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April 28, Lightning Advance

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Check out the highlights of last night’s game seven between the Lightning and Penguins. The Lightning will face the Capitals in the second round.

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April 26, Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Hey guys,

As you may remember, I made my predictions for the Stanley Cup playoffs a few weeks ago, and the strength of my picks ride on two teams that are both alive, but both are trending in opposite directions.

Tampa Bay was my representative from the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup finals, and after falling behind 3-1 in the series, their chances seemed bleak. After winning game five 8-2, and game six 4-2, they are still alive. The fate of that series will be in the hands of a game seven in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.

In the Western Conference, my Stanley Cup finals representative is the downward trending Vancouver Canucks. After jumping out to a 3-0 series lead, the Canucks surrendered the next three games, and they find themselves with their backs against the wall in a do or die game seven. The series will be settled tonight as the Canucks look to fend off one of the worst playoff collapses in NHL history. It should be a great game to watch.

With my two finalists in jeopardy, both facing do or die game sevens, take a look at what happened in each game six to make these seven game series’ possible.

Dan Smith’s Game Winner in OT of Game Six

Dominic Moore’s Amazing Pass to set up a Bergenheim goal

April 17, Some Nice Goals

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April 12, The 2011 NHL Playoff Predictions

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Western Conference

First Round

1. Vancouver Canucks VS 8. Chicago Blackhawks

Prediction: Canucks in 5. The Canucks are just the better all around team. They are more well rounded, and also have arguably the best goalie in the league in Roberto Luongo. The Blackhawks just can’t match up in any facet of the game. Canucks will go on to the next round.

The Sedins sure are a scary sight for opposing goalies. IMAGE // niteshonsports.org

2. San Jose Sharks VS 7. Los Angeles Kings

Prediction: San Jose in 6. The Sharks, who have been choke artists in the playoffs in recent history, will get the job done in this first round match up. Losing Kopitar for the season was a major blow to the Kings chances this season. Maybe next year.

3. Detroit Red Wings VS 6. Phoenix Coyotes

Prediction: Red Wings in 4. The Wings are, and have been the class of the NHL for quite some time now. Despite their shaky situation in net, with Jimmy Howard battling through late season injuries, the Wings have too much goal scoring power to be denied.

4. Anaheim Ducks VS 5. Nashville Predators

Predictions: Ducks in 6. Ok, so I picked all favorites in the first round. Well that is for a good reason. The Ducks are one of the hottest teams in the NHL, with one of the hottest players in Corey Perry. Pekka Rinne is one of the most underrated goalies in the league, and he will keep Nashville in it, but ultimately the Ducks will prevail.

Second Round

1. Vancouver Canucks VS 4. Anaheim Ducks

Prediction: Canucks in 7. This potential match up has the making of a classic. The two teams feature upper echelon goalies, and goal scorers. On any given night these offenses are capable of scoring six goals, while their goalies are capable of blanking opponents just as easily. In the end, I see the Canucks surviving this battle.

2. San Jose Sharks VS 3. Detroit Red Wings

 Prediction: Red Wings in 4. I don’t buy into San Jose’s method. I think this season will be another disappointing one for the Sharks, making a playoff exit in their San Jose way, by means of a sweep.

Western Conference Finals

1. Vancouver Canucks VS 3. Detroit Red Wings

Predictions: Canucks in 6. When you think of offensive scoring power, you think of the Sedins, Kessler, Zetterberg, and Datsyuk. I don’t think this series will disappoint those who love to see goals. In the end, it will come down to one goalie stepping up, and that goalie is Luongo. The Canucks will be making a much awaited return to the Stanley Cup.

Eastern Conference

First Round

1. Washington Capitals VS 8. New York Rangers

Prediction: Rangers in 6. The Rangers are not a team anyone wanted to see make the playoffs. To be fair, I don’t think anyone wanted to face the Hurricanes either. The Capitals have finished the regular season atop the East, but not in the most convincing of ways. The Flyers really free fell from the ranks to give up the one seed. The Capitals have the clearcut super star on the ice in Alex Ovechkin, but his presence has not meant much for them historically in the playoffs. That coupled with the fact that I couldn’t tell you who their number one starter is in net leads me to believe that there will be more heartache in Washington this season. Lundqvist will stand tall in this series.

2. Philadelphia Flyers VS 7. Buffalo Sabres

Martin St. Louis had a renaissance in Tampa Bay this season. In my eyes, it was him and not Stamkos that was Tampa's MVP this season. IMAGE // Hockeyjunkies.blogspot.com

 

 

Prediction: Flyers in 7. The Flyers have been in free fall mode over the last two weeks of the season. Will they be able to get it together? I think so, but I’m really not sure. It would be easy for me to pick Buffalo simply because they have a reliable goalie in Ryan Miller, and the Flyers have a goalie-by-committee system going. I don’t have a lot of faith in Philadelphia, but if Chris Pronger returns to the team like I expect him to, they should be able to advance to the second round.

3. Boston Bruins VS 6. Montreal Canadiens

Prediction: Canadiens in 6. The Montreal Canadiens feature one of the fastest teams in the league, and in this Original Six match up, I see the Canadiens taking care of the rival Boston Bruins. Both teams boast strong goaltending, but I think the Canadiens will be stronger. Call it a hunch. This pick is one that I don’t carry great confidence in.

4. Pittsburgh Penguins VS 5. Tampa Bay Lightning

Prediction: Tampa Bay in 5. No Sidney Crosby and no Geno Malkin makes this pick a bit easier. Despite the fact that the Penguins have impressively managed to win without these two stars, I don’t think they can sustain their winning in a seven game series with one of the most impressive scoring teams in the league. The Lighting move on.

Second Round

2. Philadelphia Flyers VS 8. New York Rangers

Prediction: Rangers in 5. The difference in this series stands out to me. Goaltending. Henrik Lundqvist will simply be too much for the Flyers when it’s all said and done. I don’t know how much I like the Flyers to even make it this far, so for me this is a pretty easy decision.

5. Tampa Bay Lightning VS 6. Montreal Canadiens

Prediction: Lightning in 5. I like the Lightning this season. They combine strong offensive output and speed with leadership. This is a team that has no shortage of seasoned guys who have been there and done that. The high flying play of their offense combined with the strong goaltending of Dwayne Roloson. I expect to see Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Eastern Conference Finals

5. Tampa Bay Lightning VS 8. New York Rangers

Prediction: Lightning in 7. As much as it hurts to say, I think the Lightning have what it takes to represent the East in the Stanley Cup. The Rangers just don’t have enough to answers to what Tampa will be throwing at them. John Tortorella led the Lightning to the Stanley Cup in 03-04, and this season he could very well watch his former team make their way back for the first time since he was there.

Stanley Cup Finals

1. Vancouver Canucks VS 5. Tampa Bay Lightning

Prediction: Canucks in 6. For all the reasons I mentioned earlier, the Canucks will be the Stanley Cup Champions, redeeming their 1994 loss in seven games to the New York Rangers.

Conn Smythe Winner: Daniel Sedin

Check out some highlights of the last time these two teams were in the Stanley Cup:

April 9, A Day of Sports

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[UPDATE 7:43 PM] — So the Rangers did all they can at this point to make the playoffs, but their fate is still out of their hands. Luckily, the Lightning are out to an early 3-0 lead, and things are looking up for the Blue Shirts. It’s frustrating that the Rangers have now played do-or-die games in the last two seasons on the 82nd game, but on the bright side at least they have been keeping it exciting, and thankfully they had a winning effort on the final game this time.

Rangers fans enjoy the highlights, and lets hope the Lightning finish the job.

Nice job Drury. Keep it up.

Lets go Lightning!

Hey guys,

I don’t have a lot of time to write today, so I’ll keep it short and sweet.

There are a whole lot of sporting events to choose from today if you are a New York sports fan.

12:30 – Devils vs Rangers – Rangers need to win, and Carolina can’t win for the Blue Shirts to make the playoffs. Score so far is 1-1.

1:00 – Yankees vs Red Sox – I would like to see the Yanks take care of business today, light up Buchholz, and send the Sox into a new losing streak.

7:00 – Lightning vs Hurricanes – This game could be big for the Rangers if they can manage a win today. I will have a lot of respect for Tampa if they play their “A Squad.”

All Day – The Masters – Tiger is very much so in the hunt. This could be an exciting weekend of golf.

I’ll try to find time for tomorrow to be a bit more comprehensive of a post. In the meantime, enjoy this video of Chris Drury, Danny Briere, and the Buffalo Sabres stepping on the hearts of Rangers fans everywhere in game 5 of 2007. Drury continues to crush the hopes of Rangers fans even now that he is on the team.

He did score the Rangers first goal today, but we’ll see if he can finally put together a clutch effort.

March 14, Concussions, Concussions

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Hey guys,

So today I write about the latest issue in major contact sports like hockey and football. Concussions have become a recurring problem in these sports, and even baseball too despite the generally non-contact nature of the sport.

The reason I bring this up today is because Sidney Crosby has resumed skating for the first time in a long time since his concussion. Crosby was initially injured during the Winter Classic from a hit delivered by David Steckel, then of the Washington Capitals and now of the New Jersey Devils. Crosby then played a few days later, and if Steckel did not give him a concussion, then Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning certainly did.

So since Crosby has finally resumed activities such as skating, he poses as an attractive pick up in fantasy hockey, if his previous owner decided to cut him loose. I am here to tell you to stay away. As an owner of Justin Morneau in fantasy baseball this past season, you should know that if the team doesn’t outright say he is going to come back, then you probably won’t see him again this season. When Morneau was first injured, it seemed minor. It was the week before the All-Star game, and the initial talks were that he

Justin Morneau was concussed on this slide into second. PHOTO // sports.gather.com

would probably miss the All-Star Game. So he missed the mid-summer classic, and the talks became he will be back in a few weeks. Deadline after deadline passed, and Morneau never came back. Just like Crosby and the Penguins now, Morneau and the Twins took me for a ride of hope, expectations, and disappointment last season (Though I still managed to win my fantasy baseball league.) Almost one year later, and Morneau is still not back to his normal self.

Now I am not trying to say, “screw you Morneau, you almost ruined it!” I understand that he had a legitimate injury, and I’m sure it was killing him both physically and mentally that he couldn’t get back to his usual self, and continue playing. I am just taking the time now to express the unpredictability of this particular injury. For some players it can be a death sentence to their season, while others like DeSean Jackson came back from a very ugly hit after only a few weeks. So here is my warning to all. Do not add Crosby to your fantasy roster. If he does return I am willing to bet:

A. He won’t be the point scoring machine he was earlier in the season.

And

B. He probably won’t even play until the playoffs.

So here is my video today. The Steckel hit, and the Hedman hit.

Check out…

March 10, 2011 Leave a comment

… This sweet goal by Rick Nash…

… and this sweet shootout goal by Martin St. Louis