Both teams have an elite top offensive line, and thus a LOT of work will be spent into shutdowning it. This is why I believe our bottom-6 will have to pick up the pace and dominate. Same for THEIR bottom-6.
Or maybe. Just maybe, and I'm thinking outside the box for a moment.
Maybe he knows three times more about hockey coaching than you ever hope to learn, and thus actually know what he's speaking about instead of just being an armchair coach. This isn't "I haven't been relevant in the NHL more than one season" Don Cherry we are talking about. This is Scotty ****ing Bowman.
LG a la science infuse. Don't you dare question his knowledge of hockey. Scotty Bowman is obviously full of it and doesn't know what he's talking about.
If we do get home ice, those will be the most two important games in the whole series. I think that if we play well and score in bunches against Bishop in those games, it'll get into his head. But if we're stymied against him like we have been all year, it'll get into ours.
Even if we shut down Stamkos, it's still not a sure bet. I don't like this first round matchup.
Every team currently has multiple scoring threats. Facing another team will not change anything in this regard. Although, shutting down Stamkos will go a long way. We still need to keep Callahan, Filppula and Palat on a leash.
I bet they're wondering who on our team they need to shut down.
Same thought process would be going for any other team we could have faced.