Eh, I hope they stay. I've got a lot of family in Phoenix and Glendale, would be a shame to see them lose their team. The fans are there, they just need a stable owner to be willing to support them.
I was last down in Phoenix for Spring Training in '04, right after the move to Glendale. My mom, cousin, brother and I tried to go to a game. Here they were, a fringe playoff team probably on the outside looking in at that point down the stretch in March, and we couldn't get in the building.
I've got us in 6. I think we're a better team than Phoenix and are more experienced in the playoffs. I don't love our habit of coughing up late in the game points...but I still think we should be able to take a win from this.
Have to say that I don't want to sound disrespectful, but they don't have the offense to win a series. They don't have those go to guys, that guy they will look at when they need him most. The matchup I wanted most
Regular season is regular season, playoffs is playoffs. There's no such thing as "momentum", the head to head matchup doesn't matter either.The Hawks are a better team than Phoenix and should win, but that doesn't mean they inevitably will.
I'm not going to get into it, but momentum is talked about all the time in this league by coaches, management and commentators. It doesn't always translate from the regualer season into the playoffs, but I wouldn't discount it. Once the playofffs begin, the games and series are often all about momentum.
As for head-to-head matchups: When we're talking teams, regular season vs playoffs I tend to agree but individual players, not so much. Knowing the opps players and their tendencies is a big part of it.
So many negative nancys around here. I've watched a bit of Yotes hockey this season and I would say they are a team that plays well against the Hawks in the regular season, yes. We all know our regular season Hawks: don't like to play a tight checking game, lots of fancy passing, inconsistent effort, not very physical. However, we also know how this team turns it on in games that matter, especially in the playoffs; consider the 360 degree change from the team that backed into the playoffs last season and the team that played the Nucks to 7 games. This team will play tight, playoff hockey against the Yotes and I think we will win, fairly easily at that.