Hey hockey fans! It’s that time of year again. That’s right, it’s time for the 2014 NHL playoffs. After a grueling eight month season, the teams are finally ready to step on the ice to see who comes out on top. In this post I will try to predict the outcome of the first round of the playoffs. I will break this up into two parts so it doesn’t get too long. I will release the first part tonight and the second part tomorrow.
Boston vs. Detroit
I think this series will be an amazing series to watch. These two franchises haven’t played each other in the playoffs since 1957. Boston has been on a tear this year; they have the best record in the National Hockey League with a record of 54-19-9. Not only does Boston come into the playoffs with the best record, they also are third in the league in goals scored and second in goals against, only allowing 2.1 goals per game. While the Red Wings numbers are not as astounding, I wouldn’t count them out just yet. Surprisingly, Detroit has beaten Boston three out of the four times they have met on the ice this season.
I think this historic match up will come down to the wire, I predict Boston winning in 6 games.
Tampa Bay vs. Montreal
Tampa Bay has played the Canadians four times this season. All of the four games have gone into overtime so you can’t really judge this series based on the regular season. I think that the Lightning will be able to win the series because of how good their offense has looked lately. They won five of their last seven games to finish the regular season. The key will be to see how they can handle being without star goalie Ben Bishop for at least game one. I believe if the Lighting can get through game one they will win the series.
I predict that the Lighting will beat the Canadians in 5.
Pittsburg vs. Columbus
For this series I’m taking the Penguins all the way. This year the Penguins have been playing great. They are ranked in the top 10 in most offensive categories. They will be playing the Bluejackets who are a younger, less experienced team. Pittsburg has been here before and knows what to expect. Now, everyone is saying that this series is going to be an upset, but I just don’t see it with Sidney Crosby leading the way. I don’t see an upset in the future
I have Pittsburg winning in 6
Rangers vs. Flyers
This season the Rangers and Flyers played each other four times. They split these games 2-2. If the regular season was any indicator, this series should be a battle of epic proportions. I give the advantage to the Rangers because of their mid-season trades. They picked up players like Martin St. Louis who I hope will help them make a run for the cup this year. Plus, Henrik Lindquist has had a great year and he always brings it in the playoffs. I’m excited to see these two teams go at it.
I have the Rangers winning in 5.
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