Monday, June 11, 2012

Patrik Elias Jersey Card

As I had predicted, the New Jersey Devils will lose in 6 to the Los Angeles Kings tonight. Probably.

Sure, the Kings could have won in 4 and spared us valuable time - almost a week! - but in this day and age of salary caps and parity, statistical anomalies are bound to play a huge part in how things end up being played.

For example, the Kings hadn't lost on the road yet, in 10 games. They were due, so they lost Game 5.

Also, a Stanley Cup Finals has never - so far - been won in 6 after one team took a 3-0 series lead; the favourite had won in 4, 5, and 7 countless times, and the neglected had won it 7 twice. But ''in 6'' had never happened before. It's bound to happen tonight.

One man who cannot be blamed for the Devils' losses is assistant captain Patrik Elias, whom I had featured almost a month ago.

I got this card - and another one I'm saving for later - from a seller on Ebay who was letting them go at $1.99 each, shipping included. This one's from Upper Deck's 2010-11 SP Game-Used Edition (card #AF-EL) and sports a big white swatch of ''material'' (jersey? sock? the card is unclear about the origins), but it's guaranteed to have been used in a game, by a winner and tremendous athlete, and that's good enough for me.

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