Round 1 wasn't over when this episode began, but it was by the time we were done, and we've got a whole slate of early lessons learned on this episode of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast!
Elan and Brian start off by attempting to rationalize all the surprises we've seen in the playoffs thus far, including two top teams going out with barely so much as a whimper. Playoff storylines aplenty are raised and dissected, including a couple huge goaltending performances, the emergence of a new member of Pittsburgh's top powerplay unit, the resurgence of a Cup-winning vet, and the possibility of Mr. Game 7 really being a thing.
There have also been a litany of coaching moves made already, and we take a look at a couple players looking most likely to be affected at this point, including two franchise cornerstones in Los Angeles, a face-saving goaltender in Buffalo, and a pair of first round fantasy picks in Dallas.
This episode also includes a look at what the offseason has in store for newly eliminated teams, including some difficult choices to be made in Chicago, an ongoing netminder conundrum in Calgary, and some soul-searching in Minnesota.
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Players discussed on this episode include Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, John Klingberg, Jonathan Quick, Jarome Iginla, Anze Kopitar, Loui Eriksson, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Bo Horvat, Robin Lehner, Pekka Rinne, Scott Darling, Corey Crawford, Viktor Arvidsson, Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen, Jake Allen, Vladimir Tarasenko, Mikael Granlund, Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Vladimir Sobotka, Martin Jones, Charlie McAvoy, Bobby Ryan, Derick Brassard, Clarke MacArthur, Brian Elliott, Sean Monahan, Shea Theodore, Rikard Rakell, Henrik Lundqvist, Carey Price, Alex Galchenyuk, Sergey Bobrovsky, Matt Murry, Marc-Andre Fleury, Connor Sheary, Jake Guentzel, Evgeni Malkin, Bryan Rust, Justin Williams, Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Brent Burns, Mikkel Boedker, Mike Dunham, Geoff Sanderson, Cliff Ronning, Andrew Brunete, Scott Pellerin, Ilya Kovalchuk and more.