Ramblings – Robertson Debuts, Pietrangelo Hurt, Surprise Goalies Stand Tall, Vets Step Up, and more (August 3)



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The last time the NHL had a best-of-five series was in April of 1986. All time, teams that have won the first game of a best-of-five series is 68-15. This historical trend indicates that one, or possibly two, of the teams who have lost the first game will come back to win it. Where as six, or maybe even seven of the Game 1 winners will win the series. So which team comes back?

My personal hope is for the Rangers, since I placed a small wager on them back in March to go all the way – based solely on Igor Shesterkin (since, offensively, this team is already upper-tier). His undisclosed injury and the subsequent start by Henrik Lundqvist put a damper on that strategy. In all honesty, the Hurricanes would have been my favorite "sleeper" pick because of the coaching style and the depth. But up against Shesterkin? Who is riding a wave of adrenalin and has dominated at every level? No, I was taking the nice odds on the Rangers. Had I known in advance that Shesterkin would be hurt, I would have moved my money over to Carolina! Ah well. It was only play money…


John Tortorella decided to get all psychological on us and start the inferior Joonas Korpisalo. The thinking, likely, was that Joonas 'could' win. And if he doesn't, then he could turn to Elvis Merzlikins, who would have a better chance of succeeding if he was going in as Plan B and not as "the guy" so early in his young career.