Here are my predictions, and reasons why I believe the Bruins will be beaten in the finals, and the Canucks will be hosting the Stanley Cup come this June. (I wrote this a week ago, but wanted to post it after my playoff pool draft, so no one would know who I was taking, and could then prepare or steal my picks.
First off we start with the Eastern Conference:
The Habitans are just too shook up right now to possibly do anything in this years playoffs. I'll be talking about this the most, and it's goaltending. Price hasn't been the same since playing in the rookie and sophomore game at the All-Star break, nor should I believe Halak can fill that role either.
Then there are the Bruins with just too many weapons. I can see this series being done quickly.
Bruins in five.
Should I say it again? Where is the goaltending, Caps don't have it right now, Theodore will not be able to stop everything the Rangers will put at him.
Then there's the Rangers Henrik Lundqvist who is still a great goaltender, and with already a few playoff years under his belt, I can see he now has the experience to win one or maybe even two rounds. Rangers are only lacking (somehow) offense, their leaders will step up, and adding Antropov at the deadline will some of that need.
Not to mention Avery is a well, Avery, a player you would love to have in the playoffs to push and agitate the other team into errors and losses. Caps have the offense, but it will have to explode four seperate nights to win this series.
Rangers in six.
This is a tough one, but I'll have to go with the Devils. Devils have too much top line power, and a defense that can put a team to sleep. There ain't any defence that can stop Parise this year, and he's got some other great teammates for support.
Carolina has a well-rounded team who will be difficult, watch out for them in Overtime. They have a team that can turn a game around with one switch.
New Jersey in seven.
A amazing talented group of players versus a team who can grind and beat you up into errors.
This will be a great series to watch, everyone should check it out. Flyers actually have a chance to win this series, if their goaltending can steal a game or two (which I can't see Biron doing), and if they continue to forecheck and punish the Pens, they need to just not go over the edge enough to give the Pens power play chances.
I still believe Pens offense is too strong, the powerplay, skill and a still underestimated Fluery is too much for the Flyers.
Pittsburgh in six.
I'll predict more in the next round. But if it were to continue this way.
1. BOS vs 7. NYR - Boston in six, too much depth and hard work from Boston.
3. NJ vs 4. PIT - New Jersey in seven, if the Devils can get past the first round, Brodeur will really start to shine, and then nothing will be able to get past him, not even the likes of Malkin, Crosby, or Gonchar.
1. BOS vs 3. NJ - Boston in six, this is where Thomas will show you what he can do, he'll steal a game, with a few athletic (or as I like to call it Wacky) saves.