Buffalo Sabres (1) –
Series Theme: Someone has to win this thing…
On the other hand, Ottawa is (and here is a delicious irony) the “throwback” team – one with a top-end top line – Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, and Dany Heatley (who represent three of the top four scorers in this tournament) – and some grit in guys like Mike Fisher, Chris Neil, and Anton Volchenkov. Ray (no, really...Ray) Emery has been, if not spectacular, consistent and steady in goal. He’s allowed three or fewer goals in nine of the 12 games he’s played thus far (including the game 1 win last night).
Here is your fun stat to watch . . . both teams are undefeated when scoring first (
Ottawa has been a higher scoring team, has been a better defensive team, has a better winning percentage, has a better power play, has a better penalty kill, has had an ability to jump on clubs early (outscoring clubs 11-7 in the first period), then stand on their throats (outscoring them 14-6 in the second, and 13-9 in the third).
Western Finals –
Series Theme: “Style vs. Stomp”
Here is where this series is headed . . .
Each team achieves their defensive prowess using very different methods.
Only one forward between these teams is in the top-15 in scoring, and he might be the key to the entire proceedings – Pavel Datsyuk. He’s had a hand in more than a third of the Red Wings’ scoring (11 points, 31 total goals for
This is almost like a classic boxing match – the dancer against the bruiser. Hockey being a hard game (and the fact that The Peerless picked