1。 华盛顿和8。 蒙特利尔
雅罗斯拉夫豪拉克的关键是这个系列。 所有豪拉克所要做的就是保持华盛顿在海湾，如果他能设法做到这一点的加拿大人将得到充足的反对华盛顿的瑞士奶酪防守射门机会。 有两件事我们肯定知道：蒙特利尔不能阻止进球华盛顿和华盛顿无法从得分停止蒙特利尔。 正如我所提到的头号重点是哈拉而且它是非常重要的蒙特利尔发挥非常好，纪律严明曲棍球每场比赛的每一分钟。 技术就要犯错误这只是比赛的性质而做出错误的决定（传球不好，懒散冰球追求等），并采取惩罚坏的将是蒙特利尔的季后赛生命的尽头。 华盛顿有足够的人才，以克服失误就会使和缺乏足够的防御和点状干扰球，但蒙特利尔没有。 很多人认为华盛顿是成熟采摘 - 这可能是真的，但如果蒙特利尔不会保留他们的失误率相比，华盛顿的非常低的资本会打击他们离开。 即使在蒙特利尔并说拿一个糟糕的点球，他们不得不依赖于他们的花名册球员的季后赛经验，采取有人用他们的箱子，一点一滴的事宜。 如果蒙特利尔可以做这些事情，他们就赢了，但是说我走的资本在五。
2。 新泽西主场迎战7。 费城
费城将赢得这个系列赛。 它有什么与飞行物的能力，更多的是与新泽西的不足之处。 鬼子太依赖打进第一个然后用中性区的陷阱和马蒂布洛德尔扼杀了其他球队。 新泽西不会总是首先得分，并有导致保护，亦无权来自正在下降2个或更多的球回到费城应该得到那么远的能力。 这不是1995年了，新的非霍奇金淋巴瘤，不利于新泽西州的系统产生季后赛的成功有很大的量。 他们还放了众所周知的墙在伊利亚利丘克他们最大的得分威胁面前。 每场比赛将很可能是因为魔怎么打接近，但它是费城的一系列胜利。
3。 水牛与6。 波士顿
4。 匹兹堡主场迎战5。 渥太华
克罗斯比已经热的晚，但包括两场对阵纽约岛民谁拥有一个非常小的防御，而导致一吨的射门机会，许多目标。 企鹅有过困难时期停止球队的得分从同时也没有最大的得分实力本身（授予Gonchar和马尔金受到伤害，这样应该确保本身了）。 据指出，企鹅只是需要去进入季后赛，现在的时机已经到来，他们会更主动地得到他们的共同行动，建立在过去几年的经验，去要回在至少在分区决赛。 不过，我觉得渥太华参议员可能有话要说有关。 参议员已经在发布会过去一个月本赛季最好的球队之一，并正在发挥令人难以置信的好作为一个单元。 失去亚历克斯·科瓦廖夫将是一个挫折，渥太华，但他们仍然有丹尼尔Alredsson，杰森Spezza，和迈克费舍尔所以他们不会向往冰得分礼物。 他们的防守都相当大，这样将匹配了相对较好的企鹅“从上线到底部。 射门机会将需要为企鹅对渥太华做更多的工作比它与岛民。 也许对于渥太华最大的缺陷是布赖恩埃利奥特缺乏季后赛经验。 而重要的经验在所有位置，除非你肯·德莱顿或帕特里克·罗伊它是守门员最重要的。 然而，有多大的企鹅已经玩（不一致），他们是成熟的不安，我认为渥太华参议员将做到这一点。
1。 圣何塞和8。 科罗拉多州
是技术分析中我怎么觉得这个比赛了会去，也许是在浪费时间。 圣何塞一直在这里一次又一次和科罗拉多州是一个团队长，已超额完成整个赛季。 我想在科罗拉多州的时间会很不错，但它只是是不是在卡他们今年。 圣何塞有更多的经验，是一个整体更好的球队，而根本不会输给科罗拉多州。 圣何塞采取这一系列。
2。 芝加哥主场迎战7。 纳什维尔
具有纳什维尔在季后赛总是好的，因为无论有助于非传统市场曲棍球是成长为游戏和联赛是好事。 纳什维尔已经来过这里，但并没有成功地闯过第一轮（没有羞耻的，既然他们已经在每一个淘汰赛出现在其短暂历史中扮演底特律）。 是什么让Nashville在这一系列成功的最好机会是，他们不依赖于任何一个人提供他们所有的罪行。 史蒂夫沙利文，帕特里克Hornqvist，马丁E比，杰森 - 阿诺特，太平绅士杜蒙，乳木果和韦伯都有这是一个非常积极的迹象，因为芝加哥不能仅仅着眼于保持Preds在海湾的希望一个人40 +点的季节。 纳什维尔的问题是，上赛季他们放弃了尽可能多的目标，因为他们拿下这并不是一个好兆头打帕特里克凯恩，乔纳森托斯，帕特里克·夏普，和共同的喜欢时。 在四中七一个最好的系列。 虽然我根为曲棍球的成功在纳什维尔的游戏的好，我认为芝加哥将是太多的Preds，并会搬过去纳什维尔自己的方式向世界杯决赛，因为我预测在赛季开幕。
3。 温哥华主场迎战6。 洛杉矶国王队
这是伟大的看到洛杉矶国王队重回季后赛。 我一直在说，因为休赛期，这个团队是真实的，他们肯定没有辜负所有的季节，在这里他们在季后赛。 安泽Kopitar已经非常显着全年和乔纳森快速一直稳固在网线对线。 我说一年开始之前，不仅将国王队杀入季后赛，但他们也将赢得他们的第一轮系列赛，我便不会从该退缩。 不幸的是，国王（和我）他们不得不去反对无疑是最好的线在曲棍球全年，即SEDIN双胞胎与亚历克斯挖洞，有时瑞安凯斯勒。 哦，那罗伯托Luongo家伙是不是一半坏的。 很多人认为这是今年的温哥华，克服他们所面对过去，终于走出了西。 我会违背我的头在挑选这一个，说国王将采取系列，但他们更倚重从一年前的罗布史古德利杯获胜的经验，因为他们需要它。
4。 凤凰主场迎战5。 底特律
可怜的凤凰。 词干回休赛期，不知道他们要去哪里，今年在赛季前玩所有权问题开始，甚至在那里他们将在明年还没有最后确定。 尽管所有的球员团结在一起，而不是只得到了自己进入季后赛，但家庭冰在第一轮，大好吧！？ 错了。 所有这一切辛勤工作得到他们的打底特律红翼在第一轮的奖励，对于一个伟大的赛季有什么奖励啊？ 我们可以打破的巅峰对决，直到母牛回家，但它会是愚蠢的我去接对阵活塞。 我希望凤凰给了底特律的一个伟大的斗争，甚至设法击败他们，但这是不可能的，这就是为什么我给这个系列的红翼。
谁曾想到在交易截止日前，收购由前枫叶球员伊恩白色，贾马尔 - 迈耶斯，马特Stajan，人Niklas Hagman，和VESA Toskala的卡尔加里火焰会导致火焰无缘季后赛？ 各位怎么样的人除外卡尔加里火焰组织过任何决策能力里面，说实话他们到底在想什么？ 多伦多发挥欠佳整个赛季但不知怎么走了很多球员的表现不佳的球队将提高发挥卡尔加里的水平？ 抢了这些家伙应该在火焰得分困境，帮助，相反，它什么也没做。 有传言四处纷飞的火焰组织是为在几乎每一个层面的巨大变化在休赛期，也许是理所当然的。 前进的道路上做出很多决定促成了卡尔加里的消除从季后赛的争夺，但最近的举动有很多的发言权在他们舒展运行徒劳的。 为火焰进入本赛季的目标是终于闯过第一轮......有趣的事情如何变化。
与他们的6-3损失在华盛顿首都手中周二卫冕斯坦利杯冠军，本赛季下降到0-10相结合对新泽西州和华盛顿。 尽管创纪录的企鹅已经成功地把自己的位置让家冰在季后赛第一轮，仍然有机会赢得大西洋赛区。 但事实上抛开什么对两名在东上最好的球队的0-10纪录意味着企鹅在季后赛？ 数字本身并不意味着一大堆，因为常规赛的头 - 头记录没有延续到季后赛，但是这就是为什么他们失去了这么多次，以这些球队是更大的故事。 华盛顿压根儿到企鹅他们做了什么大家都一年，也就是得分得分和得分多一些。 没有什么复杂的对资本“的游戏，很多专家都认为，当谈到时间来尝试玩和最佳的七大系列击败一支球队缺乏防守将是相当不利的。 更令人震惊的企鹅是他们的表演对新泽西网队。 鬼子用他们的中立区的陷阱，不仅击败了企鹅，但他们在每个六场比赛他们打的主导匹兹堡。 企鹅管理的5只在六场比赛，其中没有一个是靠近其中包括两个完全封锁对方的目标。 似乎有一些事情，当真正给企鹅中立区头痛的陷阱今年似乎比以往任何时候都更。 这种风格影响了他们这么大的坦帕湾闪电利用对企鹅在同一系统近日完美击败匹兹堡2-0。 如果鬼子现在的闪电已经创建了一个蓝图如何支配企鹅那么它很可能是在季后赛中其他优秀的球队也可以使用相同的系统，实际上导致企鹅被淘汰，早在第一轮。 入门拒之门外的陷阱上对两个不同的团队三个不同的场合是没有侥幸，这就是为什么对新泽西州的0-6纪录是可怕的匹兹堡。
最后，一切都结束了，但喊西！ 每一个季后赛席位已经敲定，现在我们只需等待，看看什么样的巅峰对决将是。 今年的大赛，包括上赛季的几个不同的面孔为洛杉矶国王队，科罗拉多雪崩队，纳什维尔掠夺者，和菲尼克斯野狼也只是从一个赛季前家里看毕竟胜任后戏剧。 这将是巨大的，看到一些新血的行列中了西方，但我们不能忘记的常旅客在底特律红翼队是目前在季后赛的19 个连续的一年。 在西部山区的顶部可以在任何的新车队取代红翼？ 调整在明年，当我们预览西部和我说明为何底特律会（或不会）重返总决赛再一次的时间。
昨晚匹兹堡企鹅是在检查由新泽西恶魔现在谁也每次都包揽本赛季系列对企鹅6-0和果断地举行又一次。 一队称霸另一个像这样的情况并不罕见，但在这种情况下，不同的是，企鹅一直一直在全年联赛中最好的球队之一，甚至还在争取分区冠军与新泽西州，尽管失去了每场比赛对付他们。 这不是很经常可以看到一队由另一支球队获得支配，但仍然如此之高在积分榜上。 那么，这是否意味着季后赛？ 坦率地说，只要两队使它（因为他们一定会），但这并不意味着一大堆应该他们匹配了彼此，直到第一个游戏的玩法。 如果匹兹堡能设法赢得第一的最好的七大系列与新泽西州那么石板基本上消灭干净。 然而，应该新泽西击败匹兹堡和驾驭他们以同样的方式，他们有一年那么新泽西会影响企鹅队的信心，以至于该系列将基本上结束了它甚至启动前。 有没有真正的情由对恶魔的优势在企鹅它根本就是新泽西的事健全打他们的系统和企鹅让太多的机会，没有创造足够的自己。 我们将看到从这里发生了什么，但如果没有别的这一系列的胜利应该给新泽西州一吨的信心的舒展奔跑继续和过渡进入季后赛。
对于你西部的球迷，不看，但现在的底特律红翼队是在黄金位置，以符合资格的赛季后再次。 截至目前红翼有一分的优势超过9 个地方卡尔加里与少赛一场，并击败了每一个他们已经玩过前两次的火焰。 无论常规赛如何去底特律，他们似乎总是与他们表现出一年四季的任何弱点做了，并恢复到最佳状态时，四月万卷左右。 底特律也越来越健康，所以可能性，他们会挣扎向下伸展削弱与他们回到各自的球员。 如果他们打进季后赛它可能会作为第 7或第 8种子，什么谁上台摒弃了会议常规赛冠军球队的奖金。 你工作了一年把自己在可能的最佳位置，你正在与一个首轮比赛中，反对两个卫冕冠军会议奖励。 有没有像一个日期与弗伦岑，Zetterberg的，Lidstrom，秋克等，以及他们所有的斯坦利杯戒指作为话说声称的最高点在会议中的一个祝贺的方式。 尽管如何赛季已经为底特律，如果他们在得到你要挂他们作为夺冠热门之一走出西部。
最后，什么是芝加哥黑鹰队想在交易截止日？ 在大一点的团队是坚实的，不需要调整，以确保了一下应该是一个运行在斯坦利杯总决赛（这是一个合理的目标，至少）。 但是，这绝对需要解决的一个领域是干扰球。 不尊重休特和涅米，但他们还没有准备好带领一个团队应许之地。 无论有任何记季后赛经验，而你只能得到经验通过实际播放时，当团队的其他成员是准备做一个强有力的冲刺，还不是时候为你的netminder得到他的脚弄湿。 凯恩，基思，夏普，陶斯，霍萨，Byfuglien，Versteeg，坎贝尔（受伤前）等等都准备采取各自的游戏'到一个新的水平和过去的事情，以改善去年的运行到决赛他们需要的是干扰球给他们带来了下来。 去一个像曼尼Legace谁拥有了一定的经验，甚至是JS的Giguere谁尽管在阿纳海姆失宠有着不俗的业绩记录，也许换个环境后是医生命令正是他。 无论哪种选择，本来价值至少尝试，因为任何一方都不可能做的比涅米和休特更糟已经晚了。 在两个星期日在连续两个休特和涅米已放弃在很短的时间内使自己的球队吹2和分别为3宗目标线索，吹导致芝加哥无法从两次反弹过多的目标。 当然，可能发生在任何人在某一天，而是两次7天是不可接受的，它并不是一个好兆头很好的芝加哥，本赛季如果他们发挥甚至接近在季后赛不佳。
一个星期前今天世界看到的最好的曲棍球比赛在相当长的一段时间，肯定是奥运赛事的最好的游戏之一。 尽管美国人是冰球加拿大国王为首的西德尼·克罗斯比谁离开了温哥华冬奥会的金牌表达了极大的韧劲。 Crosby的加班目标标志着一个梦幻般的2周曲棍球，产生了大量不可预知的时刻结束。 虽然是加拿大人谁爬上了山顶，到底真正的赢家是曲棍球在世界球迷。 所以我利用这个时间来祝贺加拿大人对他们的胜利，行礼曲棍球比赛一般，并彻底告别什么是一个真棒2周曲棍球。
随着奥运会已成过去，我们转变从一组伟大的冰球另一个作为NHL舒展奔跑进入如火如荼。 因为它代表今天6点通过在东部联盟11是由一共有四个点隔开而战为7 次和第 8 次点在西方是一种更加严格的比赛。 在接下来的几个星期里，我们会找出谁做出了正确的举动在交易截止日前，谁应该做的更多。 我们来看看新贵凤凰可以科罗拉多（返回到上面的描述？荣耀天）能保持发挥高到足以保持季后赛的位置自己的水平，因为它是今天组装这两个队的新概念。 可以底特律红翼队管理，以巩固季后赛席位，或将它们留出的第一次，因为恐龙漫游地球？ 难道匹兹堡企鹅补充足够的新面孔，以他们的阵容肯定了他们可能不得不把它们放到队在东部击败任何不足之处？ 已在首都华盛顿终于解决他们的防守困境足以把自己弹射到严重的杯子竞争者的类别？ 为什么没有波士顿，谁是在东部头号种子，去年，没有做更多，以解决他们无法取得进球？ 在这期间谁队将比分之前，赛季结束亚历奥韦奇金或悉尼克罗斯比更多的球？ 所有这些问题都将得到解答，在未来一个月，这意味着冰球球迷将要被宠坏从现在到了斯坦利杯总决赛在六月底。 所以装备自己puckheads因为这将是真棒！
周一晚上匹兹堡企鹅和布法罗军刀放在一个相当拿得出手的全国电视观众这本来很好的一直是东部决赛的预览（取决于课程的幼苗）。 来回外遇导致企鹅克服两个目标，第二期的赤字击败马刀5-4。 游戏本身并不代表大局观，也就是为什么马刀和企鹅可能是最好的两（最完整的）队在东部联盟。
对于企鹅是显而易见的，为什么他们在这样一个很好的位置。 匹兹堡有明星的力量在克罗斯比和马尔金，恒星和未来的明星在约旦斯塔尔，萨维老兵像比尔卡介苗和谢尔盖Gonchar，一个令人难以置信的netminder在马克 - 安德烈·弗勒里，哦耶，他们去过的每一个总决赛的过去两年（我提到他们赢得斯坦利杯，去年？）。 未来的企鹅似乎大同小异的方式去为他们最近的过去。 一个主要障碍企鹅不得不克服的是伤病，甚至已经制定了相当不错的他们。 尽管失去了很多玩家很长一段，他们已经能够获得大量生产出来，他们已经不得不从他们的AHL会员，而这正是一直保持漂浮他们打电话的家伙。 这些人所得到的经验是非常宝贵的，它只是预示着企鹅不仅为常规赛季余下的比赛，而且在季后赛中他们应该需要有人站出来在紧张的现场。 因此，尽管有些粗糙补丁企鹅已经通过今年走了你还有今年再次考虑他们在东部联盟最喜爱的二分之一。
马刀没有华而不实的大明星像匹兹堡但如果你要成为一个团队，可以说是有只有一个大明星你想要的开始是在网络，这就是他们在瑞安米勒。 毫无疑问，米勒是不仅在非霍奇金淋巴瘤，但在整个世界上最好的netminders之一。 米勒的职业生涯数字说明一切，但让我们把目光集中在本赛季孤单。 米勒已经出现在47场比赛张贴2.10 GAA（上衣守门员之间有至少出场20次），一.932除百分比（联盟最好的球员）和五个完封（第二，仅次于马蒂布洛德尔会议）。 具有这样的数字的守门员是一个令人难以置信的启动点任何一支球队，虽然他们不具备明星的力量在他的面前人们可能会想，他们有一大堆的球员谁作为一个群体是非常一致的。 蒂姆·康诺利带领球队在点，但他不能承载整个负载自己，这时候过多的其他球员来弥补空缺。 这似乎是每天晚上另一个人正在加紧有所作为，包括但不限于德里克罗伊，托马斯·瓦涅克，和Jason Pominville，事实上有些晚上家伙像德鲁斯塔福德或者蒂姆·肯尼迪将加强大时，他们需要。 由于不必对自己的球队一个大的时间明星布法罗军刀需要一些球员来加强在离合器而这正是他们已经能够做到迄今为止今年。 这将让球队失去平衡，因为它们不能简单地关闭其中一个家伙，知道这场比赛是他们的录取。 这是特别重要的季后赛到来时，这就是为什么我认为布法罗军刀是在黄金位置（只要他们保持健康），使在会议标题严重的运行。
NHL的两个最大的明星了冰对彼此的，因为一年前他们的经典东部半决赛的第一次。 我说的是悉尼克罗斯比和企鹅，当然对亚历奥韦奇金及华盛顿首都。 这是联盟的两个最大的明星，但也是两个曲棍球最好的球队不仅对决。 这场比赛是一个非常有趣的比赛，最终看到了华盛顿匹兹堡关在第三期采取比赛6-3，但游戏本身是没有故事情节。 不幸的是，更大的问题是，游戏是不是电视上的电源插座，人们全国各地都可以看到。 当然它是正在播出的非霍奇金淋巴瘤的网络上，但谁的人有渠道的数量，不仅在纯数字，但也仅限于人谁已经喜欢游戏的限制。 这个游戏需要的是对将达到最高的人数可能，虽然平日比赛不会是在NBC电台，我接受这一点，还是本来就对战。 诚然，非霍奇金淋巴瘤没有最好的电视合同，但他们甚至没有最大限度地发挥他们确实有交易的潜力。 曲棍球是一个奇妙的运动，但我这样的人需要不确信这一点，它的散风扇谁调谐至去年的季后赛系列赛谁需要看到的比赛的最佳球员一个展示今年再次以接近比赛吸引他们，但是，机会是他们没有看到比赛，因为因果球迷可能不具备非霍奇金淋巴瘤的网络。 与之形成鲜明对比的这种在同一个晚上在NBA是在勒布朗 - 詹姆斯和科比 - 布莱恩特在TNT的最大的明星，许多更多的人有机会获得演出外壳2。 这简直就是NBA的做营销的比NHL一个更好的工作的例子。 在我最起码的意见的非霍奇金淋巴瘤有一个产品，是为好，因为这其中NBA的字段，每天晚上它是更好的营销只是对NBA的一部分的问题。 如果非霍奇金淋巴瘤要保持游戏的不断增长，只是利用其优秀的产品给大众（谁无疑会喜欢他们所看到的），那么他们必须要注意的细节，否则联盟将继续走了一步和两步向后当涉及到越来越多的在美国的普及。
在冰上新闻埃德蒙顿油工不具有最好的一年。 有很多原因，埃德蒙顿一直在努力，但也有毫无疑问，没有人已经失去了撕心裂肺比油工。 对达拉斯星埃德蒙顿的对决上周五晚上是这样一个令人心碎的损失的很好的例子。 只需一分多钟走下来一个目标油工拉着他们的守门员赞成第六攻击者，并与1:02左在时钟两队战成三人。 队员们兴高采烈，球迷们激动，它看上去像埃德蒙顿打算至少从他们的西部对手偷了点。 然而，甚至没有一分钟后心痛来袭埃德蒙顿再次为詹姆斯·尼尔拍着主场反弹用了23秒后把小牛向前为好。 说，你想了解的方式埃德蒙顿丢失，如何他们已经失去了整个赛季，但一晚这似乎是每个人都在埃德蒙顿就有理由来庆祝一个勇敢复出，而不是最后的第二次失败，但......像这样的游戏是什么是不是注定的。 感觉不好的在任何情况下职业运动员很辛苦，但在这种情况下，我觉得不好的油壶组织和他们的球迷，他们可以买到的胜利？
最后我将是失职，如果我没有提到的暴发户纽约岛民都具有成功的令人难以置信的大量。 上个赛季，这是在冰面上和处理一吨至于其未来在长岛风暴落冰的最差的球队在联赛中的一个。 尽管持续的脱冰问题的岛民都相当赛季放在一起在冰面上，并在首要的位置进入季后赛。 信用可以去的家伙像约翰塔瓦雷斯谁接走头号总体过去的这个休赛期，或隐藏的宝石像马特Moulson谁已经超出了所有人的预期。 还有的netminder德韦恩Roloson在恒星玩谁，尽管他的年龄一直表现非常令人钦佩的整个赛季。 不管答案是什么岛民已经把一个团队，努力工作每一场比赛，继续变得更好，因为本赛季的推移，用自己的工作热情结合自己的技能也许偷的游戏，他们不应该以其他方式取得胜利。 偷一个双赢时不时就必然会发生与任何年轻打败的球队。 在不过岛民击败这样的队伍，新泽西州和底特律在很短的顺序很有说服力的方式（已关闭两支球队出）的情况并非偶然。 你不赢对阵顶级球队比赛，但他们关闭，除非你是不错的，相信它或没有人的纽约岛民是一支优秀的球队。 我提到去年和本赛季初，我在和夜不归宿这团战晚上喜闻乐见的方式和它终于开始得到回报他们。 这有可能是岛民仍然会功亏一篑季后赛，今年，但如果他们继续玩会是这样的球队将没有什么可羞愧的，并有一些伟大的事情的基础上为下个赛季。 已经有很多的感觉好故事的球队，本赛季，但没有比这个纽约岛民队更好谁是看似超水平发挥迄今。 如果你看他们在任何一个晚上检查出来的机会，这是一个很大的乐趣。
首先，我要利用这个时间来祝贺美国队的U-20队在我见过的任何级别的最好的游戏之一赢得世界青少年锦标赛在加拿大。 The flow of the game was back and forth the whole time with Canada wiping away a two-goal Team USA lead in the final three minutes of regulation before Team USA took the 6-5 win in overtime. Canada once again had an incredibly talented team and for the second year in a row had the home crowd behind them but Team USA did not let that effect their level of focus and that is to be greatly respected. So congrats to both teams on an incredible game and hopefully it is a prelude to what we will see in Vancouver in February.
Refocusing on NHL news this is the perfect time to welcome the Philadelphia Flyers back to the contenders table. I've been particularly critical of this team thus far because they had way too much talent to be playing so poorly. Michael Leighton has provided some much needed stability for them in net posting a 7-0-0 record with an astounding 2.14 GAA; any team with a netminder playing like that has a chance to win every night. The rest of the team has uped their level of play as well but tactics and strategy do not explain why the Flyers have all-of-a-sudden returned to respectability. In a game against Pittsburgh last week the Flyers defeated the Penguins 7-4; throughout the game there were many opportunities that the old Flyers would have taken to win the “battle of the tough guys” causing their team precious penalty minutes in the process and ultimately losing the game. But these new Flyers kept their cool, stayed focus on the real task at hand and that was winning the game on the scoreboard. It's a fundamental change that should be credited to Peter Laviolette as well as the on-ice leadership of the Flyers. If they keep their focus (while managing to stay healthy) and continue to get decent goaltending the Flyers will not be a team people want to play down the stretch and into the playoffs.
On the flipside are three teams who haven't played well and do not seem likely to turn things around anytime soon; those teams are the Carolina Hurricanes (not much to say about them, they are embarrassingly bad in every way), St. Louis Blues, and Columbus Blue Jackets. All three teams made it to the playoffs last year and were expecting big things this year but so far have flopped. St. Louis may be the most intriguing of these teams because they actually have a very good road record at 12-5-4 but are terrible at home going 6-14-3. Traditionally in hockey it is a little “easier” play games on the road because players worry about getting and protecting leads rather than entertaining the fans but in the case of St. Louis it is pretty extreme. Perhaps their new coach can inspire them to translate their road game play into a few extra home wins but for the moment their home performance and overall record as a result are embarrassing. St. Louis is much too talented to be in such a big hole at this point in the season.
As for Columbus what's happening to them is what many people feared might prior to the season—that is that Steve Mason would not be able to play up to the level he did last year and the team would suffer as a result—that has come to fruition. Mason's GAA is a deplorable 3.31 and while there is plenty of blame to go on the defense in front of him the team is built to basically rely on Mason night in and night out. Maybe it is unfair to place so much blame on Mason but that is the situation the powers that be in Columbus have structured the team that way. It isn't that their plan all along was to have Mason be the cornerstone of the team, but with how he performed last year management seemed to make the determination that they would make him that piece and did little to sure up their defense. So either Mason (or Garon) step it up or Columbus will be a lost cause until they get better defensemen and defensive forwards.
The 2010 Winter Classic by all accounts was a big time success and I agree completely. The magic of the day was not tarnished by anything; the weather was great, the ice held up extremely well, the fans were fired up, and the game itself was spectacular. Three cheers for everybody who helps make this game happen because it's certainly a treat for everyone and congratulations to the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers for putting on a great show leaving us all wanting for more.
在此期间，其他重要新闻出来在节日期间是设定为取冰下个月的各种国奥队名册的公告。 此刻的轻松夺冠热门金牌是加拿大和俄罗斯的加拿大人可能持有超过俄罗斯略占优势，因为比赛将举行一起的事实，比赛将在加拿大举行的较小的北美冰的大小这立即给他们带来了提振。 在另一方面，人们可能会说，被关押在加拿大的比赛产生了微弱的优势，以俄国人，因为加拿大人传统上有一吨的压力，他们赢得了金牌，但无论如何，现在的压力加剧，因为加拿大国家队将被打在家庭冰。 虽然对俄国的压力相当数量以及存在无疑会少了很多对他们比对加拿大人，这将使他们能够简单地放松和打曲棍球，无需担心任何其他杂念。 尽管有这些因素仍是一个虚拟的两支球队之间在试图挑选最喜欢的胜负难料，但你真的不能去错要么将黄金与其他人有可能争夺铜牌。
对非霍奇金淋巴瘤前面的其余部分也有一些球队在裸奔，右两个方向错误的。 圣何塞鲨鱼是目前最炙手可热的球队在联赛中的熏埃德蒙顿4-1在周六，以提高他们的连胜到八。 尽管连胜球迷在圣何塞持谨慎乐观态度，因为他们以前去过沿着这条道路。 在每一个过去三年的鲨鱼已经发布逾百点，赢得了总统的奖杯，去年和步履蹒跚来到季后赛时间。 今年的球队是迄今为止他们有过的最好的，但问题是他们能最终延续这种成功进入季后赛。
另一支球队享受最近的成功是费城飞人。 尽管输给了波士顿在冬季经典上周五，飞行物已经赢得了五分之四，并已赢得至少一个点的五连胜。 还有很长的路要走谁挖自己相当一个洞，但似乎他们已成功地扭转乾坤，让一个合法的推向季后赛几乎在一夜之间飞行物。
卡尔加里火焰也是一个四连胜之中从后面来击败多伦多3-1后，上周六。 这是一个团队的情况，他们曾经有过常规赛的成功，他们一直没能转化为季后赛一个体面的数额相似，圣何塞。 强干扰球，一直存在卡尔加里但他们从去年的阵容分离是一个更强大的蓝线与另外杰伊Bouwmeester在休赛期谁是加13至日期。 这是他的存在，已经帮助翁Phaneuf了他的比赛了一下，也需要一些压力Kiprusoff的这就是为什么今年可能是他们已经在几年提前深入到了季后赛卡尔加里的最好机会。
匹兹堡企鹅是裸奔的很好，但在错误的方向。 他们3-1击败坦帕湾闪电在周六下午的企鹅已经失去了四连胜的手，在两场比赛中只打进了一球，吹3-0领先到布法罗军刀在本周早些时候。 在一个漫长的赛季有很多的风风雨雨，但令人担忧的事情匹兹堡是他们已经失去的方式。 还有很长的路要走，企鹅有太多的天赋，这样的连胜继续，但他们已经找到一种方法来取得更加一致和保护导线，当他们得到他们。
嗯，这在联盟运行一点点。 我希望每个人都享有的冬季经典，有一个伟大的时间响起在新的一年！ 有一个伟大的2010大家好！
Do not be fooled by the success of the New Jersey Devils through the first 34 games of the season. Granted, they are in first place in the East (with a tie-breaker over the Pittsburgh Penguins) but it is not an indication of things to come for New Jersey come playoff time. One must give them credit where credit is due because they are in fact in first place and Martin Bordeur is being his amazing self winning game after game with the incredible play of the likes of Zach Parise, Jamie Langenbrunner, Travis Zajac, and Brian Rolston in front of him. Despite their stellar play—as indicated by their record—the problems for New Jersey in recent years have started in the playoffs and quite frankly this season will be no different. From a logistical point of view the rule changes coming out of the lockout have hurt the Devils' style of play greatly since they benefitted greatly from the clutching and grabbing that was a major target of the rule changes. In that sense, it makes it much harder for the Devils to win games because it puts more pressure on them to score more often than to try to protect a one goal lead they might have settled on doing in the past. Not only that but from the perspective of something more intangible is the fact that now teams not only have a bit of a tactical advantage over New Jersey that was lacking in the past but they also have greater hope.
There is no doubt that the Devils talent level is amongst the best in the league but when lesser teams faceoff against them come playoff time New Jersey's style of play does not squash any hopes that a lesser team can beat them. Instead, by trying to protect small leads, the other teams start to believe they can actually beat New Jersey. As a result such teams grow in confidence yielding better on ice play and ultimately the elimination of New Jersey from the playoffs. Last year is a great example of that; all due respect to Carolina they were not on the same level talent wise as New Jersey but for the entire series they were able to just keep hanging around until eventually Carolina ousted the Devils from the playoffs. In contrast to that—after Carolina got by Boston under similar circumstances—when Carolina went to play a highly talented Penguin team that could score Carolina was completely outmatched and swept out of the playoffs. Until New Jersey can figure out a way to put teams away in the post-season by crushing their will a cycle of early round exits will continue indefinitely with this year being no exception.
A lot to cover so let's get going.
1。 The Philadelphia Flyers fired John Stevens after four seasons in which he had experienced quite a bit of success. In the 2006-2007 season the Flyers were awful and Stevens followed up that season by leading the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Finals where they were eliminated by the Penguins. Then of course last season Stevens had the Flyers in the playoffs again only to see their cross-state rivals once again eliminate them from the playoffs. Granted, there is nothing good about losing but there is really no shame in getting eliminated from the playoffs by one of the best and eventually the best team in the league. Thus far this season the Flyers have been mediocre but are hardly out of playoff contention currently sitting in 13 th in the East but it games in hand on every team in front of it so if it wins those games in hand a playoff spot would belong to the Flyers. It remains to be seen what will happen with this early season coaching change—and I was forced to eat my words about midseason coaching changes last year by Pittsburgh who made a coaching change then went on to win the Stanley Cup—but I do not think it will make one bit of difference for Philadelphia. There is a fair amount of talent on the team and Ray Emery has been pretty good in goal but the Flyers problems focus more on trying to win a fight on skates rather than a hockey game. Physical play is in fact important and it's a significant piece toward becoming a championship team but being undisciplined is a dagger in the heart of victory. They also have to play much better defense in front of whoever is in net because in their last nine games they have given up at least three goals on seven different occasions. No offense to new coach Peter Laviolette but the Flyers are who they are and so I don't think the season will go any differently with him than it would have with Stevens. (please see the following link for my preseason thoughts on the Flyers http://sportsroids.com/2009/09/27/eastern-conference-outlook/ )
2。 As much as I enjoy watching Alex Ovechkin play he is really making a name for himself as a dirty player. All of North America saw his knee-on-knee hit on Sergei Gonchar is last year's second round playoff series, and now Ovechkin has served a suspension for doing the same thing to Hurricane defensemen Tim Gleason (Ovechkin also sustained an injury on that same play). There are some other questionable plays on Ovechkin's record and if they continue to build up it will taint his image. No other player in the league can impact the game any more than Ovechkin can with his incredible offensive presence but hockey is a game of honor and if Ovechkin continues his dirty play he will have to answer to some pretty tough guys who will not go quietly. So if I'm Caps coach Bruce Boudreau I am making it clear to Ovechkin that has to keep better control of himself and stop with the dirty play for otherwise the Caps championship aspirations will be in serious jeopardy.
3。 The Carolina Hurricanes got their first road win of the season in 14 tries by defeating the defending champion Penguins. Why the Hurricanes are so bad is a headscratcher but a sarcastic congratulations from me to them on their first road victory of the year. Here's to many more road wins… or at least one more anyway.
4。 Despite having recently lost two-in-a-row the Buffalo Sabres are quietly having a very successful season led by the incredible play of Ryan Miller. Anytime your netminder is posting an incredible 1.90 GAA you're more than likely going to win a lot of games. But despite such great numbers Miller cannot go it alone and thus far he certainly is not. Tim Connolly and Derek Roy are leading the way with 21 points (6 goals 15 assists for each) with wingers Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek not far behind with 19 and 18 points respectively. Buffalo is not a flashy team but they are very consistent and find themselves ahead on the scoreboard come the end of the game and that's all that matters. Their power play is less than stellar putting them 21st “best” in the league but they counter it with a penalty kill that is 3 rd best in the league and that is very important/impressive—it also helps that the Sabres stay out of the penalty box. The Sabres were very good last year before being crushed by injuries in the stretch run but so far this team is better than last year's and if they keep this up the East needs to be on notice because fore you know it you'll be shaking the hands of the Sabres and wishing them good luck in the next round.
There's much more to talk about but it will have to wait for next time…
PS To everyone making comments, thank you so much and please continue to do so. Many of them have not been posted to the site (as you may have noticed) but I do not have control when those are posted so please keep the comments coming for they will be posted shortly. Thanks everyone.
Greetings puckheads, hope everyone in the US had a great Thanksgiving (and to you as well Canadian friends, although I'm about a month late eh?). I am back from my break and have a lot to cover so let's get started.
There is so much more to talk about but so little time. But I will say that the season has been incredibly entertaining so far and it's only going to get better with the Winter Classic and Olympics right around the corner!
Tagged: Jordan Staal , Marc-Andre Fleury , Max Talbot , Ottawa Senators , Pittsburgh Penguins , sergei gonchar
With a 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks last night the New Jersey Devils have now won six in a row and find themselves on top of the Atlantic Division supplanting the injury riddled Pittsburgh Penguins. That is what makes the Devils a unique win producing machine; in the offseason they lost Brian Gionta and long time stable John Madden and yet the victories continue to pile up. Say what you will about the neutral zone trap—that it's boring, unentertaining, etc.—the bottom line is that it works and there's nothing more entertaining than watching your team win. Let's not kid ourselves, the Devils roster is not full of duds, Patrick Elias, Jamie Langenbrunner, and of course Martin Brodeur are big time players. However, for most teams losing the players New Jersey has over the last few years would not have ended well. Despite the losses (including Brodeur miss most of last year with injury) the Devils players continue to buy into the system being preached to them and it results in win after win and ultimately playoff appearances. Granted, over the last few years success in the playoffs has been hard to come by for New Jersey but being in a position to be successful is all you can ask for coming out of the regular season because once the post-season begins you never know what will happen.
A few random thoughts for the moment:
After most NHL teams have played in the neighborhood of eight games it is important to note (as should be said every year about this time) that no top team is as good as they seem and no bottom teams are as bad as they seem. So Pens and Rangers fans keep your lids on and Leafs fans it really will get better.
The LA Kings are for real. There has been some debate whether they're ready to be good now or are still a year off. Well after a very strong start there should be no doubt in anybody's mind that they are ready to compete now. So to those of you on the east coast if you do not watch any other games for west coast teams all year make sure to catch LA in a home game if you can it's worth it to watch a team just beginning to bloom.
Early signs point to the Atlantic Division in the east and the Pacific Division in the west as being the most competitive division in each conference. As a result they will probably have the most teams in the playoffs come April.
The Washington Capitals are in the bottom third of the conference in terms of goals allowed. As exciting as that offense is to watch they can forget about winning anything other than the division if they don't play better defensively (and that's not entirely on the goaltender).
The Ottawa Senators have been playing well. Enjoy it while it lasts Sens fans because they are a fraud.
Credit to the Phoenix Coyote players who have not allowed any of the off-ice drama from the summer affect them. 他们打得非常好，现在和球队将是全年固体他们可以继续专注于曲棍球。 季后赛？ Doubtful, but they are no easy W for anyone. 荣誉的球员，并保持了良好的工作。
As much as many puckheads might hate to admit it the Detroit Red Wings are the favorites to win the West until they are officially eliminated from playoff contention or knocked out of the playoffs themselves.
Enjoy your weekend of hockey everyone, all teams in play Saturday, should be a good one.
The Pittsburgh Penguins could not have asked for a much better start to their championship defense as they are 6-1-0, undefeated on the road, have a starting netminder who has yet to lose, and are seeing Jordan Staal ride last year's playoff wave by becoming a major force in the middle. Crosby and Malkin are of course still leading the team, (and Sergei Gonchar continues to play extremely well) but they are also getting strong play from the likes of Tyler Kennedy who has four goals and an assist which equals Crosby's total to date. Defenseman Alex Goligoski is very much taking advantage at his first chance to play a full season at the top level for he has been brilliant. Not only does Goligoski have five points but he has been working extremely hard to get to loose pucks and to make other teams pay for every inch of ice they gain against him; Goligoski is also in the top twelve in the league in terms of blocked shots (see: http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/statistics?stat=nhlscoring&league=nhl&sort=bs&order=true&qual=true&season=2009&seasontype=2&pos=r for more blocked shot numbers among other stats). The season is still young and as the Ottawa Senators (of two years ago) and New York Rangers (of last year) will tell you a fast start does not carry you throughout the season. It never hurts to get off to a great start and few would doubt that the Penguins have the team that can sustain their early success but their energy level has to remain high. The Stanley Cup hangover certainly has not been an issue thus far but they must also hold off the complacency bug as the season rolls on.
Ok corny intros aside here is my preview of the west (much like I did for the east) followed by the finals pick and who I think will hoist the Cup next spring.
The Detroit Red Wings are the best of the best again and despite having lost Hudler and Hossa they will simply use the machine of a farm system they've created to reload without skipping a beat. The only outstanding question in Detroit is the regular season play of Chris Osgood who put up subpar numbers last year from October through March. 显示了在季后赛中一直奥斯古德的MO但如果他是今年的不一致，因为他是上赛季在底特律的部门其他球队的崛起能找到的强大的红翼队争夺季后赛席位。
Things are looking up on the ice in Chicago as long as Patrick Kane can stay out of trouble off the ice. 凯恩与帕特里克·夏普和乔纳森托斯（等等）的回报，同时老兵约翰·麦登和玛丽安·霍萨已被添加到一个已经明星云集的阵容。 就像他们的同行，北芝加哥的唯一真正的未知因素是净的尼古拉Khabibulin现在是埃德蒙顿油人队的一员。 The most seasoned and perhaps most likely person to provide stability for the Hawks between the pipes is Cristobal Huet who has shown some signs of greatness. No matter who ultimately gets and keeps the starting job as the goaltender goes so goes Chicago. If their netminder is consistenly good then Chicago can win it all, and if not then they won't, but either way the playoffs are in their future.
哥伦布拿到季后赛曲棍球的第一口味上赛季主要是骑突击新秀netminder史蒂夫梅森回来。 While Mason will not enjoy the same amount of individual success as last year it is my contention that the team will fare better overall. 里克·纳什是对蓝夹克明星的短名单，但什么哥伦布已经比其他球队的凝聚力。 This group has gone through a lot of losing together and last year they experienced a taste of winning. Last year's success felt good to them and the bitterness of not winning a game in the post season no doubt left a bitter taste in their mouths and will only bring them together to work harder for one another to become a better squad.
温哥华骑着罗伯托Luongo一路的赛季后，去年横扫圣路易斯蓝调出来亚历克斯挖洞的棍子季后赛。 季后赛是各种各样的亚历克斯挖洞一现身派对（根据一些），并加人队的球迷都希望这只是一点。 Locking up the Sedin twins was huge for any hopes of being a serious contender for Vancouver but the past few seasons have shown that they cannot rely on the Sedin's for all of their offense. Having three solid lines is something they have lacked for a few years causing their postseason success to be limited. Adding the experience of Mathieu Schneider will greatly improve their blueline but it will be up to the likes of Ryan Kessler and the aforementioned Alex Burrows to prop up this team to the next level. 第一回合是给定的，但第二轮及以后达至温哥华。
For the Calgary Flames it is short and sweet. 他们可以使它在季后赛首轮中的一个（因为他们今年将再次这样做），但问题再次为火焰将是他们有足够的纪律采取的第一轮退出他们的挫折并翻译成打的多的声音曲棍球。 它不再是关于技能的卡尔加里，他们已经得到了，它是具有精神刚毅上进的团队精神量。
洛杉矶国王将可能是西部联盟本赛季最有趣的和令人兴奋的故事。 Most all puckheads agree that this team is on the rise but I think not only are they on the rise but that they will win their first round playoff series. Sure it puts me in a bind as far as other preseason predictions go but I'm saying this one supersedes all other predictions I make with the exception of the scenario in which they play the team I think will advance to the finals out of the west. 一般来说，我只是说有信心在什么国王组织作为一个整体在做什么。 他们已经采取了自己舔多年来却花了很多时间在这些硬块学习，并提出了一些非常有天赋的球员在关键领域。 他们有很多优秀的年轻球员达斯汀•布朗，亚历山大弗罗洛夫（标题到他的职业生涯的黄金），杰克·约翰逊，瓶装斯托尔（亦标题进入这个黄金）和乔纳森快速谁是目标非常可靠去年是可能只会变得更好。 Along with this young talent they have added seasoned veterans in Ryan Smyth and Rob Scuderi who has just come off a Stanley Cup Championship with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Kings have the right people in the right places at the right time and barring injury this team is poised to be successful right now.
最后是总统杯获奖圣何塞鲨鱼谁做了一点改变自己的球队在动作数量方面，而且招式质量一直恒星。 Dany Heatley was picked up—at the expense of Jonathan Cheechoo—and will be a wonderful addition to this squad. 常规赛的成功不是一个问题了鲨鱼（多西队的真实似乎），但希特利使他们渡过了难关陷入严重的竞争赢得了西部。 希特利不仅可以得分了很多进球，但他之前所以他一起在他的肩膀上的芯片，以显示那些在渥太华，他仍然可以发挥的经验是要移动圣何塞沿着另一步享受成功相当数量的正确的方向。
唯一的其他球队，可以使任何噪音，他们应该进入季后赛是阿纳海姆鸭子。 Their experience is what sets them above the rest but unfortunately perhaps their greatest asset is their biggest downfall. 鸭子是一个老龄化的团队谁失去的又一步骤在每个位置上，只能希望贴近，直到交易截止日，他们可以或许使一招一个年轻的一群玩家与清新的腿一个漫长的季后赛。 埃德蒙顿也不甘落后要么但他们功亏一篑的明星影响力和在西方获得成功所需的体力发挥。 干扰球，是埃德蒙顿最强的方面，但是这是真的，去年也因此他们不会得到他们要么。 No other team has a prayer of even getting to the playoffs let alone making noise once they get there.
所有这一切说，我认为芝加哥黑鹰将是球队能走出西部，因为他们会发现，他们需要在网什么，会走的更远了一步比去年多。 芝加哥将在波士顿熊谁将会拖垮匹兹堡企鹅的疲惫小组，坐西朝东。 This sets up an awesome original six match-up which will be a marketing dream for the NHL. After an incredible back and fourth battle the Stanley Cup Finals will again go seven games at which point the Chicago Blackhawks will finally allow Marian Hossa to hoist the Stanley Cup as the 2009-2010 Stanley Cup Champions! 享受开幕之夜大家！
As the hour draws closer and the puckheads continue to salivate over the tease that is the hockey preseason it is time to supplement the appetizers before the hockey fest begins.
Eastern Conference Preview:
I'll start by predicting who I think will make it to the playoffs (in no particular order) then we'll look at least briefly at where each team stands. So here are the top eight teams in no particular order:
Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers (Carolina Hurricanes?), New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens, and the Washington Capitals.
The Pittsburgh Penguins should probably be the favorites going into the season because their team is a lot the same and they are the champs until someone else wins the title. They did lose Rob Scuderi but overall you have to like their chances to defend their conference title.
The New York Rangers lost Scott Gomez but have added Marian Gaborik who—if he can stay healthy—will add scoring power to a pretty solid but not spectacular line-up. The nice thing about the Rangers is that even if they do not score a ton of goals Henrik Lundqvist will keep them in most games, will steal a few, and will overall give them a chance to win most every contest they are involved in. Having a chance to win every game is not actually winning them however and that's where Gaborik is going to be important for them. If Gaborik stays healthy he scores enough goals to get them enough points to get them into the playoffs. In the event that Gaborik does get hurt that will leave New York on the outside looking in and will open the door for the Carolina Hurricanes to sneak into a playoff spot. Carolina too is a solid team but Cam Ward cannot do it alone and they will not be able to rely on Jussi Jokkinen to play all year the way he did in the playoffs. But if any team should fall off at all (ie the Rangers) that opens the door for the Canes. Either way, neither team will be a serious Stanley Cup contender.
The New Jersey Devils are channeling their inner 1995 by bringing Jacques Lemaire back to captain the ship. Nothing has changed for the Devils since 1995 and as a result they can continue like a well-oiled machine with their new, old, coach. New Jersey is very much a system team so with Martin Brodeur playing behind that system you have to pencil them into the playoffs and as championship contenders. Some players have changed since last season's first round exit to Carolina but it matters not as the methodical Devils will be back in the playoffs again.
Tagged: Atlanta Thrashers , Boston Bruins , Brian Gionta , Buffalo Sabres , Cam Ward , Carey Price , Carolina Hurricanes , Chris Pronger , Dany Heatley , Florida Panthers , Henrik Lundqvist , Jacques Lemaire , John Tavares , Jussi Jokinen , Marian Gaborik , Martin Brodeur , Montreal Canadiens , New Jersey Devils , New York Islanders , New York Rangers , Ottawa Senators , Phil Kessel , Philadelphia Flyers , Pittsburgh Penguins , puckheads , Ray Emery , Rob Scuderi , Scott Gomez , Semyon Varlamov , Stanley Cup , Tampa Lightning , Toronto Maple Leafs , Washington Capitals
Well it has been a long time coming for but finally the NHL season is upon us and as such so is the return of the NHL section of sportsroids.com. 我一样兴奋，因为任何人对本赛季转了再次让我们的正事了。
The Pittsburgh Penguins are back to defend their title and with the exception of the loss of Rob Scuderi the team is about the same now as they were on the day they won the cup. Despite that, repeating is going to be a daunting task because not only are they the defending champs but in order to repeat they will have to reach the Stanley Cup Finals for a third year in a row. 与此同时，他们还有两个在世界上最好的球员在自己的球队所以这将是有趣的，看看这个故事在匹兹堡如何发展。
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). There are also plenty of questions to be asked about both up and coming teams as well as those who have been on the cusp but have not quite made that next big step:
在东方，可以华盛顿今年起到足够的防守让他们进入总决赛，并有可能使他们的总决赛第一场出现在奥维金时代？ 费城将最终得到的净一贯发挥他们缺乏在过去两年，将有可能让他们渡过了难关？ Does the Southeast Division continue to be a two horse race or can Tampa Bay finally put their talent together well enough to become serious playoff contenders? 什么是真正打算在蒙特利尔和渥太华，有他们终于得到了他们各自的行为一起？
在西部，将芝加哥抓住这个机会废黜底特律红翼在中部赛区？ 是达尼希特利的答案圣何塞终于翻译他们的常规赛胜利进入季后赛的荣耀？ Are the LA Kings poised to translate their young talent into a playoff appearance? Is Calgary ready to kick their first round exit habit of the last few years? 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，期待这个赛季。 在接下来的几天里，我将通过每个会议的预览，让你不仅谁将会赢得每但是什么其他故事要提防像什么队伍将超额完成和那些将令人失望。
So much to do and talk about, it's great to be talking puck again. We here at sportsroids.com are very excited to start year two of hockey blogging, it's great to have you with us!
非霍奇金淋巴瘤已经宣布，2010年冬季精英赛将在芬威公园举行的波士顿棕熊队和费城飞人之间。 Generally speaking I could care less who is playing in this game because as a fan of the sport and of the unique nature of this game I will be watching and will enjoy it from start to finish. 不过，我不明白为什么非霍奇金淋巴瘤和NBC已经决定，一个熊，传单匹配将有一个更好的平局在美国比说熊，资本对决。 这是事实，这两支球队有很大的电视市场，这将导致巨大的吸引力来自两个单独参与城市。 However, there is no bigger star in the NHL today than Alexander Ovechkin; no matter what you think of him I think all fans agree that he is one of the most exciting hockey players in the whole world from his on ice performance to his off-ice personality. 不仅有人在DC和波士顿地区是兴奋的游戏，但冰球球迷遍布全国各地及休闲运动的球迷都将走出自己的方式来观看奥维金在游戏中作为特殊的发挥冬季经典就成了。 Not only should Ovechkin and the Caps be playing this game instead of the Flyers for star power but also because Philadelphia playing in this game against Boston pushes away the idea of a Penguins-Flyers Winter Classic at Beaver Stadium for many years. That makes deciding to put Philadelphia in this match-up a double whammy of blunders on the part of the NHL and NBC. The ratings will suffer this year because Ovechkin is not in it (and should be) and because a potential future contest that could also result in huge ratings and fan turnout in person has been push back indefinitely. 所以，再一次，而我会关注这场比赛无论谁是打在它和它可能是这场比赛了，也可以得到具有巨大的吸引力，并成为主要的娱乐，我仍然认为非霍奇金淋巴瘤和NBC有伤害的潜在冬季经典不仅为2010年，但在不久的将来也是如此。
由于匹兹堡企鹅的组织和球迷继续庆祝他们的俱乐部的胜利和人民在底特律继续舔自己的伤口曲棍球世界其他地区展望未来。 非霍奇金淋巴瘤颁奖晚宴是周四06月18日，6月26日在NHL词条草稿，当然NHL的自由球员市场开始7月1日。 与NHL奖项首先我们就来看看在三个最大的奖励（按我）的争夺和我预测谁赢，那些奖是Calder奖（最佳新秀最高），诺里斯奖杯（前防守），Vezina战利品（顶守门员），和哈特奖杯（联赛最有价值球员）。
Calder Trophy Nominees are Steve Mason (CBJ), Bobby Ryan (ANA), and Kris Versteeg (CHI). Bobby Ryan made an unbelievable impact on the Ducks this year and will certainly big a major force in Anaheim for years to come but he's not taking home this trophy. Kris Versteeg is an important part on a very young team that will be fantastic for years to come with guys like Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, and Duncan Keith (among others) but it's not his trophy to win either. The winner in my view has to be Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets because if not for him the Blue Jackets would not have made the playoffs let alone a decent seed at sixth. Mason led the league in shutouts with 10 and first in Goals Against Average (GAA) in the Western Conference at 2.29. 他们在梅森在哥伦布前的一些天赋，但他是球队的支柱，如果他扮演这样在今后的岁月里为随时间的天赋提高了蓝夹克可以使大量的噪音，但没有梅森他们赢得'吨去任何地方。 因此，据我而言,2008-2009 Calder奖的赢家将是克里斯·梅森。
诺里斯奖杯代理人是Zdeno轮甜心（BOS），迈克·格林（WSH）和尼克拉斯林德斯特罗姆（DET）。 迈克·格林有一个美好的赛季华盛顿，但他更是一个额外的前进，当他被打不是一个很好的防守队员。 Green scored with regularity and played a major role in Washington taking the two spot in the Eastern Conference but his defense is lacking compared to the other two nominees. 尼克拉斯林德斯特罗姆又回来再次试图赢得诺里斯的7 个时间在他的职业生涯，并提名无数次。 Lindstrom has been a major part of Detroit's success over the years as the face of the team changes over the years Lindstrom remains a constant and it seems like his game never diminishes. I do not think Lindstrom is going to win this year but once again his presence on the ice and leadership on and off of it is second to none. Last but not least is who I think will win the award and that is Zdeno Chara. A major part of the turn-around for Boston from 8 th to 1 st was the play and leadership Zdeno Chara exhibited this season. 他一直是一名优秀的球员，但他加强了majorly今年不仅攻入及时的目标，但也表白自己身体，以帮助主宰了一些球队整个赛季的过程中。 由于这些事情的结果，我认为Zdeno轮甜心将被授予诺里斯奖杯。
Vezina战利品代理人是尼克拉斯·斯特罗姆（MIN），史蒂夫梅森（CBJ），蒂姆 - 托马斯（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. 其结果是一个人谁可能是值得赢得这个奖项将在寒冷的被排除在外。 这是一个类似的故事史蒂夫 - 梅森，他绝对是值得获奖，但因为他会在所有的可能性赢得Calder奖，他赢得了Vezina战利品的前景并不看好。 在运行梅森三个大概做了最让他的球队，因此也许应该赢得这一奖项，但令人怀疑的是，他将带奖杯回家。 这使得蒂姆 - 托马斯谁可能赢得这一奖项只是淘汰过程，但尽管托马斯当然值得赢得奖项，他的提名得到很好赚。 托马斯领导的联盟在GAA在2.10以及保存百分比在0.933，是下了很大的压力在波士顿进行，因为许多人认为他不可能是一个顶级的守门员。 他证明了每个人都错了与他的一致性，本赛季，应相应奖励。 虽然它可能是真实的，托马斯将赢得的最后一个人站在三达为获奖托马斯可以赢得该奖项反对在整个联赛中任何其他的守门员这就是为什么他会得到该奖项于六月展会18 日 。
今年的牡鹿战利品被提名人是帕维尔·秋克（DET），叶夫根马尔金（PIT）和亚历山大奥韦奇金（WSH）。 这可能是最值得期待的奖项整场演出的，是绝对的最激烈的奖项争夺之一。 Each nominee is as deserving of the award as the next and that makes it one of the hardest awards to call because each player is so important to the success of his respective team that so little separates them. Pavel Datsyuk had an unbelievable year finishing 5 th in assists (65) and 4 th in points with 97. 他是最好的双向球员在世界之一，并已发挥了很大一部分在成功的底特律红翼队在经历了过去几年特别是金额。 秋克在双方的进攻和防守型打法是值得每队渴望摆脱他们的球员至少足够在更不用说做擅长秋克的方式一样。 脱颖而出的一队超级巨星之路秋克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。
Next is Evgeni Malkin who had an unbelievable season in Pittsburgh leading the league in assists with 70 and overall points with 113. Malkin has the ability to take games over when the going gets tough and does just that time and time again carrying the team on his back. 他是一个球员谁是伟大的进球时，他需要也使他周围的队友变得更好，而他的在冰面上。 Malkin is a pretty good two-way player—although not as good as Datsyuk—who can back-check with the best of them and turn a rush for the other team into a great counter-attack for Pittsburgh. Leading by example is a strength for Malkin and is a top reason why the Penguins went from a team on the outside looking in on the playoffs to home-ice advantage in the first round in a very short period of time.
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。 What Ovechkin can do on the ice is clear as he led the league in goals with 56 and finished second in points with 110. Ovechkin is an explosive player who helps make Washington's power play one of the best in the league by far, and can help keep the Caps in a game by scoring big goals in games Washington probably should not be in otherwise if they're being dominated in their own end. Perhaps Ovechkin's biggest weakness is that he is not very good in the defensive zone and has a tendency to disappear if the other team is controlling the puck in the Washington zone while also disallowing the quick breakout counter attack. 尽管如此，能源奥维金给游戏带来对其他玩家身上汲取养分，肯定让他们更好的进攻比他们可能是在其他情况下。 So in terms of value to a team there may be no one who means more to their team than Ovechkin means to the Capitals because he is the lifeblood of that organization. All that said it is hard to say who will win the award by just looking at these three guys on paper. However, it may come down to the fact that Malkin plays with another star in Sidney Crosby and Datsyuk has a bunch of guys around him who are superstars in their own right. Ovechkin on the other hand does not have the stand out superstar around him and as a result Alexander Ovechkin will be your 2008-2009 NHL MVP.
It has been a wonderful season and the NHL awards are a great way to reflect on how wonderful the season has been even including the playoffs despite these being regular season awards. I hope everyone enjoyed this season as it was one of the best for the NHL in recent history which is something they can certainly build on. 现在赛季结束了它是一个全新的开始给大家，所以应该有事情要谈这个夏天为球队准备让自己下赛季的杯子奔跑了相当数量。 Thanks for reading this season everyone and I hope you continue to follow along right here on sportsroids.com as we cover the happenings of the offseason and into training camp come September.
The Pittsburgh Penguins defied the odds Friday night by defeating the Detroit Red Wings to win the franchises third Stanley Cup and first since 1992. 夜晚的英雄是最大的Talbot谁赢得了两个匹兹堡的目标，并有红翼急忙跟上他一整夜。 It had been said that the Wings were going to be able to use their experience to walk all over the Penguins to win back-to-back titles with ease. 什么匹兹堡显示周五晚上不仅何曾有过在一场比赛中7 outduel底特律，但第二场比赛连胜，他们表现出比红翼更深入从上到下。 Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were again both held without a goal and once again the Penguins showed they don't need their stars to score in order to win. Malkin did in fact have an assist on this night propelling him to his 36 th point and ultimately the Conn Smythe trophy making him the first Russian and only fourth non Canadian to win the Award.
One star the Penguins did need to come up with a huge game was netminder Marc-Andre Fleury and boy did he delivery. Fleury played arguably his best game of the series in game seven exercising all of his Joe Louis Arena demons in the process. Going into the game most felt that Pittsburgh needed a strong game from everyone on the ice to ultimately hoist the cup and that's exactly what they got. Pittsburgh was sharper than Detroit from start to finish including the man who came to the Red Wings in the offseason from Pittsburgh in one Marian Hossa. It was the ultimate irony as Hossa not only did not win a Stanley Cup in Detroit but he lost to the team he left because he felt he'd have a better chance of winning as a Red Wing. Hossa was a ghost in the final series and perhaps the pressure to perform got to him, or maybe we'll later on about an injury he was playing with but the bottom line is he left Pittsburgh last summer to win a cup and it was the Penguins who ended up winning the whole thing.
So congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins on their victory. This is a bunch of young guys who may find themselves in this position time and time again in the years to come. But for now, it is a moment for them to simply soak up and enjoy because despite their talent it is also something that may never happen again. Detroit will no doubt be back next year as they retool and get re-energized for next season, but for now the mountain top belongs to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The time is almost upon us and no one is more excited than I as the hockey world prepares for the 15 th game seven in Stanley Cup Finals history. All of the hype over the past few days will culminate it what we hope will be one of the best nights of hockey in recent memory and perhaps one of the best games in all of sports history. That remains to be seen of course but one thing we know for sure is that the Stanley Cup WILL be hoisted tonight and if that isn't enough to get you charged up then you simply don't like hockey. The fans, players, coaches, and media are all ready to go so the electricity inside Joe Louis Arena at the drop of the puck should be extraordinary.
So who will be victorious tonight and raise the Stanley Cup? Many think Detroit is the easy pick having home-ice advantage and experience on their side from having been here time and time again including last year over these very Pittsburgh Penguins. Detroit will also get last change so they expect to continue to hassle Crosby and Malkin at every turn frustrating them from the start of play until the final whistle. However, tonight's X-factor is the third line of the Penguins with Staal, Kennedy, and Cooke. They have played very well at home providing great energy and both goals for Pittsburgh in game six. The biggest advantage for them is that Detroit likes to match-up against every line man-for-man and as a result of that the Penguins third line disrupts that order. For the most part this series the Penguins third line has got the best of Detroit even managing to frustrate them a few times. The top players are going to play well no matter what but when it comes down to it Pittsburgh's third line has an edge over Detroit's third line. So will all the emotion flowing through the Joe tonight it is the third line of the Penguins that will be the difference in them WINNING THE STANLEY CUP. I picked Pittsburgh to win at the outset of this series and I will not back away from that now. Detroit has a lot going for them tonight but it won't be enough as the Pittsburgh Penguins will hoist the Stanley Cup for the third time in team history and first time since 1992.
The Pittsburgh Penguins answered the call Tuesday night to force game seven on Friday in Detroit. Pittsburgh used a lot of energy to dominate the entire first period and second putting up two goals before Detroit could get on the board. A few interesting notes about Tuesday's game are as follows: Sidney Crosby only played 17 minutes while Tyler Kennedy played 19; neither Malkin nor Crosby figured in on the score sheet; the players (excluding goaltenders) who had the best game were probably Jordan Staal, Tyler Kennedy, Brooks Orpik and Rob Scuderi; and last but not least Chris Osgood played a great game and the Penguins still won. Marc-Andre Fleury huge because he kept Detroit out of the net toward the end of the game which was exactly how Pittsburgh needed him to play after yielding five goals in game five. No save was any bigger than the breakaway save on Dan Cleary which probably would have put the Penguins behind the eight ball in terms of momentum.
On the other end were the Detroit Red Wings who were outplayed for most of the night but all-in-all did not play a bad game. Detroit was able to completely shut Malkin and Crosby out –at least kept them both off the score sheet—which most people ahead of time would have said that Detroit completing such a task would result in them hoisting the Stanley Cup. Chris Osgood also played a very solid game—as previously mentioned—a performance good enough for a victory on most nights. The unfortunate thing for Detroit was that they probably set out that night saying they would make the role players for the Penguins beat them on this night and Pittsburgh did just that. It's unlikely that the Red Wings will panic as a result but it definitely gives them something to think about going into game seven.
It's probably too early to make do any serious predictions about game seven just yet. With that in mind it's probably safe to say that the sports world will be very excited in anticipation of this game. There are storylines aplenty as there have been all series long, and if nothing else the Penguins have garnered more respect from the Red Wings than they had before the series started. All of the stats will be thrown out the window once the puck drops on Friday night and it should be quite a treat for everyone from the diehard hockey fan to the casual fan of sport. Let the hype begin as Pittsburgh and Detroit prepare for a one game playoff for the Stanley Cup!
After game three the tide had indeed turned in favor of the Pittsburgh Penguins as they parlayed their momentum into a 4-2 game four win to even the series at two. That momentum carried into the first period of game five which saw the Penguins outshoot Detroit 10-8 but resulting in the Red Wings taking a 1-0 first period lead. Then the wheels fell off… Three straight power play goals put the Red Wings ahead 4-0 and they never looked back. Pittsburgh lost its composure as they continued to tack up the penalties that ultimately led to the dismissal of Marc-Andre Fleury and a 5-0 Detroit win putting them only one win from their second straight Stanley Cup Title and Pittsburgh's second straight finals loss. Fortunately for the Penguins the score does not carry over into the next game so they can start anew as they face series elimination prior to game seven for the first time in these playoffs and only the third time in the last two years. All Pittsburgh has to do in game six is forget about the second period of that game and return to their first period form of game five—and with the home crowd on their side that should be fairly easy to accomplish. There is no need for them to panic because they have amazing skill, talent, speed, coaching, and leadership to aid them in forcing a game seven in Detroit.
For Detroit it's the same old story. They are one win away from winning their second straight title and fifth since 1997. They have allowed their experience and skill (along with impeccable coaching from Mike Babcock) to carry them through adversity by staying disciplined and focused. The Penguins can learn a whole lot from Detroit in how they bounced right back from dropping two in a row in Pittsburgh and having a game four second period to forget. As long as they remain patient, whether any early storm, and stay out of the penalty box (as they did Saturday night) they will no doubt be raising the Stanley Cup around 10:20pm or so Tuesday night.
From the causal Fan's point of view hopefully game six is as entertaining as the rest of the series had been prior to period two of game five. And I see no reason why it wouldn't be. If for no other reason excitement should build because for the first time this year the Cup will be in the house! Enjoy the game everyone.
[*Some of you may have noticed the drop off in the consistency of my posts the past couple of weeks. I was on vacation and had some unforeseen computer problems which did not allow me to post when I would have liked. But now I am back to my home computer and things are fine again; so thank you all for your patience and for sticking with me!]
The funniest thing about this series so far is that arguably the team to play best in each game has lost. In the first two games the Red Wings looked tired and broken down, were outshot by an enormous margin and yet they took a 2-0 series lead to Pittsburgh. On Tuesday night (despite scoring first) the Penguins looked outmatched and yet they were victorious. The difference so far has been timeliness goaltending and goal scoring but also in being first to the loose puck at the right time. Special teams have also played a major role as Detroit's penalty killing woes continue yielding two goals (including the game-winner) to Pittsburgh on Tuesday. So what will be the difference in the series as it rolls on? Pittsburgh simply needs to get timely goaltending from Marc-Andre Fleuryp; but furthermore they simply need Malkin and Crosby to each have decent games at the same time! The great news for Pittsburgh is that Detroit has played Crosby extremely tough and yet he still has a point, if that is as bad as it gets for Crosby then Pittsburgh has a great chance of not only getting back into the series but of winning it. Detroit on the other hand needs to use the time they have on Wednesday to rest. They seemed more upbeat on Tuesday and should be in much better shape come Thursday and perhaps that will help their penalty killing. Detroit also cannot continue to allow Pittsburgh to get on the board first because if they do then the Penguins will eventually get a two goal lead and build from there which can get to Osgood as has happened many times this season. In the end however it all comes down to who can one less mistake than the other team because that will likely be the difference between winning a game and therefore the series; and at the moment momentum seems to be in Pittsburgh's favor. The fans are pumped, the players seem relaxed and the hockey world in genearlly is strapping up for a great game four… See you on the other side!
Aside from Detroit's third goal (poor play by the defense and poor goaltending to boot) the Pittsburgh Penguins have been in each of the first two games but the difference is they have been outworked. Detroit certainly has a lot of talent but what makes them so successful is they pride themselves on their work ethic from top to bottom. No matter the skill level of the player each and every Red Wings works as hard as possible from start to finish and it is killing the Penguins. There is also a little bit of bad luck invovled–mainly potential goals by Crosby and Guerin narrowly missing by hitting the post each time–but bad luck does not lose you a series. If Pittsburgh wants to win they simply have to work a little bit harder; they do not need to outmuscle or outclass Detroit (they can't) but they can match their work ethic. By matching their work ethic they Penguins can surely win each of the next two games because that extra work combined with the home crowd, and the skill they already have can put them over the top. There is also the Chris Osgood factor, although he has played very well thus far he has been weakening as time goes on and there was a reason he split time with Ty Conklin this year and went into last year's playoffs as the backup to Hasek; Pittsburgh simply needs to keep going after Conklin the way they went after Varmalov in the second round and the way they did in Cam Ward (slowly but surely) in the Conference Finals. Pittsburgh winning game three means everything to the series and they can certainly do that. If the Penguins win game three then the series will surely change in tide no matter what happens in game four as they have shown they can come back from adversity. We'll see ya after game three everyone.
女士们，先生们的时间已经到来曲棍球球迷在世界各地作好准备的最大的体育俱乐部比赛决赛担纲匹兹堡企鹅队和底特律红翼队。 在这一系列的故事情节有很多作为卫冕冠军试图避开去年的亚军，在新的和改进的匹兹堡企鹅。 超越所有的炒作和兴奋的是，我们找到了关键的胜利为每个队。 For Pittsburgh they need to have their best players be their best players and have each role player take his role and embrace it every step of the way. If someone is in a scoring slump he shouldn't try to do too much to make up for the slack simply allow everyone else to fill in the void and focus on doing one thing and doing it well. Crosby, Malkin, and Fleury will have to be at the top of their game for sure but the team needs to rely a lot on last year's journey and the success of veterans like Billy Guerin whether it's on game day or at practice. 底特律，另一方面需要克服他们的健康问题。 The biggest hurdle for them is have played three overtime contests in the last round and are licking their wounds as a result. Otherwise the team has nothing to worry about as just about all of them have experienced an enormous amount of success. Unlike last year however this series will have a different tone and the Pittsburgh Penguins will use their grit, experience, and skill to raise the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1992 and the third time in team history. No curse here for touching the Prince of Whales Trophy folks, it will be the Penguins taking home the 2008-2009 Stanley Cup Title. Enjoy the Finals everyone!
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!
Game two of the Eastern Conference Finals had a bit more intensity than the first and the contest was much closer than the 7-4 final indicates. The result of this game gives Pittsburgh a 2-0 series lead but the big story on Thursday night was the play of Evgeni Malkin. The Pittsburgh superstar took over the game in the third period scoring two goals in a row including a magnificent backhanded top-shelf goal right off of the face off deep in Carolina's zone that broke this otherwise tight game wide open. These are the things that separates superstars from the other great players; not only did Malkin break the game open, he stole momentum away from Carolina almost completely and scored his third goal unassisted and in an incredible manner. Nothing should be taken away from the rest of the team—including Marc-Andre Fleury who looked a little rattled early on but made some key saves at the end of the game—but this night belonged to Evgeni Malkin who helped make Cam Ward look human. Now the Penguins have a chance to smother Carolina by taking a 3-0 series lead as the teams shift to Raleigh for game three. Pittsburgh is not likely to take the series for granted at this point as the Canes have been resilient all season long and the Penguins won the previous round after going down 2-0 to Washington. On Saturday night the fans will be rocking the RBC Center and the Canes will not go away without a fight.
The Eastern Conference Finals start tomorrow night between the defending Eastern Conference Champion Pittsburgh Penguins and the last team to win the Stanley Cup out of the east in the Carolina Hurricanes. These two teams may not have the natural rivalry Pittsburgh had with Washington but there is plenty to keep us entertained. Most notably is the sibling rivalry that puts Eric Staal (Carolina) against brother Jordan Staal (Pittsburgh) for the first time in the playoffs. While there no doubt the utmost respect between the brothers anyone who has a sibling knows that there's nothing like beating a sibling and claiming bragging rights in the family. There is also the Pittsburgh connection that Hurricanes assistant coach Ron Francis has as he won two Stanley Cup titles with the Penguins in 1991 and 1992. But the best motivation for each team is the fact that this series is for a chance to play for the Stanley Cup! No professional hockey player needs any more motivation than that. So let's take a look at each team, their respective keys to victory and my prediction of how this series will turn out. [After going 4-4 in round one the sportsroids.com predictions are now at 7-5 and looking to improve!]
The Carolina Hurricanes are only three years removed from hoisting the Stanley Cup and still have a number of members from the 2006 team on the 2009 version which is an invaluable asset. The most important of that group is Conn Smythe winning goaltender Cam Ward. Ward has been the key to Carolina's success all year long; he has been the reason they qualified for the playoffs and why they were able to advance past both New Jersey and Boston, two teams who many had going to the Finals. In order for Carolina to have any chance of defeating Pittsburgh Cam Ward must be top-notch. Carolina simply does not have the fire power to outmuscle Pittsburgh in an offensive shootout so it is imperative that Cam Ward shuts them down. Aside from Ward the Hurricanes will have to make use of their speed and grit to be victorious. The Canes do not have a whole lot of size so they will have to use their speed to create scoring chances and make sure they get optimal scoring performance from Eric Staal and Jussi Jokinen just as they have thus far in these playoffs. Carolina will also need to use their speed to be gritty down low in both zones and be the first to loose pucks in the neutral zone and in the defensive zone. But even if Carolina does all that if Cam Ward isn't almost perfect they still won't win.
The key for Pittsburgh? Surprise Surprise, it's get to Cam Ward! We know the star power that exists on the Penguins and their ability to get secondary scoring from people all over the line-up. Generally speaking the Penguins simply need to keep playing the way they've been playing throughout the playoffs and also need to have Fleury return to the form he was in against the Philadelphia Flyers. One can talk about strategy from the Penguins' prospective all day long but the bottom line is they need to get to Cam Ward. If Pittsburgh makes Cam Ward look human they will advance in the series with little trouble; if they don't the series will go a long way, Pittsburgh will start to get frustrated and before you know it Carolina will be headed to the Stanley Cup Finals. Despite all that, barring major injury, I don't think Carolina matches up well with Pittsburgh and although the games will be very close it will be Pittsburgh advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals defeating Carolina in five games. And so for the second it will be the Pittsburgh Penguins taking on the Detroit Red Wings for the right to hoist Lord Stanley's Cup.
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. 休闲球迷都在调整和基地继续增长，因为收视率节节上升的结果。 体育全线球迷们第二轮的每一个瞬间湿透了许多希望的舞台没有设置为决赛是一个令人失望。 但随着赌注越来越高，因为我们移动到第三轮，似乎极不可能的，这样的事情会发生。 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. 其他第二轮比赛在东部没有的戏几乎量为笔，上限至第七场。
熊和手杖给了我们一切人们希望摆脱游戏七。 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. 而且，正如它似乎喜欢的游戏是注定的双加时斯科特沃克背后埋藏蒂姆 - 托马斯反弹赢得他职业生涯第一次季后赛的目标......和男孩什么时候去做。
In the West the headliner was the battle between the last two Stanley Cup Champions in Anaheim and Detroit. 尽管阿纳海姆是第八号种子许多人觉得鸭子还来不及收起了卫冕冠军。 两队争夺的游戏，直到游戏系列终于达到了高潮在第七场的去了系列的其余部分的方式。 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!
Yet another series is game seven bound in the Eastern Conference after Boston's 4-1 thrashing of Carolina Tuesday night. Unlike the Pens-Caps series however, this series has lacked any drama from the prospective of the casual fan. Each goaltender has been hot in some games while the other was hot in others but never at the same time and aside from a 3-2 overtime win by Carolina in game three there has been nothing to write home about. Perhaps the most exciting thing about the series generally is that Carolina took a 3-1 lead on the seemingly high-flying top-seeded Bruins who some thought my cruise into the Conference Finals. The Canes certainly showed their worth having taken a 3-1 lead over the mighty Bruins, a Bruins team that has since flexed its muscle to force game seven. So why should anybody watch the Bruins-Canes finale Thursday night? Because both teams will be pressing hard, the energy from the fans will be high and you better believe both netminders will be fired up and on their respective games. Because Boston could be yet another one seed that fails to reach the finals and be eliminated by a sixth seeded team to boot. Because no matter how good the game is Thursday night the Bruins fans will not be satisfied and although they may applaud their team at the game's conclusion they will NOT be so kind in the time to follow. The Boston sports teams have been so successful in recent years that the Bruins losing will be quite gratifying for follows of sports generally outside of New England. But if none of that appeals to you then there's always the fact that game sevens generally consists of some of the best hockey you'll ever see so if you pass on this one you'll be kicking yourself for some time to come.
What else should anybody have expected but to see Pittsburgh and Washington go to a seventh game. After an intense back and forth battle Monday night both teams will have to retool and focus their energies on playing what is all but certain to be another incredible match-up. The difference in the game will likely not be Washington having home ice advantage, or superstar play from Crosby, Ovechkin, Malkin, Semin, etc, but it will come down to the goaltenders. Sure it seems obvious that the last line of defense will determine who wins and who loses but it is more than the obvious. Which of the two will make the big save at the right time and who will make the easy save when it's necessary? Which will push the play up the ice when the puck comes into his respective zone or make a simple play when a simple play is required rather than trying to be a hero with the puck? Smart play from the netminders, not just great saves, will be the difference in game seven. As the games have gone on Varlamov has been the one people are waiting to fall apart, and it was believed that finally happened in game four. But he has stood his ground and been able to battle back from the adversity he faced. The series is six games old and he has not caved yet and he won't—quite frankly neither will Fleury. Varlamov has played well but Fleury has another level to take his game to, it's a level we saw last year in game five of the finals and it's a level we'll see Wednesday night. Because of Fleury kicking it into another gear he will simply outduel Varlamov and the Penguins will head into round three.
PS This is my 100 th entry. Thanks very much to everyone who reads these and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them. Here's to the next 100!
1。 Boston Bruins vs. 6. 卡罗来纳飓风
The Bruins breezed through the first round sweeping the hated rival Canadiens right out of the playoffs. Despite picking Montreal to win (in the interest of not flip-flopping from my preseason Eastern Conference Champ) I had serious doubts about their performance down the stretch and how they would fair in the playoffs and sure enough they laid an egg. Although Boston swept the series the lame duck Canadiens probably would have made any team look like juggernauts. Nevertheless, the Bruins are very well rested and do have a lot of fire power, enough to have swept the season series from the Hurricanes anyway (not to mention the top seed in the East). So far Tim Thomas has continued his stellar play despite the doubts surrounding his style of play and his lack of consistent success in his career before this year. In front of Thomas are the likes of Zdano Chara who has been unbelievable for the Bruins all year and it continued in round one. Pair Chara's dominance at the blue line with a very strong core of forwards and the Bruins have all the makings of what could be a very special playoff run.
Opposite the Bruins are the Carolina Hurricanes who are very much a different team today from the one Boston saw in the regular season. 瑞安 Whitney, Chad LaRose, and Eric Staal have played incredibly well thus far in the post-season each with at least five points against the best goalie in the game today in Martin Brodeur. The Canes also have a world class netminer of their own in Cam Ward who came up huge for them all season and certainly in the playoffs keeping them in game seven in particular. This team has a lot going for it on the ice with their talent but also their experience with key members from their Stanley Cup winning team of a few years ago still around. So what can we expect from this series? Well the goaltending for both will most likely be stellar but beyond that the comparisons end. Boston is more of a big bruiser type club that loves to slug it out and play a hard hitting, defensive type game. Whereas the Canes are a smaller, quicker club who will generate a lot of offense and as a result rely heavily on Ward defensively. Carolina is on an emotional high at the moment by they just finished a grueling back-and-forth seven games with New Jersey. The Canes experience will keep them in the series but the Bruins will simply out class the Canes and send them packing in six.
3。 Washington Capitals vs. 4. 匹兹堡企鹅
From one rivalry to another for the Pittsburgh Penguins as they plan to travel to Washington not long after deposing of the much hated Philadelphia Flyers in six. This is certainly the dream match-up for hardcore and casual hockey fans alike with both teams possessing an enormous amount of talent—namely Malkin and Crosby for Pittsburgh and Ovechkin and Semin for Washington among many others for both. So what can we expect from this series? Well the Caps took the season series from the Penguins 3-1 but three of the four contests were very close and filled with lots of intensity. The spotlight will certainly be on the Ovechkin/Crosby rivalry but those two alone will not determine the series. Both teams are going to need to get a lot out of their third and fourth lines as well as goaltenders. The top players for both teams will in all likelihood neutralize one another as they match up pretty well player for player both up front and on the blueline. So we turn to the third liners and it's the Penguins who have the advantage in that regard as they are the deeper team by far. Guys like Tyler Kennedy and Jordan Staal create a lot of energy for the Penguins as third liners and have been known to generate a lot of offensive zone action and that Caps simply don't have an answer for them. Washington had the advantage in the “toughness”category before Donald Brashear was suspended for six games and will not be able to play for Washington until game six of this series if there is one. There will certainly be a lot of up and down play in this series with a lot of passion coming from both teams and their fans. The buildings will be rocking, the media will be buzzing, and the tension/excitement amongst all parties involved should make this one of the best series of the playoffs. In the end the Penguins depth advantage will lead them to a six game series victory over the high flying Capitals.
Tune in next time (Thursday) for a preview of the Western Conference Semis.
Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins who overcame a 3-0 second period deficit on the road against the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday afternoon. The Flyers had a loud home crowd behind them, with all the momentum in the world and were seemingly headed toward pushing the series to a seventh game Monday night in Pittsburgh. However, the Penguins remained calm and the Stanley Cup finalists from a year ago used that experience to not only battle back but to score five unanswered goals to ruin the day for the Flyers and ending their season. The big stars— Malkin , Crosby , and Fleury—all played a major role in getting Pittsburgh back to the second round as you might expect, but it was role player Maxine Talbot who got the ball rolling. 在 4:21 of the second period Talbot engaged Daniel Carcillo in a fight that by all accounts Talbot lost. As a result of the fight the Flyer bench was pumped up and the fans went absolutely crazy! There was one problem for Philly and that was the effect the fight had on the Penguins bench. Up to that point the Penguins had not lost composure but they also did not have a great amount of energy coming from the bench; but after Talbot's fight the players were jolted with a surge of electricity as they suddenly came to life and 14 seconds later Ruslan Fedetanko got the Penguins on the board. It was the beginning of the end for the Flyers when Fedetanko scored and it teaches everyone a valuable lesson about fighting. If your team is up 3-0 with all the momentum in the world and the other team is fairly deflated DO NOT FIGHT! You cannot give that other side anything to go on, simply frustrate them by not engaging in their antics and continue to bury them on the scoreboard. If not, then you re-invigorate the other side and give them something to build off of. So while guys like Crosby put the numbers on the scoreboard, the Penguins owe a debt of gratitude to Max Talbot for being smart enough to engaged the Flyers in battle, ultimately being the springboard to Pittsburgh's success. So Kudos to Max Talbot and shame on you Daniel Carcillo for obliging to Talbot's request; now Philly can thank Pittsburgh for sending them to the golf course two years in a row.
What an incredible night for Marc-Andre Fleury in Philadelphia as he helped the Pittsburgh Penguins get a strangle hold on that series. Not to be outdone however where the Canes and Devils who played a game that had quite an ending Tuesday night and that's where we'll start.
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. 但竞争是热的，尽管专业不对口的看法似乎并不太可能是在短期内。 第二场比赛是今晚之前的一系列转移回到蒙特利尔，所以我们会看到什么惊喜在等待着我们。
2。 华盛顿首都队VS 7。 纽约别动队员
何塞西奥多没能过去的第一场比赛，因为他被换下场的新秀后，华盛顿的4-3损失在主场以流浪备份netminder西缅瓦尔拉莫夫。 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. 西奥多没有发挥那么好游戏之一，流浪者偷了一个来自华盛顿，但肯定事情会现在西奥多被换下场是不同的。 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. 现在，该系列移动回纽约与具有领先优势，并寻找扫描的流浪者。 当对预测一个流浪者的粮食Sportsroids在这个系列赛的胜利，至今流浪者没有失望。
在一个系列，许多人认为会是势均力敌肯定已经变成了这样。 After game one the Canes looked to be greatly overmatched; but after Carolina took game two in overtime we've got ourselves a series. 两队在比赛的每个方面非常相似，这使得该系列几乎折腾了在纸面上。 Sportsroids说，卡罗来纳州在五，虽然这似乎不太可能现在我们坚持我们的枪！ 不管发生什么事情有很多伟大的冰球摆在我们面前的这个系列。
4。 Pittsburgh Penguins VS 5. 费城飞人
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. 然后飞行物又过了铅只看到处罚让企鹅回到游戏看似为首的双赢列飞行物。 但采取什么远离匹兹堡，他们主导的游戏之一，虽然在很大程度上压倒在比赛二，他们采取了传单的错误优势，现在有一系列一把掐死保持。 不要指望飞行物，虽然退出，因为他们移动的家在瓦乔维亚中心球场的喧闹和非常无情的球迷面前打球。 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. 飞行物不会倒，但不要指望匹兹堡采取他们的谚语脚断了气。
1。 圣何塞鲨鱼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. 一个游戏没有了一系列化妆，但至少一个晚上它是老鲨鱼。 诚然，鸭子被不远处的一个斯坦利杯冠军删除，但鲨鱼至少需要进球。 还有很长的路要走，但如果圣何塞继续发挥像他们在游戏人做，他们将作出提前退出。
2。 底特律红翼VS 7.Columbus蓝色夹克
3。 Vancouver Canucks VS 6. 圣路易斯蓝调
4。 Chicago Blackhawks VS 5. 卡尔加里火焰
Game one of this series was probably the most entertaining game of the first round so far. 游戏的人有一切你能想到的东西在季后赛曲棍球比赛：铅变化，scrums，伟大的个人战斗，梦幻般的干扰球和加班！ 当然马丁Havlat提前结束的一方得分只有12秒，进入加时赛，但如果游戏之一，是任何指示如何在系列的其余部分将去那么这和卡罗来纳州，新泽西系列有成为经典的潜力。
和您一样，我们在sportsroids会目不转睛的看着，看看如何圆一个，其余的展开。 Enjoy the ride hockey fans!
It's time again to sweep around the league to talk about a few of the stories developing as the playoffs inch closer and closer:
1。 夜的头号故事是马蒂·布罗德已经超越帕特里克·罗伊在胜利采取的所有时间领先于552。 有文章专门为他记录的搭售后并不多，更多可说的对布洛德尔在这一点上。 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. 此次收购Kunitz结构和卡介苗一直是金色的，只要双方都majorly上的记分牌，因为他们发挥各自的翅膀旁边克罗斯比在顶行贡献。 大约20场比赛前，许多人怀疑的企鹅都极有可能无缘季后赛或做小的损害，即使他们设法凑了进去，但现在不仅是在BYLSMA导致企鹅在体面的季后赛位置由其中的一些相同的人觉得他们不能只有它做出了季后赛，但让另一个运行在斯坦利杯。 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. 凯里价格一直在挣扎的境地，陈奕利科瓦廖夫长期以来一直欠佳整个赛季盖伊Carbonneau已被解雇，并通过通用汽车鲍勃·盖尼谁不有他们在更有利的地位所取代。 它应该是今年的庆祝活动在蒙特利尔与它是与据称他们最好的球队在很长一段时间的专营权100 周年 。 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.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won six in a row, eight of the last nine and when five-for-five in their most recent road trip yielding them ten points out of a possible ten. Since hiring Bylsma, Pittsburgh is 8-1-1 with an increase in the level of scoring, a rise in offensive zone pressure and spectacular goaltending from Marc-Andre Fleury. Not only did the road trip go very well for the Penguins but in those five games, four of the teams are either in a playoff spot or are tied in points with a team who is. The addition of Chris Kunitz has been priceless thus far as he has netted three goals in four games and five points overall. Kunitz gives them a presence in front of the net they missed dearly with the loss of Ryan Malone. Along with Kunitz was the acquisition of Billy Guerin who has provided invaluable experience and a right-handed forward for a power play that has improved with every game since the return of Sergei Gonchar. Pittsburgh's power play scoring has not exactly been stellar, but the amount of opportunities they are creating is more than they have in months. The amount of movement for those with and without the puck has increased which is a substantial change from recent months and will only lead to more scoring which is key to the Penguin's continued success.
As great as the last ten games have gone for Pittsburgh they have needed to use every point gained to reach a playoff position. Right now they stand in eighth with 76 points tied with Florida and New York ahead of them and are only one point behind fifth place Montreal. However, Carolina and Buffalo are breathing down their necks and even a minor slip up can spoil this ten game party. Thus far the trades have been great, the coaching move is paying dividends and Fleury has elevated his game. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh they cannot celebrate their recent success too much because they almost have to go 8-1-1 in their NEXT ten in order to ensure themselves a playoff spot. The Penguins have certainly proven that this new look team can make a lot of noise in the NHL's second season; but for now… they just have to get there.
Every now and then I do a sweep around the league commenting on various topics and I think now is the time for one of those sweeps.
In all sports there is always talk about the superstars and what they bring to teams. A lot of fans—teams for that matter—expect superstars to be super heroes. Like all sports people see superstars on a team and assess their team's chances based on—essentially—the big names alone. Now that the NHL season has hit February a lot of teams who were successful last year are learning—if they didn't know already—how much impact a role player can have on a team's success or lack thereof. Two great examples of that are the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens.
Granted, the Penguins lost Marian Hossa in the offseason but even before him the Penguins were a pretty good team; but along with Hossa they lost a number of role players and now they find themselves struggling just to get into the playoffs. Pittsburgh is really missing the toughness of Georges Laraque but also his ability to handle the puck down low in the offensive zone which really helps protect leads, something the Penguins have really struggled to do. Another thing the Penguins have not had a lot of are “garbage” goals in front of the net because nobody is willing to stand in front of the net to take that punishment the way Ryan Malone did. A strong presence in front of the net for any team is invaluable and it was almost poetic for Ryan Malone to score one of those “garbage” goals against the Penguins in Tampa's 4-3 loss at Pittsburgh last week. Likewise, Jarkko Ruutu's ability to not only draw penalties but frustrate the other team getting them to focus on things other than winning the game was priceless. Pittsburgh has a pretty good chance of making the playoffs with the team they have assembled but they would be in better shape with at least those three guys back in all likelihood.
Tagged: Carey Price , Georges Laraque , Islanders , Jarkko Ruutu , Kovalev , Marian Hossa , Mark Streit , Montreal Canadiens , NHL , Pittsburgh Penguins , Playoffs , power play , Robert Lang , Ryan Malone
Have a great holiday everybody.
The Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, and San Jose Sharks are the only three teams in the NHL that have shown any amount of consistency all year. The Pittsburgh Penguins once upon a 6 game winning streak, and now it looks like they cannot play defense or hold a lead for the life of them. At times Toronto has looked very strong at times and at others look very much like the young team they are. The New York Rangers started hot out of the gate and since have settled down a bit but are still playing well. Anaheim started pretty sluggish but now they look great and Phoenix was awful at one point but have seemed to put it together to become a much better team since the beginning of the year. Ottawa was up and down for a while got hot for a moment and now they are looking to have a fire-sale. The list of teams and stories to accompany them goes on and on, the point being, save for the three teams mentioned in the first sentence above we don't know anything about anybody. There is Panic in Pittsburgh with how the team has stumbled, there are rumblings in Montreal with how poor their power play is and how well the Bruins are playing. Bottom line is for players, coaches, front office managers, analysts and fans alike what is needed most in the NHL is to have patience with a team and that's what there seems to be the least of. See where your team is come late January early February and then start to Panic.
Lots of news, little time, let's go around the league in a flash.
- Mats Sundin has finally decided on a team, he's going to Vancouver. 太好了，现在我们能不能停止谈论他吗？
- Detroit put a hurting on San Jose Thursday night 6-0. 不要怕，比赛办法不多，因为圣何塞仍比底特律更好地从长远来看。 I picked San Jose to win the Stanley Cup and I am not backing down now.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins scored 6 goals to defeat Atlanta by three on Thursday after a long lay-off. Any win for the Penguins right now is a good win but their defensive troubles continue to be a thorn in their side.
- Yes Boston has 22 wins and 48 points good enough for first in the east; however come playoff time it will be hard for their overachieving players to keep playing at this high of a level. 荣誉对他们的发挥，到目前为止，虽然。