If you've listend to DenverMoney and my NHL podcast that we do daily, you've probably gotten the idea that both of us think the Vancouver Canucks are the best team in hockey. It'd be hard to argue against that, considering they finished with the most wins, 54, and the most points, 117, in the league this season. Talent wise, they're the best.
The old adage in sports is "In order to be the best, you have to beat the best." Well, tonight the Vancouver Canucks have a chance to knock out the best team from the previous NHL season — the Chicago Blackhawks. I, hovewer, don't think the Blackhawks are going to get beat tonight. Call me crazy, but I think this is a situation where Chicago is in a MUST WIN situation and it actually will prevail as the winner tonight. Chicago has a great goaltender in Corey Crawford, and DM and I talked AT LENGTH about him playing too many games, but they need a SUPREME effort tonight in order to win.
Jesse Rogers, who covers the Blackhawks for ESPN, doesn't think Chicago is in a good position.
I know losing Brent Seabrook tonight is a BIG loss for the Blackhawks, but I like their chances tonight, especially at a plus-money situation.
Here's the deal. Chicago has outshot Vancouver all series, totaling 35 per contest. They also haven't really played with the lead in any of the three games, let alone the series. The only exception to that was in Game 3 when they had the lead for about 24 minutes. That has to change tonight in order for this team to stay alive. Here's a list of three things that MUST HAPPEN in order for Chicago to continue playing in the NHL Playoffs.
1. Score on the power play
2. Stay out of the box
3. Their superstars have to show up
Chicago owned tonight. I'd like to take credit for that (smile).
...i meant it's over Thursday night. 5-1 end of the 2nd - good lord!
I'm stuck watching 'Casino'. It falls in to the category of movies that when I see them on TV, I have to watch it. I was split-screening the game, but my wife is DVR'ing Dancing with the stars so now I can't watch it (and the movie at the same time).
Looking good in Chicago (DONT JINX IT!)
P.S. Wings sweep. Phoenix is done. Datsyuk and crew have made them look silly at times.
I made a small play on Vancouver, but if it was really nice golf weather here I would've gone bigger. Can't see any of the Hawks making tee times just yet, so they may just be inspired enough to pull one off.
You suck, Matt.
A little late, but... Vancouver tonight