30 May 2012

Stanley Cup Final prediction in five lines or less.

So this is it.  Enjoy the break in hockey for the last five days? Me either.

So my original bracket is busted.  And I'm guessing very few people had New Jersey and Los Angeles in the final, but that's where we are.  Who knew these were the two best teams in their respective conferences?  I'd like to say at the very least I knew Vancouver wasn't any good, but even though losing to LA in round 1 was a stretch.
 
STANLEY CUP FINAL
(#6) New Jersey v (#8) Los Angeles

Both teams have good goaltending.  Despite my prediction that Marty eventually has to slow down, he's looks like stellar 90s Brodeur backing the Devils, and has failed to become a liability.  In the end, LA will score more goals, but interestingly enough, New Jersey is probably going to bring more aggression than any of the Kings' opponents so far. (By the way the Kings opponents were allegedly the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd seeds in the Western Conference).  This one will be interesting and close, but in the end my guess is...

Los Angeles in 6.

13 May 2012

Conference Finals Predictions in five lines or less...

At least I still have the Rangers, after surviving game sevens in each of the first two rounds.  They were my original pick for the cup, but the other three of my original final four are no more.

Maybe I get some brownie points for picking the Devils in round two in a series between two teams I did not pick to get out of round one.

So basically starting from scratch here.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

(1) NY Rangers v. (6) New Jersey

The Rangers end up playing the three lowest seeds in the East in their path to the Stanley Cup finals.  That should be easy, but I am not reassured that they have been pushed to seven games by both the Capitals and the Senators.  New Jersey made relatively easy work of the Flyers in the last round.  If Brodeur's A game lasts one more round, the Broadway Blueshirts are in trouble.  On the other hand, I think the Rangers can find a level missing from the first two rounds.

New York in 6

WESTERN CONFERENCE

(3) Phoenix v (8) Los Angeles

There is no sleeping on the Kings.  They are as legit as any other team in the Western Conference playoffs.  I find great goaltending quite exciting, so I am not going malign this series like many authors.  It's going to be Smith v. Quick.  On the surface I like Quick, but I admit, I've underestimated Smith as well.  It should be tense and all the games should be close.  This is a guess.

Los Angeles in 7

The rest of the way...
New York over Los Angeles