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NHL Playoff Observations -- Round Two Tuesday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • The Kings and the Blackhawks are the class of the league. The Bruins are a step behind them. The rest? They might as well be in the AHL.
  • Has Marc-Andre Fleury exorcized his demons? I thought not. Neither has Ilya Bryzgalov.
  • David Krejci lined up against Pavel Datsyuk in the first series and now has Thomas Plekanec to manage. So, the three points in eight games makes complete sense. Too bad I didn't have that sense when I picked him for my playoff pool.
  • And the Wild lead by three. I didn't think I'd ever hear that this series.
  • Peter Laviolette in Nashville? Now THAT'S a change. The ice has tilted.
  • Speaking of Marian Gaborik -- there's proof positive that an offensively-brilliant player can excel in a defensive system. He has six goals and three assists in his last seven games. Gabby, get thy name on a contract extension right now. You have what is called #fit
  • Tyler Toffoli is going to be a star in this league. Not a superstar, but a star nonetheless.
  • Yoo-hoo, Rick Nash -- are you going to start giving back some of that big salary soon? You're the invisible man. Even Sidney Crosby got the monkey off his back.
  • The Kings and the Blackhawks are the class of the league. The Bruins are a step behind them. The rest? The AHL.
  • I held my breath when Jonathan Toews took that shot to the helmet in the third period. He seems OK, but that history of concussions ...

Comments

By: dlukenelson
On: 5/7/2014 4:20:00 PM
I'm with you on the Wild. Didn't think that'd happen, but when they get last change they're tough to play against. (And they've just generally been good at home.)

In the postseason Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan O'Reilly, Nathan MacKinnon, Paul Statsny, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, and Marian Hossa have a combined 25 player games against Minnesota at their home rink and 17 player games in Minnesota. Their combined output: 14 goals and 26 assists at home, two goals and four assists in Minnesota. Worth considering if you're going to play a star forward against Minnesota.

Wild could win one more before losing the series.
 
By: Janet Eagleson
On: 5/7/2014 7:18:00 PM
Good points, dlukenelson -- the Wild do seem to have a way with opposing stars while on home ice.
 

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