Stanley Cup – Round 1 Predictions

Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic celebrates w...

Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic celebrates with the Stanley Cup after his team's Game 7 win against the Vancouver Canucks on June 15, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The season is over, the seedings are done and now we begin the craziest 2 months in sports, the Stanley Cup playoffs.  In order to become champion, a team must win 4 straight best of seven series, each one more intense than the previous.  Players will be tired, bruised and battered, yet will carry on as if nothing was wrong to have a shot to carry the holy grail of sports.  This coveted trophy was first handed out in 1893. yes 1893.  The cup has been the exclusive domain of the NHL since 1926.  This would make it the oldest trophy in North America.  On to the predictions.

Eastern Conference

New York Rangers vs Ottawa Senators

Ottawa is Canada’s only team this year (I refuse to acknowledge the Vancouver Canucks as a Canadian team) but they are in tough against the East’s 1st seed, the Rangers.  I have to give the nod to the Rangers based on overall depth and goaltending.  Rangers in 5.

Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals

Last years champs, the Bruins are in tough against a recently hot Washington team.  Sorry T, but the Bruins overall depth and Tim Thomas will prove to much for the perennial under achievers.  Maybe next year for Ovechikin and crew.

Florida Panthers vs New Jersey Devils

Florida is a mirage, Devils in 4.

Philadelphia Flyers vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Potentially the best series of the first round.  It is to bad that one of these teams will be gone from the show early.   Since Sidney Crosby returned, the Penguins have to be favoured to win it all.  I call the Penguins in a tough 6 game victory.

Western Conference

Vancouver Canucks vs Los Angeles Kings

Vancouver won the trophy for most points in the league for the second year in a row.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t win the cup, but it does look pretty.  I really believe that the Kings will win this, but I will predict that Vancouver will take it in 7 as they figure out that Cory Schneider is the answer in goal and move Burrows to the minors.  Also, I can’t bash this bunch of  losers if they aren’t in it anymore.

St Louis Blues vs San Jose Sharks

The Blues in 5.  Goaltending will be the difference in this series and the Sharks move closer to dismantling a team that once had so much potential.

Phoenix Coyotes vs Chicago Blackhawks

Another good series.  The other Jets may just pull this off.  The Hawks are hurting, but do have the firepower needed to win this one.  Phoenix has depth and have played well all year.  Tough to call, but Hawks in 7.

Nashville Predators vs Detroit Red Wings

Another 4 vs 5 match-up that will send a very good team to the golf course before their time.  Either team here could easily win the cup.  The Red Wings have the experience and talent, the Predators got a taste of going deep into the playoffs last year and will want to go even deeper this year.  Nashville will take this series in 6.

About John

I enjoy travel, sports, music and anything else that jumps up at me for the moment, which is why I blog. There will be lots of music and travel posts and a smattering of sports and humour. I enjoy promoting Canada and am unabashedly a proud Canuck.

Posted on April 8, 2012, in Hockey, Sports and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Some good insights. Not a hockey fan, so doesn’t really matter to me, but hope it breaks your way!

  2. My son in law wants the Washington captals to win, so I’ll go with them. And of course Chicago Blackhawks.

    • To late for Chicago, Phoenix eliminated them last weekend. Now that the Bruins (my team) are out, I am cheering for the Capitals and the LA Kings. LA because I owe them for eliminating Vancouver.

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