College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
There is so much going on in the world of sports that it is impossible for one man (me) to choose one game as the one for tonight. Opening round of the NHL playoffs take off tonight with four great match ups. The defending Stanley Cup Champions start their defence of the title tonight in Steel-town (the American version) against the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa starts the series down a man. Forward Alex Kovalev was lost to injury for the entire postseason. The New jersey Devils are the two seed in the East. They get congratulated with a first round match up with the Philadelphia Flyers – a team that underachieved the entire season, but could easily put it all together and make a run at the best possible time. The San Jose Sharks are the top seeds in the West and want nothing more then to exercise the demons from playoff pasts. Perhaps this is finally the year they go all the way. The have the young upstart Colorado Avalanche to deal with in the opening round. Lastly the Detroit Red Wings would like nothing more then a rematch of last year’s final (only this time with a different result). They’ll need to deal with another postseason newbie – the Phoenix Coyotes – who no one predicted would ever be in the extra season dance. Just think if the ‘Yotes had been moved to Southern Ontario and were in this very same position. You have to believe the Leafs would have some explaining to do….
Speaking of disappointing Toronto teams – the Raptors season could very well come down to what they do tonight against the New York Knicks. If the Dinos pull out the win and the Chicago Bulls lose in Charlotte – Toronto would make the playoffs. Unfortunately they would meet the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round and that scenario does not finish with a happy ending. I still deciding what’s worse not making the playoffs all together or getting embarrassed in the first round?
The Toronto Blue Jays play game three of four tonight against the Chicago White Sox at the Rogers Centre. Brandon Morrow (0-0) makes his second start of the season for the Jays. John Danks (0-0) goes for Chicago.