This Weekend in Sports (25-May-2007)

NHL Finals

Well the Stanley Cup Finals are set. The Ottawa Senators will play the Anaheim Mighty Ducks just as I predicted. This is going to be a heck of a series. I have to give the offensive edge to Ottawa with Danny Heatley, Jason Spezza, and Daniel Alfredsson and a bunch of talented players on the other three lines there really isn’t more of an offensive threat then the Senators in the NHL. However they say defense wins championships and the Ducks sure do have the defense. With the top defensive pairing in the NHL of Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger and goaltending duo J.S. Guigere and Ilya Bryzgalov it’s amazing that any goals are scored against them. Both teams are above average in all categories and I think it is going to be a great series going the distance to 7 games.

NBA Conference Finals

In my last post the Utah Jazz were rolling. I mentioned how it would be very tough to stop them from winning a championship this year. Well it looks like the Spurs have the answer. San Antonio always seems to be a contender for winning it all every year so I tend to dismiss them a little. They are such an experienced and talented team with each player knowing their role that it is unlikely Utah will be able to come back from a 2-0 deficit. Similarly in the Eastern Conference the more experienced team, Detroit Pistons, are winning their series 2-0. If the finals come down to the Spurs and Pistons you will see a defensive battle on every possession and I guarantee there will be some fists flying and technical fouls. That series will be an all out brawl.

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