If you were worried about the state of chaos in the NHL, the play-ins were a reminder than chaos is alive and well.
Now, the chaos will continue on Monday as eight teams who nearly qualified for the postseason now have a shot at drafting first overall.
Earlier in the spring, Kyle and I went over the Alexis Lafreniere chaos rankings on the Silky N’ Filthy podcast. With eight of those teams now out of the running, I give you the updated list today on The Quickie.
You’ll find the link to that episode below. Here’s what else you might have missed on The Quickie last week.
Leafs and Canucks share similar struggles
The #LeafsForever and the #Canucks share similar struggles. Will either of them prevail and make it to the playoffs?— Trevor Beggs (@TrevBeggs) August 4, 2020
Both teams certainly still have a chance. I talk about their match-ups today on The Quickie: https://t.co/veGoPX346V pic.twitter.com/9BZTlAqtMP
Did I really record this less than a week ago?
Life moves fast.
The point still stand here and in fairness, Columbus is a better version of Minnesota. However after watching both these teams during the play-in, the Canucks were definitely playing with more snarl than the Maple Leafs.
When you have guys like Pettersson throwing their weight around, it sends a message to the rest of the team. Did you see anything like that from the Maple Leafs trio of stars?
Which 12th seed is more dangerous?
If you had to put your money behind either the Blackhawks or the Canadiens to win their respective series, who would you choose?— Trevor Beggs (@TrevBeggs) August 5, 2020
I'd pick the Montreal Canadiens, and I tell you why on The Quickie: https://t.co/ksD27iraup pic.twitter.com/HMZWFRU2Ex
Hindsight is hilarious.
Based on the way both teams were playing, I actually said that the Montreal Canadiens had a better chance at pulling off the upset compared to the Chicago Blackhawks. I do think that the Canadiens, who play with better structure than the loosey goosey Blackhawks, are probably better suited for a Round One upset as well.
Of course for the play-in though, the correct answer was botth, thanks to our good friend chaos.
What to watch for in Games 3+4
Will Quinn Hughes step up and deliver some flash in Games Three and Four?— Trevor Beggs (@TrevBeggs) August 6, 2020
I give you three things I'm watching for (including a little Hughes magic ) on today's episode of The Quickie on the @nucksmisconduct network.
LISTEN: https://t.co/iUdWsjvuzA#Canucks pic.twitter.com/3K3mX8JhTr
Here’s a recap on the three things I said you should watch for.
- Loui Eriksson’s ice time. After leading the entire team in even-strength ice time during Game Two, King Loui did see a reduction in minutes during Games Three and Four. He went from more than 20 minutes of ice time in Game Two, to 12:43 in Game Three, and 16:43 in Game Four.
- Zack MacEwen’s impact. He didn’t play much with only 12 minutes of even-strength ice time in Games Three and Four, but he was effective in his role. He threw a few hits, registered a 59% Corsi-For, and even had one great scoring chance in Game Four, which was set up by Tyler Motte. MacEwen looks like he belongs in the postseason.
- Quinn Hughes’ impact. The rookie defenceman was good in Games One and Two, but he 100% elevated his game in the next two contests. Hughes had a goal and five points in those two games. You could argue that he almost single-handedly orchestrated the Canucks comeback in Game Four, with his goal and assist coming while the Canucks were down two goals in the second period.
Monday Morning Quickie: UPDATED Alexis Lafreniere chaos rankings
Dear God, please not Edmonton.