Hello, everyone and welcome to F P C NHL live.
I guess that's the name of the show, because that's what I put at the top of it.
And that's what we're gonna go with.
So, as you can see on your screen, we got four great looking people on the screen.
We got myself, of course, in the top. Right.
Senator Mr Michael Ajello.
I made sure it was right.
And Mr Murray Pam, beneath me.
Guys, Fellas, how we doing today after a jam packed day one of the Stanley Cup playoffs in August? Mind you, Hockey hangover? Yes, that e feel that great fund.
After all that time off, it was great to see.
Oh, is is great.
I would say hockey hangover is the absolute perfect way to do it because I I ended up going to sleep tonight about our before I normally get up in the morning every day.
So it was I was delirious this morning.
Um, I felt like I was just staring at text and watching hockey islets all day.
I'm pretty sure I dreamt about what happened last night.
So it's great, though I love it.
We get it again today.
And about what? We have 45 minutes, 50 minutes or so.
We have Ah, our first game of the day.
But we're going to talk about the action last night because there was a lot of it.
Ah, we We got pretty much everything you could have asked for in one day and pretty much 15 hours.
We had penalty shots.
We had to 12 seeds, upsetting the quote unquote top seed of the qualifying round.
Um, I'm gonna go around the horn here and ask you guys What stuck stood out to you the most from yesterday's action.
I'll start, Kyle. Kyle.
What's on your mind, my friend? Okay, I'm gonna go first, so I'll talk about that first game.
Uh, the Carolina Hurricanes Four check.
It would mean they gave New York the Rangers.
They gave them no time whatsoever in their zone.
Any time arranger had the puck in the defensive zone, there is always the Hurricanes player right on them and outlet passes weren't there.
Rangers really struggled just to move the puck out of their zone, let alone sustain any type of presence in the hurricane zone.
I'm not sure about the exact time on attack.
I couldn't find that.
But on, Uh uh, sorry pro hockey reference.
I found the stat offensive zone start percentage and the Rangers players combined for 45.
1% while the Hurricanes were 59.9%.
So almost 60% of the time Hurricanes player was on the ice.
Starting in, the Rangers own.
I think that was just a sustained four check that really get made it so difficult to for the radios to get out.
It forced a lot of shots on net.
Um and I would like to say in that game I thought both goalies were really sharp, obviously, that you no longer have the early goal, but really, all three were tough, tough saves to make all them off deflections like, really can't blame Long twisted and he made some spectacular saves.
I remember one in the third period when it was I think at that point it was 31 or might have been still to one.
And, ah, looking for that insurance market he made ah pad save on it might have been terrifying and, you know, the net was there that the shot was there and I thought it was going in and one, Quist said that right pad came out of nowhere.
Seem seemingly And, uh, Mrazek had a great toe save, too.
So it's great to see both goalies ready to play.
But the Hurricanes really reminded me of what they looked like last year in the playoffs.
So if they continue to play with that type of four check, they could go really far.
I mean, I totally great, I think Lundquist, obviously the surprised the first surprise of the day was word that he was going to get the start.
I think a lot of folks didn't think he was going to get the call between the pipes, but he was sharp even after what was at 61 seconds into the game.
And again, I don't think anyone's faulting him for that goal.
I mean, that was just some.
Sometimes you just got a tip tip your helmet to the to the shooter and I've done that plenty of times.
I've let up a lot of goals in my life, so I've had to accept that and do that.
So, uh, Michael, what do you think? What was the thing that stood out to you the most yesterday? Well, I think goaltending was a common theme in a number of games.
We were talking before we started recording about Cary Price and how he performed, but nobody, everybody expected, carry price to stand on his head.
You know, it was that was the only way that Montreal could win a period, let alone a game.
And he did that.
I didn't think Matt Murray was bad.
And I think there's any reason to, like, go away from him towards Tristan Jarry for for the Penguins.
But the Penguins really didn't show up for I thought the first half of the game, they really didn't.
I mean, they got shots on goal, but I don't think they really challenged price too much.
But then he had to make a couple of big saves and then Pittsburgh Bulls.
And then it was a chess match, and somebody was saying that the penalty shots I was a little surprised at how willing the referees were to call penalty shots in a playoff scenario.
It was sort of, uh I mean, that was sort of sort of strange.
What going going away from that game into some of the other Siri's.
The Mike Smith starts for at mention was something that, of course, after the fact everybody was criticizing.
But Yumiko costumed and really hasn't sold anybody on being a top flight goaltender.
But he's not gonna get an opportunity to do so because I don't think they're gonna go back to Smith after that performance.
And Corey Crawford, they, you know, he think people thought he was going to struggle coming off a covert and he played fairly well.
But, you know, I thought goaltending was definitely important in the number these games, and obviously it's a pass.
That's always a common factor.
But on the first day, it was a bigger factor than I thought.
Even I thought it was well, for me.
I think the thing was this Speed and the structure, I think of all the games itself because right right away teams have been off for four months.
Yeah, they've been practicing is we know it's not the same, is actually playing an actual game and, like everyone had one exhibition game as they called them.
But the exhibition games Let's let's be honest. They were dull.
Passes were not.
Take the tape there is, You know, there was.
There was lapses throughout those games and right away from puck drop, especially obviously, with the Hurricanes and Rangers right from the puck drop, they set the tone and they set the tone for the rest of the day.
I think I think a lot of players, I believe there's players from other teams were also in attendance and they were watching and they probably went back to their hotels near all, amped up for their their games and and they just brought it.
And that was something that, um, I wasn't sure how the games would go, obviously.
But with all the time off and just the guest, the intensity of the games was great from all sides and also the from the TV broadcast standpoint.
I mean, they did the best and that they could do.
And I think we as as a viewer, uh, you know, we got used to it quickly with no fans out there and that there was something there was a bit the NHL wasn't sure what the reaction would be like people were also seeing people like us weren't sure what everything was gonna be like.
And to see, you know, the games without the fans.
You right away just kind of tuned it all out and you concentrate on the games itself.
And like for the most like for the most part of the games, Obviously, there were some bit elapses, like Mike, Mike said the Pittsburgh Montreal game.
I think the first half the game was was a bit dull, but obviously it got close.
Once I got close, there was intensity, obviously, and that third period was great and the overthinking it was great and then also the Edmonton Oilers.
I was kind of shocked, but the way they came out obviously scored on the power play right away.
But right after that I you know the letdown, obviously a couple of a couple of bad goals.
But, um, I was kind of surprised that they couldn't keep up with the Hawks.
And another thing that has been mentioned is Dominic Dominic, a bollock.
What a what a player.
I mean, he had a he had a great night and with, you know, with the five points.
I got to see him earlier this season in Ottawa.
I wasn't really.
I didn't know much about him at the time, and I remember that game in Chicago won the game in overtime, and Carbolic Taste got the winning goal.
But Carbolic got scored the two goals.
It was a 32 game for Chicago, and obviously first of my seeing him in person noticed how great of a player he was.
And now, when you see him, he was one of the three players in the running for the Calder.
And there's no surprise now, especially after last night, because some people were spinach to be in a box, somebody a Austin and just see him play, you know, and probably honestly Chicago Blackhawks most important game of the season without first game and get off to the start that they did and get often start to eat it.
Ah bodes really well for them, and you know what's in creating this is that's a serious that I was outside of.
Obviously, I'm a Bruins fan.
If anyone sees on camera, I'm wearing my anything is possible T shirt.
You can get it at the FBC store.
But no I that that's the Siri's.
I was looking forward to the most because I look at the the suit young superstars in Edmonton, obviously, the Jonathan Dave's, the Patrick Kane's You know, the Crawfords of Chicago, and it's like, Wow, the the intrigue is there.
And what was fascinating to me was that, and please correct me if I'm wrong.
I think I heard this correctly that Chicago is the youngest team in the playoffs, but that's the unique thing about it is they're the youngest team, but they their core, that that core group of players, that really is what you need to build the foundation of a Stanley Cup winning team has more experience and probably just about anyone else in the playoffs because of obviously winning three cups and all that.
So it's a unique dynamic that to me tells me if Edmonton doesn't get it together, and one of the biggest things that you can problems you can have is poor goaltending that that study, I mean, that's Ah, that's a death, you know, now for your squad in your playoff hopes.
If you don't have good goaltending, there's gonna be a fairly quick, Siri's and I'm not gonna lie.
There's only one person.
We we we released our picks for this for these, um, first set of games.
And there's only one person that actually went out.
And that was Carol Schramm.
So Ah, we're gonna look pretty foolish if Edmonton goes out in quick fashion.
So I guess that will bring me to my next question.
And this might actually be The answer is, which one of these 12 seeds do you have more confidence in completing this? Siri's like I I think it's it's pretty obvious.
I think Chicago is probably that team because I me, I don't know. I feel like I have.
Maybe it's false confidence, but I have confidence that Pittsburgh is going to put it together and take out Montreal.
But I don't know.
What do you guys think? Well, Murray mentioned something that okay the pace and it seems like the structure players were ready to play.
For the most part on most teams throughout Edmonton's defence, any really, just their entire lineup in their own defensive zone did not seem like they were ready to play at all.
And I know Mike Smith. Probably.
I think he's taking a little too much blame for this because, especially on that goal where he went out and he put it right to, Ah, Kevin, which Chicago player? It was.
But his options were none because he had one Chicago player there he had came on the other side, like none of his defenseman or even as forwards are moving in the zone.
So he's he felt the need to get out there and force to play.
And, you know, I I play defense.
I played hockey, So it's funny.
I'm defending the goaltender enough defenseman.
But, I mean, they just weren't moving.
Remember, Cleft bombing? Another on the It was the Fourth World. It was.
It was tapes. Goal.
Um, you know, at first he goes into the corner, cut over, commits while another is that nurse.
All is also in the corner, already on the right side.
So and then he kind of realized, though I shouldn't be here, and he kind of gets out of the way.
But then something that play comes to behind the net, and he would have been in the right spot eventually But then he was just see like he was always chasing the play, not really looking anything.
And then tapes is wide open in the slot.
He's there kind of not defending them.
Just watching the puck.
It was it was pretty brutal.
And then, you know that one I don't think was on Mike Smith at all.
You get tapes, one timer from the slot.
I mean, that's that's a tough shot toe.
And I know he doesn't get credit necessarily, is one of the elite snipers in the league.
This is one of the best hockey players in the world, and you're not gonna be able to stop that safe.
So I think by that point it was more of a message to the team.
But if admitting doesn't play defense better, they're not winning anything.
It's gonna be a Chicago sweep, and so it's less about my faith in Chicago relative to Montreal.
It's more that Emerton showed that they're they're severely lacking and they need to change things drastically.
Montreal I mean, they write, realized that they often committed that line when they traded cold truth and they created a couple players scan Dal A to ST Louis, and only by the grace of God and the 24 team playoff did they make it.
Now? They They followed the formula that they would have to play to win this series, which is complete shutdown for the first half of that game of the Pittsburgh offense.
But Pittsburgh, you know, with Crosby and Malkin, they should be able to impose their will, their off their deep team, that everybody's healthy.
They got Dumoulin back.
They have all their defense been back.
Murray is 12 Stanley Cups.
They should be able to get past Montreal.
But Montreal, you know they're gonna play that shut down game and build a fort around Carey Price and make it painful for for Pittsburgh toe win.
Whereas I saw a path for Chicago to win this series.
But it would take a lot of failings on the part of the Oilers, and all the failings were there yesterday.
They didn't get great goaltending, but he I don't think he was.
Smith was primarily responsible.
I mean, I know the Dave Tippett has the reputation from where they was in Dallas, and when he was in Arizona of being a defensive coat.
But you need defensive players to play a defensive system, and he really doesn't have that.
And they don't have the depth, because if the deadline they went out and got Tyler, Ennis and a Tennessee, you are a bunch of other players and you know, they recognize that For most of the season, it was Mitt David.
It was dry Seidel and then arrest the rest of the guys.
And they can't depend on just make David and dry Cycle to be able to carry carry the attack.
And I saw after the game.
And this is the puzzling thing.
People attacking MK David for the fact that while he's not, you know, he had this sourpuss or he had this.
You know, the un emotional expression on his face.
He's not this Rod Rod leader will not Everybody's Mark Messier.
He's only just the best player in the game, so that's good enough.
All you have to do is build a team around him, and that's why I don't think Edmonds, and even if they get past Chicago, isn't gonna go very far that are on the same boat as Thailand.
Like there I really think if anyone's gonna be the toilet seat, the knocks out someone and we'll definitely be Chicago.
I think that Pittsburgh um basically, I think they probably learned a valuable lesson last night.
More than anything else, we know they have a great team.
As as Mike stated, you know, while all the tangibles that they have the intangibles but, um basically carry prices.
Everyone said they were afraid to have a five game series because Carey Price could steal the show.
And Carey Price did feel that first period, Let's say, and before you know it was Pittsburgh got back into it, obviously, on the thanks to some power plays.
But again, I think Pittsburgh, with the veterans that they have, should be able to shut down Montreal.
I mean, the youngsters amateur old Nick's Xueqian and that, yes, very cutting.
The Emmy had great games, and they're gonna have to continue to have some great games, so we'll see the Penguins construct.
Um, but I really do think in a five game series, I think with much are definitely not having any real home ice advantage.
Obviously, they're not playing at the Bell Centre.
They don't have the fans behind them.
Um, and I always I made a joke last week about this on Twitter when they had their their game against Toronto.
I said, Every time of Montreal player falls, you know they have the fans all cheering, asking for a penalty and they don't have that advantage.
So I still think that Pittsburgh will win out.
And, yeah, Edmonton's behind the eight ball I.
I think the defense is flawed.
Um, their goaltending is that's probably middling at best on the whole, with Mike Smith and and Koskinen, regardless of Mexico, is a better and he's played.
You know, he's a veteran of the playoff battles, but they're middling at best, so they have to rely on the offense.
So if anyone can pull off, the 12 seed would be Chicago.
And as we know that, as you guys discuss their well balanced team, so and they have Ah, brother and Golden and Cory Crawford, who has Mike stated, I mean, coming off cove it I mean, he went out there and played played grade for, you know, being being off for the most part.
And he didn't even like he wasn't even in the camp.
So for the most part of the camp, so he wasn't working out with the club.
He wasn't facing like live NHL shots for quite a while, so his performance really was.
It was actually tremendous, really, to come back and do what he did.
Yeah, those one of the biggest questions heading into this restart was how sharp is Cory Crawford going to be? And again, you know, from experience in anyone who's played hockey.
It's like you said at the start of the show, Murray, that there takes a little bit of ah ah, an adjustment period to get back into the game to get back into that live feel and and for goalie, you know, to not see live shots.
I mean, that does take a it takes some time, but he would.
He was sharp and, you know, to your Montreal point, I mean it, really.
It all begins and ends with Cary Price.
You know that's their only path to victory in the Siri's.
He has to stop 98% of the shots thrown at him, and that's the thing it's like eventually Pittsburgh is gonna put the puck in the net and not to carry prices trouble.
But they're not the Montreal Canadians of just, you know, maybe a few years ago, where they had that Ah, little bit of offensive firepower and better defense of discipline to be able to, you know, offset maybe a just a regular start from Carey Price.
But now Carey Price is gonna have to be great.
I love Cary Price.
I think he can be great and the wild card being that, you know, this is a Siri's that's taking place four months after the last real hockey was played.
And it's only a five game series.
So to sit there and say can carry Price win two of the next four games.
Sure that, I mean, that wouldn't shock me at all.
I just don't think it's gonna happen.
So I'm with you guys.
I do think Chicago is best suited to complete the sweep because, to Murray's point, even if Mike Smith is mediocre, um, if you have a poor defense in front of you, that's that's not gonna help you. That's gonna make it worse.
So you need Mike Smith to be great with war defense or you need Mike Smith to be okay and have the Edmund and defense step up and actually play a lot better than they did eso.
Unfortunately, through all the great stuff that we saw yesterday, we ah, we saw a couple injuries.
First there was Johnny Boy check going down early in the game.
And then we have the Mark Scheifele Lee injury, which were obviously still awaiting word as to the, you know, the extent of that injury.
And in addition to that Patrick line A went down for Winnipeg.
Um, I didn't I haven't checked.
So if you guys know an update or any information on that, you know, feel free to chime in.
But this is, you know, specifically Winnipeg.
I mean, this is a huge blow to a team that just lost game one, and, um, I don't know.
I mean, if if both those players, I mean, I think we can assume shapely, it's not going to be playing in this series again.
Ah, but if both these players air out, I mean, for a team, I I expected to go decently far in this playoff.
I'm not I'm not seeing it right now.
Yeah, well, Geiberger.
Okay, I was just gonna mention that.
Ah, I believe Adam Lowry, one of the Winnipeg Jets players you mentioned.
Was it today? This morning? Believe they might have had their zoom call on the 100% you mentioned that shapely was cut by escape? Ondas Well, that obviously we can assume that regardless, if it's an Achilles or half the lower calf injury, you we won't see my marks likely probably for the remainder of the playoffs.
And Lonnie was, they said, dated day.
But, um usually in the playoffs, if it's day to day, you'll probably lets a good chance that he will play next game.
But again, they did say it was day today.
Well, I mean, based on the lack of forthcoming nature of the NHL with the with the return to play, we're not going to know specifically left.
Somebody comes out in volunteers.
Yes, it's Ah, it's a ah tendon severed or something like that.
A soon as I saw the replay that Murray I and everybody else ice, I thought of the day Boland injury.
A few years ago, Hirano played Vancouver on git Was that was the severed tendon. It was not.
It was an ankle tendon.
It wasn't an Achilles and it took him four months to get it back.
So it this could be, you know, something where it's partially tourney or something like that.
But if it's anything in terms of, ah, State cut his his playoffs is over with and and I.
I had picked Winnipeg to beat Calgary cause I really wasn't very pleased.
Only Calgary was playing.
Um uh, they didn't really impress me in the in the exhibition game as well.
And there's a lot of stuff going on with that team with Hammer Nick being out because of opting out and a lot of rumors about Johnny Gaudreau.
But I just didn't think that that Winnipeg was gonna lose to them.
And now, without line A or these line a diminished with a wrist injury and without their number one center and they're already without Brian Little there, they're in deep trouble.
What do you think? Would you think a hell a buck last night cause I thought he was Yeah.
I mean, maybe it's because I have a little biased cause Kyle and I are in a playoff fool and I chose Connor.
As my as my workhorse.
And, ah, I was pretty disappointed because it looked promising early, but But I don't know, he just didn't seem himself.
Is that was, Did anyone else know sad, or is it just May? He was pedestrian, but I'm so used to hell about being, you know, the best guy on the ice when he was many a game for Winnipeg that when he's averaged, it makes it look like he's terrible.
So I made a good point.
I think he'll step.
I think he will step up.
He's a great goaltender.
I think he's gonna win the Vezina.
But I mean that. That's the thing.
Now Winnipeg really has changed the nature of the way they're going to attack the Flames.
They will probably have to play more of a shutdown game because they don't have as much you know to their bit.
Offensive weapons were gone, at least reduced.
They're gonna need to win, like how much we're presuming.
Montreal needs to win it right.
It's gonna be hella bucks gonna have to steal the Siri's.
It seems like, um and I wonder if his performance cause he seemed fine going leaning up until the actually got hurt.
I wonder if just seen their top center go down.
The emotional toll that took on the whole team kind of just dropped the energy and agents, and they they didn't play particularly well in the second period.
I know the and it's funny.
We'll go back to scenes of initial point of you saw everything today for the people who say fighting belongs in hockey.
You'll look at that Blake Wheeler fight and say, That's that belongs in hockey because he went out there right after that.
Stifle injury and he could tell that whole team was now he needed something.
So all sacrifice five minutes of my time to build the energy and guess what? Jets scored power play goal.
But then that fizzled out.
They couldn't maintain going into the game knowing you don't have safely.
I wonder if that's that will be easier to manage that.
But happening in game, it seems like they really couldn't recover emotionally from men in the moment.
So, um, I expect I expect everyone on the Jets to up their game because she flees out in the team will kind of build about each other.
But will it be enough again? I think it'll it'll.
It'll have to be held Buck stealing the Siris for them to win.
I mean, it's a fine line between being positively being emotional and having it be positive and having it be negative.
And and we've seen it work on both sides.
Sometimes you just get to amped up.
And that's kind of what I felt like.
What happened with the Winnipeg Jets? They just I mean, the emotion sometimes gets the best, especially maybe it being the first game of the series of this extended layoff.
You know, it's a little bit harder for you to check your emotions and kind of, you know, re center yourself, and that's what we saw.
But you're right, Kyle.
I think again, Connor. Hello, Bucks.
Got to be the guy now, and and look, Blake really can put the puck in the net, so he's gonna have to step up a swell in addition to obviously kind of carrying a little bit more of the load that you know, a guy like Mark Scheifele, he's gonna add into it.
So, um, it's gonna be a trick like I said one day, and we already have all these questions and intrigue heading into Game two of the series.
I mean, we haven't even touched the ah round robin, which gets started today.
And speaking off goaltending questions to Charest is out.
Jaroslav Vlach is in.
Rask was not feeling well again.
Going back to the NHL's not going to really say much or the Bruins aren't really say much.
He just wasn't feeling well.
He was supposedly feeling better today that that's about the extent of what we know.
Ah, but fortunately for the Bruins, they have Carter.
Hello are not Conatel Buck.
We're just stop talking about him.
They've Jaroslav Vlach, who pretty much played the identical amount of games.
You know, one of the better goaltender, certainly one of the best backups in the league.
So the Bruins are in pretty good shape, with or without to corral ask.
Ah, generally, this team came in or went into the lock down as the best team in the league.
Eight points clear, I believe of the closest team in the standings.
Do you guys think that the Bruins steam is still poised to be the top seed in the East.
And do you think that they are still the favorite heading into this restarted.
We just kind of just get playing a guessing game right now.
I don't know if they're the favor.
I think Tampa might be the favorite now, but I still respect the Bruins.
Obviously, me covering the Leafs.
I respect them because they've beaten the leaves two years in a row and three times in the last seven years.
But, um, the questions I have about the bruise right now is, you know, the nine or 10 players that were out during training during training camp Whether you know, the cautious situation, whether you know, he had co bit McEvoy was out for a while.
Rask, obviously you.
And right now the thing is, they have, ah, luxury.
That that Onley seven other teams have the games that they're playing right now really don't mean anything.
It's like, I mean, I know that you want to be the top seed and and play the lowest seed and in the first round.
But really, is there anybody even if they finish fourth that you don't think the Bruins are gonna be favored to beat.
I don't think so.
So they have the luxury of time and they can play a lot.
They could play Daniel Lidar if they wanted to.
It really wouldn't matter.
But the right right now And there was an injury, supposedly with Mark Shand, who which I guess he's playing today.
But if they needed to arrest him a game or two, they could do that.
They have that luxury.
This is a team that I think can turn it on at the drop of the drop of a dime and will be probably in the Eastern Conference final.
But Tampa is a team that really looks good and, you know, barring Ah, hiccup like they had last year against Columbus.
I think they're gonna be just as challenging for the Eastern Conference up birth in the for the Stanley Cup Final.
That then the Bruins are.
I actually will call the Bruins as the favorites.
Um, and part of this no intention to again in the fantasy draft Eaten and I did.
The Bruins were the only team in the East.
I took two players from, um again maybe pushing that towards my belief that I think they will go far.
You know, usually defending champs that year, that the two teams that go the furthest the next year, it's such a such a hard grind to get back because the season so long, because all this times off, actually, do you think right now, the two favorites to me are the Bruins and Blues to get back to the final because they've had so much more time than there may be there now there what, uh, 14 months removed from the finals games last year? Eso I think they'll both be sharp and ready to go.
So, yeah, I think the Bruins were the best team right out of the gate from the start of the year.
And add to Michael's point, I'd be, I don't know.
I don't know how if the other team NHL teams see it this way.
Obviously, I'm not a NHL hockey coach, but I wouldn't play my starter all three games for any of those round robin teams.
Just if nothing else, to give your backups, um, sometimes to place.
There's an injury and you do need your back through time.
You don't want those later elimination games to be that time where they're playing their first action.
So I would at least give my backup one start for all these round robin teams, if I would have I know Philly.
It sounds like they were gonna not even sound.
Doesn't seem like they're even sure.
Um, how much heart will play? It seems like he's the starter, but ah, it's so I think they're they're taking that route.
I don't know if that they're taking that road all the way, but I think in the round Robin, that would be smart to do that, just it.
And again, playoffs are are gonna be a long grind so you can give your starter arrest here.
It's I think it's not a bad thing is the one team that we really haven't mentioned we actually haven't mentioned.
And that's the Vegas Golden Knights there.
They're out in the woods and, you know, they had the flurry and, you know, they went far obviously, in the couple of playoffs.
But now you're looking at you gotta Robin Lehner.
So now if flurry goes down or if he doesn't, you know, players, you know, up to par.
You you've got a backup.
I'm gonna say how Lock is probably a backup.
That is probably obviously he's.
He stolen a playoff series.
We back from Munchak innings against Washington years ago.
But, um, Robin Lennar's probably the guy who could come in and shut the door.
So there's a team.
I mean, I guess Patch ready was injured or not sure his status right now, but we were saturated in stone.
You know, they they have their offense.
No, my 1 to 4, obviously their fourth lines of grinding line when you got Ryan Reaves on that line and and they're capable right through the lineup.
So there's there's those that teams while again like you guys were saying ST Louis Blues.
Um, they're definitely there.
So and actually, the four teams Dallas and Utah Colorado.
So that's one game I'm actually looking forward to this afternoon.
It's, unfortunately overlap.
You got to Saint Louis playing Colorado, but I believe it was what, 6 30 or so? And then you got the Leaf game released playing Columbus eight oclock and they're gonna overlap.
So then you have to pay attention to two games at once, which I kind of didn't want to after yesterday.
Well, and yesterday was nice because that Blackhawks orders game is over so early that it was easy to transition right off Florida Islanders game as soon as I came started.
So again, also in the east got four good teams as well, but yeah, Boston in Tampa, I think either one.
I think, uh, you can say 11 anyone be? I think one of those teams would come out of come out of these at some point, but the West is really, really a toss up.
All four of those teams in the West I think you're quite capable of of winning out in including Dallas with is also they have the goaltending as well.
We, Bishop and another capable backup goaltender doesn't get a lot of credit, but he is a really good goaltender.
Yeah, I will also say some of those Sorry, but some of those, uh, teams in the qualifying round right now also look like they go far.
Nashville is in the final just a couple seasons ago themselves.
So, you know, You know, if they get going on the run, I could see them, and they're excellent defending and that type of style could could do them well and they could go far.
I was gonna say the Jets before last night, so But I mean, it is a deep is a deep group in the West.
Well, and that brings me to another team that we actually haven't mentioned in our last Michael This because he is our Maple Leaf expert right here.
But ah, the Leafs II again.
I look at this team and it's like we know what their M O is.
They have the talent, they have their pretty top heavy, in my opinion, but that you know, that talk is pretty pretty stellar.
They get Columbus today.
I feel like this is gonna be a good test for them because Columbus is the type of team that is completely the type of team that could just completely neutralize when we saw it with last year against Tampa Bay neutralized those stars, limit their scoring ability and put the puck in the net.
Are you concerned at all or how what's the feeling around this Maple leaves team? Because from an outside looking in, I just see it as the same old maple Leafs.
But is there a different vibe surrounding this team heading into this playoff series? Well, uh, there may be a different vibe, but it's the same team this is.
The team was third overall in the NHL on offense with having 238 goals and allowed 227 27th in the league.
So the Dam a problem in their own zone? They have a problem keeping the puck out of their net in spite of having a good goaltender and Frederik Andersen defensively, there's just not a lot of buy in on that.
I understand that cause they have a ton of offensive talent, but the problem is, is even though they'll have a healthy defense.
With Morgan Riley back and Jake Muzzin back, they're not particularly adept at breaking the cycle.
That's what Columbus does, and I know that Sheldon keep worked on that during training camp.
They were working on that primarily over and above almost everything because they know that if they complejo least competent defensively, they have a pretty good chance of being Columbus.
But Columbus, you know I had the same amount of points is the leaves during the regular season, and they were devastated by injuries, and they have a lot of it.
The playoffs would've been in April.
They would have not had stuff Jones and would have not had.
Probably Cam Atkinson of York Strand.
They've got everybody back except Josh Anderson sort of leaves.
But I think that a healthy Columbus playing the John Tortorella style is going to frustrate the hell out of the Leafs.
And, you know, they have a deep, deep forward complement its not just two lines.
The third look decent, But defensively, I don't know whether they can deal with what Columbus will bring to the table, and that's why I like when I predicted it, I pretty good the Blue Jackets upsetting them in five games.
I don't think it's really about that much of an upset because I think there to fairly even teams that this play completely different styles.
And I will say it's funny that all the Siris in the East in the qualifying round.
It's all offensive juggernaut versus very solid defensive team, I guess.
Montreal It's more just about Cary Price and anything but Carolina and their defensive system under Broad.
Brenda more versus what the Rangers were doing this year.
Now they got ****eryn.
You have the Islanders, Same thing and there.
I mean, we talk about the upset of Columbus, last against APA, the Islanders of the same thing to Pittsburgh in the first round.
And so they also, you know, you're 200 Barry Trotz, those players those players bought in last year.
So you know by now that they've they've mastered that system and, uh, you know, they got the win as well.
So, so far, all three of the defensive teams beat the offensive team in yesterday, so I know I picked Columbus as well.
Um, and I do think that, unfortunately appear in Canada's a lot of upset fans.
The trauma does make it, but it won't be upset if they get Alexey left reindeer.
The bombings are getting them so that poor, poor ready.
I mean, and that's really that's that's That's the big story line where it's like you see teams like, you know, you know, it's unfortunate Fred or for Winnipeg because they're, you know, obviously losing players.
And, you know, maybe they get knocked out early.
Maybe admit in just completely flops.
But at the same time, all of a sudden you're thinking, Oh, maybe economist David and Alexey often year.
Okay, maybe it's a little bit better than we thought.
So, yeah, I I don't know.
Fortunately, Peter surely is no longer up there, so we know.
Ah, it won't be completely wasted if he goes up there, but it remains to be seen the last series that kicks off today.
We got Vancouver in Minnesota.
I want to get your guys or starts on this Siri's.
Because to be honest, I feel like I mean Minnesota.
Kyle and I have talked about it.
This is like the land of the the once ah, productive American hockey player.
You just go to Minnesota and you know, that's that's what you are.
You just go and compete for a no decent team, you know? No, nothing too special.
But then you have Vancouver who again? We talk about a team that, you know 10 years ago when against the Bruins in the Stanley Cup final lost.
But they've seen this massive transition or transformation rather from that team toe where they are now.
Ah, who do you think in this series has the advantage.
I'll start with Kyle up there at the top.
What do you think about Minnesota and what do you think about Vancouver? And who do you know? What are you feeling in this series? Yes, Before I really looked into numbers, like how the teams did last year in terms of just, you know, special teams goals for game shots per game.
Those type of metrics I was thinking, What? Minnesota? They finally got rid of Bruce Boudreau.
Maybe now they don't have him holding the back.
Them actually might have some playoff success because that had been sorely lacking.
Yeah, I guess, even before he got there, but certainly him.
Bruce Boudreau is not gonna help a team in the playoffs.
You know that, Um, but the numbers out of Vancouver was quite really, really strong offensively.
I guess it will be the same thing as we talk in the East.
That strong a young offense in Vancouver versus the solid defensive team that is Minnesota led by, you know, a few players from Minnesota.
I think that's it's sort of almost the national team with Zachary's and Ryan Suter They're kind of, you know, flying the nat'l, I guess.
State flag for the being from there.
But, I mean, suitors, an incredible defenseman.
And I think he had one nomination for the Norris Trophy in his career.
Probably deserves more than one nomination because he is, you know, constantly one of the the highest minutes played in the league.
I mean that that dude just no great penalty killer.
He'll play on power players because he is their best defenseman for them.
But, uh, yeah, I could see I could see why the organs there for Minnesota.
But ultimately, I thought Vancouver was so impressed this year that I'm gonna choose Vancouver even though my initial instincts before I did the research was that Ah, yeah, I'll go with Minnesota.
But I Vancouver The numbers really impressed me this year of before.
Um, when I left it the Siri's, I took Vancouver and four or five, I think I took them in five.
But we looked at the games last night, and I know I'm not gonna change my pick.
We're talking about structure and defense.
Took down the offensive teams.
You're talking about the Minnesota while, and that's that's their their balance line one through four.
Their defense obviously led by Roedean, um, and concert you down.
And that's that's how Minnesota plays.
There is shut down Hockey club.
They don't score very many goals.
Um, it's gonna be up to their goaltending now.
Looks like Alex de Lock will play.
I don't think there's been an official announcement on that a zit yet, but, um, obviously, Dupnik was injured during the season and, ah, stay locked.
Got the majority of the games down the, you know, down the road at the end of the season.
And, uh, but it's dropped, comes down to structure.
It could be the wild.
But Vancouver, obviously, they got the offensive weapons we know about.
We got Pedersen, we got we got besser.
Yeah, Quinn used from the point in front from the blue line, and you'll be a key to the power play.
And it may come down to goaltending.
We really haven't seen you know how well Markstrom could be in the playoffs.
But, um, you know, he obviously is a good goalie.
He wants to sign a big contract these visa pending u f A.
He wants a big contract, and it's definitely his time to shine right now.
So I think in this case, I'll definitely still take the Conducts.
They got a great power play, and but again, if Minnesota can, you know, call them down.
I'm in them down much like I guess, they play like I Columbus Blue Jackets style.
And if you know, if that style and you know that stock can, we know.
But I think there's one team is gonna break that down.
Would it would be the Vancouver Canucks.
Yeah, Murray, you stole my line because I was gonna say this was this was the Toronto Columbus Siris of the West.
It's two contrasting styles.
And I look at Minnesota and you've got that top four Spurgeon dumba shooter and broke Dean defensively.
That's pretty good.
And they and they have.
I think the thing that is a benefit for them is they have size up front.
Greenway, Marcus Folino, Eric Stall.
They they just you know, they have enough skill enough scoring and hit the veteran leadership of a guy like Parise a installs in the cup.
But there, like their leading scorer, was Kevin Fiala.
He had 25 goals.
They don't score ton of goals, whereas if they get into a track meet with Vancouver, they're just asking for trouble and the concern I have about Minnesota.
This is why I took the Canucks and five is I don't trust outstay lock Alex Day Lock was a backup with the Toronto Marlies a few years ago, and you know, Dupnik had some off the ice issues.
I don't know if they're clear cleared up now, I think was a family thing, um, but state like at nine tens a percentage, that's not that's not carry price.
And if he plays average in the playoffs, I think Vancouver scores enough goals toe with Siri's.
If if they if they lack plays better than that or do DNA comes in that I think Minnesota could pull the upset.
But I picked Vancouver and five because I just think they have too much firepower.
No, it's and and again it just it's more intrigue toe all these matchups.
I mean, that's the thing.
You could make a case for either team, but I like, Ah, I like Vancouver's.
Well, we're gonna wrap it up here cause We're about nine minutes from puck drop between Arizona and Nashville.
So folks get get get the groove on your couch.
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I know there's a day for everything but apparently phase ice cream sandwich day, so I'm gonna have to match my feet from yesterday, perhaps even surpass it.
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