Capital punishment in NY -- NHL style

Apr 21, 2009 5:06 PM
Power Plays by by Mark Mayer |
playoffs
NHL
PCT
4/4/2001
61-49-1
55.5

The biggest surprise of the first round from my TV is the New York Rangers winning both games at Washington. Sunday’s 1-0 win was especially telling because New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist has found a way to shut down Alex Ovechkin.

Yes Anaheim’s two victories at San Jose was a shock on paper. But like Ottawa, the Sharks have long been a choke team in the playoffs and now there has been a shutout five times this season between the two teams. Sticking with our under theme in this series seems wise.

EAST

Bruins at Canadiens (Game 4, Wed): Montreal is not going to dominate the Bruins this season. In fact, this may be the broom game as in "see ya." BOSTON.

Caps at Rangers (Game 4, Wed): Madison Square Garden will be rocking as the Rangers can take a commanding lead in the series, or perhaps win it in 4. No way to know the outcome of Game 3, but we think the Caps inch their way back. WASHINGTON.

Devils at Hurricanes: (Game 4, Tue): Right now the momentum is with Carolina, which leads the best of 7 series 2-1. Jersey has been in a funk since Martin Brodeur passed Patrick Roy for all-time wins by a goalie. CAROLINA.

Penguins at Flyers (Game 4, Tue): The four home games in Philly produced 9, 9, 6 and 9 goals. No way we’re bucking this very live trend. OVER.

WEST

Blackhawks at Flames (Game 4, Wed): Heading into Game 3, the Hawks had not lost to Calgary all year. Both games in Chicago were one-goal thrillers and we think the Flames at home are due. CALGARY.

Wings at Blue Jackets (Game 3, Tue): Chris Osgood has shut down the Columbus offense. If the Blue Jackets have any chance, goalie Steve Mason has to come up huge with the extra rest. UNDER.

Canucks at Blues (Game 4, Tue): The story has been Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo, who has shut the door on St. Louis. Blues put up the good fight in Game 3, but it looks like 4-and-out as the Canucks loom as Detroit’s toughest challenge in the West. VANCOUVER.

Sharks at Ducks (Game 3, Tue): San Jose’s big gun Joe Thornton has been a no-show. But Anaheim’s big center Ryan Getzslaf has been fine. ANAHEIM / UNDER.