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Teams most likely to win the Stanley Cup

Posted on: April 14, 2008 8:54 pm
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1. San Jose Sharks

San Jose entered the playoffs on a serious roll. Before dropping its last two essentially meaningless regular season games, the Sharks had gone a ridiculous 18-0-2, a run which included the best March in NHL history (16-0-2). Most of that serious roll came after a trade for defenseman Brian Campbell, who gave the team an offensive presence from the blue line which boosted its power play into the upper echelon. The Sharks already had superstar center Joe Thornton, who led the NHL in assists, and goalie Evgeni Nabokov, who was tops in wins, so talent isn't an issue. Unfortunately, San Jose dropped its first game of the postseason to Calgary, and had to scramble a bit to restore order. But I have every confidence that they will regroup and come out strong for the rest of the series/playoffs.

2. Detroit Red Wings

The good news is that the Red Wings finished as the top team in the NHL, with three players (Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Henrik Zetterberg) in the top five in plus-minus, and the league's best goal-against average. The bad news: Detroit has the league's oldest roster and has a bit of a history of playoff chokage. In fact, only in 2002 has Detroit won the Cup as a top seed...

3. Montreal Canadiens

Interesting fact: the Stanley Cup hasn't been in Canada since the Canadiens won it in 1993. But Montreal will need to grow up fast, as, outside of veteran star Alex Kovalev, this is a young team that missed the playoffs last year and is banking on rookie goaltender Carey Price, to not come off looking like... well, a rookie...

4. Pittsburgh Penguins

Speaking of the young, the Penguins are also struggling to gain valuable experience in the playoffs. But Sidney Crosby and Co. got their free time in the postseason water in 2007, and are now ready to make a bit more of a splash. They were just inches away from having the Eastern Conference's best record and trust me, the NHL would love nothing more than to see one of its brightest Stars get some major playoff experience over the next two months.

5. Anaheim Ducks

Last year, this squad gained all sorts of good karma by not only dropping the cliche "Mighty" in its name, but also by continuing to positively identify itself with the fine city of Anaheim, unlike a certain scummy baseball team. The result? A championship. Fair trade, if you ask me. However, the Ducks' karmic (sp?) ledger may have taken a huge hit when the NHL signed up Lauren Conrad to blog about the team's quest for a repeat. Not only does it degrade the venerable Stanley Cup to be associated with the vapid star of MTV's "The Hills," but in her very first post, Conrad admitted she was actually a fan of the Los Angeles Kings! Sorry, Anaheim. Better luck next year...

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Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2008 7:44 pm
 

Teams most likely to win the Stanley Cup

Pittsburgh Penguins. I dont care what people say their not going to win because they got killed last year. This is a new year, new players. More experience. Crosby Hossa and Malkin play like they have been playing in the playoffs their whole lives. Plus Gonchy, Sergei Gonchar gives them their experience. A great defender, great overall player. He gets backed up by Ryan Whitney. A tough physical player. Marc Andre Fleaury i can say could be a fantastic goalie. When his confidence is boosted by the outstanding performances by the offense he will not let his player plus fans down. Pittsburgh Penguins in 6 Stanley cup playoffs



Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2008 7:39 pm
 

Teams most likely to win the Stanley Cup

The Pittsburgh penguins are



Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2008 7:39 pm
 

Teams most likely to win the Stanley Cup

The Pittsburgh penguins



Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2008 7:39 pm
 

Teams most likely to win the Stanley Cup

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Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2008 11:54 pm
 

Teams most likely to win the Stanley Cup

Sorry buddy but you lost credibility when you put the Ducks on your list.

Anaheim's win at Dallas tonight says different...


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Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: April 15, 2008 8:38 pm
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Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2008 10:34 am
 

Teams most likely to win the Stanley Cup

The Ducks???

seriously? First of all a repeat in NHL is highly unlikely and second they are already down 2 games to the Stars, and coming to Dallas to play the next.

Sorry buddy but you lost credibility when you put the Ducks on your list.

Go Stars!!! 

Believe!!!!!!!




Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2008 10:30 am
 

Teams most likely to win the Stanley Cup

I am pulling for the Penguins but I think no one is playing better Hockey right now then San Jose. I would love to see a Penguins/Sharks finale, but you never know what may happen.

 

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Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2008 11:03 pm
 

Teams most likely to win the Stanley Cup

My vote is going to the AVALANCHE

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Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2008 10:59 pm
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