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EHE Playoffs Round 1 Preview Part 1

2018-05-15

The first round of Year 4 of the EHE playoffs is upon us.  The field seems pretty wide open, but there are some familiar faces.  From the Gretzky Conference, both Colorado and LA, have made the playoffs all four seasons, whereas in the Lemieux Conference, there are three teams who have made the playoffs all four seasons, Ottawa, Washington and Pittsburgh.  Also, the champions of the three EHE seasons are in the playoffs this year, with the Dallas Stars, two time champs, and the defending champions, the Ottawa Senators.  Will we see a new champion this year, or will either Dallas or Ottawa win again? 

This year was highly competitive amongst the top teams, but it lacked tight playoff races in the final couple of games.  Most teams were able to wrap up a playoff spot with a few games remaining.  What this means though, is that the playoffs will be highly competitive, with the teams that made it showing that they deserve to be here. One team showed themselves to really be the best team in the league this year, as Colorado captured the President’s Trophy this year, after coming up 2 points short to Boston last year.  They look like the team to beat in the playoffs this year.

We will take a quick preview of round 1.

Gretzky Conference:

Central Division:

(WC #2) Minnesota Wild at (#1) Colorado Avalanche: Tale of the Tape

 

Minnesota

Colorado

Record

44-28-10 (98 pts)

58-17-7 (123 pts)

VS Record

1-3

3-0-1

Home Record

20-18-3

31-7-3

Away Record

24-10-7

27-10-4

Power Play

19.7% (#5)

20.5% (#4)

Penalty Kill

84.1% (#13)

86.7% (#2T)

Goals For

252 (#11)

289 (#2)

Goals Against

229 (#15)

213 (#7)

TOP 5 Players:

Eric Staal  37-59-96 pts

Mark Scheifele 33-48-81pts

 

Rickard Rakell 39-34-73 pts

Brent Burns 19-60-79 pts

 

Thomas Vanek 30-33-63 pts

John Tavares 31-45-76 pts

 

Oscar Klefbom 16-47-63 pts

TJ Oshie 34-38-72 pts

 

Oliver Ekman-Larsson 8-46-54 pts

Mark Giordano 19-49-68 pts

Goalies:

Pekka Rinne

Jake Allen

 

2.62 GAA, 0.916 SV%

2.66 GAA, 0.905 SV%

Predictions

1-3-1 L

4-0-1 W

 

(#3) Chicago Blackhawks at (#2) Dallas Stars: Tale of the Tape

 

Chicago

Dallas

Record

53-25-4 (110 pts)

53-23-6 (112 pts)

VS Record

0-4

4-0

Home Record

26-13-2

28-9-4

Away Record

27-12-2

25-14-2

Power Play

22.3% (#1)

21.3 % (#2)

Penalty Kill

83.2% (#15)

84.5% (#12)

Goals For

298 (#1)

268 (#5)

Goals Against

223 (#10)

207 (#4)

TOP 5 Players:

Jonathan Toews 39-59-98 pts

Derek Stepan 28-51-79 pts

 

Cam Atkinson 49-48-97 pts

David Pastrnak 25-48-73 pts

 

Matt Niskanen 18-58-76 pts

Sean Monahan 33-35-68 pts

 

Chris Kreider 29-46-75 pts

Brayden Schenn 28-28-56 pts

 

Zach Parise 32-35-67 pts

Mathieu Perreault 26-29-55 pts

Goalies:

Brian Elliot

Carey Price

 

2.58 GAA, 0.909 SV%

2.51 GAA, 0.917 SV%

Predictions

2-2-2 L

4-2 W

 

Pacific Division:

(WC #1) Edmonton Oilers at (#1) Anaheim Ducks

 

Edmonton

Anaheim

Record

45-29-8 (98 pts)

53-18-11 (117 pts)

VS Record

0-4

4-0

Home Record

28-11-2

23-10-8

Away Record

17-18-6

30-8-3

Power Play

14.9% (#24)

19.5% (#6)

Penalty Kill

86.2% (#4)

82.7% (#18)

Goals For

253 (#10)

274 (#4)

Goals Against

220 (#8)

209 (#5)

TOP 5 Players:

Patrice Bergeron 37-68-105 pts

Ryan Getzlaf 30-66-96 pts

 

Patrick Marleau 33-51-84 pts

Patric Hornqvist 40-41-81 pts

 

Corey Perry 33-42-75 pts

Matt Duchene 29-47-76 pts

 

David Krecji 17-37-54 pts

Jeff Carter 36-34-70 pts

 

Michael Grabner 28-26-54 pts

Artem Anisimov 28-41-69 pts

Goalies:

Martin Jones

Cam Talbot

 

2.53 GAA, 0.912 SV%

2.41 GAA, 0.913 SV%

Predictions

1-3-1 L

4-1 W

 

(#3) LA Kings at Vegas Golden Knights

 

LA

Vegas

Record

46-28-8 (100 pts)

50-25-7 (107 pts)

VS Record

2-1-1

2-2

Home Record

23-16-2

25-12-4

Away Record

23-12-6

25-13-3

Power Play

18.2% (#10)

13.8% (#27)

Penalty Kill

85.2% (#10)

79.4% (#29)

Goals For

261 (#7)

280 (#3)

Goals Against

241 (#18)

226 (#12T)

TOP 5 Players:

Steven Stamkos 40-46-86 pts

Brad Marchand 48-45-93 pts

 

Filip Forsberg 36-43-79 pts

Paul Statsny 23-54-77 pts

 

Viktor Arvidsson 32-43-75 pts

JT Miller 31-38-69 pts

 

Ryan Johansen 26-49-75 pts

Sam Gagner 19-42-61 pts

 

Johnny Gaudreau 27-39-66 pts

Marian Gaborik 22-25-47 pts

Goalies:

Kari Lehtonen

Jonathan Quick

 

2.94 GAA, 0.897%

2.59 GAA, 0.916 SV%

Predictions

4-2-1 W

3-3-1 L




Jameson Fletcher

Had to delete and resubmit these articles due to the chart format I had, but all done. These charts needed Goals For and Against. These articles should make it easier if someone wanted to do an actual write-up on the match-ups, with most of the numbers you need right here.

EHE Playoffs Round 1 Preview Part 1
Tale of the Tape of Each Round 1 Match-up (Gretzky Conference)

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