The NHL playoffs are turning out exactly as predicted…
1. Before we get into the NHL Playoffs, lets talk about the Dallas Stars signing Ben Bishop to a six-year, $29.5 Million contract. It is not shocking that Dallas went out of their way to pick up a goalie, but a lot is being made about the amount of money they have tied up in their ‘tenders now. They now have $15.2 Million locked in at that position in Ben Bishop, Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi. All three goalies have some form of a modified/limited NTC. You can view all of this information at CapFriendly.
2. How about Washington? This summer is going to be a mess for that organization. A lot of frustrating ‘hot-takes’ are being tossed around on social media. At some point a team with that much talent needs to bring it all home, but I think people are ignoring the randomness of hockey. The Capitals dominated the spreadsheets, but they couldn’t get it done on the ice. There is a lot of blame to pass around, but that doesn’t mean you need to dismantle the squad.
3. PDO is a good way of seeing how randomness may have impacted a series. A PDO of 100 is considered normal; anything over that is luck, anything under that is considered unlucky. The Penguins had a PDO of 104. The Capitals had a PDO of 95. To put that into perspective, the worst luck of any team during the regular season was Colorado with a PDO of 97, and the team with the highest PDO was Washington at 103.
4. This is not to take away from Pittsburgh because they played a real solid series, but we use these numbers as a way to show what happened on paper. It helps put into context what we are seeing on the ice. It can be a good exercise to step back from the game itself, remove the emotion, and just evaluate the statistics.
5. So how wrong was I with my predictions? The answer is very wrong. I knew better than to pick against Nashville, but I went and did it. Thanks, St. Louis. When it comes to Washington, I put aside the fact that they are a cursed club, and that was the biggest mistake I could have made.
6. With Edmonton being knocked out, it was inevitable that we would start hearing about Ottawa becoming Canada’s Team. Even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau weighed in. The Edmonton Journal was definitely not on board, but Alberta’s issues with the Nation’s capital existed well before this playoff run.
Sens fans are taking it all in stride:
We don't care. We don't like you. Go fuck yourself. https://t.co/MFYszSHv3j
— SensNation (@SensNation) May 12, 2017
7. Edmonton and Anaheim just rounded out a real controversial, and intense series. Connor McDavid, the second best center in the world, got his first taste of the post season. He had a good run, but I think he has more to give. It was not for a lack of trying, though. The young man had a hell of a season, and got a taste of the highs, and lows of the NHL playoffs. We are going to see an even better McDavid next season.