Archive for January, 2009

Friday’s NHL Games & Picks :

January 9th, 2009

TONIGHTS GAMES:

CLB @ WSH, Take WSH, Caps are 27-11-3 and have played very well with and with out regulars in the lineup.

NYR @ BUF: Take NYR, Rangers will be in tough tonight in Buffalo who despite the loss of players coach Ruff has a decent 20-15-5 record, But  the Rangers 24-15-3 will edge to Sabres tonight.

SJS @ EDM: Take SJS, Sharks are an outstanding 29-5-5 on the season but have lost a few close games as of late. Oilers are just above 500 at 19-17-3 and have played well. Closer game than expected tonight.

STL @ VAN: Take VAN, Canucks who have slipped a little bit as of late, now have the addition of Mats Sundin on there team to help improve the 22-15-5 record. Blues are a dismal 15-21-3 under John Davidson’s team.

TBL @ ANA: Take ANA. Ducks 21-16-5 will beat the visiting Tampa club who’s record has been better under the new coaching staff,  but still are a poor at 11-19-10 on the year.

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Frosty’s All Star Formula & Picks……..NHL NOTES:

January 9th, 2009

Hockey God’s new All Star formula and player picks chosen by players to make the next NHL All Star game more like a regular season game with hitting, fighting, scoring is the way to go. The formula would take away the boring soft heartless effort we get from the game today. It’s virtually a no hitter with scoring that doesn’t show how good of a sport hockey really is and can be.

Formula for the Eastern & Western Conferences are as follows:

Players vote in their own conference only. They choose in each conference 6 top skilled scoring forwards. Then they choose any 3 from the players left over that are a mix of skill and grit on their respective teams. Then you choose your 4th line from 4th line players around the conference. Including 1 tough guy for each conference and the other 2 4th line players that penalty kill or play a gritty checking style.

Then players choose 4 skill scoring type defenseman from the conference. Then choosing another 3 for 7 on each team that play a gritty tough stay at home defensive style or combination of both to round out the skaters on each conference.  The players choose the 3 goalies to play a period each in the game. Using this formula there would be fights , hitting , scoring all the things that make a game real in the NHL. Offer a money prize that is substantial enough to get the players juices flowing and you should see some competitive hockey. Here is this years picks for the All Star game with this formula:

EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYERS:

Goaltenders: Thomas , Boston.  Price, Montreal.  Lundqvist, Rangers.

Def : Markov, Montreal.  Streit, Islanders.  Green, Caps.  Wideman, Boston.  Chara, Boston.  Bouwmeester, Panthers.  Komisarek, Habs.

Forwards: Crosby, Pens.  Ovechkin, Caps.  Malkin, Pens.  Savard, Boston.  Parise, Devils.  Carter, Flyers. There’s the top 6 for the EAST.

Forwards for the 3rd: Lucic, Boston.  M.Richards, Flyers.  E. Staal, Canes.

4th line for East including tough guyJ.Staal, Pens.  Chris Neil, Sens.  Laraque, Montreal.

WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYERS:

Goaltenders: Nabokov, Sharks.  Kiprusoff, Flames.  Luongo, Canucks.

Def: Weber, Pred’s.  Lidstrom, Wings.  Rafalski, Wings.  Niedermayer, Ducks.  Phaneuf, Flames.  Souray, Oilers.  Mitchell, Canucks.

Forwards: Iginla, Flames.  J.Thornton, Sharks.  Getzlaf, Ducks.  Datsyuk, Wings.  D.Sedin, Canucks.  Kane, Hawks. There’s the top 6 for the West.

Forwards for the 3rd: Kesler, Canucks.  Grier, Sharks.  Cleary, Wings.

4th line for West including tough guy: Carcillo, Coyotes.  Draper, Wings.  Boogaard, Wild.

NHL NOTES:

- Pens very smart to lock up young 3rd line forward Jordan Staal, he signed a 4 year, 16 Million pact.

- Last nights, Leafs-Habs game turned into a fight fest, does anyone think that the addition of Brad May for Toronto helped some of the others grow some nuts in the game? Yes! Jamal Mayers, who is a tough guy pounded on Habs Tom Kostopoulos in a great fight.

- Kaberle has said that he would accept a trade if Leafs GM Brian Burke tells him he doesn’t want him anymore. Well, Tomas get prepared because that’s  coming within a month. Kaberle, the skilled but soft long time Leaf could have fetched the Flyer’s scoring machine Jeff Carter last NHL deadline. One could only imagine what Burke can pull off from a team in need of a skilled D like Kaberle.

- W.T.F ?, Is the only way to ask what happened last night with this score Atlanta 4 Devils 0. Lou L. will be just beside himself right now in New Jersey.

- Fact that Flyers Mike Richards is left off the All Star team is proof enough there needs to be changes made to the selection process.

- Boston’s tough gritty winger Shawn Thornton and Sens Chris Neil was  great dust up last night between the two teams. The two held nothing back going toe to toe. At-least Neil hasn’t thrown in the towel in Ottawa yet.

- Sens coach Craig Hartsburg might want to be careful with captain Daniel Alfredsson, word is he and the Sens Owner are not only very close but they have each others ears on the team.

“Those guys cost us the game,” said Hartsburg. “You try to trust your good players and those guys cost us the game.”

- Tell  me it wasn’t strange to watch the big Swede # 13 Mats Sundin skate around without the C on his sweater and in a Canucks uni. Oilers tried to welcome Sundin with a little old fashioned Western intimidation in his first game. Sundin even as a European never seemed  to be easily taken off his game in Toronto.

- Canada Jr sensation kid John Tavares was traded to the OHL’s best franchise the London Knights yesterday . Tavares playing for the Oshawa Generals will go to the Knights for a hopefully long playoff run, great for his development. Included in the deal going back the other way was former Leafs winger Steve Thomas’ son.

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Thursday’s Games and Picks

January 8th, 2009

Tonight’s Picks

On the Home page, go to the ESPN Ticker and click on Scoreboard. It shows every game with each teams record, pick a game and they will give you a preview for the game.

OTT @ BOS: Take BOS

ATL @ NJD: Take NJD

MIN @ PHI: Take PHI

TOR @ MTL: Take MTL

CAR @ FLA: Take FLA

DAL @ DET: Take DET

PIT @ NSH: Take PIT

CHI @ COL: Take CHI

NYI @ CAL: Take CAL

TBL @ PHX: Take PHX

ANA @ LAK: Take LAK

SENS, LEAFS SET TO MAKE CHANGES !

January 8th, 2009

Mike Fisher is getting more ink from his reported romantic link to American Idol singer Carrie Underwood than from scoring goals for the Sens this year. Which for Fisher is not good because he has only scored three times as the teams second line C. Fisher dating is a big deal for the Sens media, they would like to blame the dating on the teams bad performance. I got news for the media: all the guys generally are dating someone with Fisher or Mike Comrie of the Islanders are no different. Except these woman happen to be names that everyone recognizes. Fisher may have not played all that well this year offensively, but he is far from the start on the list of problems in Ottawa.

They can’t make trades in today’s NHL which is terrible for the fans, if you as GM of a team would like to make sweeping changes to your lineup you basically have to wait til summer.

Sens are thought of around the league as a soft team that like their Ontario rivals the Leafs are easy to play against. Sens may not be getting the tough coaching they need with Craig Hartsburg, who in Junior is known as a no nonsense coach, but it seems that the players in Ottawa are not getting the same Hartsburg. Hartsburg has reportedly said that he doesn’t believe in benching to get his message across, so on Sportsnet, Nick Kypreos said as a former player “it’s the only way to get across to the players if they are not doing what you want”. Kypreos said that Hartsburg is made for Junior coaching and basically that he was not tough enough to coach in the NHL. If that’s true and Hartsburg does not believe in benching or has changed the way he coached and is not tough enough on his players then he will be replaced by the Sens and rightly so. It’s often the worst thing a coach can do is not bring what got him there much like a player when he arrives in the NHL.

CHANGES DO NOT ALWAYS WORK

John Paddock was fired and Sens GM Byran Murray brought himself in and then fired himself at the end of the year . Murray could have hired local coach and former Av’s Stanley Cup winner Bob Hartley if he thought the team needed a tough gruff coach for the players. He chose not to hire the tougher Hartley instead hiring  Harstburg after some flirting with Peter DeBoer who ended up as the Florida Panthers bench boss. Murray if told to replace Hartsburg with say older tougher meaner veteran coach like Pat Quinn would be basically going full circle. Murray who is a very capable GM understands the game to the point where if the NHL was different would have already made some massive changes to his roster. But in today’s NHL the only way it seems to try and fix things is with subtle mid season moves or a coaching change. The style of  coach is so critical when it comes to your own players and reading what type of coach will get the most out of your roster. But I have said this many many times about the Sens, they simply are not as gritty or tough as they need to be to compete at the top of the conference anymore.

QUINN THE ANSWER FOR SENS ?

Quinn will only really bring some veteran presence to the team not much of chalk talk changes to the way the team plays. Holding them accountable would not be a problem but I for one will be shocked if he gets the Sens job even if it is for just the balance of the season.

When push comes to shove whether Hartsburg is not tough enough or not,  Quinn who would be tough no doubt. But in the end the roster is not good enough to get what the owner wants from his hockey club no matter who is behind that bench.

TORONTO GET TOUGHER FINALLY !

Toronto GM Brian Burke had seen enough of his players getting pushed around and made the move to land his former Duck player Brad May. May, 37  will as an older respected player bring toughness which is much much needed on the weak Leaf roster.

Some of the Toronto media in their wisdom is saying that Burke brought in May to teach and show leadership to Antropov, Stajan among others. Burke wants to trade those guys and that’s the last thing he cares about is teaching leadership to guys he is going to attempt to trade. Burke like me got sick of watching the Leafs get pushed around, he knows May will drop his gloves with anyone, including pictured here with one of the league’s heavy weights Derek Boogaard.

CHARACTER YES, LONGEVITY NO

May does have character no doubt but what he does for Burke is make it less sick to watch for the rest of the season in Toronto as he gets set to make deals. Burke will look to unload his soft skill on other desperate for some skill teams heading into playoffs. If Burke is savvy and I’m sure he is, he will move off guys like Antropov, Stajan and Kaberle to teams in need of a push and willing to give up young talent or high picks.

This next few weeks will be interesting to say the least to Burke’s time in Toronto in what he called his dream job. Burke has put together his dream team of personal in the hockey offices and now hopes to build the same on the ice. But May was not the answer to that, May was brought in so that he could bare to watch his team today play without total embarrassment.

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Wednesday’s Games and Picks

January 6th, 2009

Tonight’s Games

MTL @ NYR: Take MTL

VAN @ EDM: Take VAN