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Early Fantasy Hockey Playoff Pool Duds

Early Fantasy Hockey Playoff Pool Duds
Chris Wassel

If milk duds are so good then why do duds have to be so bad. This truly is a question that needs further pondering. All kidding aside, there have been some awful disasters in fantasy hockey playoff pools so far. Keep in mind, most of our focus will be on goalies but we may drift into some of the forwards and defensemen too.

It has really been an ugly time for the Winnipeg Jets and Ottawa Senators, with the Jets getting swept and the Senators sitting on the brink.

 

Fantasy Hockey DUDS

Goalies

Corey Crawford — Chicago Blackhawks

Crawford may not see the rest of the playoffs at this rate but time will still tell there. Allowing nine goals on 47 shots is enough to get a one way ticket to the bench however. Now some of the goals were definitely a product of him being hung out to dry by his team defense but at least a few were shots that should be stopped, even in the regular season. That 6.75 GAA still causes people to run in absolute and total fear. Who could blame them?

Something tells me there is a chance he could play again in the playoffs but the when is a huge question mark. At least he is handling it the right way so far.

 

Ondrej Pavelec — Winnipeg Jets 

Ah if it is Winnipeg in the playoffs then it must mean “Sieve Pavelec” or “Pavlectric” has returned. At first, it was not so bad but there is no way he should have allowed five goals on Monday night at home against the Anaheim Ducks. NONE! Some of those goals were just so AtlantaThrashers like.

It is too late to bench him but one has to wonder if Pavelec maybe has a quicker hook than any one of us anticipate. No one will say it but…

That tweet makes you wonder. For as many good starts as the goalie can muster, his bad ones always receive more attention. It is safe to say that Pavelec has not had the playoffs or third periods that some expected. Sadly, however, most people did forecast a sweep either.

 

Pekka Rinne — Nashville Predators

Who let Rinne on here, seriously? His sub .900 save percentage did sadly and the fact that he has given up some inexcusable goals matters.

If someone is bad, they will find themselves here. When you give up ten goals, you deserve this position. If you want to change that, then come up with a couple more big performances. Now this was going to be a pretty high scoring series but again the saves that have to be made are not being made.

At some point, the battle level has to come up with or without some key parts. Do we see that Vezina caliber Rinne? Nashville better soon or they are as good as cooked and heading to the golf course.

 

Skaters

Alex Ovechkin — LW — Washington Capitals

You expect more out of Ovechkin than one goal after three games (as of Tuesday afternoon). Here is something a little more on how Ovechkin’s shot quality has just not been there and one of the biggest reasons that it has not been.

No one knows how long Ovechkin will be bottled up but maybe No. 8 himself. The left winger has to be more accurate on his shot and not just settle for what the Islanders give him. The key is usually Ovechkin gets shots off the rush that are quality. We have not seen that much in this playoff series against the Islanders.

 

Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin — Vancouver Canucks

Calgary of all teams has pretty much locked down the “Sedin Twins.” Let this sink in good and hard for a little while. The bottom line is the twins combined for a meager two points in the first three games while not really generating all that much as far as quality scoring chances, etc. It has gone about as poorly as the worst scenario you could expect. Yet, there is still time.

At some point, you have to think this duo is going to break out, right? That could start in Game 5. The timing would be excellent as the Canucks need a victory. However, at some point we have to hear from these guys in a series where they should be able to thrive. It will be intriguing to see what happens next.

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Chris Wassel
@ChrisWasselDFS

Never stop learning! That has always been my philosophy in life. It applies to hockey writing so well as new challenges are something to strive for. I have been a fantasy hockey writer way back when it wasn't quite so cool, covered the Devils for a variety of places and still do, have a small hockey site of my own, and even write about all things NHL, AHL, ECHL, KHL, etc. Usually I am first asked who I don't write for. For Today's Slapshot, I will be covering the Atlantic Division.

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