Happy Friday 13th, everyone. Steve-O is away on vacation right now (in Mexico… there is a good chance he is currently being finger-banged by a Federale right now). So today, I present you with the MMS. Now, MMS once stood for Monday Morning Standings, but tradition has shown that these things never appear on Mondays… and who am I to break up tradition? Plus, with it being the playoffs, we decided we’d only release one MMS per round. So here it is… enjoy.
Conference Finals Match-Ups
So round 2 has wrapped up, and here are your conference final match ups:
Vancouver (1) vs. San Jose Sharks (2)
Boston Bruins (3) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (5)
The Vancouver-San Jose series kicks off on Sunday at 6PM MST and the Boston-Tampa Bay series starts tomorrow at 6PM MST. Both games will be televised by CBC.
I’ll throw out my predictions here:
My gut tells me the Vancouver Canucks in 6.. although I’m hoping the San Jose Sharks win.
Tampa Bay Lightning in 5.
Speaking of predictions, don’t forget! Get your picks in for the next round of the Sportsnet pool as well as the NHL.com playoff prediction pool. The deadline is tomorrow for the Sportsnet pool. Thanks to work blocking pool sites (fuck you, work web filter), I can’t see the time for the deadline, but I’d get your picks in ASAP. Ditto on the NHL.com pool.
Winnipeg NHL Team News
Recent reports have said that the Phoenix Coyotes aren’t going anywhere, at least for another year. According to the Associated Press: “The Glendale City Council has voted to pay the NHL US$25 million in arena operating costs to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in Arizona for another season while the prolonged attempt to sell the troubled franchise goes on.”
However, fret not, Winnipeg-franchise backers. It is sounding more and more likely that the Atlanta Thrashers are in big risk of being moved (and of course the most likely destination would be none other than Winnipeg). The Atlanta Spirit Group (the ownership group of the Thrashers) is having troubles finding anyone to purchase the team and keep it within Atlanta. As it stands, the most likely scenario is that they move to Winnipeg.
I have to admit, I like Atlanta moving to Winnipeg a lot more than I do Phoenix. If Phoenix could some how tough it out, I think it’s better for the league in the sense that it needs to hang on to teams out west. That said, obviously they can’t be keeping this team afloat for long. They’ve got to go if they don’t improve their financial situation significantly. But I just hope that they do manage to turn things around, and Winnipeg still gets a franchise moved there (hopefully in the form of Atlanta) so we can keep a better balance of teams between west and east.
And lead us not into temptation
There could come the temptation for Canadians to embrace the Vancouver Canucks as “Canada’s Team”. But let’s not forget that this is the same team that employees douchebag extraordinaires Ryan Kesler and Alexandre Burrows. The same team that retired a “7th man” jersey because of the team’s lack of historical splendor…. I’ll try not to tear into the names hanging from their rafters, but let’s face it, they don’t compare to the greats that were here. This is the team that has never won a cup… let’s keep it that way. For us Oiler fans, the only thing we got going for us is our proud history in which we can say we’ve won 5 cups. It’s likely time for us to all move on. The Canucks organization is quite good. But cheer for them, I will not. As Dan Tencer so eloquently twatted today: “The San Jose Sharks are now Canada’s team.” Indeed.
Canada knocked out of the Worlds
Canada was eliminated from the Worlds (and it sounds like they now finish fifth) by Russia yesterday. This is the 2nd year in a row without a medal. Bob Nicholson, President of Hockey Canada, is mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore. Disappointment in this year’s turnout is what has fueled his anger the most. Read more here.