Fantasy Hockey Playoff ONE (5/10)

by Chris Wassel
This game in 15 minutes…..
Tonight we have Game 6 of the Western Conference Semis between Detroit and San Jose. Thanks to all of our twitter friends and beat writers who have the following news.
  • Johan Franzen is out (ankle)
  • Ryan Clowe is out (undisclosed)
  • Mike Modano is in (lineup change)

Well that is a mouthful to digest for both teams.  This definitely is a good tradeoff for Detroit who had a Mule that was maybe 25% and pretty much useless offensively.  With Clowe being out, San Jose does have a bit of a void there.  It means Patrick Marleau has to step up at some point, right?  Time will tell on that but Detroit is clearly juiced for Game 6.  Will that work for or against them?  That is the burning question.

First, it is time to take a quick “look back” at last night’s Game 6 in Nashville as Vancouver eliminated Nashville with a 2-1 victory.

LOOKING BACK:

So Ryan Kesler again went “beast mode” and took over the Vancouver-Nashville game in the first period.  His two assists and plays will probably be talked about in Vancouver lore similar to Trevor Linden’s ’94 playoff run.  Vancouver used those two goals and a stingy defense to hold on for the 2-1 series clinching win.  Yes David Legwand scored for Nashville and Preds fans have to be encouraged that he played well in this series.  Mike Fisher did not however and was victimized quite a bit by Kesler in the six games.  Fisher was who we thought he was….”a one round wonder”. It is funny how a decimated team can make a player look so good.  Maybe Fisher and Nashville should thank Anaheim because of the confidence that the Preds will have going into next year. They really are a top scorer maybe two away.

Shots and scoring chances were hard to come by after the first period last night and that mostly had to do with how Vancouver played it last night.  It was a textbook road game in every sense of the word.  Even the save at the end by Roberto Luongo onShea Weber had some dispute but stat trackers did count it as a save.  It reminded me a bit of the Marc-Andre Fleury save on Nick Lidstrom to close out the 2009 Finals.

Vancouver played Game 6 partly like they should have played Game 5.  The bottom line is they are in the Western Conference Finals awaiting the winner of San Jose and Detroit.  Who will they play and what kind of fantasy impact will that have?  Well all we know is that Game 1 of the WCF is Sunday Night in Vancouver.  Now about that schedule….

SCHEDULE TIME:

TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011

Teams Notes
San Jose at Detroit 7:05 PM | Gameday 
Well this one is going to be some game.  Simply what you need to know is that 4-3 seems to be the predestined score.  Clearly Pavel Datsyuk is so vital along withHenrik Zetterberg.  San Jose has to get an increased presence from Patrick Marleau.  Antti Niemi has played pretty well in this series but also not so well so consistency tonight is paramount.  San Jose had the chances galore in Game 5 but could not finish.  The fact that Jimmy Howard kept them in the game long enough made the comeback possible in the first place.  Many forget that.

Fantasy poolies definitely get hurt by the loss of Clowe because most every fantasy pool is set before Round 1.  The roster you have is the roster you are stuck with for better or for worse.  The goalies are going to give up their goals and that is almost a given but they have to make the key saves throughout the game and not just early or late because in this game no one will know when they are made until the game is looked back upon.

So how are we going to project this one for the three key players on each squad?  This one was extremely tough but we think we have a handle on it.

Game 6 Scenarios:

  • Jimmy Howard (DET) — 3 GA on 31 shots
  • Pavel Datsyuk (DET) — 2 assists, 2 SOG
  • Nick Lidstrom (DET) — 1 goal, 4 SOG 
  • Antti Niemi (SJ) — 4 GA on 40 shots 
  • Patrick Marleau (SJ) — 1 goal, 1 assist  5 SOG
  • Joe Pavelski (SJ) — 2 goals, 6 SOG

Now we do not really know what is going to happen but again this is based on several simulations compiled by playing NHL 11.  We wish a hearty good luck to the fantasy playoff poolies out there and will be live tweeting throughout the game tonight.  This will be a good one to watch as all five games previous have been decided by one goal.  Why expect any different for Game 6?  It will be a fantasy feast.
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