Fantasy Hockey Playoff ONE (4/26)


Game 7’s really will keep you up all night and tonight we have two.  Now there is a Game 6 mixed in as well just for one’s amusement and hockey poolie pleasure.  Now the best part is there will be ways to catch all the action and of course follow us on Twitter for more snark and hockey knowledge as always served up with a side or two of humor.  

Really fast, we wanted to let you know a bit about last night.  Time to take a quick look back.


1. Steve Downie (TBL) —  We told people to watch out for Downie.  He is the type of player that can catch fire in pools almost like Dustin Byfuglien last year but without the high shot totals.  Downie is a severe pest with good hands around the net and can score in the clutch.  Take last night where he had 3 points, including the game winning goal to force a Game 7 in Pittsburgh tomorrow night.  Do not be surprised if he is not done yet.

2. Dwayne Roloson (TBL) — Again the old man had it last night and really there was little Pittsburgh could do.  Yes they mustered two but the reality is not much more was getting past a goalie that is now 5-0 in elimination games (yes Chico Resch has 7).  Roloson has outplayed Marc-Andre Fleury throughout most of this series and particularly the last two games when you want a goalie to come up big.  Tomorrow night begs the question, can the old man do it one more time?

3. Joe Thornton (SJ) — Hey it is nice to see you “Jumbo Joe”.  Thornton’s OT tally clinched the series for San Jose last night and was indicative of his “better play” of late.  Will this continue is anyone’s guess but it potentially could which encourages some poolies who really went almost all in on someone from the San Jose first line.  He does have 2 goals which is one from his career playoff best.  Scary isn’t it?



Teams Notes
Boston at Montreal 7:00 PM 
Buffalo at Philadelphia 7:30 PM 
Chicago at Vancouver 10:00 PM 


So what to do as far as fantasy purposes?  There is tough and then trying to figure this mess out.  Yes Derek Roy is returning and expect him to have an impact.  Chris Pronger should play more than 4:33 of ice time tonight and will make a mark as well.  The key has to be Ryan Miller.  He is the goalie that can bring Philly to his knees when he plays aggressive.  Sunday he played not to lose.  Tonight he has to play with no retreat, no surrender in mind.  Dany Briere seems to kill Buffalo career wise and he has to be everywhere tonight.  Even Ville Leino has to pick it up like he did in Game 6.  Can Thomas Vanek find a way to do it again or will it be Patrick Kaleta?  Better yet will Mike Richards rack up more penalty minutes because he seems to do that best.  

With Boston holding serve in Game 5, one has to think Montreal will in Game 6 in a tightly contested affair with a hair more scoring.  Montreal cannot play safe anymore no matter how hard Jacques Martin (Coach) tries to.  Expect Michael Cammalleri and Brian Gionta to have big nights and it will be just enough to slow down the hotter play of late from Tim Thomas.  I see a Game 7 here and if not people are just going to blame Carey Price, especially in their fantasy pools.

The third game simply is the mother of all toss ups.  Can Dave Bolland really be the magical difference maker no one saw coming?  No one really knew how healthy he would be but clearly he has been awesome for the poolies out there.  Even if he does not score, he is taking the Sedin twins completely off their game like they were last year.  If you own one of the Sedin twins, the last week has been a nightmare fantasy wise or if you own Roberto Luongo for that matter.  Tonight could feature all seven games at once as it almost has that feel of the Game 7 between Boston and Philly last year.  Could deja-vu happen all over again?  Anything is possible.

Good luck everyone in all of your pools and we will be posting away all night on Twitter tonight so if you have any questions, just bring the heat and we will take care of the rest. 

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