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Calling the Other Alex….Soon

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2010 by davepoleck

Lost in the midst of arguably the most intriguing series of round 1 so far is the disappearing act that Alexander Semin has been pulling. The Montreal-Washington first round matchup has pretty much seen it all through the first three games; smack talking off the ice, goalies being pulled, overtime thrillers, comebacks and upsets. All of these events are to be expected during the grueling first round, especially when it is an underdog trying to prove itself against the best team in the league.

The one thing this series hasn’t seen is an appearance from the other Capitals’ star named Alex, Alex Semin, who has put up a big, fat goose egg on the scoresheet through three games, although he has 16 shots.  Continue reading

Zetterberg Can’t Shoot…out

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

I am the last person I would expect to be calling out the Red Wings head coach, but desperate times call for desperate measure Mr. Mike Babcock. The Wings are on the verge of being knocked further down in the Western playoff race. They have now lost three in a row and would be in 10th right now if it weren’t for a late third period comeback against the Blues.

My issue is their shootout lineup. Henrik Zetterberg, their supposed sniped, has not scored in six straight shootout attempts. When things aren’t working, you need to make a change! I don’t care who is the highest paid or biggest name, they need goals in the shootout and Zetterberg isn’t giving them. It makes it even worse that all you need to do is deke to the right and Jimmy Howard will sprawl out on his stomach. Zetts is now 2 for 10 on the season; fellow teammate Pavel Datsyuk is 6 for 10. Johan Franzen was back in their lineup for god sakes!! Now he probably would have went fourth had they made it their, but why not put Mule in for Zetterberg….2 for 10!!!!!!!

EJ Scores

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

Yet another prime example of why my fantasy season is quickly went down the tubes for the first time in a while, Erik Johnson scored last night for the first time in 31 games!! I guess it was a lot to expect this former first round pick to have his breakout year just one season after missing all of the 2008-09 campaign.

Johnson was one of the few highlights of the Blues’ early season. He had 18 points in 25 games and was leading the team in scoring at one point. Then, everything went downhill. He has been a healthy scratch multiple times over this slump and has only registered seven assists.

Oh well, he will be back next year….as long as he avoids golf carts

Another Loss

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 27, 2010 by davepoleck

Alright I was trying to avoid this, but I just can’t do another post until I address the Wings game last night. Just ANOTHER third period collapse for the Red Wings. They had a fucking 4-2 with 1:30 to go, blew that, and lost in overtime….at home nonetheless. This all fucking started when Steve Ott was awarded a phantom goal in the shootout on January 16. I say phantom because there is absolutely no replay of the goal going in. Since then, this is what they have done with their leads

Dallas Jan 16: led 2-0 after 1st, lost 3-2 in a shootout

Washinton Jan 19: led 2-1 with 9 minutes to go, allowed 2 goals in 45 seconds to lose 3-2

Minnesota Jan 21: led 3-1 with 11 minutes to go, allowed 2 goals in 1 minute, but won in a shootout

Los Angeles Jan 23: led 2-0 after 1st, and 2-1 going into the 3rd, lost 3-2

Phoenix Jan 26: led 4-2 with 1:30 to go, lost 5-4 in OT

Even if they had of gotten two points more points out of all of those mishaps, they would be three points up on Calgary instead of one. I think I know what the issue is. After months of playing with grinding players all over their lineup, they finally have almost all of their regulars back. This makes them a much faster and more dangerous team offensively. So a month ago when everyone was out, they had to rely on hard work for 60 minutes in order to pump out a win. Now, they are finding that they are getting more chances, more shots and more puck possession. They are stuck playing  their classic puck control style and have moved away from playing the grinding defensive game that made them successful with such a battered lineup.

Thanfully, a lot of the other teams competing with them are going through tough times right now as well. If this had happened a month ago, the Wings would have found themselves six or seven points out of the playoffs. Instead, they are in eighth and have the ability to extend their lead on the Flames tonight against Minnesota. But like every game in the West, there are no easy games. Their upcoming opponents are Minnesota, Nashville, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Anaheim and LA. In the next six games there are five against Western opponents fighting for playoff spots. Fuck I hate the West. 6 – 12 in the East is Philly, NYR, Florida, Montreal, Boston, Atlanta and the Islanders. The West is LA, Nashville, Detroit, Calgary, Dallas, Anaheim, Minnesota.

The Wings better quickly forget about their collapse last night as they face the Wild in Minnesota tonight. Chris Osgood will start, and if they win, I wouldn’t be surprise to see him get more action. Jimmy Howard has not been bad by any means, but they need something to change here.