Fearless first round NHL playoff predictions, with bonus one sentence analysis from the man who will invariably be wrong:
(1) Ottawa over (8) Tampa Bay in 6
Defending champs give Ottawa a scare, but the mighty Senators eventually take care of buisness.
(4) Buffalo over (5) Philadelphia in 7
Worst time of the year for a goaltending controversy in Philly.
(2) Carolina over (7) Montreal in 5
See above, except in Montreal.
(3) New Jersey over (6) New York in 5
Jersey was my upset pick before they won the division on the last day.
(1) Detroit over (8) Edmonton in 5
Thanks for coming out, boys.
(5) San Jose over (4) Nashville in 5
Wrong team, wrong time, bad karma for Nashville with the Vokoun injury.
(2) Dallas over (7) Colorado in 6
Theodore could make this series go either way, but you know Turco’s solid.
(3) Calgary over (6) Anaheim in 6
Like the prior series, there should be some great goaltending- but which JS Giguere will we see?
Early pick for the Cup? Detroit.
I don’t have any real upsets here, which kind of annoys me. There’s always one or two.
Alright, let’s make one:
(8) Tampa Bay over (1) Ottawa in 7
Given Ottawa’s history with the playoffs, and the possibility of their goaltending becoming an issue, this seems like a good bet. Plus it’ll give the Toronto media about two weeks to opine on how the Leafs would have beaten the Senators if they’d made the playoffs, which’ll be solid gold.
I wanted to write more non-sports stuff, but I’ll save it for another entry, once I’ve corrected my sleeping patterns. Which might happen about February of next year, the way it’s going. Toodles.