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Seguin Out

Posted in Boston Bruins with tags , , , , , , , on April 14, 2011 by davepoleck

Tyler Seguin is a healthy scratch tonight for the Bruins. Hey and Phil Kessel isn’t playing either! What a deal for the Leafs!!

That is all.

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PLAYOFFS!!

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

Modano Scratched Tonight

Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs, Detroit Red Wings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2011 by davepoleck

Wow. The Wings will be sitting future Hall of Famer Mike Modano for tonight’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes. Modano has been lining up with Hudler and Filppula in practise since the season ended, but Drew Miller will slide in to that slot at game time. Niklas Kronwall will return, but Henrik Zetterberg has yet to skate. Here is their lineup:

Franzen-Datsyuk-Holmstrom
Bertuzzi-Abdelkader-Cleary
Hudler-Filppula-Miller
Draper-Helm-Eaves

Lidstrom-Stuart
Rafalski-Ericsson
Kronwall-Salei

Oh, Hey AHL

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2010 by davepoleck

Doing its’ best impersonation of the NBA, the AHL will come off of an seven gameless day break to finally begin the Calder Cup Final between the Hershey Bears and Texas Stars. As defending champs, Hershey is the overwhelming favorite to win agains the underdog Stars.

F*ck You, Eagles, HP

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , on April 30, 2010 by davepoleck

The first ten minutes of the game were fine, but the Wings fell asleep during that little 1:13 stretch and couldn’t come back from it. But how can you blame them? The played Game 7 of a grueling series just 48 hours earlier after spending two weeks traveling across the US while San Jose had to make the cakewalk to Colorado. While I’m the Wings would have said they preferred starting so quick, one more day would have been nice just to get that extra rest and get their gameplan down.  The real reason for this short turnaround is because the god damn Eagles are playing at the HP Pavilion Friday and Saturday night, leaving little choice as to when they could start Round 2.

Did the arena really have that little hope that SJ would get out of Round 1? Or was this the plan all along from Gary Bettman himself? Either way, Chi/Van, Bos/Phil and of course, Sidney, get a nice long break by starting on either Friday or Saturday.

Sharks may have won the game, but anyone who says they have exercised their playoff demons is forgetting the fact that they had a three goal lead, and the game ended 4-3. Five of the eight Game 1 winners in Round 1 lost their opening series (Ottawa, Nash, Buf, Pho, Col). I will be worried if the Wings lose Game 2, but they say you are never in trouble in a series until you lose at home.

Edler on Doughty

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on April 16, 2010 by davepoleck

If the Kings could have stolen a win in the game dominated by the Canucks last night, that would have been a huge momentum boost. Instead they are probably pretty deflated and I can’t really see them pushing it to the seven games I predicted. But then again…stranger things have happened (like six of the first eight games being upsets).

And then this hit; he left his feet plus an elbow to the head. Richardson didn’t turn his back when the hit was coming, he was playing the puck along the boards.

It’s Already Begun

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

As a Wings’ fan, I feel obligated to find an excuse for them losing other than the fact that the Coyotes took over the game after the first period. With that said, here is my excuse:

With Gary Bettman (basically the owner of Phoenix) in attendance, the refs were clearly paid off not to make this high sticking call on Lidstrom. With seven minutes to go, it would have given the Wings a four minute advantage over the Coyotes, with at least 25 seconds of that being 4 on 3. How four referees miss that play when the puck is right there is beyond me….

Kind of reminds me of Game 3 in the Finals last year when Pittsburgh cycled the puck in the Wings’ end with six guys on the ice for almost 25 seconds….no call…..two minutes later…..Wings’ penalty….1 minute later…..Penguins tied the game. Wings could have went up by two goals in the second period, in a series where they already had a 2-0 lead.