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One more sleep - prediction time

The playoffs are upon us. I’ll be writing regularly about the Habs, as they do battle with the Boston Bruins, but in advance of all the action let me take a few minutes to make some predictions. Who knows? Maybe I’ll get a couple right.

Washington/New York: This one, to me, is no contest. Lundqvist is good - but he’s not that good. Washington will swamp a depleted Rangers lineup that will sorely miss Ryan Callahan. Washington in 5.

Philadelphia/Buffalo: Ryan Miller is the key here (obviously), and based on his play down the stretch, as recently as the weekend, he isn’t healthy. I don’t care how much of a slide Philly has been on, Buffalo just can’t overcome the loss of Miller. Flyers in 5.

Pittsburgh/Tampa Bay: Yes, the Pens are missing Crosby, but they play a strong system and Fleury has looked solid this year. And who knows - maybe Sid makes an appearance? Pittsburgh in 6 - and I bet Alex Kovalev has a big series.

Vancouver/Chicago: I fear that Canucks fans could be in line for a severe shock, but I think Luongo’s experience will carry them through. Vancouver in 7.

San Jose/Los Angeles: No Kopitar, and a banged up Williams at best, means San Jose is taking this one. Sharks in 5.

Phoenix/Detroit: Zetterberg or not, Detroit has way more weapons than Phoenix. The Coyotes are good, but they aren’t good enough to overcome the experience and grit on the Red Wings. Detroit in 6.

Nashville/Anaheim: Corey Perry is the hottest player in hockey. He has the Ducks on his back. He’ll get them through at least one round, with some support from Getzlaf, Ryan, Selanne, Koivu and Visnovsky. Anaheim in 7.

And lastly, the one I am most interested in (and the one which I genuinely believe will have the best storylines):

Montreal/Boston: Boston has size, brute strength and Tim Thomas. Montreal has speed, skill and Carey Price. Brawn can intimidate, but not when a team has 800+ playoff games under its belt. The big question here? Does Tim Thomas continue his torrid play, or does he crumble, as he has in Montreal so many times? Can Carey Price break the spell of bad performance after bad performance in Boston? He’s going to have to win at least one there. My bet is skill trumps truculence, and the Canadiens get through on Cammalleri, Subban and Price. Habs in 6.

So there ya go. Let’s see how I do. In the meantime, enjoy the last 48 hours to Boston-Montreal, and 24 hours until everything begins. This is it. And I can’t wait.

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Evilpens's avatar

Ummm Really?? Caps in 5 ? LOL

Posted by Evilpens on 04/12/11 at 11:33 PM ET

phillyd's avatar

I’m glad I’m not the only one looking at Miller and seeing he isn’t close to 100%. I just don’t understand all the “experts” taking Buffalo over the Flyers.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 04/12/11 at 11:46 PM ET


I agree re: Miller. I’ve watched a few Buffalo games the past two weeks and he has been off. Add in the fact he wasn’t playing full games down the stretch, when Buffalo desperately needed to win to get in, and that tells me there is something seriously wrong in the Sabres camp.

Could Enroth step in? Maybe. But he’s not Ryan Miller.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 04/13/11 at 12:00 AM ET


I agree with most of your predictions, but here are mine:
WASH in 5
BOS in 7
TAM in 6
BUF in 6

SJ in 5 (I have a feeling LA wins game 1 in OT; no rationale, but that’s the fun of predicting)
DET in 6
ANA in 7
CHI in 7 (until the Canucks prove me wrong, I see this rivalry as similar to the Leafs-Sens of playoff past)

Posted by laplemeafs on 04/13/11 at 07:57 PM ET


I wish the Habs luck, but they are already dead. They just haven’t fallen over yet.

Posted by BlackXinu on 04/14/11 at 01:05 PM ET

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