Originally Posted by McLabia
You guys in the east go to be too early to get some real hockey! Last nights Sharks vs Kings game was AWESOME. GO SHARKS! EAT LA!
I didn't give LA much of a chance with Kopitar and Williams out. With Williams back, LA looked like they have a fighting chance at least. I'm glad to see a close game. It's a long series, and I think the depth of SJ will eventually be too much for LA.
The last day of the regular season was really interesting. Chicago failed to get a point against Detroit in a game that means nothing to the Wings. Then they had to wait for Dallas to choke against Minnisota to get in to face the Canucks.
Canucks had an early lead and was able to roll 4 lines against the Hawks. Meanwhile, the Hawks played their top line a lot but was unable to score against Luongo. It's nice to see all top 6 D-men for the Canucks healthy for only the second time this year. Looks like Edler has recovered from his back surgury (7 hits) and Hamhius from his concussion (over 20 minutes of ice time). Losing Malholtra for the season was a big blow and with Torres out for 2 games, there are issues with the third line. Who knew that the Sedin line would be the ones filling in that third line role while Higgins and Hanson would be doing the scoring? It's going to be a long series and this is just one game.
Looking at the western standings, I thought that only LA would possibly be the easy team to beat. Even Dallas who barely missed the playoffs could be a dangerous opponent with Richards back in the line-up. After watching the SJ-LA game last night, it just shows that it is not the case.
The biggest upset after 1 game would be the Canadian's win over Boston. Canadians have a depleted line-up of smaller players compared to Boston. Right now, I think that Thomas is clearly the best goalie in the league right now. Price is trying to make everyone forget about what's-his-name who lead the Canadians to an unexpected playoff run last year and was traded away. He's sure making everyone forget about the upcoming election. They had to reschedule the party leader's debate, so as not to conflict with the playoff game.