I'm having a difficult time figuring this one...
I thought the Kings were a borderline team before the season started,
before the Carter injury early on. It's good to see him back and the squad
did a heckuva job coming back against the Wild the other night; on
the road against a group that's tough at home--good OT game too!
I want to be enthusiastic and vote for LA--and I will of course be
partially damned if they don't make the playoffs but any Ducks or Sharks do --
yet to me it's just too close to call even with Carter back on the hockey saddle.
The league's known for competitiveness and unpredictability given parity
but this year the West seems extra ferocious, extra tight. The Kings
not understanding that games actually begin in the First! period
doesn't exactly get me singing about high hopes. However,
the comebacks / the insane third-period production, as well as
Brown and Kopitar playing salary-worthy hockey again,
certainly does get me at least humming about said hopes. Yet I still don't know,
hence accordingly don't vote. "You folks have Quick!" Indeed we do! And he's
one baaad mutha in the postseason. But I... Well I... What can I be sure about here?
How about this: methinks that if the Kings and Vegas
square off in the playoffs, LA takes the cake in seven. I've dug how my team has
battled those Knights: they've played them close without Jeff; won both times with him,
a goal in each such game from that bloke. That's my available surety right now.
@yave1964 : Yave, you seem like a solid hockey dude. I wish I could vote rather than
just quasi-opine/get all granny-worry/go Carnac Cleo Nostradamus on this thread.
Believe me Yave, I am hoping to be completely off base here.
One thing I WILL give this Minnesota team.....they play their arses off. If they fail, it's not for lack of trying...it would be for lack of not having enough and simply not finishing on the gazillions of chances they get.
And they really DO tend to be content to just try and 'hang on' when they have a lead in the 3rd, instead of pushing the play like they have in the past.
It's almost like, they get a 3-0 lead in the 3rd and go, "Ok, well, our defensive structure and goaltending should take care of the rest"
Problem is, their defensive structure is a shell of what it was in past seasons and Dubnyk has looked pretty mortal in net this year.
Again, not having Marco Scandella and Christian Folin has really hurt this team from the blue line out, and that in turn, affects the kinds of breakouts the team can get.
Add to that Suter and Spurgeon, their top two D, have had sub par years by their standards, and this simply isn't the same fly by the seat of your pants, yet lock it down when it matters type team of yore.
And BTW, I do NOT have a Manny Fernandez Secret Decoder ring......... It is a Cloak of Evasion which allows me to sneak into Xcel Energy without being detected, and it was given to me by Brian Rolston.
Jeeesh...get your facts right, man!
Alt hasn't played for them yet.
However i think he is a good depth defenseman.
I wish my Flyers would have kept him and waived Brandon Manning.
Flyerd only have one right hand shot and that is Gudas who is a bottom pair guy.
I thought Sanheim and Alt would have made a better 3rd pair for the Flyers.
Radko seems to have lost his game.
Alt skates pretty good too for a 6-4 210 guy.
Oh i think Ron thought he could sneak hum through waivers and got caught with his pants down. Hence Oduya.
His dad use to be an All pro tackle for the KC Chiefs. John Alt.
The Avalanche, Devils, and Knights all surprised me this season.
It's not as though I'm not already bad enough at predicting stuff
before phenomena like that gets hapnin.
That's a good call about Coach of the Year. We should probably
expect to see those two go 1, 2 in the running. But please do
see my second sentence up there.