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Red Wings Face Elimination In Game 5
When the NHL playoff seedings were initially set, most sports analysts predicted that Detroit and Nashville would be playing all the way to a decisive Game 7. This is because the teams were both very much equally matched from the offensive side of the puck and goal-tending. Although analysts anticipated a close series between the two squads, postseason hockey has a way of throwing curve balls. This is exactly what has happened in the series between the Red Wings and Predators, as Nashville has controlled all momentum by stellar defense and goaltending, resulting in a 3-1 series advantage. With the Red Wings traveling into a hostile environment in an effort to avoid postseason elimination, the sports editors at GPS Tracker Shop have made their predictions on what will happen in Game 5 later tonight!
In all sports, the name of the game is scoring. Without points, a team simply cannot win. This has been the Achille's heal of the Red Wings the past two games of the series. After pounding Nashville's goalie with over 40 shots, Detroit only managed to get one shot to fall into the net. Shots on goal and scoring opportunities are both great, but they are meaningless if they don't result in actual points on the board. However, like a dice thrower who is extremely hot, the statistics usually work themselves out and the casino always gets its money back.
The Red Wings in Game 5 should be able to dominate possession and shots on goal, resulting in something they have not gotten in the past couple games: goals. Yes, the goaltending of Nashville has been spectacular, but only allowing one goal on 40+ shots again is probably wishful thinking. If Detroit can keep the pressure on, the statistics should work out, and points should appear.
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$254 Million Investment Still Without Homer
Not having a home run 10 games into a 162 game season is not the type of thing that would normally gather national news headlines. Unfortunately, those rules don't apply when the player in question is widely viewed as the best currently in the game, has had arguably the best statistical start of any major leaguer and just signed a enormous 10-year deal worth over $250 million dollars with a new franchise.
When the Los Angeles Angels made the shocking long-term financial commitment to Albert Pujols, what they expected was the type of production that has been consistent all throughout the talented slugger's career. They expected routine seasons of a batting average over .300, solid Gold Glove caliber defense at first base and of course the power bat that has made Pujols one of the most recognizable players in the game today. Through the first 10 games of the season, Pujols has continued to bring the defensive glove work that has made him such a double threat, but his batting average is only a boring .268 with zero long balls in the home run column! To provide a little perspective, this is the longest Pujols has ever gone to open a season without a home run in his entire career!
The Number Don't Lie
Yes, Pujols is having a horrific start to his career as an Angels player according to the elite standards he has set for himself, but is judging a player 10 games into a season really an accurate sample size of their production? History would suggest no, and hell no when it comes to Pujols. This is because nobody in the game today has ever began their career finishing the first 10 years with every single season having a batting average above .300 with 100 RBIs. Pujols failed to accomplish this amazing feat last year, his 11th professional season, but still batted .299 with 37 homers and 99 RBIs. Therefore, he has been the model of consistency in his first 11 seasons, and is probably the safest bet a general manager or fantasy baseball guru could make. If the historical statistics hold true, that just means Pujols will be going on a tear really soon, something that is a very scary thought to the teams in the American League West.
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Washington Takes Momentum Back To D.C.
The sports fans who call Washington D.C. home have had absolutely nothing to be enthusiastic about. The beloved Redskins have failed to come close to resembling a contending football team for nearly a decade, the Nationals have only recently begun acquiring youthful talent with potential stardom and then there are the Capitals. Led by arguably one of the best players in the league, the Capitals have for years been regular season darlings, and postseason busts. They have earned the top-seed in the league multiple times in the past, and have been heavily favored by many hockey analysts to go the distance, only to fail over and over again to hoist the Stanley Cup. However, this year has been a totally different season for the Capitals, who barely made the postseason, and now are entangled in a competitive series with the defending champion Boston Bruins.
Game 1 of the series was a close contest that saw the Bruins pull out a win in overtime. That intensity was matched in Game 2 that saw another defensive battle stretch into double-overtime. However, Game 2 had a much different end result, as the Capitals stunned the Bruins, taking the win, home ice and momentum back to the District of Columbia for Game 3.
Game 3 Prediction
There is nothing any sports team wants more than to win a close overtime game then go home. This is because after battling for three periods, overtime and double-overtime, the Bruins were left with heartbreak, and now have to head with tired legs to a hostile arena in Washington where the Capitals' fans are sure to be loud. Whereas on the flip side of the coin, the Capitals are feeling great, and realize that the expectations and pressure that sank them in the past is no longer with them in this 2011-2012 season.
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Predicting Game 3 In Los Angeles
If there is one thing that the President's Trophy winning Vancouver Canucks probably do not want to see in Game 3 on Sunday night it is a power play opportunity. This is because the headline from Game 1 and Game 2 of the series was short-handed goals for the Los Angeles Kings. What the Kings basically did was go into Canada and take control of a 4 on 5 disadvantage numerous times to take a stranglehold on the series as it heads back to Los Angeles. After two shocking upset wins over the overall top-seeded NHL team, the Kings appear ready to go up 3-0 in the series as the teams prepare to play at Staples Center.
The Canucks have been the definition of consistency for the greater part of the hockey season, while the Kings were very fortunate to even make the postseason after months of erratic play. However, when the regular season concludes, all teams enter the postseason with the same 0-0 record, giving the Kings as good a chance as any team to capture Stanley Cup glory. And now the Canucks are well aware of this, as they are in the difficult position of having to win four of the next five games if they want to move on into the second round of the playoffs. This will be an extremely tough task for the Canucks who have star player Sedin on the sideline with an injury, while Southern California hockey fans are ready to cheer on their underdog Kings who have twice stunned Vancouver players and fans.
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Can New York Spoil Miami's Hopes?
With the acquisition of Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, the New York Knicks felt that they finally had the superstar caliber of players with the talent to once again bring championship glory back to Madison Square Garden. Those championship aspirations only grew when free agent center Tyson Chandler, a key player in Dallas' Finals win over Miami, signed with the greatest city on Earth. Unfortunately, problems adjusting to a up-tempo system and weak bench resulted in the losing ways and pain that Knicks fans have been all to familiar with.
After the firing of their head coach, the Knicks appeared to regain swagger. They started playing tough defense, and the wins started out-weighing the losses. Now, with only a small number of games left in the NBA-lockout shortened season, the Knicks appear on track to meet the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs. The only problem is that every sports analyst has already pencilled in another Miami versus Chicago Eastern Conference Finals.
The Knicks don't have the depth and talent from the starting roster to the bottom of the bench that the Heat have. There is no arguing this fact. Trying to make the argument would simply be stupid. Although the combined level of basketball talent is much heavier on the Heat roster, one superstar player can take control of a game on any given night. The Knicks have that type of superstar in Carmelo Anthony, but he would need to put on the type of series that sees he stat-line average 40-8-5. For those who think this is an impossible task, one only needs to look back when LeBron James put his Cavaliers on his shoulders to dominate the much more talented Detroit Pistons to reach the NBA Finals. James was a superstar, and his decision to shine on the big stage resulted in a massive upset over a squad that would have won that series 9 out of 10 times.