Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Previewing the playoffs

The AOL Fanhouse of fun has been tasked with coming up with an extensive playoff preview, and yours truly was given the role of Anaheim/Minnesota and Nashville/San Jose series expert — which is sort of a thankless task given the coin flips involved. The results should be up sometime later this morning.

I should also have the return of the bracket racket by late Tuesday afternoon, so stay tuned while I make a mess of things all over again.

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At 10:45 AM, April 10, 2007, Anonymous Daniel said...

Kind of stunned you gave the edge to the Wild in 7. You listed good points about the Ducks and Wild, but it seems like you listed more solid points for Anaheim and more wishful thinking points about Minnesota.

Everyone seems to think the Wild are going to give them a run, but I think the drive in Anaheim tilts this one and quick. Too many veterans without a cup to let this one slide, I think.

 
At 11:03 AM, April 10, 2007, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

I don't think I'd be stunned by any prediction in the west, really, any sort of advantage in any of those series is slight at best.

Good stuff, Mirtle.

 
At 11:36 AM, April 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People are really beating to death the fact that Canucks have the second lowest goal scoring rate of all the playoff teams. This statistic is ridiculously skewed. I don't have the exact numbers nor care to look into into it, but I do know for certain that since the Canucks have gone on this little roll of theirs, some 50-60 games ago, they've been scoring at a rate much closer to 3.0 GF/Game. The Canucks haven't had a problem scoring goals for some time now.

 
At 12:03 PM, April 10, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Kind of stunned you gave the edge to the Wild in 7. You listed good points about the Ducks and Wild, but it seems like you listed more solid points for Anaheim and more wishful thinking points about Minnesota.

We've seen it many times before: What happens on paper has nothing to do with the way the series unfolds. Anaheim appears to have the edge in defence and goal, but that's only because the Wild don't rely on any one player (other than Backstrom) at any position. It's a balanced attack and defence, and I think that's what the Ducks lack.

 
At 3:56 PM, April 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Canucks had a good start in October but faltered in Nov and Dec. Between Nov 1 and Dec 22 the Canucks played 23 games and scored 45 goals (<2 goals per game). The rest of the year they have been averaging exactly 3 goals per game. Since Christmas, it is even slightly better than 3 per game.

 

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