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The Wait for the Finals is too long

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The first game of the Stanely Cup Finals starts next Monday?? What the hell am I supposed to do until then?
Answer: mow the lawn, weed the garden, spend more quality time with my wife, and play NHL '07!
Yeah, I really am that addicted to hockey. Ever since the Canucks were eliminated, I never quit watching. I almost should be taking the next 5 days off from this site while awaiting the Finals, but...NAH! F**K IT!

Early thoughts about the Finals

It may take a great team to reach the final series, but I am not very impressed with the play of the Ducks. Detroit was within a goal of putting Game 6 into OT, and the Ducks were definitely not the better team in Game 5 in a win. In my opinion, the Ducks are starting to remind me of the Sabres. They have all that talent and depth but are not kicking it into high gear at this stage of the post season and are inconsistent.
The Senators are the opposite. They have defeated every opponent in 5 games and looked pretty damned good doing it. They are 'bringing it.'
This is why I am thinking that the Sens are going to walk over the Ducks in 5 games. It doesn't even matter that the Ducks have home-ice advantage. I'll give my final prediction on the eve of the first game.
It will be entertaining hockey though.
I had not even given it much thought that Bryan Murray's fingerprints are all over the Ducks squad, both directly and indirectly. Murray drafted some of the fine young talent in Anaheim and he also had acquired the likes of Steve Thomas, Adam Oates, Sandis Ozolinsh, Rob Niedermayer, and Peter Sykora. Those players were instrumental in the Ducks last run to the Finals in 2003.

How Lowe you can go

"It's been an interesting spring, trying to convince people that after all the fallout (from the Pronger deal) we needed to be cheering for Anaheim up until now," Lowe told The Canadian Press on Wednesday.

"It's official, we can start cheering for Ottawa as of last night."
I really doubt that any Oiler fan shares Lowe's enthusiasm. I also think that only Oilers' management was cheering for Pronger.
Best case scenario is that the Ducks fall further in the standings next season to make the pick higher up. Don't count on it. And really, for Pronger, they need a high pick to make up for the worst part of that deal....Joffrey Lupus, I mean Lupul.

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