Predictions! And hockey....
Put it together and you get the word FUTILE! The NHL playoffs are about as predictable as a rocketing champagne cork in a rubber-walled dining room. Lame analogy, but it's late, and it's all I have at the moment!
Here are my picks (I'll put an * by the series I feel will be most entertaining):
Montreal 4-1 over Boston
Pittsburgh 4-2 over Ottawa
New York Rangers 4-2 over New Jersey *
Washington 4-3 over Philadelphia *
High seed, low seed, so going forward....
New York Rangers 4-3 over Montreal *
Pittsburgh 4-2 over Washington
And for the East...
Pittsburgh 4-3 over New York Rangers *
Detroit 4-2 over Nashville
San Jose 4-3 over Calgary * (I could easily see an upset here, though, with Calgary's intimidating home ice advantage. Calgary and Detroit are intimidating venues!)
Colorado 4-2 over Minnesota
Anaheim 4-3 over Dallas
Detroit 4-1 over Colorado
Anaheim 4-3 over San Jose (best series of the playoffs if it happens!!! I'll take the Ducks playoff experience and grit to anchor a "huge" road upset.) *
And for the West...
Anaheim 4-3 over Detroit (I would go with 6, but I could see Detroit having legs on Anaheim to start, despite age, due to the easier path) *
STANLEY CUP FINALS
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS DEF. ANAHEIM MIGHTY DUCKS 4-2
The young guns in Pittsburgh win their first of a few. Granted, they may not resign Marian Hossa, but they have the nucleus to contend and retool for years to come!!!!!!!!