What are your predictions for the first round of NHL Playoffs?
Ok its a few days late but here are my predictions:
Boston over Montreal
San Jose over Anaheim
Washington over New York Rangers
Detroit over Columbus
New Jersey over Carolina
Vancouver over St. Louis
Pittsburgh over Philadelphia
Chicago over Calgary
There has been a lot of mocking about Mats Sundin's lack of decision whether to return or not, especially in the wake of Joe Sakic's re-signing.
He wants to come back. BUT. The groin injury he suffered at the end of last season isn't healing up the way he wants it to... so he keeps putting off the decision.
Fri, Jan. 4th, 2008, 09:46 am
Am I the only one confused by which team is wearing what jersey where these days?
The Winter Classic was an exception... both teams wore older versions of their jerseys... which was nice.
But last night the Leafs were in Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins... and the home team wore white.
While last Saturday, the Leafs were at home... and the home team wore dark.
The Washington Capitals -
From having read the scoresheets and seen the highlight footage, I think that in their last 2 games, IMO, the Ottawa Senators have forgotten to do one thing:
Shut down Alexander Ovechkin.
They are not the first team to do it this season and they will not be the last.
The Winter Classic (AKA: Penguins vs. Sabres outside in Buffalo in January)
- Sidney Crosby looked like an overgrown TimBit during the game from pictures I saw.
- Ryan Miller wore something on his head on top of his mask that looked like it might have started life as a hockey sock. (no, I'm not kidding)
- It looked like fun for both teams, and looked warmer than the Heritage Classic a few years ago.
Random (although people who know me will know what I'm talking about. =D)
- There is a personal scoring contest in the NHL between two former teammates that started when they were still teammates. Judging by recent results, it is still so ON. =D
( Melnyk to Leafs fans: Climb aboardCollapse )
As a Leafs fan, this pisses me off. I might be American, and hence not totally into the "should cheer for Canadian teams over American ones", but I look at the teams I cheer for. I cheer for Toronto above all else. I cheer for Edmonton and Calgary. I really, really wanted the Canucks to win this time. Hell, I will cheer for the Habs before I'll cheer for the Sens, and they're the Habs
for fuck's sake.
And I always always
cheer for Team Canada.
In fact, this makes me less likely than ever to cheer for the Sens. I was sort of quasi-not-minding that the Sens would beat the Devils, most likely. Because it's the Devils, who I also hate. So I was like "Somebody win, and Dany play well, plz."
Well, I still can't cheer for the Devils, but if I tune it out long enough, eventually that series will go away.
Until then: Go Sabres. Go Sharks.
To Chris Neil
No, asshole, that hit last night on Chris Drury was NOT clean. A Clean Hit does not leave one player standing with nothing wrong while the other is unconscious and bleeding on the ice. Especially if there was not a fight first.
To Andrew Peters
Forget Saturday... Watch your f)*((**( ass next month. You tried to take out Dany Heatley. You Play the Atlanta Thrashers next month. I think someone will want a piece of your hide. And even now, they are over protective of Heatley. Don't say I didn't warn you. Do that again and you will have more than just irate Atlanta Thrashers after your head.
To Adam Mair
Yes, you did Stupid, but I'm glad you showed enough class to apologise to the Senators for it. Still, you know better than that.
To Mike Knuble and Brendan Shanahan
Get better soon, both of you. Oh, and watch where you are going okay? This was a freak thing, but OUCH...! *wry*
To The Toronto Maple Leafs (as a whole)
*LONG* win streak please, boys. Longer than 5 games. Longer than 7. You can do this! I know you can!
(Side note: See, Matthew? This is what happens when you start to shoot the puck more. *g* Prove your "critics" wrong!)
Was watching the Avalanche/Oilers game tonight.
Very late in the third period, the Avs were down 2-1 when Ryan Smyth went racing after the puck. John-Michael Liles stuck out his knee and tripped Smyth to the point where he essentially crash landed on the ice, one knee landing on the other, and the other knee hitting the ice really hard. When Smyth did get up, he was in considerable pain and left the game, hobbling down the hallway toward the locker room.
I know some folks don't like the Oilers, but right now... I am liking the Oilers a whole hell of a lot more than I like the Avalanche. With the exception of Raffi Torres. Who needs to be sent to either New Jersey (since he reminds me of Scott Stevens - tersa
reminded me of that), or maybe... *thinks* Send him to Nashville. For Jean-Pierre Dumont.
Torres would fit in perfectly there, and the Oilers would get a classier player in Dumont.
I still like Sakic, Hejduk, and Laperriere... but aside from that...
Blackhawks' Bourque out 3-6 weeks
- Chicago Blackhawks forward Rene Bourque is expected to miss three to six weeks of games after having surgery to repair a deep laceration to his neck.
Bourque was injured during Chicago's 1-0 win over Columbus on Sunday. He cut his neck on the skate blade of Blue Jackets forward Nikolai Zherdev during a second-period pileup in the Blackhawks' crease.
Former school teammate of Dany Heatley, Steven Reinprecht, Brad Winchester... and possibly Andrew Wozniewski... At the very least they were all at Wisconsin together.
Man, this is something the Blackhawks really do NOT need.
Handzus out. Lalime out. Havlat out. Khabibulin out... and now this thing with Bourque. The Blackhawks have had the worst luck so far this season.
ALthough I think I also have sympathy for Nikoliai Zherdev. Hell, I know I would be having trouble getting past it (at least for the next few days or so) even it WAS an accident.
I saw the replay. It was an accident, but I went "NO!" all the same.
*sigh* Oh Rene...
Brian Boucher stops 28 shots to help Blackhawks beat Blue Jackets 1-0Chicago forward Rene Bourque left the game late in the second period after being cut in the neck with by the Columbus right wing Nikolai Zherdev's skate blade during a pileup in the Blackhawks' crease. According to team officials, Bourque was in stable condition when he was taken to The University of Chicago Hospital.
"We know he's stable. He's OK and it's not life-threatening," Yawney said.
Colour me relieved.
Although I'm willing to bet that the teams (Columbus and Chicago) probably were not really thinking about the game after the incident...
Sure, they might be professionals and all that, but something like that happens... they were probably still shaky by the time the game ended, even though they were doing their best to hold it together.