First…let’s give a big round of applause for this site’s lead writer. Clap. Clap. Clap. Battlin’ Billy has done a fantastic job keeping Penguin nation abreast of the off-season activities. As for me? I’m just now coming out of the swoon that overtook me following last year’s untimely playoff exit.
The Pens didn’t really blow a game seven played in historic Mellon Arena did they? No way. A Stanley Cup defense, the final days of an ancient arena cracking with character, and a series against an inferior opponent had to amount to a Pittsburgh victory. No?
Forget that rubbish. The past is the past. This is now. This is our destiny! (plug for new Pens’ theme. Thank goodness Defy Ordinary is gone. What a horrible slogan that was.)
My knowledgeable partner did an excellent job laying out the East in the P-Lab’s eyes. Now let’s move on to the NHL’s dominant conference…the mighty, wild West.
Is there any doubt that the West trumps the East? It is almost as obvious as the American League dominating the National League in America’s national pastime.
Here is the P-Lab prediction for the Western Conference, along with each team’s potential marketing slogan for this year…
1. Detroit Red Wings – Guaranteed not to underperform two years in a row.
2. San Jose Sharks – Regular season heroes, Playoff zeroes. Again.
3. Vancouver Canucks – We got the Sedins! And an overrated goalie.
4. Chicago Blackhawks – Salary Cap? What Salary Cap?
5. Los Angeles Kings – Scud-missile and the crown jewels.
6. St. Louis Blues – You may have never heard of us, but we promise, we’re good.
7. Colorado Avalanche – Only getting better with age.
8. Nashville Predators – If a hockey team in TN makes the playoffs. Does anyone know?
9. Calgary Flames – Kipper and Iggy aren’t worn down…yet.
10. Anaheim Ducks – We’ve Got Forwards!
11. Phoenix Coyotes – At least our weather is still nice.
12. Edmonton Oilers – Hall. Eberle. Future.
13. Dallas Stars – The Stars Are Out. Literally, good bye Modano and Turco.
14. Minnesota Wild – Havlat has to perform soon, doesn’t he?
15. Columbus Blue Jackets – We’ve got Rick Nash. Go Buckeyes!
Enough with the predictions. Let’s play hockey! Enjoy opening night everyone.