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2013 Stanley Cup Champions

25 June 2013 Leave a comment

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Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks on winning the 2013 Stanley Cup as the NHL Champions.

The Hawks scored two goals near the end of Game 6 to defeat the Boston Bruins to win the series 4-2.

Patrick Kane wins the Conn Symthe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs.

I am surprised this year to have picked the winner in the correct number of games. So, I finished with 10-5 record with 86 games played out of 92 games predicted.

Cannot wait for next season to begin in October.

2013 Stanley Cup Finals

10 June 2013 Leave a comment

The NHL has announced the schedule for the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals.  It is the first Original Six Series in the Cup Final since 1979.  It should be a very competitive and exciting series to watch this year.  Here is the schedule:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2013 8 p.m. BOSTON AT CHICAGO
SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2013 8 p.m. BOSTON AT CHICAGO
MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013 8 p.m. CHICAGO AT BOSTON
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013 8 p.m. CHICAGO AT BOSTON
*SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013 8 p.m. BOSTON AT CHICAGO
*MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013 8 p.m. CHICAGO AT BOSTON
*WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013 8 p.m. BOSTON AT CHICAGO

The games will be broadcasted on NBC or NBC Sports Network in the States and CBC and RDS in Canada.

During the Finals, the winners to the 2013 NHL awards will be announced.

So, which team do I think will it this year?

I’m definitely think the Hawks are the team to beat.  They have proven it all season with someone stepping up each game.  Penalty killing has been outstanding this playoff run as well as goal tending.  Corey Crawford is definitely leading candidate for the Conn Symthe Trophy if the Hawks win.  Better results on the power play, winning face-offs, and controlling the neutral zone during 5 on 5 will be keys for Hawks.

The Bruins playoff run this year has been the production of their top forwards.  This would need to continue against the Hawks especially on the power play.  Like the Hawks, the Bruins goal tending has been solid as well.  The health of their defense will be a key factor in this series.  It will take another team effort like they did against the Penguins to beat the Hawks this year.  If the Bruins win the series, the leading Conn Symthe contenders would be Tuuka Rusk or any one of the top forwards.

I like the Hawks in 6.

2013 Eastern Conference Champions

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Congratulations to the Boston Bruins on winning the Prince of Wales Trophy as the NHL Eastern Conference Champions.

Although I picked the Pens to win this series in 6, I was impressed with the Bruins’ sweep of the Penguins. They look like a team who wants to win the Stanley Cup this year.

With this results, I am now 8-5 with 75 games played out of 80 games predicted.

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2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Conference Finals

NHL announced the start of the Conference Finals. The game this Saturday are on NBCSN at 5 PM and NBC at 8 PM.   NHL.com provides the coverage of each series.

In reviewing my Conference Semis picks, I picked 2 of 4 series correctly.  So, overall it is a 8-4 record this year.  A total of 24 games were played this round as I had predicted 25.  Overall there has been 71 games played out of the 74 games predicted.

Here is an overview of the Conference Semis:

Pittsburgh vs Ottawa

Predicted: Pens in 6.

Actual: Pens in 5

Boston vs New York Rangers

Predicted: Ranges in 7.

Actual: Bruins in 5

Chicago vs Detroit

Predicted: Blackhawks in 6.

Actual: Blackhawks in 7.

Los Angeles vs San Jose

Predicted:  Sharks in 6.

Actual: Kings in 7.

Now for the Conference Finals.  It is interesting that last four teams remaining are all former champions of the past four Stanley Cups.  As stated on NHL.com, it is now a tournament of champions.  So which one of the teams will earn their second cup in last 4 years or less?

Pitttsbrugh vs Boston

In the East, it is difficult to pick a winner here.  Although the Pens swept the regular season series, this is meaningless right now.  Both teams have been playing well offensively in the playoffs.   However, Boston has faced more adversity than the Pens to this point.  I stated this fact based upon the young Bruin defense stepping up when key injuries happen to Boston veteran defensemen in the first round.  This may be an edge in this series for the Bruins, but may be an area to be exploited by the Pens if the Bruin veterans do not return to the lineup.  I see this series as a toss up, but will pick the Pens in 6.

Chicago vs Los Angeles

The best in the league faces the defending champions.  Both of these teams are going to be tired after facing a seven game series in the previous round.   So, I am surprised to see this series starting on Saturday with Game 2 on Sunday.    The team that starts well in the series should go to the Finals.  I like the Hawks in 6.

2013 Selke Trophy Finalists

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NHL announced the finalists for the 2013 Selke Trophy.  The Frank J. Selke Trophy is award annually to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season.  This year’s finalists are Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks.

The winner will be announced during the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

This is another tough one to pick this year, because all the finalists have played well to earn this award.  However, I would like to see Toews win it this year.

2013 Masterton Trophy Finalists

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

NHL announced the finalists for the 2013 Bill Masterton Trophy. The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to given to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. The winner is selected in a poll of all chapters of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) at the end of the regular season.  This year’s finalists are Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding and Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid.

The winner will be announced during the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

This award is always difficult to pick since all these finalists deserve to win this award.  Crosby could have a chance to win three awards this year and become the third Penguin to win this award.  That would interesting to see happen, but I really think that McQuaid deserve this year’s award.  Getting back to just play and have fun is all about this award.

2012 NHL Conference Quarterfinals

10 April 2012 Leave a comment

The chase for the 2012 Stanley Cup begins tomorrow.  In the States, NBC, CNBC, NBC Sports Network, and NHL Network (US) will be broadcasting the games.  NHL.com has great coverage for this year’s playoff.  Check out the schedule link and each of the quarterfinal links below.

Quarterfinals Schedule

Eastern Conference
Series Pick
Rangers – Senators  Rangers in 5
Bruins – Capitals  Bruins in 6
Panthers – Devils  Devils in 6
Penguins – Flyers  Penguins in 7
Western Conference
Series Pick
Canucks – Kings Canucks in 5
Blues – Sharks Blues in 6
Coyotes – Blackhawks Blackhawks in 7
Predators – Red Wings Predators in 7