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2018-19 FHL Playoffs: FINAL

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2019-03-25 11:05:45 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2019-04-07 09:44:19)

Come around again, playoff time - FINAL!

This post will be reserved for the daily update of the playoff matchups - though somewhat later than the automatic update on the standings page. 

 

 

Vikings Logo versus  

(136.71)              -              (155.38)

The Vikings have reached their second consecutive final, whilst the Thunder have made it all the way to the last series for the second time in three years. The final two weeks of NHL action will decide whether it will be all time points leader Vikings or surging powerhouse Thunder that take the playoff title in 2019. The Thunder will be held back by injury to key forward Taylor Hall and offensive blueliner Matt Dumba. The Vikings, on the other hand, are injury free after star winger David Pastrnak's return from a long term absence. Samson's offense is spread out on several teams, but the Vikings will rely heavily on key players from the Jets and Bruins. Over the course of the full season, the Thunder have enjoyed both better goaltending and offense from the blueline. Will it be enough to counter the berserkergang forward corps of the Vikings? 

* End of series: Samson's Thunder are the 2018-19 playoff champions! In a series that shattered the high scores for a final, Samson sets a new record high for finals points (previous high: 149pts) After grabbing a ten point lead during week one, the Vikings were always scrambling to recover during the last six of the series. The Thunder scoring aces Draisaitl, Hertl, Kane, and Barkov brought their A games and that's all she wrote! 

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2018-19 FHL Playoffs ROUND 3: Semi Finals

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2019-03-18 08:58:36 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2019-03-25 00:01:17)

Come around again, playoff time - SEMI finals! 

This post will be reserved for the daily update of the playoff matchups - though somewhat later than the automatic update on the standings page. The semi final matchups are as follows: 

 

 

Vikings Logo versus  

(77.73)              -              (42.53)

As foretold in ancient sagas, the Vikings have made it deep into the post-season again. Incidentally, this marks the first ever semi-final appearance for the Stingers. The two sides have met only once before in the playoffs, a series taken comfortably by the Vikings back in 2014. Have the Stingers enough in the tank to get to the final? 

* End of series: A sweep, to be sure, as the Stingers were behind from the get go and never mounted a comeback. The Vikings enjoyed another strong week and go on to the final. 

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 versus 

   (74.55)               -              (62.12)

 Samson's outfit has been most impressive the past few weeks and look poised for another serious attempt at the playoff title. History does not favor them, however, as the Arcadians have been their bane both in the 2017 final and the 2018 semi final - and neither series were particularly close losses. Mcsorley should be tough to topple once again. 

* End of series: Though comfortable in the end, it was a close series throughout the week. Samson finally gets past the Arcadians as the Thunder roll into the finals for the second time ever. 

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2018-19 FHL Playoffs ROUND 2: Matchups

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2019-03-11 11:16:16 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2019-03-18 00:10:42)

Come around again, playoff time - quarter finals! 

This post will be reserved for the daily update of the playoff matchups - though somewhat later than the automatic update on the standings page. The second round matchups are as follows: 

 

WINNERS IN BOLD 

Vikings Logo versus  

(70.00)                 -              (46.68)

These teams have met only once before in the post season, the Vikings coming out on top with a measly 0,3 point advantage in the 2014-15 first round. Can the Raiders take out the favorites?

* End of series: The points gap was opened early in the series and was never closed by the struggling Raiders. 

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 versus Gladiators Logo

(66.25)               -              (53.55)

 The Thunder and the Gladiators meet in the playoffs for the first time. While Quinstone's team have more post-season experience, the Thunder have come into their own in the past few seasons. The closest series on paper?

* End of series: A solid Gladiators performance was not enough to overcome the rolling Thunder as Quinstone succumbed to the offensive power of Samson.

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versus 

(70.35)                -               (50.78)

 The Dragons have slain a favorite before, taking the Vikings out of contention in 2015-16. Can they burn another powerhouse?

* End of series: There was really no doubt as the Arcadians put up yet another impressive week during this series. The Dragons have some way to go to truly contend for the playoff trophy. 

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Heatwave Logo versus 

(63.00)            -                (65.63)

Rematch of last season's first round in which the Stingers defeated the Heatwave by 14,3 points. It was the battle of the talkers then, it is the battle of the talkers now. A rivalry brewing?

* End of series: A more thrilling series you'll rarely see. Several lead changes, excuses and banter, but in the end chucker took this series home - now having established some command over the Heatwave during the playoffs.

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2018-19 FHL Playoffs ROUND 1: Matchups

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2019-03-03 23:29:13 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2019-03-11 10:38:13)

Come around again, playoff time! 

Much like it is in the NHL, the FHL playoffs are volatile and unpredictable. In 48 first round matchups so far, seventeen have been won by the lower seeded teams. In 2015-16 five of the eight games were won by the lower seeds. The greatest margin of victory came in 2012-13 when the Heatwave demolished the Mustangs by 47.6 points in a single week - and more impressively, the mustangs had a solid 70.53 points, but were obliterated by Ktown's 118.15 points. The smallest margin of victory, however, was a mere 0.3 points which gave the Devils the win over the Bombers in 2012-13, and the same narrow margin allowed the Vikings to pass the Raiders in 2014-15. 

Seven teams have been ever present in the post-season (Rhinos, Vikings, Heatwave, Bulldogs, Raiders, Militia, Gladiators) - and four different teams have won (Heatwave, Vikings x3, Militia, and Arcadians). Not counting previous winners, there have been another four finalists without a cup - the Rhinos, Burninators/Puffins, Thunder, and Gladiators. Will we have a new champion this season? 

This post will be reserved for the daily update of the playoff matchups - though somewhat later than the automatic update on the standings page. The first round matchups are as follows: 

 

WINNERS IN BOLD

Vikings Logo versus 

(78.35)                 -              (60.90)

One with all to lose, one is all loser. In this pinky and the brain matchup, can Racki finally make a mark upon the league? ;) The Bombers have made the post-season a solid five times, reaching the second round twice. Two of the first round losses were by less than a point too. The Vikings are putting up a stellar regular season. They've won the playoffs three times, but have been eliminated from the first round before (by the Dragons in 2016) and in the second round twice (by the Rebels in 2013 and the Gladiators in 2017). 

* End of series: A near twenty point cushion at the end might be a bit misleading as the Bombers put up a strong week (4th best in the league) - but alas, the Vikings were stronger and progress to the quarter finals. 

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 versus Militia Logo

(71.25)                -              (44.78)

 Samson's Thunder were bottom-dwellers for the first few years of the FHL - but since they first made the playoffs in 2016 (first round loss to the Megasus), they've gone all the way to the final once in 2017 and to the semi finals in 2018 - both times ousted by the Arcadians. Is this their year? 2016 champion Militia have suffered a few quarter final eliminations since then, but still have the capacity to go far with the number of star players they possess. 

* End of series: The Thunder made short work of the Militia who will surely regret such a miserable performance when it counted the most. Samson's side look terrific at the right time of the year. 

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versus 

(66.68)                -                (58.20)

 The Arcadians have a playoff trophy from 2017 and a defeat in the 2018 final to look back upon. They will surely be in the mix yet again. The Serpents, however, are back in the post-season for the first time since 2015. MG10's only two appearances in the playoffs have both been cut short by the Heatwave. Will this end early against another juggernaut? 

* End of series: This one was trickier than the Arcadians might like - the Serpents held the lead for the first few days and had a good showing, but it was not enough to upset the strong overall performance of mcsorley's side. Yet another first round defeat for MG10. 

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Heatwave Logo versus Rhinos Logo

(48.98)             -                (45.93)

 The Heatwave are a merited franchise, one of three to own at least one regular season- and one playoff trophy. Though they've never missed the playoffs, their best seasons were back in 2013 and 2015. Has Ktown the ability to take them back to the pinnacle? Metal&Oil leads his franchise to their seventh straight playoff campaign and were finalists in 2013. In fact, these teams have met each other twice in the post-season, both won by the Heatwave (final in 2013, and quarter finals in 2014) Can the Rhinos break the streak?

* End of series: Two storied franchises battled it out in what turned out to be a mediocre matchup (finishing the week 15th and 19th overall respectively). Neither looked very convincing, but the Heatwave remain undefeated in the playoffs against the Rhinos. 

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 versus 

(53.57)               -                (55.58)

The Spartans spent their first years in the FHL accumulating high draft picks, but lately they've put them to use. Though defeated by the eventual finalists Arcadians in both of their post-season appearances so far (2017 and 2018), the Spartans are in a better position than ever to make a push in the playoffs! In six playoff campaigns, the Raiders have only made the second round twice, though they've faced tough opposition. Beating Steve-o's team has been somewhat of a lucky charm, three times the team eliminating them have gone all the way to the finals! 

* End of series: A close fought battle saw the grizzly veteran Raiders edge out the Gladiators in the end. This marks only the third time the Raiders make it this far in the post season, but what's time's the charm again?

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Bulldogs Logo versus Gladiators Logo

(38.15)                -              (58.60)

 The Bulldogs (or Bull-gods as I always seem to initially type for some reason) have made the playoffs every year, but only have a single semi-final appearance (2014) to show for it. Three first round defeats and two quarter final defeats show that the Sharks, Bulldogs have some work to do. The Gladiators have also made the playoffs all six possible times so far, and have a cup final loss in 2014 as their best result. In addition, they've been stopped short at the semi final stage three (!) times. It seems that if Quinstone does get past the opening round, he's a force to be reckoned with. 

* End of series: A disappointing exit for the Bulldogs who put up a miserable 38 points - which left the Gladiators the opportunity for an easy killing blow. Quinstone might take his team deep in the playoffs once again...

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 versus 

(59.55)              -                (51.65)

 These two quite erratic teams face each other for the first time in the post-season. The Rattleheads are in it for the first time since 2016 and have three first round exits to look back upon, two of which were severe beatings. The Stingers, on the other hand, have missed the playoffs only once so far. but have similar results as their opponents (four first round losses, only last year making it past that round - defeated then by the red hot Chiefs in the quarter finals). One of these teams will please their fans a bit more than in years past, who will it be? 

* End of series: No second round appearance for the Rattleheads yet, but a solid series against a strong Stingers side. Chucker's boys were fifth best during this week, and could be on his way to his best playoff performance yet. 

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(46.90)               -                (52.98)

 Zackman's Chiefs have five playoff appearances and made the semi finals way back in 2013. Since then, they've suffered three first round exits before making the semis again last season where they suffered narrow loss to eventual winners Vikings. The Dragons have only made the post-season once, eliminating the first seed Vikings in 2016 before losing to the Gladiators by a measly 2 points in the quarter finals. Can they take another scalp?

* End of series: The Dragons put up just enough to beat out the Chiefs and move on to the second round for the second time in franchise history. Zackman will perhaps blame his lacklustre netminding for the defeat.

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FHL Playoff schedule 2018-19

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2019-02-23 02:47:16

 

 

Top 16 teams get ready:

Playoff cutoff date for the 2018-19 FHL plaoyffs will be Sunday March 3rd.

The first round of the FHL playoffs will be held between March 4th and March 10th. 

The second round of the FHL playoffs will be held between March 11th and March 17th. 

The semi finals of the FHL playoffs will be held between March 18th and March 24th. 

The FHL playoff final will be fought out in the final two weeks of the NHL regular season, from March 25th to April 6th. 

 

Reigning champion Vikings look to repeat?

 



FHL 2018-19 Mid-season survey: Militia, Stingers, Raiders

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2018-12-15 14:41:33 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2018-12-27 05:04:17)

FHL 2018-19 Mid-season survey: Militia, Stingers, Raiders

 

[JFRIZZIO'S MILITIA]

Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there?
Last season I finished 11th in the overall standings. If it wasn't for a strong finish the Militia would have finished in the bottom 10 for the first time in a long time. We ended up in the middle of the pack, mostly due to mediocre goaltending and under performing offence. We have too many big contracts filling the depth charts who aren't giving us a bang for our buck.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?

Not much has changed, but the long term goal was to overhaul the defence. The Militia has been successful in doing that, however the the offence is now in need of some tweaking.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?

Unfortunately, the Militia are in a bit of a downswing, and will probably need a few years to resurface as a contender. A successful season would be to make the playoffs. And to continue to make smart draft choices.
Where would you say your team is at currently - contenders, retoolers, rebuilder or do you belong in another category altogether? What would you be looking for in the trade market?
After being a contender for a some years, the Militia consider themselves a re-tooler at the moment. Our defence is set for the long haul but we have too much depth in that area. We will be looking to move some defencemen out to acquire some young forwards.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.

Palmieri - Toews - Tarasenko
Voracek - Johansen - Konecny
Jenner - Wennberg - Niederreiter
Baertschi - Laughton - Fabbri
Dubinsky

Nurse- Karlsson
Gostisbehere - Ristolainen
Sergachev - Carlo
Zadorov - Andersson

Rask
Hutton

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?

This season, the biggest positive surprises are Kyle Palmieri and Darnell Nurse. Otherwise not much for this year. Going forward, I think Erik Brannstrom and Kale Clague will be surprises next year.

Comment briefly on your team's history since our inaugural season - what stands out in your opinion?

I'm surprised with how many players I still have from the inaugural draft. Toews, Johansen, Palmieri, Tarasenko, Karlsson are the key players that are still fuelling the Militia. However some of their salaries are holing the team back.

Besides your own team, who would you like to see win the FHL in the future?

I would like to see the Bombers turn the corner one day and finally be rewarded for all his hard work. This season I would like to see the Thunder or Stingers pull off the unthinkable and dethrone the Vikings!

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Boycott trading with the mind controlling Vikings! ;D

 

[CHUCKER'S STINGERS]

Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there?
Last year I finished 6th. It's been that way the last few seasons. I didn't have two solid goalies and made a few bad trades at forward that would have kept me in the top 3 but I'm not terribly worried based on how the team has weathered that and how the prospects are looking.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Not a whole lot. I cleared out a bunch of decent players that were .5-.6 types but I literally had about 7 of them. Open roster spots are more valuable for potential signings and prospects now. I did add Darcy Kuemper for a last 1st. Goaltending seems more solid now.


What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?

I want to stay top five. That will show me that my core is solid for many years and give me some comfort that by prospects will boost me to the next tier.


Where would you say your team is at currently - contenders, retoolers, rebuilder or do you belong in another category altogether? What would you be looking for in the trade market?

Not a whole lot. I've done a lot of changes the last three seasons. I'm open to good trades but bit actively seeking any.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.

Laine-Kadri-Schenn
Simon-Dadanov-Tuch
Hornqvist-White-Bertuzzi
Hyman-Sissons-Ritchie
Sanford
Maroon
Cousins

Parayko-Green
Niskanen-Theodore
Pelech-Spurgeon
Kempny
Schlemko

Andersen
Ullmark

Kuemper

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
White and Sanford so far. Both rookies and doing very well. Ullmark will be the other.

Comment briefly on your team's history since our inaugural season - what stands out in your opinion?
What stands out is to me is how many terrible trades I have made but still have managed to have equally good trades. Lol

Some I'd love to have back but the results are still good so that's nice to see.
I've been in it from the start so I've have many years of changes. The last five have all been the most coherent in terms of contract depth and staggering. All in all, I am comfortable vwith where the team is headed.

Besides your own team, who would you like to see win the FHL in the future?
Anyone really. It's an arm's race 1-4 and mostly 1-3. I can't see any of those teams dropping any time soon. It would be nice to see some others who are close get one. Thunder deserve one IMO.

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?

Not really. Keep enjoying it. It's really the best league going and I hope GMs pay the small amount to keep them active and the league going. 

 

[STEVE-O'S RAIDERS]

 

Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there?
9th - same reasons as every year, I have a few too many high priced players, so the bottom end of my roster has to be affordable and I don't get good value from them.
Plus injuries just seem to kill me every year

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
No big trades the last few years, mainly just trying to pick up affordable FA and draft as well as I can.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
Playoffs and make a run, same as every year

Where would you say your team is at currently - contenders, retoolers, rebuilder or do you belong in another category altogether? What would you be looking for in the trade market?
I sit in the middle, not really a contender, not rebuilding. I think I'm going to try and re-tool, but that's tough to do.

In trades, I'm willing to move anyone on the team, just make an offer. Can't really pick up any salary though, which makes me value the 2-4 mil guys a bit higher than normal.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Stastny-Malkin-Stone
Smith x3
Debrusk-Gourde-Sorensen
Ryan-Spezza-Thomas/Spooner

Letang-Ellis
Edler-Schmidt
Demelo-Reilly

Allen
Campbell

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
I think Gourde might surprise people, but I've been pretty high on him for a couple years now.

Comment briefly on your team's history since our inaugural season - what stands out in your opinion?
My team has been pretty much the same spot every year. Not good enough to win, but too talented to fail. Goaltending has traditionally been strong.

Besides your own team, who would you like to see win the FHL in the future?
Bombers eventually, just cause then I'll know that all that extra code he put in to bump his points will have worked.

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Have fun, keep you head up and stick on the ice.