Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Playoffs!

So what if Carolina isn't playing! It's the NHL playoffs, dammit! Nothing else matters! (At least until Saturday, when The Masters is on CBS.) With that in mind, here are my fearless predictions for 2008.

EAST
(1)Montreal vs. (8)Boston -- Seriously, how many here thought the Bruins would actually make the playoffs? And how many think they'll beat the Canadiens? Me neither. MTL in 5.

(2)Pittsburgh vs. (7)Ottawa -- Back in December, this would have been a marquee matchup. Since then, the Senators have done just about everything wrong, while the Pens kept winning, even when NHL Meal Ticket (aka Sidney Crosby) went out of the lineup. Ottawa has enough to keep it close, but if the Pens can score (and if Marian Hossa remembers he wears a Pens jersey now), the Sens won't win. PIT in 6.

(3)Washington vs. (6)Philadelphia -- The big question in this series is how well will the Caps defensive forwards Bengt Gustafsson and Kelly Miller shut down the Propp/Poulin/Kerr line....oh wait...(Archivists really do live in the past.) Ok, as great as Ovechkin is, think with your head, Caps fans. You've been 'hot' lately, but you're about to be 'not.' PHI in 5.

(4)New Jersey vs. (5)New York Rangers -- Ugh. Can both these teams lose, please? I voted against the blueshirts last year (against Atlanta, hahahaha), so I won't make that mistake again. The Devils still have Brodeur, but who's gonna score? NYR in 6.


WEST
(1)Detroit vs. (8)Nashville -- Ok, Preds fans, repeat after me: "Getting to the playoffs was a moral victory and I will be satisfied with that." Now don't you feel better? DET in 5. (Best chance for a sweep, here)

(2)San Jose vs. (7)Calgary -- This could be the toughest, ugliest series in the first round. If San Jose is for real this year, we'll know early in this series. I think they're for real. SJ in 6.

(3)Minnesota vs. (6)Colorado -- Don't you bet the Avs wish they still had Sakic, Forsberg, and Foote from their glory days? What...? They still do? Ok, this series is where youth and skill beat age and treachery. MIN in 5.

(4)Anaheim vs. (5)Dallas -- Hm. I take back that SJ/CGY comment. THIS series could be the ugliest. Since I don't really like either team, I'll hope for Chris Pronger to go home early. DAL in 7.

6 comments:

ADR said...

Flyers in five - sorry don't think so. They may win the series but it won't be in five. I agree with most of the other picks. Though I do think Colorado might win. The ugly series is going to be the NJD-NYR. There might be 6 goals scored in six games in that one.

Archivalist said...

Hm. Re PHI/WSH, you may be right -- but why not go out on a limb? And I do think the Rangers have a bit more punch than you indicate. But I won't be watching it anyway!

Andraste said...

Oh, my poor Bruins, the red-headed stepchild of Boston sports...

Bring out yer dead....

Brave Astronaut said...

Sorry I'm late to the discussion, I've been looking for the Ranger games on TV. If the Caps had not made the playoffs, I might have had a chance . . .

I put up my own picks, of course, now that we are a third of the way through . . . Friggin' Ottawa and (sorry Andraste) those Bruins look like dead meat. In the West, I'll say it again, Detroit, Detroit, Detroit. And it would seem that the defending Champs are going down as well.

On another sports note - I'll say here that I said last Wednesday that Tiger was not going to win the Masters. I was prepared to take the field over him and got no bets. Now if the press would just stop with the super-human crap . . .

Archivalist said...

andraste -- Hey, the Bruins can tie the series tonight! I'd still be surprised if they did, but anything can happen, right?

BA -- heck, if Tiger had even putted like, say, ME, he could have won. Instead, he putted like Phil, and lost.

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