Thursday, February 21, 2008

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:

Rk Team W-L-T Pct Pts
1 The Forechecker 157-79-24 65.0% 338
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
6 Spector 121-106-33 52.9% 275
7 Pension Plan Puppets 119-114-27 51.0% 265
8 CANUCKS HOCKEY BLOG 116-112-32 50.8% 264
9 MetroGnome 115-112-33 50.6% 263
10 Six Pack 113-114-33 49.8% 259
11 Covered in Oil (Chris) 112-117-31 49.0% 255
12 Earl (Battle of California) 111-116-33 49.0% 255
13 MattGunn 110-115-35 49.0% 255
14 Sharkspage 108-116-36 48.5% 252
15 Mark Bell Fan Club 109-129-22 46.2% 240
16 HockeyAnalysis 103-124-33 46.0% 239
17 Sudafed Heroes 98-123-39 45.2% 235
18 Islanders Army 99-129-32 44.2% 230
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.
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3 Comments:

At 2:36 PM, February 21, 2008, Blogger MetroGnome said...

I spent some time at the top, but goaltending (Mason, Huet) and injuries (Sakic, Heatley) just killed me in the long run.

 
At 10:31 PM, February 21, 2008, Blogger chewbacca said...

133-103-24, that's 260 "games" in 20 weeks. So that means you use 13 categories.
Can you tell me which one you use?
(i wanna compare with my pool) :)

 
At 10:38 PM, February 21, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

G, A, +/-, PIM, PPG, PPA, GWG, SOG, W, GAA, SV, SV%, SHO

 

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