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The Wednesday Edition

Halfway through the week

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Magic Johnson can resume tampering

First Quarter: NBA

1. NBA scoreboard
2. 11 game schedule on the final night of the regular season
3. ESPN Wednesday DH GM1: Magic @ Hornets, 7 pm
4. ESPN Wednesday DH GM2: Jazz @ Clippers, 9:30 pm

Second Quarter: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

1. NHL scoreboard
2. GM1 USA Network DH: Blue Jackets @ Lightning, 6 pm; Stars @ Predators, 8:30 pm
3. GM1 NBCSN DH: Penguins @ Islanders, 6:30 pm; Golden Knights @ Sharks, 9:30 pm
4. GM1 on NHL Network: Blues @ Jets, 7 pm

Halftime: Stanley Cup Playoffs predictions sure to go wrong

1. First Round
East: Lightning over Bluejackets, Bruins over Maple Leafs, Capitals over Hurricanes, Penguins over Islanders
West: Predators over Stars, Jets over Blues, Avalanche over Flames, Golden Knights over Sharks
2. Second Round
East: Lightning over Bruins, Capitals over Penguins
West: Jets over Predators, Golden Knights over Avalanche
3. Conference Finals
East: Lightning over Capitals
West: Golden Knights over Jets
4. Stanley Cup Finals: Lightning over Golden Knights in six

Third Quarter: MLB

1. MLB scoreboard
2. Don’t expect day baseball in Denver today
3. Pencil the Mariners into the World Series?
4. ESPN+ has Brewers @ Angels tonight

Fourth Quarter: Midweek Links

1. Congrats part 1
2. Congrats part 2
3. Magic left the Lakers and didn’t tell anyone
4. UCLA finally has a head men’s basketball coach

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The Wednesday Edition

Halfway through the week

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Can the Penguins make it three straight? Playoffs begin

First Quarter: NBA

1. NBA scoreboard
2. ESPN Wednesday (GM1): Bucks @ Sixers, 7 pm
3. ESPN Wednesday (GM2): Jazz @ Trail Blazers, 9:30 pm
4. Final night of the regular season, Timberwolves and Nuggers play a play-in game

Second Quarter: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

1. NHL scoreboard
2. GM1: Wild @ Jets, 6 pm/CNBC
3. GM1: Flyers @ Penguins, 6 pm/NBCSN
4. GM1: Kings @ Golden Knights, 9 pm/NBCSN

Third Quarter: MLB

1. MLB scoreboard
2. Seven day games
3. Eight night games
4. Wednesday Night MLB Network: Yankees @ Red Sox, 6:10 pm

Fourth Quarter: Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions Sure to go Wrong

1. First Round:
East – Lightning over Devils, Maple Leafs over Bruins, Capitals over Blue Jackets, Penguins over Flyers
West – Predators over Avalanche, Jets over Wild, Golden Knights over Kings, Ducks over Sharks
2. Second Round:
East – Lightning over Maple Leafs, Penguins over Capitals
West – Predators over Jets, Golden Knights over Ducks
3. Conference Championship
East – Penguins over Lightning
West – Predators over Golden Knights
4. Stanley Cup Finals – Penguins over Predators

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2013 NHL Predictions Sure to go Wrong


Will Chicago make it three Stanley Cup championships in four seasons? Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Tonight the 2013-14 NHL season begins with the Chicago Blackhawks raising another banner (second in three seasons) and trying to defend their title. As per the start of a season I like to throw out predictions that likely will be wrong and make public for people to remind me later.

* = Playoff Team

Eastern Conference –

Atlantic Division: 1 Boston Bruins* 2 Detroit Red Wings* 3 Ottawa Senators* 4 Montreal Canadians* 5 Toronto Maple Leafs* 6 Florida Panthers 7 Tampa Bay Lightning 8 Buffalo Sabres

Metropolitan Division: 1 Philadelphia Flyers* 2 Pittsburgh Penguins* 3 New York Rangers* 4 Washington Capitals 5 Carolina Hurricanes 6 New Jersey Devils 7 New York Islanders 8 Columbus Blue Jackets

Western Conference –

Central: 1 Chicago Blackhawks* 2 Minnesota Wild* 3 St. Louis Blues* 4 Nashville Predators* 5 Winnipeg Jets* 6 Dallas Stars 7 Colorado Avalanche

Pacific Division: 1 Los Angeles Kings* 2 Anaheim Ducks* 3 San Jose Sharks* 4 Phoenix Coyotes 5 Edmonton Oilers 6 Vancouver Canucks 7 Calgary Flames

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Eastern Conference Playoffs –

First Round: 1 Boston Bruins over 8 Toronto Maple Leafs, 2 Philadelphia Flyers over 7 New York Rangers, 3 Detroit Red Wings over 6 Montreal Canadians, 4 Ottawa Senators over 5 Pittsburgh Penguins

Second Round: 1 Boston Bruins over 4 Ottawa Senators, 3 Detroit Red Wings over Philadelphia Flyers

Conference Finals: 1 Boston Bruins over 3 Detroit Red Wings

Western Conference Playoffs –

First Round: 1 Chicago Blackhawks over 8 Winnipeg Jets, 2 Los Angeles Kings over 7 Nashville Predators, 3 Anaheim Ducks over 6 St. Louis Blues, 5 San Jose Sharks over 4 Minnesota Wild

Second Round: 1 Chicago Blackhawks over 5 San Jose Sharks, 3 Anaheim Ducks over 2 Los Angeles Kings

Conference Finals: 1 Chicago Blackhawks over 3 Anaheim Ducks

Stanley Cup Finals –

Boston Bruins over Chicago Blackhawks in seven games

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4Quarters Threeman Weave: NHL 2013 Season Predictions

Yes, hockey has been away for a long time but this blog loves the game and during last season’s playoffs the threeman weave was created. Myself, Joe Tichy and Jerry Durney are back to give you who we think win the divisions, make the playoffs, hoist the Cup and take home individual honors.


The NHL season begins today and will any of us pick the Los Angeles Kings to repeat in the quest for another ring like this?

Division Winners –

Joe
Eastern Conference: New York Rangers (Atlantic), Buffalo Sabres (Northeast), Florida Panthers (Southeast)
Western Conference: St. Louis Blues (Central), Minnesota Wild (Northwest), Los Angeles Kings (Pacific)

Mike
Eastern Conference: New York Rangers (Atlantic), Boston Bruins (Northeast), Washington Capitals (Southeast)
Western Conference: St. Louis Blues (Central), Vancouver Canucks (Northwest), Los Angeles Kings (Pacific)

Jerry
Eastern Conference: New York Rangers (Atlantic), Boston Bruins (Northeast), Tampa Bay Lightning (Southeast)
Western Conference: St. Louis Blues (Central), Minnesota Wild (Northwest), Los Angeles Kings (Pacific)

Comments: Everyone likes the Rangers (Atlanta), Blues (Central) and Kings (Pacific) while Jerry and Joe like the Wild (Northwest) where I choose the Canucks. Myself and Jerry took the Bruins (Northeast) with Joe going with the Sabres. Each of us chose a different Southeast winner Joe likes the Panthers, Jerry the Lightning and me the Capitals.

Rest of the Playoff Teams –

Joe
Eastern Conference: Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals
Western Conference: Nashville Predators, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars, Vancouver Canucks

Mike
Eastern Conference: Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes
Western Conference: Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks

Jerry
Eastern Conference: Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres, Washington Capitals
Western Conference: Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks

Comments: Let us start with the Eastern Conference non-divisional playoff teams. We all put the Flyers and Penguins into the playoffs. The Maple Leafs, Capitals show up on two of playoff picks, other solo picks are the Devils, Lightning and Hurricanes. The Western Conference’s only unanimous teams are the Detroit Red Wings who are practically guaranteed to be in the playoffs yearly. Seems like we’ve all got similar combinations out west with the Predators, Blackhawks, Sharks showing up. Teams that are flying solo are the Stars (Joe), Ducks (Mike) and Coyotes (Jerry) which shows we all favor a different Pacific Division foe.

Stanley Cup Finals –

Joe: St. Louis Blues over New York Rangers
Mike: Los Angeles Kings over New York Rangers
Jerry: New York Rangers over Los Angeles Kings

Comments: We’ve all got the Rangers playing for the Cup with only Jerry (noted Blue Shirt fan) picking them to win. I went with a Kings repeat while Joe has hit a note with the Blues winning its first championship.

Individual Awards –

Joe
Hart Trophy (MVP): Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
Vezina Trophy (Goalie): Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
Norris Trophy (Defenseman): Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild
Calder Trophy (Rookie): Justin Schultz, Edmonton Oilers
Jack Adams (Coach of the Year): Darryl Sutter, Los Angeles Kings
Presidents Cup: St. Louis Blues

Mike
Hart Trophy (MVP): Ryan Callahan, New York Rangers
Vezina Trophy (Goalie): Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Norris Trophy (Defenseman): Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
Calder Trophy (Rookie): Justin Schultz, Edmonton Oilers
Jack Adams (Coach of the Year): John Tortorella, New York Rangers
Presidents Cup: St. Louis Blues

Jerry
Hart Trophy (MVP): Stephen Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Vezina Trophy (Goalie): Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Norris Trophy (Defenseman): Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins
Calder Trophy (Rookie): Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues
Jack Adams (Coach of the Year): Ralph Krueger, Edmonton Oilers
Presidents Cup: St. Louis Blues: Los Angeles Kings

Comments: Let’s go through the six postseason trophy’s that I selected for our esteemed panel to choose from.
Hart – Joe choose Zach Parise of the Wild, I went with Ryan Callahan of the Rangers while Jerry choose Stephen Stamkos of the Lightning. Three different choices for the Hart Trophy (MVP) from the panel.
Vezina Again, no one sees eye-to-eye here with three different picks for best goalie, Joe picking Pekka Rinne of the Predators, myself choosing Jonathan Quick of the Kings and Jerry going with Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers.
Norris Best defenseman? We’ve all taken different routes here with Joe picking Ryan Suter of the Wild, me Zdeno Chara of the Bruins and Jerry making a good pick with Kris Letang of the Pengiuns.
Calder   Rookie of the year finally has some agreement with Joe and I taking Justin Shultz of the Oilers while Jerry likes Vladimir Tarasenko from the Blues.
Jack Adams More disagreement from us with Joe picking Darryl Sutter of his Kings, I picked John Tortorella and Jerry selects Ralph Krueger of the Oilers.
Presidents Cup – Who’ll win the Presidents Cup? Joe and I both like the Blues while Jerry is picking the Kings.

So there you go, we’ve got our picks in and look for us in a few months when we pick the playoffs or try to.

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2013 Posts: 29

2013 NHL Predictions Sure to go Wrong

Hockey starts this weekend (finally) so here are my predictions sure to go wrong, don’t worry we’ll have a three-man weave prediction sure to go wrong also. But here is my solo predictions that are sure to go wrong.


Los Angeles will look to defend its title after winning the Cup for the first time last season. Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images

Eastern Conference –

Atlantic: 1) New York Rangers* 2) Philadelphia Flyers* 3) Pittsburgh Penguins* 4) New Jersey Devils 5) New York Islanders

Northeast: 1) Boston Bruins* 2) Toronto Maple Leafs* 3) Ottawa Senators 4) Buffalo Sabres 5) Montreal Canadians

Southeast: 1) Washington Capitals* 2) Tampa Bay Lightning* 3) Carolina Hurricanes* 4) Florida Panthers 5) Winnipeg Jets

Eastern Conference Playoffs –

First Round:
1 New York Rangers over 8 Carolina Hurricanes in five games
2 Boston Bruins over 7 Toronto Maple Leafs in six games
6 Pittsburgh Penguins over 3 Washington Capitals in seven games
4 Philadelphia Flyers over 5 Tampa Bay Lightning in five games

Second Round:
1 New York Rangers over 6 Pittsburgh Penguins in six games
2 Boston Bruins over 4 Philadelphia Flyers in seven games

Eastern Conference Finals:
1 New York Rangers over 2 Boston Bruins in five games

Western Conference –

Central: 1) St. Louis Blues* 2) Chicago Blackhawks* 3) Detroit Red Wings* 4) Nashville Predators 5) Columbus Blue Jackets

Northwest: 1) Vancouver Canucks* 2) Minnesota Wild* 3) Calgary Flames 4) Edmonton Oilers 5) Colorado Avalanche

Pacific: 1) Los Angeles Kings* 2) San Jose Sharks* 3) Anaheim Ducks* 4) Phoenix Coyotes 5) Dallas Stars

Western Conference Finals –

First Round:
1 St. Louis Blues over 8 Anaheim Ducks in four games
2 Vancouver Canucks over 7 San Jose Sharks in five games
3 Los Angeles Kings over 6 Detroit Red Wings in six games
5 Minnesota Wild over 4 Chicago Blackhawks in seven games

Second Round:
5 Minnesota Wild over 1 St. Louis Blues in six games
3 Los Angeles Kings over 2 Vancouver Canucks in five games

Western Conference Finals:
3 Los Angeles Kings over Minnesota Wild in six game

Stanley Cup Finals –
Los Angeles Kings over New York Rangers in seven games

* = Playoff Team

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2013 Posts: 28

4Quarters NHL Threeman Weave Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions Sure to go Wrong

Today the NHL postseason begins and sure I’ve posted my predictions but here I put mine against my two cohorts Jerry Durney and Joe Tichy. Unlike those predictions each of us will give you a little input on why we picked the way we did. Hope you enjoy this. However Joe and I gave you a short and sweet explanation where Jerry give you a complete breakdown which we appreciate.

Can Jordin Tootoo and the Predators live up to the nice things that we said about them in these predictions?

Eastern Conference – First Round

1 New York Rangers v. 8 Ottawa Senators
JT:  Rangers in 4, King Henrik reigns supreme
MV: Rangers in 5, The Senators get at least one in Ottawa but Rangers move on
JD: Rangers in 6, 1 New York vs. 8 Ottawa, Definitely upset potential here as the Sens won 3 of the 4 regular season meetings, including a 3-goal 3rd period rally (which, given last the events of last April, is in an awfully sore subject with Ranger fans) in the Garden during the season’s opening.

If the Rangers are to make any sort of postseason noise, they will have to do some damage on the power play, which has been a glaring weakness for the blueshirts the last few seasons. Of the 16 playoff teams, only the Blackhawks and Coyotes have been less effective in 2012 with the man advantage. This is where Carl Hagelin, Derek Stepan and Michael Del Zotto will have to continue to step up.

As was the case in the regular season victories, Ottawa will need Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza will need to be at their finest for the Senators to have a shot at the upset. Craig Anderson turned in a sterling playoff performance while with Colorado in 2010, but Henrik Lundqvist has been the best goaltender in the league this season and a legitimate MVP candidate. The Rangers win their first playoff series since ’08 but the Senators make them sweat for it

Final Verdict: We all like the Rangers to take this series but leave it to the Rangers fan (Durney) to be long winded and cover everything. Jerry we like what you bring to 4Q always!

2 Boston Bruins v. 7 Washington Capitals
JT: Bruins in 5, Caps steal one, but Tim Thomas will continue to thrive in the playoffs
MV: Bruins in 6, Boston will win this series but I expect their erratic play to continue
JD: Bruins in 5, Two diametrically opposed teams here: The knock you around, defending Stanley Cup Champion Bruins against the finesse, highlight reel Capitals.

This year’s Bruins are even tougher group than the Cup-winning team and the postseason landscape as it stands now gives them an easy road to at least the Eastern Conference, while the Capitals scuffed around for most of the year, but kept just close enough to the cut line to sneak in the final week and are now relying on their 3rd-string goaltender, Braden Holtby. Which will be just enough for another abrupt postseason exit for Ovechkin and Co. as the whispers grow as to whether #8 can be a viable franchise leader. Boston’s title defense begins quite smoothly

Final Verdict: Joe and Jerry like the Bruins in five where I give the Caps enough credit to make it one game longer.

3 Florida Panthers v. 6 New Jersey Devils
JT: Devils in 6, Upset special of the postseason
MV: Devils in 7, Don’t call it an upset when the better team in my opinion wins the series
JD: Devils in 5, Neither of these teams are a real threat to make a cup run. While Florida’s story has been one of the most pleasant of the story, they’ve essentially been rudderless in the season’s final weeks. Even as his greatness has eroded, Martin Brodeur still holds a considerable advantage over the tag team of Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen. Worth noting, though, Clemmensen fits the Unexpected Hot Goalie profile to a T. Unlike their last playoff appearance in 2000 against the Devils, Florida will not be swept but that and the fact that they still have immortal Randy Moller is the only consolation for Panther fans:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JS8z0QZzazw ……. Devils

Final Verdict: Again we’ve all got the Devils to win but we took varying degrees in which they’ll do so.

4 Pittsburgh Penguins v. 5 Philadelphia Flyers
JT: Flyers in 5, The Flyers will wear Malkin down and Crosby’s health is still an issue even though he had a strong two weeks to end the season
MV: Penguins in 7, Pittsburgh is a dangerous team in my opinion and this could be the best first round match-up of the playoffs too close to call
JD: Penguins in 7, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgKCdGnVJxM

Thanks to that fight, this is the first round that has garnered the most publicity (rightly so) and anticipation. I think we’re all being cheated, honestly, because I feel like this could be a conference finals matchup if they were on opposite ends of the bracket.

Some series call for statistical analysis to predict a winner, this is not of them. This series is going to come down to the stars and which of them is going to show up. Evegeni Malkin has carried this team all year, Crosby or not, and is the reason why the Penguins are the team no one wants to face right now. Ilya Bryzgalov was brought in to be that stabilizing force in net that has deserted the Flyers the last few springs. We’ll see how much the Mike Richards/Jeff Carter trades sting Philly now. Can Claude Giroux continue his postseason heroics? How much can Sidney Crosby contribute? Who’s gonna be the 3rdman for the Penguins (Kunitz/Staal/etc.)? This is a fascinating series. This series will be everything we expect and more. I’ll even call it now, a double OT winner

Final Verdict: Joe is the only one to take the Flyers in this match-up where Jerry and I both like the march of the Penguins to be seven games.

Western Conference – First Round

1 Vancouver Canucks v. 8 Los Angeles Kings
JT: Canucks in 6, Los Angeles generally plays Vancouver well, but their lack of offense does not bode well for them in a 7 game series with a team like Vancouver.  I expect them to keep it close every game, but in the end, it’s all about who can put the biscuit in the basket
MV: Canucks in 6, Should Vancouver roll over LA? Yes, but with Bobby Lu in net I think that allows the Kings a couple wins
JD: Canucks in 5, It feels like years ago, but it was only  September/October that the Kings were being touted as a sleeper cup pick. Jonathan Quick has had held up his end of the bargain in net, but is often betrayed by a punchless offense. What makes me think the Kings have a chance is that if they’re able to take one of the first two in Vancouver, the collective fear surrounding the Canucks (and specifically Roberto Luongo) following the Game 7 meltdown last June could be enough to submarine them. LA could make this interesting but the Riot Starters get through at least this round

Final Verdict: We’ve all taken the Canucks to win this series Jerry thinks it’ll be quick, Joe feels it’ll take a little longer and I have it going seven.

2 St. Louis Blues v. 7 San Jose Sharks
JT: Blues in 6, St. Louis’ 1-2 goalie punch may be the best in the league
MV: Sharks in 7, Here is your upset! Sure San Jose lost every regular season meeting but they have playoff experience which St. Louis cannot say for the most part even if their coach had hoisted the Cup
JD: Sharks in 6, I firmly believe this is the best chance for an upset in the first round, and just because my editor is a Sharks fan. I base most of this on the experience factor. For this Blues group, it’s their first rodeo and as a favorite no less, while the Sharks have enough war wound to rival Sgt. Barnes in Platoon.

The only thing gives me some pause is the goalie matchups. St. Louis has Jaroslav Halak, who was the 2010 Unexpected  Hot Goalie, while San Jose has Antti Niemi, who may be the worst Stanley Cup winning goaltender of all-time. It’s 2000 all over again

Final Verdict: Joe is probably the smarter one of the three of us by taking the higher seed. Jerry isn’t sucking up to me I don’t think and I’m just being the Sharks fan that I am (plus the San Jose PP is the difference to me).

3 Phoenix Coyotes v. 6 Chicago Blackhawks
JT: Blackhawks in 6. Coyotes won the season series, but the Blackhawks have been here before
MV: Blackhawks in 7, Mike Smith will make sure this series goes the distance but Chicago has the horses to move on
JD: Blackhawks in 5, Phoenix’s continued playoff failures make me skittish, even with home ice. This series might be the worst goaltending matchup of the playoffs with the Coyotes trotting out Mike Smith, who couldn’t hold off Jamie Moyer’s high school classmate Dwayne Roloson last May in Tampa against Chicago’s dynamic duo of Corey Craword and Ray Emery (fail horn). Chicago’s  playoff  moxy and the Toews/Kane combo is too much, one of these years it’s gonna happen for Shane Doan

Final Verdict: Another unanimous pick which I continue to love the seventh game, Joe has seen the Hawks most in person but I get where Jerry is coming from.

4 Nashville Predators v. 5 Detroit Red Wings
JT: Predators in 5, Shea Weber, Ryan Suter, and Pekka Rinne will shut down the aging Red Wings
MV: Predators in 7, Nashville will beat the Wings in a thrilling series but youth will be served plus picking against the Red Wings is like picking against the Yankees which I like
JD: Predators in 7, Much like the 4-5 matchup in the East, this could be a conference final matchup in any other case. I’ve never been one to doubt Detroit in a playoff scenario and I’m not totally confident in this pick, but it just feels like this is the year that the Preds take that next step. They’re a well-coached, cohesive unit who happen to have the best goalie no one talks about in Pekka Rinne and there’s a definite sense of urgency with Ryan Suter and Shea Weber’s impending free agency looming. A true war here, one of those kind of series where post-series handshake gets replayed for years

Final Verdict: Two of us like game seven to happen while Joe is saying this will be quick and easy for the Preds.

Eastern Conference – Semifinals

JT: 1 New York Rangers vs. 6 New Jersey Devils – Rangers in 5, Rangers are too potent for the Devils to stop.  King Henrik reigns supreme once again
MV: 1 New York Rangers v. 6 New Jersey Devils – Rangers in 6, Should be a nice flashback for Blueshirt fans beating New Jersey in the playoffs
JD: 1 New York Rangers vs. 6 New Jersey Devils – Rangers in 5, Much like the matchup against Ottawa, the Rangers also had trouble during the year with the Devils. However, the Rangers have home ice here and have had playoff success at the Prudential Center in the past. Better goalie and Brad Richards was brought here for these kind of series

Final Verdict: Two five game predictions and myself going with six but we all have the Rangers advancing on.

JT: 2 Boston Bruins vs. 5 Philadelphia Flyers – Bruins in 7, This matchup will be one for the ages with these two old-time hockey teams going toe to toe.  Timmy Thomas will prevail
MV: 2 Boston Bruins v. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins – Penguins in 7, Again the march of the Penguins will occurring again this spring
JD: 2 Boston Bruins v. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins – Penguins in 6, This is going to be another 15-round heavyweight fight. No literally, Matt Cooke might take on the entire Boston goon squad by himself. I get the feeling this is gonna be one of those series that gets decided on a few fluky plays and Pittsburgh always seems to be the beneficiary of those

Final Verdict: Joe again differs from Jerry and I in taking the Bruins where Mr. Durney has the Penguins in six and I choose them in seven.

Western Conference – Semifinals

JT: 1 Vancouver Canucks v. 6 Chicago Blackhawks – Canucks in 6, The rivalry continues with the Canucks moving on
MV: 1 Vancouver Canucks v. 7 San Jose Sharks – Sharks in 7, I go homer again with the thought of if SJ gets going who knows where it’ll stop plus the Sharks own the Canucks payback
JD: 1 Vancouver Canucks v. 7 San Jose Sharks – Canucks in 6, The Canucks are just too good in this series and I feel like this is where the Sharks run out of gas (Sorry, Mike.)

Final Verdict: Ok, so everyone likes Vancouver to be here with Joe and Jerry moving them along to the conference finals. I continue to pick with my heart instead of my head moving the Sharks on, I will point out Joe has picked the Blackhawks facing the Canucks.

JT: 2 St. Louis Blues vs. 4 Nashville Predators – Predators in 7, Predators squeak by the Blues to win the West with better goaltending and defense
MV: 4 Nashville Predators v. 6 Chicago Blackhawks – Predators in 5, Pekka Rinne versus Casey Crawford? Sorry Blackhawks fans but I must break your hearts, jeesh sounds like a band country song haha
JD: 4 Nashville Predators v. 6 Chicago Blackhawks – Predators in 5, Chicago’s atrocious goaltending catches up to them here and should the Predators slay the Detroit beast, that would provide an insane confidence boost that would be too much for the ’10 Champs

Final Verdict: We all have the Predators reaching their first conference finals, Joe predicts a hard fought seven game series while Jerry and I go with five games.

Eastern Conference – Finals

JT: 1 New York Rangers vs. 2 Boston Bruins – Bruins in 6, Another old-time hockey matchup that will have hockey enthusiasts drooling.  Boston pulls it out to return to the Stanley Cup
MV: 1 New York Rangers v. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins – Rangers in 7, You know Torts and New York want this match-up and I think the Rangers are too much for Malkin and Syd the Kid
JD: 1 New York Rangers v. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins – Penguins in 6, Believe me, as a Ranger fan who sorta kinda remembers 1994, I’d love nothing more than to see the Cup back on Broadway, but this matchup will not allow it. This is a Pittsburgh team that has owned the Rangers the last few seasons (or at least feels like it) and is playing on another level right now. It’s a shame King Henrik’s tremendous season ends here

Final Verdict: Ask three guys and get three difference responses, Joe has Rangers-Bruins with Boston in six, Jerry and I both have Rangers-Penguins but he has the Pens in six with me picking the blue shirts in seven.

Western Conference – Finals

JT: 1 Vancouver Canucks vs. 4 Nashville Predators – Predators in 7, Nashville wins by frustrating the Sedins and company.  Nashville will slow the Canucks down by making them play to Nashville’s speed and clogging holes in between the lines.  Rinne over Bobby Lu.
MV: 4 Nashville Predators v. 7 San Jose Sharks – Sharks in 7, Why would I stop picking San Jose? If I have them going this far I might as well continue (fully expected to be heartbroken with a first round defeat)
JD: 1 Vancouver Canucks vs. 4 Nashville Predators – Predators in 6, Pekka Rinne vs. Roberto Luongo….Not since Darren Oliver/Scott Feldman vs. the Cardinals lineup in the Bottom of the 10th inning in Game 6 of the World Series has there been such a supreme mismatch with so much on the line. The purist’s worst nightmare

Final Verdict: Well we’ve all picked the Nashville Predators to make it this far with Joe and Jerry having them face Vancouver with Nashville moving on. Me well I continue to pick the Sharks to somehow keep on keeping on just showing how dumb or blindly loyal I am (it’s the latter).

Stanley Cup Finals

JT: Nashville Predators vs. Boston Bruins – Bruins in 6, Experience wins over the Preds.  With Weber and Suter on D and Rinne between the pipes though, the Preds will be back here before all is said and done.
MV: New York Rangers v. San Jose Sharks – Rangers in 5, The two teams only met once during the regular season and it was a New York beatdown on Halloween. In addition in this model San Jose will have played 21 possible games and will need to travel cross-country for yet another series.
JD: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Nashville Predators – Penguins in 6, I’ve basically laid out all the reasons why Pittsburgh will take this thing during my East playoff preview, and all of that still applies, add to that this group of Penguins have been on this stage multiple times will be enough to bring the ‘Burgh title number four. That said, Nashville will put up a valiant fight but there is just too much offense even for Rinne to handle

Final Verdict: Here is what I like from the three of us, we’ve each got a difference Stanley Cup Final match-up and winner. Joe has the Bruins repeating over the Preds, Jerry has the Penguins hosting for the second time in four years and I pick the Rangers finally lifting the cup again by taking out the team I like.

Thanks for reading and let us know in the comment section to how you feel about these and what you think.

NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions Sure to go Wrong

4Quarters 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff predictions sure to go wrong

Eastern Conference –

First Round:
1 New York Rangers over 8 Ottawa Senators in five games
2 Boston Bruins over 7 Washington Capitals in six games
6 New Jersey Devils over 3 Florida Panthers in seven games
4 Pittsburgh Penguins over 5 Philadelphia Flyers in seven games

Second Round:
1 New York Rangers over 6 New Jersey Devils in six games
4 Pittsburgh Penguins over 2 Boston Bruins in seven games

Eastern Conference Finals:
1 New York Rangers over 4 Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games

Western Conference –

First Round:
1 Vancouver Canucks over 8 Los Angeles Kings in six games
7 San Jose Sharks over 2 St. Louis Blues in seven games
6 Chicago Blackhawks over 3 Phoenix Coyotes in seven games
4 Nashville Predators over 5 Detroit Red Wings in seven games

Second Round:
7 San Jose Sharks over 1 Vancouver Canucks in seven games
4 Nashville Predators over 6 Chicago Blackhawks in five games

Western Conference Finals:
7 San Jose Sharks over 4 Nashville Predators in seven games

2012 Stanley Cup Finals –

New York Rangers over San Jose Sharks in five games

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