Shootout
By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
Staff writer Victor Fernandes has ice in his veins. Hockey – he plays it, coaches it and provides the region's best coverage of it.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: April 15th, 2014

WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

No. 1C Colorado Avalanche vs. WC1 Minnesota Wild
Season records: Colorado 52-22-8, Minnesota 43-27-12
Season series: Colorado won 4-0-1
Players to watch
Colorado – G Semyon Varlamov (41-14-6 record, 2.41 goals-against average, .927 save percentage, 2 shutouts), C Matt Duchene (23 goals, 47 assists, 70 points), LW Gabriel Landeskog (26-39-65), C Ryan O’Reilly (28-36-64), C Nathan MacKinnon (24-39-63), D Tyson Barrie (13-25-38, plus-17); Minnesota – RW Jason Pominville (30-30-60), LW Zach Parise (29-27-56), C Mikko Koivu (11-43-54), D Ryan Suter (8-35-43, +15), LW Matt Moulson (23-28-51), G Darcy Kuemper (12-8-4, 2.43, .915, 2 SHO)
Fast facts: Duchene reportedly could miss the first two games with a knee injury. … O’Reilly, a former Erie Otter, set career highs with 28 goals and 64 points, and nearly was the first NHL player to finish a season without any penalty minutes (2 PIMs). … Moulson had six goals and 13 points in 20 games since being acquired from the New York Islanders.
Outlook: The Avalanche are having a dream season after struggling the past few years. They will most one step closer to their dream of capturing the Stanley Cup.
Prediction: Avalanche in 6 games

Series schedule
Game 1 – Thursday at Colorado, 9:30 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday at Colorado, 9:30 p.m.
Game 3 – Monday at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – April 24 at Minnesota, 9:30 p.m.
Game 5 – April 26 at Colorado, TBD*
Game 6 – April 28 at Minnesota, TBD*
Game 7 – April 30 at Colorado, TBD*
* If necessary

No. 2C St. Louis Blues vs. No. 3C Chicago Blackhawks
Season records: St. Louis 52-23-7, Chicago 46-21-15
Season series: St. Louis won 3-2
Players to watch
St. Louis – G Ryan Miller (25-30-4, 2.64, .918, 1 SHO), LW Alexander Steen (33-29-62), RW T.J. Oshie (21-39-60), C David Backes (27-30-57), LW Jaden Schwartz (25-31-56), D Alex Pietrangelo (8-43-51, +20), D Kevin Shattenkirk (10-35-45, +1); Chicago – LW Patrick Sharp (34-44-78), RW Patrick Kane (29-40-69), C Jonathan Toews (28-40-68), D Duncan Keith (6-55-61, +22), RW Marian Hossa (30-30-60), G Corey Crawford (32-16-10, 2.26, .917, 2 SHO)
Fast facts: Miller had a 10-8-1 record, 2.47 GAA, .903 save pct. and one shutout in 19 games since being acquired from Buffalo. … Kane and Toews reportedly said they are ready to play after missing the last 12 games with injuries. … Chicago won the Stanley Cup in 2010 and 2013. … St. Louis won the first three regular-season meetings, while the Blackhawks won the last two.
Outlook: The Blues have been touted as a Cup contender all season long. But the Blackhawks are the defending champion. So they know how win at this time of year.
Prediction: Blackhawks in 6 games

Series schedule
Game 1 – Thursday at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday at St. Louis, 3 p.m.
Game 3 – Monday at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Game 4 – April 23 at Chicago, 9:30 p.m.
Game 5 – April 25 at St. Louis, 8 p.m.*
Game 6 – April 27 at Chicago, 3 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 29 at St. Louis, TBD*
* If necessary

No. 1P Anaheim Ducks vs. WC2 Dallas Stars
Season records: Anaheim 54-20-8, Dallas 40-31-11
Season series: Dallas won 2-1
Players to watch
Anaheim – C Ryan Getzlaf (31-56-87), RW Corey Perry (43-39-82), C Nick Bonino (22-27-49), C Andrew Cogliano (21-21-42), D Cam Fowler (6-30-36), G Jonas Hiller (29-13-7, 2.48, .911, 5 SHO); Dallas – C Tyler Seguin (37-47-84), G Kari Lehtonen (33-20-10, 2.41, .919, 5 SHO), LW Jamie Benn (34-45-79), D Alex Goligoski (6-36-42, +9), RW Alex Chiasson (13-22-35), C Cody Eakin (16-19-35)
Fast facts: Getzlaf finished second to the Penguins’ Crosby in the league’s scoring race. … Seguin set career highs in goals, assists and points in his first season with the Stars. … Goligoski, the former Penguin, set career highs in assists and points. … Dallas snapped a six-year streak of missing the playoffs under former Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff.
Outlook: The secret to the Ducks’ success isn’t a secret at all. Hiller has to be strong in net, while Getzlaf and Perry have to spark the best forward line on the ice.
Prediction: Ducks in 5 games

Series schedule
Game 1 – Today at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Game 2 – Friday at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Game 3 – Monday at Dallas, 9:30 p.m.
Game 4 – April 23 at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Game 5 – April 25 at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – April 27 at Dallas, TBD*
Game 7 – April 29 at Anaheim, TBD*
* If necessary

No. 2P San Jose Sharks vs. No. 3P Los Angeles Kings
Season records: San Jose 51-22-9, Los Angeles 46-28-8
Season series: Los Angeles won 3-1-1
Players to watch
Anaheim – C Joe Pavelski (41-38-79), C Joe Thornton (11-65-76), LW Patrick Marleau (33-37-70), G Antti Niemi (39-17-7, 2.39, .913, 4 SHO), C Logan Couture (23-31-54), D Dan Boyle (12-24-36); Los Angeles – G Jonathan Quick (27-17-4, 2.07, .915, 6 SHO), D Drew Doughty (10-27-37, +18), C Anze Kopitar (29-41-70), C Jeff Carter (27-23-50), RW Justin Williams (19-24-43), C Mike Richards (11-30-41)
Fast facts: The Kings eliminated San Jose in the conference semifinals a season ago, with five games being decided by one goal. … The Kings had identical 23-14-4 records at home and on the road. … Former Otter Jordan Nolan set career highs with six goals and 10 points in 64 games in his first full season with the Kings.
Outlook: The Sharks score goals, but the Kings shut down teams that score goals. Defense is more important at playoff time.
Prediction: Kings in 6 games

Series schedule
Game 1 – Thursday at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday at San Jose, 10 p.m.
Game 3 – Tuesday at Los Angeles, 10 p.m.
Game 4 – April 24 at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Game 5 – April 26 at San Jose, TBD*
Game 6 – April 28 at Los Angeles, TBD*
Game 7 – April 30 at San Jose, TBD*
* If necessary

Posted: April 15th, 2014

Five former Erie Otters are set to play in the Stanley Cup playoffs, which begin tonight…
(includes position, age, current NHL club, total NHL games played and years played) 

Michael Blunden

RW Mike Blunden (27), Montreal – 102 games (2006-08, 2009-14)
* Spent most of the season with Hamilton (AHL), where he scored a career-high 18 goals and had 36 points, one shy of his career high (37 with Rockford, 2007-08) … had no points and five penalty minutes in seven games with the Canadiens … hasn’t recorded a point in the NHL since the 2011-12 season (two goals, four points in a career-high 39 games)

D Carlo Colaiacovo (31), St. Louis – 401 games

Carlo Colaiacovo

(2002-04, 2005-14)
* Played in 25 games, and was a healthy scratch numerous times … has one goal, four points, a minus-4 rating and 18 penalty minutes this season … has played in 31 games the past two seasons after topping the 60-game mark every year from 2008-12 … has 20 games of playoff experience, including nine with Detroit a season ago

Jordan Nolan

C Jordan Nolan (24), Los Angeles – 134 games (2011-14)
* Set career highs with six goals, 10 points, 54 penalty minutes and 64 games in his first full season with the Kings … made his playoff debut a season ago (no points, no penalty minutes in seven games) … played in his 100th career game Dec. 21 against Colorado … son of Buffalo Sabres head coach Ted Nolan

F Ryan O’Reilly (23), Colorado – 345 games

Ryan O'Reilly

(2009-14)
* Led the Avalanche with 28 goals, third with 64 points and fourth with 36 assists … set career highs in goals and points, and was one assist shy of matching his season best (37 in 2011-12) … nearly became the first player in NHL history to finish a season without any penalty minutes … had two PIMs this season and eight in the past three seasons

Michael Rupp

LW Mike Rupp (34), Minnesota – 610 games (2002-04, 2005-14)
* Played in only 13 games this season, partly because he was recovering from offseason knee injury … has to serve the final three games of a four-game suspension for a hit to St. Louis center T.J. Oshie’s head last week … has played in 58 NHL games the past two seasons after playing in 60 or more every year from 2006-12
Note: Detroit C Riley Sheahan, 22, was the Otters’ fourth-round pick in the 2007 OHL Priority Selection, but never signed with the club. 
Posted: October 1st, 2013

Local connection
Players with Erie ties in the NHL:
Pos. Name (age), club NHL experience Local ties
RW Brad Boyes (31), Florida 9th season Erie Otters
LW David Broll (20), Toronto Rookie Erie Otters
C Chris Brown (22), Phoenix 1st season Millcreek Township*#
LW Luke Gazdic (24), Edmonton Rookie Erie Otters^
C Jordan Nolan (24), Los Angeles 3rd season Erie Otters
F Ryan O’Reilly (22), Colorado 5th season Erie Otters
RW Anthony Peluso (24), Winnipeg Rookie Erie Otters#
LW Mike Rupp (33), Minnesota 11th season Erie Otters
* Parents are McDowell graduates, still has family in Erie; # Played five games with their current clubs a season ago; ^ Claimed off waivers from Dallas on Sunday

Vic’s picks
Victor Fernandes makes his predictions for the 2013-14 NHL season:

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
1. x-Boston
2. x-Ottawa
3. x-Toronto
4. y-Detroit
5. Montreal
6. Tampa Bay
7. Florida
8. Buffalo
Metropolitan Division
1. xz-Pittsburgh
2. x-N.Y. Rangers
3. x-N.Y. Islanders
4. y-Columbus
5. Washington
6. Philadelphia
7. Carolina
8. New Jersey

Western Conference
Central Division
1. xza-Chicago
2. x-St. Louis
3. x-Minnesota
4. y-Winnipeg
5. Colorado
6. Nashville
7. Dallas
Pacific Division
1. x-San Jose
2. x-Los Angeles
3. x-Vancouver
4. y-Edmonton
5. Phoenix
6. Anaheim
7. Calgary
x-automatic qualifier; y-wild card teams, z-conference champion, a-overall regular-season champion

Playoffs
Eastern Conference
Quarterfinals
No. 1M Pittsburgh def. WC No. 2 Columbus, 4-1
No. 1A Boston def. WC No. 1 Detroit, 4-2
No. 2M N.Y. Rangers def. No. 3M N.Y. Islanders, 4-2
No. 2A Ottawa def. No. 3A Toronto, 4-2
Semifinals
No. 1M Pittsburgh def. No. 2M N.Y. Rangers, 4-2
No. 1A Boston def. No. 2A Ottawa, 4-3
Finals
No. 1A Boston def. No. 1M Pittsburgh, 4-2

Western Conference
Quarterfinals
No. 1C Chicago def. WC No. 2 Winnipeg, 4-0
WC No. 1 Edmonton def. No. 1P San Jose, 4-2
No. 2C St. Louis def. No. 3C Minnesota, 4-2
No. 2P Los Angeles def. No. 3P Vancouver, 4-1
Semifinals
No. 1C Chicago def. No. 2C St. Louis, 4-2
No. 2P Los Angeles def. WC No. 1 Edmonton, 4-2
Finals
No. 1C Chicago def. No. 2P Los Angeles, 4-2

Stanley Cup Final
No. 1C Chicago def. No. 1A Boston, 4-2

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 20th, 2013

The Erie Otters had a chance to steal their season opener against a strong Guelph club in a difficult setting – the Storm’s home opener.
The Otters had three one-goal leads…and all three leads disappeared. Yes, it’s only one game. And yes, they were missing key players in Andre Burakovsky (NHL camp), Hayden Hodgson (suspension), Travis Dermott (suspension) and Joel Wigle (shoulders). But this team is going to play a lot of these kinds of games – close games against tough teams where a play or two make the difference between winning and losing – especially in the Midwest Division,
They need to find a way to put these games away. That will lead to key wins and, just as importantly, the belief they can win these games. That will go a long way toward turning this team filled with potential into a winner.
A couple more things…Michael Curtis continues to show he can fill the role held by J.P. Labardo a season ago…1st- round pick Dylan Strome made his OHL debut as a third-line winger alongside Kyle Pettit and Travis Wood. He’s a natural center, but so was Ryan O’Reilly when he played wing in his rookie season with the Otters. Strome is a talented center in the making.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 17th, 2013

Former Erie Otters captain Ryan O’Reilly is adjusting to his new role on left wing with the Colorado Avalanche. Read more here

Posted: May 16th, 2013

There’s added local flavor on the ice in Helsinki, Finland today at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Erie native Keith Kaval is officiating today’s game between host Finland and Slovakia. Former Erie Otters goaltender Jaroslav Janus is on Slovakia’s roster, but he’s scratched for this game. He has an 0-2 record, 3.00 goals-against average and .875 save percentage in two games in the tournament.
Former Otters captain Ryan O’Reilly, a forward with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, is playing for Canada. He has a goal and three points in seven games.
UPDATE: Kaval will travel to Stockholm, Sweden to officiate in the tournament’s medal round.

Posted: February 28th, 2013

The Colorado Avalanche have announced they matched the Calgary Flames’ offer sheet for former Erie Otters captain Ryan O’Reilly. Check out this story from the Denver Post.

Posted: February 28th, 2013

Former Erie Otters captain Ryan O’Reilly could be a member of the NHL’s Calgary Flames at this time next week.
The Denver Post reported Thursday that the Flames have signed O’Reilly to a two-year, $10 million offer sheet. According to the report, the Colorado Avalanche, the team O’Reilly played with for the first three seasons of his NHL career, have seven days to match the offer.
If the offer isn’t matched, the Post reported, the Avalanche would receive the Flames’ first-round and third-round picks in the NHL Entry Draft this summer as compensation. O’Reilly, 22, earned a reported $2.64 million during during his three-year, entry-level contract, which expired at the end of the 2011-12 season. He totaled 39 goals and 107 points in 236 games with the Avalanche, including a team-leading 37 assists and 55 points a season ago. O’Reilly hasn’t played this season while awaiting a new contract. Reports have indicated he rejected two past offers from the Avalanche for $7 million over two years and $17 million over five years.

Posted: February 26th, 2013

Mark Guy, agent for former Erie Otters captain Ryan O’Reilly, from Newport Sports Management Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario, had little to say Tuesday about his client’s contract situation with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.
But Guy did say “there has been zero discussions with Colorado for weeks now.” When asked if a trade is the most viable option to resolve this impasse, Guy said, “You can infer that, I guess, by the fact that we haven’t had any discussions. But likely that’s going to be the outcome, I would say. (That’s) not for sure. Things can always change. But likely that’s going to be the outcome.”
When asked how O’Reilly has handled the situation, Guy said, “Ryan’s good. He’s a player and competitive. He wants to play, but he’s competitive in all aspects of his life.”
Guy declined to comment on any further details.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: October 18th, 2012

Erie Youth Hockey Association’s adult league holds its fifth annual “Pink at the Rink” fundraiser Sunday at Ice Center of Erie, 3515 McClelland Avenue. The event, which raises funds and awareness in the battle against breast cancer, features five games starting at 4:30. But first, the Erie Otters will take the ice – at least some of them will, anyway.
Rookie sensation Connor McDavid will join teammates Nick Betz, Jake Evans, Stephen Harper, Hayden Hodgson and Devin Williams in a special “Skate with the Otters” from 3:15-4:15 p.m. There’s also talk of an appearance from Ryan O’Reilly, a former Otters captain and current NHL player, although event organizers haven’t received confirmation on that yet.
Cost to skate is $5, but admission to the games are free. Representatives from Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Tastefully Simple, Scentsy and Crocheted Critters & More by Christina Burns will be in attendance. The event also will include a Chinese auction and merchandise for sale.
“Pink at the Rink” has raised more than $8,500 for the American Cancer Society in the past four years.

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