Taynted_Fayth wrote:I will have to pick the sens for a few reasons;
1. year after year they are contenders who bomb in the postseason. It's eventually gonna happen that they do what many have expected them to do year after year, so why no tthis one? gotta start somewhere.
2. I think Pittsburg is too young. Sure they picked up some vets like Recchi and Roberts, and i'm sure Mario is throwing in his 2 cents in every chance he gets, but is really enough? it's one thing if it were just sid the kid alone on the team who needed the guidence, but you have a russian who can probably speak about as good of english as Borat, and Staal, MA Fleury. that's 4 playoff rookies (3) as your top point getters and a guy you need to stand on his head is asking a bit much.
3. I've never been a huge fan of Marc-Andre Fleury. Not a big fan of Emery's either but if I had to bet on one of these 2 ponies I would definately take a goalie who's in this position year after year over a first timer, and that inexperience on this team is whats gonna cost pittsburg any real chance at success.
I think it was Ronieck on TSN yesterday who made a good point about the playoffs being, 3x faster, and 3x harder, and you'll never know exactly how to adjust to it till you play it. - with this thought i think pittsburg will win a few, but ultimately they'll fall, but it's all the more reason to look forward to next season, as this should prove to be invaluable experience for all these kids
Emery hasn't been in this position year after year, the Sens have. This is only Emery's second year leading the Sens into the playoffs, and last year he didn't look too great. I'd rather take a first rounder who's only 22, and has looked bad mainly due to the fact he's been playing on some brutal Penguin's teams, and still has the potential to be a top goaltender in league.
And I agree, I've said before that I think the Pens have the potential to upset, but it'll be alot harder said than done against a playoff-experienced, and deep team as the Sens. Against a offensively loaded team such as the Sens, the Pens lack of depth behind Gonchar and Whitney will be exposed. Lack of depth and experience will ulitmately hurt the Pens as other teams with more experience and depth will prevail.
The experience will benefit guys like Sid the Kid, Malkin, Staal and Malone however, and it surely won't be their last shot in the playoffs.