2013 NHL Playoff picks

Okay, I’ll say it.  I really didn’t believe there was going to be a season this year.  I was wrong.  Now that I said that, one of the writers for this blog has stated he has given up on the NHL and he’s sticking to his guns.  So no picks from Beer.  PB has filled in nicely and we have a guest picker from a hit podcast.  This is cool as it’s kind of like our crossover episode they use to have in the golden days of tv in the 70s.  Kind of like our version of Mork meets the Fonz.  Without further intro.. here are  our picks and the picks from the Cigar and Scotch podcast crew.

#1 Pittsburgh vs. #8 NY Islanders

PB – Welcome back to the playoffs Islanders!! That said I believe that (gulp!) I have to make a prediction on the way this one will go. The Pens were active again at the trade deadline but would that translate into a Stanley Cup? The Islanders had to trade for a player that would not play this year in Tim Thomas to meet the salary cap floor. How will this series go? I have to say the Pens owned the Islanders this season but once the playoffs start its anyones game. Damn you Cindy Crosby……Pens in 6

King-This was a weird year with the lockout and shorten season.  Even it without all those items, there is usually a decent number of “upsets” in the NHL.  That’s the one thing I love about this sport, it’s a new season come the playoffs.  I’m thinking that this series might be one of those upset series.  I like the way the Islanders are playing right now and I just think the Pens remind me a lot of the old Wings where they were bringing in high caliber players that never seemed to gel in the playoffs…..Islanders in 6

Cigars and Scotch….Penns take it in 5

#2 Montreal vs. #7 Ottawa

PB – Man who would have thought it? Ottawa losing their Norris Trophy defenseman their #1 goalie for long periods of the season and still make the playoffs? Montreal has played solid all year and can certainly put the puck in the net. This battle of Quebec will be a fun hard hitting one for sure. Ottawa battled hard to get in and Montreal was solid all year. Magic Eight Ball says Montreal in 7

King-Hang on, let me get a sip of my Tim Hortons’ coffee.  Ahhh….great to see two Canadian teams battle it out for Lord Stanley’s cup.  I really hate to see either team get bumped off so early in the playoffs, but that’s how things lined up.  It’s been a stellar year for the Sens and with all the injuries have really battled hard.  Can Anderson steal this series from Montreal?  Can we continue to see the greatest current NHL mustache in the second round?  As much as I wish these answers were yes, I have to say no…Montreal in 6

Cigars and Scotch…Guy Lalfeur comes out of retirement to help the Habs do it in 7

#3 Washington vs. #6 NY Rangers

PB – Washington finally convinced Ovechkin to show up and he put together some solid offensive numbers this year. One of my favorite players turned coach in Adam Oates has shown this team you do it the right way and you will have success. The Rangers had a really interesting season for sure. With Nash is finally back in the playoffs for only the second time in his career so he could be the wildcard for this series. I think this is a good series for sure and I see Ovechkin leading his team to the second round. Caps in 6

King-This one is easy for me.  NY Rangers did not impress me at all this year.  For a team that alot of people assumed were going to the Cup finals, they looked like a really weak team.  I think if it wasn’t for Lundqvist, Rangers would have a hard enough time making to the playoffs.  Plus, regular readers know my mancrush for 8….Caps in 5

Cigars and Scotch…Alex gets his beard to score goals.  Caps in 6

#4 Boston vs. #5 Toronto

PB – One team reeling and one team happy to be back in the playoffs. Anyone remember a trade that happened a few years back between these two teams? I do and you can ask my youngest son the results of that trade because one of his favorite players from the OHL plays for Boston. Toronto is playing………..well like Toronto. Up, down, and all around crazy at times. Both teams slipping a bit lately but I think the Bruins get it together and but with tight contests. Bruins in 5

King-Wait, the Leafs are in the playoffs?  Is this 2004?  Can someone grab me some Swiss Chalet?  Toronto is one of those teams that I absolutely love to hate.  I grew up watching them on Hockey Night in Canada.  Felix Potvin. Wendell “Wendy” Clark. Dougie Gilmour.  But that was back then, not now.  I personally am more interested in this series then any other match up.  I think this will be the best hockey you will see in the first round.  Old time hockey, that is. Unfortunately Leafnation, I’m going with the Bruins this round.  Although I think it’s going to be a harder series than my co-writer.  Bruins in 7

Cigars and Scotch…Boston is too fired up.  Bruins in 6

#1 Chicago vs. #8 Minnesota

PB – Well well well…….Enjoy the playoffs Suter and Parise. Hope you enjoy your early exit. Chicago is playing well from start to finish even with some injuries, the Wild……….well they have Parise and Suter. Guess we will see if money can buy you playoff success eh? Two solid goalies, top notch forwards on three lines, and a Stanley Cup winning coach vs. Parise, Suter and Mike Yeo. It pains me to say this but Chicago in 6

King-If the Leafs are my team I love to hate.  These two teams are teams I just purely…HATE.  I could care less for either of these two teams to advance.  I’m only making my pick on the fact that the owner for the Wild has to be the biggest jerk in pro sports.  I still hold him responsible for this lockout fiasco (yeah, I know Bettman deserves some credit).  Chicago in 5

Cigars and Scotch…Blackhawks sharpen the tomahowks on the NorthStars, I mean Wild.  Done in 5

#2 Anaheim vs. #7 Detroit

PB – This couldn’t have been a better matchup for the Wings. They have been in playoff mode for the last two weeks trying to secure a playoff spot. Finally won a couple back to back in regulation since early in the season. Anaheim is solid on two lines with the latest big money deals for Perry and Getzloff. The Ducks have been solid this season except for when they face the Red Wings. I believe the Ducks will play the win one for Teemu card but I just don’t know if that will translate into wins. They match up well and this could be a fun series for sure. I know my partner will pick the Wings but I just don’t know if they have enough this year. Ducks in 7

King– Well, Detroit..you made it.  I’m guessing that Zeke didn’t want to be the “captain” that broke the tradition of making the playoffs.  I don’t blame him.  I agree with my co-writers opinion that Anaheim is going to play up the “win one for The Finnish Flash” card.  I really don’t have a good vibe on this series.  Part of me thinks that the Wings are playing like some of the teams they’ve faced in the past.  Those hungry teams clawing and fighting to get into the playoffs.  Part of me is not sure they have enough firepower to win this round.  The good news is that in the playoffs you don’t have to score a ton to win, you just have to play solid.  Detroit in 7

Cigars and Scotch….Scotty Bowman enlisted to yell at players.  Wings get payback and take it in 6.

#3 Vancouver vs. #6 San Jose

PB – Well for those fantasy hockey people you know what I am going to say is all about the Sedin twins and their numbers. Oops wrong blog article. Anyway they have a goalie issue in Canuck land……………………….again, oh wait not again but still. San Jose got into the playoffs but man they really looked pedestrian in the final weeks. Both teams battle tested and hard working but one thing stands out to me on this series….Joe Thornton. He had not had success in the playoffs and I just don’t see it happening again this year. Canuckville in 7

King-This is my humble opinion, but I think this is the weakest of the series in the first round.  Vancouver at times looked great and then at other times looked very ordinary.  And before people say, well those ordinary times were Lou’s fault…remember the Schneider had more losses.  True he played more as well.  San Jose just looks like San Jose usually does.  They are just there.  Nothing special this year.  Vancouver riot after 6 wins

Cigars and Scotch….ZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz.  Huh.  Flip coin and Sharks pull it out in 7

#4 St. Louis vs. #5 Los Angeles

PB – By far the winner of this matchup will have more bumps, bruises, and walking wounded than any other in my opinion. Both teams are big, skilled, and fast which should translate into a fun series for sure. Dustin Brown will be back from suspension and the Kings are healthy going into the series. The Blues are healthy and ready because Hitchcock said so and we all know if Kenny says it you better do it. One team on the rise in the Blues and one team already knowing how to win the Cup in the Kings. I see this one back and forth and a couple of OT’s……….Kings in 7 in OT

King – This is my second favorite series in this round.  I agree with PB as this will be one hard fought battle.  The Blues are one of those teams that just seems to be on the brink of greatness.  They have a great core and seem to buy into Kenny’s (Yeah, I called him Kenny)plan.  The Kings are quickly moving up my list of favorite teams.  They kind of snuck into the playoffs last year, but man they tore it up.  As an ex-NHL fan use to say (you know that other guy that does most of the writing on this blog), you have to win sometime in the playoffs to get the experience.  It doesn’t magically just appear.  I do believe that this is still the King’s cup to lose.  Kings in 7

Cigars and Scotch…Defending champs sharpen the crown and pull it out in 6. Kings.

Well, there you have it folks.  Check back after this round and we’ll let you know how we all did.  And if we can lie convince Cigars and Scotch that this is fun, we’ll bring you them back for round 2.  In the meantime, check out their podcast:

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One response to “2013 NHL Playoff picks

  1. Nicely Done fellas! And yeah, still boycotting. Not watching, Still haven’t figured out Cricket yet, though.

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