Archive for May, 2008

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Wings over Stars, Pens over Flyers

May 7, 2008

I am going to go with Detroit over Dallas in this round.  Detroit has better offense and defense, but I would give Dallas the edge in goal.  But how long can Marty Turco hold his breath against the buzzing of Datsyuk and Zetterberg?  Can he hold up while Holmstrom and  Franzen park just outside the paint?  Detroit has shown an uncanny knack of getting goals from their third and fourth line players in the playoffs, which only adds to the pressure that Marty will face.  If Mike Modano can play like he was ten years younger and Brendan Morrow can play smart, Dallas has a chance.  But they will have to go through Detroit’s defense first, something Colorado couldn’t penetrate despite having the leadership of Adam Foote to guide them.  Detroit in six.

Now the Keystone State Battle will be fun to watch.  The Flyers have the edge in goal and I would say match Pittsburgh on defense, but the offensive edge goes to the Penguins.  Even if R.J. Umberger, favorite of local pucktards and fan-boys, (Why didn’t we draft him? they shout.  Answer; he was already taken.)  has another great series, the Pens can easily match him.  The question is, how will Pittsburgh handle the upcoming toughness of the Flyers?  If they let the Flyers get in their heads, they will be behind before they know it.  If they stay disciplined, the Flyers will have to try something else.  Look for the Flyers to make lots of claims about Sid the Kid diving.  Look for the Flyers to try and take out Evgeni Malkin by any means.  Pittsburgh in seven.

-Truth Serum

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End of the Bench?

May 2, 2008

Some of you, like my mother and little brother, have noticed the lack of postings at End of the Bench.  Drew has not been posting much the last few months because of an extended stay in Marion, but he tells me that should change within two to four months.

I have been traveling and working a lot and it has taken its toll on me.  If you care to know, I am in the software business and work as a consultant.  I recently accepted an engagement with a very large, monolithic software company based in Seattle.  They have me working all kinds of hours, but billable hours nonetheless.  So other than working and flying, I don’t have much time for blogging.  I still play over the weekends, but I haven’t been watching much of the playoffs nor have I spent quality time in places that serve adult beverages while offering the games on television.  It has been real tough and the workload is not going to decrease in the foreseeable future.  I had to quit my other hockey team and turned down my officiating assignments.  I now read hockey blogs not for enjoyment but for information, even some of the local blogs written by and for pucktards and fan-boys.

I’ll see if I can get third round predictions up when the time comes next week, but it will be light from me over the summer.  Unless Adam Foote gets a contract worth more than $2 million, I won’t even bother writing about him.  Detroit got smart and benched Hasek and they look tough.  The Flyers have surprised and impressed me with their progress and they certainly deserve some respect, in spite of their fans.  Will Pittsburgh close out New York on Saturday?  Probably, but they are discovering that it won’t come easy from here on out.  And what about Dallas, once again playing the way they’re supposed to?

So enjoy my absence, but enjoy the playoffs.  Try to imagine Duvie Westcott carrying the puck on the attack, or Zenon Konopka trying his tough guy act, or some of the other Blue Jackets playing in the playoffs.  I can’t imagine it either.

-Truth Serum