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Apr 10, 17, 07:49 AM #61Anyone see an upset special in the making for the playoffs? I see no reason why the Rangers can't run the table on their side of the bracket in the east and reach the Stanley Cup Finals as a wild card. If they make it to the Eastern Conference Finals, they'll be playing a beat up team (who went through a mine field to get to the ECF) and may have an edge. I'm liking Edmonton a lot as a dark horse to come out of the West and take out Chicago. I guess I'll go with the following predictions:
Eastern Conference Finals:
New York Rangers
Western Conference Finals:
Stanley Cup Finals:
Washington wins in 6Advertisement
Apr 10, 17, 07:55 AM #62So much of the playoffs is about which goalie gets red-hot at the right time. There's a lot of chance there.
Gut feeling is that Washington and Chicago hold serve, but there's always a surprise.
Still, even with that said, give me the Capitals over the Blackhawks in 7.
Apr 10, 17, 07:57 AM #63Really thought this might be Minnesota's year, but that March was so awful that even coming into the playoffs on a four-game streak, I just don't see it. They might lose this series to the Blues right out of the gate.
Apr 10, 17, 12:45 PM #64The Caps have never won a Stanley Cup and they've only appeared in one Cup finals series, 1998. They're way overdue for one. However, they won the President's Cup last year, too, and bowed out in the second round to the Penguins. The same thing could happen again this year, depending on who wins in the first round among the other teams. Alexander Ovechkin is running out of time, though he still is Ovechkin. It's all on Holtby.
I'd like to see the Blue Jackets do something, but they have a tall order with the Pens right off the bat. I will always have soft spot in my heart for Torts.
Even though they lost their last 2 games, Boston has been really hot of late. I like them over Ottawa in the first round.
I know it's hard to repeat, but Pittsburgh is still the favorite, from my point of view.
The West is a crap shoot for me, but I still have a hard time going against Cory Crawford in the playoffs.
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Apr 14, 17, 07:47 AM #69I was happy to see Nashville steal one from Chicago. I'm seeing a few analysts are predicting the upset. That would be fun and completely open up the race in the Western Conference. I'm hoping to see the Oilers rebound and take down the Sharks. If they can make it to round 2, I like their chances to be in the Finals. They are so fun to watch.