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(Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/54/ee/washington-capitals-banner-raising-100318-getty-ftrjpeg_1ddkt6wunons81bmwmp0nce3gv.jpg?t=1014233814&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/97/e6/brayden-point-092319-getty-ftr_17shbqluuwumd1fa6amgillv53.jpg?t=1595477669&w=500&quality=80 The 2019-20 NHL season begins Oct. 2. But let’s be realistic, all anyone wants to know is who will hoist the Stanley Cup in eight months time.It’s a tough 82-game stretch on just advancing to the postseason and then a grueling, heavy campaign to reach the pinnacle. Who will advance is anyone’s guess — hello, St. Blues. Sean FarrellSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay Lightning Western Conference champColorado AvalancheStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winnerNikita KucherovWhy Tampa Bay will win: The younger members of the Lightning were schooled about competing in the Stanley Cup playoffs after one of the best regular-season performances in NHL history. Lesson learned; there are enough key elements remaining from Tampa Bay’s run to the 2015 Final that this supremely talented team will be ready to answer the bell come April.Steve KournianosSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champToronto Maple LeafsWestern Conference champWinnipeg JetsStanley Cup champWinnipeg JetsConn Smythe winnerMark ScheifeleWhy Winnipeg will win: The Jets will get a bounceback season from Connor Hellebuyck in net, fix whatever minor internal issues they seem to have and use their heavy game and firepower to overwhelm the field.Dave McCarthySeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champColorado AvalancheStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winnerSteven StamkosWhy Tampa Bay will win: They’ve learned. Their team is basically the same. They’re not going to let what happened in the first round last season happen again.Mike MurphySeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champDallas StarsStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winnerAndrei VasilevskiyWhy Tampa Bay will win: Despite losing Anton Stralman to the Panthers in free agency, the Bolts’ blue line has more depth than it did last year with Kevin Shattenkirk and Luke Schenn now in the fold. Furthermore, Tampa Bay’s top-nine forwards are arguably the best group in the NHL. The Lightning have it all: offense, defense, goaltending and an enviable amount of center depth. The Blues may have won the Cup last year, but Tampa will be the team that all other teams are measured against.Murray PamSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champVegas Golden KnightsStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winnerBrayden PointWhy Tampa Bay will win: Lightning players will take nothing for granted after being humbly swept in the first round of last season’s playoffs. The 2019 Presidents’ Trophy winner, by a long shot, returns with a roster largely intact. Late off-season free-agent signings of 2019 Stanley Cup champ Patrick Maroon and d-man Kevin Shattenkirk only add to Tampa’s deep core from top to bottom. Lyle RichardsonSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champNashville PredatorsStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winnerVictor HedmanWhy Tampa Bay will win: After dominating last season, the Lightning will be keen to atone for getting swept out of the opening round of the 2019 playoffs. Few teams can match their depth. They won’t be caught flat-footed again.Jace MallorySeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champDallas StarsStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winnerNikita KucherovWhy Tampa Bay will win: The Lightning learned a tough lesson last year — dominating the regular season doesn’t automatically grant you wins in the postseason, not even in the first round. They will bounce back from an embarrassing playoff with another solid regular season en route to capturing their second Stanley Cup title.Tommy McArdleSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champCalgary FlamesStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winner Ryan PikeSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champColorado AvalancheStanley Cup champColorado AvalancheConn Smythe winnerNathan MacKinnonWhy Colorado will win: After a rough start to the 2018-19 season, the Avalanche turned a corner midway through the calendar year and found another level to their game. They wildly outplayed a strong Calgary Flames club in the first round of the playoffs, then spent the off-season improving their team. What was already a talented, deep team added Nazem Kadri and Andre Burakovsky. As long as Philipp Grubauer doesn’t take a step backward, the Avalanche are going to be a tough out for the other 30 NHL clubs. NHL 2019-20 PREDICTIONS:SN staff projects final standings, awards, Stanley Cup winnerStanley Cup predictions for 2019-20Despite the pitfalls and hurdles, Sporting News’ hockey experts decided to take a leap and give you their picks for who will take home hockey’s most coveted prize.Jackie SpiegelSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champToronto Maple LeafsWestern Conference champDallas StarsStanley Cup champToronto Maple LeafsConn Smythe winnerJohn TavaresWhy Toronto will win: In last season’s predictions, the Maple Leafs were my pick for 2020 and I am not making any changes. This team is stacked with Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, John Tavares, William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen up front, possibly the strongest defensive core in years led by Morgan Rielly and Tyson Barrie and Frederik Andersen in net. As long as they don’t face the Bruins in the first round . . . Toronto should make a run all the way to the franchise’s first Cup in 53 years.Brandon SchlagerSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champSan Jose SharksStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winnerSteven StamkosWhy Tampa will win: Lightning coach Jon Cooper and Co. will face an intense amount of scrutiny all season after a first-round dud against the Blue Jackets ended their historic 2018-19 season. This team could go 82-0-0 and it wouldn’t matter if not accompanied by a deep playoff run and that elusive Stanley Cup. Following an offseason of tweaks, we don’t need to rehash why the Lightning are still the most potent and well-rounded roster in the NHL — but that won’t last much longer. It’s high time Tampa gets over the hump.Sammi SilberSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champWashington CapitalsWestern Conference champSan Jose SharksStanley Cup champWashington CapitalsConn Smythe winnerBraden HoltbyWhy Washington will win: I promise D.C. bias has nothing to do with this pick; the Capitals’ lineup is stacked. The top-6 has Alexander Ovechkin still going strong, Evgeny Kuznetsov ready to bounce back and T.J. Oshie returning from a collarbone injury. On the bottom-6, there’s Carl Hagelin, Lars Eller, Richard Panik, Garnet Hathaway and Brendan Leipsic providing reliable secondary scoring. Defenseman Michal Kempny will help bolster the blue line as he makes his return from injury with Jonas Siegenthaler playing excellent hockey and Radko Gudas providing much-needed physicality. And of course, Braden Holtby is Braden Holtby in the playoffs. The series will go to seven games for sure, but San Jose will witness a Boston Bruins-like ending in June. Why Tampa Bay will win: It’s hard to imagine the Lightning will have another disastrous playoff collapse like they did last year. Assuming they will easily capture the No. 1 seed in the East again, Tampa will benefit from playing the No. 8 seed rather than being sent into the Atlantic Division meat-grinder in the first round. It’s hard to bet on anyone else.
Bob Bean, Skeet Sirmons and Jim Bales make up the band Kitty Hawk Krash Bandby Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow â€” Just one month from the release of their first album, a three-man Wellington band hit a snag. The band consisting of Jim Bales, Skeet Sirmons and Bob Bean called itself â€œThree Way Stop.â€ Not bad. But there was a problem.â€œAnother band in New Jersey released an album with the same exact band name,” Bales sighed.So suddenly, â€œThree Way Stopâ€ wasnâ€™t such a great name for a band after all. Not wanting to be confused with another band, they decided to delay their CD release until they came up with a new name.“We even used an online race horse naming program,â€ Bales said. â€œAnd we still couldn’t come up with anything that we liked.â€Then one Sunday, Bales said, there was a documentary on TV about the Wright Brothers and Kitty Hawk.“We wanted something original,” Bales said. “We saw a piece on the Wright Brothers and Kitty Hawk, and how they kept crashing until they succeeded, and thought if a band fails, then get up and go again. Kitty Hawk Krash works pretty good for us.”Bales performs vocals, bass and acoustic guitar and harmonica; Sirmons performs vocals, lead guitar and banjo; Bean sings vocals and plays guitar, and all are from Wellington.“We have all played music for years,” Bales said of his band members.Bales has been a musician since the 1970’s, and has been in a few rock groups. In the early 1980’s, Bales was a member of Magnum, which opened for Pat Travers in the early 1980’s.The Groove Gypsies, a band from Ark City, was another group that Bales was once a member of.“We opened for the Moon Dance Jam in Minnesota,” Bales said.He said that Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, and Rick Springfield, among others, were featured bands of the festival.“It was kinda cool to play on the same stage as them,” Bales said.Sirmons has also been a musician for awhile and been a member of other bands.“I played with Skeet in the band Back Roads in Wichita,” Bales said. “Then we got together with Bob. Our personalities matched, and we started playing together.”Last summer, Kitty Hawk Krash released their first album “Don’t Look Away.” Their Americana style of music includes 11 originally written tracks on their CD. All were group written while sitting around a table, except for three individually written ones. “‘Those Words” was written by Sirmons, “Low Down” was written by Bean, and “Quiet Times” was written by Bales, and features Shelby McNamara, of Wellington, playing the flute.The group has also done remakes from old gospel to Beatles, Rolling Stones, George Jones, Elvis, and Bob Dylan, and has been together for about three years.“We’re an eclectic mix of music,” Bales said. “We wanted to do some music that people were familiar with.”The group performs lives once or twice a month at bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and also books private parties. Many of you have seen their act at Barefoot Jerryâ€™s in Wellington.“We’re not a dance band, we’re a sit and listen band,” Bales said. “It’s a good outlet for our creativity.”Check out the band’s Facebook page, Kitty Hawk Krash, their website, www.kittyhawkkrash.com. You can order a downloadable CD on iTunes, CDBaby or Amazon.Follow us on Twitter. 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