1。 华盛顿和8。 蒙特利尔
雅罗斯拉夫·哈拉是这个系列的关键。 所有哈拉做的是保持美国在海湾，如果他能做到，加拿大人将获得大量的射门机会对华盛顿的瑞士奶酪防御。 我们知道两件事情是肯定的：，蒙特利尔无法阻止华盛顿的得分和华盛顿无法阻止蒙特利尔得分。 号码一键正如我所提到的是哈拉，但它是非常重要的蒙特利尔分钟，每场比赛都发挥得非常好纪律处分曲棍球。 技术就要犯错误，这仅仅是游戏性质的，但糟糕的决定（坏传球，懒惰的冰球的追求，等）和不良的处罚将结束的蒙特利尔的季后赛生活。 华盛顿有足够的人才，以克服错误，它将使缺乏足够的防御和参差不齐的干扰球，但蒙特利尔没有。 很多人认为华盛顿是成熟采摘，这可能是真实的，但如果不保持自己的错误，比华盛顿的非常低的资本会打击他们蒙特利尔。 即使在蒙特利尔说一个糟糕的惩罚，他们必须依靠季后赛经验的球员在他们的花名册上，有人与他们的方块，每一点事宜。 如果蒙特利尔可以做这些事情，他们就赢了，但我说资本5。
2。 新泽西州比7。 费城
费城赢得这个系列赛。 有小做飞行物的能力，更多的是与新泽西州的不足之处。 魔得分第一，然后使用中性区的陷阱和马蒂·布罗德扼杀其他球队过于依赖。 新泽西不会总得分第一，有一个提前量，以保护，他们也有能力回来从2个或2个以上的目标，费城，遥遥领先。 这不是1995年了，新的非霍奇金淋巴瘤是不利于新泽西州的系统产生了大量的赛季后成功。 他们还提出一个众所周知的墙前面的伊利亚·科瓦利丘克他们最大的得分威胁。 每场比赛最有可能接近，因为鬼子玩，但它赢得费城的系列。
3。 布法罗主场迎战6。 波士顿
4。 匹兹堡比5。 渥太华
克罗斯比已经热的晚，但对纽约岛民有一个非常小的辩护，结果一吨的得分机会，许多目标，其中包括两场比赛。 企鹅停止球队的得分王，同时也没有自己最大的计分的英勇（授予Gonchar和马尔金有困难的时候已经受到了伤害，因此，应该确保本身）。 曾经有人说过，的企鹅只是需要，到了季后赛，现在的时代已经到来，他们会更有动力得到他们的共同行动，在过去几年的经验的基础上，继续得到回溯到至少在会议决赛。 不过，我想，渥太华参议员有什么要说的就是这些。 参议员已经在本赛季的最后一个月在会议上最好的球队之一，并作为一个单位打的令人难以置信的。 失去亚历克斯·科瓦廖夫将渥太华的一个挫折，但他们仍然有丹尼尔Alredsson，贾森Spezza，迈克费舍尔所以他们不会是在冰面上渴望进球礼物。 他们的防守队员都是相当大的，因此，将匹配相对较好的企鹅的行从上到下。 的得分机会，将需要更多的工作对渥太华的企鹅，这是对的岛民。 也许最大的败笔渥太华布赖恩·艾略特的缺乏季后赛经验。 虽然经验问题在所有位置，这是最重要的守门员，除非你肯·德莱顿或帕特里克·罗伊。 然而，“帝企鹅日记”已经打（不一致），他们是成熟的一个冷门，我觉得渥太华参议员将做到这一点。
1。 圣何塞和8。 美国科罗拉多州
也许是技术分析，我认为本场比赛会是浪费时间。 圣何塞一直在这里一次又一次州和科罗拉多州是一个团队，已超额完成整个赛季的。 我认为在科罗拉多时间会非常好，但它只是在他们的卡是不是今年。 圣何塞有更多的经验，是一个整体更好的球队，根本不会输给科罗拉多。 圣何塞这一系列。
2。 芝加哥比7。 纳什维尔
在季后赛中有纳什维尔总是很高兴的，因为任何有助于曲棍球在非传统市场的增长是一件好事，为游戏和联赛。 纳什维尔一直在这里，但没有能够闯过第一轮（不丢人，因为他们已经打了底特律，在其短暂的历史上每一个进入季后赛）。 是什么让纳什维尔在这一系列的成功是最好的机会，他们不依赖于任何一个人提供所有他们的进攻。 史蒂夫·沙利文，帕特里克Hornqvist，马丁ERAT，贾森亚诺特，JP杜蒙，和谢伊·韦伯有40 +点的季节，这是一个非常积极的迹象，因为芝加哥，不能简单地集中在一个人在在海湾保持Preds的希望。 纳什维尔的问题是，上赛季他们放弃了为他们赢得了这并不是一个好兆头玩喜欢的帕特里克·凯恩，乔纳森·托斯，帕特里克·夏普和合作时，尽可能多的目标。 在最好的4个系列。 虽然我的根在纳什维尔曲棍球成功的游戏好，我认为芝加哥将太多的Preds和移动过去纳什维尔的世界杯总决赛的道路上，我预测在赛季的开幕。
3。 温哥华主场迎战6。 洛杉矶国王队
非常高兴地看到在洛杉矶国王队在季后赛中回。 我一直在说，这个团队是真实的，他们肯定没有失望，整个赛季都在这里，他们是在赛季后的休赛期以来。 安泽Kopitar是显着的一年，乔纳森快速了坚实的网线线。 我说，在今年年底之前开始，不仅将国王队能够进入季后赛，但他们也赢得了第一轮的系列，我不会退缩。 不幸的是，国王（对我来说），他们上去攻击线无疑是最好的曲棍球全年即Sedin双胞胎亚历克斯挖洞，有时瑞安凯斯勒。 哦，是罗伯托Luongo家伙是不是一半坏。 很多人认为这是今年温哥华克服他们所面临的过去，终于来到了西。 在挑选这一个，我会去顶着我的头说，国王将采取一系列，但是他们更好地严重依赖罗布Scuderi动手的经验，从一年前的世界杯冠军，因为他们需要它。
4。 凤凰比5。 底特律
可怜的凤凰。 所产生的休赛期，不知道他们要去哪儿玩，今年在赛季开始前，甚至在那里，他们将在明年的所有权问题还没有最后确定。 尽管所有的玩家联合起来，不仅得到了自己进入季后赛，但在第一轮中，置冰伟大的权利吗？ 这是错误的。 所有艰苦的工作，得到他们打底特律红翼队在第一轮的奖励，有什么奖励一个伟大的赛季吧？ 我们可以打破，直到母牛回家，但它是愚蠢的，我来接对阵活塞的比赛。 我希望凤凰给底特律的一个伟大的斗争，甚至设法击败他们，但是这是不可能的，这就是为什么我给这个系列的红翼队。
昨晚匹兹堡企鹅被关押在新泽西魔鬼队现在已经风靡本季系列对企鹅6-0和果断每次检查又。 主导这样的一个团队并不罕见，但在这种情况下，“帝企鹅日记”一直在全年联赛中最好的球队之一，甚至还争取与新泽西州的科冕的差异，尽管失去了每场比赛对付他们。 看到一队占主导地位的另一支球队，但在积分榜上仍然如此之高，这不是很常见的。 所以，这是什么意思为季后赛吗？ 坦率地说，只要这两支球队，因为他们肯定会使其但这并不意味着一大堆他们应该彼此匹配，直到第一场比赛的发挥。 如果匹兹堡管理赢得了第一个与新泽西州的一个最佳的七大系列，然后在石板基本上擦拭干净。 然而，新泽西州击败匹兹堡，并主宰他们以同样的方式，他们都新泽西州将造成的影响这么多的企鹅队的信心，该系列主要是之前就被启动。 有没有真正的恶魔的优势，“帝企鹅日记”，它仅仅是一个问题，新泽西打他们的系统健康，“帝企鹅日记”，让太多的机会，而不是自己的创造足够的情由。 我们将看看会发生什么从这里，但如果没有别的这一系列的胜利应该给新泽西州一吨的舒展奔跑的信心继续和过渡进入季后赛。
西部球迷，不要看，但现在的底特律红翼队是有资格获得赛季后再次在黄金位置。 截至目前，红翼队有一分的优势超过9 个地方卡尔加里，并击败了火焰的前两次他们打过一场比赛在手。 无论怎样的常规赛底特律的他们似乎总是做在整个一年中他们表现出任何弱点，并恢复到最佳状态时，四月的到来。 底特律也越来越健康，这样的可能性，他们将比目鱼向下伸展，减少与每名球员，他们回去。 如果他们能在季后赛第 7或第 8种子，它可能会为球队的会议上赛季常规赛冠军的奖品。 你工作了一年把自己放在最好的位置和你的回报与第一轮的比赛中对两名保卫的会议冠军。 没有什么像一个日期与弗伦岑，Zetterberg，Lidstrom，达秋克，等，所有的斯坦利杯环作为要求赔偿的最高点在会议上说祝贺的一种方式。 尽管本赛季已经为底特律，如果他们得到的，你必须盯住他们出来西部的最爱之一。
最后，是什么样的芝加哥黑鹰队在交易截止日前思想呢？ 在大点的，他们的团队是坚实的，不需要调整，以确保了一下应该是一个运行的斯坦利杯总决赛（至少这是一个合理的目标）。 但是，绝对需要解决的一个领域是干扰球。 休特和涅米不尊重，但他们还没有准备好带领一队“应许之地”。 也没有任何季后赛经验的注意，而你只能得到经验，其实时播放，其余的球队已经准备好做出有力的推动，是不是您的netminder的时间得到他的脚湿。 凯恩，基思，夏普，陶斯，霍萨，Byfuglien，Versteeg，坎贝尔（受伤前），等所有准备，以改善他们各自的游戏“，到一个新的水平，在去年的西部决赛运行的最后一件事他们需要的是干扰球给他们带来的。 后有人像曼尼Legace谁具有了一定的经验，甚至JS Giguere尽管在阿纳海姆失宠有一个体面的跟踪记录和风景的变化，也许只是医生嘱咐他。 无论是选择的价值将至少尝试，因为任何一方都不可能做任何比Niemi和休特差已经晚。 在两个星期日在一排休特和涅米已经放弃了太多的目标，在很短的时间内使自己的球队吹2，三个目标分别导致芝加哥是无法从两次反弹的，成熟的线索。 当然，可能会发生在某一天的任何人，但两次7天是不可接受的，但这并不是一个好兆头芝加哥的这个赛季，如果他们发挥甚至在季后赛中，不良。
底特律红翼队是最好的最好的一次，尽管失去了哈德勒和霍萨他们会简单地使用的机器，他们已经创建了一个农场系统重新加载没有慢半拍。 在底特律的唯一悬而未决的问题是常规赛克里斯·奥斯古德发挥欠佳数字去年十月至三月。 显示了在季后赛中一直Osgood的MO，但如果他今年是不一致的，因为他是上赛季在底特律的分裂能找到其他球队的崛起，强大的红翼队争夺季后赛席位。
情况正在好转的冰只要在芝加哥帕特里克凯恩可以留出冰过的麻烦。 凯恩与帕特里克·夏普（Sharp）和乔纳森·托斯（其中包括）返回沿，而老兵约翰•麦登（John Madden）和玛丽安·霍萨已经添加到一个已经星光熠熠的花名册。 就像他们的同行在芝加哥的北方唯一的真正的未知的净尼古拉Khabibulin现在是埃德蒙顿油工的一员。 最丰富的，也许是最有可能的人提供稳定的老鹰队之间的管道是克里斯托瓦尔休特，已显示出一些伟大的迹象。 不管是谁最终取得并保持了开始的工作作为守门员“芝加哥”。 如果他们的netminder是consistenly好，那么芝加哥可以赢得一切，如果没有的话，他们不会，但无论哪种方式，在未来的季后赛。
哥伦布第一次尝到了上赛季的赛季后的曲棍球，骑马主要是后面的惊喜新秀netminder史蒂夫·梅森。 虽然梅森将不能享受同样的是个人的成功，去年它是我的观点，球队将票价更好的整体。 里克·纳什是一个简短的清单上的蓝色夹克的明星，但哥伦布比其他球队的凝聚力。 这组已经失去共同经历了很多，去年又经历了获胜的滋味。 去年的成功感觉很好，他们没有赢得一场比赛在季后赛的辛酸毫无疑问，在他们的嘴，留下了苦涩的味道，只会把他们聚在一起，彼此更加努力地工作，成为一个更好的阵容。
温哥华骑着罗伯托Luongo的赛季后，去年，和扫圣路易斯蓝调无缘季后赛亚历克斯挖洞的大棒。 季后赛即将到来的党的各种亚历克斯挖洞（一些），加人队的球迷都希望它只是。 锁定了Sedin双胞胎是巨大的，任何希望温哥华是一个严重的竞争者，但在过去几个赛季已经证明，他们可以不依赖于他们的进攻Sedin的。 有三个实线是他们缺乏导致他们季后赛的成功是有限的几年。 添加马修·施耐德的经验将大大提高他们的蓝线，但它会喜欢的瑞安·凯斯勒和前面提到的亚历克斯挖洞撑起这支球队到一个新的水平。 第一回合是给定的，但轮及以后的温哥华。
卡尔加里火焰短而甜蜜。 他们可以把它再次在季后赛第一轮的（因为他们会做，今年又），但问题的火焰，他们将有足够的纪律，把自己的失望情绪，并把它翻译成打的多声曲棍球第一轮退出。 它不再是有关技能卡尔加里，他们已经得到了，这是量的精神毅力，充实自己，作为一个团队，。
洛杉矶国王队本赛季在西部将可能是最有趣和令人兴奋的故事。 几乎所有puckheads同意，这个团队在上升，但我认为不仅是他们在增加，但是，他们将赢得他们的第一轮季后赛系列赛。 当然，它使我陷入了困境，只要其他季前赛的预测，但我说的这一个取代所有其他的场景中，他们发挥的球队，我认为我做的异常的预测，将提前到西部决赛。 通常情况下，我很简单，有信心在国王队组织作为一个整体在做什么。 他们采取了他们的舔了几年，但已经花了很多时间来学习那些肿块，并提出了一些非常有天赋的球员在关键领域。 他们有很多的好，年轻球员达斯汀•布朗，亚历山大·弗罗洛夫（标题为他的职业生涯的黄金），杰克·约翰逊，震得斯托尔（也步入这个黄金）和乔纳森快速的目标是非常可靠的，去年是可能只得到更好的。 随着这个年轻的人才，他们增加了莱恩史密斯和罗布Scuderi动手经验丰富的老将刚刚来过斯坦利杯冠军的匹兹堡企鹅队。 国王有在正确的时间和正确的人在正确的地方，禁止伤害这支球队现在准备是成功的。
最后是总统的奖杯，获奖圣何塞鲨鱼队谁做了稍微改变一下自己的球队数量的移动，但移动的质量一直恒星。 丹尼希特利被拾起约拿单的费用Cheechoo，将是一个美好的，除了这支球队。 大鲨鱼本赛季常规赛的成功不是一个问题（似乎如此，许多西部球队），但希特利使他们陷入严重的论点赢得了西部渡过了难关。 ，希特利不能只计分了很多的目标，但他已经享受了相当大的成功之前，随着一个芯片上他的肩膀在渥太华，他仍然可以发挥他的经验是要移动圣何塞沿迈出的又一步正确的方向。
唯一的其他团队，可以使他们季后赛的阿纳海姆鸭子任何噪音。 他们的经验是什么套以上的休息，但不幸的是，也许是他们最大的资产是他们最大的倒台。 鸭子是一个老龄化的球队已经失去了在每个位置上的又一步骤，只希望能留在交易截止日前关闭，直到他们也许可以让一个年轻的玩家群体与清新的腿一个漫长的季后赛之旅的一招。 埃德蒙顿是远远落后，但他们功亏一篑的明星影响力和物理发挥，需要在西部取得成功。 干扰投篮是埃德蒙顿最强的方面，但是这是真正的最后一年，以及使他们不会让他们无论是。 其他队的祈祷，甚至到了季后赛，更不用说噪音一旦到达那里。
所有说，我认为芝加哥黑鹰队的团队做出来的西部地区，因为他们会发现他们所需要的净走了一步，比去年。 芝加哥的波士顿熊人将拖垮一个疲惫的匹兹堡企鹅队（Pittsburgh Penguins），坐西朝东。 这样就建立了一个真棒原来的六比赛，这将是一个营销的非霍奇金淋巴瘤的梦想。 一个令人难以置信的背部和第四战之后，斯坦利杯总决赛将再次在这一点芝加哥黑鹰队的七场比赛将最终使圣母玛丽亚的Hossa葫芦的斯坦利杯2009-2010年斯坦利杯冠军！ 享受开幕之夜大家！
匹兹堡企鹅队卫冕，和罗布Scuderi动手的损失与例外的球队是一样的，因为他们现在的一天，他们获得过世界杯冠军的。 尽管如此，重复将是一项艰巨的任务，因为他们不仅是卫冕冠军，但以重复他们将要达到的斯坦利杯总决赛连续第三年在一排。 同时，他们还有两个在世界上最好的球员对自己的球队，这将是有趣的，看看如何在匹兹堡故事的发展。
As for the rest of the league there are a lot of intriguing stories to keep an eye on including some old faces in new places (for example Dany Heatley to San Jose, Marian Hossa to Chicago) as well as the return of a few from their disappearing acts (Ray Emery in Philadelphia, Theo Fleury in Calgary). 也有很多要问的问题和未来的团队，以及那些谁一直在风口浪尖上，但还没有完全提出，下一个重要步骤：
在东方，华盛顿发挥足够的防御今年让他们进入决赛，并且可能使他们的第一个总决赛在奥韦奇金时代吗？ Will Philadelphia finally get the consistent play in net they have lacked the last two years that will likely get them over the hump? 东南赛区是否继续两匹马的比赛，也可以坦帕湾终于把自己的才华一起，足以成为严重的季后赛竞争者吗？ ，什么是究竟要在蒙特利尔和渥太华，他们终于得到了他们各自的行为吗？
搞西，芝加哥抓住这个机会，废黜底特律红翼队在中部赛区？ 丹尼希特利的答案圣何塞终于把他们常规赛的胜利，进入赛季后的荣耀？ Are the LA Kings poised to translate their young talent into a playoff appearance? 卡尔加里准备好踢的第一轮就被淘汰的习惯，过去的几年里吗？ What is the deal with the Coyotes, are they moving or what?
Of course along with all of the aforementioned questions there are to two major events on the horizon this year in both the Winter Classic (January 1 at Fenway Park) and the Olympic hockey tournament in Vancouver this February. 有如此多的谈论，并期待着在本赛季。 Over the next few days I will go through a preview of each conference, give you not only who will win each but what other stories to watch out for like what teams will overachieve and those that will disappoint.
ESPN报道的非霍奇金淋巴瘤，长期交易最近签署的圣母玛丽亚的Hossa的在费城的芝加哥，克里斯Pronger的，正在接受调查。 总之联盟正在考虑是否这两名球员被问起时，他们会以正面加载一个长期合同，以规避工资帽退休。 在我看来，不管这些探头将上述两种交易以及曾与一些底特律红翼球员的合同是明显得到周围的工资帽。 这条规则弯曲只需停止。 在一天结束的时候工资帽的目的是为了给中小市场球队有机会实地冠军实力的球队，这些长期优惠方案丰富的团队只是在做他们一直在做的，花自己的方式向顶部。 如果更丰富的团队将继续做到这一点的可行性联盟作为一个整体处于危险之中，这是不好的任何时间。 有些人认为，在联赛的可行性，一般是一个问题的处理和个人的团队有责任做什么，他们可以赢得的，这就是它的联盟官员。 然而，在现实中“弯”设计规则和联赛中保持繁荣伤害每个人，包括队在顶部不管有多少进入季后赛冠军，他们可能会带来英寸多支球队在争夺到更多的城市，更好的美国电视节目交易和销售商品为大家始终从长远来说，这意味着更多的钱。 因此，世界大市场总经理认为你的行为的长期后果，然后再决定破坏了平衡，弯曲的规则，以获取竞争优势。
当自由球员市场开始有很多的球队有很多的需求，因此，凌晨洗牌周围看到很多。 这是有趣的，看看如何快速队球员离开，比如有德韦恩Roloson的消息，前往长岛，并在此后不久埃德蒙顿了一项协议，收购netminder尼古拉Khabibulin赢得斯坦利杯。 团队花了很多钱，以改善他们的名册，并与对手打了一下猫捉老鼠的。 甚至有学位学习其他经理如何规避工资帽，以获得他们的人，去年底特律签署喜欢的Zetterberg长期优惠及低，不料对手黑鹰直升机做同样的事情时，他们签署了圣母玛丽亚的Hossa的一个12年的合同。 不花这笔钱，玩心理游戏，等真的导致更好的机会赢得斯坦利杯？ 问前的工资帽底特律红翼队的回答将是肯定的，但该系统还没有lended非常成功的，否则。 考虑蒙特利尔加拿大人队和纽约流浪者队在过去的几年里，对那些被认为是大明星，但花了这么多钱，取得了非常小的成功与预期。
需要什么胜利是一个很好的例子斯坦利杯冠军匹兹堡企鹅。 当然，他们在马尔金及Crosby的超级巨星，但谁看了季后赛的人都知道，他们的表现就不够。 男人喜欢的明星，也许是在决策，但不是他们尚未斯塔尔（），肯尼迪和Talbot发挥了关键作用，使“帝企鹅日记”的标题，并没有他们显然没有赢得。 挑选了几件前进的道路上（更不用提及时换帅）和“帝企鹅日记”的凝聚力杯带回家。 我们将知道更多的妆来训练营的队伍，但在此期间，如果你在你的团队保持密切关注移动在自由球员市场寻找的全貌。 这不只是关于签署大的得分手，甚至一个大的时间守门员，你应该寻找的是，如果你的团队正在组建一个团结的整体。 确保有每一个超级巨星签署的作用，并期待看到，如果每一个角色都需要填写的是这样做的，你没有一群人签约，做同样的事情。 如果有一个地方，每个人的交易工作，如果没有冠军成为一个白日梦。
作为匹兹堡企鹅组织和球迷们继续庆祝他们的俱乐部在底特律的胜利和人民继续舔自己的伤口，其余曲棍球世界，展望未来。 非霍奇金淋巴瘤的颁奖晚宴6月18日（星期四），6月26日，当然NHL自由球员市场7月1 日开始，NHL的选秀。 先达与NHL的奖项中，我们将采取一看（根据我的三个最大的奖项）的争夺和我预测谁将会赢得这些奖项是阔德战利品（顶部新秀），诺里斯奖杯（前防守队员），Vezina战利品（前守门员），牡鹿战利品（联赛MVP）。
阔德战利品被提名人是史蒂夫·梅森（CBJ），鲍比·莱恩（ANA），：克里斯Versteeg（CHI）。 鲍比瑞安在鸭子上做出了令人难以置信的影响，今年肯定会阿纳海姆大的一支重要力量，在未来几年的，但他没有这个奖杯带回家。 克里斯Versteeg是一个非常年轻的球队，这将是梦幻般的未来几年内与球员象帕特里克·凯恩，帕特里克·夏普，邓肯基斯（其中包括）的重要组成部分，但是这不是他要么赢得的奖杯。 在我看来是史蒂夫·梅森哥伦布蓝夹克的赢家，因为如果不是他的蓝色夹克不会取得了季后赛，更遑论一个体面的种子在第六。 梅森领导的联盟在完全封锁对方10和第一个目标反对平均（GAA）在西部为2.29。 泥工在哥伦布前他们有一些天赋，但他的骨干队伍，如果他扮演这样的人才的改善随着时间的推移，在未来的岁月里，蓝夹克可以使大量的噪音，但没有Mason他们赢得了“吨去任何地方。 所以就我而言，在2008-2009年考尔德奖获得者克里斯·梅森。
诺里斯奖杯代理人Zdeno甜心（BOS），格林（Mike Green）（WSH）和尼克拉斯·林德斯特罗姆（DET）。 迈克·格林有一个精彩的赛季华盛顿，但他不是一个很好的防守队员时，他是一个额外的前锋。 “绿色得分规律和两个点在东部，但他的防守相比，其他两名参选人缺乏在华盛顿发挥了重要作用。 尼克拉斯·林德斯特罗姆再次试图赢得了诺里斯在他的职业生涯7 次 ，无数次被提名。 林德斯特罗姆一直是底特律活塞队的一个重要组成部分，多年来的成功的团队多年来面对的，林德斯特罗姆仍然是一个常数，这似乎是他在比赛中从来没有减少。 我不认为林德斯特罗姆将会赢得今年，但他的存在冰和领导它再次是首屈一指的。 最后但并非最不重要的是谁，我认为将赢得这一奖项，这是Zdeno甜心。 掉头波士顿从8 日至1 日的一个主要部分是戏剧和领导Zdeno甜心展出了本赛季。 他一直是一名优秀的球员，但他加强了majorly今年不仅得到及时的目标，但也宣称自己的身体，以帮助主宰一些球队在本赛季。 As a result of those things I think Zdeno Chara will be awarded the Norris Trophy.
Vezina Trophy Nominees are Niklas Backstrom (MIN), Steve Mason (CBJ), Tim Thomas (BOS). Niklas Backstrom has a wonderful season for the Wild but two things that hurt his chances are A. that he plays for a team that did not make the playoffs, and B. that he played in the Jacques Lemaire neutral zone trap that has a reputation for making a goalies life much “easier” on a goaltender whether that's fair or not. As a result a person who is probably deserving of winning this award will be left out in the cold. It's a similar story for Steve Mason in that he is definitely deserving of winning the award but since he will in all likelihood win the Calder Trophy the odds that he wins the Vezina trophy are not good. Of the three in the running Mason probably did the most for his team and as a result should probably win the award but it is doubtful that he will take the trophy home. That leaves Tim Thomas who may win the award just by process of elimination but despite that Thomas certainly deserves to win the award and his nomination was well earned. Thomas led the league in GAA at 2.10 as well as save percentage at .933 and was under a lot of pressure to perform in Boston because many felt he could not be a top goaltender. He proved everybody wrong with his consistency this season and should be awarded accordingly. While it may be true that Thomas will win as the last man standing of the three up for the award Thomas could win the award up against any other goaltender in the entire league which is why he'll be given the award at the show on June 18 th .
今年的牡鹿战利品被提名人帕维尔·达秋克（DET），叶夫根马尔金（PIT），亚历山大奥韦奇金（WSH）。 这可能是整场演出最值得期待的奖项，绝对是最激烈的奖项的争夺。 每个被提名人应该得到的奖励，作为下一个，这使得它一个最难的奖项打电话，因为每个球员是如此的重要，他的团队的成功，将它们分开。 帕维尔·达秋克在完成助攻（65） 第 5位和第 4点97有一个令人难以置信的一年。 他是一个最好的双向球员在世界上和在底特律红翼队在过去的几年里，特别是经历过的成功起到了很大的一部分。 达秋克在进攻和防守的打法是每一支球队渴望得到他们的球员至少是足够的，在做更不用说Datsyuk不擅长的方式。 在一个团队中脱颖而出的超级巨星Datsyuk也真的说了很多关于他的比赛，使他成为一个值得牡鹿战利品候选人。
其次是叶夫根马尔金在匹兹堡，一个令人难以置信的赛季在联赛中助攻70和整体点113。 马尔金有能力采取场比赛，当你遇到困难，做到了这一点时间和一次又一次携带的团队在他的背上。 他是一个伟大的进球，他需要在他周围的球员，而他更是在冰面上的球员是谁。 马尔金是一个相当不错的双向球员，虽然不如达秋克，可以备份检查他们的最好的和其他球队成为一个伟大的反击匹兹堡打开匆忙。 以身作则，是一家实力雄厚，马尔是一个首要原因，为什么“帝企鹅日记”由一组在外面找家冰好处在季后赛第一轮在很短的时间内。
最后，但并非最不重要的是马尔金的俄罗斯同胞队友亚历山大奥韦奇金。 奥韦奇金可以做的冰很清楚，他带领联赛中的目标有56点110完成第二。 奥韦奇金是一个爆发力的球员，使华盛顿的权力游戏迄今为止在联赛中最好的之一，可以帮助保持在一场比赛中的得分在游戏中华盛顿的大目标上限可能不应该在其他方面，如果他们中占主导地位自己的终端。 也许奥韦奇金的最大弱点是，他在防守区不是很好，有一种倾向，如果其他球队的控制，同时也不允许在华盛顿区的冰球快速突破的反击消失。 然而，能源奥韦奇金带来的对其他玩家的游戏饲料和肯定，使他们更好的进攻比他们可能在其他情况下。 因此，在一个团队的价值，有可能是没有人谁他们的球队比奥韦奇金是指资本意味着更多的是因为他是该组织的命脉。 所有说，这是很难说只是在看这三个家伙在纸上，谁就能赢得奖励。 但是，它可能会与另一颗恒星在Sidney Crosby和达秋克，马尔金戏剧有一堆的家伙他周围的人都是超级球星在自己的权利的事实。 奥韦奇金，另一方面没有站了出来，他周围的超级巨星，亚历山大奥韦奇金，因此将2008-2009年NHL MVP。
这是一个美好的季节和非霍奇金淋巴瘤的奖项是一个伟大的方式来体现多么美妙的赛季，甚至包括了季后赛，尽管这些常规赛奖项。 我希望每个人都喜欢这个季节，因为它是在近代历史上，这是一件好事，他们可以肯定的基础上的非霍奇金淋巴瘤的最好的之一。 现在赛季已经结束了，这是一个新的开始，大家应该有一个公平的东西谈论今年夏天团队准备自己的下个赛季做一杯运行的。 感谢阅读本赛季的每一个人，我希望你继续跟着上sportsroids.com我们在这里发生的事情的休赛期的训练营来月。
After there game three and game five respective blow out wins the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings are each one win away from a repeat of last year's finals. Both teams looked very impressive as both their stars and role players shined in fairly one-sided victories. The Penguins had to flex a little more muscle because of the solid performance by Cam Ward that was aided by basically nothing from the rest of the team. Sure one might say the game was closer than the 6-2 score indicated but Ward still needed to get a lot more out of the guys in front of him to win and he didn't. In Chicago on the other hand, Huet getting his first start of this post-season proved to be a disaster as the Wings soared to an early 3-1 lead and never looked back. So for the moment both teams look to be in control and although neither series is over, a finals rematch is looming. As such, what could we expect to see differently this time around? The Penguins would certainly like to get off to a better start than last time and their year's worth of experience will certainly aid in that. It isn't just having lost in the finals last year but also having been pushed to the brink in the regular season (almost not qualifying for the playoffs) and in the playoffs when they were down 2-0 to Washington. Detroit simply needs to do what they've been doing and they will be fine. Of course the storyline to watch would be Marian Hossa taking on his old team as he left them for a chance to win the Stanley Cup in Detroit. Could the Penguins prove he made a mistake by leaving or will the Red Wings again prove their league supremacy? Perhaps we will find out soon enough!
Ode to the Detroit Red Wings for making a 3-2 overtime Conference Finals game one of the least entertaining hockey games I have ever seen. Outside of Hawks and Wings fans game two of the Western Conference Finals quite frankly was boring. The Red Wings are so methodical in how they play the game that despite how quick their team is moving all the time the game appears to be going at a snail's pace. There is rarely any up and down the ice play, chances come very infrequently and when they do come along there is almost never any counter attacking for either side. I take nothing away from what the Red Wings do because they create chances for themselves and tend to capitalize on them when they do arise meaning they don't need the up and down style of play to be successful. However, it makes for slow play with little to no suspense at all. I think Detroit will win the series and move on to the finals where they will employ the same style that got them there in the first play no matter who they play. But for the sake of the NHL and hockey fans generally I hope Chicago can find some way to come back to win this series… or at least whoever the Wings end up playing in the finals forces them out of their style allowing the game to pick up the pace.
The Conference Finals start Sunday afternoon so before they get rolling let's take a lot at both series to see what we should expect from both and most importantly who will win!
The Western Conference features the regulars versus the new kids on the block as the Detroit Red Wings take on the Chicago Blackhawks . Detroit won the Stanley Cup last year and are in position to be the first team to repeat as champions since they did it in 1997-98. This process is nothing new to the Red Wings and they'll be all business come Sunday afternoon whereas the Blackhawks have not been here in quite some time. Chicago is looking to return to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1992 where they were swept by the Pittsburgh Penguins . With those facts in mind which team has the edge? The easy answer is the Detroit Red Wings and rightfully so but there are other factors that play into this series that will make it a lot closer than it might first appear on paper. The following are what I think each team needs to do to win:
Detroit simply needs to remained focused on their goal. One of the things they pride themselves in is not retaliating to any post-whistle scrums, cheap shots, or “jaw-jacking” the other team might do which they have to continue to do. The Red Wings must allow their superior level of skill to shine through no matter the circumstances and stay out of the penalty box. This series is different from the previous two in that way because it is a natural rivalry that goes back to the 1920s and the early days of the NHL. But the most important factor for Detroit is going to be the play of Chris Osgood. There is no denying all that Osgood has accomplished but none of that is counted toward his record in this series. Osgood has played well thus far in the playoffs but if it returns to his regular season form at all the Hawks will eat him alive which would push Mike Babcock to insert Ty Conklin who was not much better over the course of the season and hasn't played in these playoffs at all so far.
Chicago has to keep playing with reckless abandon giving no credence to any of the factors going against them. Sure this is the first time most of them have been in this spot and yes the Red Wings greatly outmatch them at almost every position and yes Detroit is very methodical about their play from the opening face-off to the end of the game. Chicago cannot look to the other side of the ice and be blinded by the glare of Hart, Conn Smythe, and Norris Trophies and Stanley Cup rings. The young Hawks simply need to play hockey they way they have all along in these playoffs. They don't care who they are up against they are just a bunch of young guys who love to play hockey and are going out there to beat up on whoever they're playing. Most importantly, they will have to rely heavily on Nikolai Khabibulin's experience in goal to possibly propel them to the next level. If the Hawks can do that they give themselves a very good chance of winning this series. In the long run however I think the Red Wings will be too much and will send the Hawks packing in a very competitive five game series.
Tune in tomorrow for the Eastern Conference Finals preview.
Round two came to a close Thursday night and what a round two it ways. With three series going to game seven and the other an incredibly entertaining six game series the NHL should hold its head high tonight. Detroit/Anaheim and Boston/Carolina put the icing on the cake with two incredible game seven performances culminated with a game seven overtime won by the Canes over the Bruins. As much as I love hockey it has fallen from the graces of many people since the lockout in 2004, but this round has put the NHL back on the national map. Casual fans are tuning in and that base is continuing to grow as the ratings have skyrocketed as a result. Sports fans across the board have soaked up every moment of round two with many hoping the stage isn't set for the Conference Finals to be a letdown. But with the stakes getting higher as we move onto round three it seems highly unlikely that something like that will happen. The time will come in short order to look forward to the next round but now is the time to reflecting upon round two and simply appreciate what we saw.
The Pens and Caps stole the headlines with plenty of star power, the incredible story of rookie netminder Simeon Varlamov, and six unbelievably entertaining games including three overtime contests and at least one lead change in every game. The Pens and Caps not only put on a great show but they further escalated a rivalry that will be sensational for years to come. The other second round series in the east did not have nearly the amount of drama as the Pens-Caps until game seven.
The Bruins and Canes gave us everything one hopes to get out of a game seven. Each team had a lead at one point in the game with the Bruins taking the early 1-0 lead before Carolina battled back to net two in a row only to see Boston send it to overtime. In the extra period there were chances aplenty stifled by tremendous goaltending by both Ward and Thomas. And just as it seemed like the game was destined for double overtime Scott Walker buried a rebound behind Tim Thomas to score his first career playoff goal… and boy what a time to do it.
In the West the headliner was the battle between the last two Stanley Cup Champions in Anaheim and Detroit. Despite Anaheim being seeded eighth many felt the Ducks had a chance to put away the defending champs. The two teams battled game to game until the series finally culminated in a game seven that went the way of the rest of the series. Both goaltenders put on a great show combined with a lot of heavy hitting and lots of drama with both teams getting ticked at the referees at one point or another. In the end however the defending champs showed their grit by scoring the series winning goal with three minutes remaining in the third period.
Lastly we'll mention the upstart Blackhawks put away Roberto Luongo and the high-flying Vancouver Canucks. In their respective first round series the Hawks and Canucks traveled very different paths. Vancouver steamrolled St. Louis while Chicago had to battle to put away a banged-up but resilient Calgary Flames squad that had high expectations; as a result many felt the experienced Canucks would be able to dispose of a good but young Blackhawks squad whose “time was yet to come.” The people in Chicago—fans and players alike—had different plans as the young squad played each game like they had been there before withstanding early leads by Vancouver and eventually busting through the brick wall that is Roberto Luongo to advance to the Conference Finals.
Perhaps one of the best playoff rounds in any sport ever… and we've still got two rounds to go. See you in the Conference Finals everybody!
Round two of the playoffs has been the best round of the post-season by far to this point and the excitement continues to build. Let's take a brief look at each series up to this point.
3。 Washington Capitals VS 4. 匹兹堡企鹅队（Pittsburgh Penguins）
This has been the keynote series since the second round draw came out and it has not disappointed. Four of the five games have been decided by one goal and two were decided in overtime. The big stars Ovechkin and Crosby have stepped up to the plate and have excelled in the spotlight as all of North America looks on. There has also been plenty of drama to boot with both sides making complaints about the officiating at one point or another and Ovechkin hitting Sergei Gonchar knee-on-knee which has created plenty of controversy across the airwaves. The series has been the perfect showcase for the NHL as hardcore and casual fans alike tune in and are NOT disappointed. As of the writing of this article the Penguins have taken a 3-2 series lead after dropping the first to in Washington. Pittsburgh finally got some secondary scoring in game five and it proved to be the difference between the two teams as the big stars continue to cancel each other out. Penguin fans would love for this series to finish in six, but for the rest of the world how could this series culminate any better than if it comes down to game seven on Wednesday at Verizon Center?
1。 Boston Bruins VS 6. Carolina Hurricanes
For many this has been the shocker of the three Conference Semi-finals as the high-powered Bruins were seemingly going to steam roll the Hurricanes right into the Conference finals. However, since the end of game one it has been all Carolina. Cam Ward, Eric Staal and Jussi Jokinen have been unbelievable leading the Canes to an unlikely 3-1 series lead. The difference in the series comes down to Carolina's best players performing at the highest level while the Bruins have not been able to rely on their studs as much as they have all year. Zdano Chara in particular has not been the same since game one where he shut down Eric Staal. For the Bruins to get back into the series they have to better utilize their size to create offense and continue to put pressure on Cam Ward. Boston cannot win by simply getting frustrated when Ward plays well and by trying to fall back into their defensive style when they're only up by one or when the game is tied, playing not to lose rather than to win. There is a lot of speed on the Canes and the Bruins need to neutralize that speed with some pace of their own. But don't think this is a fluke because the Canes have plenty of talent and have been to the promised land before winning the Cup in 2006.
2。 Detroit Red Wings VS 8. 阿纳海姆鸭子
Jonas Hiller had been playing extremely well until Thursday night when he was pulled for veteran netminder JS Giguere. Overall the Ducks have played incredibly well making use of their size and skill to stick with the same attributes as Detroit. Much has been written about this series on sportsroids in recent days which you can see by clicking HERE . The only difference at this point is that whoever plays in net for Anaheim has to be almost flawless while the rest of the Ducks do what they've been doing all along. Detroit will probably end up winning this series but the Ducks have show a ton of grit which has made for a very entertaining and suspenseful series.
3。 Vancouver Canucks VS 4. 芝加哥黑鹰队
The Chicago Blackhawks have shown that they are not simply content with making it to the second round of the playoffs and that they feel they have a chance to go much further with their team's make-up. With the stars that Chicago has there's no reason to believe that they can't get into the Conference Finals and maybe beyond that. The Canucks on the other hand have needed to rely way too much on Roberto Luongo to win games for them and they are playing on barrowed time if they keep that up. As this article is being written the Canucks have a 2-1 lead in the second period after finally getting a goal from Mats Sundin. Guys like Sundin, Kesler, the Sedin twins and Burrows have to play at the highest level possible every minute of every game in order for the Canucks to get beyond just round two. Luongo alone can only carry them but so far. Regardless of the outcome however the series has been quite entertaining (much like the other three) and perhaps they will treat us to a game seven which every fan loves.
Tuesday night the Vancouver Canucks played the perfect road game against the Chicago Blackhawks in game three of their series. Vancouver got the first goal quieting the crowd and increased their lead before Chicago was able to get on the board. After scoring goal number two the energy has been sucked out of the building and the Canucks were able to spend the rest of the game protecting their lead while adding another goal in the process to boot. Chicago got on the board but could not build any momentum as the Canucks played a great team game in front of Luongo (who needs no help mind you) and will head home with no worse than a tied series. The scary thing for Hawks fans is that the Canucks won this game as a team and didn't try to rely completely on Luongo to do it all himself. If Vancouver plays like they did Tuesday the rest of the series then Chicago will be enjoying round three in HD like the rest of us.
Round 1 of Crosby versus Ovechkin goes to Ovie as the Washington Capitals outlasted the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 Saturday at Verizon Center. Based on the flow of the game this should be a pretty long series that goes back and forth. The difference in the game (aside from an incredible save by Simeon Varlamov) was Washington's stellar power play outdueling a “headscratchingly” bad power play for the Pittsburgh Penguins. If the Penguins want to win the series they have to get their power play to at least be mediocre. Right now they have an enormous amount of talent on their power play unit but they are wasting it by setting it up poorly. Set up two power play lines that splits up Malkin and Crosby and better utilizes Kunitz and Guerin so that there is a line with say Crosby and Guerin and another line with Kunitz and Malkin. Splitting up the time certainly can't hurt nor could making any change to it really because it hasn't worked. The Penguins are really only one power play goal per game away from being a completely unstoppable team offensively. The Capitals on the other hand just have to keep doing what they've been doing. Keep dominating on their power play while playing fairly strong at even strength. Their speed and skill cannot be stopped with the man advantage (let alone a two-man advantage) so as long as they have that going and Varlamov holds up they are going to win the series. Another luxury the Caps have right now is being able to be aggressive without fearing being penalized. It isn't that the refs aren't calling penalties on them it's just that the Penguins are not making Washington pay for their mistakes. Bottom line, if Pittsburgh's power play gets going they win the series, if it continues the tract it is on now Washington will win no matter what else happens.
Out West, the Chicago Blackhawks made another comeback against the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night erasing Vancouver's early two goal lead. Only this time the Hawks were able to make the comeback stick and went on to defeat the Canucks 6-3 tying their series at one heading to Chicago. Saturday's loss was the first for Vancouver in these playoffs and won't be their last as they are on a collision course with elimination. Sure they have been able to get off to a quick start the first two games—barely hanging on to win game one—but Vancouver relies way too much on Luongo to bail them out on a nightly basis. Relying on Luongo worked well enough in the first series against a more inferior opponent but it will not work against Chicago. Vancouver needs to get a whole lot more from their big guns if they want to survive. If Roberto Luongo has to be Vancouver's best player for them to win they will be eliminated before the end of this round.
Although the east has the so called “dream match-up” the second round of the Western Conference probably has the series with the most potential as the last two Stanley Cup Champions will go head-to-head.
2。 Detroit Red Wings vs. 8. 阿纳海姆鸭子
The seeding in this series explains who has home ice advantage and that is it. The match-up itself is a very even one as each team equals the other in talent and experience alike. Coming into the playoffs the defending champion Red Wings had only one question, goaltending. But after their first round sweep of Columbus it looks like Chris Osgood is back to form when it matters the most. Ahead of Osgood the Red Wings have continued to suffocate teams by scoring goals while limiting the other team's scoring chances by holding on to the puck for so much of the game. In large part perhaps the best and maybe only way to stop Detroit's offensive zone, puck-possession style is by asserting one's physical presence… enter the Anaheim Ducks. Not only do the Ducks equal Detroit in skill and experience but also in size. The Ducks are big up front and at the blue line which is what propelled them to the Stanley Cup just two years ago where they beat the Red Wings along the way I might add. Quite possibly the only weakness for the Ducks is netminder Jonas Hiller and that's only because he has never been here before. Hiller proved himself worthy in the first round by shutting out the President's Trophy winning Sharks and if that continues then consider that question answered.
So what is the X-factor in this series? For the Red Wings to win they simply have to do what they did in the first round and have done time and time again in the past, simply play their game from start to finish. For the Ducks they have to keep themselves out of the penalty box, but if they do go to the box they need to take a Red Wing with them when they can—via fighting majors or retaliation penalties—and when they do yield Detroit a power play they need make sure their penalties are because of hard play and not because of stupid interference or holding calls. The Ducks will also need to see if they can get Osgood to return to his 2008-2009 regular season form in which both is GAA and save percentage were terrible. However in the end it will be the Detroit Red Wings who take this evenly matched series in seven.
3。 Vancouver Canucks vs. 4. 芝加哥黑鹰队
Many people would say this is another evenly matched series that can go either way but I tend to disagree. Roberto Luongo gets the edge in goaltending over Nikolai Khabibulin although give Khabiblulin another feather in his cap since he has won a Cup whereas Luongo has not. Outside of the goaltending comparison the Blackhawks have a much better overall team than the Canucks. On paper the teams are evenly matched but the Canucks rely way too much on Luongo to bail them out time and time again; that has worked out so far but is not likely to continue indefinitely. Alex Burrows stepped up big time for the Canucks in round one scoring huge goals with none being bigger than the series clinching goal in overtime of game four. The Sedin twins have been good but outside of the two of them and Alex Burrows playing above his pay grade in round one the Canucks did not get much support from the rest of the team. Mats Sundin should now get a chance to heal and could make a difference for the Canucks but since arriving in Vancouver he has mostly underachieved despite playing well down the stretch.
As for the Blackhawks, they have an enormous amount of skill up front (Kris Versteeg, Martin Havlat, Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Towes to name a few) while also possessing a very strong blueline with Ben Eager, Duncan Keith, and company. Sure they lost two games against Calgary while Vancouver swept through St. Louis but the Hawks were up against much stronger competition who they squashed in the last two games of that series. So all the Blackhawks have to do to win is to continue to play as a very strong unit while Vancouver's best chance of winning is relying heavily on Luongo. With that in mind, the Hawks have a much wider margin of error than the Canucks do and will win the series in six as a result.
Enjoy round two everybody!
Well the playoffs are now in full swing as every series will have played two games by the end of Saturday. So let's take a look and how the respective series are unfolding:
1。 Boston Bruins VS 8.Montreal Canadiens
The final score of game one was about what everybody expected but the level of competition between the two clubs was probably higher than most thought. Boston roared out to a 2-0 lead but the Canadiens battled back to tie the game at two before ultimately going down 4-2. But the rivalry is hot and despite the perception of a major mismatch it doesn't seem likely to be over anytime soon. Game 2 is tonight before the series shifts back to Montreal so we'll see what surprises are in store for us.
2。 Washington Capitals VS 7. 纽约流浪者队
Jose Theodore didn't make it past the first game as he was benched for rookie back up netminder Simeon Varlamov after Washington's 4-3 loss at home to the Rangers. Again many people felt the Rangers were completely outmatch by the fire power of the Capitals and that the only chance the Rangers had offensively is if Theodore didn't play well. Theodore did not play all that well in game one and the Rangers stole one from Washington but surely things would be different now that Theodore was benched. Varlamov did indeed play very well in net for Washington Saturday afternoon as the Rangers were only able to net one behind the rookie netminder. Unfortunately for the Caps Henrik Lundqvist was up to the challenge and shut Ovechkin and company out. Now the series shifts back to New York with the Rangers having a commanding lead and looking for the sweep. Sportsroids when against the grain in predicting a Rangers win in this series and so far the Rangers have no disappointed.
3。 New Jersey Devils VS Carolina Hurricanes
In a series that many felt would be evenly matched has surely turned out to be that way. After game one the Canes looked to be greatly overmatched; but after Carolina took game two in overtime we've got ourselves a series. The two teams are so similar in every aspect of the game and that makes the series a virtually toss up on paper. Sportsroids said Carolina in five and although that seems unlikely now we are sticking to our guns! Regardless of what happens there is a lot of great hockey ahead of us in this series.
4。 Pittsburgh Penguins VS 5. Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers seemed greatly outmatched after game one but game two was an entirely different story. Philly took the earlier lead but Pittsburgh battled back to tie. Then the Flyers took another lead only to see penalties allow the Penguins back into a game seemingly headed to the win column for the Flyers. But take nothing away from Pittsburgh, they dominated game one and although were largely outplayed in game two they took advantage of Flyer mistakes and now have a strangle-hold on the series. Don't expect the Flyers to quit though as they move home to play in front of their rowdy and very unforgiving fans at Wachovia center. Sportsroids told you this would go seven games, and although that is still possible if Pittsburgh wins either of the games in Philadelphia the Flyers will be in serious trouble. The Flyers won't fold but don't expect Pittsburgh to take their proverbial foot off the gas.
1。 圣何塞鲨鱼队VS 8。 阿纳海姆鸭子
People were wondering if the Sharks were finally ready to take it to the next level or if the same old Sharks would show up again in the playoffs. One game does not a series make but for at least one night it's the same old Sharks. Granted, the Ducks are not far removed from a Stanley Cup Championship but the Sharks at least need to score a goal. There is still a long way to go but if San Jose continues to play like they did in game one they will be making an early exit.
2。 Detroit Red Wings VS 7.Columbus Blue Jackets
As I write this post the Red Wings are leading the Blue Jackets 3-0 at the second intermission, this after winning game one 4-1. The Blue Jackets have been a great story all season but the playoffs are too much for them and so they are done.
3。 温哥华加人队VS 6。 圣路易斯蓝调
The Blues were another good story going into the playoffs but after making a pretty good showing in game one they were completely shut down by Vancouver in game two losing 3-0. Like Columbus, St. Louis is an up and coming team with great goaltending but they appear to be severely overmatched by the Vancouver Canucks.
4。 Chicago Blackhawks VS 5. Calgary Flames
Game one of this series was probably the most entertaining game of the first round so far. Game one had everything you could want in a playoff hockey game: lead changes, scrums, great individual battles, fantastic goaltending and overtime! Sure Martin Havlat ended the party early by scoring only 12 seconds into the overtime period but if game one was any indication of how the rest of the series will go then this and the Carolina-New Jersey series have the potential to become classics.
Like you, we at sportsroids will be watching intently to see how the rest of round one unfolds. Enjoy the ride hockey fans!
The Western Conference welcomes newcomers (Columbus), perennial powerhouses (Detroit) and those who haven't been there in quite a while (Chicago, St. Louis). Those facts make for a very interesting two months so we at sportsroids will try to make it simply for you by previewing the match-ups.
1。 圣何塞鲨鱼队VS 8。 阿纳海姆鸭子
第一加州NHL季后赛匹配，自20世纪60年代以来，提出对新的孩子在块老犬的一种方式。 San Jose has had some very good teams in recent years and have experienced a fair amount of playoff success by getting their consistently and winning their fair share of games. 尽管在20世纪90年代初进入联盟自成立以来累计胜，大鲨鱼还没有达到的冰球峰会。 Expectations are now higher for them than ever before after a disappointing year last season leading to the firing of Ron Wilson in favor of Todd McClellan who brought the Sharks their first ever President's Trophy. 鲨鱼是一个相对年轻的球队，但球迷们厌倦了第二轮退出，并非常期待强势运行的斯坦利杯的鲨鱼。 On the flip side are the Anaheim Ducks who have been in the league less time than San Jose but already have two Cup finals trips to show for along with a Stanley Cup Championship two short years ago. In that regard the Ducks are the old dogs because they have “been there, done that” where San Jose has not. 底线是，该系列将下降到体验与青年，但我认为阿纳海姆是一个非常危险的球队，尽管他们的第 8种子，可以造成很大的伤害，如果他们得到的第一轮。 不过，我认为现在是大鲨鱼的时间，他们的教练，城市，和球员都读采取的下一步，它开始用六场系列赛的胜利在状态的对手鸭子。
2。 底特律红翼队VS 7。 哥伦布蓝夹克
Much like the Sharks-Ducks series the Red Wings have been there done that and Columbus hasn't… ever. This is the first playoff go around for the city of Columbus and the Blue Jackets franchise. There will be a lot of energy in the Nationwide Arena game four as the Blue Jackets host their first playoff game. 尽管所有的能量蓝夹克进入底特律红翼队有太多的火电的蓝色夹克成功。 干扰球，整个赛季底特律一直冒险，但克里斯·奥斯古德之前的时数，他是一流的。 蓝夹克明星里克·纳什，RJ Umberger，克里斯蒂安Huselius，史蒂夫·梅森和新秀现象会给哥伦布的一个打孔器机会在这系列，但会拿出短。 五Zetterberg，Cronwall，的林德斯特罗姆，弗兰岑等将太多的新贵哥伦布底特律。
3。 温哥华加人队VS 6。 圣路易斯蓝调
两支球队都已经热后期圣路易斯来自关闭了所有的第六种子，而温哥华，卡尔加里为12分，只暴涨抢夺分区冠军的火焰。 When two hot teams meet on a playoff collision course there are usually a lot of fireworks and should make for a very entertaining series. The Blues have a lot of talent on their team in guys like Brad Boyes, David Backes, David Parron, rookie sensation TJ Oshie and goaltender extraordinaire Chris Mason. They fought hard to reach this point and have a city that hasn't seen the playoffs in quite some time pretty charged up. 圣LOUS无疑提出了一个伟大的斗争，很可能拉断的无奈之举。 然而，Sedin双胞胎，亚历克斯挖洞，垫松丁和罗伯托Luongo（X-因素可能是最重要的一块温哥华的谜题）将推动在季后赛中5出售的蓝调。
4。 芝加哥VS 5。 卡尔加里
在黑鹰终于回到了季后赛的城市是火，燃烧着激情的曲棍球队。 Martin Havlat, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Sharp along with solid goaltending from 尼古拉Khabibulin家冰赢得了芝加哥在第一轮和一些非常激动的球迷。 许多人认为，芝加哥可以很好的很长一段时间，但今年可能只是有点太早了黑鹰。 They are up against a very tough first round opponent who are under a lot of pressure to finally perform in the playoffs after underachieving since their Cup Finals appearance in 2004. 火焰已经聚集了很多星级Jarome Iginla，迈克·卡马莱翁Phaneuf，奥利约基宁命名一些，但最重要的球员 在冰面上将是Mikka的Kiprusoff。 The highly touted netminder has been nothing short of spectacular for Calgary over the years but has played a lot of games over the years (including this season) and has faced a ton of shots. Kiprusoff可以保持，但需要帮助球队在他的面前采取一些压力和限制拍摄的黑鹰净。 25-30 shots per game are ok but once you get higher than 30 consistently Kiprusoff is only human and will break down. Limiting shots on goal for Calgary is of the utmost importance if they want to finally have the success many think they can achieve. 虽然他们炸毁他们的分裂导致向下伸展，我想的火焰有件组装深入的季后赛开始与一个在芝加哥的六场系列赛的胜利。
A few stories of note as the season comes to a close concerning the races for playoff positioning:
1。 The Chicago Blackhawks have played well virtually all season, but the last few weeks they have encountered some pretty hard times. Including their loss to Montreal Tuesday night the Blackhawks have lost nine of their last 13 and are in danger of falling out of fourth position and losing the first round home-ice advantage that goes with it. Perhaps it's the fatigue of a young team going through a long year of high-level performances culminating in a losing stretch as they anticipate the commencement of the playoffs. The dip in play by Chicago is understandable but just because they haven't made it to the post-season in a while doesn't mean the fans will be at all forgiving if their late season struggles turn into a first round exit.
2。 Tuesday night was a good one for Montreal Canadiens fans everywhere for not only did they down the Blackhawks 4-1 but Tuesday finally marks the return of the good Carey Price. Facing 29 shots, Price stopped 28—giving up only a flukie goal by Patrick Sharp in the third period—price shut down Chicago pretty well. But moreso than simply stopping shots, Price finally looked comfortable again in net; he was standing his ground, staying poised, and didn't seem like he was overplaying every shot. This is a great sign for the Canadiens who need top-notch play from all positions but especially in net if they plan on making the playoffs and making noise once they get there. At the moment the Canadiens will likely take whatever position they can as long as they qualify for the playoffs but if they stay in 8 th as they are now the hated Boston Bruins would be on tap first…and the plot thickens.
3。 The trade deadline moves by the Calgary Flames have not had the desired effect as they have lost eight of 13 since March 4 th . At first the Flames were having some issues with defense and goaltending but now that those have sured up a bit Calgary is having a hard time finding the back of the net. Calgary has scored only four goals in the last four games and were shutout two games in a row by Pittsburgh and Columbus respectively in back-to-back contests. Much like Chicago, the Flames have played well all year but are now in danger of losing the top spot in their division and may actually end up qualifying for the post-season without first round home-ice advantage. Meanwhile the Vancouver Canucks have really hit their stride and are quickly gaining on Calgary and may in fact pull the division right from under the feet of the Flames.
1。 Number one Story of the night is the Marty Brodeur has surpassed Patrick Roy in wins to take the all-time lead at 552. There is not much more to be said about Brodeur at this point after the article dedicated to his tying of the record. If you missed it you can click here or on his name above.
2。 The Pittsburgh Penguins are in the midst of an eleven game point streak which catapulted them from 10 th into a tie with Philadelphia in fourth position in the Eastern Conference. The acquisition of Kunitz and Guerin has been golden so far as both have contributed majorly on the scoreboard as they play the respective wings next to Crosby on the top line. Roughly 20 games ago many people suspected the Penguins were very likely to miss the playoffs or do little damage even if they managed to scrape by to get in. But now not only are the Bylsma led Penguins in decent playoff position by some of those same people feel they can not only make it to the playoffs but make yet another run at the Stanley Cup. Oh and don't forget about that Malkin guy who scored his 100 th point Tuesday night, they tell me that's kind of a big deal or something.
3。 The Montreal Canadiens have been in a virtual free-fall for weeks now. Carey Price has been struggling mightily, Alexi Kovalev has been subpar all season long and Guy Carbonneau has been fired and replaced by GM Bob Gainey who does not have them in much better position. It was supposed to be a celebration in Montreal this year with it being the 100 th anniversary of the franchise with allegedly their best team in a long time. Now the Habs are in 7 th position and barely hanging on with Carolina , Florida , and Buffalo hot on their trail.
4。 In the West the LA Kings all the way down in 13 th place still have a legitimate shot at qualifying for the playoffs. Only six points separate eighth from 13 th as the teams play “musical chairs” with playoff positioning almost nightly. Also, the Columbus Blue Jackets have surged as of late and really separated themselves from the lower pack in the West led by rookie sensation Steve Mason. Meanwhile the Chicago Blackhawks —who were once considered to be a shoe-in—have been struggling as of late and risk surrendering the 4 th spot and the first-round home-ice advantage that comes with it
All-in-all there have been a lot of surprises over the last two months and the league continues to entertain. Things you thought you knew just a short time ago have completely changed and that's the beauty of the sport. As fun as the last two months have been they are sure to be topped in the next few weeks. So hang on to your seats hockey fans because as great as it has been thus far you ain't seen nothin' yet.
Every team in the NHL has now played at least 41 games which means the halfway point has officially been surpassed so sort of mid-season review is in order to see where things have gone and where we are headed as the stretch run approaches. Boston, Detroit, and San Jose are clearly the three best teams in the league each achieving high marks each by adding their own flavor. The second tier of teams includes the likes of the New York Rangers, Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, and Philadelphia Flyers who can all make a ton of noise in the playoffs and should not be forgotten about.
The halfway point's biggest disappointments have to be Edmonton, Pittsburgh, and Dallas in no particular order. Edmonton was picked to win the Northwest division by many and now sit tied for last place with 45 points. Their expected top players are underachieving not scoring very much and although defensively they aren't terrible, good is not a good adjective either. Last year's East champions are floundering in Pittsburgh currently sitting in the 8 th spot and are losing players like crazy seemingly on a nightly basis. The Penguins have suffered a number of injuries this season (and even before the season began) including superstar Sidney Crosby who is out with a knee injury (see http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/injuries?teamAbbrev=pit for a complete list of their injuries). This has resulted in a large number of AHL players having to skate for Pittsburgh but nevertheless they are not playing well and look far from last year's finals form. As for Dallas, well last season's conference finals appearance and subsequent thrashing by Detroit seems to be having a lasting effect. To follow the 4-2 series loss the Stars signed trouble free agent Sean Avery (who has been dismissed by the team), are getting unusually poor play from Marty Turco with subpar defense in front of him and oh by the way they are in 12 th in the West.
Enough doom and gloom there are some brighter points to perhaps balance these sob stories and they are the reemergence of the Chicago Blackhawks and the stellar play of the sleeper Phoenix Coyotes. The Coyotes may be in financial trouble by they are playing like a team bound for the playoffs and ready to ruin another team's cup chances. Meanwhile the Blackhawks have evolve into quite a formidable team who can certainly do more than spoil the cup dreams of other teams come mid April. There is so much more to talk about and so little time but sit back and buckle up ladies and gentlemen for the second half of the season is sure to entertain men, women, and children alike. Just sit back and enjoy the ride as we watch the world's greatest athletes charge toward sports' most coveted trophy.
非霍奇金淋巴瘤的第二个冬季经典是只有两天了，在体育界应该是在一饱口福。 The Chicago Blackhawks have won 9 straight games and have recorded a point in each of their last ten. 不仅是赢得九连胜令人印象深刻，但老鹰队已投入了一些非常优秀的球队，其中包括在主场迎战费城和4个客场比赛对埃德蒙顿，卡尔加里，温哥华和明尼苏达州。 Chicago is getting great play from not just their big stars (Kane, Sharp, Toews, Campbell) but also from guys like defensemen Duncan Keith who has 18 points and is a plus 19 for the season. They are a solid team and are finally coming together to create what could be something very special not only in the years to come but this season in particular.
On January 1 st the Blackhawks welcome the Detroit Red Wings to Wrigley Field and rumor has it that the Red Wings are pretty good… Clearly the Red Wings are very good for not only are they the defending Stanley Cup champions but they are second in the West with 50 points trailing only the amazing San Jose Sharks who the Wings recently pummeled 6-0. 值得称赞的翅膀，将采取一切，所以我就点名让林德斯特罗姆，达秋克，Zetterberg，霍萨，Frazen（等等），所有的解释自己。 Not only will the atmosphere be great but the hockey won't be half bad either. The fans are hyped and the players are excited as face-off approaches. In two days the eyes of the hockey universe will be focused on Chicago, live at 1pm eastern time on NBC in the US and CBC and RDS in Canada. 等待已接近尾声。
It really is good to have the Chicago Blackhawks back in the playoff hunt; it is good for Chicago, US Hockey and the NHL at-large. As it stands right now the Blackhawks are 6 th in the Western Conference two points behind 4 th place Anaheim and one point behind 5 th place Calgary but have two games in hand over both those teams. They are getting very good goaltending from both Cristobal Huet and Nikolai Khabibulin, and watching Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, and Jonathan Toews is a lot of fun now and will be for years to come. It is also very nice to see the fans fill the arena to see the Blackhawks who, to the fans defense, have not been very good in quite some time. That said, two years ago the Blackhawks were 29 th out of 30 in attendance average and now they are first with 21,481 per game. Watching these fans at the Winter Classic should be a lot of fun and come playoff time they will give the Blackhawks an incredible home ice advantage especially because it has been a while since Chicago made it to the playoffs. Blackhawk fans are showing what a great hockey town Chicago really is and this is just the beginning of what could form into a series of great teams in the years to come. How can you not love a team that has its own song? If you have never heard the song the following link will give you a taste of it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPBw45ETm7o . So to all those who think “no one” cares about hockey in the US Chicago is yet another example of how wrong you are!
第二届年度的冬季经典（Wrigley领域在芝加哥举行的2009年1月1日）即将来临，他们的前两场比赛，如果有任何迹象显示，芝加哥黑鹰队和底特律红翼队打算把在相当长的一个节目。 在他们的第一场比赛的黑鹰内置了4-2的领先只看到溜走，在6-5点球大战胜利的底特律。 周六晚上两队的碰撞与底特律初期只会导致失去它再次赢得了4-2的领先底特律到芝加哥。 再次，就像第一场比赛中，底特律作战了，并最终得到了芝加哥最好的一个点球5-4。 Watching the established stars in Detroit (Zetterberg, Lindstrom, Hossa, etc.) face-off against rising stars like Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane is extremely entertaining; it is kind of a way of looking into the game's present and while also seeing where it is headed in the future and boy does the future look bright. 打了两个势均力敌的比赛，不仅增加了预期的强度级别的游戏已经采取了重大的飞跃底特律沮丧的年轻黑鹰很想渡过了难关，是红翼健康的敌意正在建设。 如果这一切了国家在美国和加拿大看世界各地的观众在一饱口福。
On Thursday night the Dallas Stars lost to the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 6-3. The Stars have lost three of their last four and now sit last in the Pacific Division with 15 points in 18 games played. The more alarming stat is that they have given up a league worst 68 goals, and that begs the question what has happened to Marty Turco? The last few years Turco has been considered one of the best goaltenders in the league and rightfully so. Turco has a career save percentage of .911 and goals against average (GAA) 2.21 which are both incredible career numbers. However, thus far this year he is way off those numbers with a .867 save percentage and a 3.67 GAA. Sure the Stars have a lot of talent and that talent combined with the brilliance of Turco drove them to be Western Conference finalists before they ran into the brick wall that was the Detroit Red Wings; and although that talent has scored a below league average 51 goals (league average is 54.4 total goals) they still need to get a lot more from Turco if they expect to be contenders. Despite his rocky start Turco is probably the Stars' best chance at making the playoffs so there is no logic that supports demoting him at this point but if the old Turco does not show up sometime soon it will be a very long season for Dallas who are on pace to miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2001-2002 season.
- Do not let Tuesday's 7-2 loss fool you, these are not the same Columbus Blue Jackets from years past. People make pre-judgments about the team based on reputation only but they will make you bite your tongue when they beat your team.
- Yes, the Boston Bruins are that good. They may not dazzle you night in and night out but they play very good defense in front of Tim Thomas who is having an incredible start to the season. The Bruins will absolutely be a force throughout the season and I would NOT want to face-off against them in a best 4 of 7 series come playoff time.
- Brian Burke resigned as Anaheim Ducks GM ( shocker… ). Despite his denials he will most likely end up in Toronto and help their already ahead of schedule rebuilding process. Burke and Ron Wilson may knock heads but it will probably result in victories.
- The Chicago Blackhawks are once again relevant, THANK GOD. Not only is this great for the US since Chicago can be a great hockey town if they have a winner to support but it also serves the league well since the Winter Classic will more than likely be a competitive and intriguing game.
- The Minnesota Wild have played the fewest number of games of all teams in their division and yet they are in first place. Minnesota plays very slow-paced methodical defense that puts teams to sleep, reminds me a lot of the Devils of the mid to late 90s and early part of this decade. All New Jersey did was win 2 cups in a 4 year period and 3 in 8 years; that's good news for Wild fans.
The San Jose Sharks continued to roll over the weekend with a 6-5 come-from-behind win against the home-standing Chicago Blackhawks. There are so many things I love about this team it is incredible. They have the obvious advantages that come with experienced guys like Jeremy Roenick, Joe Thorton, and Patrick Marleau and great goaltending by Evgeni Nabokov. Perhaps more importantly are the things that accompany the leadership these guys provide, which makes the team really stand out; first is the incredible play of first year man Devin Setoguchi who leads the team in goals with 10. His on-ice energy and intensity is second to none and while he may not keep up this scoring tear he is on all season it appears as though the Sharks have struck gold in Setoguchi. Furthermore, the solid play of backup netminder Brian Boucher has been impeccable. Boucher was 4-1 in five starts with a 1.49 goals against average along with a stellar .940 save percentage going into Sunday's game. The Sharks play a very good defensive style of hockey but also showed Sunday night that they can win high scoring affairs when the opportunity presents itself. It is early in the season but thus far the Sharks have shown they have bought into new head coach Todd McLellan's system and they have confidence in one another on the ice. Every player knows their role and they play it very well. The Sharks have an incredible 31 points in 19 games and have all the makings of a championship team.