The Hockey Spy's NHL Playoff Predictions: Eastern Conference (Round One)

Christopher RockContributor IApril 15, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - JANUARY 13:  Sidney Crosby #87 and Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skate against the Philadelphia Flyers on January 13, 2009 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Flyers 4-2.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Hockey Spy adds to the run of playoff predictions out there in cyberspace, tossing you his 20 pesos worth.

My colleague Greg Caggiano (G-Cagg) at The Hockey Writers has a great rundown in his version of playoff predictions.

The Two-Line Pass via Puck Daddy also has interesting take on the upcoming quest for Lord Stanley.

Let's break down the Eastern Conference first.

Eastern Conference (First Round):

Boston Bruins (1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (8)

- Goalies: "The Tank" Thomas > "Shakey" Carey Price
- Defense: Chara & Wideman et al (et al = the rest) >>Markov, Komo, and Schneider et al
- Forwards: Savard, Kessel, Krejci and plenty of depth > Kovalev, Koivu et al

*Fearless Prediction: Bruins in Five

Washington Capitals (2) vs. New York Rangers (7)

- Goalies: "King" Henrik Lundquist >> Theodore
- Defense: Mike Green et al >> Marc Staal et al
- Forwards: Great 8, Semin, Backstrom >>> Drury, Gomez et al

* Fearless Prediction
: Caps in Five


New Jersey Devils (3) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (6)

- Goalies: Brodeur > Ward (but closer than you think!)
- Defense: Devils > Canes (only because of Devils defensive team play)
- Forwards: Parise, Elias, Gionta et al > Staal, Whitney, Cole et al (slight advantage Devils)

* Fearless Prediction: Devils in Seven


Pittsburgh Penguins (4) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (5)

- Goalies: MA Fleury > Niitymaki/Biron
- Defense: Gonchar, Boucher, Letang et al > Timmonen & Coburn et al
- Forwards: Malkin, SC87, Staal, Guerin, Kunitz et al > Mike Richards, Jeff Carter et al

* Fealess Prediction
: Penguins in Six

Feel free to comment, criticize and post your own picks.


Christopher Rock

aka The Hockey Spy