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2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round One Predictions

Well, it’s playoff time again, so I suppose I will be growing the beard out again. Yes indeed, this is one of my favorite times of year, even though my beloved Toronto Maple Leafs have finished their season already, finishing out of the playoffs for the 4th consecutive year. Oh well, it could be worse. At least the Leafs are taking the steps to be better next year.

But I am not writing this article to talk about the Leafs, this is a playoff article, and I will purely talk about those teams involved. To start, my pick to win the cup this year will be the Detroit Red Wings. They are just too good, they will not be stopped this post-season, much in the same way as last year.

Saying that, I do not want the Wings to repeat as Stanley Cup Champs, I would like to see the Calgary Flames or the Anaheim Ducks win it all this year, however I don’t think the Ducks are getting out of the first round, so LETS GO FLAMES. 

Anyway, lets get to the predictions shall we?

Western Conference

#1 San Jose Sharks vs. #8 Anaheim Ducks

Any other year, this would be one series that I would really be looking forward, but seeing as the San Jose Sharks were absolutely amazing this year, I don’t really see the Ducks having much of a chance in this series, therefore making it hockey that won’t necessarily be fun to watch. However, stranger things have happened, and if J.S. Giguere really heats things up, the Ducks could give the Sharks a run for their money.

Prediction: Sharks in 6

#2 Detroit Red Wings vs. #7 Columbus Blue Jackets

This is one series where I have seen certain people predicting an upset. Let me just say, you people are WRONG. Detroit is going to win this series, but Columbus will put up a bit of a fight. Steve Mason is an incredible goalie, but it won’t be enough to carry them past the power house Red Wings. The Blue Jackets will manage to steal a couple of games due to goaltending, but like I just said, it won’t be enough.

Prediction: Red Wings in 6

#3 Vancouver Canucks vs. #6 St. Louis Blues

As a good old Canadian boy, I am obviously going to take the Vancouver Canucks to win this series, however it is not because I am a Canadian that I am going to do so. Vancouver is the superior team in this series, and I think they are going to walk all over the St. Louis Blues. While the Blues do have a lot of young talent, I don’ they have what it takes to make a dent in Robert Luongo and the Canucks.

Prediction: Canucks in 5

#4 Chicago Blackhawks vs. #5 Calgary Flames

I haven’t had any upsets thus far in my predictions, so let this be my first. This is going to be one of the best series of the first round of the playoffs. Both of these teams have stellar goaltending, as well as great talent, both offensively and defensively. Some people have said lately that Miikka Kiprusoff is tired, and therefore will be outplayed by is counterpart at the other end of the rink, but I think that is ridiculous. Kiprusoff will have another great playoff year, and will help his team get the wins they need.

Prediction: Flames in 7

Well that’s the Western Conference, so now lets get to the East and see what’s going on.

Eastern Conference

#1 Boston Bruins vs. #8 Montreal Canadiens

I hate the Montreal Canadiens. I mean, I REALLY hate them. That’s why it makes me so happy to say that they are going to lose this series. Tim Thomas, in my opinion, is the best goaltender in the Eastern Conference going into the playoffs. Carey Price, on the other hand, has been nothing but inconsistent all season, and that trend will continue into round 1. While the Canadiens may pull off a victory in this series, in the long run, the Bruins will prevail.

Prediction: Bruins in 5

#2 Washington Capitals vs. #7 New York Rangers

Some people have stated that goaltending is going to be the deciding factor when it comes to this series, however I think that this statement is wrong. Yes, the New York Rangers have the superior goalie in Henrik Lundqvist, and yes, Jose Theodore is not as consistent as the Capitals would like, but this series is going to be about the weapons that Washington has. The Caps have Alexander Ovechkin, likely going to win the Hart Trophy again this year, 56 goals during the regular season. He is going to be the difference maker. Now add Mike green into this 30+ goals during the regular season, and a strong defensive force. The Rangers have no players who had 30 goals this season. Its just a matter of math. The Capitals win quite easily.

Prediction: Capitals in 6

#3 New Jersey Devils vs. #6 Carolina Hurricanes

This series is another one that has potential to be a great series. The New Jersey Devils are just an all around great team, and they are facing the Hurricanes, who have been one of the hottest in the league over the last couple months. Both goaltenders have been playing great, and I do believe that it will be a strong defensive battle. Expect to see a long series. It is going to be close, but I think the Devils will narrowly escape the Hurricanes.

Prediction: Devils in 7

#4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. #5 Philadelphia Flyers

I bet that the Philadelphia Flyers are regretting where they ended up at the end of the regular season. The Pittsburgh Penguins are coming off a very hot end to the regular season, and with the team that they have, especially on offense, the Flyers must be a little nervous at the moment. With the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Jordan Staal up front, Sergei Gonchar and Hal Gill at the back end, and Marc-Andre Fleury in net, the Penguins are strong all around, and the Flyers won’t be able to persevere in the long run.

Prediction: Penguins in 6

Well there you have it. My Predictions for the upcoming 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs. You may not agree, but thats alright, because you’ll be wrong.

Just Kidding. My Predictions are no better than anyone else’s.


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April 15, 2009 Posted by | Hockey | , , , | Leave a comment

Me, a Sports Journalist? Maybe Someday…

 

So as none if you will no, because there is no one reading this (lol), I am also a writer on the sports journalism website Bleacher Report. I really pride myself in my journalism, so I figured I would share one of my recent article entitled, “Jason Blake: Three Reasons the Leafs Should Trade Him.” I am primarily a Toronto Maple Leafs analyst, so if you are a fan, I hope you enjoy:

35956_featureWith Brian Burke now officially the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, many people are beginning to wonder when the so-called “rebuilding” process will begin.

With no moves being made yet and the trade deadline quickly approaching, the big question is who will stay and who will go. In my opinion, there is one person on the team that is almost certainly on his way out of Toronto: Jason Blake.

I personally have nothing against Blake. I like his style of play and I like the skill that he brings to the Leafs, especially as of late as his play has been spectacular.

However, on this Leafs team he has no place on the roster. Here are the three reasons why Jason Blake should be traded this year.

Age

Toronto is looking to build a team around a strong base of young players, such as Luke Schenn. At 35, it is easy to see that Blake does not fit in with where this team is moving.

The Leafs should look to trade him and pick some draft picks, prospects, or even one decent young player, because, in the long run, it will benefit the team much more than Blake ever could in the present.

Money

Blake is in the second year of a five-year, $20 million contract, and it is easy to see that this cap space could be better spent on three or four young players.

Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment has always been worried about money when it comes to its hockey team, and even though Burke has complete autonomy, there will be a push from the front office for Burke to save some money where the source is available.

Jason Blake is arguably that source.

Production

Blake has been nothing if not inconsistent during his tenure with the Buds. After scoring 40 goals in his final season with the NY Islanders, Blake managed merely 15 in his first season with the Leafs.

Due to the fact that Blake was signed to give offense to a team that was lacking in that department, a 15-goal season is just not acceptable. Granted, Blake was struggling with his recent cancer diagnosis, but he still managed to play all 82 games, and for a player of Blake’s supposed caliber, 15 goals just won’t cut it.

On the flip side, Blake’s production of late has been quite excellent. Through 49 games thus far this season, Blake already has 19 goals and 40 points.

He has been the Leafs’ best player through the last 10 to 15 games, which one could argue is giving him a much better trade value than this time last year. This should be reason enough for Mr. Burke to pull the trigger and make a deal before it might be too late.

In conclusion, it is easy to see that the Leafs need to move Blake. The team needs to start looking toward the future, and although he might be good for the present, in the long run, the Leafs need youth.

At his age, Jason Blake is merely part of the past.

February 20, 2009 Posted by | Hockey, Sports, Toronto Maple Leafs | , , | Leave a comment