Wow, two teams I hate, a team I don’t care one way or the other about, and a team that I actually would like to see win.
My feelings on Detroit and Buffalo are well-known, so I won’t belabor that point any more than I’ve belabored it already (Very amusing to see my inbox get detonated by a couple super thin-skinned people, though).
The Ducks…meh. Their net.representative (Hi Earl) doesn’t understand half of what I post, but then I suppose the same could be said for a lot of people. Ha ha. Anyway.
The last time these two teams met in the playoffs was 2003, when the Ducks swept the Wings en route to their first ever Cup Finals appearance (which, as we all know, they lost in 7 games to the New Jersey Devils). This year’s Ducks team, however, goes in as the second seed in the West–and if they want to win, they’ll have to take at least one game in Detroit (where they struggled this season, losing two low-scoring affairs to the Menses Munchers).
Detroit? Pfff, they’re Detroit.
I think the Ducks may well take this one in seven.
And in the East, we have a rematch of last season’s second-round contest between Buffalo and Ottawa…only this time around the Sens are the lower seed. This one will be interesting–Buffalo will be trying to reassert their dominance over a team that won the season series with them (The Sens were 5-2-1 against the Sabres in the regular season), and Ottawa….Ottawa will be looking for a shot at redemption for 2003′s chokejob against the Devils and for last season’s complete second-round implosion.
Coin-toss comes up: Edge
So I see you asking me “who’s the team you like in all this, AQ?”
It’s Ottawa, believe it or not. I would be totally okay with the Sens winning their twelfth Cup (and first since their resurrection), for many reasons–not the least of which would be the sound of heads exploding all over Western Ontario, the GTMA, and at LBC errr CBC headquarters. It would be neat–again, in that “Unity of Rings” sort of way–for the present-day Senators to get on the Cup alongside (in a figurative, spiritual sense) their “Silver Seven” forebears.
And despite the impression I give, I fully recognize that hockey is Canada’s game (a gift for which I thank them from the bottom of my heart) and I really would like to see a Canadian champion again.
And who better to break the Canadian Cup drought than the reincarnation of one of the first “legendary” teams?
Go Sens Go.