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Wings v Sharks
Thornton, Marleau and Heatley combined for 1 goal, a combined -7 plus/minus and somehow they beat the Avalanche. Unless there big line wakes up and this isn't the 1st year the Thornton line sleeps thru the playoffs, then expect the Red Wings to win. Wings in 7.
Habs v Pens
OK, the Habs won the series, but solely on goaltending. As much as I think goaltending is the most important part of the game, you cannot win games consistantly when you are getting outshot 45 to 15 every night. Not to mention, they are playoff Sidney's Pens. Pens in 6.
Flyers v Bruins
The Flyers made the playoffs because the Rangers played worse. The flyers defeated the Devils because the Devils played worse. This isn't even a playoff worthy team. Marc Savard is returning to the Bruinds lineup that won round 1 without him. Bruins in 4.
Canucks v Blackhawks
A redo from last year. This series will likely produce the best hockey. I expect the winner to be in the Stanley Cup finals. I'm picking Luongo over Niemi, but it's pretty much a pick'em. Will Luongo and the Sedin's show up all series? Canucks in 7.
Review of the series to date.
Avalanche v Sharks
Sharks are looking at another early exit from the playoffs. I blame Joe Thornton. It's hard to believe that one of the largest players in the league, plays one of the softest games in the league. Can Craig Anderson do it two more times?
Kings v Canucks
The Sedin's took over in the 3rd period to tie the series. This series is gonna come down to Luongo and the Sedin's will. Once again the NHL looks stupid by screwing up the kicking the puck into the net rule.
Preds v Hawks
Preds are surprising. I thought they might have a chance if the Hawks goalies fail, but other than one bad goal, Niemi has been primed. The Hawks offense appears to be on empty.
Wings v Yotes
Can one goalie defeat an entire team? Only in hockey. Illya Bryzgalov is the series. If he plays awesome, then the Coyotes win. If he plays great, then the Coyotes lose.
Habs v Caps
Habs are completely outclassed. Don't blame the goalies here. OK, maybe Theodore for blowing game one and almost blowing game two. The Caps are going deep. Only a goalie can stop them now (or maybe a Kid).
Bruins v Sabres
And I thought the Bruins couldn't score. With Vanek, the Sabres appear to have no offense. Their season is done. They need to shop for scoring depth to support the franchise; Ryan Miller.
Flyers v Devils
Flyers stunk down the stretch. WTF!? This series looks like a couple AHL teams. Devils are done. Flyers are done next rounds.
Sens v Pens
If the Ottawa citizens are really lucky, then they will be able to catch the Sidney Crosby show one more time. I can't wait for the Pens v Caps semi-final. This'll be a classic.
I get the cutest emails from young kids who think that their fav athlete will get emails sent to Talk-Sports. Here's the latest.
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Sharks v Avs
This series comes down to one player, Joe Thornton. Joe rarely shows up to big games and usually gets pushed around, which is odd considering he's one of the biggest players on the ice. I doubt Joe will show and the Avs are good enough to beat the playoff-hapless Sharks. Avs in 7.
Hawks v Preds
The Hawks have the Preds beat in every facet of the game, except goaltending. But neither team is impressive in net. The Hawks could lose on goaltending, but otherwise, they far outclass the Preds. Hawks in 5.
Canucks v Kings
The Kings have no playoff experience to draw on. Most teams with little playoff experience simply don't know that they have to play better and harder in the playoffs. They'll know next year. Canucks in 5.
Coyotes v Wings
The Wing were the best team down the stretch. They are back. Contending for the Cup. The Yotes are happy they actually made the playoffs. Bryzgalov might steal a game or two. Not enough to beat the Wings. Wings in 6.
Sens v Pens
Ottawa is using a rookie playoff goalie (Elliot). One of their stars (Kovalev) is hurt. They had the worst goal differential of any team that made the playoffs. They are playing the defending Cup champs. Pens in 5.
Flyers v Devils
Flyers made the playoffs by playing slightly less horrible than the Rangers. Remember, they only had to win one of their last two games and they almost blew that too. They are playing Boucher in net only because they don't have anybody else who is eligible to play. Devils in 5.
Bruins v Sabres
The Bruins can't score goals. They score even less goals when Marc Savard is injured. Yes, he's out for the series. They score even less goals when playing Vezina candidate Ryan Miller. I just can't see the Bruins scoring enough goals. Sabres in 5.
Caps v Habs
The Canadian, like the Bruins, can't score goals. The Caps can. I cannot see Halak being capable of keeping them in a 7 game series. Even if Theodore falters, the Caps have playoff proven Varlamov. Caps in 5.
Possibly Cody Hodgson's last salute to the fans of the Brampton Battalion. He was 3rd star in the fourth game of the Colts sweep of the Battalion.
Did you know, Phil Mickelson's wife Amy reportedly had an affair with none other than Michael Jordan? Did you know, Phil reportedly has an illegit child with another woman? Why is it that Tiger Woods gets taken to the cleaners by NBC and CNN and Phil gets a mulligan?
If Talk-Sports could name the nominees for the major NHL awards, then here's what we would pick. Let the debate begin. Tell us who should win in each category and why. In a week or two, we will tell you our winners.
Vezina (Best Goalie)
Norris (Best Defenseman)
Calder (Best Rookie)
Lady Byng (Best Wimp)
Frank Selke (Best Defensive Forward)
Jack Adams (Best Coach)
Thanks to one of our premier users, we were just informed that there's a lawsuit against Talk-Sports. Fortunate that you user informed us, because we've never heard of the lawsuit. The suppose lawsuit relates to comments posted on the Sidney Crosby forums about his supposed girlfriend Marketa Linden. We have received two abuse complaints from Marketa, but they were entirely exaggerated. This appears to be Marketa's blog. See the link below.
On Friday, we stopped by the Nashville Superspeedway. The Camping World Truck Series race was that nice and the Nationwide the next day.
At first, we parked the RV near the front entrace. As you can see, there was next to nobody there to watch truck qualifying and the practices.
We hit merchandise alley.
The Air Force brought in a pretty cool car. Each front seat has a 17 inch screen.
Hornaday drove this truck two years ago.
This is Brad Keselowsky's new ride. Both my elder kids were allowed to sit in the car. The youngest was back at the RV.
Then we moved the RV to the top of the nearby cliff and we were able to watch practice and qualifying without paying a dime.
But before the truck race started, someone came by and asked us for our tickets. We left before the race.
Announcing Talk-Sports' 2009-10 NBA All-Star Team.
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