The NHL Playoffs have been nothing short of amazing so far. The Conference Championship match-ups are set, Chicago-Detroit and Carolina-Pittsburgh.
Chicago has looked very impressive so far in this playoffs, getting to the Conference Finals for the first time since 1995. They did very well against Calgary and Vancouver, beating them both in six. In game six they left on a very high note, winning 7-5 and star player, Patrick Kane, got his first ever “hat trick”.
They now play the Detroit Red Wings, a very tough series for any team. They swept the Blue Jackets, the overall score of that series was 18-7, 12-2 through the first three games.
They then played the Anaheim Ducks who were coming off beating the President's Trophy Winning San Jose Sharks. Detroit struggled and had to beat them in a final minute goal in game 7, but the entire series was controversial. Game 2 went to three overtimes, game 3 had a goal nullified, and the series had some crazy fights after games 3 and 6. It was a very good series but the best team did prevail.
The Penguins played in a second-round series that had the most hype in a long time. The two best players in the game met and they did not disappoint.
They both had a hat trick in the same game and the series was pushed to seven, where the penguins won 6-2 in Washington. Pittsburgh is playing really good in the playoffs, a lot better than anyone thought they would after beating their rival and the No. 2 seed.
They now play the sixth-seeded Carolina Hurricanes. But don't let that six confuse you, because the 'Canes have beaten the New Jersey Devils and the Eastern favorite, top-seeded Boston Bruins. Game 7 was amazing against the Bruins, it was perfectly set up.
Carolina had a 3-1 lead in the series and the Bruins won two straight to draw even. Game 7 went into overtime where Carolina won. It was probably the biggest upset or at least equal to the Ducks-Sharks in this year's playoffs.
My predictions are Wings over Hawks in five and Penguins over Canes in six, for a Stanley Cup rematch.