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Awful OT Winners

Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2011 by davepoleck

Awful play by Marian Gaborik poking this puck by the best goalie in the league. Believe me….he had the situation under control.

Neal just turns and fires; Roloson wasn’t even ready for this one. Pittsburgh is winning games exactly the same way they were after Crosby went down, boring, shutdown hockey. Please come back, Tampa Bay.

I love two things about this video. A) that it has already been posted on YouTube. B) It was definitely posted by a Wings’ fan because it is titled “Cleary scores an amazing goal of the pad of Bryzgalov”. Planned, yes. Amazing…c’mon.

Stanley Cup Pick

Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs, San Jose Sharks, Washington Capitals with tags , , , , , , , on April 13, 2011 by davepoleck

Well, the picture should tell you who I think is going to end up in the Finals, and if you can decipher it then Im pretty sure you can tell who I think is going to win. That’s right!! The WASHINGTON CAPITALS will take their newly honed defensive system all he way to Lord Stanley, beating the San Jose Sharks in a six game classic.

Michal Neuvirth will actually stick around as the Caps starter this time, too.  Remember, he already has two Calder Cups under his belt so he is no stranger to pressure. The Caps will beat the Bruins in the East Conference Final, and the Sharks will finally get over the hump against the Canucks in the West.

My early season pick of the Flyers don’t make it out of round 2; mainly because I am actually worried that they even make it out of round 1 against the Sabres. The Red Wings are always dangerous to go deep, but i just don’t have faith in Jimmy Howard to carry a series for the Wings. With no Zetterberg, and a non Franzen-Franzen, they will bow out to San Jose in round 2.

Of course, I also wouldn’t be surprised to see Washington upset by the Rangers considering AO hasn’t even scored against Lundqvist all year. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see a team like Buffalo, Nashville or Anaheim ride their streaking players all the way to the Finals. That is why the playoffs are great; anything can happen….


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

Capital Struggles

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2010 by davepoleck

With the second overall pick in my yearly money league, I felt like the luckiest guy in the world when someone picked Stamkos over Ovechkin first overall. But now it looks as though Ovechkin is actually human, even going as far as to somewhat complain about the coverage against him thus far in 2010-11.

I don’t expect it average-ness to last, but it is definitely something worth pointing out, especially when it’s not only Ovechkin who isn’t producing. Here is a look at their big guns through 10 games compared to last season.

Alex Ovechkin
5 goals, 5 assists, +1
50 shots

9 goals, 8 assists, +8
67 shots

Niklas Backstrom

3 goals, 3 assists, even
24 shots
1 PPG, 2 PPA 

2 goals, 9 assists, +3
23 shots
1 PPG, 4 PPA

Alex Semin

5 goals, 3 assists, +4
30 shots

7 goals, 6 assists, +3
33 shots

2010-11 Stanley Cup Pick

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

Didn’t do too bad by picking the Flyers to win last year. Although it wasn’t the way I expected them to get there (that’s right, I didn’t predict them to make the Playoffs on the last day, upset NJ and then come back from an 0-3 series deficit from Boston), they still ended up two wins away from Lord Stanley.

Are you ready for my prediction this year……. Continue reading

Belanger Deal Drama

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , on September 15, 2010 by davepoleck

So according to newly signed Phoenix Coyote Eric Belanger, he had a verbal deal in place with the Washington Capitals that would bring him back to the team for one year at $1.85 million. The deal was supposed to go through  after the Caps cleared up some space with a trade. What that trade was is complete speculation because it obviously never happened, thus Belanger signed a one year deal with Phoenix earlier this week. Belanger lost out on $1.1 million between the two deals!

Although the Caps just re-signed Fleischmann, I keep hearing that he will be used as trade bait throughout the season. His second half performance definitely doesn’t bode well on a team that is absolutely going to have to move some bodies before next season starts. UFAs next year are Fleischmann, Semin, Knuble, Laich and Tom Poti, while both Varlamov and Neuvirth are RFAs.

Corvo, Walker Out

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , on June 3, 2010 by davepoleck

According to the Washington Post, Scott Walker and Joe Corvo will not be offered contracts by the Washington Capitals this offseason. Both were acquired at the trade deadline this season, and while GM George McPhee expressed interest, there just isn’t enough money to go around for the veterans.

While Joe Corvo will be highly pursued as he has been many times post lockout, Scott Walker will probably have to take a pay cut from the $2.5 million he made last season. Looking for a destination for Corvo? Look no further than whichever team misses out on the Kaberle sweepstakes.

Capital Gain

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2010 by davepoleck

Image: Nicklas Backstrom

Rumour has it that RFA Nicklas Backstrom has re-signed with the Washinton Capitals for 10 years, somewhere between $60-70 million. Backstrom is would be one of the top centres in the League no matter what, but playing with Ovechkin obviously doesn’t hurt. He came into the League as a set up centreman, but over his first three seasons his goal totals were 14, 22 and 33 this past year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him be a consistent 35+ goal man as he enters his prime.

I doubt the Caps re-sign Theodore, but they need a new deal for Michal Neuvirth this year, and Varlamov next. Unless they shop Semin, signing Backstrom to this deal means Brendan Morrison won’t be back and probably one of Tomas Fleischmann or Eric Fehr, both are RFAs. Scott Walker and Eric Belanger could stick around if they want to take a pay cut, but that doesn’t seem to happen anywhere but Detroit.

Game 7: Montreal vs Washington

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

Well, I struck gold once again with my reverse prediction psychology last night by picking the Coyotes over the Red Wings, but thankfully I won’t be using those magical skills in tonight’s prediction: Continue reading

P.K. Subban Called Up

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by davepoleck

The second best name in hockey will be playing for the Montreal Canadiens tonight in Game 6. P.K. Subban has been called up from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs and should be dressing in tonight’s game against Washington. In the six game series victory for Hamilton over Manitoba, Subban has three and six assists, leading the team in scoring.

The Bulldogs are going to be opening their second round series on Thursday against either Abbotsford or Rochester. I suspect they are praying for a Motnreal loss so they can get their stud back.