Cake or Death

Flyers-Sabres tonight, finally.Cake: Who doesn’t love cake? It’s delicious, it comes in many shapes and forms and flavors. It’s a hit at any event. In hockey, the Stanley Cup is the cake. But this cake is not for everyone. Only a chosen group of people get this cake.

Death: For all but one team, a season ends in death. Their hopes, their dreams, their wishes all die at the final buzzer. They do not get cake.

Like the video clip, everyone has a choice of which path to take. You can choose to practice hard, keep within the system the coach outlines for you, and come out on top. Or you can choose to give up at some point, and end your season short of your goal. Nobody controls your destiny but you. Of course, every team wants cake, but only a few really go for it.

Tonight’s path to earn the right to dip our fingers in the icing starts at home against Buffalo. All predictions and analysis are predicated on one thing: the team will play as well on ice as they look on paper. Last year, my analysis focused on depth down the middle and goaltending.  All other factors were secondary to those two points. So, here we go”

Centers:

Richards, Carter, Giroux, Briere vs Connolly, Gaustad, Niedermayer. It’s not even close. No analysis really needed here. We’re much deeper and much more talented. This heavily favors the Flyers.

Goaltending:

Bobrovsky vs Miller. Historically, Miller is a proven, rare, and valuable commodity. Bob is an unproven rookie that nobody ever heard of until training camp. But it’s not about history and reputation. It’s about the near past and the present. And this season, the two were almost identical in stats. I’m not making the case the Miller is overrated or that these two match up evenly. I’m just saying that the disparity is negligible. Miller is all world, but he’s still human. Last year we had Boosh vs Brodeur in a similar situation. A proven winner vs a journeyman. Back then, as now, I said it’s all bout how you’re playing currently. I said that Brodeur was nothing to fear, and that we’d handle him easily. Miller won’t be as easy, but he’s still beatable.

I don’t think I need to look at anything else. Given those two factors, I take Flyers in 6.

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Tags: Brian Boucher Buffalo Sabres Cake Or Death Claude Giroux Danny Briere Eastern Conference Quarter Finals Eddie Izzard Jeff Carter Martin Brodeur Mike Richards New Jersey Devils Paul Gaustad Philadelphia Flyers Rob Niedermayer Ryan Miller Sergei Bobrovsky Tim Connolly

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