Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Good, The Bad, and The Mike Ricci From Round 2

Another round has passed and the Conference Finals are set with the last four Stanley Cup Champions ready to battle it out. Round 2 saw the Eastern Conference get wrapped up pretty quickly with Boston and Pittsburgh finishing their series' in 5 games, while the Western Conference slugged it out with two game sevens. There were lots of studs from Round 2 who lit it up, but just as many duds who didn't show up to help their teams out.

With that said, here's our Good, Bad, and Mike Ricci from Round 2:

The Good:

Kris Letang:  10 points in 5 games
Letang was a monster versus the Ottawa Senators and put up 10 points in 5 games. Letang now leads all defencemen in scoring these playoffs and if the Penguins hope to make it to the Final they'll need Letang to keep producing from the backend.

Jonathan Quick: 1.43 GAA, .951 SV% in Round 2
The Kings had a tight series against the Sharks with 5 one-goal games (4 of which were 2-1 scores) and the reigning Conn Smythe winner stood on his head. Posting 2 shutouts, a 1.43 GAA and .951 SV%, Quick outdueled Antti Niemi and propelled the Kings into the Conference Finals. Is Quick the answer against the Blachawks now?

Torey Krug:  4 goals in 5 games
The 22-year-old defenceman was an undrafted free agent signing by the Bruins and is looking like a gem of a find by Peter Chiarelli. In just 5 games these playoffs, Krug has 4 goals and 1 assist. At just 5' 9", Krug isn't a physical presence on the ice, but he can man a power-play with the best of them and his clapper made the Bruins powerplay useful once again.

The Bad:

Rick Nash: 1 goal in 5 games
Nash fired 20 shots at Tuukka Rask in Round 2, but could only find the back of the net once. Even worse, that was his only goal in the playoffs. He did chip in with 2 assists against the Bruins to make his playoff total 5 points in 12 games, but most Rangers fans had to be expecting more out of Nash and his $7.8M cap hit. Nash hasn't played in many big games over his career and at the age of 28 you have to wonder if he has trouble handling the pressure filled atmosphere.

Tyler Seguin: Averaging under 12 minutes/game in Round 2
Seguin has disappointed big time this playoffs so far and even though he is still just 21-years-old he is expected to produce some offense. He's seen decreased minutes these playoffs and in the last 4 games against the Rangers he had the 4 lowest TOI for his entire year with 11:10, 10:41, 12:16 and 12:44. He's still firing those shots off and finally potted one in Game 4, but his lack of production is definitely pissing off playoff poolies.

Pavel Datsyuk: 2 points in 7 games vs. the Blackhawks
It's pretty shocking to see Datsyuk on this list, but he was pretty much shutdown against the Hawks. Yes he was checking some of the Blackhawks top lines, but he is also expected to produce some points like he did against the Ducks with 7 points in 7 games. With Chicago on the ropes and down 3-1 in the series, Datsyuk only mustered 1 assist in those final 3 games

The Mike Ricci:

Marc-Andre Fleury: $5M a year bench warmer
The former 1st overall pick continues to warm the benches for the Pittsburgh Penguins using dollar bills from his $5M a year cap hit to make a small fire to keep his teammates warm. Flower looked shaky in every game he played before the benching and Vokoun hasn't faltered since. Recently, Fleury and playoffs don't go too well together as his last four playoff appearances have boasted sub-.900 SV%'s and GAA's only Toronto Blue Jays pitcher's would be happy with.

Craig Anderson: 4.32 GAA, .884 SV%
After posting a .950 SV% against the Montreal Canadiens, Anderson couldn't be the difference maker against the All-Star Penguins squad. With a 4.32 GAA and .884 SV% he put up some of the worst numbers of his career against the Penguins these playoffs. The Sens live and die by their goaltending and Anderson just couldn't handle Crosby, Malkin, Letang, Iginla and Neal this series.

Brad Richards:  Healthy Scratch
There were already rumours of a potential buyout of his contract from his subpar season and Richards hadn't been helping himself out with just one point in Round 1 against the Caps. Some expected him to step up against the Bruins, but he just looked lost out there and ended up in the pressbox (somewhere Ron MacLean is crying). The 33-year-old Richards still has 7 years left on his contract with a $6.66M cap hit. Big Game Brad sure shit the bed these playoffs.

1 comment:

  1. Richards will be a Maple Leaf next season folks


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