Friday, October 2, 2009

NHL preview, Rangers Top 10, Week 4

My NHL Eastern Conference standings prediction:
1. Capitals - solid forwads, Varlamov/Theodore tandem nice
2. Penguins - can't make it to the top in regular season
3. Bruins - will start slow, Thomas falls back a bit
4. Devils - How do they do it? Brodeur is back
5. Rangers - Gaborik, Lundqvist, and Staal lead the crew
6. Senators - rid of Heatley, counting on Leclaire and Kovalev
7. Hurricanes - just have a feeling Ward will do well
8. Panthers - young players are coming around
9. Sabres - Miller not quite strong enough. but Olympics starter
10. Lightning - still unproven in net and on defense
11. Flyers - goaltending issues and too many "depth" players
12. Canadiens - what a traveshamockery; midgets on top line
13. Maple Leafs - just toughnesss won't make the playoffs
14. Islanders - more decent goalies than proven good forwards
15. Thrashers - hope they play well early and Kovalchuk signs

Ten members of the New York Rangers were on the Late Show w/ David Letterman on Wednesday night to present the Top 10 List of Things Never Before Spoken By a Hockey Player.
10. Instead of fighting, why don't we work things out over brunch? (Donald Brashear)
9. Between you and me, I have no idea what the hell icing is. (Dan Girardi)
8. What this team needs is a skating kitty. (Marian Gaborik)
7. I really wish these fans would watch their language (Brandon Dubinsky)
6. High scorer gets to pick which Barbara Streisand CD we listen to on the bus (Chris Drury)
5. Forget all the goals and the awards, Gordie Howe has one nice looking butt. (Marc Staal)
4. For good luck, I lick the puck. (Christopher Higgins)
3. My real dream is to work at an insurance company. (Ryan Callahan)
2. Who could concentrate on hockey when Jennifer Aniston still hasn't found love? (Henrik Lundqvist)
1. I wish Letterman was on at ten. (Sean Avery)

I like numbers four, seven, and eight the best. Staal, Lundqvist, and Avery did the best delivering the lines, along with Higgins and Dubinsky doing a good job. Kitty! I'm guessing number three is an inside joke to the show that I missed, and number one is related to Jay Leno. Avery should have been given a better one!

The week four Survivor pick is the New York Giants on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs. Coming off of a road shutout, the Giants are facing an even weaker team. While I don't expect back-t0-back shutouts, they should also be able to cover the spread of 8.5. For the rest:
Lions (+10) @ Bears: line so big when Lions showed they can play
Bengals (-5.5) @ Browns: the Browns are pathetic and line should be bigger
Seahawks (+10.5) @ Colts: surprised by how well Seneca Wallace played last week
Ravens (+2) @ Patriots: could go either way, but choosing defense
Redskins (-7) vs. Buccaneers: battle of underachievers
Titans (-3) @ Jaguars: no chance the Titans go to 0–4
Raiders (+9) @ Texans: no reason to trust the Texans defense, so high-scoring
Dolphins (+2) vs. Bills: not feeling good about this one with no Pennington
Saints (-7) vs. Jets: would have gone with the Jets, but two cornerbacks injured
Broncos (+3) vs. Cowboys: only for home-field advantage
49ers (-9.5) vs. Rams: Gore out, but 49ers will be upset about last-second loss last week
Chargers (+6.5) @ Steelers: probably decided by a field goal; Polamalu trying to play
Packers (+3.5) @ Vikings: Rodgers wants to beat his old mentor

Pacing break!,

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