NHL Playoffs – Conference Finals, Game 3

The most difficult North American ‘pro sports’ team championship to win each year, is the Stanley Cup … due to the physical toll it takes on the players to endure repeated high speed collisons, along the boards, in front of the net, and in open ice situations, with high calibre opponents – carrying (and sometimes using) a stick – intent on inflicting serious harm to their checks during the course of four (4) best-of-7-game playoff rounds.

After the first 2 games of the Conference Finals, the (EC #2) Pittsburgh Penguins (2-0, over Philadelphia) and the (WC #1) Detroit Red Wings (2-0, over Dallas) are now looking to clearly established themselves as the top two remaining teams in this year’s post-season tournament by taking commanding 3-0 leads in their respective series, versus lower-seeded opponents.

While Detorit finished atop the Western Conference regular season standings with 115 points, 7 points clear of the 2nd place team (San Jose Sharks); Pittsburgh ended up 2nd in the Eastern Conference with 102 points, only 2 behind the Montreal Canadiens, despite missing their Captain and best player, Sidney Crosby, for 29 games due to injury.

However, as the scene shifts to Dallas this evening (in the Western Conference), and Philadelphia (in the Eastern Conference) tomorrow night, look for the Stars & Flyers, respectively, to re-establish themselves on home-ice, as the physically tougher teams in their match-ups with the Red Wings & Penguins, intent on evening up their series at two games apiece.

If Marty Turco (Dallas goaltender) and Marty Biron (Philadephia goaltender) can outplay their Detroit & Pittsburgh counterparts, Chris Osgood and Marc-Andre Fleury, both the Stars and the Flyers should have an excellent chance to win these next two games on home ice, as either an outright underdog or a short-priced (i.e. almost even money) favourite … which is the best that you can possibly hope for price-was, at this time of the NHL season.

Current Game 3 Wagering Line:
Mon May 12
Detroit -109
DALLAS -101

Tue May 13
Pittsburgn +100
Philadelphia -110

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6 Responses to “NHL Playoffs – Conference Finals, Game 3”

  1. Walt Webb Says:

    Here is a small tidbit from my latest post which has the same line of dialog.
    The question is can Dallas win a game, never mind the series. Personally I think Dallas is done, having spent too much energy to get past San Jose, while Detroit had a relatively easy time with the injury depleted, Colorado squad. They say to have a chance at the cup you must have a least one easy series or your chances are not good. Pittsburgh has had a relatively easy time so far in the east too and that is one of the reasons why I am picking them to beat the flyers.
    Sincerely Walt Webb
    http://thesportingnews-walt.blogspot.com/

  2. Walt Webb Says:

    . The question is can Dallas win a game, never mind the series. Personally I think Dallas is done, having spent too much energy to get past San Jose, while Detroit had a relatively easy time with the injury depleted, Colorado squad. They say to have a chance at the cup you must have a least one easy series or your chances are not good. Pittsburgh has had a relatively easy time so far in the east too and that is one of the reasons why I am picking them to beat the flyers.
    Sincerely Walt Webb
    http://thesportingnews-walt.blogspot.com/

  3. Bruce Hockey Says:

    A little off topic – but still hockey news. The Mighty Leafs at it again.
    I don’t get it. Leafs management has always been a joke. The problem is on top. The top now goes and fires all the middle managers when the source of the problem is themselves. It’s the structure. They are only interested in operating a successful (profitable) company. Winning has no bearing as long as the seats stay full. Any sports franchise will only win if the owner is driven to win. A committee will never have the same passion for winning as a single driven man. Sorry Toronto fans but it will be more of the same. More mediocore teams for a long time to come.
    Bruce from Hockey Equipment

  4. khandor Says:

    Bruce,

    Thanks a bunch for your comment!

    As you can tell … I let the good ‘prices’ on the Stars and Flyers (both home underdogs, trailing 2-0) influence my better judgment about the clear superiority the Red Wings and Penguins had established earlier in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

    Sometimes … even the best of NHL observers can allow the simple facts of a matter to skew their judgment (temporarily?) about a specific set of circumstances that – during a quiet moment of calm & sanity – an experienced ‘hockey-man’ SHOULD really be able to decipher clearly.

    As they say … sometimes, mistakes happen.

    That said, trust that this is NOT what is happening when it comes to my assessment of the current situation with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Fact is … I agree with your comment 100%.

    THE MAJOR PROBLEM with this team lies squarely at the Head of the Beast, and … until that is fixed, long term … everything else which happens with the team is simply very expensive ‘window dressing’ … fuelled by MLSE’s prime directive to maintain or increase their BOTTOM-LINE CORPORATE PROFITS.

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