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Canucks vs Hawks

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

Speaking of the highest paid players in the game, Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks face off against their Playoff kryptonite, the Chicago Blackhawks. Luongo’s struggles against the Hawks have been well documented, mainly because they were the team that knocked Vancouver out of  the post season the past two seasons. Starting with their second round series in 2008-09, here is how Luongo has fared against Chicago:

2008-09 Playoffs

W: 5-3. 0.903%
L: 3-6. 0.839%
W: 3-1. 0.958%
OTL: 1-2. 0.929%
L: 2-4. 0.897%
L: 5-7. 0.767%

2009-10 Season

W: 3-2. 0.900%
L: 0-1. 0.941%
W: 5-1. 0.977%
L: 3-6. 0.643%

2009-10 Playoffs

W: 5-1. 0.973%
L: 2-4. 0.909%
L: 2-5. 0.857%
L: 4-7. 0.818%
W: 4-1. 0.967%
L: 1-5. 0.857%

That comes out to a record of 6-9-1, with the Hawks scoring an average of 4.5 goals in the games that they win. Tonight’s regular season game pales in comparison to the intensity and pressure of the Playoffs, but I found it interesting that in the two games where Vancouver were knocked out of the Playoffs, Luongo let in a total of 12 goals.

While a lot of the blame does fall on the shoulders of Luongo, and even more because he was the captain last year, you also have to look at how the Sedin’s have been somewhat contained over their two series against Chicago. In 2008-09, Henrik had three goals and three assists, while Daniel only had three assists over the first five games of the series, then finally scored two in their 7-5 elimination loss. Last season, Henrik again led the way with two goals and four assists (way below his 1.36 points per game average from the season); Daniel only had one goal and three assists over six games.

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Round 2 Predictions

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2010 by davepoleck

Round 2 begins just one day after Round 1 ended. I got six of the eight series right in Round 1, let’s see how Round 2 goes. I will throw up the Wings/Sharks series predictions first because they start tonight:

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Edler on Smyth

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 20, 2010 by davepoleck

Edler is putting on a Kronwall-2008 type show in the first three games of this postseason.

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

West Playoff Predictions

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2010 by davepoleck

Well, here we go. My 2010 playoff predictions for the Western Conference. Unlike what seems like everyone else in the world, I am not going by the theory that there HAS TO be an upset in the first round. I am going with who I think will win the series. Expect the Eastern predictions very soon. Continue reading

Down To Three

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , on April 11, 2010 by davepoleck

Regardless of what happens today, the Red Wings will not face the Blackhawks in Round 1. If the Wings beat Chicago today, they lock up 5th place and will play the Coyotes. If the Red Wings lose to the Hawks, their seed will depend on LA does against Colorado. If LA loses in regulation, the Wings will remain in 6th spot and face Vancouver. However, if they get a point, the Wings drop to 7th in the West. And since a Blackhawks’ win today means they clinch the #1 seed, finishing 7th would mean a Detroit-San Jose first round matchup.

200 for Zetterberg!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 4, 2010 by davepoleck

What a sick fake by Henrik Zetterberg last night for his 200th career goal. Too bad the Wings put up another dud. Can’t afford too many of those the rest of the way.