Bowman the blogger
Our pal Eric McErlain now has some mighty fine competition over in the "blog" section of NBC Sports: Coaching legend Scotty Bowman has signed on to provide his insights throughout the playoffs, and I like what I've seen so far:
I thought for a while there were six solid teams in Atlanta, Tampa, Ottawa, Buffalo, New Jersey and Pittsburgh, leaving five other teams for two spots. But the Rangers have seemed to surge ahead. The big factors that go into the last two-week stretch of a season like this are games with teams fighting each other for a playoff spot and then you have the three-point game. The Rangers-Islanders game that went to overtime really hurts those other teams on the bubble with the Islanders picking up an important point.Good stuff.