born player in NHL history…sorry Brett Hull from Belleville. Modano had a goal, an assist annnnnnnnnd the shootout winner.

Crosby’s 50th goal and 500th point….which actually turned out to be his 55th assist and 500th point…they gave the goal to Bill Guerin a few hours later. Kinda funny right?

Staaled

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 11, 2010 by davepoleck

The Carolina Hurricanes are still eight points back of the final playoff spot with four other teams in between them and Boston. That is a big, big wall to climb in their last 16 games and they will need to play at their current pace to even have a chance. For those wondering, that current pace is 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.

This has been a complete team effort so far, with stellar goaltending from both Manny Legace and Justin Peters, and breakthrough years for Brandon Sutter and Jussi Jokinen. Speaking of Jokinen, he has been on absolute FIRE since not being named to the Finnish Olympic team. The team was announced December 30, 2009. Since that date, in 27 games Jokinen has 29 points, including 16 goals in his last 20 games. He has goals in four of the five games since the Olympic break.

On the other side, Eric Staal hasn’t scored in his past nine games. He also only has two assists in the five games since he won gold in Vancouver. If the Canes want any chance at making the playoffs, Staal needs to be their guy. No offense to Jokinen, but he has never put up even close to these kind of points during his career, so he can’t be expected to carry the team. Staal on the other hand, is known for his second half increases in point production.

Fast Finish, Slow Start

Posted in Carolina Hurricanes, St. Louis Blues with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2009 by davepoleck

Everyone always talks about how the dreaded Stanley Cup hangover threatens the two teams that make it to the finals. But so far this season, there are two teams suffering from what I call the Hot Finish hangover. Continue reading