You might be anticipating a check-in from these parts with a series prediction.
Sorry folks, not my job.
Let’s leave that to the pundits. Because for 72 games plus whatever amount is gifted to my eyes in the postseason, the two hours plus are like a blank canvas, and the responsibility to articulate is like unfolding a story, or painting a word picture.
It’s the most magical time of year. So please be open to expect anything, and expect the unexpected.
Here we go: round 5 between the Silvertips and Winterhawks, between two U.S. Division rivals. Two coaches will go at it with notable NHL experience (Kevin Constantine and Jamie Kompon). Two cities with boisterous and vigorous fanbases will elevate the audio backdrop.
So, we bid you a hearty welcome to the …
Perspiration: nobody said this time of year would be easy.
“Whatever luck I had, I made. I was never a natural athlete, but I paid my dues in sweat and concentration and took the time necessary to learn karate and become world champion.” (Chuck Norris)
Lay-it-on-the-line mentality: I wish we had blocked shots officially quantified beneath the NHL level. There will be so many bodies in the way.
Adversity: You may face a series deficit, a 5-0 deficit, a player deficit. We welcome you to the postseason, where nothing is impossible to overcome. On seven occasions: the Silvertips rallied from a third period deficit to force overtime. They had 8 overtime wins.
Yelling: Downtown Everett, and the Rose Quarter all add to the noise factor with two of the more successful teams in the WHL at the box office.
Obstacles: Newton’s third law communicates for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. We’ll see plenty of it, no matter how many postseason games. The Tips present plenty of them: their 2.3 goals allowed per game are 2nd fewest in the CHL.
Forecasts: Everyone wants to get the winner right, in how many games, with the series clincher. But the beauty of the playoffs lies in the truth that you need to expect the unexpected. Embrace the clean slate.
Freeways: Up and down Interstate-5 we go for the next several days: just 3.5 hours separate the two playoff combatants. It could be worse.
Success: It feels even sweeter at such a wonderful time of year. It’s the reason why we enjoy this grand scope of theater on an icy stage. There are many wondering that in such a magical season,”could we see a repeat of 2003-04?”
Hope you enjoyed the wonderful world of acrostics. I’m sure you figured it out.
Al Kinisky and I join you 30 minutes before puck drop, every playoff game, on Fox Sports 1380.