Tag:Western Conference Quarterfinals
Posted on: April 15, 2010 1:32 am
Edited on: April 15, 2010 10:31 am
 

Snap Shot: Photo of the Day

The Phoenix Coyotes celebrate after Derek Morris (bottom right) scores a third-period, power play goal against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on April 14, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Red Wings 3-2 to take a 1-0 series lead. (Getty Images)


Posted on: April 15, 2010 1:17 am
Edited on: April 15, 2010 1:20 am
 

Phoenix Coyotes: Then & Now

By Erin Brown

For the past decade, Phoenix Coyotes fans had a better chance of seeing a blizzard pass through the Arizona desert than a playoff victory at home.

The Coyotes changed that Wednesday night, defeating the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

The win was Phoenix's first at home since April 19, 2000. We look back at the Coyotes of yesteryear and how they compare to today's victorious desert dogs.

Phoenix Coyotes: Now & Then
  April 19, 2000 April 14, 2010
Logo
Result 3-2 win over Colorado Avalanche
3-2 win over Detroit Red Wings
Owner Steve Ellman & Wayne Gretzky National Hockey League
Arena America West Arena Jobing.com Arena
Coach Bobby Francis Dave Tippett
Captain Keith Tkachuk Shane Doan
No. 1 Goaltender Sean Burke Ilya Bryzgalov
Jeremy Roenick? Leading Coyotes in goals (34), points (78) Retired, eating popcorn in the stands

Posted on: April 14, 2010 9:12 pm
Edited on: April 15, 2010 10:32 am
 

Checking in from Phoenix

By Erin Brown

CBSSports.com's Wes Goldstein is in Phoenix, Ariz. for the first two games of the Coyotes-Red Wings series. We chatted a few moments ago about the atmosphere at Jobing.com Arena, which hosts its first NHL postseason game since the Coyotes moved to Glendale, Ariz. in 2003.

Brown: How does the crowd look? Are the Coyotes prediciting a sellout?

Goldstein: They haven't opened the doors yet.

Brown: Did you get a chance to walk around outside the arena?

Goldstein: Yeah. There's a plaza here called City Center. Restaurants, bars, etc. There are a couple thousand people milling about. Lots of white face paint.

Brown: How does it compare to say... Pittsburgh and Detroit during the Cup finals the past couple years?

Goldstein: Detroit doesn't lend itself to outside activity. Pittsburgh was much wilder. Here it is kind of subdued. They have giant screens here showing the East games. There was one crazy woman on stilts wearing one of those old Yotes jersey's with Jeremy Roenick's name on it. A few Detroit fans, too.

Brown: I was just going to ask about the old-school fans. I suppose it is hard to tell who has been a long-suffering Coyotes (or perhaps Winnipeg Jets?) fan, but have you seen any interesting sights that would suggest there are long-time fans around?

Goldstein: That is the only jersey I saw. They are handing out white t-shirts.

Brown: No Jets jerseys?

Goldstein: I haven't seen any.


Update (10:00 p.m.): Wes checked in again, moments before the puck was about to drop in Phoenix: "This place is definitely NOT packed. Maybe people are still outside. There's one big patch of empty seats in the lower bowl near the Detroit end, and the club level is about one-quarter full. It is actually pretty full. Those empty seats might the tickets reserved for Detroit by league mandate. They release them at the end, but maybe nobody bought them up."


Update 2 (10:50 p.m): Wes touched base after the first period: "Between the red Detroit jerseys and empty red seats, it is hard to call this a 'white out'. They just introduced the city council here in attendance, thanking them for keeping the Yotes in Glendale for years to come. A tepid cheer followed. ... And I just spotted a Jets jersey."


Posted on: April 14, 2010 12:26 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2010 11:55 pm
 

Expert Picks: Conference Quarterfinals

We've rounded up the hockey experts (and fans) here at CBSSports.com to get their insight on which teams will survive the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. We'll be tracking their overall record throughout the postseason, so be sure to check back after each round for results. Feel free to add your picks in the comments below.

Making picks in 2010: Wes Goldstein, CBSSports.com's hockey writer; Erin Brown, CBSSports.com's NHL editor; Mike Hurcomb,  CBSSports.com's fantasy hockey writer; and Dennis Dodd is CBSSports.com's college football writer (and a longtime, die-hard St. Louis Blues fan).

No. 1 Washington vs. No. 8 Montreal

  • Goldstein: Washington in 5: The Caps have too much firepower for a team that backed into the playoffs
  • Brown: Washington in 4: Put aside the Caps' offense; Jose Theodore will be out to get his former team.
  • Hurcomb: Washington in 5: Jaroslav Halak will make it interesting, but Caps' offense will be too much.
  • Dodd: Washington in 4: The Caps have so much firepower that it will be a huge surprise if they don't sweep.

No. 2 New Jersey vs. No. 7 Philadelphia

  • Goldstein: Philadelphia in 7: Flyers match up well against the Devils and they get stoked by this rivalry.
  • Brown: Philadelphia in 7: Coming through in the clutch has eluded Martin Brodeur lately.
  • Hurcomb: New Jersey in 6: Brodeur will erase Philadelphia's high of sneaking into playoffs.
  • Dodd: New Jersey in 5: Never bet against Brodeur, and with Ilya Kovalchuk , the Devils should coast.

No. 3 Buffalo vs. No. 6 Boston

  • Goldstein: Buffalo in 6: Thomas Vanek is on a roll and Ryan Miller is a difference maker.
  • Brown: Buffalo in 5: If an all-star Canadian squad barely beat Miller, do you really think the Bruins can?
  • Hurcomb: Buffalo in 7: Miller didn't win gold at the Olympics, but he will prevail in Game 7.
  • Dodd: Buffalo in 5: Miller is a national hero at the top of his game.

No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 Ottawa

  • Goldstein: Pittsburgh in 7: In cruise control all season, Pens look ready to press the pedal to the metal.
  • Brown: Pittsburgh in 6: The Penguins are Red Wings-lite: their Cup-winning experience will carry them.
  • Hurcomb: Ottawa in 6: The Senators' balance helps them pull first-round upset.
  • Dodd: Ottawa in 6: Marc-Andre Fleury is not the same as he was the past two seasons.

No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 8 Colorado

  • Goldstein: San Jose in 5: As good a matchup as San Jose could hope for in round one.
  • Brown: San Jose in 6: Thanks to Dany Heatley , Joe Thornton will find his playoff game.
  • Hurcomb: San Jose in 6: Keeping Evgeni Nabokov sharp will help end Sharks' postseason woes.
  • Dodd: San Jose in 6: Colorado is too young and too inexperienced to make this a series.

No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 7 Nashville

  • Goldstein: Chicago in 6: The Hawks defense won't hurt them against an offensively-challenged opponent.
  • Brown: Chicago in 6: The Hawks will get the necessary offense and give their backend a confidence boost.
  • Hurcomb: Nashville in 7: Chicago will regret not trading for goalie at deadline.
  • Dodd: Chicago in 5: The Hawks are going to have to outscore teams and hope their goalies steal a series.

No. 3 Vancouver vs. No. 6 Los Angeles

  • Goldstein: Vancouver in  5: The Sedins and company are too much for a young team with a struggling goalie.
  • Brown: Vancouver in 6: The Kings have the talent to compete, but youth will be their ultimate downfall.
  • Hurcomb: Vancouver in 5: The Sedin twins will help make quick work of Kings.
  • Dodd: Los Angeles in 7: They've got a chance if Jonathan Quick can play like he did early in the season.

No. 4 Phoenix vs. No. 5 Detroit

  • Goldstein: Detroit in 6: Look for the clock to strike midnight on the Coyotes great Cinderella story.
  • Brown: Detroit in 6: The playoff-tested Wings know intangibles could kill if this one gets to Game 7.
  • Hurcomb: Detroit in 5: Red Wings' postseason experience will overwhelm surprising Coyotes.
  • Dodd: Detroit in 6: The Red Wings won't get there unless Jimmy Howard comes up big in goal.




Posted on: April 12, 2010 11:57 am
Edited on: April 19, 2010 11:59 pm
 

Preview: No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 8 Colorado

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 8 Colorado Avalanche

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Sharks will win if: They play to their capabilities, which should be more than enough against a seriously overmatched opponent. Then again, meeting expectations has never been the strong suit of a team built as well as anyone to succeed at this time of year. The Sharks have become the NHL's most notorious underachievers since the lockout. That said, San Jose has four solid lines -- including one of the NHL's most dangerous in Joe Thornton , Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau -- a good balance of power and speed on defense and special teams that are among the league's best. Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has had streaks of brilliance in his career, but enough meltdowns, especially since the Olympics, to give the Sharks serious cause for concern heading into the postseason. Still, this is the best possible matchup for a team in need of a confidence boost.

The Avalanche will win if: Goalie Craig Anderson stands on his head and his young teammates do not get overwhelmed by the fact they've already achieved far more than they should have. Colorado's kiddie corps may have already figured that out, as they faded badly down the stretch and barely hung on to a playoff spot. Still, the Avs do have some offensive pop with Paul Stastny , Chris Stewart , Matt Duchene and veteran Milan Hejduk . Colorado might be able to rattle Nabokov and the Sharks if it can get to them early and steal one of the first two games on the road. San Jose can be fragile in the playoffs and any reminder of that, even by a team that has nothing to lose, could make things interesting.

Regular Season Recap

San Jose: 51-20-11, 113 points (1st, Pacific Division)

Colorado: 43-30-9, 95 points (2nd, Northwest Division)

 

Schedule
Date Location Time
Apr. 14 at San Jose 10:30 p.m.
Apr. 16 at San Jose 10:30 p.m.
Apr. 18 at Colorado 9:30 p.m.
Apr. 20 at Colorado 10 p.m.
Apr. 22 at San Jose * 10:30 p.m.
Apr. 24 at Colorado * TBD
Apr. 26 at San Jose * TBD
* if necessary

 

Season Series
Tied, 2-2
Date Result
Oct. 1 Colorado 5, San Jose 2 Recap
Oct. 30 San Jose 3, Colorado 1 Recap
Mar. 28 San Jose 4, Colorado 3 Recap
Apr. 4 Colorado 5, San Jose 4 (OT) Recap

 

Stats Comparison
Statistic SJ COL
Goals For (Avg.) 3.13 2.89
Goals Against (Avg.) 2.55 2.78
Power Play 21.0% 18.1%
Penalty Kill 85.0% 80.2%


Posted on: April 12, 2010 11:52 am
Edited on: April 20, 2010 12:00 am
 

Preview: No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 7 Nashville

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Blackhawks will win if: They don't let their goaltending become a factor. Rookie Antti Niemi will get to start because he outplayed Cristobal Huet this season, but he has no postseason experience and that could be a problem for a team with serious Stanley Cup aspirations. Chicago doesn't need Niemi to win games as much as not to lose them. The Blackhawks allow fewer shots than anyone and Nashville doesn't produce much offense, so that will help. The key for Chicago will be their explosive offense led by Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews . The scoring comes from a lot of places, though, and a lot of it is generated from the back end, but puck movers Brian Campbell and Kim Johnsson are on the shelf.

The Predators will win if: They can grind this into a long series and frustrate Chicago with their work ethic and disciplined game. Shea Weber , Ryan Suter and Dan Hamhuis are the core of a really good blueline and Pekka Rinne has been among the best goaltenders all season, which gives Nashville an edge in two key areas in this series. But the Predators don't score much and their top goal scorer Patric Hornqvist was hurt late in the season and is uncertain for the playoffs. Maybe the best thing Nashville has going for it is a lack of expectations. The Predators generally are not seen as a playoff team heading into seasons, yet they've managed to get there five of the past six. The problem is, they have yet to advance beyond the first round.

Regular Season Recap

Chicago: 52-22-8, 112 points (1st, Central Division)

Nashville: 47-29-6, 100 points (3rd, Central Division)

 

Schedule
Date Location Time
Apr. 16 at Chicago 8:30 p.m.
Apr. 18 at Chicago 8:30 p.m.
Apr. 20 at Nashville 9 p.m.
Apr. 22 at Nashville 8:30 p.m.
Apr. 24 at Chicago * 3 p.m.
Apr. 26 at Nashville * TBD
Apr. 28 at Chicago * TBD
* if necessary

 

Season Series
Chicago wins, 4-2
Date Result
Oct. 15 Chicago 3, Nashville 1 Recap
Oct. 24 Chicago 2, Nashville 0 Recap
Oct. 29 Nashville 2, Chicago 0 Recap
Dec. 4 Nashville 4, Chicago 1 Recap
Dec. 26 Chicago 4, Nashville 1 Recap
Dec. 27 Chicago 5, Nashville 4 Recap

 

Stats Comparison
Statistic CHI NSH
Goals For (Avg.) 3.20 2.65
Goals Against (Avg.) 2.48 2.70
Power Play 17.7% 16.4%
Penalty Kill 85.3% 77.1%


Posted on: April 12, 2010 11:44 am
Edited on: April 20, 2010 12:01 am
 

Preview: No. 3 Vancouver vs. No. 6 Los Angeles

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 6 Los Angeles Kings

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Canucks will win if: Roberto Luongo finally proves he is the elite goalie that everyone says he is. The Olympic gold medal he won didn't really do it, and the reality is, for all his kudos, Luongo hasn't been out of the second round. Even worse, he has struggled since the break. But the Canucks have assembled what is arguably the most talented lineup in franchise history. Vancouver can score and in bunches, with scoring champion Henrik Sedin and his twin, Daniel Sedin , leading the way. Alex Burrows , Ryan Kesler and Mikael Samuelsson provide nice support. The defense is a bit of a question mark because of injuries to Willie Mitchell and possibly to Sami Salo . The Canucks have home ice advantage and no team won more games in their own building.

The Kings will win if: Like the Canucks, they get the kind of performance from their starting goalie they are supposed to. Jonathan Quick was brilliant for most of the season, but faded down the stretch and failed to get his 40th win in eight consecutive tries. Still, the Kings finished with only two fewer points than Vancouver in the overall standings. Their blueline, led by young Olympians Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson , is the better one in this series. That could be the biggest edge for the Kings, who have three lines that can wear down teams with their ability to cycle the puck and control games when they have a lead.

Regular Season Recap

Vancouver: 49-28-5, 103 points (1st, Northwest Division)

Los Angeles: 46-27-9, 101 points (3rd, Pacific Division)

 

Schedule
Date Location Time
Apr. 15 at Vancouver 10 p.m.
Apr. 17 at Vancouver 10 p.m.
Apr. 19 at Los Angeles 10 p.m.
Apr. 21 at Los Angeles 10 p.m.
Apr. 23 at Vancouver * 10 p.m.
Apr. 25 at Los Angeles * TBD
Apr. 27 at Vancouver * TBD
* if necessary

 

Season Series
Vancouver wins, 3-1
Date Result
Oct. 29 Vancouver 2, Los Angeles 1 (SO) Recap
Nov. 26 Vancouver 4, Los Angeles 1 Recap
Dec. 14 Vancouver 3, Los Angeles 1 Recap
Apr. 1 Los Angeles 8, Vancouver 3 Recap

 

Stats Comparison
Statistic VAN LA
Goals For (Avg.) 3.27 2.82
Goals Against (Avg.) 2.66 2.57
Power Play 20.9% 20.8%
Penalty Kill 81.6% 80.3%


Posted on: April 12, 2010 11:15 am
Edited on: April 20, 2010 12:02 am
 

Preview: No. 4 Phoenix vs. No. 5 Detroit

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes  vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Coyotes will win if: Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov steals the series. Phoenix is the league's feel-good story of the season, and it earned its way into the playoffs by playing smart, systematic, defensive hockey and being extremely difficult to beat once it had a lead. The Coyotes got a big boost at the deadline with the additions of several veteran players, most notably Lee Stempniak , who became a scoring machine when he arrived in the desert. Captain Shane Doan is among the league's grittiest players and the group along the blue line doesn't get the recognition it deserves. Phoenix's best shot at pulling off what would be an upset against a lower seed is to keep this a low-scoring affair, something they managed with regularity during the season because of Bryzgalov. But a lot of the Coyotes success came from its domination in shootouts, and that advantage goes by the way side at this time of year.

The Red Wings will win if: They don't take a lesser team for granted. Chances are that won't happen. Detroit is a veteran team that understands what it takes to win in the playoffs, which is evident by its hot streak over the last six weeks. The Red Wings have been the league's best team since the Olympic break, and they've been winning games the way they usually do -- with timely scoring, solid defense and by keeping the puck on their sticks most of the time. People always wonder about the Red Wings' netminding at playoff time, but Jimmy Howard took the job away from Chris Osgood and became a leading Calder Trophy candidate in the process. Detroit is healthier than it has been at any time this season, and with so many key players having spent extended periods on the injured list, the Wings are better rested than they have been heading into the playoffs in several years.

Regular Season Recap

Phoenix: 50-25-7, 107 points (2nd, Pacific Division)

Detroit: 44-24-14, 102 points (2nd, Central Division)

 

Schedule
Date Location Time
Apr. 14 at Phoenix 10 p.m.
Apr. 16 at Phoenix 10 p.m.
Apr. 18 at Detroit 3 p.m.
Apr. 20 at Detroit 6:30 p.m.
Apr. 23 at Phoenix * 10 p.m.
Apr. 25 at Detroit * 2 p.m.
Apr. 27 at Phoenix * TBD
* if necessary

 

Season Series
Tied, 2-2
Date Result
Oct. 22 Phoenix 3, Detroit 2 (OT) Recap
Dec. 14 Detroit 3, Phoenix 2 Recap
Jan. 2 Detroit 4, Phoenix 1 Recap
Jan. 26 Phoenix 5, Detroit 4 (OT) Recap

 

Stats Comparison
Statistic PHO DET
Goals For (Avg.) 2.57 2.72
Goals Against (Avg.) 2.39 2.52
Power Play 14.6% 19.2%
Penalty Kill 84.5% 83.9%


 
 
 
 
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