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November 21, 2022

Behind The Mask

With Kelly Hrudey

This week I'll take a look at some of the heavy hitters in the league and see who can possibly dethrone the champions from Hartford. There are some exciting matchups so let's get at it shall we?

Wednesday, November 23, 2022: vs

The Panthers have opened the season with two wins including an impressive win Saturday over the Edmonton Oilers. I expect them to be one of the front runners in the Eastern Conference and a challenger to Hartford. Anaheim on the other hand were dismantled by Edmonton 5-1 but did come back by managing a 3-3 tie against Toronto. I imagine they will figure things out as they look like a strong team and this litmus test will determine their character.

Prediction
vs
3 2
Actual
vs
3 5


Friday, November 25, 2022: vs

Always a fun time when these two rivals hook up and this game should be no different. The Isles have a win sandwiched between a pair of losses to Seattle and St.Louis. On paper New York look like they should steamroll the east given their heavy roster. A force to be reckoned with yet again this year. The Devils looked very stout defeating the Canucks this weekend and improved play from a budding roster bodes well for the future. Center ice depth would help this up-and-coming team.

Prediction
vs
4 2
Actual
vs
3 1


Friday, November 25, 2022: vs

The Oilers pulled off a massive trade to bring in coveted goaltender Ilya Sorokin from the Bruins. Could this be the final piece missing for the perennial Cup contenders? Sorokin is an exceptional talent and once he gets used to his new teammates, watch out! The Buds return to the fold with a veteran corp. Experienced and with no lack of leadership, I believe the Leafs will be another tough team to play this year in the competitive Eastern Conference.

Prediction
vs
2 1
Actual
vs
0 3


Saturday, November 26, 2022: vs

The Stars have come out shooting! Impressive wins over San Jose and Hartford have them feeling good about themselves and why not. All points garnered will be needed especially in that tough division. I believe Dallas is due. The Kings dropped their opening pair of games by a 3-2 score to Winnipeg and Tampa Bay consecutively. Another team that will keep things close to the vest, it's defense first in la la land. Bringing in veteran netminder Raanta will only help. They'll be hard to score upon and should they get timely scoring, hard to beat.

Prediction (OT)
vs
3 3
Actual
vs
1 2


Friday, November 25, 2022: vs

I couldn't exclude the champs from a GoW and what better way than to have them go up against one of the powerhouses in the Western Conference, the San Jose Sharks. Hartford looks to use their experience from winning a championship to springboard themselves into the new season. Already involved in a pair of one goal games, a loss and a win, it looks like the Whalers have learned their lessons well and will no doubt be ready to defend their title. Can they repeat? We'll find out soon enough. One of those teams vying for the Cup will be the San Jose Sharks. Always in the top of the league, the Sharks are always circling for a chance at a championship despite being in a very tough division. Their roster boasts some of the biggest names in the league and if it all comes together, I believe they will be the team to beat in the West. This should be a dandy of a game.Ok there you have it. Another outstanding week of action to forward to. As always, I'm open to your thoughts and ideas on the games or anything else that may come to mind. Be safe and enjoy the games. Until next week... KH

Prediction (OT)
vs
1 2
Actual
vs
4 1


Ok there you have it. Another outstanding week of action to forward to. As always, I'm open to your thoughts and ideas on the games or anything else that may come to mind. Be safe and enjoy the games. Until next week... KH

11/20/2022
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Great write up but Devil beat the Isles

11/21/2022 10:08:24 AM PT

Thanks Hrudey

11/22/2022 8:12:09 AM PT

Good write up but the ducks beat the oilers:)

11/22/2022 1:05:22 PM PT

Oh my you’re right. My mistake. Dew rag on a bit too tight lol.

11/22/2022 1:59:40 PM PT

Welcome back.

11/22/2022 3:22:24 PM PT