For the past few years (2011, 2012) I have been posting my NHL playoff predictions before the start of the playoffs. Round by round, all the way to a cup champion. So, here we go with the 2013 edition.
Blackhawks – Wild: Congrats Minnesota on making the playoffs on the last day of the year… No worries, you’ll be golfing in about 10 days. Chicago’s got this one.
Ducks – Red Wings: I don’t care for either of these teams. But, since both can’t lose in the 1st round, I’ll go with Detroit to take out Anaheim in this one.
Canucks – Sharks: Another series where I just don’t like either team. Because it’s fun to watch San Jose lose their minds each year in the playoffs, let’s go with Vancouver to advance.
Blues – Kings: It’s been 2 years since the Blues have beat the Kings even once. No chance they’ll find a way to do it 4 times in 2 weeks. Kings are moving on.
Penguins – Islanders: I like the Islanders. I think they are an up and coming team. But, the Pens are just going to be too much for them this year. Pens will make this a short series.
Canadians – Senators: Is this the first all-Canadian series in quite a while? I don’t know a lot about either team, so, gonna just pick based on seeding here. Go Habs! whatever.
Capitals – Rangers: I actually think this may be a really exciting series to watch. I’m on the fence about who wins this. Think I have to go with Lundqvist to carry the Rangers through.
Bruins – Toronto: I think the Bruins’ playoff experience is going to carry them past the Maple Leafs in this one.
Blackhawks – Red Wings: End of the line for the Red Wings. Hawks got this.
Canucks – Kings: This should be another real good series. Kings moving on.
Penguins – Rangers: Crosby will be back by this time. Rangers won’t be able to contain him. Penguins go through.
Canadians – Bruins: Wouldn’t it be neat if the Canadians were the only Canadian team to make it to the third round? Too bad it’s not going to happen. I’m going black and yellow here.
Blackhawks – Kings: Congrats to the Hawks for being the best team in hockey during the regular season. Now, let me introduce you to the Playoff version of the kings. Kings will upset the Blackhawks on their way back to the finals.
Penguins – Bruins: Short and sweet. Penguins moving on.
The Kings are a better team this year than they were last year. And, last year I didn’t listen to my heart and pick the Kings to win it all. This year, I’m not making the same mistake. I’m going with the Kings to repeat.
So there ya go. That’s my picks. Think I’m spot on? Think I’m crazy? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.