What is the world coming to!!! Maybe we should stop having guest picking series. Here is the outcome of the first round predictions:
- PB- 4 correct
- King- 4 correct
- Cigars and Scotch -what the world…..6 correct???
I think something is wrong here, but to quote CigarsandScotch…”75% right in the first round! Nailed the Western Conference and split the East. Suck on that!!!”
So here we go with round 2:
(1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (7) Ottawa Senators
PB – One of two 1 vs 7 matchups this playoff season. Guess what? I still hate Cindy Crosby and think the team was more complete without him in the lineup. The Pens have a situation brewing if the Fleury meltdown is a sign of things to come. Vokoun is just good this could be a sweep but if he has a Fleury moment the Sens could take the series. Ottawa has something in the water up there as they have played well without their stars. Problem is…….well they are playing the Pens. I see this one as a tight series and sure will be entertaining for sure. Pens in 7 but I still hate Cindy!!!
King- So, I’m pretty impressed with the way the Sens handled Montreal. I have to admit I didn’t see this one coming (obviously as you can see from my pick). The bigger question is which goalie will show up for the Pens. The one that stops pucks or the one that is ready for the gol season to start. I’m also starting to believe in the power of the mustache. I’m going against the grain here and I’m going Sens in 6
CigarsandScotch-The Battle of the Shortened Names, or the “Syd the Kid Media Extravaganza,” ends with a severe arse whoopin’ on the Sens. They are impeached and sent packing. Penguins in 5.
(4) Boston Bruins vs. (6) New York Rangers
PB – Momentum is on the side of the team that won their game 7. UUummm well that would be both teams. The momentum is on the side of the team that finally found their scoring touch…..that would be both teams again. Damnit. Oh well both teams fought hard to make this round but I see one glaring problem in this series, Boston is almost bipolar. They are one team one night and another team the next. They have been really inconsistent and their pick up of Jagr well really has not paid off…..yet. Nash is good but he has never played this deep into the playoffs before and Boston has. Potential loss of Boychuk could be huge. Coin flip has Boston in 6
King – Living across the water from Windsor, which is no way near Toronto, I could still hear the gasp from the fans in Toronto about their team losing a game 7 in O/T after leading 4-1 in the 3rd period. Yikes. That being said, I’m not too sure I’m in love with the team the Bruins have become in the playoffs. I’m no Rangers fan, but man, give credit where credit is due. I didn’t think they had it in them to play good hockey and win the series against Washington. That being said, I’m going against my own heart and picking the Rangers in 7
CigarsandScotch- Old time hockey, coach! Now we are talkin’. None of this mamby pamby California-latte-drinking hockey. This is what we call playoff hockey. (Wings and Hawks, too!) WE have big playoff beards and crushed cans of Hamms in the corner of the locker room. Sticking with the original projection and taking the Bruins in 6. (How can you not after they come back from 3 goals down!)
Western Conference Semifinals
(1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (7) Detroit Red Wings
PB – One team is down right scary good this whole season. The Blackhawks have talent on all lines and they all contribute, two solid goaltenders, solid defense, and a coach that has won a Cup. That said the Wings have shown me something that I knew they had but they saved it for the playoffs and that is heart. Their best players needed to be at their best and they were. Howard is underrated in my opinion by those in the NHL so this is when he can make a name for himself and totally steal a series. I see this one of two ways it can go the way of the regular season and the Hawks sweep or they can go a tough 7 games. Split the difference and say the Hawks in 6.
King – Living in the Detroit market, I have to chuckle when the local fans were calling for Mrazek to be the starting goalie over Jimmy Howard. I mean come on, Jimmy has played fantastic this playoff round and almost won it by himself. He’s going to need to be that good or better for the Wings to make it through this round. Although all games this season except for the Easter massacre was decided by overtime or shootout, I pick the Blackhawks in 7
CigarsandScotch-Ok, here is what is going to happen: Quenneville threatens his team by stating that he will “shave the stache'” with Stan Makita’s ’61 skates.” The team rallies behind this threat. The Wings respond with threats of limo rides down Woodward with Mr. Illitch at the wheel. Hawks in 6.
(5) Los Angeles Kings vs. (6) San Jose Sharks
PB – Did the Sharks play in the first round? I didn’t even notice. They didn’t even break a sweat against the Canucks. I think they brought Jamie Baker out of retirement to score on the Canucks. The Kings proved they are still a tough hard nosed team that can grind out another cup if they keep this up. I don’t see a fun time for the Sharks in this battle of California. Just waiting for Joe Thornton to go all Joe Thornton and have one hell of a series…..NOT!! The Kings are solid and I see changes coming to the Sharks this off season. The Kings channel their inner purple sweaters and take this one and the Sharks don’t even know what hit them. Kings in 5
CigarsandScotch-The Battle of Cali! This is absurd. California teams battling it out in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Cats and Dogs sleeping together! Mass Hysteria! Sharks upend the defending champs in 6.
King- Seriously, did anyone think the Sharks were going to handle the Canucks the way they did? I mean, I knew that that series was going to be a snoozer, but come on… The Kings on the other hand remembered what it took to be winners and showed the Blues. I’m hoping Quick learned his lesson about puck handling and plays like he did at the end of the series. Kings in 6
There you have it folks. I’m personally hoping I do a better job this round. Also, it’s only fair since he had a great 1st round I leave you with another quote from Cigars and Scotch…
“Listen to Cigars and Scotch podcast or I’ll be bringing those Quenneville clippings over to your house for Sunday brunch!”