This is the calm before the storm. The next two days feature seven games and all are extremely pivotal one way or the other. For your fantasy pools, this could be the night that you lose a few players for the rest of the “tournament”. The obvious is once they are gone, they are gone. That is what really hurts poolies this time of year is the prospect of losing key cogs early and one knew with the “Battle Of PA” series at least that a few would go by the wayside in the first round. Therefore, that really is the true nature of the fantasy beast.
Next question up for the audience is who won the Fantasy POTN for last night? It was a very tough decision but we came up with a good one, we think.
Braden Holtby, G, Washington Capitals
He literally had to play 60:05 last night even though well, you know (Clockgate 2?). Holtby made 44 saves (technically 45) in the 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins. Holtby was amazingly calm in the first and third periods where Washington’s offense took a step back and just drifted around like it was 4/20. The reality is Boston had Washington on its heels most of the night but generated mostly perimeter chances. There were some point blank ones but the Washington goalie was up for the challenge. This series is tied at 2 because of him and no one else. Five of the six top forwards for Boston have no goals and Boston has no power play goals not because of chances but because the last line of defense has been Washington’s best.
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Martin Brodeur, G, New Jersey Devils
There was that little part of me that remembered the old days when playoff shutouts were more plentiful but congrats to the goalie that keeps finding ways to break records. Brodeur had 26 saves last night in the 4-0 win over the Florida Panthers to notch his 24th career playoff shutout (Roy has 23). He was much more even keeled on the Penalty Kill as well which was one of the reasons why New Jersey looked so porous on Tuesday. Let’s face it he was also motivated as it seems just when fans question Brodeur (yours truly included), he just flashes it like he used to. Yes the consistency may not be there but for one night he was excellent again.
LAST NIGHT’s THREE STARS:
1. Braden Holtby, Washington
2. Martin Brodeur, New Jersey
3. Mike Smith, Phoenix
Friday, April 20, 2012
|Philadelphia||at||Pittsburgh||7:30 PM | Gameday|
|Detroit||at||Nashville||8:00 PM | Gameday|
Yes it is a light schedule but think of the potential eliminations here and how it could affect your pools. If Pittsburgh is eliminated tonight (entirely possible), think about how many pools are pretty much done. Also if Detroit’s season is ended tonight, that will take out a few people and their teams as well. It is that time of year where poolies are on pins and needles hoping for long series for some and short for others. Really the time is here for high anxiety.
KEEP AN EYE ON:
Battle Of Pennsylvania Goal Scoring:
We could be at it again tonight ladies and gentlemen. The latest odds are that the over/under will be 7 and talk is it may go up. Pittsburgh is the setting for tonight’s scorefest. Considering that seven goals was hit by the end of the first for Game 4 and you have the recipe for more goal scoring theatrics. With Evgeni Malkin now scoring, that adds a bit of intrigue too and a hope for fantasy poolies that the Pens can at least extended this a couple more games. In all four contests, the team that has scored first has lost. So I guess the plan is spot them a lead then roar back? That seems to work. If you have any of the offense from this series, just sit back and enjoy. Also, for your sake pray it doesn’t end.
Is The Window Closed?
Pekka Rinne has effectively stymied the Detroit Red Wings at every turn, so now can they finish off a nemesis of theirs tonight at home in Nashville? The problem is the Preds always get to a spot like this and make it harder for themselves but Rinne has been stellar in three of the four games this series. His counterpart, Jimmy Howard, stole Game 2. The second goal has been vital as it seems the games follow almost a certain script. Nashville is also getting depth scoring while Detroit just cannot pot their chances. If Detroit does not get off to a quick start tonight, Rinne will get in their heads again and the window may just close for the Red Wings.
Good luck with your fantasy pools tonight and as always we will be following it all via Twitter. Have a great night and thanks again for reading!