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"Off The Post: Inching Closer to the Future"
Long Island, NY • United States • 25 Years Old • Male
We're down to the final round before the Stanley Cup. The remaining two teams after the Conference Finals will own some minor bragging rights to the East and the West, but the Cup is what defines it all. It defines every injury that was played through; every broken bone, blood gushing wound, any limp or ache: everything. And now we're only 14 games away from it all, at the most.

Pittsburgh vs Phili

I'm sure all the Ranger fans are going to have a field day with this one, but I am rooting for the Pens. I'm sorry, I have too. I can't stand the Flyers - sorry to all you readers from Philly, don't take it as a form of disrespect. There's just something about the way the Flyers play that irk me and I can't put my finger on it. Maybe it's because every time they play the Isles I feel they are incredibly BORING games and I don't see much to be impressed by. But now you guys are impressing many as you've knocked out the Caps, and most notably, the Canadiens.

However the Pens, as I stated in one of my recent blogs, exemplify everything I want my Islander Franchise to be. Young and aspiring as a true heavyweight in the league, built from within. The Isles have a chance to make themselves that kind of team with Okposo and the fifth round pick in this year's draft. But that remains to be seen. Right now I'm watching the prototype of the real deal. The Flyers, however, may have luck on their side since they appear to be the true underdog of the playoffs that finds its way to the Cup Finals. Just for that mere mythical fact I would not be too surprised if the Flyers win, along with that their playing great hockey.

But the Pens, I personally think, will be their greatest competition, and it should be a great series that I expect to go to seven games.

Dallas vs. Detroit

Double D's. Two of the biggest contenders in the West. Dallas was one heck of a team for most of the regular season before fading down the stretch before the start of the playoffs, allowing many, including myself, to not have high expectations for them. However, Brendan Morrow has been one hell of a leader and has been leading his team to victory in each bout. Detroit won the President's Trophy. They are not a team to be taken lightly, and I am seeing that now.

I never had high expectations for the Red Wings either; it seems that almost every year they will have a terrific regular season and blow it in the playoffs. Well with Ozzie in net and Franzen lighting up the score sheet, they're not blowing anything besides their opponents out of the water. And I'm not going to lie, I'm still a fan of Ozzie. When we claimed him off waivers years ago he helped restore this team into the thick of things and even tied a record, being the first Isles goaltender to win 32 games in one season since Billy Smith.

With all of that being said I am still iffy on who I want to win this series. Detroit, (Ozzie aside) has never been a team that I've had at the top of my favorites. Dallas never really stood out that much to me either, although I have a lot of respect for a guy like Mike Modano.

Another hard fought series that should go 7, but who do I want to win? Maybe Dallas just a tad bit more, but either I'm happy for Modano and Morrow, or I'm happy for Ozzie.

So what do you think? Who is going to be the final two teams to duke it out in the finals?
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May 8, 2008 8:53 AM ET | Delete
Picking a team because of your feelings for them. Classic!!! Both are good teams. The games were boring between the Flyers and the Islanders because of the style of play the Islanders play. I've seen, read and heard games in the New York stations and they have stated the style of play is the result of the head coach. Anyway, nice blog!!!
May 8, 2008 9:16 AM ET | Delete
Phi---I second that. As a Sabres fan, I am very familiar with the choking style Ted Nolan likes to institute. As a result, not too many goals get scored against you...or for you for that matter. I like Nolan, but he certainly doesn't add any sex appeal to the games. My picks are Pens vs. Stars (provided Turco keeps playing incredible in net).
May 8, 2008 11:16 AM ET | Delete
It's true that Nolan doesn't have a run-and-gun style of play like the Sabres do now, but also remember we don't have the players capable to play that way. But Phi, don't take offense to me not liking the Flyers, there are players on the team that I'm a fan of, but as a whole I just for some reason can't like them lol
May 8, 2008 12:19 PM ET | Delete
Top...i know what you mean...but at one point in your message you basically say or seem to say the reason you don't want Philly to win is because you don't and can't like them. I'm the same way with all New York teams, i just have a very hard time rooting for them. But, i did root for the Rangers, one and only time in my life. LOL...I understand what you saying...Just like people will always ask me when i say i can't stand Crosby that would i boo him if he was on the Flyers. I told them yes i would boo him if he acted the way he acts at times on the ice. I have never said he was not an awesome talent. I just don't like the way he acts and plus he does not play for the Flyers. LOL
May 8, 2008 1:32 PM ET | Delete
Top---Nolan's style works great when you get 2-3 goals per game and you have a solid defensive unit and goaltender standing on his head. For us it was Hasek, for you it's DiPietro. Many similarities between the 96-97 Sabres and the current NYI. Opening it up is a double-edged sword, and doesn't make a whole lot of sense unless you have a speedy group of forwards. I agree.
May 8, 2008 1:34 PM ET | Delete
I don't have a problem with you not liking the Flyers, but don't blame them for the boring games against the Isles. That's all on your team. The Flyers are actually one of the most exciting teams to watch.
May 8, 2008 2:19 PM ET | Delete
It could have a lot to do with my team and how they play, but we have had plenty of exciting games with our style of play as well, but it seemed like all 8 times that we played you guys they were boring, one goal games - don't quote me on the scores.
May 8, 2008 3:49 PM ET | Delete
I can understand not picking a team you hate, or just don't like. But when it comes to simple team comparisons it's hard to ignore the depth the Flyers have when compared to the Pens. They don't have the flashy stars but they have multi-capable performers (only team in the NHL with 7 20 goal scorers). I hate the Pens, but they are a gifted team. I took them to decimate Ottawa but I sure didn't root for them. It was just a given that a plummeting Sens team couldn't withstand the Pens attack. Side by side, and based partly on regular season, I go with Philly over Pittsburgh. They've proven they can beat them. On the other side, being from Minnesota I can't really be a fan of Dallas but with the style of play they've been dishing out thus far, I'm taking them to rock Detroit's world. Both series' should be really spectacular in terms of watchability and excitement.
May 8, 2008 5:09 PM ET | Delete
Top. why do the islanders suck can you be gm an tell me whats going to happen on draft day and july 1st
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