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Awful OT Winners

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

Awful play by Marian Gaborik poking this puck by the best goalie in the league. Believe me….he had the situation under control.

Neal just turns and fires; Roloson wasn’t even ready for this one. Pittsburgh is winning games exactly the same way they were after Crosby went down, boring, shutdown hockey. Please come back, Tampa Bay.

I love two things about this video. A) that it has already been posted on YouTube. B) It was definitely posted by a Wings’ fan because it is titled “Cleary scores an amazing goal of the pad of Bryzgalov”. Planned, yes. Amazing…c’mon.


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

Eastern Playoff Update

Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers with tags , , , , , , , on April 7, 2011 by davepoleck

With the Rangers`3-0 loss to Atlanta tonight, they have left themselves extremely vulnerable to being overtaken by Carolina this weekend.

Buffalo 80 41 35 92
NY Rangers 81 43 33 91
Carolina 80 39 33 89

If Carolina wins out against Atlanta and Tampa Bay this weekend, they will surpass the Rangers because they own the head to head tiebreaker against them. So technically, the Rangers could still beat New Jersey on Saturday and still miss the playoffs by a hair for the second year in row.

Buffalo just needs to win one of their final games to clinch a spot this year; shouldn`t be an issue as they face Columbus in their last game of the year.

A lot will be made more clear tomorrow after both Buffalo and Carolina play their 81st game.

Thursday’s Scenarios

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

With a rare quiet Thursday night in the NHL, here is a look at what things could look like come Friday morning in the playoff races.

– A Montreal win combined with a Rangers’ loss confirms that Montreal will either finish 6th or 7th in the Conference.

– A Rangers’ win means that they could still finish anywhere between 6th and 8th, but since Carolina has the tiebreaker with them, could still finish out of the playoffs.

– A Dallas overtime loss would clinch a playoff spot for Nashville and Phoenix.

– A Dallas regulation loss would clinch a playoff spot for the two above, as well as Anaheim and Chicago, because although Dallas would still only be four points back with two games remaining, they would not be able to catch their 45 and 43 wins. Thankfully, they play the Avs.

Atlantic Division Breakout Candidates

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

Here we go with another awesome puck picture and my picks for breakouts in the tough Atlantic.

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Zherdev Returning

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , on May 27, 2010 by davepoleck

There is a report today that Nikolai Zherdev has told his agent that it is more likely he would sign in the NHL than back in the KHL. In the two seasons before jumping ship, Zherdev had 61 and 58 points for Columbus and the Rangers. He made $3.25 million in his season in the League, so I don’t expect him to get even above $3 million, especially since he only had 39 points in 52 games for Mytishchi Atlant. In comparison to other recent defectors, Hudler had 54 points in 54 games and Alexander Radulov had 63 in 53, along with winning the Golden Stick Award for MVP of the KHL.

If Zherdev is willing to knock his price down for a one year deal somewhere (which is all I think teams should be willing to sign him to) then I think he is going to be a very valuable commodity this offseason. Take a look down the list of team’s that can use a scoring winger right now; off the top of my head I could see him in Toronto, Calgary, Boston and I’m sure the Rangers will get involved again. They seem to have a knack for signing Europeans that don’t produce.

Mikey Likes Him

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

Mike Richards had one (empty net) goal in the eight games that Jeff Carter was out of the lineup; he has two tonight in Carter’s return. The see-saw game of the night was 3-3, but Gaborik just gave the Rangers the lead with a flip shot over Boucher’s shoulder.

Jokinen Trade on Hold

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 1, 2010 by davepoleck

Bob McKenzie is reporting that the deal between Calgary and the Rangers that would send Jokinen and Prust to New York for Kotalik and Higgins is currently on hold. Supposedly, Calgary backed out late last night and wants to wait until after their game against the Flyers tonight.

There were multiple instances in which I said I thought Jokinen would head to the Rangers, although I did expect it to be as a UFA, not during this season. In other news, how the fuck does Glen Sather still have his job. Pulling off this trade would add two more failures to the giant list of disappointing players he has brought in over his tenure. Chrsi Higgins was acquired in the deal that sent Scott Gomez to Montreal, and has been pretty non-existent all season long. Kotalik on the other hand, wore out his welcome in Buffalo, sucked in Edmonton, but for some reason thought that signing him to a three year, $9 million deal would be beneficial. All it did was add to the serious erection he must have for uninterested Czech players. Seriously, which of these players have done anything special in their time in New York:

  • Prospal (39 pts in 49 games)
  • Kotalik (22 pts in 44 games)
  • Rozsival ( 22 pts in 374 games) for 4 years, $20 million
  • Prucha (113 pts in 237 games)
  • Straka (187 in 224 games)
  • Malik (aside from his shootout goal)
  • Rachunek (26 pts in 66 games)
  • Rucinsky (110 pts in 132 games over three separate stops)
  • Sykora (31 pts in 40 games)
  • Holik (91 pts in 146 games for a 5 year, $45 million contract)

Jagr was left off of this list because he had some pretty good SEASONS in New York, 319 points in 277 games. But this was only a list of Czech players. Think about all of the other failed experiments that they have went through under Sather; Lindros, Redden, Bure, Fleury, Drury and Gomez’s monster contracts.

And in his ten year reign as the GM, the Rangers have only made the playoffs four times. Now although that has been the past four season, which may seem like progress after missing the playoffs for the first six, they have only won two series over that time and have yet to move past the second round. How is he still a GM when you have good men like Dale Talon being dropped off the cliff right when things start going well in Chicago.

I turned this from a blog about how I am awesome to one about how much Sather sucks. If you could bet on where players will end up this offseason, put money on at least one of Kubina, Zidlicky or Lang to end up in New York.