NHL Finals PreviewMaybe it's because of that whole lockout boondoggle. Maybe it's because the games are shown on the same network as "Babe Winkleman: Costa Rica Madness." But it's probably because we just have better things to do.
Either way, no one watches the NHL anymore. We caught a few games here and there, but not nearly enough to make an educated procrastination on this week's series. Besides, there's something antithetical about hockey in June. So with that, we present our completely unscientific, unresearched, and otherwise uncredible "prediction" for the Finals:
Carolina in 6.
Games 1 and 2: Carolina coasts in Game 1, aided by the Oilers distraction of a) the Hurricanes' cheerleaders and b)Rod Brind'Amour's schnozz. But the Oilers recover in Game 2 behind the power of Chris Pronger and the Barishnikov-ing of Sergei Samsonov.
Game 3: The Oilers take the momentum from Game 2 and blow out the Canes behind hat tricks from Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier -- they still play for the Oilers, right?
Games 4-6: The Canes have had enough. They invoke the power of the great Hartford Whalers and win going away. Besides, the Oilers' goalie's name is Dwayne. There's no way they can win.