TSN’s Cup Contenders

TSN’s hockey experts, as they refer to them, weighed in on their Stanley Cup favorites (or favourites, as it were).  Ready?

Question #1: The playoffs open one month from now. Who is your current Stanley Cup favourite: Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Washington, or Vancouver?

Pierre McGuire: They’re all good, but I take the Pittsburgh Penguins. The major reason why: they’re the defending Stanley Cup champions. They’ve got Sidney Crosby in the prime of his career, and Evgeni Malkin, last year’s Conn Smythe trophy winner. The additions at the trade deadline – Alex Ponikarovsky and Jordan Leopold, and this is a team that understands winning and their coaching staff is calm, cool, and collected. That’s why I think Pittsburgh.

Craig MacTavish: Vancouver – they are one energized team. I saw them play two games last week – they are energized, they have everybody jumping on the play, they have got great goaltending, and they have got a great opportunity this year.

Bob McKenzie: I will say the Pittsburgh Penguins, although I did have second thoughts when I saw the New Jersey Devils handle them again on Wednesday (so maybe the pick should be New Jersey). I’ll stick with the Penguins for many of the same reasons that Pierre outlined. The ability to elevate their play and to draw on the experience of winning it last year.

No real surprises here; of course they’re going to opt for the safe choice, though the Vancouver pick is an interesting one.  I could see them going deep into the playoffs, but winning the Cup this year?  I don’t know.  Frankly, I’m surprised none of them went outside the question and chose Detroit; even though they’re barely hanging on to a playoff spot, they’re Detroit.  Let’s hope all three of them are wrong.

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5 Responses to TSN’s Cup Contenders

  1. CapsFan1975 says:

    Vancouver may actually be one of the more logical picks. They have a good offense and a good goalie.

    Chicago is losing defensemen right and left and Huet’s so so in goal.

    And we all know who San Jose has in goal…..

  2. Ted says:

    San Jose lost. Caps actually gain ground their nearest rival.

    Current Eastern Conference Number 1 Seed Target: 113 points.

    Current President’s Trophy Target: 121 points.

    Expect these targets to shrink as New Jersey, Pittsburgh, San Jose, and Chicago all drop points the rest of the way.

  3. Hittman says:

    I’m not sure why we put stock in TSN…is it because they’re Canadian? Here’s another Canadian opinion, if you want a laugh at the strange premise/bad writing:

    http://www.northernnews.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2498613

  4. OvieTracker says:

    I agree, the Pens are a “safe” pick and also the darlings of the pro-Canadian announcers at TSN. If a Canadian team can’t win the Stanley Cup, the logical alternative ia a US-based team captained by Mr. Canadian hockey himself.

    However, I would beware of Vancouver as CAPSFAN1975 noted. This could be the year a Canadian city wins the Stanley Cup for the first time since the Montreal Canadiens in 1993. If the Canucks pull this off, the TSN cheerleaders will have multiple orgasms, and we’ll never hear the end of it–AGAIN–about how hockey is Canada’s game and only theirs. I’m getting sick just thinking about this possibility.

  5. Dougeb says:

    If the Caps win the East, I’m not sure Vancouver can beat then in a best of 7. It will be tough to win the East — We have to beat the demon Pens to get the job done, and that ain’t gonna be easy.

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