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Gettin' Wild | Episode 114

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On this week's episode of the #EShow we recap an entertaining 2nd week of postseason action. Kicking things off in the Weekly Rundown (2:59), the #Ecrew discusses the four teams that have secured their spot in Providence, and the four other teams that are vying for the final two tickets. As for the EHLP, we're down to the Divisional Finals, as the pieces start to fall into place for next week's Round Robin. Moving along to the Fantasy Challenge (38:37), Lauren has been declared the unofficial winner this year, with just two games remaining. Then finally, we wrap things up by each giving a matchup to keep an eye on in the What to Watch For segment (48:04), and Neil makes an early bold prediction for next week's EHL Championship Game.

Welcome to the e show with Neil Rabbit. Founded in two thousand and thirteen, the EHL has become the college placement leader on the East Coast. Sit Back and learn more about the next step in your junior hockey career. Welcome to the e show, presented by the Polay box foundation. The foundation's mission centers around their daily motto, we take care of our own as they help out all of those within the hockey community who've experienced a catastrophic event. Learn more and polly box foundation dot Org. What's up? My name is Neil Raven and this is episode number one, hundred and fourteen of the e show. On this week's episode we recap an entertaining second week of postseason action. Kicking things off and the weekly rundown, the e crew discusses the four teams that have secured their spot in providence and the four other teams that are vying for the final two tickets. As for the EH LP, we're down to the divisional finals as the piece to start to fall into place for next week's round robin. Moving along to the fantasy challenge, Lauren has been declared the unofficial winner this year, with just two games remaining. Then, finally, we wrap things up by each giving a matchup to Kiban ie on and the what to watch for a segment, and I make an early, bold prediction for next week's Eh Shel Championship came. What's up? Guys? I have a great question to start this thing off. Doesn't feel like we've been in the playoffs forever, but it's really only has been like two weeks. Yes, and though it feels like it's gone by quick, but it's also slow. Yeah, like Oh we why are we not in providence yet? Well, I think part of it just because the the two different leaks have started a different times. Yeah, they already had two rounds for the EHL. Now we're just getting into the second round for the pace. So I think that's where the illusion kind of comes into play. Fair makesually makes me feel like I'm in northeastern this what we do with the women's and men's. Women's were already into the national tournament. Men's were still in hockey's playoffs. So, yeah, well, I group day. Why you bring that up? Before we get to the to the rundown. Did you see Connor bizals instagram posts all? was that the like the video. He posted that he got connor sister. Connor, of course, we played for the Rangers last year and help them win their first ever ehl championship. Connor sister plays at Ohio State, who just won NCA Division One national championship. His instagram caption for the picture with his sister with the National Championship Trophy was ehled championship greater than Nca Division One national championship. That was on instagram. This is awesome. It was absolutely awesome, but cool, cool for his sister because we actually talked about her on the podcast last year, I remember. And then she goes out and wins a national title. So a sword topic. My huskies lost to minnesote's a LUTH and double ot. All right, all right, yeah, man. Let's get the weekly run down. It's time for the e cruise weekly run down. These show weekly run down. It is brought to you by the junior hockey podcast. You hold for junior hockey news, knowledge and nonsense. Check them out. A TJJ PODCASTCOM and Anthony just brought this up. We are technically in the third round of the ehl playoffs and this is where I have to actually give my wife Vicki Credit and Justin can attest to this. We didn't know what to call this round, because this is what we're calling it is the wild car round. She came up with that name. A lot of names have been bounced around, last chance, second chance, I think someone wants called it the loser games, which I know that sounds bad, oh my God, but I I really do like this format, which is which is me sounding arrogant because I created it right, but it's a instead of having good bye, now you get a second chance, right, and the two games that we have in the wild card are really interesting, like like really interesting. So I'll start closer towards the north with the Rangers and wolves, like we're used to hail from Thor Passa, how used to right. I actually sign an email last week to a low that said Neil from the south round with yea. So we know he's a southern ner. I will prove it later in this episode, born, but let's let's hold out of main technically made as a huge state. Anthony, so I am from seven May. But yeah, regardless, this Rangers Wolves. I'm going to make a statement here that the ranchers are going to take take offense to but it is true. Right, this is the fourth year of the frozen finals. We should have had five, but obviously there was a covid year. This is the fourth year of the frozen finals. Prior to the frozen files we had four seasons of best of three rounds in the best of five and we figured we wanted the creative event and I think...

...we have right for the people that have been there and an experience that we've made an event. But since the frozen files was created, the regular season champion is always made it to the frozen finals. There's a chance they done, basic chance they don't. We know for a fact that the regular season champions never won the whole thing and there's that curse that exists there. It's only happened once in the ehl piece or, which really almost a curse across the entire league. But man, could we have a finals without the Rangers, without the regular season champions? I think it's possible. Could be without the Rangers, I mean could be without the eighty sevens, which is another team that we've thought. We thought both of them were going to be I don't know if we say shoeins, but we thought they're pretty much like virtual locks to make it to the person finals this year and the chance of wolves are going to go quietly. Yeah, they're gonna give credits to the wolves, because there one of the teams that, like at the beginning of the season, we would didn't hate on them, but it was just more of we didn't see enough of them to really be like, Oh, they're great, but then, like second half of a season, they just took off and we're just like all right, we're gonna be really good. It's like okay, and clearly it's paid off because they've made it this far and they have what were called the last chance. They have one more chance to get in and I think they can do it. More they made a lot of additions and they just in like guys on the team themselves. Sorry to get back to the second but like the guys that, like you, Lenski's kind of started off slow right, and then he picked it up and Johnstone was good all year and then Cavando put it into second gear. Deck went house, like. Everybody just kind of stepped it up when they got those additions. And then kill Gallen, one of the other essay additions where there's his name. That's the biggest name I have. Think caylee them to last it. See the x factor? Anthony William Kill Gallen? I think so. But the thing is that the New England wolves are very spread out where they have talent in each position, kill Gallen being the goaltender, Julius cavandol being the Defenseman of the year. Then you have forwards like Alex Laryersie, who's popped off, Kevin Johnson, Eddie's Griggs Yev's just so many different people. And what I wanted to reply to Lauren was, I think the still playing that clip where I was like the protect junior ducks. They beat the wolves, who are like one in eight every people were getting like, all right, let's go out there now. YEA, yeah, bolts and board material, but been hang locker room all season. Yeah, there a they to follow. They love I'm on that DART board. But you know, you're right. More though, they do deserve credit for that turn around and even when they were losing, because I called the ehl game where they beat the eighty sevens and overtime and you're thinking like how are they in last place? So for then it was just a matter of the talent coming together, and you gotta give credit to them. In that series against the lumberjacks, they had their backs against the wall. They were down one game to none in overtime. So if the lumberjackson scored, that would have been it. That would have been the end of their season. But they roared back. They dominated game three and while their series against the avalanche in quite goes planned, they still have a legitimate shot at beating the Boston junior rangers and their offense has been much better than Boston's. That's the key point right now. It scares you right now, right I mean rangers had a tough time scoring in the express series, which those games are always they whenever the Rangers Express always I don't dig into that more, but whenever they played tid it's usually a one goal game. Rich said that to be at one point the season when I was doing their games. So is that is that the formula? Is it for the wolves to keep this game, you know, for maybe five total goals scored combined and and you have a chance to win it, or is it let it become a track meet and see what happens? Because I don't watch past Miller. Let me because because here's the thing. Nathan Miller has still been spectacular in this postseason. The defense in the goaltending for Boston is not the problem. So if the wolves do want to turn it into a track meet, they just said, it's like if you go for the king, you better not miss where. If you want to open the flood gates and play more open game, you still have to solve Nathan Miller. So you have to make sure that if you take those shots and and try to open up those flood gates, that you do swore, because if not, even though Boston has had some trouble offensively, you know maybe they can catch the wolves off guard and generate offense on the counter attacks if the wolves are not careful and if they're pinching their demon. So who knows how this game can go. I mean, if you add it up to neal they score. Besides that, six nothing game too that they beat the seahawks. They won one nothing in game one, which was on the call for. That was a grind it out. Robot got goal from the blue. One a nice school but kind of an odd one that I think Hawkins would like to have back and then the other games against the express, one of them was an empty netters so they lost one and then they lost to one in game one. So Miller did his job, like if they said Millard did...

...his job, the D did their job. It's just the offense, like where is it? So so that that contradicts what I just said. Can they even turn into attract met for the very just because in three of four playoff games they scored a goal? One goal, they scored one goal and three or four playoff games. Yeah, I mean, I'll be captain obvious whoever scores first. And I have a ton of momentum right honestly. And I think it's really interesting because both of these teams are entering this wild card game coming off of being swept. Right, the wolves got swept by the ABS and the Rangers got swept by the Express. I guess the question really is which one can turn the page faster and embrace what they're in more early on in this game. And take that, take that, you know that last spot or is a well pissed off team, if you will. Yes, I mean if it was in Laconia. Back to Anthony's statement, maybe they would come out in the beginning of like the Intro Song with the Anthony saying that on that episode, number whatever. That would be pretty entertaining. If the ACTUS here and they are repeat the wolves on anything will let's go. It's a battle, we go. Yeah. So obviously if the Rangers do win, they would they would punch their ticket for the third time to the frozen finals and they would keep their their title defense alive. For the wolves, if they do win, it would be their first time ever making it at the ehl level. They do have an appearance at the ehlp level, which, crazy, was the last time we were in proper let's last episode last week. Jactually answer he's is a decade ago. Is Truly a decade. Know it's only four years, but it feels like a decadego. But in terms of the other wild card game, and I know we're going to get to the fantasy and the brackets, but the only person who has an actual wild card matchup correct both teams is laurence. So, Lauren, why did you know that it was going to be eighty sevens versus cheeps, Lauren, Crystal Ball, I mean, I mean, well, I'm a blue train now, so I gotta pull for a boys. So obviously it was going to pull for them and I'm glad they ended up pulling it off. Obviously the chiefs gave him bit of a run for the money. Pushed it to three games, which in the end didn't really surprise me with how those two teams have played against each other all season. I've been put I've been boasting about that match up all season. Everybody knows that. And then a sevens. I just I don't know. I mean, I wouldn't have it wouldn't surprise me if they beat them flowers. But the same time I'm not surprised a little fires took it, because I could have gone either way because the soundfish is so tight. But, like both teams have been all season so like it really could have gone either way. But I think the little flyers just end up taking it because they have been good and they just decide to keep being good and hold themselves steady enough to beat the eighty sevens, because the eighty sevens are not an easy team to beat. No team is gonna be really angry on into that playing game. Yeah, so either or right. Would you rather be the eighty sevens who got swept by a little fires and I've now been off since Friday. Whit. So you go from Friday the Thursday for this geame. Would you rather be the chiefs who forced game three, which went all the way to Sunday, and now totally you have two less days to prepare, but I guess you could also say there's last rust with those two days. Which one would you rather be? The one that's been polling around the old roster rust questions mills and its first rest to the eighty sevens of just kind of consid they're just like stewing in the fact that they have to wait to see who they're playing and then once they finally find out they have, then they can really start preparing because, like yes, you can kind of prepare but like at the same time it's not until you really hear who you're going to be facing that you can like truly prepared for like, okay, we know this about them and like get going. And they only played each other twice this year, chiefs and eighty sevens. With the eighty sevens, when both of those three, two, five two. How big is home ice in both of these geames? Oh, massive, like you just said, with Meryl Fay. We've said that's one of the biggest hole mice advantages in the league and so now you gotta go to breakaway and I think that's massive. And in looking at those matchups to, since we're still talking back and forth between both, Rangers won three out of those four matchups. Four, two, four two, five, nothing, six one. So they were able to score some goals. The most recent when coming on March second. So I got to look it up, but I think that was killed Gallen. That was in the net to. So Rangers offense woke up during those matchups for the eighty sevens. Their second win was on March the third, so that's a recent game tape you can kind of look at from this past month when they won five to. I still think they're both going to be tightly played and scored. Neither teams can want to make that first mistake. So I feel like you could see two nothing, nothing first periods, teams trying to figure each other out,...

...pinched too high the offensive zone and let breakaways happen, even though they have faith in their goaltenders. As either game go to overtime, Che I mean, honestly, this may some random like I think if anything, it could be the at sens that chiefs really and he's like, I'm preparing my overtime game winning goal call right now. Say they were both yea. For those anty I'll be on the coffer wolves, Rangers, you'll be on the coffer chiefs, Eighty seven. So it's funny. I was telling Tyler Rega how jealous I was that he's been getting all the overtime games and shout out to him because some of his calls have been absolutely spectacular, because we killed it rary and shark chugging a provid oft the walp express are chugging the providence. I texted the o day those a good one. Personally, I think it's good that the eighty sevens have a couple of extra days off because I think they needed to calm themselves down. It was it was a hard, fought yars against Philadelphia and I think for the players in the coaching step it was definitely a frustrating series where the little flyers are one of the few teams that can play that similar style, where it's just running gun, stretching the ice and just playing that super like high tempo game where it can be hard to keep up with both teams. And Yeah, I think if the eighty seven say to themselves, because they also outshot Philadelphia. Joseph Henson was phenomenal in that series and I think for the eighty sevens it's okay, you know, just keep playing that game and there's a good chance that they can take this wild card game. I think for the chiefs, they did have a roughloss in game three. You could argue that maybe they kind of empty the Tanka bit. But yeah, I don't want to count them out because Jack divine has been really good for the chiefs. Marshall McCall should be ready to go. Like that second game, I was at that one with tever and Marshall mccawiban kept them in that game. He was standing on his head. I have loved watching him since having one all star tea back in remember. He is so good and games like that he is the biggest reason why they win and gets like stay in those games because he's just like so steady in the net. I just didn't see the Jersey get swept, to be honest, and I think that really angered them, and I mean, well, we'll see very tale. To hangry, to hang on, hang on. Like, can we please stop pretending that a sweep is so surprising when you only have to win two games? Met This your day? I didn't. It's true. In the North American Hockey League there's the best of five where you have to win three games, and like, I was there when the titans did a reverse sweep. So I think if you have to win three or four games it's a little harder. But with the best two of three, hey, you just need to get the momentum room. In any other in any other series, it's considered a quick start winning two games right. No, I agree. I think good point. You brought that up the other day. I just I just didn't see either team losing back to back games like that. Honestly, I thought that was definitely going through. But there were both one goal games, so it still went down to the wire, right, which is a great transition. Could you talked about the four teams are in the WIG car, but let's now. We'll do this obviously again in a week with the frozen finals preview. Let's talk about the four teams that we know are going and start with those little fires. When you compare this year is a little fires team. The PAT to pass years where they have on the regular season championship four times. Not this year. But you can make the case that the in previous years, the little fires have never entered the frozen finals as hot as they are this year is. This is is anything but a championship for them. Next week a bust in province? I think so, because the last time that they were in problem steel, when they brought both teams there now, didn't come away with the hardware for either team, so I think. And coach Cattron was there. You remembers that very well, I'm sure. So go back into that building for the first time. I think that's going to be yeah, that's absolutely the mission. Obviously, none of these guys were on the team three years ago, right we? No, no, no, On't all. Nobody. That was like a young nope. Yeah. So actually funny, the last time of those on the premiere me. No, the last name is the same. The last name of the Goalie was Alex Henson. Alex Henson. Now, if you don't this tunnel, no, no relation, no, crazy, but it just hit me. Wo It's amazing how some stuff I can remember and some stuff I don't, but that's I remember interviewing him in a tunnel. I think it's another my phone, but that would that's one of the teams that's going and they are the two seat. They're locked into the two seed because the one seed and the team that we get to drop the...

Bok with are the APPS. And I told I included this in my tweet or here. Good can you hate? Can he even have the frozen bottles without the ABS? But how did they enter the postseason in reverse and then just put the script and when four straight games and go are they? Have they put a tough February behind them, or are we going to get to providence and maybe see a tough for opponent raft the bat with it, with Walpole and the old ABS return again? Or is this? Is this the ASS team? Are they the biggest contender against the little flyers? Yeah, I mean, like you said, spartans wolves. I mean, so you can judge those two accordingly, I guess. If you want saying that they're not as tough as some of these those teams, wolves are still around. So there they have some toughness to him. They got some wolf fight, if you will. Who Pun intended? I mean the ass the AMS is through the ever year. We've been here for quite some time and they do. They have that switch that you always talk about that they can flip, and just had at their goals. Six goals, six goals, three four. So they came in and stormed through with twelve plus three is fifteen plus for I love your math. Nineteen goals on the fly. He's got on all his fingers and toes for those I can't see. Yeah, exactly where did Kyle Dan come from? Yes, six goals. I was just going to say there wasn't even six goals. Or Kyle, did you two of the regular sees like what? Like what? How did Chris Predict that? I Hany and call this right, and he caught this right and I think it's that's our first game in Providence. We've already locked that one in. Gonna have the little fires some time to get up there. If I have the ABS, the Express and the railers, for all are closer than the little fires. You have to get a little fires the second one. So the first game of the finals on Wednesday the thirty would be the avalanche versus the Express. Second Game is little fires railers. I want to get to those two hundred teams in the second because what's interesting about the ABS is who do you pull fall, pull for in that wild card game, because if the walls win, the wolves are the six seed and they're in your pool and you play them again next week and that's a familiar face. That those you you know them. Let me maybe that'd be a good thing because you probably know it a little better. Plus that in your divisions we probably e've seen a lot this season. So that could work out in their favor. But so when then in the range race, you know really well, yeah, there guys well be in the same time his radserves to win three straight against the wolves right now, at this time of year, is tough. This is the same thing with the eighty sevens, a little fires, because they could end up in the same pool. Right for the Rangers. The Rangers, I believe, you know, I know rich is going to text me as soon as I say this, have won the last five or six games, dating back like two years, against the APPs straight. The ABS haven't beat the Rangers. So it's like, who do you pull for in that because in a way they could end up in your pool or they could end up against you in the semi finals. It's kind of tough to predict, but she wasn't. The last time they APPs beat them, that opening day game that we did two years ago. Yes, that's true. Out, that was a shoot you tell me to give no shootouts this time. Yes, it was two thousand and nineteen twenty. I think I two thousand and twenty. I think it was two thousand and twenty. Yes, we're spaced out. I remember every single game since then, the Rangers of one. Yeah, so it's like, you know, do you want to get the wolves fresh off a wild card win in their first game of the frozen finals? It's a tough thing. It's a tough way to go right, but then the other their first match up, don't get too far at right. Jack Boshard saying, you know what, I'm just going to go out and I'm going to take over this entire postseason. How good has he been so far for Walpole? Absolutely, I think he's a big reason why they've gone. I think these, I think the express are going to be a bit of a dark horse than the Finnels, because he's me. I think. I want to say like completely wrote them off, like I think some people will just kind of live them are like how like didn't see too much in them, but I think they're definitely like the fact that they beat phr and bet ours not an easy team to be. I think the fact that they were able to pull that off they should be holding themselves pretty high up and like try to build off that as much as they can, because that's like huge fee that they did and like I think they're really just the fact that they did that has so little fun a name for themselves going into these finals. I think we've talked about Bosher a lot this year. I think I remember asking Josh Holmes from this during the season one of the showcases, and I think he even said I was talking about the for words of score. I think it was around the trade deadline, and he said he was confident in the bunch that they had and they weren't going to make any like huge additions, and so I think that they get judged accordingly. There are no team that doesn't give up a lot but they don't score a whole lot of goals. You get Guelph and page, that were two double Jugit goal scorers, and then Pratt to but that's it. So they kind of go scoring by committee. So they don't do it in a sexy way. They kind of grind you out. In Two thousand and twenty two. We like sexy right, we like the U six goals a game, bringing sexy back.

Oh my God, I justin. Sorry, we don't have copyrights off anymore at the losses a lot of that time stamp that once we get that video out, anyways. But for Bosh or, what's the number of? That sticks out to me is he has forty four more saves in the postseason then the next closest goaltender in the league. Like. He's been that good and he really he he really could have won goalie in the week back to back weeks if Hanson didn't do what he did against the eighty sevens. Bosher it's been simply that good and I guess the question that I still have to ask Josh Homestrom, which maybe I'll do it at the end of the first game in the postgame press conference, is winner lose for him. What happened at the end of the first period against the wizards, after they had just lost game two and triple over time and we're down to nothing? What happened starting in the second period of game three until now with a this, the script is is flipped and they and they go out. They went score five on answer to win that and then they sweep the rangers. Like what was said in that moment? Could you even imagine? Like, because where did this come from? We'll find out. I'd like to know that answer, because I don't. None of us know the answer to that question. I'm sure nothing was. They might not tell us. That's fine, Little Neil, for all the no Holstrom probably just could have gone into the locker room and be like, guys, just score more goals than them. Yeah, well, maybe maybe they did a little like coach call a. The Cody Campbell or Zach Simon came in and did a little guest appearance. was like boys, remember me, let's do that. Well, for Josh, what he does have over cody to and cody, if he hears this, won't like this. This is the first ever appearance for the express in the frozen finals right, and technically you could dub them as the host you because of the closest one right now to providence. Big reason why why they're going to the finals, though, it's because it's the first year that our Justin squit Terry is actually going to be in person at the file. So it just happened like we can go there without our yes man because Justin is actually going to be there. They're like, you know what, now this is the year we're going to paunch our official ticket right. Makes Sense to me. But they're not the only team that's going for the first time. The railers are also going for the first time, and all the four teams that are going. is their value in the fact that nobody has played more postseason games, and the railers because both of their series went to game three? There's their value in that? For Them? Their value? Or does hurt them? Are they going to be pretty tired once they come on into this series? I don't think so xer were telling us before we got on here that matadest is all fired up and I'm sure the rest of the Dessa family is gonna Siphon that energy to the rest of the team and they're all going to roll in and and be all jacked up. But and now, because they're also going to have more rest, just by default, than the teams in the wild card. So yeah, I think it could be good too. Because like they not only did they end up in all three games bull times, but it was like they almost kind of had the reverse because the time, remember cofty, I think the applic course shut them out in the first one and then the chief week and then they shout out the chiefs in the last one. So like they kind of had it flipped where it was like they started off were like they got completely like shut down and then that's right finishing. No, I should know that team. No, no, I believe the railers. One, seven nothing. That first game they lost game to when apple core for skame three. Yeah, seven, nothing for but then but then the apple core jumped out to a leading game three right, like. So, what was said? They didn't go into the locker room. They were on the bench. What was said on the bench to scrab five answered when six like like fast to like let's just go ahead and down the ice, like boom, boom, boom, boom. Which, guys, this is it? One? Well, nuts, they just keep piling it on or like this is I'm like, this is the type of team that we've been waiting to see, where they just went off. Well, no, Neil, I know what they said. They said okay, our five minute majors out time to score, because apple core did score their goals on the power play, three of them, three of them. So maybe there's value in it in them having played six games. tenanty walpole played five, but you could make the case that Walpole played six. Well, the overtimes right and then hit the avalanche a little fires each for there's great value. And what the railers EHL team is doing this Saturday? Where are they practicing on Saturday? That Schneider Ash Snyder? Oh, they want to figure out the ice, figure out the board. The ICE is that? The ice is great, right, it's not like. It's not like the boards have the kick that the SAMBONI door has. It at breakaway right, like everything there. It'll be toned secrets. I do the point of graps and it kicks the this line. You have to give assist to the door, like last month calling get like I've called four games up there. That thing is real. That an absolute there's a spring in that board up there.

So the ice is true. Right, the I and and the boards are true and Providence. But the fact that sewn text me and like set this up to like get his guys in there for the first time, so it's not when the puck drops right to feel what it's like. To me, that's got a cool like that is very least secrets right now, where you're going to be screwing them by telling this information all the teams to all the teams. Could do it. All the teams could do it. You just have to ask me for the contact the Providence Eric Durson, unreal guy. I'll set you up for a practice slot like same that we've had the last book use New yes, which which he even in previous year's where we've been well, we've had to accommodate the actually procomics. They're committing us. Yeah, there, we've had to move some around. This year we have to do it again, but for the Providence Bruins. This time there's a practice for them in between two of our games, which will actually be kind of cool because Edwards tromox from the Boston banets is with the Providence Bruins. Are Two thousand and fifteen sixteen MVP, so we'll get to see him right, but th real bix. But the point is, like, the reason why I love providence so much is because it's we take over the building and they embrace it in like the second this year's finals end. Eric, will do what you do to me last time and we'll set the dates like immediately for next year because they can't wait for us to be back. But it's it and and the fact that they're still open to our teams coming down to practice there also is just what makes it really sweet. But that covers all of the EHL. So we know four teams that are going. We have for other teams trying to buy their way for the final two spots. But now let's go to the EH LP, because there's going to be four teams that go from the EH LP also, and it's really interesting each of the three division finals. So we'll start with the south because in the south nowither one of those teams can win the at large bit. So all their eggs are in the basket of we have to win this, otherwise our series is over, and I know Jeff kind of made this statement earlier. Nobody in these in these games for the eighty seven little fires was a part of the two thousand and Eighteen Nineteen Self Division finals. With a little fires beat the eighty sevens to go to the finals, but Anthony. Is there a little bit of revenge on the eighty seven side of things for that or maybe even for the EHL series? Is there? Is there a sense of let's go get some revenge for our organization in New Jersey? Yeah, definitely not from two thousand and nineteen, because these are all like sixteen year olds. A lot of both four no fives on this team. And Yeah, I think you could definitely say revenge from the EHL series. But also, talking to some of the guys after their game three went over the chiefs, the mantra was hey, like they beat Philadelphia twice in February and March in the regular season. So this is a very winnable series. The little flyers got pass the running gads. They were both one goal games. Remember how the running gates had upset Philadelphia last season. Philadelphia was just able to avoid that. So I think that and with the evens ever record of one thousand nine hundred and nineteen and four, but they really turned it on in two thousand and twenty two. So I think it could be very similar to the ehl series where, while the records might not show it, these are actually two very equal teams and they could also be a just like the Eh Jun't start of a really good battle from the South and I'm sure we all think it's going to go three and all end up going just two and we'll all be surprised. But it's interesting because eighty sevens are still defending eh LP champions and just like the Rangers are one step away. Eight majors in the EHL are one step away from getting back to the finals and getting yourself at least a chance to defend your title. But there it comes. Out of that series. Only one of those games is going to go because of what took place, and the other two series the avalanche are facing the lumberjackson. Win Or lose, the avalanche at the ehlp level are going to the finals for the first time. They've never been to the finals. It is like which is crazy. Books is crazy, because right behind me, right here, this is the EH LP regular season championship trophy. That then he said to me I don't want to see because he saw it last year and it I mean whatever, like I guess, as you see in the NFL and NHL, that's what they do. Some teams like I don't want to touch the class championship. But I get it like in the EHL the regular season champion has never won the playoff championship. It's happened once in the EH LP. So maybe there's still a curse, but it's not as complete of a curse. But now...

...for that matchup the you know, if you the lumberjacks, obviously you have to win to go to get back there for the second time, which is a rematch from last year. Is A rematchers it. Well, I was just to stick with the lumberjacks for a second because the avalanche one game one last year and then the lost backtoback games and overtime against the lumberjacks to go. Meanwhile the railers and Rangers are like we're huge ABS fans because if the ABS win the series, you're both going yeah. So it's like, are we just going to be scoreboard watching the entire time? In the H LP we have to be right a little bit. But maybe with the HL like we thought. I thought there's gonna be a tot of three game series the Uhl Oh. So maybe this reverses. Maybe we what do we do? What do we send the too game energy and then three get three or I don't know what to do. I'm going to use the word value again right, which maybe I find a way to mix with the title of this podcast some now. But for the sevens last year, when we had an at large bin the EHL, they knew they were going no matter what because they were the regular season champions. But coach who we said, I want to play this thing through and they went out and they won their way there. anyways, for these things not he's not the only coach these this phrase doing it the right way. Boom and cook coach coaches have so much pride in doing things right. So I think for the avalanche, and you you brought up a great point how the lumberjacks upset the avalanche last season. So I think that for the ass series there's also going to be some revenge involved. Yeah, and knows. Many was their last year and he knew that. We were all trashing on, you know, trashing, I use that in quotations, on Chris, on Chris and Mario for being the cinereoty. They got that right. Every day we're there. Every day was like, oh you guys are still here, you're lucky Cinderella. So they ways said these charity did to be fun team. We're still going to get that with the wild card stuff this year. But I think it's going to be wild or interesting, compelling, whatever the word is, to see what avalanche team comes out, because I think there is that revenge factor for them to knock off the lumberjacks. And then, when you said, when you shift over to the railers and Rangers, there's revenge there also in that. Yes, you could be scoreboard watching, but for the Rangers, the railers knocked you out last year and with the reason why you didn't go to the files. So maybe if you are the rangers and you catch the railers watching the scoreboard too much, you take advantage of you you new and their season this year, because you just don't know if Vermont is going to win that series. You know what I'm saying? They have the inside track them, Michael Gracis, which thoughts the letter ripper as a ranger. Yes, let's get the inside scoop. So here it comes greaser with the BJRP boys, and we'll see what happens with that. But yeah, those should be great matchups it. We are very lucky. Yeah, we're very lucky and I think what's interesting to is that we've already talked about the express and the railers in the ehl going to the finals for the first time. Right. It's very cool when all of the always want. Yes, when all of these EH L P series end, we may have multiple organizations that have both their ehl and EHLP teams. And Providence last year we had two weetdred and eighty sevens lumberjacks. Yes, cool, yeah, so what a difference. That will be crazy to see how things play out. So that where we're at right now with the weekly run down and what the reset things. Of course we know who all the finals teams are in a week. But let that. Let's go to fantasy. It's time for the e crew fantasy challenge and the you crew fantasy challenge is presented by bid steel. These sports drink at the pho used the Promo Code, you show that's pes hrow for twenty five percent off and you check out at by stealcom. So with fantasy, I will start by saying that I did make a mistake earlier in the episode. Lauren, it's not the only person that has the sevens versus chiefs in the wild card matchup. Justin, actually had it also, and tenchinally, Justin's bracket, which was has remained offline, but we'll post it when it's done, because his brackets tendally the best of all of ours because he has sixty eight points. But Justin I will say you didn't pick Walpole. But that's a different conversation. That's what is dangerous when you're trying to like root for your team, but not. I don't totally disagree with not taking them, but it's fine, that's like he's only like mistake right, is the is the reason why he's in the car driving up to us right now. But still about hey, I did have that three games. Just say, okay, fair, but his bracket is the best at sixty eight points, and it's not even close. Come out of the rest of us. But let's get to the to the rest of fantasy, which they're still one week left with two wild card games. But in for all intents and purposes, jeff and Anthony,...

...the three of us, lost the rookie of the year. Well done, like and unless one of us just like Jeff, is really comes down to you, right, because you would need about fifty points in two games, right, which you wish for. Didn't you wish for Bosher to get like eighty saves and they went into the double overtime game? Yes, which it. I didn't come close to that. So I mean you would need like fifty, anthony. Would they about sixty five probably, and I would eat about seventy. So we have just four players, you know. So you're saying there's a chance. Of course, as a chance, right, but I don't Neil, did you just say we're bringing back the twelve sixty three four man. Yes, it's just for it. Now you know what we're actually going to do all the EHLP games also. Well, let's break down, just getting what took place this past week. First, for Anthony, who put up twenty six point six points. He had a goal and two assists from eating hotchkiss in assist for James metler. He mentioned this earlier on the podcast. Despite not getting a win, Nathan Miller did play very well in those two games for the Rangers, and then Devin Ol came with an assist. So that got Anthony Twenty six point six points. When you also facts ren the five bracket points in the Anthony, you lead us off. Who are your for selections for the to Wild Card Games. Okay, I'm going to start off with the New England wolves. I never doubted them this entire seasons, not at all. I'll everyone today Alex layers, with seven points in five games. Has One goal, but he has six apples and I think he could really mean x factor in this playoff game. I'm also going to go with actually have a couple of players from the Boston junior ranges as well. So I'm just opening. Everybody pops off Victor Malls on on the face. It's a four points in as many games. He has an even two goals to assist Neil. I know you love that century. I do to four points and four games. That's just wonderful to look at from the stat sheet in go I got Nathan Miller again, even in the playoffs, even though he has a two and to record a goals against average below one. It's at point ninety two. He see percentages at nine hundred and sixty eight. Both of those stats are better than the regular season. The only place where he's not better at shutouts, but obviously he get you can't get ten shutouts in four games. I mean, who knows one of the playoffs is gonna anything is possible. With the utility player, I'm going with Jake Rock. He has six points in four games. Very underrated forward on the C sevens team. Coach Adam Wolie's very excited about him. At the start of the season compared him to Tim the board and he's really turned it on this postseason. So I think that he can be a player to watch for in that wild card game. As for Jeff, in the second round, Matthews, the Dannahs got him a goal and two assists. Tyler Anastacy a power play goal. Liam Kilgallen, just like Miller, didn't win a game, but but made seventy plus staves and look good in doing so. And then he had alex layers. He was an assist, plus seven bracket points. Brought Jeff Up the twenty. Nine point, six and jeff to wrap up our fantasy for the year. Who are your final four fantasy picks this year? Heyo, Final Four. Let's make it easy, let's keep you all not getting motion sickness and we'll just go in order here. So we got Mr Matthews. The animates had them last round. Did pretty well for me and has done pretty well. For the eighty seven's. Up to ten points in the playoffs so far, so we're going to go as as Dan Witz again. Julius Cavando one of the best defenseman that's left in this playing round, so easy move there. Josh grunt could be an ex factor. Three Assistant. Four Games. Doesn't have a goal yet, but we'll see what he can do here in this playing game. They're going to need him because, like we said, the Rangers offense has been a bit dry through the first bunch of games and that's the reason they're in this play around. Sorry, rich, I love you, but I think you would probably agree with me and I'll see you Friday. We could chat about that before the game. And then Owen Haynes for the eighty sevens, because again I think and wholie's eighty seven s or going to be coming out on top of that wild card game. Again we'll say our stars again. Sorry, coacheff, sorry, Brandon Johnson, sorry rest of the chief organization. Match back, everyone else. That was someone else. Trent Samuel's Thomas to you my Sorri's, but so old Hayes, my goalie. And Yep, there's the final four. Let's go boys. We need like nine million points, like Neil said, to catch laurer, but I don't think it's happening. Dude. I've actually had a good postseason. I had seventy nine points in the first round, forty five, going six in the second, but I'm still in fourth place at last. Forty seven points in the bracket though, too. Yeah, our forty and seventy. Damon Dulock on me a going to assess last week mctor Moss on and assist Jack Bosher. We've talked about it been excellent. Twenty point six points from him. Jack Devine was like note,...

...note points in the in the second round for neo, but I'll stay in for the wild card game and then fourteen points, like Jeff said, in the bracket. Give me forty three point six. So trap up the year. I figured I would show all four teams the love. So, Matt and as sauce, you up front. It forward Dominic Chericho on defense from the chiefs, William Kill Gallen and goal, and Nick Colin in from the Rangers. So I got one player from each team, which brings us to the unofficial champ. It's basically official, but is needs a we need to wait a few more days. Lauren but land. Yes, fifty three point six points this past week because drew olivery got her a goal, three assists to power play points and a game winner. That herrickton get any points, but that didn't matter because she got two wins from Joseph Henson. I really got goalie wins. Yeah, which is like of course, of course it comes now. And then I go and assist in a game winner from Adam bill a, plus seventeen bracket points for fifty three point six. So I see on the camp without Herrickin any points. Oh my God. So I sing on the cake. Lauren. Who are your final four picks to cap off your championship season? I pick some fun ones. I think I took some. I guess that place from Anthony, because shout saying muster eighty seven and self. Picking that little cane up front, big guy for them, and it's exciting to have him back. On Defense, another fund name we all love with Declin House. He's been good for them all season. He surpassed a hundred points at this point, which is exciting for him. So good to have him on my team. And then in goal, I'm finishing out with one of my red team allstars. Love this guy. He was huge in that game that he played against the railers in Newington. Marshall mccallup so good. He's just the great guy for the job for them, excuse me when they need it. And finishing out with my utility pick, picking Mr Eddie's greeryubs. I'm excited to have him on the team. He's been good for the wolves since they picked him up, so I'm excited to see how he finishes out the season. So Lauren wants mccalub to play well, but the eighty seven's to win because, as Jeff mentioned, in terms of just the bracket, which is where I have to put my fly down because I actually did pretty well here, Lauren and I each have forty seven. Jeff had forty four, anthony had thirty two. So technically lauren can win the bracket and the fantasy if the sevens win the game, if the chiefs win, I don't know what we do about a tie for the bracket, but it doesn't matter because you want fantasy anyways. Her overall point total was at eight hundred and sixty two point eight. Jeffsa eight hundred and twenty two. AUNTIE's at two point six and I M at seven. NDRED and ninety nine. Anthony will come up with some side bet for our three point six March and whoever finishes in fourth place has to do something in Providence. I don't know what it is yet, but but we're really on top of each other, for it's a lap, but the break around the last fun. Yes, seriously, maybe write something like that. But that's where we're at with fantasy. So let's get to what to watch for before we wrap things up. Here's what you watch for. It this week in the east. Show what to watch sports presented by hockey TV, the still streaming platform for your ehl and EHLP action the two thousand and twenty one, two thousand and twenty two season. So we will stay consistent with what we've done all postseason. You could pick one of the Fox very simple. You can pick one of you could pick one of five matchups, right like you could pick either wild card game in the EHL, where you could pick any of the three series in the EHLP. What am I looking forward to the most is the avalanche eh L P team doing it the right way past the lumberjacks to get to the finals because this is their first time going and I do think there's the confidence factor in their heads of winning their way there and knocking off the team that knocked them off last year to get there. So I'm watching that, which leaves you three guys. have four to choose from. So roll lamps, roll into the tree they go. They have let's take the trees out. Let's see. God, whoever wants to go next. There's my dad joke for Neil, Justin for the week. I Love Dad jokes. Yes, you do. Whoever wants to go next. What are you watching for the most? I mean, I guess I'll just be Sofa. Should go with the game of them calling, because another big rangers wolves. Yeah, talks about them both all season. Will the Rangers be going back? We've never had, as you said earlier this episode, Nell, a regular season. HYP You not at least get to the frozen finals? That team wants to defend their title. We've been talking about it all year and will they'll be able to get there? They're on home ice twelve thirty. See their breakaway. I set her wolves real hungry to knock them off on the on the road and I don't know what's going to happen. Just hoping for a very good game. I think it will be all right. WHO's saying any Stevens versus chiefs? First, I got it's calling our lauren. I mean I feel like I kind of have to say that because of my...

...bracket. That's true, true as a good point. Got A lot riding on that game plus. I mean, I think it will be fun because I think it'll be interesting to see how it plays out, because the chiefs and just sit by and let the railers take it. They pushed it to three and I think like the home ice advantage did kind of playing that a little bit. I think they were like not they were nervous coming to worcester, but I think the fact that they brought it back home they were like, all right, we can figure this out, and they clearly did that game. No thing, no, no, no loss there to Marshall MCW because he's the one that really kept them in that game, as we keep saying, and I think it'll be interesting to see how they fare against sevens because they're another tough team. So it'll be interesting because eighty sevens, I know, are definitely, just for how long they've been sit in there waiting for the outcome of the railers chiefs. I think their worn to Goo. So'll be interesting to see how it plays out. You can double down, Anthony, if you want to. Oh I think we got to give the killer s some love. With the go sevens and little flyers. You got the likes of Will O'Brien and Jeffrey Boker for the S, and then for the Philadelphia little flyers you have johnny dangerously. There is so great in this poseas I heard that shout out Jeff and Lauren on the EH LP award show. We got you. Glad to see that nickname catching on. But it's just like the EHL series. It should be mark. Actually, Mark Catcher on the Flyer's coach gave me some flak for calling it a blood bath. In my preview he put it best where it's two skilled teams going at it. So maybe track me two teams just heading head to head. So apologies to mark, I'll be sure to describe this one a little more accurately. Okay, because just like the ehl again you have two very skilled teams going up against each other and it should be a fun, fun series. And the one that wasn't mentioned, of course, is railers strangers P to. We are watching that also like they are watching the ABS and lumber of Jexsis, to see how things play out. Gonna be interesting to see what four teams come out of this in the EH LP. And I'm going to make one more statement right now, which is your homework for next week's episode. You're not going to you don't have to make it right now, but your homework for next week's episode is to come up with your bold prediction for the ehl shows and finals. And it's not a matter of who wins, it's just a bold prediction. So I'm that. Well, it's like, Oh, I'll see, God, we'll see a goalie, goal. So now, yes, I don't want to catch you guys off card, so you don't do right now, but my bold prediction, and everyone's going to hear this and there's going to be a bunch of other teams are going to say what the Hell, but my my bul prediction on our I'll bring in next week. The last time we were in providence it all ended with ABS and little flyers, H L, P ehl. That was the ehl championship game in two thousand and nineteen as a little fires. That that's how it's going to end again this so now, you guys. Now, you guys have a week to sit on sit on that and think about what your bold prediction is as well. So I'll repeat that again in the week, but it's right now. I'm going with ABS versus little fires in the ehl championship game. So you guys, you got you guys could think about that for every wordy next Monday, which of course, next monthday Monday is the twenty eight. We're dropping the podcast for the finals in the twenty nine. So this podcast then one more than all of a sudden we're in providence. It's it's crazy how we've got here, but we're right up against the end and one more big week of the postseason remains. So to figure out what ten total teams, six EHL for eh LP, are going to be in Providence. So enjoy this next week, guys. I could looked all those teams out there. Thanks for listening to the e show. Learn More Eastern Hockey League Dot Org and follow us on Facebook, twitter, instagram and Youtube. Also be sure to subscribe and get notified when next week's PODCAST is released.

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