Monday, April 30, 2007

2007 NHL Playoffs Recap and Predictions - Apr 30th

Yesterday I had some issues with a slippery tranny and was unable to post my usual. Hey, get your mind outta the gutter, the transmission in my car was acting up. The bad news is that I would probably have gone 0fer yesterday. Vancouver was a letdown at home and the Rangers showed some sign of life in New York.

Tonights Games :

New Jersey Devils (1) at Ottawa Senators (1) : The Devils squeaked one out in overtime in Game 2 as Martin Brodeur returned to form. Ottawa was the stronger team for much of the game and should come out hot tonight to take game 3 of the series.

Detroit Red Wings (1) at San Jose Sharks (1) : The Wings game back in the 3rd period to win game 2 and tie up the series. The Sharks are determined not to let what happened to them in last years playoffs occur this year. They will come out pressing the Wings tonight and take a 2-1 series lead with game 3 at home.

Last Nights Recaps :

Buffalo Sabres 1 (2) at New York Rangers 2 (1) : Game 3 in this series was beginning to look eerily like game 2 as the Rangers held a lead into the third period only to see Buffalo tie it up late. This time New York managed to hold onto the tie in regulation and force overtime finally winning the game in the 2nd OT on a hard shot by defenseman Mical Rozsival. The Rangers looked determined to win game 3 and the Sabres couldn't capitalize on a number of power play chances in the game. The Sabres went 1-7 on the power play in regulation and were blanked on 2 more PP chances in overtime.

Anaheim Ducks 3 (2) at Vancouver Canucks 2 (1) : The scoring problems that have plagued Vancouver all year are continuing into the playoffs despite the fact that they are getting some production from Markus Naslund. Vancouver was limited to 1 goal on 7 power play opportunities 2 of which were lengthy 5-3 advantages while Anaheim converted on 2 of 5 chances. That was the story as the Ducks weathered a late offensive storm from the Canucks to win game 3 in Vancouver. Vancouver is now a miserable 4-58 on power plays in the playoffs this year, that simply will not do as Vancouver looks to be heading to the golf course early this year.

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