Say that five times fast…
Earlier this morning my friend Chris posted a nice NHL Playoff prediction post. I started to reply to him and suddenly realized that my comment was encroaching on the length of his post to begin with so it seemed just as good a time as any to throw out a playoff prediction post of my own.
So I’ll start off by sharing what I was writing back to him. If you didn’t get over to read his post first that’s probably a good idea so you know where I’m at. See the link up there? Yeah click that and I promise it will open in another window. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.
Interesting choices right? And by “interesting” I mean spot on (mostly). In quotes is my reply to him because I’m too lazy to go through & fix all the pronouns…
“I agree with all but one of your predictions (have to disagree on Nashville).
I tried to avoid even reading the paragraph on the PA teams because frankly no matter who takes the series both teams scare the begeezus out of this Bruins fan. Of course to play either of them means one or the other has to get through the Panthers or NJD. Lord willing its NJ because I have no love for FLA. Then that of course also means the B's have to take the Caps (as you predicted, though I see it in 5 not 7 JMO) AND then take the Rangers (because seriously, sorry Ottawa but it was really nice of you to try).
Anyway, that's about all I can think about at this point and its all projections based on fandom where I try to imagine the B’s in the Cup Finals again more than anything else. Here’s why…we just found out that Horton is shut down for the rest of the season (sadly that’s not a shock but still a morale blow to the guys).
Quaider won't be playing game 1 (and I predict he's done too but I can hardly bring myself to even say it out loud) and its possible Boychuck won't be playing game 1 either. That's 2 of our strongest D which means we have to make a choice on who to play instead - Mottau, Krug, or (oh god help us all) Corvo. Two newbies (1 B's newbie, 1 NHL newbie) and an idiot who hasn’t learned over the course of an entire season how to play our style of hockey. Sigh.
And then there's the question of Rask. Thomas can't play every game so we'd get Khudobin which would be great if we knew how the kid played but, as Yoda would likely say – one start does not a playoff goalie make.
Not going to blame a shallow talent pool if we go down to NYR in the semi's but we'd have to work our freaking asses off to take that series. Did it last year but the spirit was way different (as I've already said in a prior post).
So my thoughts on all the first round teams are as follows (no thoughts on number of games though, I don’t go that far):
B's over Caps
Rangers (shudders) over Ottawa
Pens over Philly (though I don’t like saying it out loud because the name Malkin haunts me at night…)
Devils over Panthers
My predictions in the west...
Vancouver over Kings (the rioting will have to wait at least one series)
Blues over San Jose (if the Sharks took this I think it would be the biggest upset in hockey right now)
Red Wings over Predators
Coyotes over Chi-town (and though you know I'm a huge B's fan I'm also a hockey fan so to see these guys win it all this year is a secret wish of mine so the team would find it just a bit difficult to move...but don't tell anyone, gotta protect my street cred)”
Now, to expand on that whole last thought about the Coyotes. Of course I’d love to see the Bruins in the Finals, of course I’d love to see them win it again as proof it wasn’t a 39 year broken curse fluke. I mean hell I’m a huge fan, no question about that. And some of those guys aren’t going to be playing maybe ever again so to get their name on another Cup would be like validation for the lack of penalties / punishment handed out in response to their injuries.
But (and it’s a big one) I live in Phoenix now. This in no way, shape or form means I’m no longer loyal to my team though. The reason I’d love to see the Coyotes win it all is truly because I just love hockey and I think there can be a place for the Coyotes here in the desert. They need to stick around.
It isn’t like we don’t have talent out here, Smith is actually a pretty decent goalie. Sadly their defense is somewhat lacking (other than Yandle who’s at 40 something points on the season…and it doesn’t hurt that he’s from Boston originally. Not the team, the town. And you all know how I feel about my Townies). Offensively we have a decent number of good players too – Doan, Torres, Vrbata to name just a few.
I think they can certainly make a really good run for it this year and if the Bruins happen to make it all the way too you can bet your ass you’ll see me in the stands. Secretly wishing for a Coyotes win but wearing my black and gold.
Pic courtesy http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockeynightincanada/ but I edited for my semi finals predictions in my trusty Photoshop program.