NHL Stanley Cup: Only Two Remain

May 27th, 2010 by MJ Kasprzak Leave a reply »
After nearly eight months, only two teams are still standing: The Chicago Blackhawks of the Western Conference and the Philadelphia Flyers of the Eastern Conference.

The other 28 teams are left trying to figure out where they went wrong and improve as much as possible—or start over entirely. According to the regular season, the two teams that were supposed to be here were the Washington Capitals and the San Jose Sharks, and they have some tough questions to ask themselves in the offseason.

The Sharks were among the final four surviving teams but have struggled to get as far as they did despite being an elite regular season for several years. This dichotomy makes the crystal ball murky to say the least.

For the Capitals, the images in that device might be misleading. It is easy to be enamoured with a team considered elite by so many who not only have not learn the lessons of the past, but of this very Olympics: Russia, the team so many of its players were on that looks so much like the Caps, lost in the first elimination game, just as the Caps did in the first elimination round.

But for the two that are still standing, the fu ...

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