As the hockey world prepares for the biggest, most revered series in the sport—the Stanley Cup Finals—two teams on opposite sides of North America prepare for their first appearance on the big stage since the early 90's.
For the Boston Bruins, the most recent year they won the Eastern Conference was 1990—until now. For the Vancouver Canucks, they last won the Western Conference in 1994. No players remain on their current rosters either of those two Cup-contending teams; this is a completely new experience for everyone.
While they skate vigorously up and down the ice in their practice rinks, all of us who don't have to actually play in the games are still preparing for them. Except, for us, it's our predictions, not our game faces.
There's a lot of uncertainty about how the Bruins and Canucks will match up against each other. As it usually is, these two opponents only met once this year—a 3-1 win for Boston. How will the two veteran goaltenders on each end of the ice compare? Can the Sedin twins take control of the series? What about Boston's dangerous top line?
We make our crazy, outlandish and unmistakably bold 15 predictions for the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals right here.