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From Bodog.ca, all the odds:
Boston Bruins +1½ (-200) +170 O 5 (-120)
Vancouver Canucks -1½ (+170) -200 U 5 (EVEN)
Team to score first in the game
Boston Bruins +115
Vancouver Canucks -145
Will there be a goal in the first 10:00 of the Game?
From Andrew Podnieks at the New York Times’ Slapshot:
In truth, comparing the Stanley Cup playoffs and the Olympics tournament is like comparing apples and oranges, but it’s worth a shot anyway.
Time. The playoffs are two months of hell. Vancouver or Boston could play 25 games in the postseason before it wins the Cup, and this after 82 regular-season games and more in the preseason. These are the most intense, physical games a player can subject himself to. The Olympics lasts about two weeks and features, at most, seven games these days. Indeed, this is one of the defining differences between the events.
Skill. Let’s face it: the Olympics blows the Cup out of the water for quality of content. Any chance Aaron Rome, Tanner Glass or Johnny Boychuk will be in Sochi? Sorry, boys, but no. To get to the Olympics, you have to be one of the 20 best players in your country, and that is a quality that takes 20 years of training to accomplish. You can win a Cup simply by being a trade deadline acquisition, a summer free agent signing or a postseason call-up from the minors.
read on for more comparisons
P.S. More on this topic from Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy today, as well
All the odds from Bodog, if you’re wagering any of your pocket change on the Bruins/Canucks series.
Vancouver Canucks -235
Boston Bruins +195
Exact Series Result
Boston Bruins 4-0 25/1
Boston Bruins 4-1 12/1
Boston Bruins 4-2 13/2
Boston Bruins 4-3 15/2
Vancouver Canucks 4-0 15/2
Vancouver Canucks 4-1 13/4
Vancouver Canucks 4-2 4/1
Vancouver Canucks 4-3 15/4
A ton of quotes from the Boston Bruins today, including Claude Julien, Patrice Bergeron, Mark Recchi, Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg.
BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN:
On if they are done celebrating the Game 7 win…
Well I think one thing that we were done celebrating was the next day. That night was an opportunity for us to enjoy the moment and rightfully so but next day it was about getting our rest. And we started working on things yesterday and so it’s preparation here for the, for what we feel is obviously the biggest part of the season coming up. So it’s sunk in. I mean it sunk in that we’re there. It also sunk in that we’re not done. We realize that there’s a lot of work ahead of us, probably the hardest games to win as you know will be against a team that kind of dominated the league this year. And we know we’re capable of doing it. We certainly don’t feel like we’re a team that is not capable of winning games against this team and we’re going to have to go out there and prove it. And that’s the thing that we want to do, is prove that we’re as good a team as they are and that’s where the challenge lies.
On how big a factor Tim Thomas’s experience will be in the Stanley Cup Final…
From Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press via the Globe and Mail:
Few ever thought the NHL would open its doors to camera crews and unfettered access during the regular season, but almost everyone who saw HBO’s “24/7” series was glad they did.
While the league will take some time before deciding what to do for an encore, at least one top executive is willing to dream big — chief operating officer John Collins says he’s open to the idea of doing something similar during the post-season.
“That would be the ultimate, being able to take fans inside the Stanley Cup playoffs,” Collins said Friday in an interview. “We’ll look at it. It’s certainly not something we’ll be able to pull together for this year.
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Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s Empty Netters is at the arena right now—you can check out his photos here. He also linked the video below, from CBC’s opening broadcast of the playoffs back in April.
A great video, and I thought it might be a good kick-off for tonight as well.
Puck drop, 1 hour 35 minutes, and counting…
From Simon Dingley at CBC’s Stanley Cup Playoff Blog,
It is something few reporters experience.
Behind the scenes, at the Stanley Cup final. Outside the winning team’s dressing room in the moments leading up to the trophy being awarded.
Wednesday night during the second period of Game 6, I parked myself beside the Red Wings’ room at Pittsburgh’s Mellon Arena. Usually I cover NHL games from the press box. But I feared if I didn’t get down to the Wings’ room early, I may not get in at all because of the huge crush of media.
From the NHL Network Online, the highlights from Game #6.
From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News,
Now, I know the anti-fun militia won’t like this, but let’s take a cue from the most successful sport in North America – NFL football – and schedule some sort of pre-final Stanley Cup extravaganza. In the days leading up to the Super Bowl, you can’t turn around without hearing about some sort of event hyping up what usually turns out to be a mediocre game (and in Canada, we don’t even get to see the good commercials).
Let’s have a fanfest. Bands will play, the Cup will be there, Mark Messier will sign autographs and give out bags of potato chips – it’ll be fun. This year, an event in Detroit could have featured Kid Rock and Bob Probert. Pittsburgh could counter with Mario Lemieux and a reunion of his buddies from the 1991 and ’92 Cup teams. Bring the kids, we’ll party until at least 9:30.
Note: Perhaps an octopus-taste-test in Detroit counts as a fanfest?
From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,
I am taking a different approach today and will officially welcome you to the Metro Detroit area. I ask you to forget all the negative things you have read and heard about Motown. Sure there are areas you want to avoid, just like every large city in the world. Instead I will point out how the folks in Southeast Michigan will welcome you with open arms. We are a hard working bunch, and although this area is suffering through a down-turn in the automotive industry, we still are trying to keep our heads above water. Approach us, talk to us, we don’t bite and want to talk hockey with you and get your feelings on our game.
Michiganders love hockey, we love that is all that is good about the sport. It is in our blood and we have been playing in the NHL since the mid-1920’s. Our father’s father passed the game on to us. Our mother’s know the game too. We appreciate the special talents each and every NHL player has. We are amazed and hypnotized by the action on the ice and we feel part of the Detroit Red Wings family. Plain and simple, we are hockey fans.