Posted on: April 24, 2008 2:26 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2008 2:45 pm
Round 2 Begins Tonight
What can be said of this series that hasn't been said already? About rekindling the "old rivalry."
The history of these two teams made the NHL "must see" television in the late '90's. Sure, maybe there's no Lemieux (Turtle) or Roy, but there's still enough players on both teams that should hopefully make this another classic.
With a few days off for the teams to heal their bangs and bruises, they should be ready to go at a frantic pace. Neither team has any serious injuries to report. My biggest concern here is Brad Stuart going back to LA to be with his wife who is expected to deliver. I'm thinking he could have planned that a little better. I'm sure he thought he'd still be with the Kings and he'd already be on vacation, but c'mon man...It's the playoffs
That being said, the Red Wings should be alright on defense as long as Kronwall stays healthy. The Avalanche has their power play unit going real well in the first round. The Minnesota Wild are a good team...Detroit is an excellent team.
My only other real concern is Detroit's power play. Holmstrom needs to do what he does best (park in front of the net) and we should get some good rebounds.
There has been countless words of the "bad blood " between these two teams, it will hard to live up to hype...but I think it will.
Go Wings Go!
This just in Stuart's wife had a bouncing baby boy...he'll practice with the team Friday and play in Saturday's matinee.
Posted on: April 13, 2008 8:00 pm
Montreal / Boston - Just like their play during regular season, The Habs are dominating. If this series goes 5 games, I'd be surprised.
Pittsburgh / Ottawa - The Penguino's appeared to have tanked their final game against the Flyer's in order to get this matchup. Usually this backfires, but the Senators still haven't heard the final thud in their endless fall. Five games would surprise everyone.
Wash / Philly - The FlyBoys have contained the The Great 8 extremely well through two games, limiting his time and space. The physicality of this series won't allow it to be short. Unless Alexander the Great can find some room, Philly in six.
NY / NJ - Devils are coming up real small so far in this one. Rangers big offseason moves and the Devil's lack of one, appears to be paying big dividends for the BlueShirts. Rangers in Five.
Detroit / Nashville - Superior teams should beat lesser opponents. Red Wings in five...tops.
SJ / Calgary - An absolute war is what we have here. Doesn't get any better than this. Seven games...Flames.
Anaheim / Dallas - The Ducks defense has never looked worse, but they're not going to go this easy...Stars in six.
Minn / Col - Next to Sharks and Flames, this also is turning into a classic. Long series...Brutal. Av's in seven.