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2013 – 2014 NHL Playoff Predictions

Yes, we’re doing it again this year.  Making our predictions……

Western Conference

(1) COL v (WC) MIN

PB- I have a little bias on this match up. Two players on Minnesota decided they wanted to “go home” rather than come to a winner like the Red Wings. Expectations are a beotch eh Zach and Ryan? Seriously Colorado is a solid squad with youth and goaltending. In today’s NHL speed kills and with St. Patrick behind the bench they look like a good one to move on to the next round. Aves in 6.

King – I will start this prediction by laying out a fact.  I have no love at all for Minnie.  From the whole State of Hockey complaining, to the stupid logo, to their owner complaining about the high price of salaries WHILE signing two players for mucho bucks.  Now that I got my personal feelings out of the way, it’s down to opinion of this match up.  I personally believe that Colorado has over achieved this year.  Don’t get me wrong, I think they have a darn good team…just not that great.  That being said, I still think that youth will carry this team at least through the first round.  Aves in 5.

(1) ANA v (WC) DAL

PB- This one is a great matchup of a pairing that is really good Getzloff and Perry vs Benn and Seguin. They should be as advertized but I just don’t think Dallas has enough to spread it around where the waterfowl have more supporting cast members to take them to the next round. Ever heard of a guy named Selanne? The Mighty Ducks in 6

King – I actually like this match up.  Although Ducks had a little struggle towards the end of the season, I really like this team.  Dallas is one of those teams busting it’s hump trying to make the playoffs and has been in that mode for alittle while.  I’m going with the Ducks that are mighty though as I think they just have a tad bit better team.  Ducks in 7

(2) STL v (3) CHI

PB- This is going to be a hard one to figure this year. Chicago and St. Louis are both hurting with top players either coming off injury or are hopefully coming back soon. Both solid squads and hard working. Chitown has a couple of cups and plenty of playoff experience where the Blues are still figuring out their way through the world. I just hate to say this but the Blackhawks in 5.

King – St. Louis has just looked awful toward the end of the year.  They just have too many players not scoring and although high scoring games are not the norm in the playoffs…you do need goals to win. 5 goals in your last 7 games isn’t going to cut it.  St. Louis is one of those teams I would love to see advance..but I don’t see it this year.  Sigh Blackhawks in 5.

(2) SJ v (3) LA

PB- Wow an all Cali matchup! Now that worked out well for them as unlike in the past when the Wings were suppose to travel to and from Cali for a round or two. That said time to embrace the new NHL and this fine matchup. SJ has a well balanced attack but they have one major flaw in their program Joe Thornton. He has all the talent in the world but has never been successful in the playoffs. LA has a cup recently and plenty of size and speed to take over this series and a huge plus by the name of Quick. Kings crown the Sharks in 6.

King – San Jose…San Jose…when are you going to get a break and have a great playoff run?  I unfortunately don’t see it this year.  Quick seems to have bounced back from his injury prior to the Olympics and finished extremely strong.  Niemi doesn’t raise the same level of confidence going into the playoffs.  Could this be the place where Miller ends up???  Kings in 7.

Eastern Conference

(1) BOS v (WC) DET

PB- Great original six matchup for the first round. Boston is solid but somehow the Wings won the season series 3-1. Boston has a cup with plenty of playoff experienced players where the Wings and the youth movement seem to love the opportunity to play and show they are up to the task. This one is going to be one to go down to the wire and in typical fashion I see a couple of overtime games in this series. Boston is strong but I see the Wings pulling the upset in 7.

King-I know alot of people are expecting this to be the one upset this year.  I mean, as PB pointed out, they were 3 to 1 winners in the regular season.  They are very similar in play.  I on the other hand believe this is the year that the “new guys” from Detroit learn their lesson of what the playoffs are all about….Bruins in 6

(2) TAM v (3) MON

PB- Too bad that Montreal pulled the Lightening in the first round. Oh wait I think that was a good thing for them. The bolts lost their goalie to the dreaded upper body injury even though it looked like he was shot in the leg. As much as I really like Stamkos the bolts just don’t have Stevie Y lacing up the skates and Marty is now on the Rangers. Leadership is lacking but the Canadians have a huge thing working for them a little hot streak and a great goalie in Price. Montreal in 6.

King – Montreal has been my “meh” team of the year.  I think they’re alright, but haven’t really done anything to make me say wow.  I do like the pick up of Vaneck although in his last playoffs he was -7 in 7 games.  Tampa has that something this year.  Everyone said, “they’ll crumble” when Stamkos went down…guess what, they still won.  Everyone said, “they’re crazy” when they traded away St. Louis…guess what, they continued to win.  I pick Tampa in 7

(1) PIT v (WC) CLB

PB- Hey Columbus welcome to the playoffs for the second time in your history. The Pens will welcome you with a solid effort and flopping flower (aka Fleury) will tighten up and play solid. The most important thing is the Pens have a lot of firepower and I just don’t see the Bluejackets able to match that scoring ability. Pains me to say this but the non-flying birds in 6.

King – I’m not that crazy about this round.  I think that Pittsburgh is happy they pulled Columbus and not Detroit, but I’m not too sure about that feeling.  Something in the gut tells me this is the one upset that happens every year.  Bobrovsky scares me as it seems he’s on his game and this is the time to do that.  Call me crazy…Columbus in 7

(2) NYR v (3) PHI

PB- This is will be the most hard hitting of the series in both Conferences. The Rangers are solid and have plenty of leadership and playoff experience to boot. The Flyers started really slow but built a solid season behind balance scoring and plenty of grit. The biggest “If” is if Henrik Lundqvist can stand on his head and take over a game or two. I love both teams but the magic eight ball says Rangers in 7 with 3 overtime games.

King – Ohhhh, this is match up I can’t wait to see.  Most people wrote off the Flyers after their horrible start, but man..they picked up their play so much.  The Rangers look sharp, but something about them seems alittle off.  I’m thinking if Mason can play out of his mind…which is a stretch but doable….UPDATE: Mason is now unavailable with an “upper body injury.”  I will still stick with my pick, but it just became alot harder! Flyers in 7

Five Thoughts on a Friday…”The Zombie edition”

Hello?  Where did everyone go?   Oh, is that someone out there???  Can you hear me?  If so, here are the items of the week.

1. My partner is alive out there somewhere..I know he is.  How do I know this…I keep receiving this video from him.  Is this some type of weird code?

2.  The trade deadline has come and gone and it was pretty much a snoozefest.  I’m wondering if this Canadian was listening to it on the radio or something?

3.  Seriously?  Is this a Saturday Night Live spoof?   Am I being Punk’d?

4.  Sigh…this was waiting to happen.

5.  If you ever wanted to have a sign that we have finally given up on life…this is got to be a good start or maybe end?.

Well, that’s it folks…if anyone is even out there!  Have a great weekend!

2013 3rd Round NHL Predictions

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.

 

Blatant plug: Dont forget to download the Cigars and Scotch Podcast from iTunes, Stitcher, or TuneIn Radio.”

Five Thoughts -“How to negotiate for a new job” version

I’ve come to the conclusion that the next time I’m applying for a new job, I’m bringing Beer with me.  Most people want to get the expense account, the company car..not me, I want to get Beer’s vacation schedule.  That being said, I’m on my own as Beer is gone again.

1. Oh yeah, I’m running the show.  Everyone knows what that means…VIDEOS!!!  I’m starting the list off with one of the movies that really brings me back to my youth.  Ultraman, Johnny Socko and his Giant Robot…

2. So I have to admit, that even this has me dumbfounded. How do you drunk drive a bridge? I mean, reaction time doesn’t have to be the greatest. Am I missing something here or isn’t it as simple as if boat is present, keep bridge up…if boat is gone, lower bridge?

3.One of my littlest has started a great comment on things he comes across in life now.  His line is, “Now, they’re just making stuff up!”  That line came to my head the moment I read this article by some of the people we trust in our lives. MMMmmm..hungry?

4. Geek alert…There is always a question that the geeks ask, why aren’t there any real superheroes in our real world?  I’m not talking about ones with super powers, obviously even nerds understand a little reality…but Batman and Iron Man are based on normal guys.  Well, it looks as though the income from the movie franchise alone wouldn’t be enough!

5. Speaking of Iron Man 3, if you have been living in a hole and haven’t seen what it’s about..here is a little different trailer to entice you to go see it.

Well, that’s it folks. Have a great weekend and enjoy it.  We all know that Beer already has started to enjoy his!

2013 2nd Round NHL Playoffs

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!”

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:

Five Thoughts on a Friday -“Hello Everybody”

Hello everybody!  I’ve finally been able to make a return appearance writing for the blog.  So since, Beer is off on one of his famous boondoggles, I’m starting this blog off with a video to just say hello everybody….

1.  Since it’s been a very somber week, I really don’t want
to bring anyone else down any further. However, after reading about this individual I need to let people know about him.  I do have to admit that I’m not sure I’d be hanging out with this guy though going forward. I mean I’ve heard of bad luck, but I think this fella needs to lock himself in his house and not leave for a little while.

2.  It’s a miracle.  How could 2 teams, unknown “experts” and sports fans have not figured out the problem?  Man, I’m glad this guy knew what to do and why is he not employeed by a team somewhere if this is true??

3. Yeah, I got nothing for this clip.  It just cracks me up.

4. You know, you’d think as humans we’d learn from our mistakes. Heck, you’d think that we’d learn from others mistakes even better because we all know we like to say stuff like, “Man, what were they thinking?” In the wake of some dumb advertising choices lately, you’d think you’d really watch your procedures and protocols. I’m guessing this ad agency wasn’t doing that.

5.  Okay, I’d like to take a moment and apologizes to our normal readers.  Those that have been with us through the years know my hatred for Hollywoods remakes.  I’m about to eat crow people….this looks like a fantastic summer “shut the brain down” enjoyable movie that I can’t wait for:

Okay folks.  Sorry as this is not up to the normal Beer standards as he’s off on his boondoggle and I’ve got to get my typing fingers back in the groove of things.  I think I need to finish this post though with a song in honor of the Beer having fun. Hmmm, I think he’ll be using this song title alot: