Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The NHL playoffs are set and ready

If you're a hockey fan as I am then you're excited about the playoffs. Hopefully the games won't be penalty-driven as the season games were, and they let the players play and hit. Hitting in the playoffs is the most fun and interesting thing about playoff hockey in my opinion. Watch the Calgary Flames play, then you'll know what I'm talking about. Every player on that team hits and plays hard, that's why they are one of my favorite teams to watch. The first round match-ups are:

Eastern Conference
Ottawa Senators (1) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (8)
The Senators were 4-0 against the Lightning during the regular season.

Carolina Hurricanes (2) vs Montreal Canadiens (7)
The Hurricanes were 4-0 against the Canadiens during the regular season.

New Jersey Devils (3) vs New York Rangers (6)
Their record was 4-4 against each other during the regular season.

Buffalo Sabres (4) vs Philadelphia Flyers (5)
The Sabres were 3-1 against the Flyers during the regular season.

Western Conference
Detroit Red Wings (1) vs Edmonton Oilers (8)
Their record was 2-2 against each other during the regular season.

Dallas Stars (2) vs Colorado Avalanche (7)
The Stars were 3-1 against the Avalanche during the regular season.

Calgary Flames (3) vs Anaheim Mighty Ducks (6)
Their record was 2-2 against each other during the regular season.

Nashville Predators (4) vs San Jose Sharks (5)
Their record was 2-2 against each other during the regular season.

My predictions for winners for each series are:

  • Ottawa over Tampa Bay
  • Carolina over Montreal
  • New Jersey over New York
  • Philadelphia over Buffalo
  • Detroit over Edmonton
  • Dallas over Colorado
  • Calgary over Anaheim
  • San Jose over Nashville

Of course I could be wrong with any of these predictions because in the playoffs with hockey, anything can happen. Teams can surprise other teams and beat them out of the playoffs, as Detroit has found out in past seasons. My Stanley Cup winner prediction is the Calgary Flames. Even though my prediction is Calgary, I will be rooting for ex-Bruin (and points leader during the regular season) Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks. Thornton and Cheechoo are exciting to watch, as they have demonstrated since the Sharks got Thornton. Okay, okay, I won't get started on that bad bad trade by the Bruins. So there are my predictions, what are yours? Leave a comment about which teams you think will win the first round.

1 comment:

Harvey Birdman said...

i agree with all of your picks actually, and they are pretty much the choice of anyone predicting the round without a team bias. however, the flames winning it all? goalies can't win the playoffs by themselves, and calgary lacks in goal scoring. i could see them in the semis though, and because of that they scare me so i'm hoping anaheim wins.

p.s. glad to read about another hockey fan!