1.Blackhawks vs. 7. Red Wings : Hawks in 7
Wow, another Original 6 match up! I like both these teams. I feel the edge goes to the Wings in terms of goaltending match ups, which is usually the first factor for me in determining who will win the series. But the defensive brigade of the Hawks makes up for it. This series will be a long one. In essence, even though Coach Babcock had a rough year in the regular season, by no means should anyone be surprised if “Hockey Town USA” pulls it off. Never the less: Hawks vs. Kings in the Semis.
5.Kings vs. 6 Sharks : Champs in 6
The Battle of California hockey! The Sharks have speed, solid goaltending and a defence that is very well balanced with youth, experience and mobility. The Kings are perhaps not as fast as the Sharks, but they are superior in all other aspects of the game. If the Kings Back End are able to easily brake out of their zone, like they did in last year’s playoffs and able to use their size to dominate their cycle game down low, thus taking away SJ’s speed, putting traffic in front of Neimi, shooting high on him…
1.Penguins vs. 5. Senators : Pens in 6
There is a little miss-match here, however, we said the same thing about the Pens’ first match up first the NYI, and look how surprising that series was to everyone. The Sens are still so very early in their development process and it will be a good learning experience for Coach Mac’s team. Pens in 6 easy games; Anderson alone will not me enough. But watch the Sens closely in the next couple of years. They will be vary dangerous!
4.Bruins vs. 6. Rangers : B’s in 7
The Big Bad Bruins look pissed off because of how long it took them to dispose of the Leafs, and hungry because of how dominant they looked late in games vs. the T.O. squad. However, Ludqvist is far superior then Reimer who ended up being the big reason why the pushed Boston in 7. NYR have a defence that does not match up the Boston’s with the absence of Staal. That will be the difference in the series.
I’ll be back for the Semis.