Where this blog is concerned is in the hockey pool, of course, and this is where the preview really starts to take shape. I have a table below of all the players taken in the draft this year, where the Blackhawks have a two player edge over the Capitals, which suggests that our poolies thinks that this could be a close game, like many of the outdoor games have been.
Stacey C. has the decided edge in players in the game with four, three Blackhawks and the Capitals goalie... how undecided is that? You have to think that Stacey is hoping for a slightly high scoring game with Washington coming out on top, right?
Clayton and Kristy & Don each have three players going in the game, all of which are offensive. Clayton is mainly Chicago, 2-1, while the pool duo is all Washington, so there is a little bit of a clash of biases in that match-up.
|Corey Crawford||Dale C.||Braden Holtby||Stacey C.|
|Patrick Kane||Stacey C.||Nicklas Backstrom||Wilton|
|Jonathan Toews||Stacey M.||Alex Ovechkin||Kristy & Don|
|Kris Versteeg||Stacey C.||Marcus Johansson||Clayton|
|Brandon Saad||Wes||Joel Ward||Stuart|
|Marian Hossa||Stacey C.||Troy Brouwer||Kristy & Don|
|Brad Richards||Clayton||Evgeny Kuznetsov||Benson|
|Andrew Shaw||Stacey M.|
|Brent Seabrook||Leo||John Carlson||Kristy & Don|
|Duncan Keith||Clayton||Mike Green||Troy|
|Niklas Hjalmarsson||Dale C.||Matt Niskanen||Cam|
After the game, we'll have a comparison of pool teams and how many points they got in this game. It's really too bad that I wasn't able to secure a prize for the outdoor game, but with only 12 of 23 pool teams active in the Winter Classic, I may not feel quite so bad.