Tuesday, April 10, 2012

NHL Playoff Series Predictions

The NHL playoffs will begin this Wednesday and here at Two Bored Teens, we've decided on what we think will happen during the first round of the playoffs. Agree or Disagree? Comment Below!

Just a little something special for you guys, we have a new guest writer for this please welcome Marcus to the post!

Eastern Conference

#1 NY Rangers vs #8 Ottawa Senators
Alson: Rangers in 5. Look it just comes down to Henrik vs Anderson. Karlsson and Spezza are great players are one of the only reasons why they are even IN the playoffs. However, there's not much in the tank left for them in my opinion.
Geoffrey: Rangers in 5. Anderson and Bishop may be decent but the combination of King Henrik and Biron is way better. Karlsson and Spezza might be able to steal a game for the Sens but Alfredsson is going to have one disappointing last playoff series.
Marcus: Rangers in 6.

#2 Boston Bruins vs #7 Washington Capitals
Alson:  Bruins in five. The Caps nearly missed the playoffs and the only reason why they were in the playoffs are because Ovie decided to step up his game. If he doesn't have the entire team step up, there's not much to dispute about.
Geoffrey: Bruins in six. The Caps are doing well right now with Ovechkin playing like a superstar and getting back Backstrom. But the rough and tough game of the Bruins will be too much for them. Watch Ovie get decked by Chara throughout the series.
Marcus: Bruins in 7.

#3 Florida Panthers vs #6 New Jersey Devils
Alson: Florida in 7. Panthers have a suprising run this year and I feel that they will continue their miraculous run in the playoffs.
Geoffrey: Devils in 6. The Panthers magical run ends here. Even though Florida has a higher seed than the Devils, the Devils finished better overall. That's why I don't like that the top in the division gets an automatic top 3 seed. But Brodeur and the Devils will finished them off.
Marcus: Devils in 6.

#4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs #5 Philadelphia Flyers

Alson: Pens in 5. I'm not going to lie. Pens are my team. I love the Penguins so i'm biased, not going to lie. Bryzgalov has been alright, and the Penguins are a lot deeper compared to the Flyers. The Flyers have Jagr and Giroux, but the Penguins have Fleury, Malkin, Crosby, and Letang. They are also a lot tougher with Joe Vitale and that's all the reasoning I need. 
Geoffrey: Pens in 7. Probably the best series to watch. Jagr coming home to Pittsburgh after spending most of his career there and defenitley will be a hotly contested game as evident from the April 1st game. Matt Cooke will be the most important player for the Pens because he'll need to be watching out for Crosby, Malkin and Staal and dealing with anybody who messes with these star players.
Marcus: Flyers in 7.

Western Conference

#1 Vancouver Canucks vs #8 Los Angeles Kings

Alson: Kings in 5. This will shock a lot of people but I believe they can beat the Canucks. Quick is dialed in and ready to go. Carter and Richards are good only together, and with Doughty, I'm definately interested in this team. Also don't forget, Luongo has a history of choking up in the playoffs...
Geoffrey: Kings in 7. The Kings are starting to click together ever since acquiring Carter. Quick is a Vezina candidate and the Kings are up top in goals against. Even though the Kings aren't one of the highest scoring teams, they can still be the Canucks. Remember, offense wins the regular season, defense wins championships. 
Marcus: Canucks in 5.

#2 St. Louis Blues vs #7 San Jose Sharks

Alson: Blues in 5. Blues have GREAT depth and great goaltending, and San Jose Sharks always chokes up in the playoffs, it just depends in first or second round. My money is on the first round.
Geoffrey: Blues in 6. The Sharks have never found their rhythm in the playoffs. the Blues have allowed the fewest goals in the history of the NHL and that's going to stand out in this matchup. But the depth of the Sharks will make this series a bit interesting.
Marcus: Blues in 5.

#3 Phoenix Coyotes vs #6 Chicago Blackhawks

Alson: 'Yotes in 6. Smith has been playing great, and I feel that the 'Yotes are a lot more motivated than years before. I just have a gut feeling on this one...
Geoffrey: Hawks in 6. Smith has been riding a hot glove and he'll extend the series but Phoenix has been pretty lucky going from 8th to 3rd in the last few days because of the division playoff seed. When Chicago gets back Toews, watch out.
Marcus: Hawks in 6.

#4 Nashville Predators vs #5 Detroit Red Wings

Alson: Preds in 6. Pekka Rinne. Simple as that. He is dangerous and the fact he's playing good even for him, this is something to be feared. Also, don't forget, the Red Wings are getting old...
Geoffrey: Red Wings in 5. The Red Wings are healthy and dangerous. Throughout the season, they've been crushed by injuries. If they didn't have injuries, they should have won the President's Trophy. The Preds really added depth to their lineup but they will be no match to the skills of the Red Wings. 
Marcus: Preds in 7.

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