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NHL Draft Lottery

Posted in NHL Draft, Prospect Talk with tags , , , , , on April 12, 2011 by davepoleck

Before the endless, repetitive and drawn out preview shows begin tonight, we get to see the (just) drawn out NHL Draft Lottery. The Oilers have a chance to win the lottery for the second year in a row. Here is the order:

Edmonton 25.0%
Colorado 18.8%
Florida  14.2%
NY Islanders 10.7%
Ottawa 8.1%
Atlanta 6.2%
Columbus 4.7%
New Jersey 3.6%
Boston (from TOR) 2.7%
Minnesota 2.1%
Colorado (conditional/optional from STL) 1.5%
Carolina 1.1%
Calgary 0.8%
Dallas 0.5%

Round 1 Predictions

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

Last year I went seven for eight; let’s see if I can make it perfect this year:

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Sabres-Flyers’ Final Minute

Posted in Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2011 by davepoleck

I am not a fan of the three point game; I don’t like that it rewards a team for inevitably losing the game and creates an unnecessary insane logjam in the standings. But now I have a whole new reason for hating it. Buffalo and Philly were 3-3 with just over a minute left last night. About 10 minutes earlier, Pittsburgh had beaten the Islanders to jump ahead of the Flyers for the Atlantic Division by a single point. Buffalo needed just one point in order to clinch a playoff spot. So what did they decide to do….

Zetterberg Down; Wings Out?

Posted in Detroit Red Wings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2011 by davepoleck

I’ve been refraining from posting on this because thinking about it makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry, but Henrik Zetterberg will likely be missing some of the Wings’ first round series this year. Zetterberg is the Wings leading scorer this year with 80 points in 80 games, but even more painful is the fact that he is a former Conn Smythe winner and has accummulated 87 points in his last 85 playoff games. He is one of the players that defines stepping it up in the post season.

Combine his loss with the Wings being 6-6-5 since the beginning of March and that they’ll be playing a team that has essentially been in playoff mode for the last month, and I have to say that I don’t like the Wings’ chances. Continue reading

Penguins vs Islanders

Posted in New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins with tags , , , , , , on April 8, 2011 by davepoleck

Barring any use of a time machine back to 1993, a game between the Penguins and Islanders normally wouldn’t get me going even if Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were healthy enough to play. But tonight is different because of what happened during their last matchup:

That February 11 matchup had a total of 346 penalty minutes, including 15 fighting majors, 20 misconducts and 10 ejections from the game.

Games with a violent history like this usually end up being major duds,  but this one could be different because of the fact that the Isles have absolutely nothing to play for.

By the Numbers

Posted in NHL Notes with tags , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2011 by davepoleck

Check out this article at NHL.com that takes a look at some numbers to remember from this past hockey season.

The most surprising one has to be

“#8 — Consecutive shootout goals by Los Angeles forward Jarret Stoll, including the deciding goal in L.A.’s playoff-clinching 3-2 win against Phoenix on Thursday. In all, Stoll is 9-for-10 in shootouts; his shooting percentage (90.0) would be the highest of any player with five or more shots since the shootout was introduced in 2005.”

A close second is how the hell can two players take 14 shots in a game and fail to score.

Torres Suspended

Posted in Vancouver Canucks with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2011 by davepoleck

Raffi Torres has been suspended four games for his hit to the head of Jordan Eberle on Tuesday night. With two games remaining on the schedule, this means that Torres won’t see any action until at least Game 3 of the Canucks opening round series.

Eberle left and did not return on Tuesday night, but came back to play last night against Calgary.

Leafs’ Drought Hits Six Years

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2011 by davepoleck

…..and that’s seven if you want to include the lockout.

How has it already been seven seasons since this happened against the Flyers?! I guess time flies when you suck. But the optimist would say that hope is on the horizon. They could have three 30 goal scorers since who knows when, they have seen their third/fourth stringer in camp come up and be phenomenal for over three months, and they have a ton of cap space.With that said, I still think they need a ton of work. Continue reading

Halak’s Own Goal

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , on November 17, 2010 by davepoleck

This goal is absolutely one of the craziest I have ever seen. Halak tries what has become almost a common move by a goaltender, to swat the puck in mid air out of harm’s way after save, but it backfires as it hits two points on his stick and ends up in the back of the net.

I can see the TSN Top 10 now….

The Wings were actually outplayed over the first two periods and outshot 24-17 over that span. Then the Wings scored four goals in just over three minutes in the third period.

Brian Burke = Fail

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 10, 2010 by davepoleck

Make that a major fail. The season isn’t even a quarter over, but it is pretty hard to make a case that the Leafs are going to make a push in the Playoffs right now. As a Leafs’ fan, why would you even want them to?

Where is the truculence? Nonexistent.

Where is the accountability? Ron Wilson blasting someone in the media does not make them accountable for their actions because there is absolutely no consequence! Who is going to replace the current lack of talent on the Leafs right now? They’ve already stated on multiple occasions that Kadri is not ready for NHL duty. Way to groom and build confidence in your best prospect who has 13 points in 13 games for the Marlies.

Where is any sign of promise in their younger players? Sure, they could compete for a Playoff spot in a few years with this core. But again, who wants that? These are all second or third line players being thrown in positions they are not ready for, and are not skilled enough to be in.

Brian Burke was supposed to come in and build a team that would compete for a Stanley Cup. He has almost been here for two years now, and all he has been able to do is completely turn over a roster and make it even worse than it was when he got here. Regardless of what he says, he wanted his own finger prints all over this team. That is why there are only five players left from the starting lineup the Leafs iced during Burke’s first game; Grabovski, Kaberle, Kulemin, Mitchell and Schenn.

For me, it all starts with one word when describing Burke; arrogance. Continue reading