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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 “What the What?!?!” Edition

Hello friends it’s your friendly neighborhood PB bringing you this week’s Five Thoughts on a Friday. This week was a lot of fun with it being Halloween and all. Hope yours was not as soggy as ours. If you are wondering where Beer is well that is hard to say. Something about work and actually doing it to get paid or some damn thing like that, so here I am. Just like Huey Lewis and the News say working for a living right?

Let’s check out what we have going this week shall we?

  1. Like the title says this week is “What the What” and boy is this a doozy. If you wear a costume that says you are one thing, please don’t get arrested for doing it to someone else like let’s say your boyfriend. Just another example that alcohol can lead stupid people to do even more stupid things.
  2. Once in a while even in sports you can make a “What the What” moment. I have played various sports in my days and watched plenty more with friends but this one was truly a “OH HELL!!” moment. If you are a professional soccer player you know the rules buddy.
  3. This one is also from the ranks of too much alcohol can get you into places and situations that when you wake up you say “What the What?!?!?” I know that would be my reaction if I found myself being arrested as I woke up on the back of a horse
  4. This one is a story and non-story at the same time. The man at the center of this story has passed on. Good thing is they didn’t do to him like what he did to a dead whale back in 1970. How does this tie into the theme today you ask? He did what to what to a whale and it did what?!?! Thank you George for this moment most will never forget! 
  5. This is what you don’t want to find when you are hunting ever. If you are in a tree stand and you shoot a deer wait a little longer to come down and check out your prize. If there is another buck hanging around and won’t leave when you come down, I would stay back and do not mess with that buck for sure!! Good thing these guys are quick.

Well folks that’s the Five Thoughts for this week. Hope you had a wonderful Halloween and received lots of treats and no tricks, unless you’re into that kinda thing. In honor of a ground breaking artist that passed this week we say thank you Lou Reed and see you on the Wild side.

 

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Weird, Gross, Painful, and Freekin’ Cool “Edition

Hello Folks! You guessed right it’s time for Five Thoughts on a Friday the PB edition. As you can tell from the title it will be the start of the annual October festivities of Halloween soon! I hope to entertain you and not in a scary way……..I hope. The bin is full of thrilling items so as Vincent Price said in a great 80’s song “It’s time for, the THRILLER!!!”

  1. This one is from the “Weird” file. I think we all at one time said I wish I could just disappear for a little while. There are even those times when in a fit of anger you may have said “DROP DEAD!” to someone you like or don’t like. But this guy takes it to a whole new level by wanting to come back from the dead? How does one handle it when a judge says “your dead honey.”  
  2. This one is from the file marked “Cool”. For all of those kids that play with Hot Wheels cars love how they change colors this one is right in your wheel house. Sounds like they finally have it down to have your paint job change colors depending on the weather. TOO COOL!!
  3. This one comes from the file marked “Painful”. People tend to make mistakes when messing with drunk people. With that said doesn’t mess with a drunken lady with a hand grip like a vice especially when she is pissed off! Also don’t let her get a hold of the man parts because that will hurt! We all know how it ends when you start messing with Sasquatch
  4. From the files of “Gross” comes this dandy one. I don’t know what possesses people to do such things like not replacing the toilet paper roll when empty or let your pet stick its tongue in your mouth after knowing it uses it to lick parts on themselves. I still shake my head with at the thought of this. If you see something on the floor that resembles food and did not see someone put it there, why would you pick it up and eat it? I guess you can ask this TV weather guy and also enquire how the cat puke tasted. Yep you guess it he ate cat puke on LIVE TV?!?!
  5. Finally this is from the “FREEKIN’ COOL!!!!” file. Only in New York do they get such fun things happening. This one needs no introduction so ladies and gentleman………I give you………………..Sir Paul McCartney!!!!!!

Well all that’s that for this edition of Five Thoughts the PB edition. It is a wonderful sunny day here in Michigan so please get out and enjoy yourself. I feel a little old school Black Sabbath coming on. So in honor of the army getting closer to making this a reality, I know Ironman would be proud!

On behalf of Beer, The King and me PB, have a great weekend everyone!!

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Throw it Together” Edition

Howdy folks! Welcome to this week’s edition of five thoughts. I meant to take notes this week, and have a bunch of fun stuff ready to go, I really did. Of course, you can all probably guess from the title how that all worked out. No notes. So we’re writing this one live! Hey, some bands are famous for their live performances! Yeah, not gonna aim for that though – besides… we’re a bit short on pyrotechnics here at the office. Anyway, on with today’s post!

  1. I see the King and PB got their picks up for the Stanley Cup finals this week. I’m still not watching, and was only vaguely aware of how was playing. I gotta wonder though… What happened to the guys from Cigars and Scotch? Did they get left out because they were beating up on the guys too much?
  2. Okay, I often post stuff “just because I can. And this might be one of those times. Or, some people might think it’s ‘cute’. I don’t. I think a 6 year old catching a massive tarpon is freaking awesome! I just have one question though… Did they have a tether on the little guy to keep him from being pulled into the water by that huge fish?
  3. Staying on, or maybe in this case, in the water… Another cool story popped up this week. It seems there’s an expedition that’s trying to find the wreck of the Griffin. The Griffin is a ship dating back to colonial times, that disappeared on Lake Michigan some 300 years ago. And folks, don’t let the name “Lake Michigan” fool you. It may be fresh water but it’s every bit as dangerous as an ocean.
  4. This one has to be from the “Where on earth to these people find the time to come up with this crap?” department. Apparently, someone got a burr in their saddle and decided to file a lawsuit to challenge the copyright of the song…… “Happy Birthday“. I’m telling you, you can’t make this crap up if you try!
  5. Lastly, what’s a Five Thoughts without a note about something automotive related?  And this week, we have one. I like to call it… “How not to treat a car that’s worth $400,000“. And for those of you who don’t want to bother reading it since you probably already guessed what happened? We have a video!  YIKES!!

Okay folks, that’s this week’s thrown together post and I’m off to enjoy what looks to be a nice weekend. Also – Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there!
In the meantime, a little departure from some of the normal music. We’re gonna go with one that used to be in the tape deck of dad’s car growing up.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Tough Enough” Edition

Howdy folks, and welcome to this week’s edition of Five Thoughts. I’m Beermaker, and I’ll be your guide through this week’s review of the weird, wacky, and just plain dumb. First off, to answer a question… No. I was not on vacation last week. PB just wanted to write Five Thoughts last week, and I think he did a bang up job. So, with that out of the way… Let’s get started!

  1. Now, I’m still officially boycotting the NHL, but I never did stop being a fan of hockey. And having played the game, even at a recreational level, you gain a real appreciation for how tough these guys really are. It’s often said they’re the toughest pro athletes around. Usually that’s made in reference to guys playing with a broken jaw, or a big cut from a high stick, etc. Well, I’m here to tell you folks – it’s been done before in the past, but the gold standard of tough in the NHL was just reaffirmed this past week.  What is said standard? Well, let’s just go with the text from the article….
    “The shot broke Campbell’s leg, specifically the right fibula. He stayed on the ice for 10 seconds, clearly in pain. Then he did something only a hockey player would do. He got up and killed the rest of the penalty off.”
    Go ahead. Read that last part again. The part where we put the hyperlink. He finished killing a penalty. On a Broken Leg. For another 40 seconds. That deserves a video, and I think there’s one that fits perfectly…..
  2. Speaking of tough… For years, Ford Motor Company has used a tagline in their truck advertising, “Built Ford Tough”. Turns out, they may want to start using that line in the Mustang advertising as well. We all saw the devastation from the Tornado that tore through Moore,  Oklahoma. Suffice to say it was tragic, and horrible. It was not enough, however, enough to knock a 2003 Ford Mustang off the road. It survived a direct hit from an EF-5 tornado and kept running! The article is really worth a read.
  3. Changing gears a bit here… We all get crap in the mail. Junk mail, bills, advertising flyers, the usually. What we don’t usually get in the mail is actual, bona-fide, dog crap. But that’s what’s happening in a small town in Spain. When people let their dogs do what the need to do, and then don’t pick it up? The city does. And apparently mails it back to the owner as ‘lost property’. Hey, at least they aren’t leaving it on the front porch in a burning paper bag, right?
  4. It’s not often we get to include a PSA (That would be public service announcement in this case) here in a Five Thoughts post. But today we do. Just remember folks, you can steal the copper from the house, but if you steal and drink some of the beer you find there as well…. The police will find you.
  5. And lastly. Apparently today is National Doughnut Day. And what better way to lead into a new part of a theme part dedicated to the family led by one of the biggest doughnut lovers of all. One Homer J. Simpson. Universal Orlando has released pictures of the new Simpson’s themed area of their park. And it looks hilarious! Any one want to go grab a Krusty Burger? As for the link between Homer and doughnuts? It’s very well documented.

Okay folks, that’s five and I’m looking to get an early start on the weekend. In the meantime, I want to close out here with a song/video just for our very own Kingkielbasa. I’m sure he’ll appreciate the choice here today as he prepares to head across the pond. Nothing like a nice song from The Clash to get you going on a Friday.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

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: