Global Event Forum is the Official Fan Travel Partner of the Denver Broncos. Here’s a look at what the Broncos are up against this season.
- Mon, Sep 12 vs Oakland 10:15 pm (tickets/packages)
- Sun, Sep 18 vs Cincinnati 4:15 pm (tickets/packages)
- Sun, Sep 25 @ Tennessee 1:00 pm (tickets/packages)
- Sun, Oct 2 @ Green Bay 4:15 pm (tickets/packages)
- Sun, Oct 9 vs San Diego 4:15 pm (tickets/packages)
- BYE WEEK
- Sun, Oct 23 @ Miami 1:00 pm (tickets/packages)
- Sun, Oct 30 vs Detroit 4:05 pm (tickets/packages)
- Sun, Nov 6 @ Oakland 4:05 pm (tickets/packages)
- Sun, Nov 13 @ Kansas City 1:00 pm (tickets/packages)
- Thu, Nov 17 vs New York Jets 8:20 pm (tickets/packages)
- Sun, Nov 27 @ San Diego 4:15 pm (tickets/packages)
- Sun, Dec 4 @ Minnesota 4:05 pm (tickets/packages)
- Sun, Dec 18 vs New England 4:15 pm (tickets/packages)
- Sat, Dec 24 @ Buffalo 1:00 pm (tickets/packages)
- Sun, Jan 1 vs Kansas City 4:15 pm (tickets/packages)
New this season, Global Event Forum is offering home game packages for the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Minnesota Vikings.
Home game packages include game ticket, two night hotel accommodations, and round trip game day transfer. Flights, extra hotel nights, and ticket upgrades can be added as options.
After a dramatic first round that included four game sevens, round two of the NHL playoffs is set to begin. Here’s a preview of the matchups, read it and your Hockey IQ will be something like: Don Cherry > Barry Melrose = YOU > Jeremy Roenick. As always, Official NHL playoff fan travel packages are here.
#1 Washington Capitals – #5 Tampa Bay Lightning
Like Jimmy John’s – so fast you’ll freak. Both squads are built for speed and have amazing puck handlers. The big names are Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom on Washington and Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis on Tampa, but the clubs are much deeper than their stars. Other players to watch:
Mike Green, Washington. Maybe the most complete defenseman in the league. A legitimate physical, shutdown D in his own zone but fast, great hands and a brilliant decision maker. Key on Greeney for a couple shifts and he’ll see things that you miss even with a 60″ HD tv.
The Capitals made defense a point of emphasis this season and jumped from 16th to 4th in goals against. That plus an already potent offense will make them a difficult charge for Tampa Bay.
#2 Philadelphia Flyers – #3 Boston Bruins
“Lucky” might be too strong of a word, but suffice it to say Boston is… happy? to be here. In Round 1, Boston came back from a two games to none deficit against the Canadians, and needed overtime for three of four victories.
Boston plays a slower, methodical, old-time hockey type of game, anchored by goalie Tim Thomas. Thomas must steal a couple games for the Bruins to have a chance in this series.
On the other side, Philly beat a hot Buffalo team and one of the best goalies in the East in Ryan Miller. They have adequate defense, strengthened by Chris Pronger’s return, and real scoring threats in Danny Briere, Mike Richards and Claude Giroux (Jeff Carter too, although he has been noticably quiet this post-season). Goaltending, however, is a bit of a wild card. Brian Boucher is and will be the starter but Leighton and Bobrovsky also saw time in the first round. If that happens again, Philly will be in real trouble.
All things equal – and by all things I mean goaltending – Philadelphia advances. Whether or not that happens is a different story.
Vancouver won the 2010-2011 Presidents Trophy for best regular season record. This bodes well for the Canucks as 50% of Presidents winners (12 of 24) have reached or won the Stanley Cup Finals. Twin brothers Henrik and Daniel Sedin captain Vancouver but also watch for (F) Ryan Kesler and lesser known Keith Ballard on defense.
On Tuesday Vancouver earned an emotional game 7 OT victory over defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Tonight they carry that momentum into the same building, against a new opponent.
Nashville acquired Ottawa alternate captain
Carrie Underwood Mike Fisher in mid-February, who’s leading the Predators in post-season scoring. Other offensive threats for Nashville include Martin Erat, Sergei Kostitsyn, Patric Hornqvist, and Shea Weber on defense.
Vancover goalie Roberto Luongo was… streaky… against Chicago. Similar to Philly/ Boston, if Luongo plays well for the Canucks, they should handle Nashville and advance to the semifinals. If.
This is the other speed/finesse series, and truly up for grabs. San Jose is a slight favorite but I wouldn’t lay anything less than even money against a very talented and experienced Detroit club.
It is an absolute joy to watch San Jose move the puck on breakouts and neutral zone regroups, and the same is true of Detroit in the offensive zone. Both teams are very creative and play a modern style of hockey – possession over position, long passes through the neutral zone, frequent cross ice puck movement, and speed speed speed.
For the Red Wings, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are human highlight reels, and at 41 Niklas Lindstrom is still one of the best defensemen in the league. The Sharks are notably younger but equally talented with Patrick Marleau, Joe Thorton, Dany Heatley, Joe Pavelski, and Ryane Clowe all scoring more than 60 points in the regular season.
And just for fun, here’s some highlights from the 2010-2011 regular season…
NHL Playoffs began last night (brackets and results below), and Global Event Forum is proud to be offering official fan travel packages for the Detroit Red Wings, Vancouver Canucks, Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators, and Stanley Cup Final.
Every NHL event we’ve hosted this season has been a blast (see pictures here) and the playoffs should be even better!
(1) Vancouver v (8) Chicago: Van leads 1-0,
(2) San Jose v (7) Los Angeles: Game 1 @ 10pm EST
(3) Detroit v (6) Phoenix: Det leads 1-0
(4) Anaheim v (5) Nashville: Nsh leads 1-0
(1) Washington v (8) NY Rangers: Wsh leads 1-0
(2) Philadelphia v (7) Buffalo: Game 1 @ 7:30 pm EST
(3) Boston v (6) Montreal: Game 1 @ 7pm EST
(4) Pittsburgh v (5) Tampa Bay: Pitt leads 1-0
The NHL regular season ends this Sunday, April 10 and there is still much to be decided.
In the East, Washington, Philadelphia, Boston, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, and Montreal have clinched playoff births; while Buffalo, New York (Rangers), and Carolina are fighting for the final two spots.
Carolina will advance if they win their three remaining games (against Detroit, Atlanta, and Tampa Bay) AND either 1) New York loses one of its final two games in regulation or loses both in overtime or 2) Buffalo loses both remaining games. Otherwise Buffalo and New York will move on.
The West is even more uncertain. Only three teams have clinched: Vancouver, San Jose, and Detroit; and seven are competing for the other five spots: Nashville, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Chicago, Dallas, and Calgary.
Barring the incredible, Nashville, Phoenix, and Los Angeles will advance with a win in one of their remaining two (NSH) or three (PHO, LA), games. The real fight is between Anaheim, Chicago, Dallas, and Calgary – all within two points of each other.
Games to watch (aside from all of them): Los Angeles Kings/Anaheim Ducks at 10pm EST Friday and Saturday. Both need to win to reach the playoffs, Saturdays match up could be a one game play-in for the post season.
Phil Mickelson and Scott Verplank are tied at -13 going into Sunday’s final round at the Shell Houston Open.
Mickelson’s third round (9-under par 63) was his lowest in two years and tied Redstone GC course record. Meanwhile, Verplank shot a 7-under 65 to equal Mickelson’s 54 hole total of 203. Aaron Baddeley and Chris Kirk are tied for third at -12, David Hearn and Anthony Kim are at -11.
If Phil wins this weekend, it will be his first victory since last year’s Masters. The 51 week winless streak is his longest since he went ninteen months between victories in 2002-2004.
Regardless of his finish tomorrow, Phil will carry momentum into next week’s Masters at Augusta National – the first major of 2011. Nice to see Phil’s game coming around at the right time.