Archive for Luongo

Presidents’ Trophy History

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

The Vancouver Canucks were widely considered the Stanley Cup favorite heading into this season. Reigning Hart Trophy winner; check. Current Hart Trophy favorite; check. Gold medal winning goaltender; check. Depth additions to their defense and forward corps; check. No Byfuglien in Chicago; check.  They have been so dominant that a 24-5-4 run by San Jose since the All Star break still has them 10 points back of the West lead. But winning the Presidents’ Trophy, the first in their history, doesn’t always translate into success in the playoffs:

 The Presidents’ Trophy was introduced in the 1985-86 season and has been won by 14 different teams (15 including Vancouver). The only team to have won it more than twice is the Detroit Red Wings….with six :). Here are the playoff results of the previous 24 winners of the trophy:

First round elimination: 5 times (including three times in between 2006 and 2010)
Second round elimination: 5 times
Third round elimination: 5 times
Lost in Cup Final: 2 times (Boston in 1990 and Detroit in 1995)
Won Stanley Cup: 7 times (Edmonton ’87, Calgary ’89, NYR ’94, Dallas ’99, Colorado ’01, Detroit in ’02 and ’08)

The good news here is that the Presidents’ Trophy winner has won seven out of nine if they’re lucky enough to get to the Finals. The bad news is that they have only made it there 38% of the time (9 out of 24 seasons).

I think the best thing for the Canucks would be to face the Blackhawks in the first round. Although it’s definitely not the same team they’ve played in previous years, the psychological momentum they would gain from finally defeating their rivals would be a huge step in finally taking that next step.

Advertisements

Canucks-Blackhawks

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , on May 12, 2010 by davepoleck

Here are the stat lines from three key players over the six game series:

Henrik Sedin: 2g, 4a

Daniel Sedin: 1g, 3a

Jonathan Toews: 4g, 7a

More after…. Continue reading

Luongo vs Canada Brass round 2

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , on November 12, 2009 by davepoleck

Yes, it was a busy day at work…hence the constant posts at 6 pm. Tonight is round 2 of Roberto Luongo against the decision makers of Team Canada 2010. In their last meeting, Luongo allowed four 3rd period goals on route to a 5-4 loss. This was also his last regular start season, as he has been out with a rib injury ever since.

Playing in Detroit would normally not be a nice re-introduction from a two week injury for a goalie, but the Wings scoring trouble has been well documented this season.  Couple that with the fact that Detroit scored nine goals against Columbus last night (another topic I hope to get to tonight), and things are looking good for Luongo. Teams almost always come out flat after a big game like the Wings had yesterday.

Advantage Brodeur?

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2009 by davepoleck

With the eyes of Team Canada’s decision makers all over Roberto Luongo on Tuesday night, he dropped the ball. The Vancouver Canucks hosted the struggling Detroit Red Wings last night, which gave Luongo a chance to showcase his skill to Team Canada’s executive director, Steve Yzerman, and head coach, Mike Babcock.

Continue reading