Stanley Cup finals: My time for redemption
May 28, 2010 Leave a comment
I’m not even going to discuss my record in the previous rounds of the NHL playoffs; it’s too depressing. I’ll instead focus on the here and now. After a ridiculous break the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers finally get the final round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs started, and it looks to be one exciting series to watch.
The two teams both have unproven playoff goalies in Antti Niemi and Michael Leighton, though both have been playing as if they were the league’s elite goalies. Niemi is in his first full season with the big club and he helped guide the team to a 2nd place finish in the Western Conference. Leighton is a career journeyman who was mostly a backup this season. He ended up replacing starter Brian Boucher who left the playoffs early on with an injury. He’s since been brilliant in helping the Flyers get past the Bruins and of course those wretched Montreal Canadiens.
The Blackhawks and Flyers are also physical teams and the big matchup everyone is looking forward to is going to happen in front of Michael Leighton. Blackhawks forward Dustin Byfuglien (prounced Bufflin) and Flyers defenceman Chris Pronger are sure to have some battles for position which will in all likeliness lead to some bad blood between the two (one can hope).
Since my picks have been lacking in accuracy you can take it for what it is, but I’m going to say the Chicago Blackhawks are going to take it in 7 games. It’s a hard decision, mostly because it means the Maple Leafs will then hold the longest Stanley Cup drought.
What’s your take on the series? Are you looking forward to it?