I hope you realise that this blog is the location for my love of sports, as well as other things, but given the ‘official’ announcement last night, I have to discuss the standings/seedings for what is fast-becoming my latest addiction.
Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 Rangers New York
Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 7 Sabres Buffalo
Boston Bruins vs. No. 6 Canadiens Montreal
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Lightning Tampa Bay
Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 8 Blackhawks Chicago
San Jose Sharks vs. No. 7 Kings Los Angeles
Detroit Red Wings vs. No. 6 Coyotes Phoenix
Anaheim Ducks vs. No. 5 Predators Nashville
As you may expect, I’m rooting for the Capitals, but, in their opening series, I am predicting 5-6 games to decide it. The Rangers have had their number all year, but they were not yet playing the new defence-first system. I give the edge to the Caps in this one, but a short leash for whoever is sitting in goal.
For the rest of the Eastern conference, I expect the Sabres to upset the Flyers in 6,maybe 7, games. I also expect the Bruins and Canadiens to fight it out in 7 games. I think the Lightning will upset the Penguins in 6 games, but if the Penguins get ahead early, that could change.
For the Western Conference, I expect the President’s Trophy curse to continue for a third year and the reigning Stanely Cup champs, the Blackhawks will oust the Canucks in 7 games. I don’t expect nay upsets in the Western conference besides that, but all the series will easily weigh in for 6 games. The Sharks, Red Wings and Ducks should advance to the next round.
Overall, I think the Capitals could find themselves in their second Stanley Cup appearance, but I see the Bruins and Penguins as being large stumbling blocks. On the other side, I think the Sharks should break out of their funk and get through this year, but these really are just guesses. You’ve been warned.