We did get some hockey-related voting results Wednesday, which provide some insight into how the players themselves view their world.
The NHLPA revealed the findings of its annual internal survey, in which 566 skaters weighed in on 15 questions covering a variety of on- and off-ice hockey topics, including skills and player personalities.
Here’s a few of the results (see the rest online):
If you need to win one game, who is the one goalie you would want on your team?
Winner: Andrei Vasilevskiy (37.4%). Runner-up: Carey Price (13.9%). Third place: Marc-Andre Fleury (6.7%)
If you need to win one game, who is the one skater you would want on your team?
Winner: Connor McDavid (42.4%). Runner-up: Sidney Crosby (17.3%). Third place: Victor Hedman (6.7%)
Which NHL arena has the best ice?
Winner: Montreal (39.6%). Runner-up: Edmonton (13.7%). Third place: Winnipeg (12.2%)
Which player do you least enjoy playing against, but would like to have on your team?
Winner: Brad Marchand (26.4%). Runner-up: Connor McDavid (18.3%). Third place: Tom Wilson (10.7%)
Who is the best current women’s hockey player?
Winner: Marie-Philip Poulin (43.2%). Runner-up: Hilary Knight (20.7%). Third place: Amanda Kessel (6.2%)
Where is the best NHL road city to spend an off day?
Winner: Las Vegas (30.6%). Runner-up: New York City (17.0%). Third place: Fort Lauderdale (10.4%)
Which NHL player could make it in another sport?
Winner: Joe Pavelski, Golf (4.0%). Runner-up: Anders Lee, Football (3.6%). Third place: Zdeno Chara, Basketball and Greg McKegg, Golf (3.3%).
Which NHL player has the best hockey hair?
Winner: Cody Eakin (8.9%). Runner-up: William Karlsson (7.9%). Third place: Erik Karlsson (4.8%).
Which non-NHL athlete would you like to trade places with for a day?
Winner: Tom Brady (18.3%). Runner-up: Tiger Woods (10.5%). Third place: Lebron James (7.5%).
I’ve written plenty in this space about the new furry, four-legged addition to our family. And Piper, our one-year-old rescue, decided to make quite the splash the other day while I was making my weekly pit stop with Andrew “Hustler” Paterson and his Winnipeg Sports Talk show on YouTube.
As you can see by this still photo, adorable Piper decided to crash the interview.
And yes, she very much stole the show. Until she got bored of me and decided to resume play-fighting with big brother Bodie, our seven-year-old dog who also makes a brief cameo on camera.
You can see the whole clip here, with my — err, OUR — appearance starting around the 53:00 mark.
Alright, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. My first-round playoff picks. NOTE — there’s a bit of guesswork involved here since not every series in etched in stone just yet, with two more nights left on the regular-season docket. But I’ve provided the either/or scenario, as you can see.
Colorado over Dallas (or Nashville) in 5
St. Louis over Minnesota in 7
Calgary over Nashville (or Dallas) in 5
Edmonton over Los Angeles in 5
Florida over Washington (or Pittsburgh) in 6
Tampa Bay over Toronto in 7
Carolina over Boston in 7
New York Rangers over Pittsburgh (or Washington) in 7
As you can see, I believe the East will be a lot tighter and more competitive than the West. Which probably means the complete opposite will occur!
I’d like to think they are more spoilers than predictions, but time will tell. You either heard it here first — or not at all!
Feel free to fire your predictions my way.
Have a great week. And enjoy the start of the playoffs, not to mention some warmer weather that is hopefully just around the corner.