Crosby’s vs. Ovechkin’s
This is exactly what the league, the networks and the fans were wanting from the Caps vs. Pens, eh? Even though Washington takes a two-OH lead into Pittsburgh, both games have been awesome to watch.
Crosby has scored all of Pittsburgh’s five goals so far…including matching Ovechkin’s hat trick Monday night…and very well could have a pair of three-goalers had it not been for Simeon Varlamov’s incredible save in game-one!
I’ve picked the Capitals in seven games in this matchup…and I’m prayin’ to God it does indeed go the full seven.
74 mph+ Winds vs. Big Bad Bruins
Remember that scene in “Dumb and Dumber” when Llyod, (Jim Carrey) asked Mary, (Lauren Holly), what the chances were of the two of them getting together.
“Not good”, replyed Mary.
“You mean, not good like one out of a hundred”?
“I’d say more like one out of a million”.
Lloyd then pauses to reflect and then says, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance…YEAH”!
Well, I’m telling Canes fans…there’s a chance. Not a big one, mind you…but escaping Bah-ston with a split gives them hope where there would be none had they been facing an OH-two hole. Cam Ward was stellar Sunday night, especially in the third period. They’ll need much more of that from here on.
Oh and Toronto…it was too a goal!
Quackers vs. Big Red Borg
If you could write up a good formula for the Anaheim Ducks to succeed against the Red Wings, it might go something like…”Keep Marian Hossa and Pavel Datsyuk off the scoresheet and continue to enjoy strong goaltending by Jonas Hiller”.
Well, it’s worked so far.
Hossa and Datsyuk have a grand total of one assist between the two and, even with their depth, the Wings will need more from them than that. As for Hossa…remember, he’s playing without a contract next season and a poor showing in the post-season might hurt him in the bank account this summer.
After Hiller allowed a couple of unfortunate goals in the first period of game 2…one off the ankle of his defender…he returned to the same form displayed in the first round against San Jose. He stopped 59 of 62 shots Sunday afternoon, including all 29 he faced in the 41:15 of overtime.
Heading back to the pond, the Ducks have to feel god about gaining the split in Motown.
Windy City vs. Orca’s
This series in tied at one apiece…but easily could be led 2-0 by either team. In game one, Chicago erased a 3-0 third period deficit, only to lose at the end. They then fell behind 2-0 in the first during game two but this time completed the comeback for a 6-3 win.
What this means is that even if the Knuckleheads get off to an early lead from here on out in the series, there could still be a little stick-clutching taking place on their bench. Plus, the Blackhawks have shown they won’t panick if they fall behind.
Robbie-Lu has surrendered eight goals in the two games on 62 shots, (.871 SV%), after giving up only five in four games against the Blues in round one. Yeah…we all saw that coming.
Meanwhile…Back At The Ranch
OK, so since it’s the hockey offseason here in Atlanta…which normally arrives here the day after game number 82… that means the Ilya Nikulin saga is upon us again.
To me…after he put Waddell on the yo-yo last summer…I’m of the frame of mind that if he joins the team this season…great! If not…fine. Time to move on. We’ve pretty much been playing this game since Waddell picked in in 2000 with the 31st overall selection.
Now, that having been said, I actually think there’s a decent chance we’ll see it happen this year. His contract with Ak Bars Kazan is up and the bloom is kinda off the KHL rose right now. Plus, I think Kovy is probably using his time in Switzerland right now having a word or two with him as well.
If he does make it over, his 6′-4″, 210-ish frame could provide the blueline addition that the Thrashers need to solidify that corps.
So…what kind of odds am I giving that Nikulin finally decides to play in Atlanta? Well, let’s just say it’s better than Llyod’s chances with Mary.
Mid-Week Reading Assignments
The Falconer has posted Part One of his interview with Dan Marr in which he reviews the junior prospects.
What if Don Waddell decided to hold a White Sale this summer.
And finally…what’s all that whining I hear? Oh…it’s just that Crosby kid again. And what is it this time that the NHL’s poster child for post-lockout recovery has a problem with?
Well, he seems to have an issue with…of all things…hats.