Earlier than dropping the disc for Recreation 1, one factor actually stunned me about this 12 months’s Stanley Cup Ultimate between the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning.
However what made me pause a bit was the perceived discrepancy in pursuit of a objective. Andrei Vasilevsky in Tampa is a four-time All-Star. He additionally has the Vezina and Conn Smythe Cup to his title, together with the final two Stanley Cup rings on his fingers. He is essentially the most adorned goalkeeper within the large video games within the period of wage caps.
In the meantime, an avalanche was simply going by with 32-year-old Pavel Francoz, who had spent most of his profession enjoying for the KHL and the Czech Republic, and 32-year-old NHL facet Darcy Kuemper. Avs is his fourth staff within the NHL.
Hardly ever are occasions in a Stanley Cup Ultimate, or Tremendous Bowl, when the favorites clearly excel on the internet, or as a quarterback. However that was the case with the avalanche heading into the sequence.
There aren’t any such issues but.
Vasilevskiy conceded 11 objectives in two matches, each wins by Avs. Colorado gained their first two video games in Denver with a rating of 4-3 (additional time) and 7-0. Avalanche wanted simply 30 photographs to attain these seven objectives within the second sport. In the meantime, Kuemper solely wanted 16 tackles to unfold the lockdown. Kuemper noticed solely 23 photographs in his 1 additional time sport win.
So the Avs have been in a position to suppress Lightning’s makes an attempt to shoot with out compromising their extremely expert assault.
throughout “Madden Monday” for this week audio notationAnd Mark Madden of TribLIVE and 105.9 The X insist Tampa will not get carried away. However he does not envision a full Lightning comeback as we noticed it full in opposition to the New York Rangers within the Jap Convention Ultimate after falling 0-2.
“They appear drained,” Madden mentioned of the lightning. “They regarded drained within the first two matches in opposition to Rangers as properly. However the distinction is, on this sequence, they appear drained, they appear overworked.”
In truth, the streak was mismatched, largely because of the Colorado staff’s overwhelming pace, Madden mentioned the potential goal-shooting hole wasn’t even activated.
“Goalkeepers aren’t even an element,” Madden mentioned. “Kuemper hasn’t even been examined. Vasilevskiy is being examined unfairly, even for a goalkeeper of his degree. So objective pursuit wasn’t an element earlier than. That is the largest benefit in Tampa and so they have not even had it.”
I pitched an concept to Madden through the podcast that perhaps Penguins followers may get a really feel for one factor from this sequence. Though doubts stay about Tristan Gary’s match cap, if the Penguins can construct an elite staff in opposition to Gary, then (as with Kuemper and Francouz in Denver) that may be ok in Pittsburgh.
Madden thinks the Avs are too elite to make that comparability.
Madden replied, “I really feel like you might win the Stanley Cup with Tristan Garry within the internet…if you happen to had the Colorado Avalanche enjoying in entrance of him.” “I feel Penguins followers ought to have a look at this sequence and say, ‘You already know? We’re not one or two steps away. We’re not participant away. We’re means, means, means, means, means means. (Chris) Letang and (Evgeni) Malkin. However that is it, a combination. It would not make them wherever close to the Stanley Cup.”
Additionally on the podcast, Madden and I mentioned extending Minka Fitzpatrick’s contract with the Steelers. We research Deontay Johnson’s scenario. Plus, we chat with some pirates, and delve into the 3ICE Hockey League.
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