Monday, April 12, 2010

NHL Playoff Predictions

The chase for the Stanley Cup starts on Wednesday. The most anticipated time of the season for hockey fans. It's going to be a good first round since there are some pretty good match ups. So, here are a couple of quick reviews since I have a few spare minutes at work.

Washington v. Montreal. Sweep here Ovechkin, Semin, and Backstrom are going to be too much for Gionta, Cammalleri and Halak to handle. Washington in 4.

New Jersey v. Philadelphia. Going the distance. Pronger, Richards, and Carter are going to physically dominate Parise, Kovalchuk, and Rolston. Brodeur is going to stand on his head, like he always does in the playoffs, but that's not going to be enough this year. Philly in 7.

Buffalo v. Boston. All it takes is a hot goaltender, and there is no doubt that Miller has been hot since November 2009. Tyler Myers is going to get some great experience, something every prospect needs to further develop. Roy and Vanek will lead the charge against Boston's Thomas. Chara will keep it together on the back end. Lucic will be in his element, playing physical and scoring goals. Buffalo in 5.

Pittsburgh v. Ottawa. What is there to say about the reigning champs? Malkin, Crosby and Fleury are...well champs. They know how to win. Ottawa on the other hand has been on a slide ever since they made it to the finals a few years ago. If Alfredsson and Spezza show up, they have a chance...but with all of the turmoil the team has been through (Heatly and Emery sagas) it's hard to imagine them coming together to beat the defenders of The Stanley Cup. Pens in 5.

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