So last round’s predictions did not work for me at ALL. I got both winners wrong. Luckily, I still have the Boston Bruins as a team I can stand to win some moola on from some bets I made on Bodog before the playoffs start. If the B’s win it all, I’ll double the money I spent on all my bets combined. Not spectacular, but I’m ahead, and that’s what matters!
Anyways, round 3, I got a big stinking zero right on my predictions. I had the Kings and Penguins. Steve-O managed to get both winners right, although he thought both series would go the distance. Metal & Oil predicted the Bruins correctly, but in 6 games… he had the Kings down as winners over the Hawks, however. Hemmerlady, like me, shit the bed and got nada right with Pens and Kings each winning in 7 as her predictions.
So, time for the final round of predictions… who ya got?
I’ll take the Bruins in 5.
In other news, Dallas Eakins was hired as head coach of the Oilers. The only disappointment over this for me is that I was just learning that Krueger is spelled “K-R-U-E-G-E-R” and not “K-R-E-U-G-E-R”… now I have to train my brain that it’s pronounced “Ay-kins” and not “Ee-kins”. I liked Ralph Krueger a lot as coach. I think he didn’t have a good enough preview here, and I hang that all on Steve Tambellini’s inability to provide him with a good enough roster. I don’t mind that he was replaced though because a GM needs to be on the same page as his coach. Krueger’s new-agey coaching style doesn’t fit with what Craig MacTavish wants. Fine by me. Eakins sounds like a guy with a solid grasp on defensive and offensive systems, line matching and other strategies. This was not Krueger’s forte. Both are also known to be good motivators too, so as far as I’m concerned, we stepped ahead in this change.
That all said, a coach can only do so much. I’m not sure many coaches could turn this lineup into a winner. This lineup, save for the top six and a few scattered players, seems to be destined for bottom finishes. I won’t debate whether Tambellini did this by design, or if he was just a terrible GM (although I lean towards the latter). It is what it is. This is the lineup the team has, and in order for Eakins to have any success, MacTavish is really going to have his work cut out for him. But if MacTavish is going to feed a coach players that he thinks are going to work well with the new coach’s team, he’s going to want a coach that’s shares a similar philosophy as him. Therefore, I think this was the right decision to make.