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Eastern conference predictions

As is the custom here at RBH, I’m going to make playoff picks for each series.  For now, these will be bare-bones, no funny business, no serious business picks.  For now, I’m not offering any analysis.  Just straight up picks.  The intent is to come back later and evaluate each series and provide lots of colorful and off-color analysis.  Don’t hold your breath waiting for that, though.


#1 Boston v. #8 Montréal
I’m expecting the Habs to put up a little resistance to the Bruins juggernaut.  A very little.  Bruins in five.

#2 Washington v #7 New York Rangers.  Suspect goaltending won’t be a problem for the Caps in round one, and they’ll cruise to a five game series victory.  Sean Avery will have more major penalties than points.

#3 New Jersey v #6 Carolnia.  I’m biased here.  This should be an exciting seven game series, and I think that Cam Ward will rise to the playoff occasion.  Canes in seven.

#4 Pittsburgh v #5 Philadelphia.  The Battle of the Quaker State promises to be a bloodbath.  This is not what either team wanted for the first round.  Evgeni Malkin will be too much for the Flyers to handle, but this one goes the distance.  Pens in seven.

Later,  I’ll provide a bare-bones look at the Western matchups.  Also, I’ve got something really fun in store before Wednesday’s action starts.

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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science.  He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows.  Sometimes, all in the same day. 

David has contributed to CBC.ca for their Stanley Cup playoff coverage in 2006 and to the New York Times Slapshot blog for theirs in 2008. Red and Black Hockey was founded in July of 2005.