Round one in Wild West wrapped up with Wings win

OK…raise your hand if you thought that the last series to be decided in the opening round of this spring Great Hunt for Lord Stanley’s Cup would be the one between the President’s Cup-winning Washington Capitals and the Montreal Canadiens, who finished with fewer 33 points than did the Caps.

put your hand down, Smoothie!

Uh-huh…not too many, I see.

After a good run at Detroit, the Cototes skated out of the playoffs with a 6-1 loss Tuesday night (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

After a good run at Detroit, the Cototes skated out of the playoffs with a 6-1 loss Tuesday night (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

But that is exactly where we are now with only an improbable Caps-Habs game-seven standing between the completion of round one and round two.

Tuesday night the final four combatants of the Western Conference were finalized as the Phoenix Coyotes…after putting up one helluva fight in the series…eventually fell to the Big Red Borg. Detroit spanked the Yotes 6-1 to snap the 3-3 series tie, their third win in four games played in the desert.

The Wings will now take on the top-seeded San Jose Sharks who disposed of Colorado in six games.

The Sharks rode the back of great goaltending, as Evgeni Nabokov’s 1.76 GAA in the first round was second only to that of the Flyers’ Brian Boucher. Nabokov has a .926 SV% so far in post-season play as well. San Jose’s leading scorer from round one was Joe Pavelski with 5 goals and 3 assists. He was a +6 versus Colorado. Ryane Clowe’s 8 overall points came by way of a goal, 7 assists and was also a +6. Dan Boyle had 5 overall points and was a +5.

Wings and Sharks - Who wins?

  • #1 San Jose (49%, 39 Votes)
  • #4 Detroit (51%, 41 Votes)

Total Voters: 80

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Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg’s 6 goals and 5 assists were tops for the Wings. He had three assists in last night’s win. Pavel Datsyuk’s pair of goals helped him finish with 5 goals and 8 overall points in the series. Valtteri Filppula and Johan Franzen had 7 points against the Coyotes.

Jimmy Howard’s first career NHL playoff series proved to be successful. He went the distance in goal for Detroit and has a 2.59 GAA and .919 SV% with a shutout to show for it.

The other matchup in the Western Conference we already knew of…Vancouver and Chicago, a rematch of last year’s round-two rumble that was won by the Blackhawks in six. The Canucks used offensive might to do away with the Kings, scoring 4.17 goals per game against L.A. Mikael Samuelsson led the charge with 7 goals, 4 assists and a +8 rating. Daniel Sedin had 4 goals and 10 overall points to go with a +6. Brother Henrik had 7 assists and chipped in with a goal of his own and finished the series a +7.

Blackhawks and Canucks - Who wins?

  • #2 Chicago (49%, 35 Votes)
  • #3 Vancouver (51%, 37 Votes)

Total Voters: 72

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In goal for Chicago, Antti Niemi had two shutouts against the Predators and he had a 2.15 GAA and .921 SV%. Jonathan Toews had 2 goals and 6 assists to go with a +2 to lead the Hawks in scoring, Patrick Kane, (4g, 3a E) and Patrick Sharp, (3g, 4a +2) followed closely behind. Marian Hossa only scored once…albeit a pretty timely one…but helped out with 6 helpers.

With the Detroit victory, the Western Conference saw all three of the division winners advance and the 5th seeded Wings tag along for good measure. Quite the opposite is the case back east, however, as two of the three teams already with their round-two ticket punched upset higher seeds…#7 Philly over #2 New Jersey and #6 Boston over #3 Buffalo. If Montreal has its way, that will become 3 of 4 teams in the Eastern Conferencing advancing to the next round by way of upsets.

Even with the one last game to go, this opening round of the playoffs has treated fans to some great games and matchups. Two game-sevens and five series that have needed six games to decide things. Only one team failed to win at least two games…the Devils who were only able to get one against the Flyers.

Antti Niemi and the Chicago Blackhawks will face the Vancouver Canuks in the second round of the playoffs (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Antti Niemi and the Chicago Blackhawks will face the Vancouver Canucks in the second round of the playoffs (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Now, as far as picks are concerned…well…let’s just say it’s a good thing I don’t gamble on sports. If so, I would probably have already lost my thumbs to Vinny “The Crusher” long ago. I thought given the gap between upper tier teams in the east and the lower three, there wasn’t going to be any upsets. I was wrrrrrr….I was wrrrrrr…I was wrrrrrrr

ahem…I was less correct than normal.

Hence, my 4-3 showing in the seven series already decided. So I’m hoping for the Caps to pull this off so I can salvage a semi-respectable 5-3 showing.

But in the Wild West during round two, I’m gonna go with the Blackhawks to take Vancouver in six games…and given the road prowess of the Big Red Borg, I’m going with Detroit to win another game-seven on the road, dropping the Sharks in the playoff drink.

Only…I wouldn’t go running off to Vinny “The Crusher” with that.

106 comments Add your comment

Brendan

April 28th, 2010
1:57 am

Rawhide, like you, I’m going with Chicago and Detroit to meet in the CF. If it happens, it’ll mark the 4th year in-a-row for the mighty Winged Wheel in the CF. Though the salary cap was supposed to prevent that sort of thing. :wink:

Hey, good for Detroit. It wasn’t necessarily looking too good for them even being in the playoffs in the weeks prior to the Olympic break. What about San Jose? Another solid year? Sure. I just don’t have the belief that they’re really a Stanley Cup winner yet. The Avs found some dents in the armor. If Dany Heatley were not a member of the San Jose Sharks, I’d root for them. Instead, I will throw my support behind the young Jimmy Howard and the Red Wings.

In Vancouver, I’m sure they’re all fired up for the rematch. The Canucks were the favorites last year, and lost. I don’t see the outcome being any different this year. Though, I suppose I must add that Vancouver had a better year. Sedins were all over the leader board. Luongo has a shiny, gold medal from the Olympics. And the only thing that could top the Olympic Games in Vancouver would be a Stanley Cup in the same season. The Canucks have NEVER won one, in their history, dating back to 1969-70.

I will take Chicago in six or seven games. Should be a nice series. The East’s matchups are still up in the air. I don’t know if I want to see Philly-Washington more than Philly-Boston. Bruins fans and Flyer fans hate each other so much. It’d be fun to watch!! I find Capitals fans to be more subdued. Far less volatile.

Uhh, I suppose I should mention that I really am, despite my 6-1 record this year, not very good at making picks. My average is 8.5 wins and 6.5 losses in the 15 series played every year. Last year, I think I went 9-6. The year before, 8-7. The year before that, 7-8. And the best I’ve ever done … is 12-3, which I’ve done three (3) times in my whole life. Don’t put $$ on my picks.

Before the playoffs began, I had Washington vs. Chicago for the Cup. If the Caps lose to Montreal, my “Cup Winner” won’t even make it out of the 1st round. Yeah, well … the monkey probably didn’t pick Washington.

Sharon

April 28th, 2010
3:43 am

Go Wings!

Go “double-allegiance bull-crap” of fans from the “cesspool” that is Detroit!

Go good sportsmanship! Indeed, that went a long time ago for some of you. Congratulations on your dubious achievement.

:)

World Be Free

April 28th, 2010
7:20 am

Stroz-what are you doing putting Smoothie on the spot!? Let’s see what his next move is. Smoothie will write something about hockey and bypass the subject.

Brendan, yup we were both right about the Sabres. Sabres have too many “lambs” that won’t pay the price. Come to think of it, Washington has the same problem right now. Sorry to say, this was one first round prediction that I was hoping to be wrong on.

Hooky Bob-I like Kubina’s game, but if we can get Volchenkov for similar money, I’ll take him over resigning Kubina. I still don’t know what Pavel is saying when he is referring to a “fair offer” from the Thrashers.

Back on Washington/Montreal. The Habs are playing like a playoff teams that was hungry to get to the playoffs and happy to have the opportunity. Washington is playing like a team that cruised through the final month of the season (which they did) after using brute offensive force to get to March 1. I hope they were watching the Wings’ game last night, to see how a superior team puts it together to finish off a lesser, but worthy opponent.

Nate

April 28th, 2010
7:30 am

Go Hawks! And [insert expletive here] the Wings!

kracker

April 28th, 2010
7:45 am

Sharks – Nabokov, Big Joe and his Sharks due to break thru any year now
Nucks – Revenge, offense (tho the Hossa curse may have destined the Hawks to lose Cup in 7)

World Be Free

April 28th, 2010
7:59 am

Brendan-can’t believe how much Detroit overmatched Phoenix last night. Turned over from the Braves’ mess and missed 1/2 the first period. Wings’ veterans came through.

Both series out West are going to be incredible. The Sharks have to go up against the Wings-again. You wonder what has to be going through their heads right now. I think of the Super Bowl Bills when I think of the Sharks. Each Super Bowl you wondered what was going through their heads at certain times of the big games. The Sharks are the same type of team-great group of players that can’t close the deal. This series will be fun to watch.

GaVaHokie

April 28th, 2010
8:36 am

Was really pulling for the Yotes, but it looks like I’m pulling for the Wings the rest of the way…

Justification:

1) It’s the only scenario in the West that works out for the Thrashers.
2) The Hossa “Former Team wins the Cup” saga continues.

R. Stroz

April 28th, 2010
8:39 am

WBF – We’re going to have to take up a collection to help Smoothie “over the fence.”

World Be Free

April 28th, 2010
9:14 am

Stroz-call it the “He Went To Jared” fund

Spud Webb

April 28th, 2010
9:19 am

I think the Sharks will eliminate the wings, 6 games. I think the wings are spent.
Geez, hawks vs canucks. Not sure on that, I’ll go canucks, 7 games.
East, yet to come, never rooted for the frogs, but can honestly say I like the way they’re playing right now. Should be a great game 7.

Smoothie

April 28th, 2010
9:32 am

C’mon Stroz-a-damus! No need to ask me about my personal life as you already know the answer considering your boundless, infinite wisdom as a supreme prognosticator of future events!! But if you need to dig on someone’s personal life, you can always spend a little time on this blog instead: http://twittorati.com/harveylevintmz

As for the playoffs, I’m sticking with the ‘Nucks to get to the Finals, but I am starting to have misgivings about the Caps. If they think it’s tough to score on MTL, just wait till they have to take on Tuukka and the B’s, if the B’s get that far.

I’ll go with the ‘Couve over the Hawks in 6; San Jose over the Winged Wheel in 7 games; das Capital over the Flyers in 5 games and Pittsburgh gets extended to 7 games by the Brunes.

VAN over San Jose in 6 games
WSH over Pittsburgh in an epic 7 game series

Vancouver wins their first Cup over WSH in 6 games.

Savannah Blueland Fan

April 28th, 2010
9:43 am

I’m guessing Detroit would have had a tougher time last night if the other team had bothered to show up. Pretty disappointing. Perhaps they were unable to produce their “papers” to the state police and were deported back to Canada. I had to keep counting the Redwings to make sure there were the proper number on the ice because they seemed to be everywhere. I’ll say this much for the crowd in Phoenix—they were L O U D!!!!

Detroit vs San Jose— going strictly on the PrimaDonna Heatley angle, I’m switching from a Detroit-hater to a Detroit-cheerleader. GO WINGS!! (checking for bile–nope, none. I can do it!)

Chicago vs Vancouver— well, I’m Blackhawks all the way; and Leaky Luongo should help a bit. He is either really REALLY bad or really REALLY good–no middle ground with him. I am willing to bet, though, that this will probably be the best series of the second round.

Washington— give me 10 minutes in the locker room!! 10 minutes!! I’d pass a bucket to each player and demand that whatever it is that they are chocking on SPIT IT OUT INTO THIS BUCKET AND PLAY!!

That is all.

Joe Friday

April 28th, 2010
9:45 am

Lots of bad blood between the Canuckleheads and the Hawks. This should be a great series and look for the better goaler to prevail, Nucks in 6.

Sharks advance against the hated Red Wings in 7.

Looking forward to the game tonight but the Caps have to break out here, right? Right?!?

DWTOO

April 28th, 2010
9:54 am

WBF/Stroz – I’m surprised Smoothie took you guys on. A definite no win situation. Thought he was being like Kennedy in the Cuban Missle Crisis – respond to the letter you like and ignore the taunts. Kudo’s to the Smooth guy for deflecting the issue.

Canucks/Hawks – Cheering for the Hawks who(m) I think will win.

Dead Wings/Guppies – YECH! Cheering for the Zebras. Both leave that sour taste in your mouth.

World Be Free

April 28th, 2010
10:19 am

Smoothie-so you are going with Vancouver. I am not sure they have what it takes up front to take it all. But I will be very happy to see them kick San Jose to the curb, so Heatley is thwarted in his Cup quest one more season.

If there’s any team out there “limper” than Buffalo, it’s San Jose. Washington may join the club this evening. We are going to see what Ovechkin is made of tonight; is this his team and is he a leader? Wayyy too much whining in game # 6.

World Be Free

April 28th, 2010
10:21 am

Joe Friday-Caps are the eastern Conference version of the Buffalo Bills. You just wonder what’s going through their heads and also wonder how they will deal with adversity tonight. If they don’t get out the blocks quickly, they will be in trouble.

A 0-0 score after one will be like Thurman Thomas losing his helmet.

Alan R.

April 28th, 2010
10:25 am

Though the salary cap was supposed to prevent that sort of thing. :wink:

The “Salary Cap” was meant to prevent teams from buying championships. It wasn’t meant “to prevent” teams from getting to the conference finals in consecutive fashion. If Atlanta’s model was similar to that of Detroit, we would be gearing up for a round two playoff appearance by our very own Thrashers.

Jeff

April 28th, 2010
10:30 am

Nice Fonzie reference!

Red Light

April 28th, 2010
10:42 am

There are major differences from this year’s Hawks team vs. the one that beat the Canucks last season. Havlat was replaced by Hossa. Khabibulin has been replaced by Niemi. Barker has been replaced by Sopel on defense. Madden replaced Pahlsson and Kopecky is in for Eager or Burish or Bickell.

In Vancouver, it’s essentially Samuelsson for Sundin, Erhoff for Ohlund, Alberts for the injured Willie Mitchell and Grabner for Pyatt.

So, I get the Blackhawks with an improved roster in terms of roles being played, home ice advantage and a year of valuable experience of going to the Conference Finals last year versus the same type of Vancouver team we’ve seen year after year. RE: SOFT!

So, it’s the Hawks in 5 or 6 games.

Red Light

April 28th, 2010
11:13 am

The top line through the first round of the playoffs has been Setoguchi, Clowe and Pavelski with a collective 22 points. Last year, that trio had six points in six games. Huskins replaced Lukowich and Demers replaced Ehrhoff, which is a concern. But, I get Heatley for Roenick, Malholtra for Moen, Couture for Goc, Nichol for Grier, Mitchell for Michalek and McGinn for Cheechoo.

Subtracting Hossa and Samuelsson from Detroit, who accounted for 11 goals and 14 assists in 23 games for the Wings last year, and replacing them with Bertuzzi and Eaves doesn’t make much of a statement. Hudler is gone, replaced by Miller, and in goal Osgood has been replaced by Howard.

The Sharks are 10-16 vs. Detroit since the lockout, and dropped the second-round series to the Wings 4-to-2 in 2007 after taking a 2-1 lead. This time the Sharks have home ice advantage but they are only 10-8 in their last 18 home playoff games. The Wings are 18-17 in their last 35 road playoff games.

I think this series is a much tougher call than the other Western semi-final, but I’m going to side with Joe Friday’s goalie of choice Nabokov over the Howard-then-Osgood tandem in Detroit.

Sharks in seven!

GaVaHokie

April 28th, 2010
11:29 am

From Craig Custances twitter…

From KHL Playoff MVP Ilya Nikulin:”Do I follow the Thrashers? I don’t. Why should I? They are losing when AK Bars is winning.”

Russian

April 28th, 2010
11:34 am

**to GaVaHokie**
Damn! I cannot believe he said that. SOB.

World Be Free

April 28th, 2010
11:39 am

Nikulin is reciting the same history we complain about on this blog. This is why we have to repair this situation as soon as possible, regardless of the obstacles created over the last 10 years.

Alan R.

April 28th, 2010
11:43 am

The truth hurts. Now, stop whining and fix it.

J.B.

April 28th, 2010
11:56 am

True or not, it was an unprofessional comment that he should not have said. A little bit of a slam on some of his Ak Bars and Team Russia teammates who’ve played for Atlanta too in my opinion.

Rawhide

April 28th, 2010
11:59 am

Lots of bad blood between the Canuckleheads and the Hawks. This should be a great series and look for the better goaler to prevail, Nucks in 6.

Joe Friday – Yup…should be a good ‘ol fashion slober-knocker!

Nice Fonzie reference!

Jeff - AAAAAyyyyyy…..

From KHL Playoff MVP Ilya Nikulin:”Do I follow the Thrashers? I don’t. Why should I? They are losing when AK Bars is winning.”

GaVaHokie – Ilya WHO?

R. Stroz

April 28th, 2010
12:02 pm

Someone should ask Nikulin how it felt to have the talent of a KHL defensemen in the Olympics while watching NHL players skating around him.

R. Stroz

April 28th, 2010
12:07 pm

I bet Smoothie doesn’t bring up any colorful pony references for awhile.

How’s that for a prediction?

World Be Free

April 28th, 2010
12:13 pm

Not all is lost folks-we have other hockey fans that know the pain of perpetual losing, when it becomes generational.

Sabres fans are spewing bile today at half the players that wore the slug this season. Darcy Regier is getting thrashed for having assembled a “core’ that won’t hit or take a hit to make a play. Some are even calling a change behind the bench.

Which brings us to the question-if Lindy gets the ax, would Dudley consider him for the Thrashers? They were teammates once. I’ll hang up and wait for your response.

Alan R.

April 28th, 2010
12:24 pm

True or not, it was an unprofessional comment that he should not have said.

In Russia, those players don’t expect their comments to make it back to the states. They also don’t expect their comments translated into English. Furthermore, don’t forget the “KHL vs NHL” thing going on. What’s unprofessional to us is a promotion of their game and their league to them.

All that doesn’t change the fact that we’re a rather dysfunctional team, with dysfunctional ownership and, up to this point, a dysfunctional front office. We don’t know if the front office part really has changed yet, but we’ll soon find out. We don’t know if the dysfunctional ownership part will ever change. The fact remains: We stink.

The truth sure does hurt, doesn’t it? Deflecting the comments as unprofessional doesn’t change the end result of the equation. There’s a problem here, and it needs to be solved. I hope the front office sits up and takes notice of it. In doing so, I hope they don’t sit around and whine about how our former draft pick has spoken pro-KHL team to the Russian media, and instead works to fix our problems here at home.

The problem is not Nikulin. The problem is here. Fix it.

R. Stroz

April 28th, 2010
12:24 pm

Come to think of it, this blog has given the saying “Pony Up” all new meaning.

It’s better than discussing sheep, isn’t it?

GaVaHokie

April 28th, 2010
12:34 pm

Which brings us to the question-if Lindy gets the ax, would Dudley consider him for the Thrashers? They were teammates once. I’ll hang up and wait for your response.

Absolutely… that would be like winning the lottery! The question is, would the Spirit Group “pony up” the money to get him?

GaVaHokie

April 28th, 2010
12:36 pm

re: Nikulin… I’d ask him, “Did Ak Bars win the KHL playoffs this year? I don’t know. Who cares? It doesn’t really matter.”

glovesave29

April 28th, 2010
12:37 pm

If Ilya is not following us, how does he know we are losing?

I’d be interested to see how a champion KHL team would do against the AHL’s Calder Cup champ.

GaVaHokie

April 28th, 2010
12:44 pm

I would guess that Lindy Ruff would sell more tickets next year than Kovalchuk ever could have… for far less money.

World Be Free

April 28th, 2010
12:51 pm

Lindy-after 13 seasons and no Cups, it’s time for a change for everyone. The no Cups thing is the key.

DWTOO

April 28th, 2010
12:53 pm

Definitely would consider Lindy Ruff. Has a good track record although never winning the Cup. An improvement over what we just went thru and another step in the right direction of shaking the popular conception of the franchise.

And Stroz – your mind is in the gutter, or at least Buford Highway/Cheshire Bridge Rd., today.

R. Stroz

April 28th, 2010
12:57 pm

DWTOO – What, What, Who Me…I’m going to Hawks game tonight.

GaVaHokie

April 28th, 2010
1:10 pm

DWTOO… which was exactly why I thought the Falcons should have considered Marty Schottenheimer a few years ago instead of Mike Smith. “Marty can’t win the big game”… so what… how about making the playoffs two consecutive years? That would be a major improvement.

I would feel the same with Lindy Ruff coaching the Thrashers.

J.B.

April 28th, 2010
1:20 pm

If Ruff gets the coaching job, I would bet money Max wouldn’t re-sign, so take that for what it’s worth… maybe not much depending on your opinion.

I belive Ak Bars did win the KHL Championship this year, actually.

J.B.

April 28th, 2010
1:27 pm

Alan – I’m not deflecting; I agree with you. The Thrashers do have issues all over the place and are the problem. Nikulin is not the problem, but he is a douchebag. That’s my point.

As far as not expecting their comments to be translated into English or make it back to the states… C’mon man that’s ridiculous. He said it to a puck daddy blogger working for Yahoo!.

Odd Man Rush

April 28th, 2010
1:31 pm

Interesting comments today from Jay Feaster on NHL Live regarding the Atlanta coaching situation. Feaster, who knows Dudley well, believes our new coach will be either John Torchetti or Craig Ramsey (for what it’s worth). Feaster had very good things to say about Ramsey, particularly his ability to teach younger players and to communicate/motivate the veterans.

World Be Free

April 28th, 2010
1:37 pm

JB-correct on Max, no way he and Ruff will be together again if Max can help it.

Odd Man-Yup, Featser and Duds go way back. Sounds like these are the 2 finalists. Wonder why Feaster hasn’t landed another management job?

J.B.

April 28th, 2010
1:41 pm

In Russia, those players don’t expect their comments to make it back to the states. They also don’t expect their comments translated into English. Furthermore, don’t forget the “KHL vs NHL” thing going on. What’s unprofessional to us is a promotion of their game and their league to them.

All that doesn’t change the fact that we’re a rather dysfunctional team, with dysfunctional ownership and, up to this point, a dysfunctional front office. We don’t know if the front office part really has changed yet, but we’ll soon find out. We don’t know if the dysfunctional ownership part will ever change. The fact remains: We stink.

The truth sure does hurt, doesn’t it? Deflecting the comments as unprofessional doesn’t change the end result of the equation. There’s a problem here, and it needs to be solved. I hope the front office sits up and takes notice of it. In doing so, I hope they don’t sit around and whine about how our former draft pick has spoken pro-KHL team to the Russian media, and instead works to fix our problems here at home.

The problem is not Nikulin. The problem is here. Fix it.

First, I think it’s ridiculous to think KHL players don’t expect their commentary to make it across the ocean and/or be translated into English, especially when they are talking to a Puck Daddy blogger working for Yahoo!.

That said, I completely agree with you Alan. The Thrashers are the problem and need to be fixed. I was not deflecting and blaming Nikulin for telling it like it is was not my point… my point is that Nikulin is a d****bag.

rob

April 28th, 2010
1:42 pm

The KHL? Knucklehead Hockey League? Is that another minor league offshot? Anyway, all of this speculation going on around here about goalies, coaches, forwards. I would be suprised if any real changes get made personnel wise. Dudley has said he liked the tandem we had this year, makes me cringe but he said it. There are a lot of kids who are suppose to be ready to help at the Wolves, this year is probably their chance. So my question is this. If next year we field a young team with the core we have now, and hope that Pavs finds himself, and a GOOD coach is hired, will a hard playing team that misses the playoffs be seen as a failure, or as a step in the right direction that may get 1 more season to prove if they are worthy of the FANS return to Blueland to cheer the boys in blue? I feel not bring in some of the kids this year was a missed opportunity that will now have to be done next season, maybe to our detriment, but they gotta learn sometime, so why not under new coaching staff? Thoughts?

DWTOO

April 28th, 2010
1:43 pm

Forgot to add Max to earlier post. Say goodbye to Max if Ruff is coaching here. Would be a tough call. Fortunately we’re just engaging in speculation here.

GaVaHokie

April 28th, 2010
1:44 pm

If Ruff gets the coaching job, I would bet money Max wouldn’t re-sign, so take that for what it’s worth… maybe not much depending on your opinion.

I’ll take Ruff.

I belive Ak Bars did win the KHL Championship this year, actually.

…yawn. :)

rob

April 28th, 2010
1:47 pm

Rawhide,
The names for coach on the AJC page did not include Ramsey or Torchetti, any thoughts as to why???

Smoothie

April 28th, 2010
2:02 pm

Craig Ramsay certainly knows a thing or two about sound, fundamental 2-way hockey. He was a Selke Trophy winner in 1985. In addition, he scored over 20 goals in 8 consecutive seasons. Not to mention he scored over 50 points in 8 consecutive seasons. Of course, that was a much different NHL in the 80’s. Also of not was how durable he was playing a full 80 game season 8 straight times.

Joe Friday

April 28th, 2010
2:05 pm

“A 0-0 score after one will be like Thurman Thomas losing his helmet.”

Agreed. That said, I can see them finally breaking out and taking this one 5-2 or something. I’d love to see the Habs knock them out, but I just have to think Halak can’t keep it up and some of those pucks start finding the back of the net.

“if Lindy gets the ax, would Dudley consider him for the Thrashers?”

Personally, I’d take Ruff and would pony up the money to fly him down here but I don’t think Dudley wants to go that way and has Torchetti in the pole position to come in here and strip away the Anderson system.