Month: April 2002

2002 playoff predictions

(posted to the sharks list 4/14. Honest) Detroit vs. Vancouver. Vancouver closed the season kicking butt to make the playoffs. Detroit closed the season with only 1 win in ten, and it wasn’t at all clear it was the late-season vacation…. Can Scotty Bowman flip the switch and turn them back into the Red Wings? Do the Red Wings have enough energy for the playoff run? Good questions. I hate betting against Bowman and Hasek, but if there’s a series ripe for an upset, it’s this one. I wouldn’t put money on it, folks. There are just too many guys on the Wings who can steal games. I’m just wondering if they can steal it all…. Vancouver in five. Colorado vs. Los Angeles I’m gonna enjoy this one. Should be a huge, nasty, long, series. All the better for everyone else in the conference, too. Both teams are full of “ex-the-other-guy” players, and Potvin vs. Roy ought to be great. But when it’s all settled, you have Roy, Sakic, Blake, Foote and Drury, among others. The Kings are good — but the Avs are better. Avs in six. San Jose vs. Phoenix San Jose seems to be pretty ready and pretty healthy going into the playoffs. I think they match up well. Phoenix was a bit suprising to me improving enough to make the playoffs, and might be the...

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San Jose Sharks year end review

99 points. Division champions. 3rd seed in the west. Home ice in the playoffs. No problems. Nothing to complain about. Everything’s perfect, right? Yeah, right. How about “pretty good?” I’ll take that. Team rating: A- pros: the numbers pretty much speak for themselves. This is a pretty damn good team. cons: power play is sub-standard. Occasional lapses of intensity. And please beat the damn Minnesota Wild once in a while, okay? Coach Darryl Sutter: A- pros: under his tenure, just look at what the sharks have done. When he was hired, Lombardi described him as (I believe) “Keenan with a heart”. Sutter might not be your friend as a player, but you know he’s not your enemy. cons: where’s the ring? That’s pretty much the only part of his career missing. Oh. And about that power play… GM Dean Lombardi: A- pros: probably the smartest move he made this season was doing nothing. cons: sometimes too honest in the press. Sometimes sounds too much like a laywer. Oh, wait. He is a lawyer. The players: > P NO PLAYER GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW GT S PCTG > –...

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