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Jinx on Franzen

Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs, Detroit Red Wings with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2011 by davepoleck

So I do a little opinion piece on Franzen over Hossa earlier today and of course, that jinxes him to be a late scratch for tonight’s game. I’m sure he would be playing if the Wings weren’t up 3-0 right now, but any kind of injury for the Wings at this point is worrisome.

Deja Vu?

Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs, Detroit Red Wings, Phoenix Coyotes with tags , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2011 by davepoleck

Poor Shane Doan. Tonight could be the second time that the Red Wings force his team to play their last game in town.

Back in 1995, the Wings eliminated the Winnipeg Jets and a very young Shane Doan from the postseason in what was the last game ever played by the Jets.

The difference back then was that everyone knew that the Jets were going to be on the move. This time around, everything is in question. No one knows if they will be back, or if they’ll, or even if they’ll move to Winnipeg or not. Of course the rumours are heavily in favour of the Coyotes becoming the Jets once again, but that has nor been confirmed or denied by the league.

Champs on the Brink

Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs, Chicago Blackhawks, Vancouver Canucks with tags , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2011 by davepoleck

I think we can all agree that it’s only a matter of time before the Canucks finally do away with the defending Cup champion Blackhawks. Much of the media was fantasizing about a scenario where the Hawks’ weakened lineup would once again befuddle the mighty Canucks, but they’re just too good this year and Chicago has seemingly lost too much depth.

Tonight they will be facing elimination without Olympic defenseman Brent Seabrook, who is out with an “upper body injury” after the non suspendable hit from Raffi Torres. Good job NHL. If the Hawks were down 0-3 last season, I still think there would be a sense of hope within their locker room and fanbase. This year, their know losing this year is inevitable. In the dying minutes of Game 3, the normally rocking United Centre was eerily quiet.

The last time the Cup winner was swept in the first round was in 2003, when the Anaheim Mighty Ducks shocked the hockey world, sweeping the mighty Detroit Red Wings. The Ducks went on to the Stanley Cup Final that season.

Game 4 Highlights

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2010 by davepoleck

Here is why a lot of people think Claude Giroux has 90 point potential:

And how about Ville Leino, who now has 12 points in his last 12 games. He snuck behind Subban here and made the Montreal D look pretty bad. Beauty pass by Pronger too.

The Trip…

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , on May 7, 2010 by davepoleck

This play was frustrating to watch. PK Subban was clearly tripped at the blue line, which allowed Talbot to break in and tie the game. You can actually see Fedotenko grab his leg on the replay.

It was even more frustrating when the Pens tied it like two minutes later.

It’s even more frustrating knowing that if Pittsburgh makes their third straight Finals, the Crosby Show will be out in full force more than it ever has, but every one will fail to mention that they faced three teams who wouldn’t have been in the playoffs had the been in the West. Parity?

Miller vs Rask

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

I was really hoping the Sabres would pull out a win last night; this series has been absolutely fantastic and would love to see it go seven. A lot of times when two offensively challenged teams play each other, they resort to a defensive game where they are both waiting for the other team to make a mistake. In other words, it’s boring as hell.

This series, on the other hand, has been extremely physical with both sides leaving everything out their on the ice. Miller and Rask have been absolutely phenomenal. Miller has been there before, but you have to love Rask’s performance in his first playoff appearance. Sorry Leafs’ fans.

Game tied 2-2 midway through the 3rd

Game tied 2-2 late in 1st OT

With the skill and composure constantly growing for Rask, I wonder if the Bruins may try to move Tim Thomas during the offseason. Actually, I am sure they will try; the question will be whether anyone is willing to take his contract, $14 million over next three years. Would the Flyers be willing to give up one of their wingers for him? Briere? Hartnell?

Doan Out, No Changes For Wings

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , on April 20, 2010 by davepoleck

Although it was rumoured a possibility yesterday, Shane Doan will not be in Phoenix’s lineup tonight after crashing into the boards and injuring his right shoulder midway through Game 3. Unfortunately for Detroit, the Coyotes used his absence as a rallying point and took over Game 3 after the injury. The Wings on the other hand, need to take advantage of the fact that Phoenix’s leader and most experienced player is not in the lineup tonight, and take it to them from the get-go.

I am kind of surprised by the fact that there will be no line changes for Detroit tonight. Trailing 3-1 in the 3rd, they moved Johan Franzen to a line with Zetterberg and Bertuzzi, and put Filppula with Datsyuk and Homer. The Zetterberg line responded with a goal on their first shift and one more that was waved off.

My only thinking is that Babcock wants to give Datsyuk some size on his line, thus keeping Franzen there. Pavel was absolutely dominated by 6’6″, 230 lbs Czech, Martin Hanzal in Game 3. Babcock better acknowledge this and use his ability to have last change to get the Datsyuk line going. But if things don’t go well tonight, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Franzen-Datsyuk-Zetterberg group lineup for one of the few times this season.