The Stanley Cup Playoffs have now reached the Conference finals in the sports news and sports on the web. The sixteen teams that started this journey back in April have been whittled down to four. Now the winner of each conference final will get the opportunity to represent their Conference in the Stanley Cup Final. Who can stay healthy and push forward to reach the Stanley Cup Final. There is some light at the end of the tunnel but there is still a lot of pain ahead to get the gain of getting to and winner the Stanley Cup. Is it any wonder that the Stanley Cup is the hardest trophy to win in pro sports.
So how did we get to this point in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and by the way Allsports did manage to pick all of the teams to go through correctly in this round although the number of games did not match. The biggest surprise for Allsports was Chicago sweeping the Wild away in four straight games. Other than that Allsports was pretty close in the other Stanley Cup Playoffs series but then again you can judge for yourself by looking at the previous post. After all it really does not matter what Allsports thinks, what matters is what the readers think.
So now there are four teams remaining in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Tampa and the New York Rangers in the east, and Chicago against Anaheim in the west. Who do you like in these Stanley Cup series matches? Who will move on to represent their conference in the Stanley Cup Final.
I must apologize for being a little later with this post as the first game of the Tampa and Rangers Stanley Cup series has already been played. So what’s with the Americans and having to watch the sports in the afternoon? Don’t they know that you enjoy the day first, then watch hockey at night. It is not called “Hockey Night in Canada” for nothing. Anyway I am also trying to quit smoking too. Yep you guessed it; I always had a smoke going while writing so it has been a bit difficult with that too.
Anyway in the East we have Tampa and the New York Rangers. The Rangers enjoy a 1-0 Stanley Cup series lead thanks to s late goal that went in off Dominic Moore’s shin guard. Allsports still thinks Tampa will win this Stanley Cup Playoff series. The Bolts owned the Rangers in the regular season and Allsports believes they have just a little too much speed and firepower for the Rangers to handle. Mind you the Rangers have playoff experience in their favour and have managed some comeback victories over the last while. When push comes to shove though, Tampa is better at putting the puck in the net. The Rangers though do play quite well without the puck, just ask the Capitals because that was the main reason the Rangers advanced from that Stanley Cup playoffs series. Better overall team defense. That said, Tampa in seven games.
In the west we have two of the most consistent teams in the league battling for the Stanley Cup conference championship. Chicago opens in Anaheim this afternoon at 3 PM (another afternoon game). Both of these teams can beat you in the corners and on the score board. The Ducks are a little bigger and use all four lines with six big mobile defensemen. The Hawks meanwhile play with a shortened bench at times, and Joel Quenneville is a coach that loves matching lines. The question is whether the Ducks defense will be able to pinch effectively against the Black Hawks. Allsports is not sure of that and if you pinch and are not successful, the Hawks will have it in your net in a hurry. Ryan Kessler will have the job of shutting down Jonathan Toews. Well good luck with that it could be quite a battle.
The Hawka are deeper on offense than the Ducks. Andersen has played well in the net for the Ducks but he has never seen the offense that the Hawks will throw at him in this Stanley Cup playoff series. Corey Crawford has been there before in the net for the Hawks and has played quite well since coming back in during the late stages of the Nashville Stanley Cup series. This should be a great Stanley Cup series with lots of action both ways. Allsports still has to go with the Black Hawks in seven games.
And that’s the sports news and sports on the web, or the way I see it anyway.
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