NHL Playoffs: My first round predictions
April 14, 2010 1 Comment
The time has come for the best post-season in any sport. These players go all out to win 16 games so they can be the ones to take home Lord Stanley’s mug. Unfortunately the Leafs won’t be a part of the fun, but that just means my picks are less biased.
Lets start things off with the Eastern Conference:
Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens: I hate no-brainer match ups because they always come back to bite you. The Caps, however, just seem too powerful for the Canadiens, so this means Canadian team #1 will not be making it to the second round. Caps in 5.
New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers: This is a match up that can go either way for me. The Flyers are coming into the post season with a lot of momentum, but really haven’t played well in the second half. New Jersey has been steadily around the top of the conference for most of the season, but if newly acquired Ilya Kovalchuk doesn’t pick up his game, they won’t be going far. However, I really feel goalie Martin Brodeur will pull out his usual greatness and carry this team. Devils in 6.
Buffalo Sabres vs. Boston Bruins: The Sabres are another team that has been at the top all year, and with Ryan Miller between the posts I see them surprising many and going very deep in the playoffs. Sorry Bruins – Sabres in 5.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators: I really hate that two of the three Canadian teams in the playoffs are teams I can’t stand. It’s helpful that the Pens are so good I really don’t have a choice but to say they’ll eliminate the Sens. Pens in 6.
Moving on, lets take a look at the Western Conference:
San Jose Sharks vs. Colorado Avalanche: The Avs are a shocker to even be in this thing and if they’re facing a top seed it’s best that they face the perennially under performing Sharks. The underdog fan in me wants me to say they’ll win so I’ll go way out on a limb and say Avs in 6.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators: The Blackhawks are Western Conferences’ answer to the Pittsburgh Penguins with their young, talented core of players. The Predators are always fun to watch come post season time as well so this series may be a fun one to watch. Hawks in 6.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Los Angeles Kings: My most biased pick of the playoffs comes with this one. The last Canadian team I’ll be able to root for has a great chance to go deep after beating the Kings. With goaltender Roberto Luongo and Art Ross winner Henrik Sedin, it’s hard to not say they’ll go deep in the playoffs, biased or not. Canucks in 6.
Phoenix Coyotes vs. Detroit Red Wings: Another underdog story happening here has me wanting to cheer for the Coyotes, who really shouldn’t even be a team anymore (at least not in Phoenix anyway). That being said, points-wise they’re not the underdog, with 107 points, five more than the Red Wings. The Red Wings though, are doing into the playoffs playing really good hockey. In the last 10 they’re 8-1-1, so momentum is everything, and with a team like Detroit you can’t expect anything but the highest calibre of play. Red Wings in 7.
What are your picks for the first round? Are mine way off? Discuss!