Welcome back listeners! Another week of playoff hockey has taken place and there is a lot to talk about. In this episode, we discuss all of the series in round two, some free agents who have now completed their contracts, and we give our thoughts on the Eastern Conference Final which we now know will feature the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes.
We also tackle the coaching hires in Philadelphia -three head coaches on one bench?- along with some executive movement involving the Detroit Red Wings and the Edmonton Oilers.
As usual, the first period consists of a review of the Flames week. Down 2-1 in the series to a very strong looking Avalanche team, we discuss what has gone and what has gone right so far for the Flames. We have some praise for Mike Smith, some criticism of the first line, and some strong feelings on the performances of Brodie and Neal so far.
In the second period we discuss the four series in the Eastern conference. Tampa’s in trouble (thanks in part to Matt Duchene who host Jim has always praised and knew he would be great in the playoffs), the Islanders are rolling, the Hurricanes make a stand on home turf for the first time in a decade, and the Leafs and Bruins series has been the battle we were all hoping for.
We return to the Western conference in the third period. Winnipeg has come back to life against the Blues and at least one of our hosts think they will take it. The Knights and Sharks are having a great series which we hope will go to seven games (for a few reasons). Lastly, the Predators and Stars are in a closer battle than we were expecting.
In overtime, we discuss the hiring of Alain Vignault in Philly, a mysterious injury to Lucic, McDavid’s recovery, and finally some respect is given to a player who has risen above expectations in the playoffs so far.
Welcome back! Typically, this time of year is for looking to the future, but we are looking back to our very first episode and the predictions we made.
In this week’s first period, we discuss a successful 3-1-0 road trip for the Flames and the recent play of the team. Beyond that, we grade the performance of all the regular skaters and goalies.
In the second period, we review our picks for division winners and the President’s trophy including a couple of good ones like Tampa Bay and Nashville as well as some duds like Dallas and Philadelphia.
In the third period, we review our picks for individual trophies and the likelihood that they will walk away with them in Vegas after the season.
Finally, our co-hosts get an opportunity to replace three of our predictions.
Welcome to Episode 11! Tonight our co-hosts are recording from different locations with Andy in Dallas with the Flames and Jim left behind in Calgary.
In the first period, we discuss a very solid 3-0-0 week for the Flames that included a wild comeback vs Philadelphia, a tight-checking and somewhat nasty affair in Minnesota, and finally a very public humiliation in St. Louis.
For the second period we change gears and take a look at the importance of specialty teams. Using a complex mathematical formula (Powerplay%+Penalty Kill%=Overall Special Teams%) we look at the league’s best when it comes to special teams. You might be surprised by some teams that are in the top 5 and also by some teams *cough* Toronto Maple Leafs *cough* that didn’t make the cut.
In the third period we discuss the validity of Ken Hitchcock’s complaint that Connor McDavid is not drawing enough penalties. He has drawn 11 so far this season, which is tied for 17th in the league. We examine the players who have drawn more than him and try to determine if Hitchcock is just whining or if he might be on to something. Then we argue about whether top players should get special treatment from the refs.
Finally in Overtime we stick with the basics and do a little rapid fire trivia.
Thank you so much for listening and we hope you enjoy the show!