Sigh. It appears that we really should stop having guest pick out winners for the NHL playoffs. Here is the updated score sheet:
PB- 8 correct
King- 6 correct (for the record, I did pick the length of two of the series in the 2nd round)
Cigars and Scotch -9 correct
Western Conference (LA Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks):
King-Sigh, although I did pick the Hawks to win in 7, I was hoping for a miracle. It did not happen. I do think Detroit scare alot of people in Chicago and showed the rest of the league that you don’t need multi-million dollar signings by a whining owner to play great hockey. (I’m looking at you Minnesota!) I also believe when Quick is on his game, he’s one scary goalie. He’s looked on his game lately. Wait….a message coming in….Dustin Brown…please put Shaw through the boards..signed Flippula. Kings in 6
CigarsandScotch -[Holds envelope up to head] Food in the crown!
[Blows into envelope] The Hawks will take the Kings out to lunch!
Okay, the ‘Hawks escaped with their headpieces intact from the Wings and have some serious mojo working for them. Sharp and Toews are coming around. Add that jerk Hossa and his buddy Kane and the Blackhawk forwards are strong.
Crawford has been standing on his head as of late and he could be the difference in this series.
The Kings are just solid all around. They are big, deep, and sound. Bottom line, though is Quick. He carries this team on his back. Unfortunately, it is not big enough.
Hawks topple the Kings in 6.
PB – This will not be as fun a series as the Wings v. Hawks. LA should not even be allowed to have a hockey team as 98% of that whole area does not even know who Eddie Shore is. I saw a lot of holes in the Hawks game but I will leave that to LA to figure out. Toews was being sucked off as a great leader by NBC against the Wings but showed he is not as mentally strong as other captains. LA has solid d-men that can handle the forecheck of the Hawks. Oh did I mention that LA has the best goalie in the league in Quick? This series comes down to both teams are happy the Wings are moving East next year. Oh wait that’s another topic (hee hee hee). Bottom line is both teams are solid but there is only one Quick. Dustin Brown smashes Andrew Shaw into the boards and takes out the first three rows of Hawks fans. Kings in 5
Eastern Conference (Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins)
King-I’m starting to believe there is someone with a sillier playoff beard than Crosby…Shaw from the Blackhawks. Will Iginla be this years Hossa after turning the offer from Boston down to watch them hold up the cup? I’m not sure if Boston is that great or New York was that bad, but if they can win a series with Rask playing net as Jackie Chan’s Drunken Master……they are my pick. I’m so sorry to Boston for turning my back on you. Please Cam Neely forgive me and welcome me back into the family. Bruins in 7
CigarsandScotch-[Holds envelope up to head] Cleaning their claws
[Blows into envelope] What the Bruins will be doing after this series
I am sticking with the Bruins all the way through this thing. I think their aggressive forechecking style will really slow the Pens down enough for Lucic to stay hot. Watch out for Marchand as well.
The Pens have Vokoun playing like crazy now, so if they can break the Bruins checking and out skate them, Vokoun will keep them in the game to let them score a boatload of goals.
Bruins squeak by in 7.
PB – One of my favorite teams in the Bruins because my youngest son thinks Seguin is awesome from his days as a Plymouth Whaler. ( Like the OHL reference?) Thing is Boston is solid on all four lines with no real “Superstar” that a team can key on. The Pens however were channeling their inner wannabe late 90’s Red Wings and put a collection of future HOFers for a Cup run. FYI I still think Crosby is a #ussy (Trying to keep it PG for ya King) Feel bad for Vokoun because Boston will crash the net hard and look out for Chara’s 100+ mph slapper from the point. Love Iginla but sorry to say the run is over. Bruins in 6 with all games going into 2 OT’s.
And since CigarsandScotch has had a stellar run in these predictions, I’ve got to give them their due. Here’s a little message from them.
“Bring it, Ladies! 75% right last round. Wait, what was that? Didn’t we pick 75% in the first round as well? Damn straight! Vegas is calling right now. Gotta go.
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