Tampa Bay: Apparently still very good!
Now, here’s where we started – and we’re getting closer to getting answers to the questions we asked before this postseason. Lightning, who won 2-1 in Tampa Bay on Saturday night, advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the third consecutive year, with captain Stephen Stemkos scoring both goals and is now the best performer in history. ..
No matter how you set that winning goal, the New York Rangers goalkeeper Igor Sheschokin is not responsible for either the game or the outcome of the series. Sheschokin played a great series. Tampa provides this to the team. The team has done this 11 times in a row in the postseason over the last three years.Tampa made them whether the Rangers were tired of the previous two series (both played in seven games). look I’m tired. After games 1 and 2, Tampa overtook, defeated, overtook the Rangers and eventually scored. New York was also outcoached. This has also happened a lot to teams facing Lightning lately. John Cooper has a lot of work, but he is also an effective communicator. He is a corporate manager rather than a classic hockey coach.
Anyway, how it was done on ice is: The Rangers stopped scoring after becoming the first team to win consecutive victories against Lightning goalkeeper Andreiva Silevsky in three years. New York scored nine goals in the first two games, but only five more in the last four games. Only one of them scored with the same strength. This isn’t going to cut it. Tampa Bay is simply a disciplined team, willing to play hardcore defense when it matters, and the goalkeepers are so good that they can’t rely on power play to defeat them.
You must be able to outscore them in all situations. You have to be a team like Colorado Avalanche.
Avalanche is an aggressive machine
There were probably only two points in the regular season when the Colorado Avalanche looked like a regular hockey team. At first I had a hard time getting out of the gate, and at the end it was 1-6. The last 7 games. But the last stretch was either a fluke or an elaborate fake. In any case, we shouldn’t have been fooled. In reality, an avalanche is a looting hockey machine.
See what they did to Edmonton. my god. Still, there is a problem here. Even if the Oilers were wiped out, their aggressive performance was pretty good! In most other situations, that probably meant winning the series. Take a look at this comparison from JFresh Hockey in a 5 to 5 to 60 minute situation.
In fact, Colorado is already a historic power. As Neil Pain wrote at FiveThirtyEight this week, the avalanche team was ranked 10th in terms of score difference per game among all Stanley Cup finalists up to the final round, and ironically, 1982- He has won the second best victory only with the Edmonton Oilers in 1983. percentage. The 2022 Oilers are a pretty good hockey team as part of them. But the Oilers aren’t enough hockey teams to beat the Colorado Avalanche. A team sufficient to defeat Avalanche must play highly disciplined defensive hockey, have a clutch goalkeeper, and have the ability to shut down powerful attacks.
Oh, and one more thing, they need to be able to get over Cale Makar. It’s not easy. Because if you learned anything from the Avalanche-Oilers series, it would be …
Macar can see the Matrix
Discussions about the best players in the NHL are usually focused on two players, Orston Matthews and Connor McDavid. Given each goal scoring ability and overall magic, that’s not surprising. Colorado forward Nathan McKinnon also participates in this chat from time to time. Still, perhaps the best player is actually his teammate, Defensive Kale McCarr.
In 14 playoff games leading up to the final round, Macar scored 22 points. This includes 10 points during the sweep of the first round of the Nashville Predators. It has been the most registered by the defense in four playoff games so far. It also includes the five games I got in my last match against the Colorado Oilers. This is a tally of single games that Defense has not managed in the playoffs since Almakinis in 1994. But through 20 games. Without robbing Fox, he wasn’t even tasked with covering McDavid. It was Macar. And he did it without sweating.
Macar looks at The Matrix and bends it to his will. Macar is one of them.
A little history
There are superstitions surrounding the NHL Conference Championship Trophy. Touching either the Clarence Campbell Bowl (West) or the Prince of Wales Trophy (East) curses the team to the fate of the Stanley Cup. When teams pose with either trophy, they usually pose with a solemn face. If you want to call it it, the logic is that it’s not real. Of course, the theory is a fuss. Many teams that touched either trophy won the Stanley Cup. But this tradition reflects the fact that no one cares about the championship of the tournament in hockey. Only the Stanley Cup is important. But it’s still fun to see the team discuss in real time whether to select superstitious beliefs in bulk, or their versions.
Joe Sakic obviously doesn’t care about superstitions. But do other coincidences make sense? As mentioned earlier, this avalanche team has the best playoff win record since the 1982-83 Oilers made it to the finals. It happened that those oilers faced the New York Islanders – and were wiped out. The last three petes were the third consecutive Stanley Cup victory for the Islanders.
Prior to the series against Islanders in the spring of 1983, Glen Suther, General Manager of the Oilers, told The New York Times: Except that they went farther than us. And we certainly want to replace them. Reflecting their loss a few years later, the Oilers saw what the real difference was. “They were a little more disciplined than us and probably had better work ethic,” Grant Farr said in 2019. Wayne Gretzky said. “They weren’t celebrating, I thought,” They’re exhausted, I think there’s more to give. ” “Paul Coffey said.
Lightning has proved why the Islanders are the first team to play three times in a row this postseason. Well, an avalanche is coming here. It’s a high-scoring, fast, dynamic team from the west. The atmosphere of the 80’s is strong now.
Can I get a three-peat?
I’m mostly poorly predicted, but this match has felt right since the start of the postseason. Probably because the guards felt like they were changing. But is it that time? Colorado will pose Tampa Bay the most difficult challenge ever. They rest and become hungry. They are arguably the toughest opponents Lightning faced in the finals. They are a much better team than Dallas and Montreal. Avalanche can undoubtedly do everything you need to defeat Lightning. But I don’t think it will happen. Tampa feels like a deeper team mentally. And as Briden points are likely to come back, they too will be aggressively deepened. Tampa will understand Colorado-or at least Vasilevsky will, and that may be important.
A few months ago my money was in Colorado. Well, I think Tampa Bay will be three-peat. But before that, you’ll win six great hockey games.