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Predictions aren’t for fools, they’re for hockey media. Do we really need to play the games? Nah. The experts have it all sorted out and can assure you exactly what’s going to happen. Check out the links below to get the exact picks, but if you want to save yourself some trouble, I’ll tell you now: they can virtually guarantee you that the Anaheim Ducks and the Buffalo Sabres are moving on. The only games worth watching (or so it would seem) would be the Sharks/Wings and the Sens/Devils.
Hmmm. All I have to say is that no one in the hockey universe predicted last year’s Stanley Cup finalists. Regardless, it’s all in good fun. Here’s some predictions to snack on till pucks start dropping tonight:
-Globe & Mail—Duhatschek
-Globe & Mail—Wharnsby
-Mike Knuble (*sorry, had to throw this one in)
-NBC Sports Crew
-Sporting News West and East
-Sportsnet—McCormick and Kelly
-The Hockey News
- Washington Post - El-Bashir
via the Sports Network,
The Florida Panthers signed left wing Ville Peltonen to a two-year contract on Wednesday.
Peltonen appeared in 72 games this season with Florida and recorded a career- high 17 goals and 37 points.
“We are pleased to have guaranteed Ville’s return to the Panthers,” said general manager and head coach Jacques Martin. “He is an extremely skilled and talented player who possesses a great hockey sense.”
from Blueland Blog,
Rangers versus Red Wings for the Stanley Cup
I’m already sick of Avery, and who really wants to see Detroit (and Hasek) win again aside from Detroit fans? Detroit used to be a bit of a sentimental favorite because it was tough to cheer against a guy like Steve Yzerman. now? It’s remarkably easy to pull for whoever is shooting on Dominik Hasek.
more..wth most likely SCF scenario too…
from Jaques Demers at USA TODAY,
I had picked the San Jose Sharks to come out of the West, and I’m sticking with that. Joe Thornton is another player who has been criticized over his past playoff performance, but I think that he, Patrick Marleau and Jonathan Cheechoo will prove too much for the Red Wings.
The Red Wings are capable of surprising the Sharks, but it will be tough. I believe San Jose will prevail in seven games in a highly competitive series that really could go either way. But I can guarantee one thing: This series will be one that you’ll remember for a long, long time.
from the AP via the Akron Beacon Journal,
The New Jersey Devils apparently are getting rugged defenseman Colin White back for the second round of the playoffs against the Ottawa Senators.
The concern now is Devils captain Patrik Elias.
Elias missed his second straight practice with a cold on Wednesday, sparking concern that the left wing on the Devils’ top line might not be available for Game 1 at the Continental Airlines Arena on Thursday night.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Here are 10 of the more memorable Stanley Cup-related musings over the years:
4. “I’d like to know where Patrick (Roy) was in Game 3 – probably up trying to get his jock out of the rafters.” – Jeremy Roenick, after Game 4 of the 1996 Western Conference semifinals against Colorado.
8. “Bob Kelly was so dumb, they should’ve written his name on the Stanley Cup in crayon.” – Legendary Philadelphia broadcaster Gene Hart on the former Flyer.
fro Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
Look for the Ducks to triumph over the Canucks if for no other reason than fatigue — both mental and physical — on the Canucks’ part.
But if there’s an upset, there won’t be a lot of long faces in the league’s head office. The Anaheim ice is an absolute disgrace and staging a postseason game on that surface is akin to staging a World Series game on a gravel infield.
Two of the league’s most atrocious surfaces — Nashville and Tampa Bay (in that order) — are gone.
Once the Ducks and Devils go, the quality of the overall spectacle will pick up.
more picks from Al, plus other NHL topics…
from Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle,
Head coach Ron Wilson refines the search by pointing out that Guerin isn’t in charge of breaking down video but of whispering sweet somethings into the ears of the players next to him on the bench during the game, and his expertise in that context is invaluable.
“Take Mathieu Schneider or Chris Chelios or Nicklas Lidstrom,” Wilson said. “Billy knows what makes those guys tick, what they like to do and don’t like to do. He can tell one of the young guys what don’t they want to do in a certain situation. To say that this is why we got him is putting it a little too simply, but this is one of the ways he helps us. I mean, if you saw all the little things he did against Nashville that made things easier for the other guys, you’d get it.”
On April 23rd, Sean Avery appeared on MTV’s TRL for a short interview. Nothing too serious: a few words about guys losing teeth, a few words about wearing another man’s underwear and charging tourists for pictures, etc.
You know how it is… just a typical day with Sean Avery.
P.S. For a flashback to Avery’s appearance on MTV’s Cribs last summer, you can check out that video on YouTube.
• According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Vancouver Canucks led only 45 minutes, 55 seconds (9%) of the total 512:15 played in their seven-game elimination of the Dallas Stars. No team led less. . . . The first-round lead-time figures for the other Conference Semifinalists (by percentage of total playing time): New York Rangers 166:00, 69.2%; Ottawa Senators 179:09, 59.7%; Buffalo Sabres 171:54, 57.3%; Anaheim Ducks 153:18, 51.1%; New Jersey Devils 173:55, 46.6%; San Jose Sharks 147:46, 45.0%; Detroit Red Wings 154:39, 40.2%.
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