NHL Playoff Picks 2018

S.Samek

Here are my picks for the Stanly cup playoffs.

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Tampa Bay vs. WC New Jersey

No. 2 Boston vs. No. 3 Toronto

No. 1 Washington vs. WC Columbus

No. 2 Pittsburgh vs. No. 3 Philadelphia

Round two

TB-Bos

Wash-Pitt

Round three

TB-Pitt

Western Conference

No. 1 Nashville vs. WC Colorado

No. 2 Winnipeg vs. No. 3 Minnesota

No. 1 Las Vegas vs. WC Los Angeles

No. 2 Anaheim vs. No. 3 San Jose

Second round

LV– San
Nash-WIN

Third round

LV-Nash

Stanly Cup Finals

Pitt-LV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seattle in The NHL

S.Samek

Seattle looks to be the next entrant in the NHL. As much they have announced a short list of 13 potential names from the squad. However, this is pending the NHL grants them a franchise.

 
The names include both a mix of local and historical with a couple zany ones thrown in.
Cougars, Eagles. Sea Lions, Whales, Seals are the run of the mill offerings that aren’t great ideas.

 
Emeralds, Evergreens, Firebirds and Totems are the second tier of quality names higher than the first set.

 
Sockeyes, Rainiers, Renegades and Krakens are the final and best tier.

 

 

Though I must admit my favorite is the novelty Krakens. The one fan named jersey included in the article looks really cool. One could only imagine what they could do with a professional logo designer.

 
Though if the local flare is what you look for take the Rainer’s name, or even emeralds.
For now, though it’s just fun speculation until the team formally gets announced.

 

 

 

Top 10 Bird Logos

S.Samek

Tis the season for turkeys and turkey bowl games. How better to celebrate than taking a look at the best related logos in sports to turkeys: Birds. Even though Pittsburgh Dad denies the intimidating power of the bird mascot.

10. Toledo Mud Hens.

9. Orleans Firebirds.

8.Idaho Falls Chuckers.

7. Lancaster Jet Hawks.

6. Great Lakes Loons.

5. Aberdeen Iron birds.

4. Tucson Roadrunners.

3.Bakersfield Condors.

2. Rochester Honkers.

1. Anaheim Ducks/Mighty Ducks.

 

 

NHL Pick Your Fish.

No Nashville Catfish, or Detroit octopus, but things are changing in the NHL.

S. Samek

Recently the NBA milled over changing the playoffs.

 

 

So not to be left out why not the NHL may change play off proceedings.

 
The new offerings come in the form of finish number one and get your pick of any of the fifth through eight seeded teams. You can pick the team you just plan think you can beat.
Then the second seed gets the next pick and the third the last pick. The fourth seed gets the left-over team. Then after playing the first round you do a reseed based on regular season records.

 

The idea comes from the Southern Professional Hockey League. They call out potential playoff opponents and then reseed as a unique calling card.

 

It also comes to the United States from Australia and their Erste Bank Eishockey Liga.

 
I do see the merits in this format. It is pretty much think you can beat a team, call them out and do it. Its put your money where your mouth is. Its heads up in your face hockey, good stuff.

 
It also does offer a change from the traditional way of matching up with seeds. Though there isn’t anything to stop the one seed from going after the eight seed and creating the same matchup.

 
It also could lead to some epic implosions. Call out the wrong team and lose to them and you’re in for it. The ridicule will be endless. Could be rather entertaining.

 
Conversely, I think it’s more work to reseed after a round. Why not just create one bracket and advance the teams that win? Seems to be a good system.

 
The good thing about the playoffs is that aura of unpredictably. Just because your high seed doesn’t mean you are winning it all. Just because you’re an eighth seed wouldn’t mean you couldn’t be a champion either. Seeds are just numbers on paper for organizational purposes. Once you get in you all have a fair chance in the playoffs.

 
The focus should be to get into the playoffs, not against you have to face during them. Yes, try your best to win games and get a higher seed, but it shouldn’t be about the seeding. It should be about winning games.

 
Overall, I think it could be worth a try, especially at the lower levels of the minors, or independent leagues. If it works out there maybe the NHL could adopt it.

O and for the reference this idea of a fish comes from the Good Ol Uba. They held an event where players called each other out. They named it pick your fish.

It could be time for NHL teams to start picking fish in the playoffs.

All The Sports

S. Samek

October 19, 2017 just seems like any other Thursday. Life movies on as people look forward to the weekend.
Yet if you’re a sports fan this isn’t an ordinary Thursday.

Nope tonight you have your pick of MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA games to pick from. Yep all four major sports are in season on the same night.

 

This is what is called a sports equinox. An equal day for all four major sports. You can sit back and watch La and Chicago, plenty of NHL hock and NBA basketball as they get their seasons underway and The Thursday night matchup of Chiefs and Raiders. What to choose decisions decisions.

 

No This isn’t a common occurrence. Its happened only 17 times with the last one occurring on Oct 30 ,2016.

 

Though the funny thing is this could happen again soon. As early as Sunday October 22.2017 if the Cubs can force game seven against the Dodgers. Then in short order if game five the World Series is played it would happen again.

 

Very cool occurrence. I know I’ll be tuning into some sports today to celebrate.

 

 

 

To Be or not to Be

S.Samek

No doubt there was a lot of buzz surrounding the NHL’s latest team when it was announced. Then with the expansion draft fans were eager to see who would make up the roster of this new entrant.
Now the Los Vegas Golden Knights have begun play for their first season. They continue to make headlines.
The Los Vegas Golden Knights name is under trademark dispute with Army and the College of St. Rose. The dispute was first filed in December, but nothing came of it. Now within the past couple of weeks, both institutions have filled opposition requests.

The names Vegas Golden Knights and Las Vegas Golden Knights being both called into question. The two schools now have three months to make a move.

 
Vegas has let two trademarks for other names expire. However, they did extend a domain name for sandknights.com.

 
Interesting that they may have to change their name to the Vegas Sand Knights. Why in the world would they do that though? It just sounds ridiculous.

 
Though there had to be a better name than the Knights for this team to begin with. Hoping they go back to the drawing board to pick something better. Better yet maybe just drop the suit and let the Golden Knights stay. Like if this was a problem why wasn’t this taken care of before the team name was announced.

 

Why would you do it after they begin play and have merchandise and the works in play. Hoping this gets fixed soon, hopefully just with a let it slide and move on.

NHL POPS

By S. Samek

As the weather turns colder the season changes from baseball to football. Add to the mix basketball and hockey. With the change in sports season comes additions. Football and basketball made additions. Now it’s the NHL’s turn.

Yep, new wave of hockey themed Funko pops coming at you. Brad Marchand, Brent Burns, Evgeni Malkin, Jeff Carter, Vladimir Tarasenko, Braden Holtby, Corey Crawford, Wayne Simmonds, and Devan Dubnyk suite up in-home sweater. There is also a wave of players from Canadian teams going to Grosnor as exclusives.
These look great as the prior wave is. I just hope it’s easier to find a Malkin pop than it is to find a Sidney Crosby.
The NHL is also getting pint sized heroes. They look cute, but I don’t like the idea. NHL players aren’t really known for being cute so why do it. Pick them up if you want, but the pops are still better. Grosnor will also carry exclusives in these.
Overall really good addition to the sports line. Should only leave MLB without another recent wave. I see that following in spring.