By:-Gary Norris Gray and Michael Louis Ingram -BASN Staff Reporters
The New York Rangers vs. The Washington Capitals
The Rangers are still flying high after the impressive Pittsburgh series victory. Big left winger Rick Nash has finally come home at Madison Square Garden as he was named team MVP for 2015. New York beat Crosby and Milken with stiffening defense. The Blueshirts have to do it again against number 8 Captain Ovechkin. The King Lundqvist looked good in the Pittsburgh series and should be ready for Washington. If the King gets tired there is a young gun to back him up Cam Talbot. Marc Staal and Dan Boyle solidify the Ranger defense. Watch right wingers Martin St. Louis, and Mats Zuccarello buzzing the Washington net.
The Caps have to protect Goalie Holtby or they will be watching the Conference Finals again
The Washington Capitals have to face a second New York team back to back. The question remains will this team play defense and will Captain number 8 (-left winger-Ovechkin) find his teammates to score. This team needs Goal Brother right winger Joel Ward’s slap shot to break up New York defense. Watch center Nicklas Backstrom.
Montreal vs. Detroit Red Wings- Tampa Bay Lighting
Les Habs are carrying the flag for Canada in the East after a knock down dragged out battle with bitter rival Ottawa they needed the rest. This could be Montreal best shot at Lord Stanley in years.
Defensemen P. K. Suppan was named a finalist for the Norris Award for the best defensemen in the league. Andrei Markov solidifies Les Habs defense. Hope Goal Brother right winger Devante Smith-Pelly finally feels at home in Canada.
The Canadiens cannot lose with Carey Price in net. He has been nominated for the Vezina Trophy-Best Goalie in the League-2015. Price just has to play average for Montreal to move on to the Conference Finals
Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks
If you never heard the National Anthem song in Chicago’s United Center will be a treat. It is spine tingling all the way to the end. Will the United Center crowd get to sing that silly bee bop song at the end of the series?
Going to school at Southern Ill. University- Carbondale many Blackhawk fans filled the campus during the hockey playoffs it became natural to root for the red, black, and white. The Hawks and the Los Angeles Kings are as close to a dynasty as you’re going to get in this sport.
The Hawks are going to have to fix their goalie problems Cory Crawford has stumbled and bumbled into the playoffs while Scott Darling has saved Chicago the past two weeks with stellar goalie numbers. The Coach will have to make a decision who will stay in net.
Love the Chicago Blackhawk defense with Goal Brother Johnny Oduya, Brent Seabrook, and Michal Rozsival. They will have to slow down the Wild forwards.
The Minnesota Wild are getting tired of seeing the same roadblock to the Conference Finals-The Chicago Blackhawks. This will be three times in five years. The Wild are the unknown team once again. They have gotten better with each year. This year they could be the break through year.
Goalie Devan Dubnyk will be the key to this series. He will have to stand of his head in net in order for the Wild to win this series.
Watch defensemen Ryan Suter the emotional leader with ex-New Jersey Devil left winger Zack Parise and Center Mikko Koivu the offensive leaders. These three players are going to have to play over their heads to beat the Chicago Blackhawks.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames
O.K. living on the Left Coast Mr. Gray should be rooting to the Ducks- CAN’T DO IT. Those Nasty Ducks make me cringe every time Anaheim is on the air. In Northern California people bleed TEAL and the San Jose Sharks. Growing up in New Jersey this young hockey fan had a thing for the Atlanta Flames back in the 1970’s. It was sad when the Flames moved to Mid-West Canada. Then came Captain Jerome Iginla wearing the Big “C” the greatest Goal Brother of our time. The bound with Calgary was solid.
Flames goalie Jonas Hiller will be facing his old teammates in this series. The Flames have not won in Honda Center in almost 7 years; they will have to do so, to move on to the Conference Finals.
The Hudler line has to produce and the Flame defense has to stop right winger Corey Perry and Captain Center Ryan Getzlaf to keep Canada’s western team in the playoffs.
The Ducks are enjoying the week swim in Southern California. They are the best of the west and this weekend they want the world to know. Watch left winger Jiri Sekac move the offense.
Goalie Frederik Anderson had a very strong second half in net. With a week rest the Flames could be in trouble.
Sorry Canada much love to the Flames but Anaheim hits the ice with too many guns.
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com
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