Jun 052006
 

I wanted to do a more in depth analysis of the Stanley Cup finals but having been without internet access for almost a week (whatever you do, do not ever consider using 3web for your internet service – They are incompetent, won’t help you at all and excuse filled. The only thing they were good at was cancelling my account which they never did get working) I haven’t been able to do the research required to do a full analysis. But, here are some of my thoughts.

Keys for Edmonton: Pronger and Roloson have to continue to be dominant forces. Edmonton has very good depth on their team but the main reason they have made it to the finals is Pronger’s excellent play and leadership and Roloson’s outstanding goaltending. If they want to win this series, both players must continue to play at their high level of play.

Keys for Carolina: The key for Carolina is continuing their success on their PP. Coming into the finals the Hurricanes have had the best PP in the playoffs (25.9%) but Edmonton has had the best penalty kill of the playoffs (88.6). Working in Carolina’s favour is the fact that dmonton also has been short handed more than any other team in the playoffs (6.7 times per game). If Carolina can break down the Edmonton penalty kill, this could be a short series.

Prediction: It seems some hockey analysts have finally jumped on the Edmonton bandwagon and are predicting an Oilers win but I really think this is going to go Carolina’s way. I’ve liked the Hurricanes experience and depth all the way through the playoffs and I think that is going to continue. Staal, Stillman, Brind’amour, Recchi, Weight, Williams, etc. will be just too much offense for the Oilers to handle. The Oilers will come out a bit sluggish tonight after a lengthy layoff and I am afraid they won’t get back in the groove they were in through the first 3 rounds. Carolina takes the Cup in 5 games.

  4 Responses to “Finals: Carolina vs Edmonton”

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    No mention of Carolina’s goaltending? if the 22 yr old goes south at this level, where does that leave them? flip flopping goalies continually? Evidence so far tonight suggests the jury is still out on Ward.

    And I’ll observe this about EDM taking penalties – precisely because they have confidence in their killing unit, it allows them to play at the edge of the law – the 2 go hand in hand. Naturally, if Carolina starts to show the upper hand in that area, it makes sense the Oils reign in that playing at the edge, hence they concede less penalties. CAR tonight 0-4 1/2 on the PP (47 secs left in 1 to start the 3rd), where their previous home PP hit rate would have had them at least 1 goal by now. Seems to me someone’s PK unit is standing up (knock on wood).

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    Yeah, how Ward does will matter but I have more confidence in Gerber than i do in Conklin should Ward and Roloson faulter. Speaking of which, Roloson got injured and Conklin is now in the game. Oilers fans better hope he isn’t out for long because there is zero chance of the Oilers winning with Conklin in net.

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    You spoke to soon David. Roloson is toast! Thats pretty much it for the Oilers…shitty deal. They have to win at least 2 games in Carolina to win this series and im hoping they pull it together fast. The Oilers have beaten Detroit, San Jose, and Anaheim; all very tough teams mind you. Roloson being out for the series is the end of the world for Edmonton but it does hurt their chances greatly. Im hoping to see some more Oiler player step up like in previous series and help this great team finally bring the Cup home to Canada; where it belongs.

  4.  

    It looks like your wish may come true, Mr. Hockey. If it does, help youself to these songs of mine to help celebrate the occasion:

    Oilers on Ice
    words and music by Dr. BLT (c)2006
    http://www.drblt.com/music/ed.mp3

    and to do cover tunes like this one:

    Oilers on a Roll (adapted from David Essex’s Rock On): Dr. BLT & the Oil-slicked Sticks
    new words and new arrangement by Dr. BLT
    http://www.drblt.com/music/oilersroll.mp3

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