Chat with Matthew Barnaby
Barnaby played 14 seasons in the NHL for eight different teams. He netted 113 goals and 300 total points. He was also one of the league's tough guys, accumulating 2,562 penalty minutes.
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Buzzmaster (3:00 PM)
Matt will be here shortly, everyone!
Matthew Barnaby (3:02 PM)
Hope everyone's as excited as I am.
If Mason gets hot and Nash gets mad, can the Jackets pull the upset on the mighty Wings?
Matthew Barnaby (3:04 PM)
Mason would have to get really, really hot, and Nash would have to get really, really mad. This is definitely a mismatch and considering I picked a Detroit Stanley Cup repeat, I would say no. Having said that, Columbus fans should be so excited that their team is in the playoffs. Great year.
Yo Matty, how about those Rangers baby, they looked good, if they can cut down on the penalties I smell an upset in the air? How about you? Love the work by the way
Matthew Barnaby (3:05 PM)
Let's not kid ourselves, Lundqvist stood on his head. Washington carried the play, especially because they had so many power plays. If New York can exploit the one weakness that Washington has, and that is goaltending, there could be an upset. Lundqvist will have to be the first star in each of the wins.
How far do you see the Blackhawks going?
Matthew Barnaby (3:06 PM)
Love the Hawks. Love how they play. They are young but very exciting. I see them knocking Calgary off but then it would come to San Jose or Detroit. I think the future is very bright, but you have to learn to take it to the next level in the playoffs. That just takes maturing.
Matt (Grand Rapids)
Do you think Osgood will step up his play and stay between the pipes for the Red Wings or will Babcock be forced to make a move to Conklin? I have always been a fan of Ozzy and I hope he steps up his play like he did last postseason.
Matthew Barnaby (3:08 PM)
I think Ozzy's a great guy, but there has been no indication with his play this year that he is a legit No. 1. He will get every opportunity, but if he does falter at all, look for Conklin to take his spot, much like he did for Hasek.
Best game last night?
Matthew Barnaby (3:09 PM)
Two great games. I thought the Washington-NY game was filled with big hits and feisty play. Same thing out in Vancouver against St. Louis. Alex Ovechkin had eleven shots and was hitting everything in sight. So to me, that was the game of the night.
Does Montreal have a shot against Boston?
Matthew Barnaby (3:10 PM)
I do not think so. I picked Boston in five. It is a mismatch across the board. More depth at forward, one of the best defensemen in the league, and a goalie that will win the Vezina. This will be a physical series -- just the way Boston likes it.
Is the key to stopping Pittsburgh now become shutting down Malkin instead of shutting down Crosby?
Matthew Barnaby (3:11 PM)
This is a very tough team to shut down, because they are a three-headed monster. If you shut down Malkin, you have to worry about Crosby and Staal, who was awesome last night. Give them chances on the power play with Gonchar back and they will make you pay.
The depth of the Ducks blue line makes them winners in 7? right?
Matthew Barnaby (3:12 PM)
I think this will be a great series but I still see San Jose coming out on top. The additions they made in the offseason, especially with Boyle, will make this at the least a conference contender.
After finally getting to the playoffs, is it going to be a quick exit for St.Louis?
Matthew Barnaby (3:14 PM)
Great story for a team that needed to make the playoffs. They have played their heart out the second half of the season to just get in. Vancouver's defense will not give much room for the talented St. Louis forwards to maneuver. When they do, a man called Luongo will be there to answer the bell. Vancouver in 5.
Steve (Alexandria, MN)
Thoughts on Risebrough being fired and any possible canidates?
Matthew Barnaby (3:16 PM)
Not making the playoffs, Jacques Lemaire leaving, and Marian Gaborik on his way out the door has made this an easy decision for ownership. To me, letting your star player walk for absolutely nothing is something that can't happen. As for candidates, I think you have to wait for the dust to settle at the end of year to see what's out there.
Once a player gets signed by the Flyers, is there a switch he flips that turns that player into a dirtball? How is that team the dirtiest team in hockey year in and year out regardless of what players they have?!
Matthew Barnaby (3:17 PM)
I don't know what player you have in mind, but Philly has always had the reputation of trying to bully their opponent. A lot of the times, it works, but in this day and age, you can use it to your advantage. I don't see them as an overly dirty team, but a very talented offensive team.
Dan (Costa Mesa, CA)
Why is it that EVERYONE every season always picks against the Devils in every series they play in?? Hasn't anybody noticed that they're the most successful team of the past 13 years after Detroit?
Matthew Barnaby (3:18 PM)
Dan, I agree with you. Every year, we all pick against them, but no matter who they have in what position, they are successful. That is a tribute to Lou Lamarello and the whole organization. If last night's game was any indication if they are ready for the playoffs, the answer is yes.
Last night at Verizon brought back good memories of you and Caps fans jawing back and forth in the Conference finals in 98. Just an observation from all the games last night, didn't it seem like way too many oenalties? What happen to letting the play go in the playoffs? and yet they still missed the inteference call on Avery for the Gomez goal. The Caps will bounce back Saturday right?
Matthew Barnaby (3:21 PM)
I was thinking the same thing. I remember scoring the tying goal one night and mouthing off to a fan. Now, I have to mouth off to an anchor. Last night was so exciting, and there were a lot of penalties. That should play into Washington's hands as they have a much more dominant power play. Avery should have been called for a penalty on Gomez's goal and Schultz should have been called for tripping himself on the Dubinski goal. They will bounce back and win the series.
I'm headed to the Bruins game in an hour or two? Do you think we'll see Montreal trying to play physical as they did in the last regular season game, or their more normal skating game?
Matthew Barnaby (3:23 PM)
I think it is to your advantage if it's a physical game. With the likes of Chara, Lucic, Thornton, this is a game that suits the Bruins. I think Montreal will really try to play a finesse puck-control game, but at the end, they are outmatched.
Your lock of the night is...... (Don't say the Red Wings, we all know)
Matthew Barnaby (3:23 PM)
If I can't say Detroit, then don't ask for a lock. Second choice: Boston, 4-1.
Any chance Sean Avery goes all out dirty to take the series away from the caps the same way he did with the devils last year?
Matthew Barnaby (3:25 PM)
Sean Avery played a great role in last night's game. He's a guy who plays on the edge and is hit-or-miss. He could have easily been called for a penalty on the Gomez goal, but instead, was the reason why they scored. Along with a couple of big hits, he was very strong. I still see the Caps winning.
Tim (Natick, Mass)
Why do hockey players grow playoff beards?
Matthew Barnaby (3:26 PM)
I was never one of those guys that could grow a beard--just a little peach fuzz. But I think it takes roughly two months to win the Cup, and it's a sense of pride and commitment to have it.
Matthew Barnaby (3:26 PM)
Guaranteed great games tonight. Good luck to all your teams, and talk to you next week!