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Round 1 Playoff Predictions (from an objective Habs Fan)

Posted By Corey Krakower On Apr 15 2009 @ 5:46 pm In Montreal Canadiens | No Comments

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Every second of every shift is analyzed, every goal replayed hundreds of times, every coaching decision scrutinized; all for the right to hoist a giant silver cup. It's the NHL playoffs.

The experts have made their picks, and now it is time for me to make my selections, for mockery and/or ridicule.

 

THE EAST 

SERIES: Bruins vs Habs

Bruins have the depth up front and on D, Habs are missing their best player. More analysis on game day tomorrow.

PREDICTION: Bruins in 6 

 

SERIES: Caps vs Rangers

My major upset pick; Rangers have the only PK that can stop the Caps PP, and they have one of the only goalies capable of stealing a series by himself.

PREDICTION: Rangers in 6

 

SERIES: Devils vs Canes

I just can't bet against Martin Brodeur. Devils have the edge up front, and both teams are built similarly on D. Ward will need to outplay Brodeur, which I don't see happening, but stranger things have happened.

PREDICTION: Devils in 5

 

SERIES: Penguins vs Flyers 

2 evenly matched teams. I am projecting a 7 game series, which means I'll take the team with the home ice advantage. No other explanation. If Flyers were the 4 seed, I would choose them. 

PREDICTION: Penguins in 7 

 

THE WEST

SERIES: Sharks vs Ducks 

The Sharks are likely less than thrilled to be facing their state rivals. It's a tough matchup for the Sharks, but at the end of the day, I don't see the Ducks winning in 6, meaning I'm taking the Sharks.

PREDICTION: Sharks in 6

 

SERIES: Wings vs Jackets 

The Jackets were impressive this year, but they can't match the star power, the defense or the experience that Detroit has.

PREDICTION: Wings in 5

 

SERIES: Canucks vs Blues

The Blues have a tough matchup, because containing Vancouver's top 2 lines will be next to impossible with their defense. Chris Mason might steal a game or two, but I expect the Canucks to come out on top. 

PREDICTION: Canucks in 5 

 

SERIES: Hawks vs Flames 

This was the toughest series to call. You've got Kipper in goal with the Flames, and a lot of power up front. On the other hand, the Hawks have a goalie who won a cup, very good depth on the blueline and lots of speed and energy from their forwards. This has the makings of a 7 game series, and in a 7 game series, go with home ice.

PREDICTION: Hawks in 7 

 

Right now, I'll go with a final four of Bruins-Penguins and Wings-Sharks, with the Wings and Bruins coming out of their respective conferences. I like the Wings to repeat; although I will say that if one of the top 3 seeds comes out of the West (Wings, Sharks, Canucks); I expect that the eventual Stanley Cup winner will be from the Western Conference.

Tomorrow's blog will feature a series preview of the Bruins-Habs, and why I feel that the Habs don't have much of a chance.  

 

 


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