A hockey pool update
This is Year 2 of the giant hockey bloggers pool I host on Yahoo, and with only a few weeks left until the playoffs, no one's going to catch The Forechecker in the No. 1 seed:
|2||The Alcoholic Army||129-92-39||57.1%||297|
|3||Mirtle blog ||133-103-24||55.8%||290|
|4||The blogless wonders||131-102-27||55.6%||289|
|5||Matt (Battle of Alberta)||127-102-31||54.8%||285|
|7||Pension Plan Puppets||119-114-27||51.0%||265|
|8||CANUCKS HOCKEY BLOG||116-112-32||50.8%||264|
|11||Covered in Oil (Chris)||112-117-31||49.0%||255|
|12||Earl (Battle of California)||111-116-33||49.0%||255|
|15||Mark Bell Fan Club||109-129-22||46.2%||240|
|19||Dan Tolensky (HockeyBuzz)||92-142-26||40.4%||210|
|20||Confessions of a Fanatic||88-144-28||39.2%||204|
The fellows without links are a few ringers I tried to bring into the mix, from The Globe and elsewhere. They've had mixed results.
The top six pull into the championship playoffs, while six to 12 will play the consolation round. Everyone else is done like dinner.
So, why is a guy from Tennessee romping in a hockey pool? Well, he picked 12th in the draft, took Tomas Vokoun first, Olli Jokinen second and went with Sergei Gonchar third. His fourth pick was another goaltender who's had a strong season, Rick DiPietro, and then he went with Zdeno Chara, Markus Naslund and Jason Arnott.
Getting Vinny Prospal and Cory Stillman later than that have given him a pretty balanced attack, and the fact he got Jose Theodore at the end has certainly helped. Good goaltending's been hard to find in a 20-team pool.
I won this thing last year, but my team's in trouble this time around. Simon Gagne was a major part of the offence, and Martin Gerber's my No. 2 goaltender behind Niklas Backstrom.
Tough pool. Those interested in getting in next year, let me know in September.