Hockey Blogger Invitational heading for the playoffs

Sure, the Stanley Cup playoffs are still several weeks away, but in Fantasy Hockey, crunch time is now. This is my second year participating in James Mirtle's Hockey Blogger Invitational, and it looks like I won't repeat my Presidents Trophy performance of last year, as Kent of Matchsticks and Gasoline is running away with the title this time around. The Fab Forecheckers are on pace for a solid 2nd place finish, however, assuming we don't flame out this week against Spector.

Our playoffs begin March 16, with the top six teams participating, and the top two seeds getting a bye in the first round. It'll be a tight race down to the end, as you can see spots 5-7 are within a whisker, and one team will get left out. Last season, a late injury to Rick DiPietro ruined my playoff fortunes; can my boys hold on this year? My current squad is listed below.

 Rank  Team W-L-T Pct Pts Last Week Waiver Moves
 1  Tha Gnomes 172-85-29 .652 373 8-4-1 12 29
 2  The Fab Forecheckers 152-97-37 .596 341 9-3-1 15 9
 3  The Alcoholic Army 153-105-28 .584 334 10-2-1 8 20
 4  Mirtle's Merry Men 147-105-34 .573 328 12-1-0 14 38
 5  Sharkspage 143-113-30 .552 316 10-3-0 6 60
 6  Matt of the Battle 141-112-33 .551 315 10-2-1 18 8
 7  The Petes 139-110-37 .551 315 10-3-0 2 9
 8  Sleek's Battlebots 135-118-33 .530 303 3-9-1 11 25
 9  Islanders Army 137-121-28 .528 302 2-10-1 3 2
 10  Spector's Spudheads 123-124-39 .498 285 3-10-0 16 32
 11  Covered in Chris 120-132-34 .479 274 5-5-3 5 18
 12  JapersRink All-Bums 122-139-25 .470 269 2-10-1 7 34
 13  Denomme's Danglers 113-136-37 .460 263 4-8-1 17 36
 14  Sasquatch Watchers 106-148-32 .427 244 6-4-3 13 23
 15  Kings of Men 100-154-32 .406 232 4-6-3 4 29
 16  Pension Plan Puppets 97-158-31 .393 225 3-10-0 1 1
 17  Mighty Mallards 96-159-31 .390 223 5-5-3 10 4
 18  Puck Daddy 89-169-28 .360 206 1-12-0 9 9

The Fab Forecheckers

Center: Mychal Nylander, Eric Belanger, Tomas Plekanec, Doug Weight (IR).

Left Wing: Alex Ovechkin, Andrew Brunette, Richard Zednik

Right Wing: J.P. Dumont, Alexei Kovalev, Jamie Langenbrunner, Brian Gionta, Owen Nolan, Jordin Tootoo

Defense: Bryan McCabe, Rob Blake, Sami Salo, Dennis Seidenberg, Jaroslav Spacek.

Goal: Tomas Vokoun, Craig Anderson, Dan Ellis

Keep in mind this is an 18 team league that drafted 20 rounds, so everybody's got some holes in their lineup!

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