Round Two, Fight!

The NHL isn’t giving it’s teams much time to rest between playoff rounds.

Last night we watched the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers both advance after their game seven victories, The Devils needing a second overtime to knock off the Panthers.

Tonight we will watch the Phoenix Coyotes host the Nashville Predators in the opening match of the second round. Neither team has ever been to a conference final.

Tomorrow the Rangers are back at it, taking on the Washington Capitals and St Louis hosts Los Angeles, two of the remaining four teams in the west, none of which has ever won a Stanley Cup.

So, without further ado, here are my picks for the second round of the playoffs:

Continue reading

Morning Skate: Is that a weenie in your hat?

Morning skate is a feature that will look at the stories developing each day in these 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and a look ahead to the games on the schedule.

There were three game-three’s on the schedule last night and in each case the road team won by a goal.

Rangers 1 Senators 0

Henrik Lundqvist held off the Ottawa Senators, making 39 saves, and Brian Boyle scored the only goal in a 1-0 Rangers win. Lundqvist made his best save on Kyle Turris, point blank and alone in the slot, with less than a minute to go. Despite speculation he could play, Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson sat the game out with concussion symptoms.

Game 4 Wednesday 7:30 EST

Continue reading

Manic Monday: Recapping the weekend that was

Well kids, I decided to take the weekend off. I’ll probably continue blogging Monday through Friday until the third round when the number of games drops down.

Let’s take a look at what’s transpired in my drunkenness days off.

Continue reading

Morning Skate: Technically, it’s still morning.

Morning skate is a feature that will look at the stories developing each day in these 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and a look ahead to the games on the schedule.

Technically, on the west coast, it’s still morning. I had a late night, I’m sorry. Tomorrow will be an earlier publish, I promise*.

Continue reading

Morning Skate: Crossing the line – Weber, Bitz, Briere… and Twitter?

Morning skate is a feature that will look at the stories developing each day in these 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and a look ahead to the games on the schedule.

Continue reading

Nightly Review: Flyers Rally, Preds Tally, Canucks Dally

Flyers 4 Penguins 3 (OT)

The Philadelphia Flyers rallied back from a 3-0 deficit by scoring four unanswered goals, including the overtime winner by Jakub Voracek. The comeback began with a pair of goals from Danny Briere, one of which was highly controversial (skip to 18 seconds if you watch the video). Brayden Schenn was the star of the night scoring the tying goal and adding a couple helpers.

Continue reading

Playoff Previews: Predators vs Red Wings

4 Nashville Predators vs 5 Detroit Red Wings

Do my eyes deceive me? Have the Nashville Predators indeed achieved home-ice advantage? And against the Detroit Red Wings? Next you’ll tell me that Florida and Phoenix won their divisions. As incredible as it sounds, the Predators are considered by many this season to be a legitimate contender.

But not if Detroit has anything to say about it. The Red Wings have battled through some key injuries and inconsistencies to finish fifth in the Western Conference. Each year we all wonder if age has finally caught up to the Wings. Their window of opportunity could be closing soon. Can they make a solid push in this years playoffs?

Continue reading