Great American Hky Show: 4/13
Wed, 13 Apr 2011|
It's a playoff preview spectacular! Mike Giardi and Joe Haggerty give their predictions for the Bruins-Habs series
Visit preview a spectacular. Are predicted for Bruins and a half. Can't really revealed that expectations. We know it's going to be crazy we know what their fans don't like him. And that's going to be new us practically surprised and no we didn't forget. -- hockey word of the week. Welcome to our playoff edition of the great and American hockey -- episode number six. Where Wilmington mass. -- side of the bruins' training facility is obvious that the coldest place in the free world I can't stand it anyway. Bruins the Canadians this is what we wanted I'm much of the players wanted to but they did it how the Bruins approaching the series. I don't think there's any doubt they wanna play to their strengths just like they would against any opponent but I think in this particular case. It's such a great example of two divergent hockey team's two totally different opposite teams with opposite strengths kind of going at each other. On the one side got the Boston Bruins size the strength the intimidation factor I don't think the -- that have to have any kind of answered those kind of big bodies getting close the net. And playing rough on defense the question is can the Bruins ably discipline and can they not play into the antics that the Montreal Canadians are gonna wanna inside and stay away from the playoff series becoming a special teams battle that's where it lies can -- Handled their speed because if you look at this series and the way went during the regular season series test -- early on. It's a hard time saying -- those smaller -- people. Yeah they definitely did but I think as the season wore on as the Bruins tightened up defensively it took care some of the things I think we're nagging at their game early on in the year he -- that was less of a problem especially at home I think the biggest thing. He -- on the last couple of games you can read into is to have slipped. Played scared -- intimidated that last game at the -- it looked like they wanted no part of it. In that patch you're ready revenge game there was no revenge there was no passion we -- you fight from the -- -- something like that. In a pivotal game play -- in a playoff type atmosphere from start to wonder what kind of about what kind of frenzied and what kind of passionate team's gonna bring in the playoffs I'm not seen. How much of your perspective just the -- -- -- responded that home -- you're ready thing in the way he's played down the stretch here with all the attention with you know news crews from America and the stuff follows things. But he's still he's such as strong as before assuming he's got to play you know -- play that way and you know a guy that big and that strong. You know to have the career he's had without really any incidents of his shows. Oh. How he approaches the game and you know it's hard I'm sure it's hard for him but he's used to he gets booed everywhere he goes but that's a sign -- you know a good player really mean. He's just been such a force for us. Big strong physical defenseman. Amazing reaches in on him it was a much more concerned about -- mean he's he's been he's been Iraq course back there and big part of this club. Any apprehension. About what the reaction is going to be up and Montreal's always you know vitriolic and as always a bit aid for them. When the Bruins sweaters take the guys there and obviously might be taken to a different level with the -- You know they're gonna they're gonna. Certainly feed off that they've they've you know they created. You know created. Something out of it more than really should have been as we don't know in the you know I think really what it boils down it is how we do in the first couple -- and -- get -- the Montreal that we know it's going to be crazy we know what their fans who like him. And that's not going to be new buses aren't going to be surprised them. Everybody's got to be prepared for it to say in a broader scope how important is it organizationally players coaching staff everybody. To make it past the second round and -- get past that sort of block that spent that stumbled the team. The last couple years. We're gonna focus on this first round united I don't want anybody look too far ahead -- me everywhere about Thursday night and then we'll take it from there. I don't think it it does anybody any good thinking about another round before having played this round yet. They're now Helm of the great American hockey show or get ready to break down the Bruins and Canadians match up who has the edge. When it's not. Goaltending is first up. I think it's pretty clear who you give the edge to here obviously because one goaltender. Had best season in the history of the NHL as far as save percentage goes is gonna win his second vezina trophy in three years. Still questions Tim Thomas's game in the playoffs because he's never won a really important game seven in his playoff career in Carey price's. Absolutely no slouch on the other hand he's really come back from some adversity in Montreal. And come back strong this year but at the end of the day. You give the nod to Thomas. -- this match up. Yeah easily put the ice the Bruins right they're very deep and Roth well I that's -- Milan Lucic at the thirty goal mark it and ward has been playing spectacular hockey. But people. Afterwards point Brian. Gionta. -- -- -- before the authorities come and -- Mikey away that you starting encroach on those restraining order -- bylaws a little bit there. Let's move by the defense a place where the Boston Bruins have a pretty strong advantage. The way the Canadians are missing Andrei markov and Josh Josh gorges two very important key guys. In the defensive corps they've been missing them for a long time I think over the course of the regular season the much Hurricanes have been okay missing those guys. -- it comes to the playoffs you're relying on guys like Paul Mara. And Hal -- to be your big main defense of fulcrum to keep away guys like mile Dellucci should Nathan Horton from the net. That's where you gonna run into problems the whole key. This defensive matchup here is how Zdeno Chara. Handles that belly of the beast in Montreal and they start treating them like public enemy number. We'll see how that goes but I give the advantage to the -- Special teams not sound like -- and sympathizer but the edge clearly goes to Montreal. They're talented you know much better than the Bruins and then if you look at their power -- 32% against the b.s this season nine for 28 those numbers are sick. The -- need to stay out of the box. There any chance of winning this match. As is where the rubber meets the road the coaching matchup. You've got a guy named Claudette against the guy named Jacques there's going to be a lot of French Canadian accents in this thing and even beyond what the Montreal Canadians being involved. This a tough call right here because obviously -- Ewing's -- a lot riding on this series hasn't been past the second round of the last couple years has never been to the conference finals. Is gonna be a big deal for him to get to that point a lot of pressure on clone. But then at the same time jar my intent is just trying to plug holes on the other side with a roster with injuries. And within effectiveness going on a minute give a slight edge to the Boston Bruins but if that pressure starts coming down on -- anything can happen. It. -- all seriousness program and I'm not the way we usually roll but it it's playoff time he got playoffs it's a playoff team based on however it is time for our Twitter questions of the week and they tend to be a little bit wacky. And off the beaten path which of course we encourage. Owens that was series one can't stand it when asked what the bruins' biggest question mark joked that he plans. Biggest question mark heading into the playoffs at at least from my mind is how the Bruins are gonna play in game seven situation. How they're going to be able to respond where they haven't the last couple years against the Carolina Panthers. -- against the Philadelphia Flyers I think you've seen guys like Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara not playing their best in those kind of situations. When you get into a game seven situation where one team moves on one team does especially when he gets the second round later on. It becomes more about guts and sheer will to win. -- -- like say Californians. And being able to show some of that when you're gonna win a hockey game. We haven't seen enough of that from the guys that really matter with the Bruins my biggest question is will they have that this time. I'd prefer stones over on whatever grassland yes that you take your choice there are let's go to the next one. Comes from our good friends rash and -- and I did -- this book -- -- comes directly handed bat and it is totally. Shot at me yardage -- you hosting the show. White Sox. Well I'm posting this hill because people Tommy Rex and I'm anthem and I'm certainly smarter than you. I don't know family maybe. Couple people from random stalkers out there on. As to what I suck it doesn't press clearly yet some problems on it and it's okay you can admit. If we wanted to why you suck will just talk to your wife because she certainly my wife tells me why I suck every single day of the week so I'm sure you know that this is no book to get you know enough times that. Next question comes from perhaps one hater grasp what born of the Bruins need to -- If you. I even have to answer this question c'mon Brian Gionta. Is would be is blew his guy his is his idol his. Enough boy on the wall put up what else you because you get your victim when it comes -- restraining orders all of the things above I think Brian Johnson is the ultimate team. I think he really helped make things. So obviously camel or both Mac category but I think Brian Gionta because my -- sitting next me is the key to stopping. Good answer Gionta with 29 goals this season I'm not -- I've committed to memory at all. Next question Justin -- to ask you only play off. You know I've already shaped by -- in the head so I don't think guys see the playoff beard government. I did the mustache from November during November and that was terrific and I think people are still lagging on this date for that atrocities so I believe might -- this has to grow the -- everything -- -- -- for Michael -- it's now. You Italian I can see that you could grow -- if you -- -- -- -- fears appear to be about five different colors. But no moustache that just doesn't happen to salt -- rock in the proper and ring PR girl that guys they can shut out their regular ago I like that. Does come from there and it's going to be the computers are actually. Great American hockey. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Talking about these playoffs do you hate hockey's all about American. -- right where my thinking Gary actually been talking about it land. Or Phoenix. Or Florida or one -- these other missed the gotten franchises. Where they have to announce on the PA when it's enticing enough size of the fans know what the hell's going on during the game your right Gary. The future of hockey is in the sun belt and down south. Most definitely luck. There's nothing more NHL and hockey the goal and in on the Calgary radio talking about the NHL and the Bruins all the people of Calgary. In -- in getting its importance gift card as a result the -- on the show that through Talabani. I -- many Stevie Wonder song called. Superstition. You know it's it's a good -- Mikey I prefer the Steve -- on version actually I'm gonna go down that road. It seems like I guess the Bruins prefer that side through after talking with them about some of the crazy superstitions and rituals. That they've seen teammates have before big playoff games before every game in the NHL some of them are funny. Some of them are downright disgusting like we got a big Mac before every single game you played. Let's take a look at those. I heard about a guy and you hear that he's about -- that the big men for every game I think that's a lot of big. That that to what I don't think he's playing anymore -- it -- it I was kind of weird it was a different. I think only the idea is that like just like -- return or it. We'll. -- period so I guess that's going on. You're just like -- so it just. It just I don't know what it I don't. I'd try not to watch about a -- scared to get back its nuclear scheduling possess I -- I realize you -- so intense isn't right. He was you know excellent -- But you -- -- them -- slide on I don't know I don't know I don't think anybody would -- for the -- QTPC government forward you know one legged dress warm for -- but nothing nothing great but no big -- and yeah. Here's another playoff exclusive little feature that we have here at great American hockey show we like to college in my yard -- O meter. We're gonna have a couple days -- for every single wins that the Bruins. Right on Mike charities clean shaven face in. And see what it would look like he actually was -- a playoff beard blitzer with the beard a meal looks like right now. We're gonna leave the basement here though the wood paneling in this. Got a little book for reading ready I'm about to drop some knowledge watch this. Will help but for my safety here we go. Come with me -- you. Can. Here we are in the hockey were the week great American hockey library. We talked a mile I'm -- teach this week about a word we like to call wallpaper and you gonna need a helmet like this to begin wallpaper taken away -- -- -- period you know took a guy goes that he I don't think the guys already on the boards almost like -- Went too long he could stop them all the wallpaper is a pretty much and and you don't mind doing that at all not at all. I did this kind of put on the spot productions who got her or Canadians -- -- consult my book from the great American hockey library. I got Bruins in six don't steal my notes ever I think -- in seven. It's going to be hopping -- an abiding when they come back to the garden but in the and finally home ice and make a difference. You know Mikey. I saw the Canadians get very scared the last time they were TD garden they have zero shot to -- to a game seven but you have to hope it doesn't get to that point for a lot people's. And the last time the Bruins were there and you haven't been all Bruin nation got very scared and opportunity for another thing with -- -- Let's relive it again aren't as good wrap up the citizens of the great American -- feel better reminder stale -- throughout the postseason win to keep on active. When we can't bring it up to date information on this series Bruins today and hopefully. It helps them.