OTPP: Stanley Cup Final Preview, Memorial Cup, AHL Playoffs, World Championships and More

Last Word on Sports is proud to present their hockey podcast, On the Powerplay with Ben and Dave. Join Ben Kerr and Dave Gove each week as they take a look around the Hockey World focusing on the big issues of the NHL and elsewhere.

This week Dave and Ben go on the powerplay to discuss the Stanley Cup Final.  They start by looking at the San Jose Sharks and how they were able to reach the final.  What has given this Sharks team the ability to go deep in the playoffs, after fizzling out so many previous years.  They discuss the play of forwards like Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture and more.  They also look at a strong blue line led by Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Norris Trophy nominee Brent Burns; as well as the strong goaltending of Martin Jones.

The Boys move on to the Pittsburgh Penguins who got two goals from Bryan Rust to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games. Matt Murray or Phil Kessel, who is the Penguins MVP.  What about the stories of Sidney Crosby‘s demise and his lack of leadership? Can Evgeni Malkin find another gear in the finals? Can Kris Letang and company get things done on the Penguins defence without Trevor Daley?

The boys also look at what this means for the futures of Jonathan Drouin, Steven Stamkos, and Ben Bishop.  Who will be back in a Lightning sweater and who won’t?

We then take a look at hockey outside the NHL, recapping and analyzing this week’s action in the AHL Playoffs, the Memorial Cup, and the IIHF World Championships. 

Finally the boys get to their Cup Preview.  They break down all the match-ups and decide who will have the edge.  Pittsburgh or San Jose, Dave and Ben give you their picks to take home Lord Stanley’s Mug, and tell you why.

All this and more, as we go on the Power Play


OTPP: Stanley Cup Final Preview, Memorial Cup, AHL Playoffs, World Championships and More

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Main Photo: CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 01:  The Stanley Cup trophy sits on a table during a ceremony before the Chicago Blackhawks tsake on the Washington Capitals at the United Center on October 1, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Capitals 6-4.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)