Dallas results block 1

COLORADO-  Timo Meier sends the sell-out Opening night crowd home with a smile on their faces, after he beats Phoenix Copley in the 7th round of the Shootout!  Av’s starting Goalie Pekke Rinne was a disgusted veteran after Coach Roy yanked him 16 minutes into the game, as Dallas had scored 4 times for a 4-2 lead!  Auston Matthews made it 4-3 before end of period!  Steven Stamkos would tie game at 4 in the 2nd period & it stayed that way till the Shootout!  Coach Roy was extremely happy with Rookie Copley’s play, saying “The Kid got us a point all by himself”
TORONTO-  6-2 is a nice Final Score, but that is what the scoreboard had after 20 minutes!  For the 2nd straight game, the opposing Starting Goalie did’nt finish the 1st period!   Fans on the concourse in between periods could be heard saying ” We’re gonna score double figures tonight”  Nope!  Leafs score twice in 3rd & Stars have to hang on for 6-4 Win!
LOS ANGELES-   Timo Meier scored midway thru 3rd period to break a 1-1 tie & Stars win 3rd straight at home by a 2-1 score!  The “Flower” Marc-Andre Fleury & “Bob” Sergei Bobrovsky were quite sharp in this one, Bob had point-blank stops on Ovie(1-14) & youngster Alex Tuch(1-8)in this contest!
PHILADELPHIA-  David Pastranak’s 3rd period PP Goal was the Game-Winner in a 5-3 score!  Stars led 2-1 into the 3rd before the Flyers got to their former teammate, shelling Bobrovsky for 3 Tallies & an empty-netter!
NEW JERSEY-   Jonathan Hubie Doobie Doo scores twice, once on the Power-Play in a 3-1 Devil’s Win in Texas!  New Jersey , behind 34 saves by Thomas Greiss , win the special teams battle scoring twice on the Power-Play & going a perfect 3/3 on the Penalty-Kill!

Opening night in St.Louis… Canucks in town

The place was filled to the rafters as the rival Vancouver Canucks came to town. It was the debut of new Blue Vladimir Tarasenko and he did not disappoint. The newly acquired winger scored twice to lead the Blues to their first win of the year.

Charlie Coyle and Nick Foligno scored the other Blues goals as the home team scored twice on the powerplay. For Vancouver is was Brock Boeser and Alex Galchenyk.

GAME STORY
In a close game, the Blues defeated Vancouver by the final tally of 4
to 2. VLADIMIR TARASENKO netted the winning goal at 3:21 of the 3rd period.
TARASENKO found the net twice for St. Louis. Others registering goals
were BROCK BOESER and ALEX GALCHENYUK for Vancouver and NICK FOLIGNO and
CHARLIE COYLE for St. Louis.


                       Vancouver VAN at St. Louis Blues                         
DATE : 10/22/2019

GOALS                          1  2  3 OT  F
Vancouver VAN                  1  1  0  0  2 
St. Louis Blues                0  2  2  0  4 

SHOTS                          1  2  3 OT  F
Vancouver VAN                  7  12 10 0  29
St. Louis Blues                11 7  12 0  30

S C O R I N G  S U M M A R Y
1. VAN. BROCK BOESER(1)( DAVID KREJCI, NICK LEDDY ): 1st 13:38
2. STL. CHARLIE COYLE(1)( MATTHEW TKACHUK, ERIC STAAL ): 2nd 6:46
3. VAN. ALEX GALCHENYUK(1)( ROMAN JOSI, TRAVIS ZAJAC ): 2nd 9:04
4. STL. VLADIMIR TARASENKO(1)( MATTHEW TKACHUK, BRENT BURNS ) (PP) : 2nd 11:21
5. STL. VLADIMIR TARASENKO(2)( JAKE GARDINER, KYLE CONNOR ): 3rd 3:21
6. STL. NICK FOLIGNO(1)( BRENT BURNS, MARK SCHEIFELE ) (PP) : 3rd 17:16

 P E N A L T I E S  S U M M A R Y
1. VAN. MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC - 2 Minutes: 1st 3:13
2. STL. EVGENY KUZNETSOV - 2 Minutes: 1st 3:13
3. VAN. BENCH PENALTY - 2 Minutes: 1st 3:45
     EXTRA PENALTY SERVED BY NICK LEDDY
5. VAN. TRAVIS ZAJAC - 2 Minutes: 1st 17:38
6. STL. JAKE GARDINER - 2 Minutes: 2nd 2:36
7. VAN. TYLER JOHNSON - 2 Minutes: 2nd 11:13
8. STL. BRENT BURNS - 2 Minutes: 2nd 12:25
9. STL. CHARLIE COYLE - 2 Minutes: 3rd 12:27
10. VAN. BOONE JENNER - 2 Minutes: 3rd 15:55

 I N J U R I E S
NONE

Player Stats For Vancouver VAN
PLAYER                        +/- SOG  G  A PIM PP SH  FO-W AC    IT TA HIT SP AS
JOHNNY GAUDREAU                 0   3  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 37 20:12  3   0  0  1 
BROCK BOESER                    0   5  1  0   0  0  0   0-0 26 15:34  1   0  1  2 
DAVID KREJCI                    0   4  0  1   0  0  0   2-2 26 15:34  2   0  0  0 
CODY EAKIN                     -1   0  0  0   0  0  0   2-1 23 13:24  0   0  0  0 
ALEX GALCHENYUK                 1   3  1  0   0  0  0   0-0 22 12:58  0   0  0  1 
COLTON SISSONS                  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   5-3 25 14:52  1   0  0  1 
KEVIN LABANC                   -1   0  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 23 13:22  0   2  0  0 
MARCUS JOHANSSON                1   3  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 15  8:55  0   0  0  0 
BOONE JENNER                    0   0  0  0   2  0  0   6-4 37 20:03  0   0  0  0 
ADAM LOWRY                     -1   0  0  0   0  0  0   6-3 27 15:01  0   0  0  0 
TYLER JOHNSON                   0   3  0  0   2  0  0   0-0 32 17:35  0   1  0  0 
TRAVIS ZAJAC                    1   1  0  1   2  0  0   1-1 15  8:55  0   0  0  0 
ROMAN JOSI                      1   1  0  1   0  0  0   0-0 54 30:15  2   1  0  1 
SHAYNE GOSTISBEHERE             1   1  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 47 26:29  1   0  0  0 
CONNOR MURPHY                  -1   2  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 37 21:20  3   0  0  0 
DYLAN DeMELO                    0   1  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 18 10:00  1   0  0  0 
NICK LEDDY                      0   0  0  1   0  0  0   0-0 13  7:49  0   0  0  0 
MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC            -1   2  0  0   2  0  0   0-0 31 17:42  3   1  0  0 
BENCH                                         2
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TOTAL                           0  29  2  4  10  0  0 22-14          17   5  1  6

Player Stats For St. Louis Blues 
PLAYER                        +/- SOG  G  A PIM PP SH  FO-W AC    IT TA HIT SP AS
VLADIMIR TARASENKO              0   4  2  0   0  1  0   0-0 33 19:20  0   0  0  1 
MATTHEW TKACHUK                 1   2  0  2   0  0  0   0-0 31 17:11  0   1  0  1 
MARK SCHEIFELE                  0   4  0  1   0  0  0  12-4 47 25:27  0   0  0  2 
FILIP FORSBERG                  0   2  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 37 20:12  0   0  0  1 
NICK FOLIGNO                    0   3  1  0   0  1  0   0-0 36 19:14  1   1  0  0 
EVGENY KUZNETSOV                0   0  0  0   2  0  0   4-2 20 12:05  0   0  0  0 
KYLE CONNOR                     0   1  0  1   0  0  0   0-0 20 12:05  1   0  0  0 
ERIC STAAL                      1   1  0  1   0  0  0   4-2 21 11:56  0   0  0  1 
CHARLIE COYLE                   1   2  1  0   2  0  0   1-0 23 13:24  1   1  0  0 
ADRIAN KEMPE                   -1   0  0  0   0  0  0   1-0 15  8:55  0   0  0  0 
MIKAEL GRANLUND                -1   1  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 15  8:55  0   0  0  1 
BRANDON SUTTER                 -1   1  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 15  8:55  1   0  0  0 
BRENT BURNS                     0   0  0  2   2  0  0   0-0 24 13:38  0   0  0  0 
JUSTIN FAULK                    1   1  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 37 21:11  0   1  0  1 
ALEX PIETRANGELO               -1   2  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 43 24:26  0   2  0  1 
OLIVER EKMAN-LARSSON           -1   3  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 47 26:29  0   0  0  1 
MARC STAAL                      0   1  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 16  9:49  0   0  0  0 
JAKE GARDINER                   1   2  0  1   2  0  0   0-0 30 17:08  1   1  0  0 
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TOTAL                           0  30  4  8   8  2  0  22-8           5   7  0 10

Goalie Stats For Vancouver VAN
PLAYER                          MIN  SHOTS GA  ENG GR GRS
ALEXANDAR GEORGIEV               0      0   0    0  0  0   0   
TUUKKA RASK                      60     30  4    0  6  4   105 

Goalie Stats For St. Louis Blues 
PLAYER                          MIN  SHOTS GA  ENG GR GRS
CAREY PRICE                      0      0   0    0  0  0   0   
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY               60     29  2    0  4  2   105 

POWER PLAY                    OPP   GOALS
Vancouver VAN                 3         0
St. Louis Blues               4         2

STARS OF THE GAME
1st star - VLADIMIR TARASENKO from St. Louis
2nd star - ANDREI VASILEVSKIY from St. Louis
3rd star - ALEX GALCHENYUK from Vancouver



Canucks hold camp in Greece

In a bold (and failed) experiment, the Canucks held training camp in Greece. Problems arose however when they found out that there are only 2 hockey rinks in the whole country. In an exhibition they beat the Greek National Team 23-0. After that they just scrimmaged and played intrasquad games. Interest in hockey is so high in Greece that these games drew dozens (up to 4) of fans.

Coach Smyl was heard to comment one evening during camp, as he watched one of the endless soccer games on TV, “Soccer is like hockey being played in molasses, and with a ridiculous floating blue line. And there’s more diving than there was by the Sharks in Game 4 of the finals.” Subtlety was never one of his strong suits.

Meanwhile, regarding the team: Ben Bishop came to camp and looked great. He was deeply troubled by the fact that the Canucks traded for Tuuka Rask when he had assumed that he would be the #1 goalie after Luongo left. But instead of pouting, he put is energy into becoming a better goalie. Coach Smyl was pleased, but said he didn’t want to overwork Bishop. When asked how many games he would start, Smyl said that for some unknown reason the number 46 keeps popping into his head. Rask wins the #2 spot, because in camp he demonstrated much better rebound control than Georgiev.

On defense Nick Leddy (trade) and Connor Murphy (free agent) solidify the third pairing which, to be blunt, sucked last year. Josi-Gostisbehere and Vlasic-Demelo will be pairs 1 and 2, with Tanev on deck in case of injuries on both sides.

As the team gets better, rookies have a harder time cracking the lineup. Hintz (1st round) and Greenway (2nd round) will get time as injury replacements, but that’s it.   With forwards, Coach Smyl was hoping for an improvement on defense, but got none. But they come back with a stronger desire to bang bodies and with a huge improvement in the faceoff circle (3 +3s and 2 +2s). Sissons (minors last year) and Roussel (free agent) will be the 2 new faces, besides the rookies, playing forward. Johnny Gaudreau looked like the best forward in camp by a mile.

Some players will spend the year in the minors, including Malgin and Jarnkrok, both of whom were important players last year. Also Victor Mete. And 3 players who saw ice time were cut, Hickey, Eriksson, and Fast. But they all had terrible training camps. Too much souvlaki and ouzo in Greece, just like management.

And of course, on opening night this year a ceremony will precede the game to honor the Sedin twins who retired and for years were the face of the team. All fans will receive a double headed bobble-head(s) doll.

Colorado Avalanche

Colorado Preview

COLORADO AVALANCHE 2019 PREVIEW

Colorado enjoyed yet another successful regular season putting up 95 points which tied them with two other teams for fourth most points in the league.  The team was electrified about their playoff potential.   And again, after some initial playoff success in beating the St Louis Blues in the first round 4 games to 2, the team came out flat against the Vancouver Canucks and were quickly disposed of in 5 games.  The bitterness of playoff defeat is something that Av’s Coach Roy is holding onto throughout the summer and into training camp.  “I want more out of this team, we have the scorers, we have the D, and our goaltending is good.  It’s time to step it up”

Coach Roy is correct is saying the team has scorers.   The team scored a few less than the previous year but the Avs still managed to have 6 players score 20 or more goals.  Rakell led the team with 32 goals, while Kyle Palmieri 29, Steven Stamkos 28, Vinnie Trocheck 26, Austin Mathews 23 and Anders Lee 20 were the main goal scorers.  Although these players were the leaders, many were considered to score more than they did.  Add in Alex Debrincat’s 14 goals and Nik Ehlers 10 goals in the disappointment column.  The defensive side of the forward lines appeared to have the biggest impact.  Although the Avalanche managed to score 267 goals, the team also allowed 241 which equates to just over 3 per game. The goaltending was supposed to be spectacular.  The power play was decent ranking 7th overall in the league but a lot more was expected with the amount of snipers on the roster.   The penalty was an abysmal 74.6% ranking third worst in the league.  It forced management’s hand into making a couple of trade deadline deals to attempt to patch the holes by acquiring Trevor Lewis and Vladimir Sobotka for young defensive prospect and former first round rookie pick Derrick Pouliot and a 4th round pick in this year’s draft.   The trade helped a bit, but not enough to make a difference. 

The forward groups at training camp this season look as promising as far as goal scoring goes.  Stamkos is centering Mathews and Palmieri on the first line.  The second unit presently has Max Domi as the pivot between veteran Joe Pavelski and sophomore Alex Debrincat.  The third line has crafty vet Ryan Getzlaf between Anders Lee and Sam Reinhart.  The fourth line has RNH at center, who was dupped by strato again with only a 2 defense rating, with Rickard Rakell and Jonathan Drouin on the wings.  Rookie pick Andrei Svechnikov may spell a few games at wing while injured Vinnie Trocheck may fill in some games for Getzlaf.  Joonas Donskoi, who was obtained in a trade may also see a handful of games this season, but he will undoubtedly spend most of the year in the minors along with rookie picks Robert Thomas, Alex Nylander, Luke Kunin, Adam Gaudette and Nick Schmaltz.

On defense, Roy feels that the team has made an upgrade to the starting six.  Ryan Pulock has developed into a starting top pair defenseman and he will play opposite of Brady Skjei.  Veteran Alex Edler will pair with smooth skating Jared Spurgeon on the second unit.  Newly acquired Brian Dumoulin will set up nicely opposite veteran Ron Hainsey to complete the bottom pairing.   All 6 defensemen are 4 rated D men or better!!  This has Coach Roy excited.  “Our d men are great in their own zone and most of them play a very gritty game.   We are hoping this helps our goal against total this season!”  Vince Dunn will fill in a few games for the aging Edler while Mike Matheson takes a step back from a regular role and will tool away in the minors this year.  Same goes for Adam Larsson who had an off season and needs to regain his confidence.   Anthony DeAngelo and Matt Grzelcyk have made huge advances in their development and look to be potential starters down the road.  The expectations are the same for highly touted 2nd round pick Jusso Valimaki, although he was injured preparing for training camp.

The biggest disappointment last season was goaltending.  The Avalanche expected top end goaltending and an opportunity to win every night based of the stopper factor. Carter Hutton’s .908 save pct was well below expectations as was Pekka Rinne’s .911 save pct.  Carter Hutton’s performance was so much under par that Roy and company decided to part ways with the pillow bearer.  This will provide an opportunity for last year’s fourth round rookie pick Jack Campbell to pick up 30 or so games as he will share the next with the wily vet Pekka Rinne.   Roy is hoping that the goaltending will be a bit better with improved defenders in front of the net.  Pheonix Copley, who was drafted in the third round this year, will spend his first season with the team in the minors while possibly seeing some action as a back- up here and there.

The Avalanche look like a team that can light the lamp, but can the team shut down the opposition enough to get the wins needed to move forward this season.  Management has once again instructed Roy that if he needs a piece or two to put this team over the top, they are more than willing to attempt to acquire the missing pieces. The power play should be OK but it appears that penalty killing could continue to be a weakness for this team.  The first 20-30 games should provide a good sample size of what to expect with this roster.   All in all, the team is looking to compete and the fans are enthusiastic and eager for the new season to begin.

CM’S are due… Schedule for this year.

See attached.
When creating your road CMs, please start by right-clicking on your team and selecting “Generate Compute Manager” from the menu. That way most of the CMs will look the same which makes it easier for me to check them.
Don’t forget:
1. create (3) OT forward pairs for 4-on-4 OT.
2. adjust your player’s actions on the lineups tab.
3. drop to 3 forward / 2 defense pairs in the 3rd period.
4. Computer only players may not play (regular season or playoffs).
5. This road CM is for blocks 1-3. See the attached schedule.
Send me your road CMs as soon as you are finished. Deadline is still Sunday, 10/13. If you have any questions let me know.
Matt