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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.”

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: