Daily Archives: April 27, 2012

NHL Playoff Picks – Round Two!

And as we round the corner into Round Two of the NHL playoffs, it’s Kingkielbasa in the lead! So, without further ado, or embarrassment, here we go!

The Results so far (Number of games in the series not included):

First Round Results:
Kingkielbasa53 –     6 right
PB          –     5 right
Beer         –     3 right
Tom Tantrums –     3 right

Eastern Conference

New York (1) vs Washington (7)
Kingkielbasa53 – Well, I have to admit the Eastern Conference is very interesting this year.  Three of the four first round matchups went to seven games.  Ottawa was a tougher matchup for New York then they expected and Washington upset the reigning Stanley Cup champs.  Second round wipes all that clean and I see a Rangers team coming out strong. I think they’ll take a pounding by the biggest team left, but will win this series.  Rangers by 6

Beer – Well – Washington offed Boston, which I didn’t think would happen. New York beat Ottawa (barely) which I did think would happen. Except I thought the number one seed would have had an easier time. Now they get the number seven seed. Just like my co-blogger, I’m thinking that the 1st round is now history and things start fresh. I’m still not sold the Capitals can play well enough consistently to win here. Rangers in 5

PB – Color me shocked! The King is in the lead? How the hell did that happen? Anyway I can admit when I was wrong and Washington v. Boston was a bad call. Hey Boston the “Burned out after winning the cup” excuse is lame!! You got beat deal with it! Washington wanted it more than you Boston!! Anyway this could be a stinker of a series or a great 7 gamer with two or three overtimes. I see my pals are on the Ranger train (not the crazy train with Ozzy). I would normally disagree with them but I cannot. I see the Capitals winning three overtime games in the series and the Rangers wins are blowouts. Rangers in 7

Philadelphia (5) vs New Jersey (6)
Kingkielbasa53 –  Paul Holmgren raised a lot of eyebrows with some of his moves, but man do they seem to be paying off for him.  New Jersey was one shot away from losing in double overtime to Florida. (Sidenote:  I was really rooting to see a Gary Bettman Cup this year too.  FLA vs. PHX)  This one I believe is easy….Philadelphia in 5

Beer – Pittsburgh vs Philadelphia accounted for more goals than the rest of the playoffs combined, I think. Can Philly keep up the torrid pace? I don’t think they can, but I think they can still be good enough to win a hard fought series. Philadelphia in 7

PB – How does Brodeur do it? Well let me rephrase that how do the Devils do it? I actually like this series and I see a hard, physical battle. The Flyers had all the motivation to spank Cindy Crosby well just because he is Cindy. The Devils are well the Devils. I like Elias and Parise to care the load just like Giroux and Jagr for Philly. But I think this will come down to the goalies and lets see if Marty has one more round of magic in him. I do have the depth edge to Philly but I am going to throw caution to the win and say Devils in 6.

Western Conference

St. Louis (2) vs Los Angeles (8)
Kingkielbasa53 – I like this match up.  This might be the best one to watch this round.  I’m not sure if LA beating Vancouver was that surprising as the President’s Cup curse seems to be in full effect.  St. Louis scares me more than LA does at this point though.  St. Louis in 7

Beer – Los Angeles might be the biggest question mark left in the playoffs. Are they really that good? Hot team in the right place at the right time? More importantly, can it be sustained for another round to make one of those magical cinderella runs? No, it can’t. But they’re sure going to give it a good try.  St. Louis in 7

PB – Well this set the table for a defensive series. The West now has four teams that have not won a Stanley Cup in this round. L.A. has a good solid defensive play and one hot goalie. St. Louis is rolling with plenty of grit and determination and two really good goalies. As much as I like Jonathan Quick I just can pick with him this time. This will be the best series in this round. St. Louis in 7

Phoenix (3) vs Nashville (4)
Kingkielbasa53 – The Jets have broken the curse! Errr, wait..never mind.  Phoenix is in the second round…yeah baby!  Unfortunately, I think this is Barry Trotz may finally get the break this year.  The big question will be if they can continue the role with Pekka as they’ve been off for a while and hot goalies can cool off.  I wouldn’t be surprised in Phoenix wins, but I’m going Nashville in 7

Beer – As I said in Five Thoughts earlier today…. “I was suitably impressed by the Preds, and watched none of the Coyotes/Blackhawks, so I’m going with the Predators in six.” So, there it is. Nashville in 6.

PB –  Can the desert handle the fact that they are still playing hockey now? Can the arena handle the warming temps to keep the ice from melting? I guess we will see. I see this as a swan song for the Yotes as they are going to move to China or Peru or somewhere in the next year. The Preds are a scary team and man the goalie is damn good (helps being 6’5”). No surprise in this series for me and man this hurts to say this especially since I picked them to beat the Wings. Nashville in 5.

And there you have it folks. Our picks for the second round. Remember to check out Tom’s picks over on his blog to see how he did, too. If he wins, maybe we’ll buy him a cheeseburger or something.  See you on the other side!

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Post Draft” Edition

Howdy folks! And welcome to another coffee fueled edition of Five Thoughts on a Friday. It’s nine o’clock, is six cups of coffee too many to have had already? Anyhow if I start forgetting to put spaces in between words it’s probably because that’s rate stuff is running through my head right now. That being said… let’s see what’s rattling around in Beer’s noggin this morning!

  1. Watching some of the NFL draft last night, my strange mind once again wandered to the types of things only I wonder about. The first round of the NFL draft is great live action theater. The player gets a call from the coach/GM of the team drafting them as the pick is announced on the stage. Out comes the player, on the way out they are given a team hat. They walk out, hug the commissioner, and are given a jersey with their name on the back. Now, that’s all fine and good for the 1st round picks, but how do they keep up later in the draft? Do they have an army of people with sewing machines getting jerseys ready and then sewing them up as the pick is turned in? And why do I wonder about things like this?
  2. Rocker Ted Nugent recently had to have a little sit down with the Secret Service (an organization that has apparently had a few issues of their own lately). Now, I don’t care if you’re off to the right, off to the left, or off the deep end. If you say what he said, you’re going to get a visit. And rightfully so. That being said, Vice President Biden’s plane was recently the victim of a bird strike. Which makes me wonder who the Secret Service is going to talk to about that. If I were Big Bird, I might be a little nervous right now.
  3. Aside from the draft, two NHL game sevens last night. Both ended up being one goal games, with one going into double overtime! Great sports night to be watching more than one television, it was. Second round picks later today, probably. Mine were suitably awful in the first round. Only one game scheduled for tonight. Coyotes vs Predators. I was suitably impressed by the Preds, and watched none of the Coyotes/Blackhawks, so I’m going with the Predators in six.
  4. The new 2013 Shelby 500 details are out, and all I can say is… 662 horsepower??? Are you freaking kidding me? I love it, but this has kicked off a right brain/left brain debate in my head. At what point do we cross the line? I mean, think of the average driver (who thankfully will likely never be behind the wheel of one of these monsters) and their (lack of) driving skills. They’d hopefully only do harm to themselves and (unfortunately) the car in the 30 or fewer seconds it would take them to lose control and wreck.
  5. Giant cannibal shrimp!!! Everybody Panic!! Oh, wait. They’re giant by shrimp standards, but not sea monster sized. Still, it’s a serious invasive species problem. However, I can see a solution here.  They are apparently tasty. If there’s one thing humans have proven over the years is that we are more than capable and willing to eat a species to the brink of extinction. And a tasty shrimp that can reach the size of a lobster? Get me a grill, some garlic butter, and I’ll off about 4 of them for dinner.

Okay folks, that’s a quick five and I’m off! Since we touched on the draft again, and since most fans always think that their team is going to get better with the arrival of newly drafted players (because who wants to think “That guys going to make us much, much worse!).. Hope springs eternal. So in honor of all the hopes now riding on the shoulders of those new draft picks we’ll go with Mr. Blue Sky.

Have a great weekend folks!