The Road to the Stanley Cup
Tomorrow (Wednesday June 4th) The NHL Stanley Cup playoffs are about to begin. I thought I could call the shots and predict who would be playing and I could not have been further from the truth.
I just figured it would be a Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks repeat. Turns out I picked the wrong ponies and am now sadly looking at a New York Rangers vs. LA Kings final. Let’s just call it the Media Series since it’s the American east vs. West media hubs.
First of all, I did not see this final coming at all. I had zero faith in the Rangers and I felt the west was just too strong to allow LA to sneak through. I didn’t see it coming so much, that my playoff hockey pool is really going to go downhill fast as I only have two LA players on my roster!
I don’t know if this is going to be a good series, but New York has been surprising this playoffs. After Montreal took out the Boston Bruins I thought they would have rolled right over the Rangers, but New York persevered I guess the morale is, never count out any team in the playoffs.
Of course, if I have to guess, I would predict that the LA Kings will win the cup in 6 games.
Let’s see how wrong I am!
Tonight marks round 2 of the NHL playoffs. With round 1 still fresh in a lot of peoples minds, especially since round 1 just ended for a few teams last night that forced a game 7, round 2 is shaping up to be quite the hockey melee.
We are now left with 8 teams. The Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadians will be the series to watch. These original 6, divisional rivals have met each other in the playoffs an astounding 34 times. Montreal has the historic edge of winning 24 of those series, but history plays no role here. Things are tilting in Boston’s favor since they are now a dynasty in the making team. Regardless, it will be a hard hitting series filled with a ton of animosity between fans and players alike. This will be the series to watch.
In the west the LA Kings and Mighty Ducks will also be a great series to watch. I couldn’t even begin to pick a clear winner in this series and it’s probably the closest match for skilled players. I think Anaheim might edge out the Kings, but this is definitely going to game 7.
We’ll have to wait and see how these playoff matches work out, but I am excited for some great hockey as I’m sure all of you are as well.
Stay tuned for an exciting round 2. Can’t wait to see who ends up playing for their conferences. If I had to guess, it’s gonna be Boston vs. New York in the east and Anaheim vs. Chicago in the west.