Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Round 3 -- Meh!

The Conference Finals have begun in hockey-land, and my interest wanes. So be it.

Pittsburgh Penguins v. Carolina Hurricanes
Although last night's game was close, I don't give the Canes much hope. (Wait, didn't I say that last time?) Both teams look tired; as they should after the game 7 series. Whereas Cam Ward had to carry the Canes this far, Fleury looked energetic; so I'm gonna say Pens in 5 games. That being said, the Canes might be the better trap-and-wait team (whereas Pens rely on energy) -- so this could be an upset. We'll see if Ward can find another reserve battery.

Detroit Red Wings v. Chicago Blackhawks.
Can the young upstarts beat the juggernaut? Its highly doubtful. Khabby-boolin seems to be getting steadily more mediocre, and Detroit too adaptable to let this one get away. Although they didn't have to go seven, I would suspect that the Hawks are starting to fade mentally and physically: they have never had to play this deep into the post-season, and realisation might be creeping in that they have really out-done themsleves. I will give them the surprise factor; Lets give them 2 games. So Wings in 6.

So we are looking at a replay of last years final. Sigh.

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