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April 09, 2008
by Jeff Briggs
Since I, nor most anyone I know follows hockey religiously I asked someone who does to take a look at the upcoming hockey playoffs. For this I turned to my roommate John, who not only follows hockey, but may be the only person alive who subscribes to the NHL Center Ice package.
#3 Minnesota Wild vs. #6 Colorado Avalanche
(Season Series – Wild Lead 5-2-1)
The Minnesota Wild won the best division in hockey (the Northwest Division) and grab the 3 spot, as well as home ice advantage in the first round. The Wild looked prime for a run last year in the playoffs, before they ran into the eventual Stanley Cup winning Ducks in the first round. Over the past year the Wild have retooled their team to be able to beat the Ducks in this years’ playoffs. By adding bruisers like Todd Fedoruk and the infamous Chris Simon, they hope to be able to bang bodies with the best in the West. Unfortunately, they will have to wait until a later round to play the Ducks because they drew the Colorado Avalanche in the first round. Harassed with injuries throughout the year, Joel Quenneville has to get credit for keeping the Avs in contention long enough to get healthy. The Wild play good defense and have one of the most exciting players in the league, in Marian Gaborik. Even strength goals will be at a minimum, so if the Avs want a chance to win this series they will have to go some damage on the powerplay. Luckily, they picked up one of the best passers in the history of the NHL, in Peter Forsberg. Peter the Great joined the team at the deadline in hopes of making another Stanley Cup run with his old team, however I think he picked the wrong team and he’ll be back in Sweden by the end of April.
Wild in 6 games