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#3766163 A H L Discussion

Posted Babying on 20 February 2018 - 10:59 AM

Not sure about you guys but last night was a lot of fun

#3766095 Survivor Tuesday

Posted DanielNegreanu on 16 February 2018 - 11:13 AM

More information coming in on this story. There appears to be an internal stats hack done by the Russians to aide the Mustangs towards the victory. Indictments occurring today, although we don't have any concrete evidence that Mustangs ownership colluded with the Russian Hackers, they are investigating all fronts.

#3765812 A H L Discussion

Posted Untilted on 10 February 2018 - 01:34 PM

I'm a big fan of the M's today

#3765777 A H L Discussion

Posted bigguyren68 on 09 February 2018 - 07:36 AM

View PostMapleLeafpoker, on 09 February 2018 - 06:41 AM, said:

Tell me if you guys read this same way I do....

AHL Rules "1. Two division winners will each receive 1st round byes.
2. The non division winning team with the best record will be the #3 seed and play the #6 seed in round 1 with seeds #4 and #5 facing off in a best of seven series in round one.
3. The top seeded division winner will face off against the lowest seed available in round two , while the second highest seed will play the highest seeded team left"

With regards to point #3, in the 2nd round, the 2 division winners do NOT automatically get the #1 and #2 seeds. Correct?
The 4 remaining teams are ranked in order of standings pts, and 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3

I believe the teams are seeded #1 through to #6 right at the start of playoffs and keep that seed the whole way through. basically if you don't win your division, the #3 seed it the highest you can get even if you have more points then other division winner.

On a an interesting side note, the Gothic/Shootloose/Ravens presidents trophy race could see the presidents trophy winner NOT win their division and have to play first round. LOL

#3765791 A H L Discussion

Posted Untilted on 09 February 2018 - 10:03 AM

View PostZach6668, on 09 February 2018 - 08:17 AM, said:

John why did you trade me a defective Joel Edmundson???

I thought you would curse me for calling up Barzal in FCHL and hurting your AHL team in the process. Now that would be well deserved

As far as this Edmundson guy, the almighty Bob thought I made a dumb move trading him. But what does he know

#3765595 Survivor Tuesday

Posted serge on 05 February 2018 - 08:33 AM

View PostMapleLeafs, on 04 February 2018 - 08:44 PM, said:

Final 3. Now we get to plead our case to the jury?

I have played a clean game, going up against the juggernaut that is Dale. He is a formidable opponent as Jay is as well. Jay and I are pretty close in points(not in plus minus)even though my players this year have performed under expected value.

Having said that I have run pretty well on Tuesday nights, having managed to survive this long. I will also add that I haven't used an immunity idol even once.

Since I am in a different time zone, 3000 miles away from most competitors, I have not had a chance to form alliances. I have run this game pretty much by myself. While I am not the most popular choice to win, this would mean a lot for my franchise. We have been ridiculed and made the butt of jokes for the better part of two decades. My love for this league and my love for the sport of fantasy is unmatched. I consider myself in the top 1 percent of all hockey fans in California, and I have been working extremely hard to grow the game here in this part of the United States. I have made some great strides in that field with my business Fresno Hockey Talk, which is now transforming into FHT Sports. I am humbled and overjoyed with the response that we have been getting for this in the Central Valley in California.

To my worthy and honorable opponents. It is pretty ironic that we are all similar in age, we are all devoted fathers and we all obviously love this great game of hockey. Dale is once again having a great season and deserves all the accolades. However with the accolades comes great financial success. He has already locked up some serious money for his team , maybe you will find it in your hearts to look elsewhere for this wonderful Tuesday night phenomenon that is Survivor.

I would also like to commend Jay for making it this far. While Dale was expected to be here in front of the jury as early as August, Jay and myself werent even in the conversation. While AHL heavyweights like Bob, Arp and others were favored to be here. In reality though Jay and I along with Dale picked off these guys one by one. We played this game like it was meant to be played..We outwitted, outplayed and outlasted everyone. While some competitors sat there and ran algorithms on what nights they would have goalies, we did this the proper way.

So I hope you find it in your heart to pick me , as I am the average man. The Mustangs dont employ flashy players like Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin. The Mustangs dont have Sean Couturier or John Tavares. As a matter of fact the Mustangs dont have anyone in the top 83 in NHL scoring. Let that sink in for a minute. Our top scorer James Neal is number 84 in the NHL. We come to play every night and we get the job done, with what little we have. We are the ultimate survivor team. We survive because we have to. We dont have any other options. This team deserves some sort of accolade this year. We are fighting tooth and nail to make the playoffs. It might not go our way, but you can be sure we will be fighting every night.

Thanks for listening, and when you are picking the winner, please put the Mustangs on the piece of paper.

#3765590 Survivor Tuesday

Posted MapleLeafs on 04 February 2018 - 08:44 PM

Final 3. Now we get to plead our case to the jury?

#3765566 2017-18 Canadian Gothic

Posted digitalmonkey on 04 February 2018 - 06:21 AM

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#3765214 Las Vegas Golden Knights

Posted DanielNegreanu on 24 January 2018 - 04:31 PM

I've watched every minute of every game and have a really good idea as to "how they are doing it."

1. System- this team plays like no other team in the league. Using a basketball analogy they essentially play a full court press all game on defense, and a transition fast break team on offense. If they kept a stat for the quickest team in the league that causes a turnover then moves the puck up ice, no other team would be close. They play an up tempo high variance game and constantly are looking for odd man rushes that lead to lots of high quality chances. Most teams win the puck, possess it, look for what options are available, then decide to make a play. Not this team. It's instantaneous. Blind passes, stretch passes, quick transition and it catches teams on their heels constantly. They are more effective 5 on 5 in transition than they are on the power play in relation to most teams. Power plays don't play to their strengths, but they more than make up for that with their 5 on 5 play.
The other key reason this system can work is that George McPhee drafted SPEED. There isn't just one line to key in on, all four lines play a very similar up tempo style that depends heavily on speed in transition.

2. Rolling 4 lines- That rolls into my next point nicely, the use of all four lines and all three defensive pairings. On most teams you will see all-star minute munchers on the back end playing upwards of 30 minutes a game. On Vegas, their top d-man in terms of average ice time is Nate Schmidt clocking in at just 22 minutes a game. Everyone plays. Most teams use their fourth line sparingly, as little as possible. This team's fourth line is used often and have developed a real chemistry. They possess the puck, and while they don't score a lot of goals, when they are out there, neither does the other team.
When defending this team, you can't just focus on one speedy line and then take a break in between those shifts. They come at you in waves. Consistent in their approach, and while the 4th line plays a bit more of a North-South game, the other three lines played an incredibly similar style of hockey. Teams get no time to catch their breath, it's constant pressure for 60 minutes.

3. Discipline- They don't take penalties! I believe they rank as the second least penalized team in the league. Vegas also ranks in the bottom five in total hits. Outside of Brayden McNabb and William Carrier, this team isn't built to punish opponents physically. They don't take many dumb penalties being overly aggressive. The focus is on winning the puck, and turning it up ice as quickly as possible.

4. Trust- This is where I shower heavy praise on coach Gerard Gallant. The players love him. He was the perfect coach for the job. Unlike a John Tortorella, this is a players coach for a new team of guys who may be coming in with bruised egos after being let go by their previous team. The last thing they needed was a guy barking at them that they suck. Gallant earned their trust and has the players, to a man, believing in the system. Not many teams can say that losing their best player wouldn't have a major impact on their success, but Vegas is unique, in that, no one player is bigger than the system. Somebody goes down, next guy up is plugged into the system and gets the job done.

5. Chemistry- This team had the opportunity to bond early with the tragedy we saw in Las Vegas a week before the home opener. They were out in the community showing their support after the tragedy, and while it's hard to gauge how much closer an event like that can bring people together, I wouldn't underestimate it. These guys seem to really like each other. This high tempo style relies on players knowing where each other is going to be and the chemistry on this team developed rapidly and is undeniable. They all share the bond of being either underestimated, underutilized, or underpaid by their previous team. They play every night with a chip on their shoulder. Every night there is a player on that team with something to prove. Whether it's Marc-Andre Fleury showing the Pens that he still has plenty of gas left in the tank, or William Karlsson putting on a clinic against Columbus letting them know that had he been given a chance, he could have been the all-star for them that he is for this team.

View PostDubey, on 24 January 2018 - 01:30 PM, said:

They might be the best team in the NHL right now.

It's crazy to even type that.

They started the year playing ok, and getting pretty lucky. An impressive display from an expansion team, but I fully expected them to fall back to earth. As the year has gone on, the team ahs been performing better and better, and the results have gotten better and better. If you look at the last 15-20 games, they are the best team in the league by possession numbers, and by results. I don't watch enough of their games (see: none) to have a good understanding of how they are doing it, but it's damn impressive.

I was skeptical after the expansion draft. I thought they made mistakes. I was skeptical after the first 20 games or so. I kept expecting major regression to the mean. Now, I am fully on board. I still expect a small amount of regression, but this team is legitimately good.

#3765038 Official Toronto Maple Leafs Thread

Posted Babying on 18 January 2018 - 11:10 PM

One other thing itís otto Birthday so he is 21 and go to the casino. Otto lost $100 playing blackjack and I won it back. Happy to leave breaking even

#3764893 Official Toronto Maple Leafs Thread

Posted Babying on 10 January 2018 - 05:17 PM

There will be representation in Philly on Lindros jersey retirement night next week. Otto and I will be at the game. Flying in on the day and flying back the next morning. We are going with a good friend of ours who is a huge Lindros fan.

#3764325 Ignition

Posted SuperJon on 17 December 2017 - 05:08 PM

I deposit with my bank card.

I actually got a text from my bank after depositing once asking if I just charged $30 for an escort service.

#3764331 A H L Discussion

Posted Zach6668 on 17 December 2017 - 06:25 PM

Big Ms vs Shortstackers on Tuesday. Big one!

#3763455 Official Toronto Maple Leafs Thread

Posted Babying on 14 November 2017 - 10:55 PM

The Leafs play Philly on Jan 18th on Lindros retiring night. My buddy is a huge Lindros fan and wants to go.

I am iffy because I am not sure if I want to make the trek. However if I do go, Otto will of course be tagging along with me. The casino is down the street and as you know, I will make a trek over to it. I than thought Otto can't go but he will be able to at midnight. He turns 21 on Jan 19th.

#3763357 Deadwood Not Too Bad Of A Show

Posted frautotenkinder on 12 November 2017 - 10:25 PM

Deadwood movie a definite maybe.