I missed this until today, not sure how. Good stuff. Whether tongue in cheek or not, I counted four seperate runs at knees--three by noted Taint Bleacher Dustin Brown and one by Muzzin; so this prophecy concerns me with Brown--thought we avoid all douchbaggery once Boston was removed
Southern Pacific: Hawks/Kings WCF Guest Preview
Due to their series going to seven games and the short turnaround time between the end of the 2nd Round and the Western Conference Final, it was unclear whether the Hawks would be playing the Los Angeles Kings or the Anaheim Ducks for the privilege of a second successive SCF appearance. Therefore, when coming up with this preview, I decided to play it safe by enlisting the help of a couple of people who have good knowledge of, and a healthy disdain for, both teams. Here are our good buddies (and San Jose Sharks fans) Staci from the Canafornians and Derek from Fear The Fin , answering some questions about the Hawks formidable opponents.
S: Players who are dangerous include: Dustin Brown, Jarret Stoll, Jordan Nol-oh did you mean players who are dangerously good? Marian Gaborik is having a hell of a playoff run but he’s long overdue for a lengthy injury so I’m sure you won’t have to worry too much about him. Anze Kopitar, aka the poor man’s Jonathan Toews, is pretty good I guess. Jonathan Quick is really good at knocking off his helmet when there is extended time in the defensive zone, he also is good at knocking off his own net. His style of play has evolved throughout these playoffs, as he has shown that he can dive and cry as well as Mike Smith, which is a pretty big accomplishment, I suppose. Drew Doughty is also a noted crybaby, so get ready for him to take an untimely penalty and to huff and puff and blow the penalty box down. End this series in 6 or less games and you won’t have to worry about Justin Williams.
A player to watch in general, that I consider neither dangerous nor struggling, is Jake Muzzin. He has been scoring goals for both teams so he could be a blessing or a curse depending upon what day it is. The same goes with Alec Martinez.
In regards to players who are struggling, although he was good in the last two games against Anaheim, Mike Richards has just been awful; this includes the entire regular season and the postseason. Slava Voynov got signed to a pretty nice contract and then decided that he didn’t need to be good anymore, so he is also having a terrible year. Dustin Brown is just flat out fucking atrocious but thankfully Teuvo Teravainen isn’t playing, as Dustin’s thirst for young men’s knees cannot be quenched. Jarret Stoll is also terrible and I assume that the Blackhawks will capitalize on all of his offensive zone penalties that he will take; I would say keep your head up around him but it doesn’t matter he will just pounce on your players and elbow them a couple more times to make sure he gets the job done. Matt Greene has been playing due to injuries and lol oh boy the Blackhawks are going to have fun with him on the ice.
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