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NHL Awards Predictions

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2010 by davepoleck

I’m fed up with the NHL right now so I’m not wasting time with explanations that I have already given. They’re not on until tomorrow night, but here we go…one last time:

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Hart Needed From Miller, Ovie, Sedin

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by davepoleck

With both Boston and LA coming off huge Game 2 victories on the road, and the Habs having outplayed the league leading Caps for most of their series, all three buildings should be absolutely rocking with anticipation of their team taking a 2-1 series lead.

While the Hart Trophy nominees won’t be announced until next week, my three candidates for the award need to pick up their game tonight if they want their teams to regain home ice advantage. Continue reading

2009-2010 50 Goal Club

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 8, 2010 by davepoleck

We are getting to the point where players are going to be cracking the prestigious 50 goal club very soon, and there are some interesting names who might make their first appearance this season. I am looking at average here so be warned:

The obvious is AO, who has an amazing 42 goals in 57 games for the Capitals. At that pace, he will end up with 55 goals in 75 games this season.

The first of the 50 goal virgins is the guy who pretty much can’t do anything wrong this year, Sidney Crosby. Coincidentally enough, he is also on pace to hit 55 goals as well, but I fully expect both to increase their pace with their natual attitude for competition with each other.

The second newbie who is on pace to break 50 for the first time in his career is breakout star Steven Stamkos, who is on pace for 51 goals!

After those three there is a group of the usual suspects who are currently on pace to reach just under the big mark. Patrick Marleau is on pace for a career high 49 goals. The fact that it is in a contract year is all the more convenient. Marian Gaborik’s recent injury has kind of put a stop in his chances, but he still should break 45 goals for the first time in his career. Dany Heatley, a two time 50 goal man is actually only on pace for 45 goals, something that many thought would be broken by now due to the fact that he has been playing with Joe Thornton all season. Finally, Ilya Kovalchuk has slowed his pace considerably since moving to New Jersey with only 3 goals in 9 games as a Devil. He is only pace for 45 goals as well.

Richards vs Ovechkin…another chapter

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 24, 2010 by davepoleck

I will be talking more about this in the preview that I am writing, but tonight is yet another chapter in the rivalry between Mike Richards and Alex Ovechkin. I think Babcock will try to line him up against Ovie at least a little bit, just to try to get him to do something stupid. Here is that great video TSN showed a few months back before a Flyers/Caps game. CANNOT WAIT for tonight!!

Caps vs Pens Round 1

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 22, 2010 by davepoleck

Another great, high scoring game between the Caps and Penguins. I love how this rivalry has been created. It started with the obvious comparison between Ovechkin and Crosby. Coming in to the League, you knew these two would be compared to each other for their entire career. It was made even better right out of the gate when they battled their entire rookie season for the Calder Trophy. The past few seasons, and likely from now on, will be a battle for the scoring race and Hart Trophy. Last year, their rivalry climaxed in a thrilling seven game series, with a not so thrilling seventh game. The rivalry has been added to by fellow Russians Evgeni Malkin and Alex Semin, who have each taken a fair amount of shots at the opposing teams’ superstar. Now, both players are captains, both are on young powerhouse teams, and both seem to be in good, if not great shape for the future. And now we have the Olympics coming around the corner. WOW. One of these days, they will meet in the Conference Finals and it is going to be absolutely breathtaking.

The Trends Continue

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

HereĀ are a list of things that I would have bet would be true by this point of the NHL season: Continue reading