No cakes, just cup today. In lieu of links I’m going to give you some facts and observations so please bear with me.
With the Penguins elimination, picks 1 through 26 are now set for the Entry draft coming up in Dallas next month. We’ve known the Avs are at #16 for a while, here’s how the rest of the playoff teams rack out so far:
16 – Colorado
17 – New Jersey
18 – Columbus
19 – Philadelphia
20 – Los Angeles
21 – San Jose
22 – Ottawa (via PIT)
23 – Anaheim
24 – Minnesota
25 – Toronto
26 – New York Rangers (via BOS)
If Nashville loses Game 7 vs Winnipeg on Thursday then they will pick 27th and the Avs will have the 58th choice, which is the 2nd rounder they received in the Turris for Girard/Kamenev trade.
The Preds have an interesting pattern developing. They have lost all but one odd-numbered game in the playoffs this year, which was game 1 vs the Avs and Colorado dominated that for the first 2 periods. Every even-numbered game they have bounced back to win. That gives them a 5-0 record following a loss so far, not bad. I’ve been pretty impressed with Peter Laviolette’s tactical responses both in the Avs series and now against Winnipeg.
The downside to this is that they are 1-4 following a win, with that lone victory coming in game 2 against the beloved Avalanche. With game 7 coming up, both following a win and an odd-numbered game, they’re going to have to break the cycle to continue on this playoff season.
Eagles waiting for an opponent
The Eagles clinched a berth in the ECHL Western Conference finals last Thursday by completing a sweep over Idaho. Their opponent will be either Toledo, who they defeated in last year’s WC Finals, or our former affiliate Fort Wayne, who have a 3-2 lead in the series going into tonight’s Game 6. If the Komets don’t clinch then Game 7 will be tomorrow night.
Right now it’s looking like the WC Finals will start Saturday, at home in Loveland if it’s FTW and in Toledo if the Walleye prevail.
In related news, the AHL Board of Governors approved re-alignment yesterday with the Eagles going to the Pacific Division and the Rampage/Stars moving to the Midwest.
Pavel Francouz will be minding the nets today as the Czechs take on Sven Andrighetto and the Swiss. Sven missed last game with a suspension, Francouz won 3-2 vs the Slovaks on Saturday.
Tyson Jost missed Tean Canada’s first game for reasons unknown but he’s made the most of the last two against Korea and Denmark with 3 goals and an assist. Mikko has a goal and 3 assists for the Finns in 3 games. The Finns are back in action tomorrow vs Denmark and Canada plays next on Thursday against Norway.