Team Canada’s Line Projections Redux


Steven Stamkos has not been cleared for Olympic Duty. His Lightning teammate Martin St. Louis is set to replace him. So I’ve redone my line projections. I have also scratched the Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis for St Louis Blue’s Alex Pietrangelo.

Anth’s Line Projection

Forward line #1: LW Chris Kunitz, C Sidney Crosby, RW Rick Nash

Forward line #2: LW Patrick Sharp, C Jonathan Toews, RW  John Tavares

Forward line #3: LW Patrick Marleau, C Martin. St Louis, RW Matt Duchene

Forward line #4: LW Jeff Carter, C Ryan Getzlaf, RW Corey Perry

Undressed forwards: Patrice Bergeron and Jamie Benn

Defence #1: Jay Bouwmeester, Shea Weber

Defence #2: Duncan Keith, Alex Pietrangelo

Defence #3: P.K. Subban, Drew Doughty

Undressed defender: Marc-Edouard Vlasic,  Dan Hamhuis

Starting Goalie: Roberto Luongo

Backup Goalie: Carey Price

Undressed Goalie: Mike Smith

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Team Canada Line Projections


The following players have been named to Team Canada’s National Men’s Ice Hockey Team for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

Goaltenders: Roberto Luongo (Vancouver Canucks), Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens), Mike Smith (Phoenix Coyotes)

Defence: Jay Bouwmeester (St. Louis Blues), Drew Doughty (LA Kings), Dan Hamhuis (Vancouver Canucks), Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks), Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis Blues), P.K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (San Jose Sharks) and Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)

Forwards: Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars), Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins), Jeff Carter (LA Kings), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins), Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche), Chris Kunitz (Pittsburgh Penguins), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks) Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks), Rick Nash (NY Rangers), Patrick Sharp (Chicago Blackhawks), Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks), Steven Stamkos (Thunder Bay Lightning), John Tavares (NY Islanders) and Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)

Anth’s Line Projection

Forward line #1: LW Chris Kunitz, C Sidney Crosby, RW Rick Nash

Forward line #2: LW Patrick Sharp, C Jonathan Toews, RW  John Tavares

Forward line #3: LW Patrick Marleau, C Steven Stamkos, RW Matt Duchene

Forward line #4: LW Jeff Carter, C Ryan Getzlaf, RW Corey Perry

Undressed forwards: Patrice Bergeron and Jamie Benn

Defence #1: Jay Bouwmeester, Shea Weber

Defence #2: Duncan Keith, Dan Hamhuis

Defence #3: P.K. Subban, Drew Doughty

Undressed defender: Marc-Edouard Vlasic,  Alex Pietrangelo 

Starting Goalie: Roberto Luongo

Backup Goalie: Carey Price

Undressed Goalie: Mike Smith

What do you guys think?

Stanley Is Coming Revisited Pt. III


Eastern Conference Semifinals Review

  • In favour of the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Ottawa Senators in five. Penguins won it in five. Success!
  • In favour of the New York Rangers over the Boston Bruins in seven. Boston Bruins win it in five. Fail!

Western Conference Semifinals Review

  • In favour of the Chicago Blackhawks over the Detroit Red Wings in six. Oh looks like I got this one wrong. I thought I predicted the Hawks in seven… so fail…
  • In favour of the Los Angeles Kings over  the San Jose Sharks in seven. LA Kings took it in seven! Win!

Eastern Conference Final

  • In favour of the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Boston Bruins in a very heated series in seven games.

Western Conference Final

  • In favour of the Chicago Blackhawks over the Los Angeles Kings in seven games.

Stanley Final

  • In in favour of the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Chicago Blackhawks in the best of seven. In the final game it will go to overtime where Jerome Iginla will win his last career goal and happily retire.

(Please note I will make a Stanley Cup Final prediction if these two teams do not face each other!)

Statistics Report

  • I have successfully predicted the outcome of five series.
  • I ate a lot of potato chips.
  • I drank plenty of beer.
  • I made myself nachos once. I even made myself poutine. How very Canadian of me, yes?
  • No hockey players were harmed in the making of any of my posts. Maybe their egos…

Stanley Is Coming Revisited Pt. II


Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Review

  • The Pittsburgh Penguins win the best of six against the New York Islanders. Predicted a sweep for the Penguins over the Isles. Fail.
  • The Ottawa Senators upset the favoured Montreal Canadiens in the best of five. Predicted the Canadians in the best of seven. Fail.
  • New York Rangers beat the New York Rangers in the best of seven as predicted. Winning!
  • In favour of the Boston Bruins over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the best of seven. Winning!

Western Conference Quarterfinals Review

  • The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild in the best of five. Predicted a sweep for the Blackhawks. Fail.
  • The Detroit Red Wings win the best of seven against the Anaheim Ducks as predicted. Winning!
  • The Los Angeles Kings win the best of seven against the St. Louis Blues. Predicted St. Louis in seven. Fail.
  • San Jose Assholes.. I meant Sharks… beat the Canucks in the only playoff sweep so far. Fail.

Eastern Conference Semifinals

  • In favour of the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Ottawa Senators in five.
  • In favour of the New York Rangers over the Boston Bruins in seven.

Western Conference Semifinals

  • In favour of the Chicago Blackhawks over the Detroit Red Wings in six.
  • In favour of the Los Angeles Kings over  the San Jose Sharks in seven.

Statistics Report

  • I have successfully predicted the outcome of three series.
  • I have successfully chosen five teams to advance  to the semifinals.
  • I have successfully chosen three teams to be defeated in the first round

Stanley Is Coming Revisited Pt. I


The 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are now underway. I made some predictions for the first round last year which were disastrous. My prediction rate isn’t the best but it isn’t exactly a science to it like visiting a fortune teller… So I am going to do the same this year and stick with it…

Eastern Conference

  • In favour of the Pittsburgh Penguins over the New York Islanders in a sweep of four.
  • In favour of the Montreal Canadiens over the Ottawa Senators in the best of seven.
  • In favour of the New York Rangers over the Washington Capitals in the best of seven.
  • In favour of the Boston Bruins over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the best of seven.

Western Conference

  • In favour of the Chicago Blackhawks over the Minnesota Wild in a sweep of four. (Suck it Koivu!)
  • In favour of the Detroit Red Wings over the Anaheim Ducks in the best of seven.
  • In favour of the St. Louis Blues over the Los Angeles Kings in the best of seven.
  • In favour of the Vancouver Canucks over the San Jose Sharks in the best of seven.

Stanley Is Coming


The NHL 2011 – 2012 NHL Season has come to an end (at least abruptly for the Maple Leafs and their fans – better luck next year?). The Canucks have won their second consecutive President’s Trophy and I was there when they clinched the 2-point 3-0 win over the Oilers. I was glad to be there in person as a fan and a lover of the sport and the team.

I’m pleased that the Canucks’ season continues on into the playoffs and I’m confident that our team will advance to the Final series. To twist the words of the Stark clan, “Stanley Is Coming”. This cup will grace our city once again and be awarded to the greatest team in the league!

Here are my predictions for Round 1 of the 2012 NHL Playoffs:

Eastern Conference

  • In favour of the New York Rangers over the Ottawa Senators in five.
  • In favour of the Washington Capitals over the Boston Bruins in seven.
  • In favour of the New Jersey Devils over the Florida Panthers in seven.
  • In favour of the Philadelphia Flyers over the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven.

Western Conference

  • In favour of the Vancouver Canucks over the Los Angeles Kings in six.
  • In favour of the St. Louis Blues over the San Jose Sharks in seven.
  • In favour of the Chicago Blackhawks over the Phoenix Coyotes in six.
  • In favour of the Detroit Red Wings over the Nashville Predators in seven.

And there we have it Vancouver. Are you ready to commit regicide?! DOWN WITH THE KING!

Also are you interested in joining a Playoff Pool? Please hit me up for deats on Facebook or Twitter! Or in the comments!

2012 The Anth Zone Playoff Pool


I have decided to start off my own playoff pool. I plan on blogging results on a daily/weekly basis with point leaders and so forth. Winner will get bragging rights and a guest writer spot on my blog so you can bloat all about how fucking awesome you are. If I’m able too, I’ll take the winner out for a burger or something but no promises there.

Who’s fucking in? Post a comment here or send me a message directly on Twitter or Facebook so I can get ya set up.