Monday, April 9, 2007

The Results are IN!

1) The 2006-2007 NHL regular season has finally ended with a few surprises. The playoff match ups are set as well. Our next post,(by FAUXRUMORS2) will be our final NHL Power Rankings. We will make our Playoff Predictions following this post. Probably Wednesday morning. Here we will compare our preseason predictions with the actual out comes and see how we did.
2) Overall we are proud of how accurately we predicted the Western Conference.


  • We got 7 of the 8 playoff teams correct. http://newfaux.blogspot.com/2006/10/preseason-predictions-west.html
  • We thought Colorado would get the 8th seed(almost!)
  • Our biggest miss were the Dallas Stars. We didn't see them as being a contender this year, but they surprised us with a 50 win season.
  • Other milder surprises in the West were the Canucks. We thought they would be a playoff team, but didn't see the Luongo MVP type season propelling them into a divisional title.
  • Also Detroit, despite an average age of 50 continued their West dominance(At least in the regular season)


3) The Eastern Conference was another story. We weren't terrible, but some of our biggest misses were here. http://newfaux.blogspot.com/2006/10/preseason-predictions-east.html We only got 5 of the 8 playoff teams picked correctly.

  • Embarrassingly we picked Philly to be 2nd overall! Who knew that they would implode early and often and finish DEAD LAST! We don't recall one published prediction that had them that far out of it.
  • We also believed that Carolina would return to the playoffs and not suffer a Cup hangover. Wrong! To our credit we DID predict correctly the emergence of the Thrashers as the SE champs
  • Our second worst prediction were the Bruins! They were at least in the thick of things until they disappeared down the stretch. In our opinion that should cost Dave Lewis his job as head coach
  • We thought that the Penguins would be better didn't see Pittsburgh's amazing improvement coming so soon. The addition of Staal and Malkin, an MVP season in Crosby, and maturing of their role players spurned them to an improbable 47 win season
  • We looked at the Devils roster and could NOT see them as a playoff team. However, as is always the case, goaltending is 90% or more responsible for a teams success/failure. Along with Vancouver, no where else is this more evident than Jersey. Marty should be a Hart finalist to help propel this group not only into the playoffs, but another division title

3) The prediction game is never easy these days in the NHL. With so much player turnover, etc. However we are generally proud of our effort this past season, and vow to improve next season. We will start with hoping to improve with our playoff predictions THIS year. Stay tuned for this to be published before the puck drops Wednesday night. Until then, as always, keep it here for all the latest!

8 comments:

B_Washington said...

You know, all the years of mediocrity in Boston and I think it's time to stop looking at the coach. They fire coaches a lot but at some point the responsibility goes on the GM (the same guy who traded Joe Thornton away for 50cents on the dollar)

FAUXRUMORS said...

1) Peter Chirelli, the current Boston GM is NOT the one who traded Thornton to SJ. That ignominious credit goes to the fired(deservedly) Mike O'Connel.
2) Yes the problems in Boston are deeper than a coach. That said, their team this season possessed enough talent to NOT finish as low as they did. Also as its always its easier to replace one guy than 18.
3) The Bruins also might want to start this off season by addressing their real need, a consistent goalie.

B_Washington said...

Forgot they fired that guy...

Can they fire the owner?

FAUXRUMORS said...

1) If fans had the power to fire an owner Bill Wirtz in Chicago would have been gone LONG ago! LOL
2) Would be nice if we had such power, but unfortunately we fans are at the whim of these billionaire megalomaniacs. It is very true that the best teams are run well from the top on down!

Antzmarching said...

Hey B, as long as owners are getting fired, can we also get rid of Fat Ted and Charlie Wang?

Antzmarching said...

Hey Faux, great job in the West... However, I remember telling you way back in September that the Flyers were mediocre AT BEST and the Devils were Stanley Cup caliber... Overall, a decent job... Moreover, Ted Nolan deserves some credit for motivating a bad Yashin-led squad... The Isles are clearly more cohesive with their diaper wearing captain OUT of the line-up...

Antzmarching said...

I hate to correct you Faux, but you only got FOUR of eight in the Eastern Conference... 50% is not a very good job...

FAUXRUMORS said...

1) We stand corrected Antz. Yes 50% in the East is NOT good. What were YOUR preseason predictions again?
2) Yes, you likely said Philly would be mediocre, but the Isles/Rangers/TB were mediocre and are in the playoffs

 
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