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Jersday Blog April 4, 2018

Now time for the Thursday, Friday, Saturday Jersey Blog! Punctuality has been a hell of a battle lately. Bear with me when I say next week I’ll be back on track.

The Round-Up

Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins 2008-11 Alternate Jersey

The blue Pittsburgh Penguins jerseys are one of my favourite NHL looks. Crosby is definitely the cream of the crop for this era. Malkin, Fleury, Letang, Gonchar, Staal, Kunitz, Bill Guerin, Matt Cooke, Alex Ponikarovsky. Simply the best.

Detroit Tigers Batting Practice Jersey
(Submitted by Phillip Waind)

Since summer time is just around the corner it means baseball jersey season is almost upon us. The v-neck batting practice jersey a good look for 500 levels beers, barbecues, drinks on the docks and darties. I was with my brother when he got this beauty from Comerica Park last year. Watched the World Champion Boston Red Sox carve up the hapless Tigers. It was a treat to watch Chris Sale when he could still top 90 MPH.

The Tigers may be rotten this year but this jersey is fresh.

Baker Mayfield Oklahoma Sooners Jersey

Baker Mayfield is hot in the streets right now. On paper the Cleveland Browns looks like they will be a wagon this year and Baker Baker Touchdown Maker is the one steering. Mayfield is probably the most exciting quarterback in the game both on and off the field. He can throw the back foot scramble bullets that people thought was in Johnny Manziel’s repertoire and doesn’t hold back from talking shit on Twitter.

Normally a college jersey is a slam dunk for Jersey of the Week but…

Jersey of the Week

Mississippi River Kings Jersey

Never heard of this team. Never heard about the Southern Professional Hockey Team. When I Google “Mississippi River Kings Buker” there is no such player that pops up. But I’ll be damned if this isn’t the wildest jersey that I have ever laid my eyes on. The playing cards, the poker chips, the subtle diamond, hearts, clubs and spades in the background, the red, green and yellow colour scheme, the angry turtle and dog logo. There is just way too much to unpack here.

As of right now the River Kings are out of operation as they search for an owner. Ladies and gentlemen I might just throw my hat in the ring. I would love to be the man to bring hockey back to Mississippi.

Jersey of the Week Scoreboard:

1. @Acooksy19: 6
T2. @beamerr9: 2
T2. @wilsondrew17: 2
T3. @jefftrahan13: 1
T3. @phillydip4: 1
T3. @MondoHarrison: 1
T3. @bstep47: 1

Two straight weeks without a Jersey of the Week submission from Adam. Will he respond?

The Weekly Jersey News Dump

The NHL and New Era are batting .000 on these draft caps.

How is it possible for the Diamondbacks to have approximately 100 active jerseys and all of them stink out loud.

RIP Nipsey Hussle.

Incredible shot by an incredible Argentinian.

Wasn’t a fan of the old look so these are fine… But on behalf of the Saskatchewan Roughriders cease and desist.

Eastern Conference Playoff Preview: Second Round Breakdown and Predictions

While the winners in the West had a bit of a cakewalk to the second round, things weren’t so easy in the East. Tampa Bay took out the Devils in 5, but Taylor Hall did just about everything he could to give New Jersey a chance. The Capitals looked like they wouldn’t be able to lose in the second round this year after dropping the first two games of their series against the Blue Jackets, but after making the switch to Braden Holtby in net the Caps went on to win the next four games. The Penguins showed a glimpse of why they are the reigning back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions in their 6-game series win against the Flyers. The one thing we learned this series is that the Penguins can seemingly score at will, finding the back of the net 28 times in the series. Last but certainly not least, the Bruins and Leafs were the only series to go the distance and I was very happy with the ending.

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Eastern Conference Playoff Preview: First Round Breakdown and Predictions

The most wonderful time of the year is finally back. NHL Playoffs begin on Wednesday night and the boys at Bench Life are pretty excited about it. If you haven’t already, join our NHL Playoff Bracket Challenge quickly for a chance to win some cash and a Bench Life Sports t-shirt. Now, without wasting anymore time let’s get into it.

Matchups

Tampa Bay Lightning – 113 points (A1) vs. New Jersey Devils – 97 points (WC2)

Season Series: New Jersey 3-0-0; Tampa Bay 0-2-1

Breakdown

Tampa Bay has been at the top of the conference all season long, but the Devils have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL as of late. More specifically, Taylor Hall has made the Devils one of the hottest teams in the NHL lately. The former 1st overall draft pick in 2010 put together the best season of his career, finishing with 93 points and almost singlehandedly carrying the Devils to the playoffs for the first time since 2012.The issue is that after Hall, the scoring stops, and the combination of Schneider and Kinkaid aren’t exactly a guarantee to be solid in net. It looks like Kinkaid will be the starting, and it’s safe to say he deserves it. Read more

2017-18 Bench Life NHL Previews: 1. Pittsburgh Penguins

Part 31 of 31 (!) in our NHL previews where Ballantyne, Burgess and I rank each NHL team 1 through 31 and give you an outlook on their season. Each of our previews will be given to you in order of where we collectively power ranked that team.

Check out our other previews:

#31. Colorado Avalanche , #30. Vegas Golden Knights, #29. Vancouver Canucks, #28. Detroit Red Wings, #27. New Jersey Devils, #26. Arizona Coyotes, #25. Buffalo Sabres#24. Winnipeg Jets#23. New York Islanders, #22. Florida Panthers, #21. Los Angeles Kings, #20. Carolina Hurricanes, #19. Philadelphia Flyers#18. New York Rangers, #17. Calgary Flames, #16. Boston Bruins#15. Ottawa Senators#14. San Jose Sharks#13. Toronto Maple Leafs#12. St. Louis Blues#11. Montreal Canadiens#10. Edmonton Oilers#9. Columbus Blue Jackets#8. Anaheim Ducks#7. Dallas Stars, #6. Chicago Blackhawks, #5. Minnesota Wild, #4. Tampa Bay Lightning, #3. Washington Capitals, #2. Nashville Predators

2016-17 Recap

Record:  50-21-11 (111 points) 2nd in Metropolitan Division (2nd Overall)
GPG:
3.39 (1st)
GAPG: 2.79 (17th)
PP%:
23.1% (3rd)
PK%: 
79.8% (20th)
Corsi For %: 49.8% (15th)

Another year and another Cup for Crosby and co. The team stormed to an impressive 50-21-11 record which was good for second in the Eastern Conference and were able to capture their second Stanley Cup in two seasons. The Penguins were anchored by a veteran core of Crosby, Malkin, Letang, Fleury, Kessel, Hornqvist, Bonino and Hagelin. The  team received huge contributions from rookies Jake Guentzel and Matt Murray. Former Edmonton Oilers outcast Justin Schultz had a huge breakout 51 point performance and looks like he could be another lethal weapon for the now and future on Pittsburgh’s backend. Everything worked out pretty alright for these Penguins.

 

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Rolling Rock (Unofficially) Presents: The 2017 Bench Life Stanley Cup Prediction Battle

 

The Bench Life team are taking the gloves off for a winner-take-all prediction battle to prove once and for all (at least for now) who is most in tune with playoff hockey. Winner of the challenge gets a case of ice cold Rolling Rock beer paid for by the losers. Whoever finishes dead last will get punished in some sort of humiliating way, so stay tuned for whatever that ends up being. I had envisioned some sort of tie Goldberg to the net situation but that could potentially be too harmful. This is a classic TBD situation.

Without further ado, here are the categories for the challenge with each of our various picks.

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Stanley Cup Finals Preview and Prediction

Another round of the NHL Playoffs has come to an end, and we’re left with only two teams. In the Western Conference, the underdog Nashville Predators have been the surprise of the playoffs this year, taking down Chicago, St. Louis and Anaheim on their path to the Finals. From the Eastern Conference, the Pittsburgh Penguins are looking to be the first back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions since the Red Wings repeated in 1997 & 1998. They beat out Columbus, Washington and Ottawa en route to their shot at the Cup. With Game 1 set for tonight, let’s take a look at the series and I’ll tell you why the Predators are going to stun the defending champs. Read more

NHL Conference Finals Preview and Predictions

On Wednesday night, the second round of the NHL playoffs came to an end in one of the most exciting ways possible: not one, but TWO Game 7’s.

First, the Penguins went into Washington and shutout the Capitals on their way to another series win for Crosby over Ovechkin. After coming back from a 3-1 series deficit to tie the series at 3, the Capitals looked to head back to the Verizon Center and complete the comeback. Honestly, I was really looking forward to all the “Pittsburgh blew a 3-1 lead” jokes. And for the sake of my bracket, I was hoping that Washington would move on. However, the Penguins decided they didn’t want to be added to the list of teams to have blown a massive lead in the last year or so. Washington struggled to generate offense, Ovechkin was quiet and Marc-Andre Fleury was playing like it’s 2009, making 29 saves. Pittsburgh advanced with a 2-0 win, and will look to get ready to take on the Senators.

The second game of the night featured the young, up and coming Oilers against the older and experienced Ducks. After putting up 7 goals in Game 6, Edmonton looked to be in control of the series heading into the final game. But it turns out they should’ve saved some of those goals, because they could’ve used them in Game 7. After scoring early in the game, the Oilers offense was held in check, being held to just 3 shots in the 2nd period and 8 shots in the 3rd. Andrew Coglianio tied the game in the 2nd, Nick Ritchie scored the game winner a few minutes into the final period, and the Ducks managed to hold on for the win and will move on to play the Predators. Read more

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