Good afternoon FHC readers. This is my first attempt at the press box, sorry its late but weather man was calling for rain today so I had to get some yard work down first. Plus I am on the West Coast so instead of reading this with your morning coffee perhaps you can read it with your afternoon coffee.
Thanks to Pharling for doing this column on the weekdays.
Anyone who thought the Nashville Predators and Phoenix Coyotes series was going to be low scoring had a wake-up call in game one. It was back and forth action with the Coyotes winning another OT game. Mike Smith made some amazing saves. Click here to see. Click here to see OT save.
Ray Whitney continues his scoring touch from the regular season recording an assist and scoring the OT winner. Not bad for a guy who will turn 40 on May 8. Click here to see.
Mikkel Boedker scores an absolute beauty of a goal and will move up on fantasy GM’s radars. Click here to see.
A co-worker and I were talking about teams that move to another city and we couldn’t come up with a single team that has won the Stanley Cup at some point in their franchise history and moved. Could the Coyotes win the Cup this year only to move to another city this off-season? Lets also hope that things get resolved with the New York Islanders as it would be terrible to see a team with that much history have to move.
Here are a few tidbits about these playoffs that are quite interesting. Of the 48 games in the first round 16 of them went to overtime. A few bounces the other way and all of the second round match-ups would be different. The only first round series that didn’t have an OT game was the Nashville versus the Detroit Red Wings series.
Another interesting thing that has happened in the first round was there was no advantage to playing at home. The road team won 32 of the 48 games; likely one of the reasons why we had so many upsets in the first round.
I did pretty good with my first round predictions. I was bang on for two series as I predicted the St. Louis Blues winning in five and the Phoenix Coyotes winning in six. I correctly predicted all of the teams in the East but not the number of games. The only two series I got wrong was Vancouver and Detroit. I think only Kings fans would have predicted an upset and I knew I should have gone with my head and not my heart for Detroit. Being a die-hard Wings fan it was just too hard to say they would lose and couldn’t do it. (HAHA)
Here are my second round predictions:
Nashville over Phoenix in six
St. Louis over Los Angeles in six
Philadelphia over New Jersey in five
Washington over New York in seven
I love twitter and here are some interesting one from today:
Bruce Garrioch tweeted “Chris Neil says Alfredsson should play for "years" not just 1.”
Dan Murphy tweeted “Reports say Burrows to join team Canada at World Championships. How big will the hug be with Duncan Keith when he walks into dressing room?”
Boston Bruins tweeted “Rask said that although negotiations haven't begun he intends on staying in Boston. Sees it as a good situation.”
Aaron Brouwer is the co-creator of fantasyhockeycoach.com. FHC is a free fantasy hockey service that developed a ranking system combining post-lockout statistics, current factors and our own hockey knowledge. Brouwer writes a weekly fantasy hockey column for Bleacher Report, The Star Phoenix, Fantrax and Inside Hockey. Email Coach Brouwer at [email protected] or check us out on twitter at twitter.com/fanhockeycoach.