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The Quest for Lord Stanley's Cup Begins...

Tonight, the NHL playoffs begin once more, as the 16 teams who made it into the playoffs vie for Lord Stanley's coveted cup. All it takes is for one team to win 16 games over the course of the next two months or so. Sounds easy, eh? Not in the NHL these days.

For me, the only first round series that I'm concerned with is the one that features the Ottawa Senators taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins, Game 1 to be held tonight in Pittsburgh at the Mellon Arena. It seems to be a no-brainer, this series. The Senators have iffy goaltending in the tandem of Brian Elliott and Pascal Leclaire, and the Pittsburgh Penguins have the offense of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, and several of their other players. Sure, Ottawa's got the defensive tandem of Chris Phillips and Anton Volchenkov who will be assigned to Sid the Kid and Malkin, and they've got some decent offense from Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson, and a few other players, but...

When it comes right down to it, the odds makers are saying that the Penguins will take the series in 5 to 7 games, depending on who you listen to. Personally, I'm thinking that if Ottawa can get some decent play out of its goaltenders and certain players perform up to par, the series could go to the Senators, but I'm not sure that's likely to happen. One of the most predictable elements of the Senators this year has been their inconsistency. One never knows which Senators team will step out onto the ice on any given night. And therein lies the rub.

So I guess we'll see what shakes out in the series between the Senators and the Penguins over the course of the next seven days or so.

Let the games begin...

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jkahane
Apr. 14th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
You have a lot more to look forward to in San Jose this year's playoffs than we do in Ottawa.

I'm really hoping that the Senators surprise everyone, you know what I'm saying? :)
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jkahane
Apr. 15th, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
That's the problem with hockey teams in the NHL that have so much expectation.

I've got that same feeling with the Senators this year, too, but the expectations are lower - although after tonight's game in Pittsburgh, who knows? Oh, and Michalek may have re-injured the knee tonight...he left after a certain point late in the second period (iirc), and didn't return.

You'll forgive me if I say that I hope the Sharks do well in the playoffs, but that I hope Heatley is a bust? :)
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jkahane
Apr. 16th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
I saw part of the Col-SJ game on Wednesday night, and have to say that I was really surprised that the Avs were able to beat you guys. But I do understand your feelings of deja vu. We'll see what happens tonight in the rematch.

I was pretty pleased the Sens beat Pittsburgh, but I'm not naive enough to think that they're going to win the series without better goaltending and a more balanced offense.

You must have heard by now, of course, that Michalek is done for the year. Torn ACL in the left knee, and will be having surgery soon. Kuba, Kovalev, and now Michalek out for the rest of the playoffs. *sigh*
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