I’ve been so hung-up the last few days about my car woes that I completely forgot that the last few NHL playoff slots were finally filled and the playoffs start tonight! As I scan through the list, I can’t help but notice that my Maple Leafs appear to be absent. AGAIN!? Geeze, and here I thought that this was going to be their year. Didn’t I even proclaim that in a post last fall? Yeah… Oh well, there’s always next year!
Pretty slim pickin’s for Canadians eager to see the Stanley Cup return to its rightful homeland. In the West, only the Vancouver Canucks made it in. I’ve always liked Vancouver. I still remember watching them make it to the final round many many years ago. In more recent years they always seem to have a decent-enough team, but fail to find their stride when it comes to the playoffs. Maybe this year will be different? If so, Luongo has to be on top of his game. They’re playing the Los Angeles Kings, a team I know nothing about and will be curious to see. I won’t even make a prediction on this one.
It’s a shame that the Calgary Flames didn’t squeeze in. I’ve always liked them. They play some great playoff hockey. Well, not this year! As for the Edmonton Oilers.. what the hell happened to them this year? Wow… but I see they have the first draft pick, so it’s a good time for them to start rebuilding. Look how well it’s worked for Toronto!
Things are a little better in the East, but not much. The Montreal Canadiens managed to barely squeak in, and are up against the President’s Trophy-winning Washington Capitals. Good luck with that. Washington is a wrecking ball this year. I wish my Canadiens-fans friends a speedy recovery. Don’t get me wrong. I may be a diehard Leafs fan now, but I always cheer for any Canadian team that makes it into the playoffs. I’m hoping for an upset against the Caps, but I’m preparing to see them destroyed early. (Washington in 5 games)
The Ottawa Senators are running in the middle of the pack, having placed 5th. That’s not a bad place to be. They’re up against the defending champions Sydney Crosby and his Pittsburg Penguins. The Senators are another team that generally does well through the year, and then hits a brick wall in the playoffs. In the past it’s been an issue with goaltending. I haven’t followed the Senators closely enough to know how they’ve addressed that this year. I’m expecting this series to go all the way, and give the nod to the Pens. (Pittsburg in 7 games)
All in all, I’m excited to have playoff hockey back again. I do wish that my new television was hooked up to something that actually received a signal though! I may be forced to watch the games on a smaller backup TV, or get a receiver.
He shoots, he scores!