Fantasy Hockey Playoff ONE (6/4)
WRITTEN BY CHRIS WASSEL | 04 JUNE 2011
Will they be celebrating in Vancouver after Game 2?
That may be the burning question. Now this will be a quick edition of the Fantasy Hockey Playoff ONE because these last games indicate a finality of sorts. In its own way, the Stanley Cup Finals really is the transition to the off season. That does not mean the off season will be dead as it never is.
Well first, we sneak a look back at Game 1. Thankfully there was lots of snarl.
It may have been a 1-0 game but there was a “bite” to this game that gave one the feeling there was not much of a feeling out process. We do apologize for the bad pun and yes there is the Alex Burrows reference all but waiting to come out. However, this game was physical and as a result of a hip check gone wrong, Dan Hamhuis will be out for Game 2 (lower body injury) and Keith Ballard likely will be in.
Boston did not dominate faceoffs necessarily but they controlled faceoffs. With that, they dictated the pace of the game for the first two and a half periods. Their only problem was once again, the lack of a power play. The same thing could be said about Vancouver as it almost appeared there was a rubbing off of sorts. By the end of the night, both teams looked more comfortable 5 on 5 with Vancouver finally taking over the last ten minutes of the game in all phases.
In the end, it still looked like the game would go into OT because of Tim Thomas but there was yet another plot twist. Ryan Kesler made an amazing play to stay onside and Raffi Torres was the recipient of a great pass. Torres potted the quick chance off a bad turnover and as a result, Vancouver pretty much stole Game 1 just 18.5 seconds before the expected extra session.
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2011
|Boston||at||Vancouver||8:00 PM | Gameday|
Well there clearly is a feeling that Boston must win this Game 2 as Vancouver is a team that can take its game on the road and adapt it well. There are a lot of things in Game 1 that normally would not have happened but yet the goaltenders combined to stop 69 of 70 shots. Scoring chances were plenty but execution was just a bit off and maybe that should have actually been expected.
The power play for both teams was awful as they combined to go 0 for the night. After the initial 9 shot barrage on a early four minute power play for Boston, everything went downhill even with a few 5 on 3’s sprinkled in. Again, Zdeno Charadoes not work in front of the net. His hand-eye-stick reflexes clearly are not at NHL speed and that hurts more than help. Shots are either hitting him or easy tips are being missed. What Claude Julien needs to do is rotate Chara around like a rover so he can use that shot as well as the occasionally built in traffic. Some day these coaches will learn.
Vancouver was not much better as they never really created much traffic either. Though they did have chances, Tim Thomas was pretty much able to see everything coming at him. Vancouver has to generate moving traffic along with great passing to get those shots that will find the back of the net like that scoring play at the end of Game 1.
Yes here is the quick and short of it.
- Tim Thomas (BOS) — 2 GA on 32 shots
- David Krejci (BOS) — 2 goals, 5 SOG
- Zdeno Chara (BOS) — 2 assists, 4 SOG
- Nathan Horton (BOS) — 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 SOG
- Patrice Bergeron (BOS) — 1 assist, 3 SOG, 60 % FOW
- Roberto Luongo (VAN) — 3 GA on 30 shots
- Ryan Kesler (VAN) — 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 SOG
- Alex Burrows (VAN) — 1 goal, 5 SOG
- Henrik Sedin (VAN) — 1 assist, 3 SOG
- Daniel Sedin (VAN) — 1 assist, 4 SOG
The strange thing from the two main sims off of NHL11 that we ran was more the two backup sims that were run after. Both indicated very low scoring long games while the full sims we ran were more of a high scoring nature. It did get us thinking as to where to go here. In the end, the middle ground was something worth running with.
Good luck fantasy poolies and again here is our prediction for tonight.
BOSTON 3 VANCOUVER 2 (OT)