Broadcasters Pick Stanley Cup Champion
For the Stanley Cup Finals, all four Columbus Blue Jackets broadcasters - Bill Davidge, George Matthews, Danny Gare and Jeff Rimer - pick a winner and why. The Stanley Cup Finals schedule is also listed below.
Game Day Date Home Team Time - TV
Game 1 Monday May 28 @Anaheim 8 p.m. - VERSUS
Game 2 Wednesday May 30 @Anaheim 8 p.m. - VERSUS
Game 3 Saturday June 2 @Ottawa 8 p.m. - NBC
Game 4 Monday June 4 @Ottawa 8 p.m. - NBC
*Game 5 Wednesday June 6 @Anaheim 8 p.m. - NBC
*Game 6 Saturday June 9 @Ottawa 8 p.m. - NBC
*Game 7 Monday June 11 @Anaheim 8 p.m. - NBC
No. 2 Anaheim Ducks vs. No. 4 Ottawa Senators
Anaheim in 6 because ... of the travel. Ottawa has not had to travel a long distance - only three games outside of the Eastern Time Zone. Anaheim has the advantage in goal and on defense.
Anaheim in 7 because ... of the home ice advantage and the quick turn around in travel between games four and five, and between games six and seven. There is so much balance between the two teams and Bryan Murray has his fingerprints all over this series - he is Ottawa's head coach and was the General Manager in Anaheim when they drafted Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.
Ottawa in 6 because ... The Senators offense is much stronger, especially Alfredsson, Heatley and Spezza. Ottawa gets good secondary scoring, is well coached and their goaltending has raised the bar. IT all depends on Ottawa winning one of the first two games, which I think they will. The questions for Anaheim are: (a) can they score enough? and (b) can they stop Ottawa's power play?
Jeff RimerOttawa in 7 because ... I have to make a choice - this is a toss up. It is going to be a whale of a series. I give the edge to Anaheim in goal and the edge to Ottawa on defense - collectively - and even up front on offense. Ottawa wins game seven in overtime to take the Cup.
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