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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
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Wings Roster Set

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2010 by davepoleck

…for now.

Assuming the Wings don’t go through the tornado of injuries that they suffered last year, the Wings should win the Central Division. The biggest change from last season is that they’re going to have a completely revamped third line with Jiri Hudler, Mike Modano and Dan Cleary. Their fourth line and regular regular pressbox visitors will now be some of the players who spent time on that third line last season. Here is their expected roster for opening day:

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

Lidstrom-Ericsson
Stuart-Rafalski
Kronwall-Salei
Kindl

More analysis on them their roster this year; Continue reading

Eastern Conference Predictions

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

Im going to start my predictions for the 2010-11 season with how I think the Eastern Conference will unfold. The East has been in a post-lockout slump, with the skill level and goaltending barely even comparing to the West, but that doesn’t mean things won’t be competitive for those final few spots once again: Continue reading

TSN 30 Teams In 30 Days

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2010 by davepoleck

TSN’s 30 Teams In 30 Days by Scott Cullen has just hit a new low for me in announcing the Buffalo Sabres as number 9 on their pre season power rankings scale. Behind them are teams like Boston (10), Philadelphia (11), Pittsburgh (13) and Nashville (19). For starters, I think Philly and Boston will take their respective divisions with relative ease this year. The Sabres rode Ryan Miller for an entire season last year and you can’t expect him to have that good of a season again. While rookie Tyler Ennis will help, they once again did nothing to address their scoring needs. Offensive leader, Thomas Vanek, has seen his scoring go from 43-36-40-28 last season. I suspect that the Sabres will be one of those teams fighting for the 6th, 7th and 8th playoff spots along with the usual culprits of Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Tampa, Carolina and New York. If I had to guess how the top 8 would look it would be like this:

8. Phoenix
7. LA
6. NJ
5. San Jose
4. Chicago
3. Detroit
2. Vancouver
1. Washington

I will be doing my regular season and playoff predictions in the next few days.