And then there were four. The difference between the East and the West? As big as possible. A fan’s dram or nightmare, depending on your point of view.
Prince of Wales Conference Finals (Eastern Conference)
(7) Philadelphia versus (8) Montreal
Yes, you are reading that correctly. It’s the two BOTTOM seeds in the east. Montreal has been busy playing giant killer, beating Washington and Pittsburgh. Philadelphia had been the quieter of the two, just moving along and beating Buffalo and then grabbing everyone’s attention by coming back from being down 0-3 against Boston.
Clarence Campbell Conference Finals (Western Conference)
(1) San Jose versus (2) Chicago
Standings wise, the polar opposite of the East. The top two seeds have advanced to the conference finals in the West. Chicago makes a return trip (They lost to Detroit last year in a tough series reminiscent of the old Norris Division days) while San Jose is shedding their “playoff underperformers” label.
The picks! (This was a real time discussion between Beer and the King)
Beer: I’m not even going to justify my picks with logic. I want old school. I want tradition. I want an original six matchup in the Stanley Cup finals for the 1st time since 1979. I want to see Chicago and Montreal. That’s my pick.
King: I would like to see Chicago/Montreal, but believe it’s going to be San Jose versus Montreal in the Cup finals. One versus Eight.
Beer: Anything you’d like to say in the post beyond what you just did?
King: Just that this guarantees Montreal’s failure since we’ve never picked them until now.
So there we go. Beer goes with Chicago/Montreal while King goes San Jose/Montreal. Let’s see what happens!
(Note: As of this post, Chicago is up 1-0 on San Jose and Philadelphia is up 1-0 on Montreal)
Take Care folks
Beer & King