Play Off Pool version 1.0 stats after round #3

Just as the Shadow predicted a Pens vs. Red Wings final. We are going to go with Pens in 6 and Crosby as MVP. Throughout the playoffs my record has been 12 and 2 only the Flyers have screwed us up in 2 rounds before being ousted by the Pens ( for the first time ever the Pens eliminated the Flyers!)

The totals going into round #3 (only including the players involved in round #3) have:

(these totals do not include eliminated players from round #1 and #2 only the players in round #3 and their totals)

The Shadow at 176

Bladerunners at 174

Doug at 125

Rob at 119

Bob 1 at 106

Collin at 61

Richard at 59

Lets see who wins the finals and despite the fact that the Bladrunners are 2 points behind the Shadow, that includes only scores of their active players in round 3. We'll see if they can beat at least Shadow in the Stanley Cup Finals. But they are far away from actually winning the entire pool.

Any thoughts from anyone about predictions on the finals and who the MVP will be? I am putting a coke bet on my predictions lets see if anyone will challenge...


Playoff Pool Ver1.0 Stats After 2 Rounds

So far I have three teams left in the final 4....Damn Flyers beat my Canadians...oh well. Here are the numbers however, for each team...

Team Bob1 158
Shadow 153
Rob 146
Doug 140
Bladerunners and Collin tied at 134
Richard 119

Team Bob1 players remain: Datsyuk, Crosby, Malkin, B Richards, Robidas, Gonchar and Lidstrom

Shadow: Fleury, Crosby, Malkin, Sykora, Hossa, Zetterberg, Datsyuk, B Richards, Lidstron, Robidas, Gonchar and Whitney

Rob: Crosby, Malkin, Sykora, Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Gonchar, Lidstrom, Rafalski

Doug: Crosby, Malkin, Hossa, Sykora, Zetterberg, Gonchar, Whitney, Rafalski, Lidstrom

Bladerunners: Hasek, Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Hudler, Malkin, Crosby, Hossa, Sykora, Gonchar, Whitney, Rafalski, Lidstrom

Collin: Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Gonchar, Lidstrom

Richard: Crosby, Malkin, Whitney, Gonchar

Right now the total pool is worth $70. Winner takes all. And good luck to all in rounds 3 and 4. But now I hope to be more up-to-date on the stats.


World Hockey Championships

As Caroline and I were watching Canada totally dominate Slovenia and then the US struggle with Latvia, Caroline became totally enthralled with the Latvian fans. Here were 1000 plus fans who flew all the way to Canada to watch their team for the most part get totally dominated for most of the games the team will play. Even the Slovenians had a couple hundred fans for their game. American fans were almost non-existant. The thing with the Latvians were that they were vocal through out the game cheering their squad on or good hockey in the Canada Slovenian game. They banged their drums, cheer, chanted and jeered the ref on bad calls. The question that Caroline then asked was "why is it that a group of us who have followed hockey for years have never done a pigrimage to the World Championships?" Some of the jerseys that the Latvian or Slovian fans wore showed the location and year for each of the championships they went to.

As for the hockey, Canada totally outclassed the Slovenian on every aspect of the game. The Heatley, Nash, Getzlaf line were a joy to watch. Kopitar had a couple of nice moments and scored on the five on three powerplay. Kopitar also played the penatly kill quite effectively going down and blocking shots. The saving grace for the Slovenians was their goaltender. He stopped 60 of 65 shots and was by far the star of the game. Everybody in the crowd and in the bar afterwards was talking about the continual brilliant saves that he made. There were at least 5 how did that not go in and numerous other saves that showed excellent positioning and skill. By the way the goalie still used the old leather pads as equipment. You give him the new lightweight high tech pads and he would be even quicker.

Latvia held the US to 4 powerplay goals. 5 on 5 and the americans struggled to break throught the Latvian Defence. Latvia brought a large defensive team that frustrated the Americans. This chippy affair gave the Americans at least 10 power plays but the americans gave up a few and except for a few timely saves by Thomas the Latvians should have and deserved a goal. Unfortunately the Latvians have no offensive ability and it showed on the poor passing on the powerplay and could not sustain pressure in the offensive zone.



Hello all and congratulations on the season.

Having been nudged by Bob to post a post-season line up, not getting to it, and then seeing all my would-be picks get swiftly eliminated (I always underestimate Detroit and Pittsburgh it seems) I feel okay.

Special thanks also to Bob for getting my picks up after WD2. I hit a busy stretch, and being in last of top 8 was extra incentive to trade it all away. I am both psyched and intimidated to be going into a PrD with good picks, and having to pay attention to it this year. Shame not to see you make it Brian. Cam, congratulations on hosing me in the Nabokov trade.

I look forward to seeing you all again in September for the main event, and the Lost Boys first FP draft.

Until then, I'd be curious if those of you with magic-8 balls who were prognosticating about who the top 12 picks would be and post it in August 2008, would be good enough to review your picks at the time and compare with who actually got picked, and how they fared. (Cause that would be good reading material).


GM Lost Boys