Now, everyone always talks about an East Coast Bias in this league….and I’m no exception to it! Keeping that in mind, I will proceed to pick the winners of the Western Conference first round series. They will all be wrong. I won’t say how many games because I’m always more wrong with those.
Because let’s face it, the Sharks are never getting out of the first round.
They’re a pretty darn good team from what I’ve seen, and besides, the team that will beat them is….
Phoenix, I’m really, really sorry. This sucks. You deserve so much better.
I’m basing this solely on Henrik Sedin. Like, that is the only thing affecting my choice. Whatever.
I’ll do the east later today/tomorrow. Because those predictions will be just as valuable as these!
Indulge me for a moment and allow me to be the 800th person to comment on how it seems like the season just started. I really can’t believe the playoffs are already here, but they are. Woo!!
The Sabres went out with a bang, pulling Lala who proceeded to crash into the ref and go right into the boards. That seems somehow fitting for what will most likely be his last game in Buffalo. Good luck, Patty. You always seemed like a nice guy.
Buffalo did, however, lose, which means they get Boston in the first round.
1.) This will most likely be the most boring series in the history of the world.
2.) I know that Boston hasn’t been too good this year but Raask has been playing really well and I am a little worried for Buffalo. Miller will be fine barring some sort of meltdown (please God, NO) but it seems like the Sabres just can’t seem to score against Boston. This could be problematic.
I’d like to think that the Sabres will win and I’m trying to be optimistic, but this is the Sabres. I think it really could go either way.
I’m totally over the whole Richard thing. For Alex to keep it that close while missing ten games is really impressive in and of itself. And the season for the team was so magical that it really just would have been extra frosting on the cake, and even I, the frosting queen, know there is such a thing as too much frosting.
The Capitals will be playing the Canadiens in the first round. Montreal has had a few really good stretches this season and Halak had been awesome and I seem to recall Theo having a meltdown in that one came up in Montreal, but I feel like the Caps should be able to get this one done.
Ottawa is playing Pittsburgh, which is convenient because that means one will go home. I can’t decide which team I hate more but I feel like it would be better if the Pens got knocked out first. Thomas Vanek OWNS the Sens now!! The Sabres can beat them!! Their mindtricks will work no more!
I have faith that San Jose will perform their annual chokejob, and I feel really bad that Phoenix has to play Detroit. If they beat the Wings then they truly are blessed.
Tuesday night, the little I heard of the Sabres game wasn’t very impressive as far as the announcing was concerned. Thursday, I had to listen to FSN and I wanted to put my fist through the TV. I slept through the Sabres game that night but I’ve heard the LA team before and I really like them. Last night we got the Sharks Comcast feed, and it was great. They knew what they were talking about, they had done their research on the Sabres, they were complimentary of Lindy, and they even gave a shootout to the fans watching back here in New York. I only made it through two periods but I hear that when Pommer scored they mentioned the population of Pominville. That’s cute.
I was too tired to form any sort of opinion while I was watching last night, but it seems like the Sabres are sort of falling apart. They haven’t won since Phoenix on Monday and they haven’t been getting the points they needed. Monday night isn’t going to be easy. Vancouver is a great team. I hope this isn’t the hockey gods’ punishment for that whole playoff tickets pricing thing.
The pictures from the Furry Convention are beyond hilarious.
The Caps took down the Coyotes 4-2. Yay!! I figured they’d crap out after the last three games so I’m glad they pulled it together. Phoenix is lucky they could handle Washington’s power play, otherwise they would have been in even more trouble. Washington has been fantastic on the power play lately.
Alex Semin had a really good game. I don’t like him, but four points really isn’t anything to sneeze at.
Tonight you play the Coyotes. Now, I realize that last year when you played them, it was something of a whupping. Don’t be too cocky this year, though, boys. Phoenix should not be taken lightly.
The Coyotes were a hot mess this summer. You know it, I know it. But the thing is, the Coyotes have got nothing to lose at this point. It’s not like they were the preseason Cup favorites, and that’s why you have to be careful. Just sitting back and expecting a win tomorrow night won’t do you any good. And I don’t care if it was only the first game of the season and everyone else is thrilled; I don’t like what happened against Montreal Saturday night. You looked great in the first period and then forgot to show up for the rest of the game. Phoenix will take advantage of that if you’re not careful.
Wayne Gretzky isn’t their coach anymore (and for the sake of their six fans, thank God. Wayne was a great player, but a truly horrific coach), and the team is out to prove something. It’s them against the world. They’re like a big group of angsty teenagers.
Watch yourselves tonight, play a full game, and don’t be the team they make a point against.
P.S. Please, please, please score more than one goal. I promise I’ll bake you all cookies if you do.
P.P.S. As it turns out, fortune has smiled on me and I’ll be at the game tonight. Now, Buffalo, I know you don’t have the best track record when I’m at the game, but this time I won’t even be wearing a Caps jersey! I’ll be cheering 100% for you!!
P.P.P.S. I started writing this post last night, but I published it today, October 8. Sorry WordPress is being screwy.