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NHL Western Conference Predictions

We are officially 1 week into the young NHL 2014-2015 season and last week we posted our NHL Eastern Conference predictions. This week we will shock you with some of our BOLD Western Conference predictions.

After the first week, we will admit there are some usual predicaments, the Edmonton Oilers are still losing (0-3) and the the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks are atop the regular season standings with 3 victories a piece. So, what is going to change over the next 5 months or so?

 

With so many changes, who will end up "in" and who will end up "out"?



 

NHL Western Conference - Team by Team Breakdown

 

Anaheim Ducks: 2 key moves in the off-season, but basically cancel each other out. The Ducks lost Teemu Selanne, however added the great two way player Ryan Kesler. Will it be enough to get them to the Stanley Cup Finals? We think they remain, status quo. They will advance to the second round of the playoffs but will not be in the the Cup Finals this year. 

Arizona Coyotes: New name (no longer the Phoenix Coyotes) is not the answer! They lost 2 legitimate offensive scoring forwards in Radim Vrbata and Mike Ribeiro (combined 36 goals).They will need to lean heavily on defensemen Keith Yandle and Oliver -Ekman-Larsson. Not enough scoring in the desert and they struggle all year.

Calgary Flames: The Flames added Goalie Jonas Hiller, and will depend heavily on their youth. 19 year old, center, Sean Monahan (sixth pick in the 2013 draft), scored 22 goals as a rookie, and Calgary also drafted top center Sam Bennett with the No. 4 pick this past June (2 months after signing Hobey Baker winner Johnny Gaudreau, 21). There is a lot of competition in the West and these 3 will learn that quickly. This will be a learning season for the youngsters. 

Chicago Blackhawks: Always a powerhouse in the West and they added veterans and offensive weapons in Brad Richards and Michal Handzus. If you also add third-year winger Brandon Saad to the mix, a 21-year old who scored 47 points last year. You'll immediately notice that this team has 3 incredible lines and tons of depth. Anything short of the Stanley Cup finals should be considered a disappointing year.

Colorado Avalanche: The Cinderella story from last year and still a very young team. Tons of potential but injuries will play a big role in the outcome of their season. They also lost some quality players over the summer, most notably 28-year-old center Paul Stastny, but they added experience, acquiring a trio of 30-something vets—forwards Daniel Brière and Jarome Iginla, and defenseman Brad Stuart. Matt Duchene must stay healthy to give them a chance in the playoffs.

Dallas Stars:  The Stars added Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky but who’s on the blue line keeping the puck out of their zone and net? Defense will be their Achilles heel and leaves them on the outside looking in.

Edmonton Oilers:  What do Nail Yakupov, Ryan Nugent Hopkins and Taylor Hall all have in common? They were all drafted 1st overall but none of them have ever played a minute in the NHL playoffs. That commonality continues this year. They still have huge gaps in their defence corps and need to develop something other than scoring.

Los Angeles Kings: The Kings are a very good team, bottom line! Having won 2 of the last 3 Stanley Cups (like Chicago), if they do not reach the Stanley Cup finals it will be a failure of a season. Tanner Pearson (drafted 30th overall in the 2012 draft) is off to a hot start with 6 points in 4 games.

Minnesota Wild:  A solid, defensive NHL team added a 40-goal scorer in Thomas Vanek. Will that be enough to get them deeper into the playoffs? We think so.

Nashville Predators: The Preds added James Neal and he will most likely play with newly acquired Mike Riberio (from the Arizona Coyotes). They have several young stars like Calle Jarnkrok, Filip Forsberg, Seth Jones, Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis but we believe they do not have enough to get into the playoffs this year. Oh yea, and Barry Trotz is gone too!

San Jose Sharks: Basically the same lineup as the last few years and most likely the same results, stellar regular season and dismal results in the playoffs. Joe Thornton is no longer the captain and that move does nothing to get them winning in the playoffs. Another playoff failure.

St. Louis Blues: Two straight first round playoff exits for the St. Louis Blues, so is this the year that St. Louis Blue advance? They added Paul Stastny (already 1 goal and 3 assists in 3 games). He gives some much needed depth to their offence and we believe they move forward this year.

Vancouver Canucks: The Sedins are still there and that means the Vancouver Canucks are still relevant. They added Ryan Miller and Radim Vrbata we believe they will be back in the playoffs in 2014-2015.

Winnipeg Jets: Winnipeg has some great young talent in forwards Evander Kane, Mark Scheifele and defenseman Jacob Trouba, but we believe that they just do not have enough firepower or depth to compete in the Western Conference this year.

 

NHL Western Conference Predictions


Here are our Western Conference playoff teams (in no particular order):

Chicago Blackhawks

Los Angeles Kings

Anaheim Ducks

Minnesota Wild

Vancouver Canucks

St. Louis Blues

Colorado Avalanche

San Jose Sharks

 

Our Western Conference prediction has Chicago grinding hard with the St. Louis Blue in the conference finals, and ultimately winning in 7 games. The Blackhawks will advance and play the Montreal Canadiens in an epic original six Stanley Cup finals, the 2nd original six matchup in 3 years. (The Bruins and Blackhawks fought hard in 2013, with Chicago coming out on top).

 

Unfortunately, we believe that the following teams will miss the playoffs this year:

Dallas Stars

Winnipeg Jets

Nashville Predators

Edmonton Oilers

Arizona Coyotes

Calgary Flames

 

What are your thoughts?

 

Stay tuned for our NHL Player Award predictions!

 

NHL Eastern Conference Predictions

The Stanley Cup is back in play as the season begins. The Montreal Canadiens face off in Toronto against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday. There are actually 4 games on Wednesday with the majority of teams starting their season on Thursday October 9, 2014.

All 30 NHL teams (23 based in the United States, 7 based in Canada) aspire for progress this year, for a playoff berth and a long run into the playoffs (ultimately winning the grand prize). However, they also continue to have more serious hopes like a major decrease in head injuries and an increase in sell-out crowds.  

 

Regardless of who you cheer for, and what side you are on, you should be able to enjoy another full season of the fastest game on ice.

Will the Cup Stay in the West?

Did you know it has been 3 years since an Eastern Conference team has won the cup? 2011!!! That was the year that the Boston Bruins won it all and left the Vancouver Canucks (the last Canadian team to make it to the cup) hanging dry.

Who Will End On Top?

Is this the year that the East hits backs and wins it all? With Chara, Rask, Bergeron, Krecji, Lucic and company, the Boston Bruins are still going to be a threat The New York Rangers will also try to replicate their Stanley Cup Final appearance (but maybe last year was their year...). Montreal has high hopes, adding P.A. Parenteau and Tom Gilbert but lost a few key players (Gionta and Gorges). Will the Canadiens' dressing room lack a leader? They do not plan on adding a Captain for the 2014-2015 season. Maybe Pittsburgh has one last push in them. When you have Crobsy and Malkin, you always have a chance. What about young teams like Tampa Bay or even Columbus? Both made the playoffs last year and could have made it a round deeper if they got a few bounces. Washington always seem to be in the mix so maybe this year Ovy scores 65 goals and they get some secondary scoring to push them over the hump!

NHL Eastern Conference Predictions


Here are our Eastern Conference playoff teams (in no particular order):

New York Rangers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Montreal Canadiens
Boston Bruins
Tampa Bay Lightning
Columbus Blue Jackets
Toronto Maple Leafs
Washington Capitals

Our Eastern Conference predictions has Montreal edging Pittsburgh in the conference final, advancing to the Stanley Cup for the first time in 22 years! If you notice, Detroit is not on this list and that is not by mistake. You heard it here first, The Red Wings will miss the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in 23 years (last missed postseason was 1989-1990).

 

Unfortunately, we believe that the following teams will miss the playoffs this year:

Buffalo Sabres
Ottawa Senators
Detroit Red Wings
Florida Panthers
Philadelphia Flyers
Carolina Hurricanes
New Jersey Devils

 

What are your thoughts?

 

Stay tuned for our Western Conference predictions!

Unlikely ALCS Matchup

The 2014 MLB рlауоffѕ have two unlikely tеаmѕ that wіll fасе off аgаіnѕt еасhоthеr іn thе Amеrісаn League Championship Sеrіеѕ. Wіth thе Bаltіmоrе Orіоlеѕ ѕwееріng thе Detriot Tigers іn thrее games and the Kansas Cіtу Rоуаlѕ аlѕо ѕwееріng thе L.A. Angеlѕ іn thrее gаmеѕ.

These two unlіkеlу tеаmѕ іn thе Amеrісаn Lеаguе wіll ѕԛuаrе off іn thе Championship Series. Fоr the Rоуаlѕ, іt′ѕ fіrѕt trip to thе ALCS since 1985 whіlе thе Orіоlеѕ mаkе thеіr first trір ѕіnсе 1997. 

 

Is this ALCS the making of a new TRUE RIVALRY? Only time will tell! Regardless,it should be a great series!

October 01, 2014

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Baseball Wild Card Recap

Kansas City and Oakland

Playoff baseball began last night and in case you missed it, it was a wild (card) baseball game. One for the ages! Kansas City, who had not been to the playoffs in 29 years, beat the Oakland Athletics 9-8 in 12 innings. In case you missed it, you should definitely check out the game highlights!

The Royals now advance to play the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. It is a best of 5 series and it begin Thursday night, first pitch set to be thrown at 9:07PM (EST). 

It was a wild game to say the least and the Athletics had their chances but could not close it out. The Royals showed a lot of fight, the had a lot of clutch hit and they simply did not quit.

In the top of the 12th, the Athletics scored a run to go ahead but in the bottom of the 12th inning, Salvador Perez, who was 0-5, came up to the plate, singled home the winning run with two outs.That capped two late comebacks and gave Kansas City a thrilling 9-8 victory.

"That's the most incredible game I've ever been a part of," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Our guys never quit. We fell behind there in the fifth inning, sixth inning. They kept battling back. They weren't going to be denied. It was just a great game."

Unfortunately for the A's, it was another postseason loss. They haven't won a playoff series since sweeping Minnesota in the 2006 ALDS. 

September 24, 2014

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September 22, 2014

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NFL Rivalries

2 NFL Football Rivalries Restored Sunday!

 

Are there still rivalries in the NFL?

 

With so many players bouncing around in the offseason from one team to another, do rivalries still exist? They certainly do! 100%!

 

Realize this, watching a football game is much more intense when you know that the teams/players dislike each other and every play gets chippy after the whistle. The truth is you never know what's going happen, and it’s exciting!

 

 

So, we have taken it upon ourselves to talk about 2 NFL rivalries that are about to be restored. Do you think there are others? Please share your comments!

 

1. SF vs. Dallas

 

This one was most exciting NFL rivalries in the 90's, and one of our personal favorites. Remember when Steve Young was hurling to Terrell Owens and Emmmit was in his prime? Well, things have definitely changed over the years, but the intense competition between these 2 proud franchises is still there.

In SF, Kaepernick is at the helm and he has 26 year old, Michael "chip on his shoulder" Crabtree back, with a ton to prove. Frank Gore is getting up there in age (31)...just saying. Some people say that the window on Tony Romo is closing. No more excuses! He and Dez must take a step forward this year! 

These two teams with great success and history have met 33 times (including 7 postseason games). Dallas has won 16 games and San Francisco has also won 16 games. They have also tied 1 time.

 

Dallas vs. SF Rivalry - Football Rivalry T Shirts

 

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2. Oakland vs. NYJ

 

These two teams have met 43 times (including 4 postseason games). Oakland has prevailed 23 times and New York only 18 games, but they have also tied 2 games. Although, this is not your prototypical NFL rivalry, whenever these two teams meet, it's a hard hitting, defensive style affair. This year both team have a lot to prove. There have been several key changes and both team would like to take a step forward.

 

NYJ Oakland vs. Rivalry - Football Rivalry T Shirts

 

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OH...One last question, what side are you on?

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