NHL Awards are tonight. Let’s run down the list of nominees:
Nominees: Martin Brodeur, Henrik Lundqvist, Evgeni Nabokov
I like Nabokov in this one. He played tons of games and helped the Sharks to a Pacific Division title. Their winning streak going into the playoffs helped secure that and hopefully a Vezina for Nabokov. Plus, it would be nice to see a first-time winner. With that said, Brodeur will probably win. He’s the standard when it comes to playing 83 games in the regular season and posting some insane numbers.
Actual Winner: Brodeur
Nominees: Zdeno Chara, Nicklas Lidstrom, Dion Phaneuf
Lidstrom is just sooo good. This should be a lock for him.
Actual Winner: Lidstrom
Nominees: Nicklas Backstrom, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews
We’re going to go with the local boy on this one. Toews’ injury hurts his cause a bit and Backstrom got to play with Ovechkin. Plus we’re homers so we’ll be rooting for Kane.
Actual Winner: Kane (and his sisters are smoking)
Lady Byng Trophy
Nominees: Pavel Datsyuk, Jason Pominville, Martin St. Louis
Datsyuk will probably win it but it would be cool if Pominville picked up the award. Then I could call him Lady Poms from now on.
Actual Winner: Datsyuk
Nominees: Pavel Datsyuk, John Madden, Henrik Zetterberg
My guess is this one will go to Zetterberg since Datsyuk is on the ballot for the Lady Byng. Voters might have thought about spreading the wealth. Madden is an interesting dark horse and the Devils are so good trapping that it wouldn’t shock me if he won.
Actual Winner: Datsyuk
Nominees: Jarome Iginla, Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin
Didn’t you get your T-shirt already? Ovechkin is going to take this one.
Actual Winner: Ovechkin
Jack Adams Award
Nominees: Mike Babcock, Bruce Boudreau, Guy Carbonneau
We love Bruce Boudreau here in the Roost just because he seems like a happy man. And he should be. The Caps were in last place in the league when he took over and he and Ovechkin led them to a division title. He pushed a lot of right buttons and deserves more than just a nomination.
Actual Winner: Boudreau
Nominees: Jason Blake, Chris Chelios, Fernando Pisani
Despite a disappointing season, I hope Blake gets it just as an F-U to that cancer-hating racist Avery.
Actual Winner: Blake
Ron MacLean starts the show off at 7. The Red Carpet walk always gets me.
Don’t miss out. I know our very own Ryan won’t. More on that tomorrow…