Happy Monday to you-- the weathers great and the playoff season is coming in (or in some cases underway). The NHL season wrapped up this weekend and the WHL playoffs have taken a surprising turn.
Would anyone have thought Kootenay and Medicine Hat would go into Saskatoon and Red Deer and steal not one, but two games on the road? The Ice and Tigers will return home tomorrow with 2 wins under their belts. In the west, both series are tied up. All four match ups go Tuesday night.
In the NHL, only two Canadian teams will be making play off appearances in Montreal and Vancouver. It came down to the wire for playoff positioning. Chicago got some help from Minnesota as they beat Dallas and eliminated them from a playoff berth. At the beginning of last week, the Western Conference standings looked a fair bit different. In the East, the Rangers were battling hard for the 8th place spot.
For me, interesting match ups include:
Vancouver vs. Chicago-- Chicago has eliminated the Canucks from playoffs two years in a row; can they get past them?
Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay-- Will Crosby return? 4th and 5th seeded games are usually a treat.
Both the Senators and Panthers fired coaching staff this weekend. Where will they end up and who will be coming in...
In the World Under 18 Championship in Germany, where Morgan Rielly is currently located-- Team Canada beat Team USA 2-1 in Exhibition play and will face Sweden today in more exhibition play followed by Germany on Tuesday. Tournament starts on Thursday. Morgan had an assist in the USA game.
The blog is going to be pretty quite this week, I am off to Los Angeles for a week. We are going to be taking in the Lakers first game of playoffs and the Ducks vs. Pred's. Very excited to see Getzlaf and Perry on home ice and the visiting Pred's Fisher and Weber as the fifth seed.
No worries, photos and stories will be here next week!
Wow, do I love this time of year!