Ottawa could finally be Cup-worthy

May 15, 2007 8:59 AM

PLAYOFFS

SEASON

last wk

4-8

73-70-1

0-1

A major reason I’m having a rough Stanley Cup is the Ottawa Senators.

The Senators are finally playing like the team that has won points titles, but never a look at a Stanley Cup, much less a final.

Goalie Ray Emery has been outstanding and the Sens have top-seed Buffalo against the ropes, up 2-0 thanks to two road wins.

Out West, the Detroit-Anaheim series looks to be headed for at least 6, maybe 7. An interesting note is that Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek has played for each team left in the Cup chase, except the Ducks. It looks like an Anaheim-Ottawa series, which would play well in Canada.

But, neither the Sabres or Red Wings should be counted out. Both are capable of coming back, though each has lost home ice advantage.

WEST

TUESDAY (Game 3)

Red Wings +155 at Ducks: Anaheim won the physical battle in Game 2 at Detroit with the Niedermayers and Pronger playing standout games on defense behind goalie J.S. Giguere. The physical play will continue at Anaheim, where the raucous crowd can sense another Cup final appearance. DUCKS.

EAST

WEDNESDAY (Game 4)

Sabres at Senators: Look for split and Buffalo to head back home trailing in the series 3-1. We figure Ottawa to come back and take Game 4, assuming the Sabres win Game 3. With Drury and Ifiniganov, Buffalo is still in this series. SENATORS.

STANLEY CUP PRICES

c/o Mirage

EAST SEMIFINAL

Ottawa -600

Buffalo +400

(OTT up 2-0)

 

WEST SEMIFINAL

Anaheim -150

Detroit +130

(TIED 1-1)