Madden Monday: If the Penguins brought back Evgeny Malkin and Chris Letang, it would be just a ‘mixture’

Earlier than dropping the disc for Sport 1, one factor actually shocked me about this yr’s Stanley Cup Last between the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning.

I selected Avs, as I principally did in accordance with playing numbers. I’ve seen them most popular wherever from minus 175 to me minus 190 Which results in recreation 1.

However what made me pause a bit was the perceived discrepancy in pursuit of a objective. Andrei Vasilevsky in Tampa is a four-time All-Star. He additionally has the Vezina and Conn Smythe Cup to his title, together with the final two Stanley Cup rings on his fingers. He is probably the most adorned goalkeeper within the large video games within the period of wage caps.

In the meantime, an avalanche was simply going by with 32-year-old Pavel Francoz, who had spent most of his profession enjoying for the KHL and the Czech Republic, and 32-year-old NHL aspect Darcy Kuemper. Avs is his fourth workforce within the NHL.

Hardly ever are instances in a Stanley Cup Last, or Tremendous Bowl, when the favorites clearly excel on the web, or as a quarterback. However that was the case with the avalanche heading into the collection.

There aren’t any such issues but.

Vasilevskiy conceded 11 objectives in two matches, each wins by Avs. Colorado received their first two video games in Denver with a rating of 4-3 (additional time) and 7-0. Avalanche wanted simply 30 pictures to attain these seven objectives within the second recreation. In the meantime, Kuemper solely wanted 16 tackles to unfold the lockdown. Kuemper noticed solely 23 pictures in his 1 additional time recreation win.

So the Avs have been in a position to suppress Lightning’s makes an attempt to shoot with out compromising their extremely expert assault.

throughout “Madden Monday” for this week audio notationAnd Mark Madden of TribLIVE and 105.9 The X insist Tampa will not get carried away. However he would not envision a full Lightning comeback as we noticed it full in opposition to the New York Rangers within the Jap Convention Last after falling 0-2.

“They appear drained,” Madden mentioned of the lightning. “They seemed drained within the first two matches in opposition to Rangers as nicely. However the distinction is, on this collection, they appear drained, they appear overworked.”

In truth, the streak was mismatched, largely because of the Colorado workforce’s overwhelming pace, Madden mentioned the potential goal-shooting hole wasn’t even activated.

“Goalkeepers aren’t even an element,” Madden mentioned. “Kuemper hasn’t even been examined. Vasilevskiy is being examined unfairly, even for a goalkeeper of his degree. So objective pursuit wasn’t an element earlier than. That is the most important benefit in Tampa they usually have not even had it.”

I pitched an thought to Madden in the course of the podcast that possibly Penguins followers might get a really feel for one factor from this collection. Though doubts stay about Tristan Gary’s match cap, if the Penguins can construct an elite workforce in opposition to Gary, then (as with Kuemper and Francouz in Denver) that could be adequate in Pittsburgh.

Madden thinks the Avs are too elite to make that comparability.

Madden replied, “I really feel like you might win the Stanley Cup with Tristan Garry within the web…should you had the Colorado Avalanche enjoying in entrance of him.” “I believe Penguins followers ought to take a look at this collection and say, ‘You already know? We’re not one or two steps away. We’re not participant away. We’re means, means, means, means, means means. (Chris) Letang and (Evgeni) Malkin. However that is it, a combination. It would not make them wherever close to the Stanley Cup.”

Additionally on the podcast, Madden and I mentioned extending Minka Fitzpatrick’s contract with the Steelers. We research Deontay Johnson’s state of affairs. Plus, we chat with some pirates, and delve into the 3ICE Hockey League.

Hear: Tim Benz and Mark Madden speak concerning the Stanley Cup Last, together with the Penguins, Steelers and Pirates

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