Let me start to off by saying as being a goalie myself I never root for a goalie to get yanked from a game. I know how stuff goes on and sometimes you just can’t get in front of the puck to save your life. (btw…Yes thats me in net from 4 years ago…..I’m better now just fyi)
But that being said I seriously don’t like the Canucks and Luongo. Yes most of it is probably jealously, but his team and his style of play just irks me. He plays on a team of divers (just ask Stephane Auger). The Canucks are a talented team and they don’t need to resort to that kind of play. They won the President’s Trophy for god’s sake. I think that alot of this loathing has to do with them beating my Preds and them playing against my boy TIMMAH! Luongo is a stiff fundamental butterfly goalie. He has no personalty in net and just isn’t relatable to me, while his counterpart has the aggressiveness of Ron Hextall and stats that won’t be matched for a few years. He didn’t take the traditional route to the show… he played in Sweden earning his way on to the Boston Bruins. His style of play being aggressive and out of the paint is the style I’ve tried to emulate my entire time playing. Good luck to both teams tonight, let’s hope Luongo isn’t yanked tonight.
8 New York R
Washington in 5, While NYR limped into the playoffs and Washington has been red hot since their skid before the Winter Classic
Buffalo in 7, once again this is a case of a team entering the playoffs hot compared to another that fell off near the end of the season
Montreal in 6, Bell Centre is gonna be loud for this series. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say there is gonna be atleast one “fight night”
5 Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay in 7, the Bolts have a lot of offensive firepower and I’m not sure Jordan Staal can carry the Pens
Vancouver in 5, Vancouver won the President’s trophy for a reason
2 San Jose
7 Los Angeles
San Jose in 6, Antti Niemi started out slow but has been unsolvable and Los Angeles has been leaning on shootouts which don’t exist in the playoffs
Detroit in 7, in a rematch of last year’s playoff series Detroit’s goaltending is in question, if it wasn’t I’d pick Detroit in a shorter series
Nashville in 6, in the four games played Nashville handled the Ducks in three of the games, while Anaheim’s only win came with two seconds left on the clock
So if you look at the Nashville Predators’ schedule you will see that the Preds have won 4 straight games. This all started with a hard fought overtime win on St. Patrick’s Day over the Boston Bruins, but then efforts started to slide. In a 3-1 win over Detroit they leaned on the play of two rookies to get the scoring and the stellar play of Pekka Rinne to keep the points coming. Sunday’s game against Buffalo Anders Lindback allowed two soft goals while the Preds looked dead for 50 minutes, relying on Geoffrion, hat trick to him by the way, to get the scoring done again. In Buffalo there was no intensity to be seen from the Predators until everyone thought the game was over with Nashville down 3-1 with 4 minutes remaining. Last night against Edmonton started off well but lacked any sense of desperation for the final 45 minutes of the game. The Predators play Anaheim tommorow and if they bring the same effort relying on 15 minutes of good hockey then, I’ll tell you they are not getting to 5 in a row.
Here’s a feature I’d like to do every week starting now just to keep people up to date on the happenings in the NHL. Here we go. . .
New Jersey Devils 9-0-1 in the last ten games. Can anybody say surprise 8 seed?
San Jose Sharks 5 game win streak and looking pretty sitting 4th place in the close Western Conference
Phoenix Coyotes setting aside last nights 8-3 loss against Tampa Bay this team couldn’t stop winning before
Dallas Stars after having a healthy lead over the Pacific division this team just cant find the winning touch
Colorado Avalanche Peter Forsberg didn’t want to play for this team it is so bad. They traded away Craig Anderson only to get Brian Elliot(who needs to get off of the goal line and challenge the shooter) in retur. They also made a questionable trade with St. Louis that had Yan Stastny call out the team publicly. No good news in Denver.