Fantasy Playoff Hockey ONE (6/10)
WRITTEN BY CHRIS WASSEL | 10 JUNE 2011
Game 1 seems like a lifetime ago for these two teams. Yet here we are with Game 5 coming up tonight between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins. The strangest thing about this series is a bounce or two and this one could have nearly been over or over already. However the series is tied as both teams have simply held serve in two divergent ways.
Vancouver won by a goal and in late fashion in Games 1 and 2 while Boston blew out Vancouver in Games 3 and 4 and chased Roberto Luongo in that fourth game. 110 saves on 124 shots is a not so good number when your counterpart is cranking it at a 1.26 GAA and .966 save percentage. Fantasy wise, Luongo was picked as many to be good enough to win the Stanley Cup with some solid numbers and those 16 wins. Tim Thomas was not so much by most and yet both of these guys stand at 14 wins. One of them is going to get to 16 and that is a little scary.
Also did anyone see the Sedin Twins in Boston? Well not many did other than the Thomas smash of course. Daniel and Henrik Sedin have been preoccupied with some magic force field that keeps them from being the force that they normally can be. Okay the reality is this duo has just disappeared and fantasy owners have seen this before (Chicago series). That is probably a reason why the Sedins and Conn Smythe do not go hand in hand and our Fantasy MVP will not go twins at all.
The options have been few and though Boston has been scoring, the series shifts to Vancouver for Game 5 where one almost gets the feeling that goals will be harder to come by again. This series reeks like 2003 where the home teams just dominated Games 5 and 6 and this may be no exception. Then again, does anyone really know here? Vancouver has to turn it around and if Boston scores the first goal, all bets may just be off.
There are so many directions that this Game 5 could go but signs are pointing to another home win. Vancouver is facing an adversity that it has done so before (Round 1 — Chicago). Vancouver plays the close games better than Boston and one has the feeling this will be close. Obviously we are going to see what Vancouver’s core is made of as well as its depth. Injuries are no excuse this time of year and neither is sloppy play along with shenanigans. The Canucks are guilty of all three and are in a position to really lose this series.
More than that, their fantasy impacts have gone in the toilet. Where do you go when a team like this has failed in so many ways. The man advantage was so abysmal that we deemed it NSFW to reveal the stats. When Boston’s power play outworks you and their short handed exploits outdoes Vancouver’s man advantage, we are talking a level of scary that has not been reached in this playoffs.
It is now time for the schedule in its formal presentation.
FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2011
For times like these, we thought of pulling out the holy hand grenade for poolies who own Vancouver Canucks. Yes it is that serious. One has to think a watershed turning point is coming. Considering all the bad that has heaped upon Vancouver, there would have to be that moment, the one that makes Vancouver fans exhale even for just a night.
Submitted once again for your disapproval is that NHL11 simulation once again.
NHL11 SIM TIME:
So instead of the normal format, we decided to speed it up a bit. This morning we ran five simulation in honor of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. For a bit of perspective and our own humble pie, here is our five sims.
- SIM 1: Vancouver 3 Boston 2 (OT) GWG: Henrik Sedin
- SIM 2: Boston 4 Vancouver 2 GWG: Rich Peverley
- SIM 3: Vancouver 4 Boston 1 GWG: Ryan Kesler
- SIM 4: Vancouver 2 Boston 1 GWG: Kevin Bieksa
- SIM 5: Boston 5 Vancouver 4 (OT) GWG: Milan Lucic
Surprisingly the last SIM produced the strangest result. This was a game that sawDaniel Sedin get a hat trick. Henrik had a goal and three assists and yet Boston rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the third to force OT and win in the first minute on a Milan Lucic wrist shot. It was kind of odd considering SIM 1 had Vancouver rallying from a 2-0 deficit behind the Sedin Twins and Alex Burrows. Expect the unexpected based on these sims.
Gathering up the data and compiling the results, we came up with the following for everyone.
Fantasy POTN: Roberto Luongo — 2 GA, 33 saves
Surprise Player: Tyler Seguin — 1 goal, 5 SOG
Turkey Time: Johnny Boychuk — Minus 2, 0 SOG
There you have it. Good luck everyone and we will see what happens with Game 5 tonight. By the way we did take Vancouver 3-2 over Boston in OT for the record.