Sunday, May 17, 2009

Stanley Cup facts

  • Couldn't help but notice that 3 of the 4 surviving teams fired their coaches in mid-season (Chicago, Pittsburgh, Carolina). Even coaches on good teams have problems surviving.
  • Not sure if Pittsburgh or Carolina would have both even made the playoffs without a coaching change.
  • There are no Canadian teams remaining but there are 37 Canadian players remaining in the playoffs which is 43% of the players still playing.
  • In terms of Canadian representation, Chicago has 13 players, Pittsburgh 11, Carolina seven and Detroit only six.
  • I wonder who Mrs. Staal is cheering for? Eric has already won a cup so maybe she is slightly partial to Pittsburgh.
  • Best playoff beard belongs to Johan Franzen.
  • Leading candidate for the Conn Smythe right now is Sidney Crosby.