This Week In TPSports…Bring Your Passports (Mar 9/09)

Total Pro Sports – Another Monday only means another start to a busy week in sports, especially if you are the Lakers.  There busy week will include a lot of unfriendly traveling.

The interests of many sports fans will also be doing their fair share of traveling as this week also showcases a key game between a couple of top Western Conference teams in the NHL and the second leg of the European Champions League quarterfinals.

Here are some games to keep an eye on:

UEFA Champions League
Tuesday, March 10 and Wednesday March 11 2:30 pm ET

After some great matches during the first leg of this round of 16, the second legs promise to be just as entertaining.  On Tuesday, Liverpool will go home with a 1-0 aggregate lead on Real Madrid and should be able to hold off the Spanish powerhouse.  As for Chelsea, their 1-0 lead is not as comforting.  They will go into Juventus and hope to hold off the scrappy Italian club.  On Wednesday, three games will begin level with the first leg matches finishing in draws.  Porto will host Athletico Madrid, Barcelona will be at home against Lyon, and Manchester United will play host to Inter in what may be a matchup between Europes two best teams.  As for the other game on Wednesday, Roma will go home down 1-0 to Arsenal, but still in a good position to keep their Champions League hopes alive.

NHL, Calgary Flames vs Detroit Red Wings
Thursday, February 12, 7pm EST

With the deadline acquisitions of Oli Jokinen and Jordan Leopold, many think the Flames are top contenders in the West.  They will put that theory to the test on Thursday night at the Joe when they visit the defending cup champion Detroit Red Wings.  This game should be an interesting on as both clubs are likely to be serious threats come playoff time.  This could be a possible playoff series preview.  What round is unknown with Detroit and Calgary sitting 2 and 3 respectively in the Western conference standings.  Are Calgary’s late season moves enough to put them over the top?

NBA, The LA Lakers All Week!!!
Monday, March 9, 10pm ET at Portland; Wednesday, March 11, 8:30 pm ET at Houston; and Thursday, March 12, 8pm ET at San Antonio

Talk about a week from hell.  The Lakers are about to get put to the test this week.  Whether they come out on top or not should not dispute the fact that they will remain a top contender in the West.  However, the end result of this road trip will decide whether people begin to question their superiority or not.  The week starts Monday as they visit the 6th place Trail Blazers who play much better than a 6th place team at home.  Then they will get one day of rest before traveling to Houston where they will play the 3rd place Rockets, two-faced team that shows their much brighter side on their home court.  Finally, the week ends on Thursday with game one of the TNT doubleheader when the Lakers go into San Antonio and take on the 2nd place Spurs.  This has the smell of Western conference finals preview all over it.  Is there any way the Lakers can go through this unscathed?

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