Written by Dani Toth | 16 April 2011

Because I never listen to the radio, I was late to the party on hearing this. Finally heard it on my drive home...this song is GOLD no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 16 April 2011

I'll have some thoughts up later, but to start your Saturday morning:

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Written by Dani Toth | 14 April 2011

Admittedly, I've been a terrible Canucks blogger this year. Though, if the Lightning don't find their game, I'll be having more time to focus my attention on the Canucks starting next week.

Like last year before the Canucks-Blackhawks matchup, I had a few words with Andrew Bernier of Bloguin's Blackhawks Down Low. Sometimes the best way to get to know your playoff opponent is to get to know the people that know them the best.


I first met Andrew and the good people over at Blackhawks Down Low last season when the Canucks were ousted out of the playoffs for the second time in a row by Chicago. Even though there was much hatred over that goddamn Fratelli's song and various players named Byfuglien, Burish and Ladd, the boys at BDL were pretty awesome people. Andrew and I even have a friendly bet where the loser of this series has to change their twitter picture to the winner's choice for a solid week.

So Corey Crawford has some similarities to Antti Niemi of last year as they were both the backup that eventually won the starting job. Is that where the similarities end?

BDL: No, we also have a really cool veteran who underperformed early in the season this year as well. But yeah, Crawford and Niemi aren't exactly similar in style. I guess Crawford has performed slightly below Niemi's play last year. How much of that is due to the play of the defensemen remains to be seen.

How much power does Patrick Kane's mullet have?

BDL: Enough power to run an entire fleet of NASCAR engines for an entire season. Its a thing of beauty.

With Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien and Ben Eager not with the Hawks this year, who will Canuck fans hate by the end of the series?

BDL: Well I'm sure you already hate Kane, but I think Bolland can cause you guys to go ballistic if he gets healthy enough to play.  He looks like a rat and can be really frustrating when shutting down an opponents top line.

What is the biggest weakness that Chicago has going into the series?

BDL: Depth and health.  Bolland is suffering from symptoms from a concussion and is questionable. Campbell hasn't been 100% lately with a foot injury.  Sharp is working his way back from a knee injury.  These guys are all pretty big pieces for the Hawks, especially because they haven't gotten the secondary scoring that they had with guys like Versteeg, Ladd, and Byfuglien.

Even though the Blackhawks are the lower seed, many sports writers are picking them to win the series, why?

BDL: Because sports writers believe in curses, mojo, jinxes, and other crazy nonsense.  On paper the Canucks have the better team.  They have since day 1 of the season.  I think these writers all put too much stock into previous seasons.  I think the Hawks have a solid chance at winning the series, but I have been amazed at how many writers have picked them as well.
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Written by Dani Toth | 14 April 2011

Those who know me well, know one of my favorite things about the playoffs is CBC's intro video's.

No other station really does these montage video's better than CBC does, so here is the first two:

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Written by Dani Toth | 12 April 2011

Did you win your fantasy hockey pool this year? Or perhaps like me, come almost dead last?

Well the playoffs let's you start over!!!

The Bloguin superblog, The Pensblog is running their annual Rinkotology, which is a fantasy playoff pool. Winner gets money.

How much money?

There are three divisions. The top five in each division will win money:

1st place: $300

2nd place: $250

3rd place: $200

4th place: $150

5th place: $100

And the overall winner of the entire Quest For The Cup will win an extra $700, for a total of $1000

The entry fee is 10 bucks. You have to have ten forwards, four defensemen, and two goaltenders. As they play, they accumulate points for goals, assists, hat tricks, series clinching goals etc. Click here to sign up. Full rules here

So, apologies for not telling you about this earlier, but the registration is over at 5:00 pm EST April 13th (that's TOMORROW).

DO IT no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 10 April 2011


Oh Chicago, we meet again...

All games aired on CBC, all times listed are Eastern no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 03 April 2011

It's funny that people discuss whether it's good to win the President's trophy or not.

I don't know how much of a special edge you get from it really in the playoffs (besides the guaranteed home ice factor), but why would you debate that it is not a good thing? Like we've already won it, it's not like we can un-win it at this point. Doesn't it mean that we've watch one helluva hockey team play 82 games this year? The stats say that 30% of teams that have won it have gone on to win the Stanley Cup in recent history. 30% is pretty great odds.

Plus, there's also another stat that every time a Canadian city has hosted an Olympics, within one year they have also won a Stanley Cup. It's happened twice: Montreal and Calgary. Two is a small sample size, I know, but right now, I think that's awesome. no comments