The standings boost that these two teams received from their creampuff schedule is one thing. One very, very often-mentioned thing. Unmentioned is a possible advantage this gave these two teams against stronger opponents in the regular season. More games facing inferior opponents means more opportunities to rest your stars or start your backup.
I'd be interested to see a breakdown of the icetime of the Wings' and Preds' top players by opponent. Maybe I'll do it in the offseason.
Oilers-Wings Game 6 last night was one for the ages. Some notes:
- The energy in the building was huge. I'm not a fan of doing the anthems, but I admit they pumped me up. Paul Lorieau sings the anthems the way they're meant to be sung, unlike pop tarts who prefer to 'interpret' them.
- Zetterberg had his way with Sissy Spacek on the Wings 1st goal. The camera found a scary-hardcore Wings fan who looked like Tom Clancy jacked up on military grade amphetamines.
- What a well coordinated booing effort on Chelios! It's on as soon as the puck' on his tape, and off the instant he passes. Do they hand out instruction cards to fans as they enter the building?
- A colour guy (I believe it was Garrett) says Roloson is 'literally' on a roll in the 2nd.
- Speaking of colour guys... Everyone's been in this situation before. You know when one of your buddies has a few beers and just keeps running his mouth, and everyone else goes silent hoping he'll shut up and stop embarrassing himself, but he doesn't, and soon enough you're embarrassed for him? That guy is Greg Millen.
- The Rexall centre staff are missing out on a huge opportunity by not playing Abba's Fernando after a Pisani goal.
- Hemsky's first: For all the insistence of the broadcast crew that the goal would have been approved by the review, I'm willing to bet that the War Room replied, "Inconclusive." I still haven't seen a clear view of what happened.
- Moreau's block in the last minute, just like Horcoff's in game 5, is this series in a nutshell.
- You have to feel for Manny. After seeing both ends of the spectrum while caddying for a carousel of goalies (Osgood, Cujo, Hasek), he knows all about the pressure. He must have had mixed emotions after finally earning the starting job.
Former Habs' property Francois Beauchemin laid a lickin' on Iggy in the 1st period last night. This guy has turned into a fantastic player for Anaheim. So, how'd the Habs lose him? He was nabbed off waivers by Columbus in Sept. '04. Sound familiar?