Ladies, don’t get too mad at your man’s scruffy look this spring because he can’t help it. It’s his playoff beard. The best postseason in sports is getting started this Wednesday and I can’t wait. I don’t have to sell playoff hockey to real hockey fans but it’s the non hardcore hockey fan that might need a little convincing.
Top 3 Reasons Playoff Hockey Is The Best Postseason
2. Sudden Death OT
If you give playoff hockey a fair shake and try to watch it, I swear you will be hooked for life. Now on to the preview.
#1 New York Rangers vs. #8 Ottawa Senators
The Rangers come into the playoffs as the #1 seed in the East but their lack of scoring will make them vulnerable to an upset at the hands of Ottawa. Even though the Rangers D and power plays are a strong point I am going to go with a 6 game Senators upset.
#2 Boston Bruins vs. #7 Washington Capitals
The reigning Stanley Cup Champs start their title defense against the hot at the right time Capitals but the Bruins have the playoff experience to cool a hot team down. Bruins in 5 games.
#3 Florida Panthers vs. #6 New Jersey Devils
The Panthers limped in to the playoffs and the Devil are the favorite in this series no matter what the seeding says. And in a bit of sweet revenge, Devils coach Peter DeBoer gets to knock the team that fired him last year out of the playoffs. Devils in 4 games.
#4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. #5 Philadelphia Flyers
Alright non hardcore hockey fans, this is the series for you. This will be tight and these 2 teams hate each other. You will see physical hockey and there will be some blood on the ice. Even though the Flyers have owned the Penguins this season, i am going with the scorers of Pittsburgh to win a tight 7 game series.
#1 Vancouver Canucks vs. #8 Los Angeles Kings
The Canucks have the best record in the NHL and are still very hungry from their riot causing loss last year in the Stanley Cup Finals (note to UK: You are supposed to riot when you lose not when you win). I don’t see the Kings having a chance unless Quick can dominate this series from the net and steal one. Canucks in 5 games.
#2 St. Louis Blues vs. #7 San Jose Sharks
The Blues are playing great and have beaten the Sharks all 4 times they played this season. I don’t see the Sharks being able to give the Blues much of a matchup so I am going with a sweep for the Blues.
#3 Phoenix Coyotes vs. #6 Chicago Blackhawks
Since the beginning of Feb the Coyotes have gone 20-6-5 and are playing very good now but the Blackhawks have the playoff experience to upset the Coyotes. The team is pretty much unchanged since their title in 2010 and will win a tough 7 game series.
#4 Nashville Predators vs. #5 Detroit Red Wings
I will never be able to pick a hockey team out of Tennessee over the Detroit Red Wings so I am going Red Wings in 6 games.