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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.”

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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!”

Feb. 27th – Canadian Holiday?

So you’re saying to yourself, I’m looking on the calendar and I don’t see any holiday listed on that day. Well, you have to look at a different calendar to see this holiday. It’s on the NHL calendar…yup, it’s Trade Day.

The days of the blockbuster trades maybe done, but I still find myself glued to the Trade Tracker from tsn.ca. As we approach that day, I started to think back to some of my favorite trade days and one immediately popped into my mind…March 23rd, 1999.

We had a bunch of Red Wing fans in my office and we had the radio going as well as the internet checks. Then we started to hear the Wings were making moves. They picked up Bill Ranford. Then they picked up Wendel Clark. Holy Smokes…everyone was wondering what was going on with Ken Holland, then we heard the words….Detroit picks up Chelios for what..nothing? For those youngsters who didn’t know Chelios back in the day..have no idea what an enemy he and the Blackhawks were to us Wing fans.

For that matter, Wendel Clark was another major thorn in Detroit’s side.

Although I think those days of blockbuster trades are gone, I’m still looking forward to see how the landscape is going to change after the “Canadian Holiday.”

What is your favorite trade that you remember?

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The Holiday Road edition

Howdy folks! here we are back at it again with another weekend staring us down. Friday morning is kind of like seeing the finish line, isn’t it? You may run out of gas before you get there, but you know you should still be able to coast across it and finish the race for the week.

  1. Sitting here this morning enjoying a French Roast coffee from the new coffee shop by the house. Quite enjoyable. Needed a little bit of a break from the… what would be lower than “swill” be? That’s how I would describe the coffee at the office. The french roast though? Nice. And it isn’t Starbucks. No offense, just don’t care for the coffee there. Something about just doesn’t sit right. The fact that this came from Biggby, which is based in my home state? A nice little bonus.
  2. There’s been some NHL news lately. No, I’m not going to get into the whole Kovalchuck contract thing and the resulting “The sky is falling” speculation of some writers and bloggers. I’m talking about something else. Just when you didn’t think the NHL could do much else to shoot itself in the foot, out comes this tidbit. The Prince of Wales Trophy that was at the recent Blackhawk fan convention had the wrong team engraved on it!  Um, guys? You might want to proofread those things before they go out.
  3. If you’ve ever wanted to see some guy’s “Man Card” revoked, live on the air. Here you go. ESPN and the fine folks on the internet have just been destroying this guy, and I’m certainly not going to stick up for him. This morning, news is out that maybe they aren’t a couple anymore. I wonder why…?
  4. In the completely self indulgent department… We recently got new trash and recycle bins from the city, as they’ve changed trash services and we now have those bins that can be picked up automatically by the truck. This means I no longer have to use my old recycle bin that the city had issued. What do I do with it now, I wonder? Give it back? Recycle the recycle bin?
  5. A while back we did our “On the Internet” post. We meant it as honest advice, even if we tried to do it in a bit of a silly manner. Seems it’s still valid. If a guy like MythBusters (A favorite show of mine) host Adam Savage can make an honest mistake with what info gets online, any of us can.

And with that, I’m punching the clock and ending the week on this blog post. Especially since we’re operating half staffed today. Since the King loves to point out me being gone when he fills in on a Friday, I figured I’d return the favor. See, he’s gone all Clark Griswold on us this week. Loaded the clan into the family truckster and all. Hope Wallyworld wasn’t closed when you got there man!

So in honor of my co-blogger’s road trip adventure:
(Edit – I have NO idea why the embedding on the video isn’t working. Everything looks right. It’s supposed to show Holiday Road, by Lindsay Buckingham. You know, the Theme from National Lampoon’s Vacation.)

Have  a great weekend everyone!
-Beer

And It’s the Hawks!

After 49 years, the Blackhawks have hoisted the Stanley Cup again.

As for us? Well, we finally both got it right for once. We had picked the Hawks to win it. Hey, we had to get one right eventually, didn’t we?

With that, the silly season can now begin. Next year officially becomes “This Year”, and the whole thing starts over. So who will be the teams to watch (in the offseason)? Hard to say.

  • Chicago – The defending champs always bear watching. Even if it’s just to see what crazy things they do with the Stanley Cup.
  • New Jersey – Still haven’t hired a coach but, they’re the Devils. They can be a machine at times.
  • Phoenix – The fact they they were a good team this year gets lost in the fact that the ownership situation down there is, to be charitable… A train wreck. That train wreck is of course, why we have to keep watching. Can’t look away.
  • Pittsburgh – No longer the defending champs. Still very young and talented though. But rumors of a big name like Malkin being moved have started to surface. (Chicago, with a bunch of good young players should watch this too. It could happen to them before long). Does it actually happen? We’ll find out.
  • Tampa Bay – New owner, new GM, new coach. Watch to see who stays, who goes, and maybe mostly importantly… who they bring in.
  • Carolina – Strange things are afoot, with the owner looking for a partner to take a minority ownership stake. In the meantime, they’re cutting payroll well below the salary cap. You never want to hear that as a fan.

Those are just a few of the teams that jump out to me as I write this. Of course, as the off season progresses things can change fast. Two weeks ago, I’d have probably put Detroit on the list, but they got Lidstrom and Holmstrom signed, and now it looks like they’ll be pretty quiet. Will Atlanta make some noise? They usually don’t, but time will tell.

Later folks!
-Beer

The NHL Playoffs – Stanley Cup Finals Edition!

Well folks. Here we are. The NHL Stanley Cup finals.

Last night, Philadelphia beat Montreal 4-2 to advance to the finals where they will face the Chicago Blackhawks (who swept the San Jose Sharks). So much for me wanting an Original six final.

For the record, the picks for the conference finals were:

Beer: Chicago/Montreal
King: San Jose/Montreal

We do feel the need to apologize to Montreal. We hadn’t picked them at all until the conference finals, and that pick came with the following warning: King:  Just that this guarantees Montreal’s failure since we’ve never picked them until now.” Sorry about that one, Habs.

Anyways, the picks for the Finals!

Beer: Chicago. I’ve been saying since they swept the sharks that by rights, they should mop the floor with whoever came out of the east. Well, now we know it’s Philadelphia. I expect the Flyers will make it tough but fall in the end. The Blackhawks are going to bring home Stanley.

King: Blackhawks, they seem to be following the plan. Last year, conference finals to lose to rival. Old school team…..make it this year after a little trouble in the first round.

So there you have it folks. We’re voting Blackhawks. (Now watch the Flyers somehow win!)

Enjoy the games!
Beer and King


The NHL Playoffs – Conference Finals

And then there were four. The difference between the East and the West? As big as possible. A fan’s dram or nightmare, depending on your point of view.

Prince of Wales Conference Finals (Eastern Conference)

(7) Philadelphia versus (8) Montreal
Yes, you are reading that correctly. It’s the two BOTTOM seeds in the east. Montreal has been busy playing giant killer, beating Washington and Pittsburgh. Philadelphia had been the quieter of the two, just moving along and beating Buffalo and then grabbing everyone’s attention by coming back from being down 0-3 against Boston.

Clarence Campbell Conference Finals (Western Conference)

(1) San Jose versus (2) Chicago
Standings wise, the polar opposite of the East. The top two seeds have advanced to the conference finals in the West. Chicago makes a return trip (They lost to Detroit last year in a tough series reminiscent of the old Norris Division days) while San Jose is shedding their “playoff underperformers” label.

The picks! (This was a real time discussion between Beer and the King)

Beer: I’m not even going to justify my picks with logic. I want old school. I want tradition. I want an original six matchup in the Stanley Cup finals for the 1st time since 1979. I want to see Chicago and Montreal. That’s my pick.

King: I would like to see Chicago/Montreal, but believe it’s going to be  San Jose versus Montreal in the Cup finals. One versus Eight.

Beer: Anything you’d like to say in the post beyond what you just did?

King:  Just that this guarantees Montreal’s failure since we’ve never picked them until now.

So there we go. Beer goes with Chicago/Montreal while King goes San Jose/Montreal. Let’s see what happens!
(Note: As of this post, Chicago is up 1-0 on San Jose and Philadelphia is up 1-0 on Montreal)

Take Care folks
Beer & King