Fantasy Sports: NHL

Wolfman and Woodbird are all about the pucks, eh

By Scot Worley & Wesley Woodbery | Apr 13, 2017
Photo by: File Scot Worley and Wesley Woodbery in the press box before the Nashville Predators at Carolina Hurricanes National Hockey League game in Raleigh.

Attention Fantasy NASCAR fans, the Kings of Fantasy have placed a hold on racing this week.
There will be no bumping and grinding this week as the Monster Energy NASCAR series takes a break as Peter Cottontail visits this Easter Sunday.
They will resume racing; as well as we will resume our Fantasy NASCAR column next week.
The series sprints to Good ‘Ol Rocky Top ...Woo, Bristol, Tennessee next Sunday,  April 23, for the Food City 500.
In the meantime, we’re going to shoot our best “One Timer” and take a dive into the National Hockey League playoffs.
In the Wolfman’s and my opinion, the chase for the Stanley Cup is one of the most exciting playoff pushes in all of sports.
The Carolina Godfather and the Moose can’t drop a baseball bat long enough to look into the NHL. They don’t know what they are missing out on.
Now as for the Wolfman and yours truly, we’re all about the pucks.

Eastern Conference
The Eastern Conference race is much clearer picture than the Western Conference.
The Washington Capitals are rolling with Alexander Ovechkin and T.J Oshie.
The defending Stanley Cup champs are in the hunt and have arguably the best two players in the game with Evgeny Malkin (if he stays healthy) and “Sid the kid” (Sidney) Crosby.
Those two teams are our two favorites to win the Eastern half.
The New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadians, Columbus Blue Jackets, Boston Bruins  and Ottawa Senators round out the rest of the teams in the East.
We believe the Bruins have the best chance to challenge the Caps and Pens.
Boston has three solid first linemen in Pasternak, Bergeron and Marchand. If these guys get hot all at once, watch out, the Bruins will make a solid push for the Stanley Cup.

Western Conference
If the Eastern Conference postseason is clear, the Western Conference is totally muddy.
Every team in the Western half of the playoffs can play with each other. Every series is a toss up.
The Wolfman has the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild leading the way. The Blackhawks skate one of the deadliest first lines in the game. Containing the “Captain” Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Artemi Panarin and Duncan Keith.
The Wild struggled late in the season but have turned it around just in time for the playoffs. Veterans Eric Staal, Ryan Suter and goalie Devan Dubnyk look to lead the team to its first Stanley Cup victory.
The Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks are the teams that follow suit in the West.
In our opinion, we think the Edmonton Oilers and the new Art Ross (top points scorer in NHL) trophy holder, Conner McDavid have the fire power to be the “sleeper” team to take out the top teams in the West.
I agree with Wolfman on the Blackhawks, those guys are studs. But my second team I have in are the Anaheim Ducks.
Skating well at the end of the regular season, the Ducks won the Pacific Division and come in with two excellent goal scorers in Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler.

The Stanley Cup
There is honestly no telling, no amount of research that can pinpoint who will play in the Stanley Cup Finals and who will win.
However, we’ve tried our best and narrowed down our two favorites to win.
The Wolfman predicts the Chicago Blackhawks (Western) will play the Washington Capitals (Eastern) with the Caps lifting Lord Stanley’s Cup, while I think the Washington Capitals (Eastern) will play the Anaheim Ducks (Western) with the Caps being crown the 2017 NHL champions.