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My 2017 Stanley Cup Finals preview + pick

My 2017 Stanley Cup Finals preview + pick

How about this NHL postseason so far. It’s been a great one, maybe the best in a long time. We now reach the final series of the season. The defending champions are back, I’m speaking of the Pittsburgh Penguins. They take on the red hot Nashville Predators, who was the last team to enter the postseason. I think the Predators have had one of the most impressive postseason runs in sports in years. Blowing away the competition after facing the Blackhawks, Blues, and the Anaheim Ducks. Also it is great to see the city of Nashville embracing this outstanding hockey team. Now the Predators have a golden opportunity to win a Stanley Cup for there team and there city. However the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins will have something to say about that. The Penguins made a bold move in changing goaltenders going with Matt Murray instead of Marc Andre Fleury lately when they fell behind the Ottawa Senators early in the series. So it paid off for the Penguins who themselves have had a fantastic postseason run of there own. So here is my pick: Nashville in 7 games. This should be a great Stanley Cup final and I can’t wait to start watching.

2017 Round 2 Stanley Cup Playoffs Picks

2017 Round 2 Stanley Cup Playoffs Picks

Now time to get this round started even though one of the favorites is not around. I’m talking about the Chicago BlackHawks getting swept unexpectedly by the Nashville Predators in 4 straight. How about the Edmonton Oilers handling the Sharks in unique fashion. Finally how about the Washington Capitals taking down the Leafs although the Capitals almost blew it on a couple of games. Now here is my Round 2 picks:

Eastern Conference

NY Rangers over Ottawa (6 games)

Pittsburgh over Washington (7 games)

Western Conference

Edmonton over Anaheim (7 games)

Nashville over St. Louis (7 games)

 

There you have it and enjoy this round’s games

2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs Picks + Notes

2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs Picks + Notes

Well my favorite (and hopefully yours?) postseason in all of sports is back once again for its annual excitement and festive moments. Now what a season it has been, and now we have the 16 best teams in all of the NHL left standing. So without further a due, here are my 1st round picks:

Eastern Conference:

Pittsburgh over Columbus
Washington over Toronto
N.Y. Rangers over Montreal
Boston over Ottawa

Western Conference:

Edmonton over San Jose
Anaheim over Calgary
Minnesota over st. Louis
Chicago over Nashville

There you have it so enjoy the playoffs

Latest weekly extra point #4

Latest weekly extra point #4

Islanders and Coyotes need new homes and soon

First for the New York Islanders, there time in Brooklyn maybe coming to an end much sooner than anyone anticipating? The Barclays Center wants to kick them out, and there product on the ice is not helping the Islanders cause. But they have 2 seasons to go after this current season. So there have been reports lately that Hartford, CT wants to house them on a temporary basis. The XL Center would love to have them, but they will need to renovate quickly in order to make them a permanent home. So the fight there is not over, but not so much for the Arizona Coyotes.

The Coyotes have had problems ever since they relocated from Winnipeg, MA. They have loss money on an annual basis, and yet they continue to play in the state of Arizona. The arena they currently play in cancel a 15 year lease with the team, as the city of Glendale no longer wants them. They recently learned that Arizona State University has backed out of a deal to help build them a new building. Well the Coyotes will need a solution soon, because there lease in there current arena is over after 2018. There have been reports of team officials touring possible sites for relocation. Cities that have been mentioned are Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. Quebec City is also a possibility, but it would be a long shot at best. So what would the Coyotes do at this point? They don’t have a lot of time to figure it out, and may need the help of the NHL.

My weekly extra point #9

My weekly extra point #9

John Tortorella wins his 500th game as an NHL Head Coach

Tortorella is one of the most successful coaches in the National Hockey League. The former Lightning, Rangers, Canucks coach is the first American born coach ever to win 500 games. John Tortorella won a Stanley Cup back in 2004, so he knows what he is doing. Most of his players’ throughout the years really love playing for him. I still don’t like the way he was dismissed by both the Canucks and the Rangers. Tortorella throughout his years as an NHL coach provided entertaining sound bites, enough to fill an audio library. Believe me; the NHL is good with a John Tortorella coached team in the playoffs. The best part about Torts is his handling of the media. Since he took over the Columbus Blue Jackets (last season) the team is actually competitive and winning. Tortorella has a chance to do great things in Columbus that no one would believe? I cannot wait for the playoffs and see what the Blue Jackets are going to do. I say good luck to the Blue Jackets for the rest of the season, and they will need it.

My weekly Extra Point #7

My weekly Extra Point #7

John Tortorella wins his 500th game as an NHL Head Coach

Tortorella is one of the most successful coaches in the National Hockey League. The former Lightning, Rangers, Canucks coach is the first American born coach ever to win 500 games. John Tortorella won a Stanley Cup back in 2004, so he knows what he is doing. Most of his players’ throughout the years really love playing for him. I still don’t like the way he was dismissed by both the Canucks and the Rangers. Tortorella throughout his years as an NHL coach provided entertaining sound bites, enough to fill an audio library. Believe me; the NHL is good with a John Tortorella coached team in the playoffs. The best part about Torts is his handling of the media. Since he took over the Columbus Blue Jackets (last season) the team is actually competitive and winning. Tortorella has a chance to do great things in Columbus that no one would believe? I cannot wait for the playoffs and see what the Blue Jackets are going to do. I say good luck to the Blue Jackets for the rest of the season, and they will need it.

My 2016 Stanley Cup Finals Preview + Pick

My 2016 Stanley Cup Finals Preview + Pick

What a year in the NHL and it comes down to this final series. I like this matchup because no one had this matchup when they were picking the games. I am so happy for the San Jose Sharks (been around for 25 years, since 1991), that they finally put together an impressive playoff run. There were at least 3 times in there history that they should have made to a Stanley Cup Final. All those talented players that have come in and out of this sharks franchise. This should really be a celebration for them and now. Current players like Joe Thornton, Patrik Marleau, and Joe Palvelski leading and contributing to the Sharks playoff run. I would like to pick them, but they have a touch opponent in Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins have had a fantastic playoff run by themselves by beating the toughest teams in the Eastern Conference like the Rangers, Captials, and the Lightning. Ever since the change during the season from going from Mike Johnson to Mike Sullivan as head coach of the Penguins. We cannot forget Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin at all here. They have not needed to score much this postseason, due to the bundance of secondary scoring from there young players. The great play of there young goaltender Matt Murray who could replace Marc-Andre Fleury one day. I think this will be a great series, and I would get ready for a lot of scoring chances in this one. Here is my pick, although I would take Pittsburgh I am going to take t Sharks in 7 games. So get ready for a series that could be one of the best.

Look out for my NBA Finals preview within the next few days.

2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Conference Finals Preview

2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Conference Finals Preview

its been a great playoffs so far, but the best is yet to come with both of there series. so without further ado lets get started:

Eastern Conference Tampa Bay lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins:

I believe the Lightning has had there hands full of injuries to key players like Stamkos, Strajman, and now Bishop (who is expected back later in this series). However the Lighning have better depth than the Penguins. Don’t count out the Penguins they have been playing well with Malkin and Crosby. Murray the goaltender has been a pleasant surprise for the Penguins. Ever wonder if Fleury is going to comeback at here? We will have to see as i predict the Lightning to win in 6 games

Western Conference San Jose Sharks vs St. Louis Blues:

Well just as you thought the Sharks have finally gotten over there playoff ills, they are back again. This i think is a grand opportunity for both the Sharks and the Blues to get to the stanley cup finals. The Blues have not been since 1970 and that is a long time. Meanwhile the Sharks have had 2 chances to reach a stanley cup final and have not. I dont know who to pick here. I say this series is going 7 games regardless. I have to pick the Sharks besides the bay area needs to experience a stanley cup final atmosphere for once.

Will be back for the Stanley Cup final soon!!

My Stanley Cup Playoff preview + picks

My Stanley Cup Playoff preview + picks

Well hockey fans its playoff time! I for one am glad it’s here and that regular season could not end any sooner. The second season has arrived with a surprise. No Canadian teams in this postseason for the 1st time since 1972. We are not making it up, and it’s really interesting that not one from the Canadian border made it. You can bet that Canada is hopping mad today. But hey you still have hope for the Raptors basketball and Blue Jays baseball. Oh did we mention the CFL at all here? We are sorry to hear about the passing of Ed Snider (founder and owner) of the Philadelphia Flyers. 2 year battle with cancer is the reason we had not heard much from him. Snider will be sorely missed in the Philly community. As well as the entire hockey world from everywhere. Now it’s time for the postseason picks.

Eastern Conference

Washington over Philadelphia 7 games
N.Y. Rangers over Pittsburgh 6 games
Florida over N.Y. Islanders 7 games
Tampa Bay over Detroit 5 games

Western conference

Los Angeles over San Jose 6 games
Anaheim over Nashville 5 games
Chicago over St. Louis 7 games
Dallas over Minnesota 6 games

There you have it hockey fans and let’s drop the puck already on this postseason. I will be back for 2nd round previews in the coming weeks.

my NHL playoff teams for 2016

my NHL playoff teams for 2016

Well instead of a preview, I thought I would give my 16 teams that will make the playoffs in my opinion. Its been an offseason to forget for a lot of NHL clubs. Hey the regular season got underway and now here is my 16 teams that will make the playoffs in the spring:

Eastern Conference:

Metropolitan Division:

NY Rangers
NY Islanders
Washington
Pittsburgh

Atlantic Division:

Toronto
Montreal
Boston
Tampa Bay

Western Conference:

Central Division:

Chicago
Winnipeg
St. Louis
Nashville

Pacific Division:

San Jose
Anaheim
LA Kings
Calgary

There you have it, and see you in the spring!!!!