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McGuire’s Picks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre McGuire at Sports Illustrated,

Canucks (3) vs. Stars (6)
Look for low-scoring, tight-checking games that could be decided by special teams. Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo has a huge edge over Dallas netminder Marty Turco. The Stars need offense from veteran forwards Mike Modano and Mike Ribeiro and steady forechecking from Brenden Morrow, but if Dallas doesn’t shut down the Sedin twins and win one-goal games, the Canucks will take the series.
The Pick: Canucks in seven

read on for all Western and Eastern Conference picks…

Also, I try to choose out some key picks from different sources and have had numerous emails suggesting picks from bloggers, websites and MSM sites.
Feel free to add links to those sites in the comments of this post.

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The West Will Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Amber at ESPN,

In June, the NHL’s Western Conference will likely let us know who will be sipping from the Stanley Cup. With all due respect to the talented Sabres, the playoff-tested Devils and the upstart Penguins, this season, the West is in a league of its own. No East Coast bias here.
Here are five reasons why you should believe me:
Goaltending
Before you spill your coffee on the keyboard, Martin Brodeur was not traded to the Western Conference. But check out these numbers. Aside from Brodeur, the East’s other starting goalies with playoff experience—Ryan Miller, Henrik Lundqvist and Ray Emery—have a combined losing record in the postseason.

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added 12:56pm, E.J. Hradek at ESPN tells us why the East will win….

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Past Quotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Looks like the quote from Bryan Murray has opened the memory bank at ESPN…

” ... You fat pig. Have another doughnut!”
—Then Devils coach Jim Schoenfeld to referee Don Koharski after Game 3 of the 1988 Wales Conference finals. Schoenfeld took exception to Koharski’s game-calling and waited for him in the hallway after the game was over. Schoenfeld allegedly shoved the referee and blurted out the quote.

“All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity.”
—Gordie Howe

more playoff quotes…

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Watching Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Buffalo News,

After all, the Sabres’ meaningless loss to the Philadelphia Flyers’ Sunday afternoon averaged a 16.4 rating and 36 share on Channel 2, the local NBC affiliate. To put that in perspective, the Easter Sunday game had higher local ratings than every network series in prime time Sunday night and almost every program all week.
ABC’s declining “Desperate Housewives,” which may have suffered because it was competing with the final season premiere of HBO’s “The Sopranos,” was in second place Sunday with 14.5 rating on Channel 7. “Without a Trace,” the popular CBS series was third, with a 12.5.
The Sabres’ rating was almost as high as the 16.9 rating for last Tuesday’s edition of “American Idol” on WUTV. “Idol” may be losing audience now because it is so obvious that anything but a Melinda Doolittle victory would be a travesty.

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Thrashers Can Compete

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from the Blueland Blog,

Despite all the talk of this being the Thrashers first playoff appearance it turns out that the Thrashers, as individuals, have oodles of experience in the post-season. The second-most in the Eastern Conference and fifth most among all playoff teams. Scott Mellanby has been there. Bobby Holik has been there. Slava Kozlov has been there. Greg de Vries. Keith Tkachuk. Alexei Zhitnik, Niclas Havelid and Jon Sim. They’ve all gone deep, and there are six Cup rings and 15 Finals appearances on this roster to show for it. Combined our roster has 275 games more of NHL post-season experience of the supposedly veteran Rangers.
I told you before that people would call us out as being inexperienced, and I told you they’d be wrong. Now you have the numbers right in front of you to show you just how wrong they are.

more & a nice chart with playoff games played for each team…

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Sens Try To Lose The “Tag”

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from the CP via TSN,

As the Senators prepared to meet the Pittsburgh Penguins in the opening round of the Eastern Conference post-season beginning Wednesday, Murray’s first order of business was to address the “choking dog” brush - his words - that he’s sick of seeing his team painted with.
“I think it’s bullshit,” Murray snorted following the team’s practice.
While it’s the 10th straight season the Senators have qualified for the playoffs, they’ve advanced beyond the second round just once in their history.

read on

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Winning Makeup

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from S.L. Price at Sports Illustrated,

What makes a winner? Considering that this is sport’s central question, the one agonized over by coaches, general managers, owners, parents and fans, considering how winners such as Yogi Berra and Michael Jordan are still revered, it’s remarkable that even those who wear the label find the question difficult to answer. After an initial stab at familiar terms—luck, confidence, hard work—there comes the flutter of ums, a pause and then surrender: “I can’t explain it,” Sakic says of Drury. “I can’t explain what he does.”
Or in the words of Scotty Bowman, who won the Stanley Cup nine times as a head coach and, with the Red Wings, fell victim to Drury’s overtime game-winner in Game 2 of the ‘02 Western Conference finals, “It’s hard to describe. We had one in Detroit with [Steve] Yzerman; they’re not big guys. You look at them game in, game out—and you still don’t know how they can do it.”

read on... long and if you like Chris Drury, you will be happy…

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For the FNG’s…An Introduction To The Wing Blogosphere

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m guessing, based on past playoff adventures, that we’ll be seeing some new visitors to A2Y.  Flame fans, we welcome you as we welcomed your provincial pals last year.  I offer none of the “trolls stay away” admonitions.  If you’re a troll, I could care less.  Trolls don’t scare me anymore.  I used to be frightened because they hid under my bed and ate oreo’s, keeping me awake until my 23rd birthday.  But they’re gone and that makes me happy.

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Someone Step Up

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

If ever a league needed its stars to be its stars, it’s the NHL circa 2007.
I’d prefer the stepping up to be done by Marian Hossa in Atlanta, Marian Gaborik in Minnesota, or Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh. I’d like the starring roles to be filled by players paid a star’s salary, such as Calgary’s Jarome Iginla, Nashville’s Peter Forsberg, or Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom.
It doesn’t even have to be a forward to make me happy. For all I care, it could be any or all of the Isles’ Rick DiPietro, the Canucks’ Roberto Luongo and the Devils’ Martin Brodeur making headlines.

more

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Most Important Game 1…ever?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Probably because we’ve walked the same Olongapo back alleys, O-Joe and I agree completely on just how critical a Game 1 win is to the Wings. He made some great points in the comment section of a post below and I wanted to give them a bit more prominence.

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