Please note my PC crashed and I was unable to post this yesterday… so just pretend you are reading this before the Canes beat the Devils…
Well the first games of all the series have commenced and with my Ottawa Senators out I wasn't as excited about the playoffs as previous years and it allowed me to pick my playoff fantasy players without a biased opinion. However, when the pre-game started and they showed flash backs of the smiling faces masked by their furry playoff friends, I was reminded why I watch the playoffs. It’s a superstition to some and a curse to others, where players and fans alike grow their beards in support of their team. Watching Mike Commodore, Scott Hartnell, Ken Daneyko and Jean-Sébastien Giguère with the mixture of sweat, gatorade and whatever else has become part of their beards, mixed with the smile of success is priceless. Now don't get me wrong here, I don't watch playoff hockey for the beards, I watch for the fight, the battle for survival, and most of all the emotion expressed by each team, win or lose.
After watching the first game of each series nothing really has surprised me, other than San Jose Sharks not showing up. Not that I am surprised that San Jose neglected to show up judging by their history with playoff blunders and collapses, just figured they would have had it figured out this year.
All series are looking dynamite and looking forward to the 2nd round already.
Bostion Bruins and Montreal Canadiens look to be the best series as far as rough and tough old time hockey, and with the final second events we should see some fury in Game 2.
As for the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins series, we will witness another Flyers teams in game 2. The Flyers started flat, took alot of cheap penalties and in the end couldn't get it together until about 8 minutes remaining in the 3rd.
New Jersey Devils will sweep the Carolina Hurricanes, going into the final days of the regular season I was concerned for New Jersey with Martin Brodeur not playing up to Marty Standards, but glad to see Marty back to his game.
New York Rangers and Washington Capitals first game was a great game with back and forth action. It came down to the last goal and who wanted it more. The Caps will rebound and we will see 6 games in this series.
As for the west we have some great hockey ahead of us!
Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks will go seven, unless the games continue like last night into OT and then we will see a younger Blackhawk team taking advantage and being able to rejuvinate faster. Michael Cammarelli should be suspended, regardless if the hockey gods have spoken with Havlat's 2 goals including the game winner. This was a blow to the head and a cheap shot.
Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks series is a coin flip. If the Sharks show up we will have a great series and until then experience and bragging rights in California will be in the Ducks favor.
Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues round one action is fast paced, open hockey. We won't see alot of big hits, but we will see some dynamite goals. Both goalies are fantastic and both teams have potential to make it to the second round, but I see the Canucks edging them out this year. Vancouver to win the series in 5.
And last but not least the Detroit Red Wings versus the Columbus Blue Jackets. I have said before Columbus is my second favorite team and they may have lost the first game but look for a different Jackets team in game 2. They have popped their playoff cherry in the cherry poppin daddies of daddies, ol' Joe Louis Arena. Once they look over the game plan, get game 2 over with win or lose, they will have home ice advantage in Columbus and that fan base has been waiting too long to errupt! Detroit wins series 4-2...
Back in March I made a prediction of the playoffs, here is a flashback and an updated pick...
Ok Here is my playoff predictions from Semi Finals on...
East Semi: Boston Bruins vs. New Jersey Devils
East Finals: New Jersey Devils vs Washington Capitals
West Semi: Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers
West Finals: Calgary Flames vs. San Jose Sharks
The Big Show: Calgary Flames vs. Washington Capital Calgary wins 4-2
Thats right I said it... as we get closer i will make modifications but these are my picks for today! See ya next time friends!
So here is an update of my picks after watching the first games, obviously removing the Oilers...
East Semi: Washington Capitals vs. New Jersey Devils
East Finals: Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals
West Semi: San Jose Sharks vs. Calgary Flames
West Semi: Vancouver Canucks vs. Detroit Red Wings
West Finals: Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks
The Big Show: Calgary Flames vs. Washington Capitals... Calgary wins 4-3
So until next time, grow your beards proud and keep the drive alive!