So here at Blackoutdallas I have admittedly dropped the ball a little. I fell a little behind on the Fansided network’s preview project, “Around the NHL in 30 Days.” But here we, and I have a few darn good previews for you to read. Now I know these teams are not necessarily great ones if you are not a fan of them, but it is always good to know ones enemies or to at least point and laugh at them.
First up we have those Toronto Maple Leafs. Yeah that team. The one that plans on success yearly but never seems to live up to expectations. So what does Myles Robinson, the lead writer at Editor in Leaf , start his preview off with? A call to plan the parade. Some people will never learn. Despite that Myles put forth a great, extensive preview of the Leafs. And when you really look at the franchise, it should be back on the way up. Lot’s of young talent, they might have found their goalie in James Reimer , and that defense is now stacked with players since acquiring John-Michael Liles and Cody Franson in the off-season. Give it a quick read.
Next up we have the Vancouver Canucks. Okay I choose to skip the Canucks…..fine I will do it. Larenzo Jensen does a solid job covering the Canucks for Fansided over at TheCanuckWay.com and he provided a nice overview of the team as they prepare to attempt another run at the Cup. A couple of years of excellent regular seasons have only been overshadowed by their constant struggles in the post-season. Manly one Roberto Luongo, aka the 2nd most hated player in hockey after Sean Avery. Then there are the Sedin twins, that many dislike, and their disappearing act in big moments as well. One way or another, this team has to do something soon to avoid becoming the San Jose Sharks 2.0 in the playoffs. For the preview of roster moves , position battles, and opinions, take a quick look right here.
And then lastly, we have today’s preview hot off the press. The Washington Capitals are another team that has been near the top of the mountain the last few years, until the calender turns over to the second season in April. They of course have the firepower with Alex Ovechkin leading the way with Backstrom and Semin as well, but the questions are in the other zone. The team has relied upon youngsters the last couple of years and a defense that has been fighting injuries and change. Now with veteran Tomas Vokoun in the pipes, they really look like a serious contender again in the East. Thoughts on why they can win, why they can’t, and a great overview of the team are right here for you to read.