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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.

Poolies’ Dream Game

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

If you stacked up on Red Wings in the Playoff Pool, you would have seen your team do quite the jump in total points:

  • Lidstrom: 2 goals, 1 assists
  • Rafalski: 0 goals, 3 assists
  • Zetterberg: 0 goals, 3 assists
  • Filppula: 0 goals, 2 assists
  • Bertuzzi: 1 goal
  • Datsyuk: 2 goals, plus GWG
  • Franzen: 0 goals, 1 assists
  • Howard: 2 points for the win
  • Detroit: 5 points for series’ win

23 points in total

Detroit Globetrotters

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

Tomas Holmstrom #96 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates with teammates Pavel Datsyuk #13, Nicklas Lidstrom #5 and Todd Bertuzzi #44 after Holmstrom scored a second period goal against the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on January 2, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.

A game where a team dominates from the outset normally goes one of two ways; either the team continues to dominate and steamrolls their  opposition, or the dominated team catches a lucky break which turns the tide in their favour. What is very rare is to see a team catch a lucky break and then continue to get absolutely dominated. That was the story of tonight’s game 7 between Detroit and Phoenix. Continue reading

Wings, Kings In…Now the Seeding

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 5, 2010 by davepoleck

Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings makes the mask save against Michal Handzus #26 of the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on January 7, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

Two more teams clinched the playoffs in the West yesterday, leaving only the final spot open for discussion over the last week of the season. With Calgary’s regulation loss to Chicago yesterday, both the Detroit Red Wings and LA Kings clinched playoff births. Continue reading

Stupid YouTube

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 31, 2010 by davepoleck

How can I not find this save ANYWHERE!?! Not only that, it wasn’t even shown on TSN or Sportsnet this morning. Sportsnet I can understand…..but TSN…..come on. Anyways go to the 3:50 mark to see a save of the year candidate:

An Apology to Ozzie

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on March 23, 2010 by davepoleck

On November 23, 2009 I wrote a blog on how Chris Osgood was just five wins away from 400 in his career, and how he would likely pass greats like Grant Fuhr and Glenn Hall before the season was out. That night was a 3-1 loss to Nashville and his 14th start of the season.

Since that date, Ozzie has only started in a whopping six games, going 1-4-1. Since that date, Jimmy Howard has started 44 games, including 19 straight, and gone 24-12-8.

For this massive jinx of all jinxes, I apologize.

Crosby the Bitch

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 22, 2010 by davepoleck

Just watch the little temper tantrum on Henrik Zetterberg once he realized the game was out of hand for the Penguins.

Good for Jimmy Howard for getting involved and standing up for one of the stars. Some may be surprised, but Howard actually has a bit of a history of some goalie fights himself:

AHL vs Michael Leighton

AHL vs Zenon Konopka

Wings Buzzer Beater

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

This just shows you how quickly a play can develop. At 2.8 seconds left, I was just getting over throwing something at the TV because Peckham had covered the puck in the corner for a good 4 seconds. All it took was 2.8 seconds to get the puck to the net and put it in. It was insane. Too bad they lost and love losing to Edmonton; 0-3 against them this year. Congrats to Devan Dubnyk on his first NHL win.

Ovie’s 1st Shotless Game since Oct 6,2007…Wings still lose

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

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals looks to get a shot past Kris Draper #33 of the Detroit Red Wings on October 10, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

I am not going to say anything else about the title of this, just that it is pretty impressive for anybody to go over two full seasons plus playoffs without being shotless in a game. Well the Wings absolutely dominated the Caps IN Washington and still managed to lose the game on two quick third period goals. For anyone who watched it, it could have (and should have) been 5-0 after the 1st period. Being the optimist that I am when it comes to the Wings, I will say that they just played three games in four days, two within 24 hours, and two against two top 3 teams in the League. They should have beat Chicago with the two breakaways they had in overtime, and they definitely should have been able to bury Washington early. Unfortunately, they didn’t capitalize on all of their chances. I am optimistic because they still have four major players out of the lineup; Kronwall, Holmstrom, Franzen and Williams; and were playing Chicago and Washington teams that are full strength. That bodes well for the current ninth place team in the West. It looks like three of those four will be back by Feb 1, with Franzen being hopeful before the Olympics. Talk about some trade deadline acquisitions. The only team that will be able to add a 40 goal scorer to their lineup in February/March is whoever lands Kovalchuk. I have said before, WHEN the Wings get in, I would not want to play them first round.

West Disappointments and Surprises

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2010 by davepoleck

Alright, here we go; my surprises and disappointments from the Western Conference: Continue reading