by Jon Jordan on 05/09/11 at 10:03 PM ET
Anyone else feel like the Tampa Bay Lightning have enjoyed a mini-off-season of sorts lately?
Granted, it’s only been five days since the Bolts disposed of the Washington Capitals with the big broom of death, completing the four-game sweep at the St. Pete Times Forum last Wednesday to reach the Eastern Conference Final (and granteder, any kind of rest would do wonders for any team at this time of year) but, still, the first two rounds were quite the whirlwind and after a head-spinning couple of weeks, in all honesty, it’s been nice to have a little down time.
That’s all over for the Lightning, who returned to practice yesterday and hit the ice again today (with the addition of forward Simon Gagne, albeit in a red, non-contact jersey, now expected to be back for game one).
And it’s all over for yours truly as well as we’re close enough now to the start of the series for a comprehensive preview to post aaaaaaaaany time now and for game-by-game coverage to resume in short order, to boot.
With that, I’ll remind you of the upcoming collaboration with Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog, who is working with me on the series preview and will be joining forces throughout the series for alternating Q&A sessions not unlike those I had the pleasure of doing with From the Point‘s Brian Metzer in round one.
Look for that some time tomorrow, [insert higher power of choice here]-willing.
Beyond that (and your regularly-scheduled reaction and opinion to series goings-on here) I’ll continue to be providing stringer spots on TSN Radio during games three, four (and, if need be, six) of the series, while Matt does the same for the tilts in Boston and I expect I’ll be jumping in with the boys on SiriusXM NHL Home Ice for previews and recaps during this next round as well.
Word is, depending on how long the last Western Conference semifinal series goes (thanks for the break, you Detroit animals, you), the Bolts and Bruins won’t kick things off until Thursday, at the earliest, and it looks like it would take wins by both Nashville tonight and the Red Wings again tomorrow to make even that happen.
Until then - or at least until Matt and I wrap that Boston/Tampa Bay preview up for you - why don’t we kick things off for the Eastern Conference’s final round with some predictions from one and all. You’ll get ours in 24 hours or less. A little friendly banter back and forth between now and then wouldn’t hurt anything.
So, have at it, gang: Lightning or Bruins to play for the Cup, in how long and, most importantly of all… WHY?
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