Since 1994, I've never ever ever ever thought that we would lose. This is the first year that I don't really have much confidence in the team. Too many 1/2 broken players, too many mental mistakes and lack of execution. If Howard plays the best hockey of his life and one of our role players gets streaky and two of either Dats, Z, Fil or Mule carry the team on their back, we limit the turnovers to less than 1/10 of our passes and while we don't allow for any odd man rushes, we will win, however I predict we lose in six.
I really hope they don't lose in the first round, but they have looked mediocre at best as of late with terrible lapses in defensive coverage.
I've been pissed off about the loss they handed to us back on December 15th. Now, we realize how monumental that game was. For those that didn't see it, we kicked their ass the whole game. The Wings held on to the puck all night. Rinne had 37 quality saves. We went 2/2 on the powerplay and went into the 3rd with a 3-2 lead. At that time, the defence was tight and the team was playing with a ton of poise and confidence. And then came Weber :/ Weber had two goals a power-play blast with 4:24 left in the 3rd and a blue-line flukey knuckler three minutes later. Had we won that game, we would have home ice. HUGE.
The best "X" factor is Filpula seems to really elevate his game when he plays opposite to Rinne.
It was a real treat to see our talent vs our talent. This is the first red/white game that I've seen. It was awesome to see Lidstrom poke check the puck off of Franzens stick. The best part is our prospects look very solid! There are a ton of up and comming talent. I can't wait to see Tatar in the NHL.
I'm happy to see Ville do well. Strange that he has turned into the force that we thought he would. Too bad he wasn't playing better prior to the trade to increase his value, a third rounder is more appropriate.
Guy's putting his face in front of a slap shot when his team is up 3-0 in a series clinching game. That's what playoff hockey is all about.
Actually, playoff hockey is about sacrificing the body, but knowing how to block a shot. They guy needs to learn not to face the puck or wear a face sheild. He should know better considering he did the same thing earlier this year. Maybe he's so dumb he can't pass shot blocking 101