I once ate an amazing cheeseburger that had grilled cheese sandwiches for buns. Combining two great things often makes for one really, really awesome thing.
While recently pondering my two favorite pastimes, hockey and movies, I realized my pre-season Stanley Cup pick had not changed at the season’s midway point. It was still the St. Louis Blues. I also decided my pick to win the 2013 Oscar for Best Picture was 12 Years a Slave.
That gave me an idea. Why not compare the remaining eight Best Picture noms to my remaining top eight Cup contenders? With that, I present to you a literary grilled cheese sandwich burger, a.k.a. a breakdown of Stanley Cup frontrunners as Oscar-nominated films. It’s go time, in alphabetical order.
ANAHEIM DUCKS: Philomena
What does hockey in Orange County have in common with an elderly woman searching for her long-lost son? Both are targeted to niche markets, neither is a box-office smash and both are excellent entertainment for their few loyal supporters. The Ducks are the NHL’s best team, led by powerhouse seasons from Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Philomena is a charming tale led by powerhouse performances from Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. Does any one really expect Anaheim and Philomena to take home the hardware? Probably not, but underestimate them at your own risk.
One day away from Team Canada announcing its roster, I’ll take one last crack at my own picks. There are a couple changes from the last list published one month ago and I’ve topped this one off with the extra skaters I think should be included.
So, without further ado, here is whom I would have on my final Canadian roster and what my lines would look like.
LINE 1 (LW-C-RW)
James Neal – Sidney Crosby – Steven Stamkos
My thinking: For the first time this year, I have Neal on my final team. It’s impossible to overlook him any longer. He’s one of the best scorers in the NHL when he’s healthy and has played with Crosby before. I’d rather take Neal than Kunitz for that reason (even though Neal plays more often with Evgeni Malkin). Having Stamkos on the other wing would give Crosby two lethal snipers to get the puck to. If it turns out Stamkos can’t play, I’d bump Claude Giroux into his spot on the top line and put one of my extras on the second line. Read more
While putting together our Yearbook, THN staffers gathered to debate (or shout out) where we thought each team would end up this season. We ranked each division slot and also picked who we thought would represent each conference in the Stanley Cup final and who would win it.
And we all likely left the room thinking what Kent Brockman once broadcasted: “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: democracy simply doesn’t work.” Read more
Prior to the 1993-94 NHL season,
former THN staffer Mike Brophy picked the New York Rangers to win the Stanley Cup. He’s been dining out on it ever since. That same fall, I told a good friend of mine to pick a 22-year-old rookie by the name of Milos Holan in his hockey pool. Holan was coming off a 35-goal, 68-point season as a defenseman in the Czech League and was joining an up-and-coming Philadelphia Flyers roster. Read more