Best time of the year is about to start! Let’s hear everyone’s picks for the first round. I’ll start
- Montreal v 8. Bruins - The Bruins will win in glorious fashion. They were obviously just toying with the Habs all season and lost all 8 games on purpose. It was all part of a psychological ploy. Tim Thomas will prove nothing short of a brick wall while Carey Price will realize he should have stayed in juniors and avoided facing Zdeno Chara’s 103mph slap shot. Patrice Bergeron will come back for game 2 and skate circles around the Canadien’s defense putting up 6 or 7 points in that game alone.
Ok, back to real life. I would love to see the Bruins pull off the mother of all upsets, but I think we all know the likelihood of that happening. Unfortunately, I just can’t bring myself to even face reason and pick Montreal. Bruins in 6 (but they’ll be six hard hitting, violent, passionate games for sure).
Pittsburgh v. 7. Ottawa - Ottawa started the season off so strongly, but have just fallen apart the past couple of months. Meanwhile Pittsburgh has been in pretty good form. Should be an interesting matchup though, Sens have the experience, but the Pens have the young talent. I say Penguins in 5.
Washington v. 6. Philadelphia - This one’s interesting, the Flyers actually finished with 1 more point than the Capitals, but the Caps won their division, hence the higher seed. That being said, the Caps finished the season on a 9-1 run while the Flyers are the epitome of all that’s wrong with the NHL, the universe, and everything (yes, I’m still bitter about the Bergeron hit). Ovechkin will tear the Flyers to shreds. Capitals in 5.
New Jersey v. 5 New York Rangers - This will be a hell of a series. Both teams have a lot of heart. Goaltending is excellent on both sides. Speed, talent, scoring, checking, etc… both teams have it. I think the Devils have the advantage in Brodeur (duh!) but, offensively they don’t shoot the puck enough which will make things easier on Lundqvist. This one will go 7, with New Jersey taking it.
(living in RI, I didn’t get to see much action from the west this year so these predictions aren’t based on nearly as much information. Actually, I’m more or less pulling them out of my ass.)
- Detroit v. 8. Nashville - Gotta go with Detroit here. Age and injury caught up to them a bit during the season, but they’ve rested some guys up and the experience on that team is just too much for the Predators to deal with. Detroit in 5
2 San Jose v. 7. Calgary - I don’t think I got to see either of these teams play this year. San Jose would be the smart choice, but I just have an issue with a team from California beating a team from Canada. I’ll say Flames in 6.
Minnesota v. 6. Colorado - Colorado wins it (no analysis, just personal preference).
Anaheim v. 5. Dallas - Ducks win it (same as above).
So that’s me, anyone else have some more well informed opinions of the west? Arguments in the east? However it turns out, it looks like it’s going to be a great post season.