Monday, April 9, 2012

Western Conference Match-up: St. Louis Blues v. San Jose Sharks

St. Louis Blues

The Rundown: The Blues are kickin it old school, led by coach Ken Hitchcock. Hey you can't say they don't know how to party to win. Hitch is trying to get back to the glory days, and is taking all his boys with him. This bunch is ready to rock, and stir some shit up. Sure they may have an old style, but who over said vintage was a bad thing? 

Strengths: They have a great leader, trust me this guy has been around the block. No one bet on them, but they're gonna get the respect they deserve. 

Weaknesses: They like to party, who can blame them? 

Actual Analysis: The St.Louis Blues are one of the biggest surprises of the season. Head coach Ken Hitchcock took a team on the playoff bubble and turned them into Central Division champs. This group plays a strong structured game, and they stick with the system. They have guys who can put the puck in the net, and aren't afraid to play in the dirty areas. They also have the best goaltending duo in the league. They're not going to be an easy to team to play against, expect close, low-scoring games. The only question mark is experience. Sure the coach has been there, but very few of their players have. They're young, and it's many of the players first taste of playoff hockey. How will they respond? 
"Please be honest with me. Tell me this is the first time this has ever happened."
"Well, do you want me to be honest or do you want me to tell you this is the first time?"

"That was great."
  "What happened? I blacked out."

"You think I like avoiding my wife and kids to hangout with nineteen year old girls everyday?"

"You know I was thinking we could go back home... have some dinner and pop in the Sisqo CD... no? Weren't thinking that? Ok."

"No it's cool man, bring your weenie hat!"

"Once it hits your lips, it's so good!"
San Jose Sharks

The Rundown: The Sharks have had a rough season. You try playing hockey with a massive hangover. They've been through some crazy shit, there was a fucking tiger in their bathroom! They made it through all that though, and they're closer than ever. I'm sure that won't ever happen again, right????

Strengths: They just roll with the punches. Seriously, Mike Tyson punched one of them. He took it like a champ. 

Weaknesses: They have no idea what they did, and sometimes that shit comes back and bites them in the ass. Like that hooker that one guy married. Dude.

Actual Analysis: The Sharks have had a pretty underwhelming season. They were the runaway favorite for the Pacific Division, and were expected to make it to the Western Conference finals again. This year though they came in at seventh, and were at risk of missing the playoffs all together. They haven't really gotten their offense and defense to click at the same time. Everyone knows they are capable of doing some serious damage, but the question is will they be able to get it together? If they do manage to start firing on all cylinders, they have the potential to upset a lot of teams. 

Let's go steal a cop car because it'd be real fuckin' funny!"

"I look like a nerdy hillbilly!"

"Who was that guy? He was so mean!"

"Don't let the beard fool you. He's a child!"

"And we're the three best friends that anyone could have!"

Match-up: This series really all depends on what San Jose Sharks team shows up. If the Sharks continue to struggle there's really no chance for them. The Blues play a smart and tight game, and if the Sharks can't establish the pace, this series won't be fun for them. If the Sharks can get their game together and push the pace, they have the skill to beat the Blues. You don't want to get into a run and gun game with the Sharks, they'll make you pay.

Prediction: If the Sharks continue playing the way they have more the majority of the season this series goes to the Blues in five. However if the Sharks can establish their game I think this series goes seven, but I still think the Blues will take it.

1 comment:

  1. Brigitte,

    Love your stuff!! Keep posting here and on TRH - about time female hockey fans get a (funny) voice. Keep Photoshopping - hilarious!!