Saturday, February 20, 2010

Through Two Games Each

We're now through two rounds of the round robin in the Olympics tournament and thanks to only having eight players per team, we have a nice close race out of the gates. The 12 teams that are competing in the small selection sheet pool are only separated by 5 points and we still have another week of action to go.

Starting Saturday afternoon, we go into the final round robin games and there isn't too much to get excited about, as only Belarus and Slovakia are represented from the pool, so there shouldn't be a great deal of movement there. Belarus defenseman, Viktor Kostiuchenok, and Slovakian defenseman, Lubomir Visnovsky, are the most popular players in the action today, taken four times each in the tourney. Neither player has a point in the tournament, but both lead their respective team's in ice-time, so the points are bound to come along.

Eight players lead the pool in points with 4 each at this point in the tournament, but only four of those players have been chosen. Sidney Crosby, Ryan Miller, Tomas Vokoun (pictured) and Henrik Lundqvist lead the way among chosen players, so if you have a maximum of two players, then you're likely doing really well. Both Dale & James have Crosby and Miller and they are tied for top spot in the standings.

This has been a great hockey tournament so far and the injuries have been kept to a minimum, which is a huge positive for the pools in the NHL regular season. We don't want to see any injuries to our favourite players, especially for the stretch run to the playoffs.

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