NHL Thoughts 12/31

East:

Favorites  – Penguins, Canadiens and Rangers

1.I did not put the hot Blue Jackets as I feel they are not a playoff ready team with no real scoring threat.

2.I like the Penguins and Rangers, the Penguins offense is better so they will be the winner in the East.The Habs have the same problem again as they are a good regular season team but, can they get over the hump?

Contenders- Blue Jackets and Bruins

1.The Blue Jackets and Canadiens lack a scoring threat needed to go far, defense can only do so much in the playoffs while the Bruins could be tough with their smart system and experience.

Wild Card- Capitals

1.If they can get a wild card spot look out, the talent is there.

West-

Favorites-Blackhawks, Sharks and Wild

1.I put the Wild in here as they do have the talent to shock a few teams ,but, they are not at the Blackhawks or Sharks level.

Contenders- Oilers and Blues

1.Losing Brian Elliott to the Flames, put the Blues out of the Favorite level, the Oilers are young and need a few years.

Dark horse- Kings and Predators

1.Once they get Quick back they will be a threat to make a few moves in the playoffs.

2.Nashville wont get far, but, they could be tough as the 8th seed against the likes of the Sharks or Hawks.

East Final Prediction-

Penguins vs Canadiens- Pens in 6

West Final Prediction-

Blackhawks vs Sharks- Hawks in 6

Stanley Cup- Hawks vs Pens

Hawks in 6

 

World Jr. Champ Day 5 Review and Day 6 Preview

Day 5:

Switzerland 5-4 Denmark

Latvia 2-4 Slovakia

Off- Canada, USA, Sweden, Russia, Finland and Czech Rep.

Day 6:

1pm-Czech Rep. vs Sweden (Bell Centre and TSN 1/3) Grp A

330pm-USA vs Canada (ACC. NHL Net. and TSN) Grp B

530pm- Switzerland vs Finland (Bell Centre, TSN 3 and NHL Net. both channels jip at 6pm) Grp A

8pm-Slovkia vs Russia (ACC, TSN and NHL Net.) Grp B

Off- Latvia and Denmark

World Jr Champ. Day 3 Review and Day 4 Preview

Day 3:

Switzerland 2-4  Sweden

USA 5-2 Slovakia

Thoughts-

1.Pretty much went as expected today not much to say.

Off- Finland, Denmark, Canada, Latvia, Czech Rep. and Russia

Day 4:

1pm-Czech Rep. vs Denmark (Bell Centre, TSN  ) Grp A

330pm- USA vs Russia (ACC, NHL Net. and TSN) Grpp B

530pm- Sweden vs Finland (Bell Centre, TSN 2 and NHL Net. at 6pm) Grp A

8pm-Canada vs Latvia (ACC, TSN 1/4 and NHL Net.) Grp B

Off-Switzerland and Slovkia

World Jr Champ Day 2 Review and Day 3 Preview

Day 2:

Switzerland 4-3 OT  Czech Rep.

Russia 9-1 Latvia

Finland 2-3 Denmark

Canada 5-0 Slovakia

Off- USA and Sweden

Thoughts-

1.Good wins for the Swiss and Denmark, which puts Finland at 0-2 while Russia bounced back after losing to Canada while Canada keeps dominating.

Day 3:

5pm-Switzerland vs Sweden (Bell Centre and TSN)

8pm- USA vs Slovakia (ACC, NHL Net. and TSN)

Off- Finland, Denmark, Canada, Latvia, Czech Rep. and Russia

World Jr. Champ Day 1 Review and Day 2 Preview

Day 1:

Sweden 6-1 Denmark- Denmark had their chances but, could not score on them, Sweden showed they will be a threat for the Gold.

USA 6-1 Latvia- Give Latvia credit they made USA sweat when they tied the game 1-1 in the 1st before USA took over in the 2nd.

Finland 1-2 Czech Rep.-This was the 1st upset of the Tournament, Finland was better, the the Czechs slowed the game down and got a 3rd period goal to get the win.

Canada 5-3 Russia- Canada took control with an early goal, Russia had to play from behind all night and never got into the game.

Off-Switzerland and Slovakia

Day 2:

1pm-Czech Rep. vs Switzerland (Bell Centre, TSN 1/3/4 and NHL Net.) Grp A

4pm-Latvia vs Russia (Air Canada Centre, TSN 3/4 and NHL Net.) Grp B

530pm-Denmark vs Finland (Bell Centre, TSN 1 and NHL Net. after 4pm game) Grp A

8pm- Canada vs Slovakia (ACC, TSN 1/4 and NHL Net.) Grp B

Off-Sweden and USA