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  • The Press Box (May 26/12)

    Stanley Cup Finals

    Well we now know who will be competing in the Stanley Cup Finals. The last two games have looked fairly similar with the New Jersey Devils posting a quick multiple goal lead only to see it evaporate. But in the end the Devils would win both games to earn the Eastern Conference title.

    Martin Brodeur has been spectacular this run and what a great way to cap off a career. If you own Brodeur in your pool make sure you trade him this off-season. His value will never be this high again, MOVE him as soon as you can.

    Adam Henrique scored a garbage goal in overtime to seal the New York Rangers fate, but an OT goal is beautiful thing no matter how they are scored. He was in the right spot at the right time.

    I was completely wrong in the Conference Finals as I had Rangers in five and Phoenix Coyotes in seven.

    The Devils and Kings played each twice this season; both games were back in October. The Devils won the first game in a 2-1 shootout win and Johan Hedberg shutout the Kings to sweep the season series.

    The Finals dont start till Wednesday so both teams will have plenty of rest. The Kings are playing great hockey but so are the Devils. Brodeur will not be denied another Stanley Cup and I predict the Devils win in six.

    Memorial Cup Finals

    Despite giving up a shorthanded Jonathan Huberdeau goal from the Saint Johns Sea Dogs blue line the Shawinigan Cataractes are headed to the Memorial Cup Finals. Shawinigan will face off against the London Knights who they beat 6-2 in round-robin play. Brandon Gormley scored two goals and an assist last time they met.

    Shawinigan won the semi-finals 7 to 4 over the reigning champs. Tomas Jurco scored two goals for Saint John but it was Michael Chaput who lead the Cataractes with 2 goals and an assist. Gormley finished the night with a goal and two assists as he continues his hot play in the Memorial Cup.

    Shawinigan is taking advantage of being the host team that got eliminated early in their league playoffs and are looking fresh. I predict Cataractes will hoist the cup on Sunday.

    Calder Cup Finals

    Finally Toronto Maple Leaf fans have something to cheer about as their farm team the Toronto Marlies are in the Calder Cup finals taking on the Norfolk Admirals.

    Marlies are getting great production out of Matt Frattin, Jerry DAmigo and Nazem Kadri. Goaltender Ben Schrivens has been unreal these playoffs, he has only lost twice in 13 games. He has three shutouts and is posting a 1.61 GAA.

    I predict Toronto in five.

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    Aaron Brouwer is the co-creator of FHC is a free fantasy hockey service that developed a ranking system combining post-lockout statistics, current factors and our own hockey knowledge. Brouwer writes a weekly fantasy hockey column for Bleacher Report, The Star Phoenix, Fantrax and Inside Hockey. Email Coach Brouwer at [email protected] or check us out on twitter at
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