Thursday, April 28, 2011

2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Round Two Predictions. . .

Round One is over!

In the East, I predicted 3 out of 4 series correctly - missing only our home town Rangers.

In the West, I predicted 3 out of 4 series correctly - missing only my adoptive team in the desert.

Now a very difficult task. Round 2 is going to have some great matchups, or so I think. So we'll make this very quick. I'm going with.

Eastern Conference:
Washington in 6
Boston in 7

Western Conference:
Vancouver in 6
San Jose in 7

Enjoy the games everyone. Best, best time of year!! :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Round One Predictions. . .

Eastern Conference:

(1) Washington vs. (8) Rangers

Rangers in 6. I'm going Rangers here, because, well just because. I think Washington is ripe to be knocked off, until they can prove otherwise. I think if Hank can get hot, and if all the Rangers scoring doesn't disappear at once, they can take this. Washington is a good team, and Ovechkin can't be taken lightly, but they don't scare me that much.

(2) Philadelphia vs. (7) Buffalo

Philadelphia in 5. I don't think Philadelphia is as strong as last year, but I don't think they are going out in the first round either. Although if they did, Rangers fans wouldn't complain.

(3) Boston vs. (6) Montreal

Boston in 7. I really feel strongly that Boston will win, and it may be sooner, but I'm going on history and ugliness and grittiness and thinking this series will go the distance. This is the series, besides the NYRs, I'll be keeping my eyes on the most.

(4) Pittsburgh vs. (5) Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay in 6. I just don't think Pittsburgh has anything to threaten right now. Tampa Bay can fire on all cylinders when they want to (Thank you again, Tampa!) and have such a threat of scoring from so many different players. True, Fleury can get hot and can make this series last longer, but I just see it as an early exit for Pitt this year.

Western Conference:

(1) Vancouver vs. (8) Chicago

Vancouver in 5. I think it'll be an interesting series, due to rivalry reasons, but Chicago limped into the playoffs. Vancouver, perhaps more than ever, seems poised for a long run. I'm going to go with them until they prove me wrong.

(2) San Jose vs. (7) Los Angeles

San Jose in 6. I am not counting L.A. out, because San Jose has proven little over the long term, but I think I give the Sharks the benefit early in the playoffs. Injury to Kopitar did not affect L.A. as much as I expected in late games, but playoffs are a different story.

(3) Detroit vs. (6) Phoenix

Phoenix in 7. I think it'll be another long series, and I'm hoping the Coyotes can pull it off in this year's rematch. This is really just a hope/heart pick, I'll be honest.

(4) Anaheim vs. (5) Nashville

Nashville in 5. I think Nashville is an underrated team with a great goalie. If Rinne gets hot, Anaheim go home. It's that simple.

Results of Pre-Season Playoff Predictions. . .

First time, long time! All year in fact. It's playoff time hockey fans!!

So, if you see below, looks like I actually picked 6 of 8 teams correctly in both conferences before the season began. That actually may be the best I've ever done, certainly in the West. Now * star means correct playoff pick, ** stars means the spot selection was correct. I'm particularly impressed with the Top 3 in the West. (No really, that was just dumb luck on my part). Regardless, we'll take it. Take a look:

Eastern Predictions:
1) Washington**
2) Pittsburgh*
3) Buffalo*
4) Ottawa
5) New Jersey
6) Boston*
7) Flyers*
8) Rangers**
9) Tampa Bay
10) Montreal
11) Carolina
12) Atlanta**
13) Toronto
14) Florida
15) Islanders

Western Predictions:
2)San Jose**
6)Los Angeles*
8)St. Louis
9) Nashville
15) Edmonton**

Next up - 1st Round Playoff Predictions!!