Fantasy Hockey Playoff ONE (5/22)
WRITTEN BY CHRIS WASSEL | 21 MAY 2011
Thanks to the guys from DonBestTV for their look at the Western Conference Finals Game 4. We always try to get a different perspective for our fantasy poolies and hockey fans. Sunday afternoon features a game that could feature a little craziness and plenty of bad blood. San Jose and Vancouver do not like each other and discipline was almost optional for many stages of Game 3.
For fantasy owners, this is a win-win because power play goals are nearly guaranteed in this type of scenario. Also, these are two teams that cannot live without making life for the fans crazy, then that is also a very good thing. People do get irked because we basically almost expect San Jose and Vancouver to fall all over themselves in an attempt to outdo their “failures” and yet one of these teams will win their series and go on to the Stanley Cup Finals.
But take heart, neither Vancouver or San Jose could sit there and hold a candle to a team in the Eastern Conference. It is time to take a look back.
There are just times when you just say oh god forget it! For Boston, that happened yesterday afternoon. Maybe they were thinking about the horses perhaps. Whatever it was, they killed their fans in a way that is highly reminiscent of a game against theNew York Rangers near the tail end of the season.
For one, yes we found it. And two, we went there. Here is that early April game as we promised with linkage to ESPN HERE. The key thing to note is this. The Bruins had a 3-0 lead and gave up five straight unanswered goals to win 5-3. If this sounds familiar, well then your perceptive skills are excellent as always. One thing was very similar in both of these games was this fact. Clearly the Rangers and Lightning turned up a tenacity that the Bruins could not answer. It is not the first time nor the last time this will happen and fantasy and hockey fans just know this comes part and parcel with Boston. Still, it is surprsing for a Game 4 of an ECF, then again, well yes you figure it out.
Now there were differences between the two comebacks. Obviously the Rangers needed a goal in the third, waited over 16 minutes into the third and then popped 3 in less than 3 minutes. Tampa had it tied after 40 then scored early in the third and added the empty netter. However the biggest thing in common was that Boston just lacks that killer instinct in situations where they have it handed to them on a silver platter. Patrice Bergeron played out of his mind in the first and then he gradually disappeared. The whole team did. Tim Thomas even let up some. That cannot happen in this day and age in the NHL. While it was great for fantasy poolies, it was a scene Boston fans have seen far too much. It has to hurt.
Also, Simon Gagne had a goal, 2 assists, and was a +4. That had to help fantasy owners who still kept him aboard when so many did not in the playoffs after the concussion. Simply put, Boston may feel a bit of a hangover in Game 5. Keep an eye out for it.
Now back to the game scheduled for today……
SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2011
|Vancouver||at||San Jose||3:00 PM | Tickets|
Hell and brimstone here we go. This will likely be the shortest preview ever as San Jose comes in still down 2 games to 1 against Vancouver. The Sharks were the recipients of 10 power play chances in Game 3 and no one thinks that will be duplicated in Game 4. Vancouver did get a five minute major on a penalty that may or may not have merited one. San Jose nearly blew a three goal lead (Joe Thorntonparallel).
Antti Niemi gave up three goals and looked very good despite it while Roberto Luongo gave up all four goals while playing deep and on his heels. Toes not heels Mr. Luongo…just saying. One would think a goalie coach would tell him to stop falling back and yet he does it far too much lately. Is he scared or nervous? Who knows.
There is no real way to expect what is going to happen this afternoon at 3pm ET as these two teams face off. Even after four simulations thanks to NHL11, it really still was unclear other than the over would hit. It is time to do this crazy thing once again. Some things we get it right and some thing we do not. Hey its like lotto. With a dollar and a dream, someday this almost all goes perfect. Time to see what we got.
- Antti Niemi (SJ) — 3 GA on 30 shots
- Joe Thornton (SJ) — 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 SOG
- Ryan Clowe (SJ) — 2 goals, 5 SOG
- Roberto Luongo (VAN) — 4 GA on 35 shots
- Ryan Kesler (VAN) — 1 goal, 1 assist 5 SOG
- Henrik Sedin (VAN) — 1 goal, 1 assist 4 SOG
There it goes. One has the feeling that a wildcard or two may be thrown in too. Dan Boyle is almost expect to be some kind of factor for San Jose and Mason Raymondfor Vancouver will be our designated picks. It does not mean they will trump one of the guys on our list but hey you never know.
Good luck fantasy poolies and hockey fans and remember to make your opinions known with our new Livefyre commenting system. Thanks and have a great Sunday.