And no rest for the wicked…round 2 starts tonight!
Round 1 of these playoffs had to have been the most exciting since the legendary spring of ’06. Only thing that would have made it better was if Chi-town could have finished that amazing comeback. Round 2 will need to be epic to match that awesomeness…but with a Bruins/Flyers series and Red Wings/Sharks series it should be pretty good.
Anyways, I’ll try and force Racki to put up another prediction post, but if not I’m picking Detroit, Nashville, Washington and Philadelphia all in 6 games. In the last prediction post, I nailed the east (maybe missed the number of games here and there) but absolutely booted the west…maybe I should start watching more western conference games! Damn eastern biases.
EDITED BY RACKI: Since I’m too lazy to put up another prediction post, I will pick the following:
Predators in 6, Detroit in 6, Washington in 5, Philadelpha in 7… exactly what I went with in HL’s pool.
Nothing new on the Oilers front except for some picks being signed to ELC’s. Can’t wait for the draft.
Wait! Eberle and Dubnyk are playing for Canada at the WC. Eberle got a point in the exhibition against France while Dubnyk looked a little shaky from what I saw of the highlights. Lets go Canada!
The rest of the MMS:
In other league news, lots of suspensions and questionable hits this playoff round. I don’t know if it is just the fact that we are looking for it now, but I think this is the most suspensions in a playoff round that has been handed out ever (Kunitz, Downie, Ryan, Stoll, and Ruutu (does Cooke count); plus Torres, Lucic, Richards and Bickell all had close calls).
I also love how no one in Vancouver will ever have faith in Luongo ever again…even his coach. Well played Vigneault. Oh, and Gillis is a little whining bitch.
How awesome is Bolland…while out the Canucks (and Sedins) looked unstoppable…he comes in and single-handedly shuts them down while putting up mad points.
Penner didn’t have the greatest playoffs. Sometimes some players just work out for certain teams and not others…look how often the Oilers are on the other side of that trade. Maybe this shows how our luck is starting to turn?
Bobby Ryan goal…holy shit. Again, work sucks so I can’t link to it, but google it. Wow.
Datsyuk…his whole playoff series. Wow.
Ference gives the Habs fans the finger…awesome.
Bryzgalov hates Winnipeg. At least Edmonton won’t be the asshole of the league anymore. Thanks Winnipeg!
And finally (I think), the league signed a 2 billion dollar/10 year deal with NBC/Versus. This works out to 200 mil per year which is up from the 78 mil per of the current deal.
Some trophy nominations have been put out too:
- Thomas (My pick for winner, just because of the record season)
- Emery (My pick for winner)
- Weber (My pick for winner…dude is a beast and that is one righteous beard already)
- Lidstrom (my pick for winner…D never wins and Lidstrom deserves this year after year)
- St. Louis
- Toews (my pick for the win)
GM of the Year:
- Yzerman (My pick for winner)
- Skinner (My pick for winner)
Now some pool news: Picks gotta be in for both Hemmerlady’s and the POTF sportsnet pools ASAP. Again, passwords for both are potf and the CBC one is called “Hemmerlady’s Pool”, and the Sportsnet one is just a group called Putting on the Foil.
Here are the standings for the pools so far (work sucks and considers both gambling/fantasy sports bad and block them so this is from my phone…any problems just let me know):
Crott – 69 points (who is this?)
geaner33 – 68 points (again, who is this?)
Racki – 68 points
zackman35 – 67 points
hemmerlady – 66 points
BringBackKlima – 65 points
d0nkey_punch – 63 points
mrgod2u – 60 points
sln0069 (me) – 59 points (for future reference don’t pick Phoenix as an upset)
chuckerspuckers – 51 points
Zackman35 – 90 points
hemmerlady – 84 points
potf_steveo – 0 points (<- this is what happens when you miss the deadline people!)
M&O – 0 points
Racki – hasn’t joined yet cause he’s scared of losing
Oh, and the OKC Barons lost in 6 to Hamilton. Boooooo. Well at least Omark now can play for Sweden. However this playoff experience should be good for the kids that did go down.
Finally if I missed anything, or you want to help me out and link some vids just add to the comments.