The Stanley Cup Round of 16, 2017


The regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL) 2016-17 is over, and the playoffs have started. In this post you will find match-ups for the Round of 16 together with comments. Spring is here, and so are the NHL playoffs!

Stanley Cup Round of 16, 2017

Chicago Blackhawks – Nashville Predators

Comment: The dynasty Chicago will advance from this meeting.

Minnesota Wild – St. Louis Blues

Comment: St Louis Blues still has no Stanley Cup title. Will 2017 be different?

Anaheim Ducks – Calgary Flames

Comment: The Ducks are always strong in the playoffs.

Edmonton Oilers – San Jose Sharks

Comment: Last year’s finalists,- the “beards” from San Jose will probably go far in the 2017 playoffs as well.

Montreal Canadiens – New York Rangers

Comment: Tough resistance for Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers. Can they withstand the pressure at the Bell Center?

Ottawa Senators – Boston Bruins

Comment: This matchup is difficult to predict, but we believe in Boston.

Washington Capitals – Toronto Maple Leafs

Comment: The toughest opponent possible for the Swedish rookie William Nylander and Toronto in the first round, but on the other hand, Washington is known to fold when it is time for the playoffs.

Pittsburgh Penguins – Columbus Blues

Comment: Crosby, Malkin and their henchmen are hoping to repeat last year’s success.

Notably, last year no Canadian team made it to the playoffs. This year four teams have reached the round of 16: Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. Vancouver and the Sedin brothers miss the playoffs. Now we’re just waiting to see how many NHL players that will join 2017 Ice Hockey World Championship. According to Sweden’s head coach Rikard Grönborg, things are looking great. The following players have said they will play for The Swedish national team in the 2017 championships:

  • Alexander Edler, Vancouver.
  • Elias Lindholm, Carolina.
  • Joakim Nordström, Carolina.
  • Victor Rask, Carolina.
  • Victor Hedman, Tampa.

Last time Sweden won the Ice Hockey World Championships was in 2013.

Swedes in the NHL 2016-17


Exactly as we did during the 2015-16 season, in this post we will list the Swedish players in the National Hockey League 2016-17. The list below is sorted by a) the number of Swedes in the team and b) alphabetically. At the top we find Carolina Hurricanes and Vancouver Canucks with 6 and 5 Swedish players. If we missed a player, feel free to contact us!

G = goalie, D = defender, LW/RW = left / right wing, C = center

Swedes in the NHL 2016-17

Carolina Hurricanes (6)

Eddie Läck G
Victor Rask C
Joakim Nordström LW
Viktor Stålberg LW
Klas Dahlbeck D
Elias Lindholm C

Comment: It is a hurricane of Swedes!

Vancouver Canucks (5)

Jacob Markström G
Daniel Sedin LW
Henrik Sedin C
Loui Eriksson LW
Alexander Edler D

Comment: A lot of Swedes in the Canucks, but the question is for how long the Sedin twins will continue?

Chicaco Blackhawks (4)

Niklas Hjalmarsson D
Marcus Krüger C
Dennis Rasmussen C
Gustav Forsling D

Comment: Fun to see many Swedes in the modern dynasty Chicago!

Detroit Red Wings (3)

Gustav Nyquist RW
Henrik Zetterberg LW
Jonathan Ericsson D
Niklas Kronwall D

Comment: Detroit “Blue Wings” are not so blue anymore, and will be even less so when veterans like Zetterberg and Kronwall decide to quit.

Edmonton Oilers (4)

Jonas Gustavsson G
Adam Larsson D
Oscar Klefbom D
Anton Lander C

Comment: Less fun to see many Swedes in the low ranked Oilers…

Nashville Predators (4)
Mattias Ekholm D
Calle Järnkrok C
Filip Forsberg LW
Viktor Arvidsson LW

Comment: We have a couple of interesting names for the future in the Predators.

St Louis Blues (4)

Alexander Steen LW
Patrik Berglund C
Magnus Pääjärvi LW
Carl Gunnarsson D

Dallas Stars (3)

John Klingberg D
Johnny Oduya D
Patrik Nemeth D

New York Rangers (3)

Henrik Lundqvist G
Mika Zibanejad C
Jesper Fasth RW
Henrik Lundqvist G

Comment: Rangers is a favourite team among many Swedes thanks to king Henrik!

Washington Capitals (3)

Nicklas Bäckström C
Andre Burakovsky LW
Marcus Johansson LW

Comment: Three exciting Swedish forwards in the team from the US capital!

Anaheim Ducks (2)

Jakob Silfverberg RW
Jacob Larsson D

Buffalo Sabres (2)

Robin Lehner G
Johan Larsson C

Calgary Flames (2)

Mikael Backlund C
Nicklas Grossmann D

Columbus Blue Jackets (2)

Alexander Wennberg C
William Karlsson C

Colorado Avalanche (2)

Carl Söderberg C
Gabriel Landeskog LW

Comment: Captain Landeskog is rock solid in Peter Forsberg’s former team.

Minnesota Wild (2)

Jonas Brodin D
Christian Folin D

Pittsburgh Penguins (2)

Patric Hörnqvist RW
Carl Hagelin LW

Comment: After Sidney Crosby’s recent concussion, these two gentlemen will have to show their worth during the 2016-17 season.

Tampa Bay Lightning (2)

Victor Hedman D
Anton Strålman D

Comment: Two Swedish defenders that complete each other. World class!

Toronto Maple Leafs (2)

Jhonas Enroth G
William Nylander C

Comment: William, son of Michael Nylander, is an important part of Toronto’s future, as well as for the Swedish national team Three Crowns. He also has a little brother (Alexander) that is drafted by Buffalo Sabres.

Arizona Coyotes (1)

Oliver Ekman-Larsson D

New Jersey Devils (1)

Jacob Josefson C

Ottawa Senators (1)

Erik Karlsson D

Comment: The best offensive defender in the world?

San Jose Sharks (1)

Melker Karlsson C

Winnipeg Jets (1)

Tobias Enström D

2016 Stanley Cup: Round of 16


The regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL) 2015-16 is finished and, as usual, it means that 16 teams have made it to the Stanley Cup playoffs. In this post you will get information about match ups, together with predictions.

Stanley Cup 2016, Round of 16

Washington Capitals – Philadelphia Flyers

Comment: Caps, led by Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Bäckstrom has performed well in the series, as usual. But now it’s time for the playoffs, where they have not been able to match their regular season in the recent years. Chances are that “the Philly Flu” will reach the capital before this series is over.

Florida Panthers – New York Islanders

Comment: One of the most interesting match ups beforehand. Two teams that have been struggling for the past years, but have raised their game lately. Islanders have something good going on and the Panthers, led by Czech icon Jaromir Jagr, have showed that there are room for two hockey teams in sunny Florida. At the same time it is one of the more difficult sereis to predict,  it could go either way. Jagr scores the decider in game seven overtime? 🙂

Tampa Bay Lightning – Detroit Red Wings

Comment: Detroit barely reached their 25th straight playoff barely. They got some help from Ottawa who unexpectedly defeated Boston Bruins, even though they had nothing to play for, while Bruins were chasing a playoff spot. The Red Wings have not played convincingly this year and is not the same team as it used to be. However, they have a lot of routine in players like Kronwall, Zetterberg and Datsuyk. Tampa was in the final last year and would normally count as a clear favorite in this series. However, they are plagued by injuries on some of their key players.

Pittsburgh Penguins – New York Rangers

Comment: A prestigious and classic match up. Last year, Swedish forward Carl Hagelin sent home penguins to lethargy in a deciding game. This year, Hagelin will try to do the same for the Penguins who have played a good game at the end of the regular season. If they retain the shape in the playoffs, then Rangers might not advance to the quarter finals this year.

Dallas Stars – Minnesota Wild

Comment: Dallas has as usual done a great job in the regular season, but just as with the Capitals, they often have difficulties to follow it up with equally robust efforts in the playoffs. It will be necessary in order to defeat Minnesota Wild.

Anaheim Ducks – Nashville Predators

Comment: Anaheim Ducks began the season in the worst possible way, but then managed to raise their game. They are a team made for playoffs with robusness, subtlety and some malice. Chances are, in 2016, the Predators will not be at the top of the food chain.

St. Louis Blues – Chicago Blackhawks

Comment: Another team that performed well in the regular season against a classic playoff team. Blues have never won the Stanley Cup and the risk is that they will not advance from the round of 16 against the modern dynasty and current champions Chicago, who always manage to find ways to win important matches.

Los Angeles Kings – San Jose Sharks

Comment: Can the Sharks led by Joe Thornton manages shake of their playoff ghost? The resistance is the toughest possible, with the Kings who are eager for revenge since they, as reigning champions, missed last year’s playoffs. An interesting and difficult series to predict, but it might end with King’s eating shark fin soup in the quarterfinals.

NHL Christmas stats 2015

It’s Christmas time and at Chicken Swedes we celebrate by writing a post full of all kinds of statistics from the National Hockey League. Below is all kinds of top-ten lists you ever wished for. Merry Christmas!

p = points, g = goals, a = assists


1. Patrick Kane, Chicago 21 g+29 a 50 p
2. Jamie Benn, Dallas 22 g+24 a 46 p
3. Tyler Seguin, Dallas 19 g+27 a 46 p
4. Taylor Hall, Edmonton 15 g+24 a 39 p
5. Vladimir Tarasenko, St Louis 22 g+16 a 38 p
6. Erik Karlsson, Ottawa 9 g+29 a 38 p
7. Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary 15 g+22 a 37 p
8. Joe Pavelski, San Jose 18 g+18 a 36 p
9. Daniel Sedin, Vancouver 16 g+20 a 36 p
10. Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg 10 g+25 a 35 p


1. Jamie Benn, Dallas 22
2. Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis 22
3. Patrick Kane, Chicago 21
4. Tyler Seguin, Dallas 19
5. Joe Pavelski, San Jose 18
6. Mike Hoffman, Ottawa 17
7. Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh 17
8. Alex Ovechkin, Washington 17
9. Daniel Sedin, Vancouver 16
10. Matt Duchene, Colorado 16


1. Patrick Kane, Chicago 29
2. Erik Karlsson, Ottawa 29
3. Tyler Seguin, Dallas 27
4. John Klingberg, Dallas 27
5. Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg 25
6. Jamie Benn, Dallas 24
7. Taylor Hall, Edmonton 24
8. Henrik Sedin, Vancouver 23
9. P.K. Subban, Montreal 23
10. Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary 22

Points (defenders):

1. Erik Karlsson, Ottawa 9 g+29 a 38 p
2. John Klingberg, Dallas 5 g+27 a 32 p
3. Brent Burns, San Jose 14 g+17 a 31 p
4. Justin Faulk, Carolina 12 g+15 a 27 p
5. John Carlson, Washington 6 g+21 a 27 p
6. Roman Josi, Nashville 9 g+17 a 26 p
7. Shea Weber, Nashville 10 g+15 a 25 p
8. Rasmus Ristolainen, Buffalo 7 g+17 a 24 p
9. Joe Pavelski, San Jose 18 g+18 a 36 p
10. P.K. Subban, Montreal 1 g+23 a 24 p

Goals (defenders):

1. Brent Burns, San Jose 14
2. Justin Faulk, Carolina 12
3. Shea Weber, Nashville 10
4. Erik Karlsson, Ottawa 9
5. Roman Josi, Nashville 9
6. Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg 9
7. Aaron Ekblad, Florida 8
8. Rasmus Ristolainen, Buffalo 7
9. O Ekman-Larsson, Arizona 7
10. Mark Giordano, Calgary 7

Points (Swedish players):

1. Erik Karlsson, Ottawa 9 g+29 a 38 p
2. Daniel Sedin, Vancouver 16 g+20 a 36 p
3. Henrik Sedin, Vancouver 9 g+23 a 32 p
4. John Klingberg, Dallas 5 g+27 a 32 p
5. Alexander Steen, St Louis 11 g+21 a 32 p
6. Nicklas Bäckström, Washington 10 g+21 a 31 p
7. Loui Eriksson, Boston 13 g+15 a 28 p
8. Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit 6 g+21 a 27 p
9. Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado 8 g+18 a 26 p
10. Victor Rask, Carolina 9 g+14 a 23 p

Points (rookies):

1. Artemi Panarin, Chicago 10 g+21 a 31 p
2. Max Domi, Arizona 10 g+15 a 25 p
3. Dylan Larkin, Detroit 13 g+11 a 24 p
4. Anthony Duclair, Arizona 10 g+9 a 19 p
5. Oscar Lindberg, NY Rangers 10 g+7 a 17 p
6. Jack Eichel, Buffalo 9 g+7 a 16 p
7. Colton Parayko, St. Louis 6 g+9 a 15 p
8. Sam Reinhart, Buffalo 8 g+7 a 15 p
9. Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia 6 g+8 a 14 p
10. Sam Bennett, Calgary 5 g+9 a 14 p

Penalties (minutes):

1. Derek Dorsett, Vancouver 106
2. Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia 82
3. Tom Wilson, Washington 81
4. Chris Neil, Ottawa 81
5. Cody McLeod, Colorado 73
6. Mark Borowiecki, Ottawa 66
7. Jordin Tootoo, New Jersey 57
8. Antoine Roussel, Dallas 56
9. Brad Marchand, Boston 54
10. Zac Rinaldo, Boston 53


1. Alex Ovechkin, Washington 162
2. Brent Burns, San Jose 150
3. Max Pacioretty, Montreal 145
4. Tyler Seguin, Dallas 143
5. Taylor Hall, Edmonton 140
6. Daniel Sedin, Vancouver 130
7. Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis 127
8. Patrick Kane, Chicago 123
9. Radim Vrbata, Vancouver 123
10. Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg 115

Plus/minus (+/-):

1. Dylan Larkin, Detroit +21
2. Jamie Benn, Dallas +17
3. Tyler Toffoli, Los Angeles +17
4. E Kuznetsov, Washington +17
5. Jeff Carter, Los Angeles +16
6. Jason Demers, Dallas +16
7. Alex Ovechkin, Washington +15
8. Tyler Seguin, Dallas +15
9. Patrick Kane, Chicago +15
10. Johnny Oduya, Dallas +15

Time on ice per game:

1. Ryan Suter, Minnesota 28,16
2. Erik Karlsson, Ottawa 28,03
3. Drew Doughty, LA 27,49
4. Brent Burns, San Jose 26,30
5. A Pietrangelo, St. Louis 26,28
6. Kris Letang, Pittsburgh 26,15
7. TJ Brodie, Calgary 25,31
8. Duncan Keith, Chicago 25,30
9. P.K. Subban, Montreal 25,21
10. Jack Johnson, Columbus 25,19

Face offs (%):

1. Jonathan Toews, Chicago 59,8
2. Ryan O’Reilly, Buffalo 59,2
3. Jordan Staal, Carolina 58,9
4. Jay Beagle, Washington 58,4
5. Claude Giroux, Philadelphia 58,4
6. Paul Stastny, Colorado 57,8
7. Jarrett Stoll, Minnesota 57,5
8. Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit 57,1
9. Ryan Kesler, Anaheim 56,9
10. Joe Pavelski, San Jose 56,6

Goalies (%):

1. Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia 93,7
2. James Reimer, Toronto 93,5
3. Carey Price, Montreal 93,4
4. Thomas Greiss, NY Islanders 93,3
5. Braden Holtby, Washington 93,1
6. Jake Allen, St. Louis 92,8
7. Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay 92,6
8. Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh 92,5
9. Roberto Luongo, Florida 92,5
10. Cory Schneider, New Jersey 92,5

Goalies (goals allowed per game):

1. Braden Holtby, Washington 1,96
2. John Gibson, Anaheim 1,97
3. Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay 2,00
4. James Reimer, Toronto 2,01
5. Thomas Greiss, NY Islanders 2,03
6. Jake Allen, St. Louis 2,06
7. Carey Price, Montreal 2,06
8. Michal Neuvirth, Washi. 2,06
9. Jaroslav Halak, NY Islanders 2,09
10. Antti Raanta, NY Rangers 2,10

Goalies (nr of wins):

1. Braden Holtby, Washington 21
2. Corey Crawford, Chicago 18
3. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles 17
4. Jake Allen, St. Louis 16
5. Henrik Lundqvist, NY Rangers 16
6. Martin Jones, San Jose 15
7. Antti Niemi, Dallas 15
8. Cory Schneider, New Jersey 15
9. Craig Anderson, Ottawa 15
10. Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota 14

Power Play (%):

1. Boston Bruins 28,9%
2. Washington Capitals 25,7%
3. Dallas Stars 23,3%
4. Chicago Blackhawks 21,6%
5. New York Rangers 21,6%
6. St. Louis Blues 21,2%
7. Toronto Maple Leafs 21,2%
8. Buffalo Sabres 20,9%
9. San Jose Sharks 20,9%
10. Nashville Predators 20,9%

Penalty Kill (%):

1. Anaheim Ducks 87,7%
2. St. Louis Blues 87,3%
3. New York Islanders 87,0%
4. Montreal Canadiens 84,9%
5. Washington Capitals 84,4%
6. Los Angeles Kings 83,8%
7. San Jose Sharks 83,7%
8. Pittsburgh Penguins 82,5%
9. New York Rangers 82,3%
10. Chicago Blackhawks 82,0%

Goals scored per game:

1. Dallas Stars 3,51
2. Washington Capitals 3,12
3. Boston Bruins 3,09
4. Ottawa Senators 2,91
5. Montreal Canadiens 2,89
6. New York Rangers 2,86
7. Colorado Avalanche 2,83
8. Minnesota Wild 2,78
9. Arizona Coyotes 2,73
10. Winnipeg Jets 2,71

Shots (per game):

1. Los Angeles Kings 32,2
2. Dallas Stars 32,2
3. Pittsburgh Penguins 31,6
4. Montreal Canadiens 31,4
5. Nashville Predators 31,1
6. Boston Bruins 30,8
7. Toronto Maple Leafs 30,5
8. Philadelphia Flyers 30,5
9. Chicago Blackhawks 30,4
10. St. Louis Blues 30,2

NHL standings, top ten (whole league):

1. Dallas Stars 54 p
2. Washington Capitals 52 p
3. St. Louis 46 p
4. New York Rangers 44 p
5. Chicago Blackhawks 44 p
6. New York Islanders 43 p
7. Montreal Canadiens 43 p
8. Minnesota Wild 42 p
9. Los Angeles Kings 42 p
10. Boston Bruins 42 p