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A couple of days ago, I made my predictions for the Western Conference First round matchups. Here’s what I think will happen first round in the East:
With the last two teams in the West clinching their playoff berths last night, it only seems appropriate for first round predictions to be made now. What with the jostling for position that will take place over the next 2 or so games, this is how I think the West will likely end up looking:
If momentum has anything to do with early playoff success, than wrap your hockey pool hopes around San Jose, Detroit, Calgary, and New Jersey. These teams are all white-hot, and there is little reason to think they will cool off any come playoff time.
The Detroit Red Wings have been at a clear disadvantage in the West, and are still perrenial contenders.
This will likely be my last Leaf article till October, I might write some news, or analysis of signings in July, but there won’t be any more Leaf articles by me for a few months at least.
According to TSN.ca the New York Rangers will add Marc Staal to their lineup as soon as his immigration situation is cleared up.
Essentially for the first time all season, injuries have caught up to them, and have hurt them. In tuesday’s matchup versus the Islanders, many key components were missing in action.
The current GM for the Pittsburgh Penguins is Craig Patrick, and it’s about time management finally let him go, for one thing, he’s the guy that’s run this team into debt, and assured that they have finished at the bottom of the division for many years now, still his bonehead decision and signings are hurting the team today. Ok he did help Pittsburgh win Stanley Cups in ’91 & ’92, but since then? They’ve made it to the playoffs 9 times out of 15, BUT they’ve never made it to the finals, and over the years this GM has ac¢umulated so much debt, even their highest paid player had to take over as part owner of the franchise. Let’s consider his decisions this year…
This is one of the most dissapointing seasons I have witnessed in my time as a Leafs fan (I moved here from Detriot in 1999). I was disspointed that
every year the Leafs I was here I heard people saying the Leafs have a shot. Well, look what happened now.
Until now I have come to HTR and been a passive fan of this site. I find the information that I can access here serves mulitple purposes. Sometimes its informative, but usually it makes me laugh. Im refering here to the ridiculous banter that goes on and of course the insane speculations. I am a leaf fan (regretably). Yes it hard to watch them nowadays and even more difficult to defend.
For those of who don’t know this yet, the CBC is airing a 2 part, 4 hour mini-series titled “Canada-Russia ’72″, starting tonight (Sunday, April 9th) at 8pm EST.
You’ve all heard of Paul Henderson, though you wouldn’t have had it not been for this series (oh drat, I hope I didn’t give away the ending?!?!)
During the off season, the Leafs made a few, what were then called, “high profile” free agent signings. Guys like Jason Allison (who hadn’t played in years due to injuries), Jeff O’Neil (who Carolina couldn’t wait to dump), and Eric Lindros (who was and still is damaged goods). The Toronto-centric media was all over these signings. But the worst spate of journalistic bias came with the signing of Mariusz Czerkawski. In September 2005, Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun wrote:
Reputedly, Mariusz Czerkawski can do back flips after he scores.
The Mighty Ducks are in the midst of a playoff charge, and for all intents and purposes, it has been beyond successful. Heading into the game on Sunday, Anaheim has won 10 of 13 games, and despite beginning the season winning just eight of their first 23, they find themselves quite secure in a playoff spot. Much of their success can be attributed to the resurgence of Teemu Selanne and his chemistry with Andy McDonald, plus the heart and soul of the team Scott Niedermayer finally adjusting to the new system.
To nobody’s surprise the Chicago Blackhawks were once again on the outside looking in come playoff time. This continues the longest Stanley Cup drought that now stands at 45 years. With the way things are going, the team may challenge the Chicago Cubs as the biggest losers in the Windy City. Except nobody really cares for the Hawks. The passion that existed when they played in Chicago Stadium, when Wayne Messmer sang the anthem, when the crowd was rocking, is non-existent. Instead we find seas of empty seats and silence in the United Center.
Cristobal Huet shut out his seventh egg last night, one behind Kipper for the league lead. His GAA and save % are now the best the league’s netminders have to offer.
With the exceptional play of Jean-Sebastien Aubin as of late is there a significant chance of him returning as a starting/sharing goalie with Tellqvist?
Reports out of Ottawa today are saying a source close to the team is reporting that Dominik Hasek won’t return this season, and that with only 3 weeks to go before the playoffs, his abductor muscle hasn’t healed enough for him to return.
It may be fitting for his career that the last game Hasek played in was for the Czech Republic.
Here it is, these are your entries for the most hated player ever competition, the most loved player entry will be submitted soon.
In this salary cap era, it seems that every team is on an even playing field yet some teams manage to surprise us. Many of these surprise teams have made coaching changes, which makes their coaches top contenders for the Jack Adam’s.