Whom to field for Game 1?
Our Game 1 is a combination of all eight real Games 1. We have 12 categories: 8 skater ones (G, A, P, +/-, PIM, PPP, SHP, GWG) and 4 goalie ones (GAA, Sav%, W, SO). For each Game, a team fields six players: G, D - D, LW - C - RW.
This is my playoff team:
ST LOUIS LITHUANIANS
G: J.Howard (DET), M.Fleury (PIT)
D: D.Boyle (SAN), M.Del Zotto (NYR), D.Doughty (LOS), I.White (DET), P.Martin (PIT), K.Klein (NAS), M.Green (WAS)
LW: D.Sedin (VAN), J.Staal (PIT), J.Hudler (DET), D.Perron (STL), J.van Riemsdyk (PHI)
C: E.Malkin (PIT), J.Thornton (SAN), T.Seguin (BOS), D.Stepan (NYR), M.Fisher (NAS), J.Staal (PIT), D.Zubrus (NJD), R.Peverley (BOS)
RW: E.Malkin (PIT), T.Seguin (BOS), J.Hudler (DET), J.Voracek (PHI), D.Zubrus (NJD), A.Radulov (NAS)
Note that some players have dual eligibility, like Malkin can be C or RW, or Hudler can be LW or RW.
So I am trying to determine whom to field for Game 1.
Fleury seems to be a better pick than Howard, since Pittsburgh is playing at home and Detroit is playing away. Even though Howard did play better in the last weeks of the regular season...
On defense, I am basically trying to pick 2 out of 3 best candidates: Boyle, Del Zotto and Doughty. I think Del Zotto is a shoo-in, since the Rangers are playing at home and facing Ottawa. Both Boyle and Doughty are playing away... and I think Boyle is the better choice, but I am not 100% sure.
On the left wing, D.Sedin would be a no-brainer, and if he definitely plays in Game 1, it will be him. Otherwise, it's Perron or J.Staal... and I am leaning towards Perron, who's been doing really well lately (plus, I live in St Louis, and would love to root for him).
Now, Malkin is an obvious no-brainer, and I just need to pick another C or RW... Thornton? Seguin? Radulov? I don't like the fact that Thornton is playing away and against a tough Blues' defense. Seguin? Hmm, maybe... Washington goaltending is a mess. But Radulov seems to be a good playoff performer, and somehow he inspires me more...
So, right now here is my lineup:
Fleury, Boyle - Del Zotto, Perron - Malkin - Radulov.
Any thoughts? Thanks!