It’s that time of the year again! The Stanley Cup Playoffs are here at last, as we get ready for nearly two straight months of non-stop, intense hockey action! Every year I post my predictions on this blog, so the tradition continues, this time with no fancy explanations, just the pure, unadulterated picks. Just some quick thoughts, though, and that is my utmost desire to see the Philadelphia Flyers pound the Pittsburgh Penguins into oblivion. Will it happen? Well, against the boards, most definitely, but on the scoreboard, probably not. A man can dream, eh? Either way, you can expect 95% of the hockey world bringing themselves to do the unthinkable for the next seven games or so, and that is cheer on the Broadstreet Bullies. Let’s also hope the Rangers will put the clamp down on the eighth place Ottawa Senators as well. Everyone keeps saying how the Senators have given the Rangers fits and the two teams do not match up well, but let’s get one thing straight here: the Rangers are the best team in the Eastern Conference, second best in the entire league. If they can’t get out of the first round, then they don’t deserve it, plain and simple. I’m also counting on the Devils to make quick work of the Florida Panthers, even though they are three slots lower than them in the standings, but I covered that a few days ago in this article. Now it’s time for the picks!
(1) New York Rangers vs. (8) Ottawa Senators: Rangers in 5.
(2) Boston Bruins vs. (7) Washington Capitals: Bruins in 5
(3) Florida Panthers vs. (6) New Jersey Devils: Devils in 5
(4) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (5) Philadelphia Flyers: Penguins in 7
(1) Vancouver Canucks vs. (8) Los Angeles Kings: Canucks in 6
(2) St. Louis Blues vs. (7) San Jose Sharks: Sharks in 6
(3) Phoenix Coyotes vs. (6) Chicago Blackhawks: Blackhawks in 7
(4) Nashville Predators vs. (5) Detroit Red Wings: Predators in 7
So there you have it, the picks are in! Definitely hoping that I am wrong with my Penguins-Flyers prediction, but my guy tells me to stick with the obvious choice there. I also usually pick one major upset each season, and if there is one this time, it would be the Sharks over the Blues. Never say never in NHL playoff hockey, because as we have seen over the years, anything can happen!
Good luck to your respective teams, and enjoy the ride!