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Poor Nashville

Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs, Anaheim Ducks, Nashville Predators with tags , , , , , , , on April 11, 2011 by davepoleck

Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators is beaten by Corey Perry #10 of the Anaheim Ducks in the first period on February 5, 2009 at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Corey Perry;Pekka Rinne

Let me tell you, I was ecstatic that the Wings didn’t matchup against Nashville in round 1 this year. Trotz’ system is bulletproof and so is their 6’5″ goalie, Pekka Rinne. The Wings have also only won two of six against them this year. Sounds like a recipe for a six game defeat if you ask me. But with the Wings’ win today, Nashville matches up against arguable the hottest team in the NHL, the Anaheim Ducks, who won 14 of their last 19 games to push all the way to home ice advantage in round 1

Every season they’re predicted to finish out of the playoffs, and every year they’re somehow in the mix albeit an anemic offense and a roster of players no one has heard of. And every year it seems that they either finish fifth and face a powerhouse or against the team that ends up in the Finals. Take a look at their playoff history since their induction into the league and you won’t really question why they’ve never won a series:

2004: Lost to Detroit, who lead the league with 109 points
2006: Lost to San Jose, who had 99 points
2007:
Lost to San Jose, who had 107 points
2008: Lost to Detroit, who lead the league with 115 points and won the Stanley Cup
2010: Lost to Chicago, who won the Stanley Cup

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2011 Playoffs Are Set

Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2011 by davepoleck

Ohhhh baby!!! Five games are set for Wednesday night and I cannot wait!! Although I was on the edge of my seat for the entire game this afternoon, I am glad that the Hawks eventually made it into the postseason. Something just wouldn’t feel right if the defending Cup champs weren’t there. It also means we’re all treated to another stellar meeting between them and their arch rival Canucks.

The NHL has announced the first round broadcast schedule (aka my personal heaven on a nightly basis). I will have my predictions out before things get under way, but I have to say that I love the mix of old and new matchups. Three of the eight series are first time matchups; Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, San Jose and LA and Anaheim and Nashville.

Last year’s first round only featured one familiar matchup since the lockout and it was one that everyone knew the outcome to; Ottawa vs Pittsburgh. 2011 is a lot different:

Washington vs NY Rangers- 2009, Caps won in seven

Philadelphia vs Buffalo- 2006, Sabres won in six

Boston vs Montreal- 2008, Habs won in seven
                                          2009, Bruins won in four

Vancouver vs Chicago- 2009, Hawks won in six
                                                2010, Hawks won in six

Detroit vs Phoenix- 2010, Wings won in seven

Leafs and Wings Season Comparison

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2010 by davepoleck

I have added a section to the sidebar on the right which will compare the Leafs and Wings year this year, with their progress during the 2009-10 season. The original request I got was to just do the Leafs, but I can’t give the Leafs credit for improvement when I fully expect the Wings to improve on their season as well. As you can see, the Leafs 5th win didnt’ come until November 25 last year!

I also want to add a side note that will track some of the prospects for both teams throughout this season, I just need to ensure that I will be able to keep it up to date enough to make it worthwhile.

Leafs’ Schedule

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

I have already made note of how the Leafs are doing themselves a big favour with the run they are on right now because of the ease of their schedule. But here is a fun stat about their early season games. Completely irrelevant, but fun to think about:

The Leafs only play ONE team in their first 11 games that would have been in the Playoffs had they been in the Western Conference last season.

I say irrelevant because comparing this year to last is like apples and oranges. The Leafs are a perfect example of that; they have played great thus far. On the flip side, it’s also irrelevant because if you throw Buffalo and their 100 points into the Western Conference all season, they probably don’t finish with 100 points.

Now, based on who I would consider to be a “good” NHL team, I want to breakdown the Leafs 2010-11 schedule by month. By “good”, I mean either Cup contender or just a solid, all around team. Obviously there will be a few more teams in the West. Continue reading

This Week in the NHL

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2010 by davepoleck

The NHL is wasting no time in closing the books on last season and getting things started for the 2010-11 season. Suffice it say that there will be no problem finding enough things to write about over the next few weeks:

Tuesday June 22: 2010-11 season schedule is released

Tuesday June 22: 2010 Hall of Fame inductees are announced

Wednesday June 23: NHL Awards

Friday June 25: NHL Draft

Friday July 1: Free Agency Begins

Can’t wait.

Confusing Schedule

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on May 25, 2010 by davepoleck

I must say that I am shocked Game 1 of the Finals isn’t going to be Saturday afternoon in front a NBC audience that doesn’t care, but I am even more shocked at how much this Finals differs from last year.

This season, the two Conference Finals series ended on Sunday May 23 and Monday May 24; the Finals begins Saturday May 29, with Game 2 on Monday May 31. Last season, the Wings knocked out the Hawks on Wednesday May 27, but started the Finals just three days later on Saturday. Then they played Game 2 less than 24 hours later on Sunday. While Detroit won both of the opening games, the common consensus is that they just ran out of gas over the next five games of the series.

Could this be because Gary Bettman doesn’t have his poster boy in the series?

Quarterfinal Game times

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 23, 2010 by davepoleck

Because everyone knows who is going to win the men’s games today, but CTV will not release who will play when tomorrow, here is the schedule that I found for the quarterfinal games tomorrow:

United States vs Switzerland @ 3 pm

Russia vs Canada @ 7:30 pm

Sweden vs Slovakia @ 10 pm

Finland vs Czech @ 12 am

That is is yet another damn good day of hockey coming up tomorrow. The only game today that could possibly go the other way is if Belarus somehow beats the Swiss. Either way, the winner will lose to the US on Wednesday.