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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

After a few looooooong nights, the first round of first round games are through.  I think it’s fair to say we’ve seen some pretty fantastic games so far, a few surprises and maybe even a fight or two.  Not bad – the players seem to be getting off on the right feet so far.  I’ve decided to break down the most significant events of Game Ones into the three categories: good, bad or ugly. 

 

Good: NY Rangers.  That was the best game I have seen so far and I’m pretty stoked the Rangers won.  Yes, I know I picked the Caps to take the series – and I still think they will – but I knew the Rangers were going to come out swinging and play with a lot of heart.  But if they are going to win another game they have to play better defense on A.O.  Henrik Lundqvist was the only reason that Ovechkin didn’t score (although he did notch two assists).  But besides not holding off Ovechkin to the best of their abilities (although he did get hit five times in the 1st alone), the Rangers played a fantastic game.  Sean Avery was at his absolute worst; picking meaningless fights and complaining like it was his job – oh wait, that’s right, it is his job.  Rumor has it that NY Captain Chris Drury will be back tomorrow… let’s hope so.  I think the Caps will take game two. 

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Round 1 Playoff Matchups

-by Alaina Scarano-Isbouts

Well all, it’s that time of year — playoffs. Round 1 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs will begin on Wednesday night.  Get ready to hear of every possible story line; rookies and old-timers ready to fight for the death for the chance of a life time — to win Lord Stanley’s Cup.  Here’s my take on what this year’s playoffs have to offer and who will make it out alive.

Eastern Conference

Boston v. Montreal: What a great series for old rivalries.  The two Original Six teams have faced each other many, many times since the modest beginnings of the NHL. Boston, after having missed the President’s Trophy by just one point, has the home ice advantage but the more fickle fans.  I’m going to bet this will be a rough-and-tumble series, but the ultimate battle will be between Tim Thomas and Carey Price.  I’m going to go with Boston in 6 for this series. Continue reading

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Playoff Countdown: Recap of Friday Night

-by Alaina Scarano-Isbouts

As most of you may have heard, all of the playoff spots have been clinched.  The match-ups for the first round are still be determined, but now we all know who is in and who is out.  Below is the Friday night recap of the last few games that determined playoff spots.

Minnesota 8, Nashville 4: Both the Wild and the Predators were losers of this game.  Despite scoring 8 goals the Wild remained just 3 points shy of 8th place.  The Predators had perhaps their worst game of the season as their last game of the season to stay 2 points out of 8th.  If the Wild win their last game tomorrow, they will end the season in 9th place rather than 10th where they are now.  Bye bye to both teams.

St. Louis 3, Columbus 1: Both teams have cinched playoff spots but can still move up or down in the standings.  I am still loving the way St. Louis is playing; they are looking like a pretty good underdog pick right now — especially if they face San Jose.  I don’t know if Columbus will make it out of the first round, but we’ll just see who they end up facing.  They could potentially fall down to 8th if they lose their last game tomorrow and St. Louis wins against the Avs.

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Playoff Countdown: Recap of Wednesday Night

-by Alaina Scarano-Isbouts

While last night was a much more calm night around the league with only two games, it certainly wasn’t boring.  A brief recap of what went down:

Buffalo 3, Toronto 1: Even though they gained two points in their win last night, Buffalo isn’t going anywhere.  If they win their next two and the Rangers lost their next two, the Blueshirts still have that ever-so-crucial tiebreaker between the clubs; Buffalo’s only shot will be if the Panthers also lose at least once.  I could see Florida dropping a game, but there’s no way the Rangers will drop their last two.  Sorry Sabres.

Columbus 4, Chicago 3 SO: Columbus made history last night by clinching the first playoff appearance in franchise history.  As long as the Blue Jackets get at least one point in their next two games (first St. Louis, then Minnesota) they will stay in 6th.  Not bad after nine years!  I love that both these teams are in the playoffs, along with St. Louis.  These are the best games to watch — the teams who really want to win.

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Who’s In, Who’s Out?

Who will be hoisting Lord Stanley's Cup this year?

Who will be hoisting Lord Stanley's Cup this year?

-by Alaina Scarano-Isbouts


With 7 days to go and 7 playoff spots still technically still up for grabs, it’s going to be a great week for hockey fans across the nation (except in Colorado, Long Island and Tampa Bay).  Here’s a guide for who should be in and who could be out a week from now.  First off, check today’s standings here to see who has clinched spots already.  Let’s start with the more exciting conference during playoff time, the East.

Who’s already in: Boston, Washington, NJ and Carolina have all clinched spots.

Philadelphia — Why they’ll make it: Philly has gone through a few rough seasons, but for the most part they are a pretty tough competitor.  They are usually a contender for the cup every year – and always give someone a run for their money.  With only four games left, Philly is a great team to watch; tomorrow night they’ll face the Florida Panthers who are also in the race, after that there will be two games against the Rangers, a possible contender for the first round vs. Philly, and they also have a game against the Islanders.  Not only will Philly make the playoffs, but they could possibly uproot NJ for the Atlantic division title if NJ doesn’t shape up (they are 3-6-1 in their last 10).

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