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The Best Time of the Year

Posted in All-star, Calgary Flames, Hockey, Iginla, NHL, Sidney Crosby, Stanley Cup with tags , , , , , , on April 9, 2008 by flamesfan77

Hello Hockey Fans,

Today is what we all wait for.  The NHL playoffs begin tonight and I can’t wait.  First, we have Crosby in his sophomore playoff performance.  How will he perform in his second matchup against Ottawa?

Then we have the Flames vs the Sharks in what should be one of the best first-round matchups. Joe vs Jarome? Sign me up!

We also have division rivals the Rangers and Devils and Avalanche and Wild going to battle.

Ovechkin makes his debut against the Flyers, while the Habs look to continue their dominance against the Bruins.

I know I missed some matchups, but they are obviously not as exciting…

Enjoy!

Western Conference Playoff Preview

Posted in All-star, Calgary Flames, Hockey, Iginla, NHL, Stanley Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2008 by flamesfan77

Detroit vs Nashville:

Everyone thinks Detroit will run over Nashville, but Detroit has had problems in the playoffs in recent years.  Nashville also has been hot down the stretch.  I predict Detroit, but in 6.

San Jose vs Calgary:

Well you may think I made this choice because I am a homer, but I will give my rationale.  The Flames won the season series 3-1, with victories twice in San Jose.  San Jose has been hot since acquiring Campbell, but Campbell is not a solid playoff performer.  The same could be said about the Sharks as they have struggled in recent years.  Kipper also loves to play well against the team that gave up on him.  I say Calgary in 6.

Minnesota vs Colorado:

This is an even match up, but I think Colorado has been the better team when healthy, which they are(besides season ending injuries).  Minnesota will try and trap, but Sakic and Forsberg will be too much and Colorado will win in 6.

Anaheim vs Dallas:

This should be a great series.  Unless Turco stands on his head Anaheim will be too strong to overcome.  They have been hot since they got their two veterans back, and Gigeure is a great playoff goalie.  Anaheim wins in 6.

Eastern Conference Playoff Preview

Posted in All-star, Hockey, NHL, Sidney Crosby, Stanley Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2008 by flamesfan77

Well it is that time of year again, playoffs!  I will preview the East today, and tomorrow I will work on the West.

Montreal vs Boston:

If the regular season is any indication this should be a short series, but Montreal will be without their captain Saku Koivu and Michael Ryder.  The Habs went 8-0 vs Boston this year, and I believe will continue their dominance. Montreal in 5.

Pittsburgh vs Ottawa:

This is a match up of two teams heading in opposite directions.  The Penguins have been red hot, while the Sens have been cool and will be missing their captain Daniel Alfredsson.  I think Pittsburgh will win this series in six.

Washington vs Philadelphia:

This will be a high scoring affair that Washington should take with home ice.  Washington has been one of the hottest teams leading up to the playoffs and the Flyers have cooled off over the past month.  Look for Ovechkin to shine in his first post-season appearance. Caps take it in 6

New Jersey vs New York Rangers

Two division rivals square off and New York has dominated the season series, but I think Brodeur will keep the Devils in it with the home ice advantage.  Jagr has been hot lately, but I think New Jersey will take this in 6.

Tomorrow I will preview the West.

Predictions Wrap-Up

Posted in All-star, Hockey, NHL, Stanley Cup with tags , , , on April 7, 2008 by flamesfan77

Well the regular season is now done, and I am pleased to announce that for the month or so that I have been doing this, I finished with a 77-44 record!:) That is almost a 64% success rate. 

My last two days were 5-2 apiece which helped.

For the playoffs I am just going to make series predictions, which will be by conference over the next two days.

Predictions

Posted in All-star, Hockey, NHL, Stanley Cup with tags , , on April 6, 2008 by flamesfan77

Last day of the regular season…

Hawks vs Wings-Detroit wins 3-1

Sharks vs Stars-Stars win 3-2

Rangers vs Devils-Devils win 3-2

Penguins vs Flyers-Penguins win 4-2

Wild vs Avalanche-Avs win 3-2

Blues vs Blue Jackets-Columbus wins 3-2

Coyotes vs Ducks-Anaheim takes it 4-2

Ovechkin vs Crosby

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, All-star, Hockey, NHL, sid the kid, Sidney Crosby with tags , , , , on March 21, 2008 by flamesfan77

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Well this could get heated…Alexander Ovechkin is a better player than Crosby this far into his career.  I am not just going by his amazing stats this year. 

The passion and energy he exhibits each and every night makes him a joy to watch.  He acts like a kid in a candy store every team he scores, or even his team scores for that matter.  He has been more productive on a team with less talent than Pittsburgh.

Sure Sid the Kid is a great player as well, but I see Ovechkin as a more dominating physical player.  He is the new power forward who can level a player and then feed a sweet pass to a teammate or roof a snap shot top corner.  That to me is what makes him more valuable.

Let the comments begin…

Hossa Injured

Posted in All-star, Boston Bruins, Hockey, Hossa, Injury, NHL, pittsburgh penguins, sid the kid, Sidney Crosby with tags , , , , , , , on February 29, 2008 by flamesfan77

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Pittsburgh Penguins fans got a scare in last nights game against the Boston Bruins as Marian Hossa was injured early in the second period after a knee on knee hit with a Boston player. 

He joins Sidney Crosby and Gary Roberts on the Pens injured reserve. 

He is expected to only miss a week however which is good news for a team which gave up its future for Hossa for a chance at the present.

Pittsburgh lost the game 5-1.

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