By Scott Lowe
Well, somehow I managed to go seven-for-eight with my first-round picks, nailing the correct number of games in two of the series. Not sure how that happened, because halfway through I thought I might get three or four right at best. Only missed on the Red Wings, but that was a huge swing and a miss. Detroit came out with much more energy than I expected and sustained it. Of course who knew that Bryzgalov would become a sieve or that Phoenix would try to run and gun with the skilled Wings? Ah, the beauty of postseason hockey.
So, instead of leaving well-enough alone, here goes for Round 2:
Western Conference Semifinal Predictions
Vancouver (1) vs. Nashville (5)
With my beloved Pittsburgh Penguins now eliminated from Stanley Cup contention (and free to rest their healing stars without outsiders clamouring for a Sidney Crosby return to make a full-fledged Cup run at the risk of his long-term career and health), the time has come to analyze the upcoming second round of playoff hockey. If it's even half as entertaining as the first round was, hockey fans worldwide are in for a treat, full of pulse-pounding, heart-stopping action that only the Stanley Cup Playoffs can provide.
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#1 Washington Capitals vs. #5 Tampa Bay Lightning
Washington's offensive firepower will be too much for the Lightning to handle, who will e...
With the first round over, it's time for Round 2.
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
( 1 ) Washington Capitals vs. ( 5 ) Tampa Bay Lightning
This is the second playoff series between Washington and Tampa Bay.
2003, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Tampa Bay wins series 4-2
( 2 ) Philadelphia Flyers vs. ( 3 ) Boston Bruins
This is the sixth playoff series between Philadelphia and Boston.
1974, Stanley Cup Finals: Philadelphia wins series 4-2
1976, League Semifinals: Philadelphia wins series 4-1
1977, League Semifinals: Boston wins series 4-0
1978, League Semifinals: Boston wins series 4-1
2010, Eastern Conference Semifinals: Philadelphia wins series 4-3, having overcome an 0-3 se...
As most everyone knows from my goaltending blogs, i am a goaltender at heart. So I figured I would do a goaltending playoff preview, because the truth is a goaltender can steal the cup if he is good enough or at least bring a team close to it. Roy did with Montreal, Giguere did it twice for Anaheim, Ward did it for Carolina, and Roloson almost did it with Edmonton. Goaltending is probably the most important aspect for any team to succeed in the playoffs and this year isn't any different. When going down the matchups for this years first round, Goaltending battles will be key. I am going to preview each matchup and talk about what each goaltender will need to do to carry their team ...
Earlier today, we looked at the TCL Staff's predictions for the four series in the Western Conference. The opinions were varied, and opinions lively. Now, we look at the four series in the Eastern conference. Once again, there were many different opinions, including one series that had no consensus (can you guess which series that is?).
Check out our predictions and thoughts, and leave your thoughts in the comments below!
WESTERN CONFERENCE PREDICTIONS
(1) WASHINGTON CAPITALS vs. ( 8 ) NEW YORK RANGES
The eight place New York Rangers squeezed into the playoffs in the final days of the season...
This week, the staff at TCL got together to present to you their accumulated predictions for round one of the Stanley Cup playoffs. After a highly scientific process, which, for some reason, included Kyle Busch’s dog, we’ve come up with a consensus pick for each of the eight first round series in the NHL!
Right now, we present to you our predictions for the Western Conference. Stay tuned for our East predictions, which will be up shortly, and post your thoughts in the comments below!
EASTERN CONFERENCE PREDICTIONS
(1) VANCOUVER CANUCKS vs. ( 8 ) CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
This is the third yea...
Well start growing your hockey beards it’s that time of year. Let’s take a look at the match-ups and try and break it down. In the East, Washington and Pittsburgh are the same seeds they were last year and Philadelphia and Boston flipped their seeds but are still in the same seeding match-up. Also of note is that 5 of the 8 season series between the teams are tied.
If you are curious last year I predicted:
“As for Stanley Cup Final prediction I say Washington/Pittsburgh winner against Chicago. I’m not sure who I would pick and I know it’s a cop out not to pick a winner and not to pick between Pittsburgh and Washington but it really depends on how the goaltending for Washingto...
By Scott Lowe
1 Capitals vs. 8 Rangers
An angry Capitals team, embarrassed by last season’s early playoff exit and two blowout losses to the Rangers this year, will be too much for New York to handle. Lundqvist may steal a game – or even two – but no more. Washington’s new defense-first style combined with its offensive depth will frustrate the Rangers, who probably hope to get under the Caps’ skin and sit back until opportunities present themselves. The Caps will take lessons learned in last year’s loss against a Montreal team that played a similar style to what the Rangers figure to present and use them to roll to victory in five games.
2 Flyers vs....
It's time for the playoffs! Here's a list of playoff histories involving the teams who are in.
EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
( 1 ) Washington Capitals vs. ( 8 ) New York Rangers
This is the sixth playoff series to feature Washington and the Rangers.
1986, Patrick Division Finals: NY Rangers win series 4-2
1990, Patrick Division Finals: Washington wins series 4-1
1991, Patrick Division Semifinals: Washington wins series 4-2
1994, Eastern Conference Semifinals: NY Rangers win series 4-1
2009, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Washington wins series 4-3
Washington has won 3 of the 5 series over the Rangers.
( 2 ) Philadelphia Flyers vs. ( 7 ) Buffalo Sabres
This is the ninth...
This is the first time I've written a Between the Pipes like column in sometime. I hope to remain writing for the playoffs and the season recap. This short post will be about my favorite stat, goal differential.
In the last 20+ years, we have never had a Stanley Cup winner with less than a +25 goal differential in the regular season. The Penguins win over the Red Wings in 2009 was the lowest of the 20 years with a +25. How about the loser? Well for the losers there have been various goal differentials. For the most part they’ve all had a positive goal differential too. There are three exceptions. Carolina in 01-02 lost to Detroit and had a 217/217 GF/GA. In 92-93 Los Angeles lost to Mon...