My oh so late NHL picks!

Neel PatelContributor IApril 22, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 21:  Dan Boyle #22 of the San Jose Sharks is checked by Bobby Ryan #9 of the Anaheim Ducks as he shoots the puck during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 21, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

I was out of town in Montreal and I saw many hockey fans walking around in their jerseys. Great seen, great hockey town. I came back and had missed the first 2 days of the playoffs, but have caught up these past 2 days and man oh man am I glad. What great games! I don’t think the NBA is keeping up right now in the first round.

Here are my late picks, I will redo the picks every round, obviously these are a little late as I wasn’t able to make these earlier.

Boston over Montreal in 5 (Currently Boston leads 3-0)

Boston is unstoppable right now, especially with Thomas in goal, but after being in Montreal I feel like I owe them a pick of at least pulling off 1 victory.

Capitals over Rangers in 7 (Rangers currently lead 2-1)

I can’t pick against Ovechkin, but Lundqvist has been amazing and will push this series.

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Carolina over New Jersey in 7 (series currently tied at 2)

The stars are aligned for the Canes, but Brodeur is pissed after last nights game and will give it all he’s got.

Pens over Flyers in 6 (Pens lead 3-1)

Crosby and Malkin haven’t been great, but Fleury has shown up as of late. When all things click, this team may be unstoppable, but Philly has 1 more home game and those fans are straight nasty.

Sharks over Ducks in 7 (Ducks lead 2-1)

Best team in the NHL, even after the slow start, can’t pick against them. The Ducks have the playoff experience returning the core players, and the Sharks have been good for the past few years but haven't been able to get over the hump. This year they get over the hump, at least in the first round, too much talent, too many stars, best record in the league for a reason.

Wings over Jackets in 4 (Wings lead 3-0)

Detroit is clicking on all cylinders, the state of Ohio is just happy they made the NHL playoffs for the first time.

Canucks over Blues in 4 (ok, so I cheated on this one, haha.)

Flames over Blackhawks in 7 (Hawks up 2-1)

This is going to be a great series. It’s a toss up, but i’m going with Iginla to lead his team.

Conference Semis:

Penguins upset Capitals (both have played in a physical 1st round, 2 future hall of famers vs. 1, the goaltenders will make the difference, should be the best series of the East playoffs).

Hurricanes upset Bruins (just a shot in the dark, they ride the wave, have the experience).

Red Wings over Canucks (neither met a challenge in the 1st round, this round will be different, but the Wings want to defend their title against the dangerous ‘Nucks)

Sharks over Flames (Flames will not have enough to beat the Sharks)

Conference Finals:

Penguins over Hurricanes (Cinderella’s run ends)

Sharks over Red Wings (No rematch from last year)


Sharks over Penguins (Too much firepower on the Sharks, Fleury is too inconsistent)