The ol' bandwagon sure is filling up these days. And while the Blues' version is getting a tad crowded, the Kings' wagon must be downright nuts-to-butts. As both LA and St. Louis sit around and wait to play each other, all of the experts are being asked their opinion on who will win the series. Based on their dismantling of the President's Trophy-winning Vancouver Canucks, most are picking the Kings to not just beat the Blues this round, but to move on and roll straight on to their first championship.
As I listened to, oh, about seven hours of hockey talk radio on Sirius yesterday, the hosts kept asking each other and every guest who they liked in the upcoming Round 2 match-up. The answer was the same virtually all day: Kings, Kings, Kings. Their goalie is too good, they said. They have experience in previous Cup-winners, they said. They have too much top-end talent, they said. They beat the Canucks, didja know? they said.
But their opinions aren't the only ones that matter, I thought. So we decided to ask a few experts of our own to see if anyone thinks the Blues can win this series. Here is what we found out:
Kelly Backes, Saint:
"I just see so many animals and it makes me sad, it seems my help is never enough,' and my response is always, 'doing SOMETHING is so much better than doing nothing.'"
We'll take that as a vote for the Blues.
Everyone in your office:
"Dude, I'm so excited about these Blues right now. Did you watch that Cardinals game last night? I don't know, I think the Cards can do it all again this year. I mean, losing Pujols was more like addition by subtraction at this point. It's like they're a better team now, you know?"
Another vote for the Blues.
Anonymous, underground Blues hockey program editor:
Definitely a vote for the Note.
Dan O'Neill, STL P-D writer:
"The St. Louis Blues are like a baseball team in August, Lance Armstrong during the 15th stage of the Tour de France, the Rams in the summer of 1999. They are a bottle of Jack Daniel's with a side of green tea. The Blues are a steak with all the trimmings. They are a Christmas tree. They are a shed in your back yard. Chairs, pan, candles.
Pretty sure that's a vote for the Blues.
So there you have it. If you know which experts to ask, it's a landslide: six votes to zero in favor of St. Louis to win this series. Take that ESPN.