My reasons the NHL Playoffs will be a BLAST:
Ovechkin- My opinion the most exciting player in hockey. When he brings it, (which is almost always) oh it's a sight to see.
The Boston Bruins- They have dominated their division (leading by twenty points) Tim Thomas has put on a clinic in goal this season on what it means to be consistent. They make good teams better.
If Gary Bettman and the NHL would market the playoffs right, maybe it would garner more than a 4 percent share in the ratings. They have the attention from a new crowd with the outdoor game concept. Now market the players Gary, the players and the people will follow.
San Jose Sharks and the Detroit Red Wings in a showdown of the Western Conference Finals. It might be the real Stanley Cup anyway.
My reasons the NHL Playoffs could be a BUST:
The New Jersey Devils style of defensive hockey. Is it effective and do they win? Yes to both. Can it be boring and slow down the game? Yes to both. It can make what I think is THE most exciting sport feel like a high school Physics class.
If any of these teams go far. Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets or the Nashville Predators. ZZZZZZZZZZZ
If the Canadian teams get booted early. It is truly their sport and it always adds an extra oomph when their in the race. When they're out early it's the equivalent in baseball to the Toronto Blue Jays playing the old Montreal Expos for the World Series. Only die-hards would've watched that.
If the NHL and Gary Bettman don't use the flow of new interest in the sport to catapult this baby into the big leagues. Ovechkin. Crosby. Malkin. Thornton. Kovalev. Brodeur. Non hockey fans how many of these names do you know? They are the NHL.