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:
Predicted: Pens in 6.
Actual: Pens in 5
Predicted: Ranges in 7.
Actual: Bruins in 5
Predicted: Blackhawks in 6.
Actual: Blackhawks in 7.
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?
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.
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.
Congratulations to the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Champions, the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game 6 of the Finals, winning the series 4-2. Game summary at NHL.com is here.
Congratulation to the Los Angeles Kings, the 2012 NHL Western Conference Champions!
With the Kings winning, I am now 8-5 while picking one more game than played. It might look like a NY vs LA series this year. Would that be good for hockey?
NHL Conference Finals start on today for the Western Conference and Monday for the Eastern Conference. NHL.com has the schedule here.
In the West, the Los Angeles Kings (#8) will face their Pacific Division rivals and division champion Phoenix Coyotes (#3). It is the first time that Pacific Divisions rivals will face each in a Western Conference Final. The series in the West have been difficult to pick as parity in the league has made it a very competitive post season. Both teams have played well defensively as they both have had outstanding and quality goal tending. The King has shown true grit as they have defeated the top two teams in the East and attempt to beat the third division champion this year. However, I feel that the King have not faced much adversity to this point. Both teams may find it difficult to get going in game 1 after a 4-5 days off. The Flyers did not do well after a week layoff with Devils, so the teams that comes to play tonight will have advantage in the series. NHL.com has details about the series here.
The winner of the series will get to face the winner from the Atlantic Division in a true East versus West match up in the Stanley Cup Final.
In the East, the New York Rangers, the top seed in the East and Atlantic Division champion, will face their division rivals, New Jersey Devils (#6). As like in the West, the veteran goal tending has been strong for both teams when it has counted. But, unlike the Kings, the Rangers have had their share adversity in both series. Going to 7 games in the first two series, the Rangers may run out of the gas to getting to the Finals since 1994. However, it can make a team stronger and confidence as it faces a division rival. The Devils have shown quickness in their game, and if this forces the Rangers to run around, the Devils stand a good chance to advancing. Expect a great series from these two teams. NHL.com has details about the series here.
I was 5-3 with picking one more game than was played through the quarterfinals. However, I was 2-2 in the semi-final round while picking one less game than was played. Overall, my record is 7-5 with picking the correct number of games played to date.
Here are my picks for this round:
Kings in 6
Rangers in 7
NHL Conference SemiFinals start on Friday for the Western Conference. Here are the match ups in the West and in the East.
|Blues – Kings||Blues in 6|
|Coyotes – Predators||Predators in 6|
|Rangers – Capitals||Rangers in 7|
|Flyers – Devils||Devils in 7|
I will have links to the schedule after tonight’s games.
Update: Second Round schedule is found here.
Here is a recap of the my NHL Conference Quarterfinals predictions:
|Rangers – Senators||Rangers in 5||Rangers in 7||+2|
|Bruins – Capitals||Bruins in 6||Capitals in 7||+1|
|Panthers – Devils||Devils in 6||Devils in 7||+1|
|Penguins – Flyers||Penguins in 7||Flyers in 6||-1|
In the East, I was 3-1 with a +3 in the number of games played.
|Canucks – Kings||Canucks in 5||Kings in 5||0|
|Blues – Sharks||Blues in 6||Blues in 5||-1|
|Coyotes – Blackhawks||Blackhawks in 7||Coyotes in 6||-1|
|Predators – Red Wings||Predators in 7||Predators in 5||-2|
In the West, I was 2-2 with a -4 in the number of games played.
Update: corrected title of post.
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.
|Rangers – Senators||Rangers in 5|
|Bruins – Capitals||Bruins in 6|
|Panthers – Devils||Devils in 6|
|Penguins – Flyers||Penguins in 7|
|Canucks – Kings||Canucks in 5|
|Blues – Sharks||Blues in 6|
|Coyotes – Blackhawks||Blackhawks in 7|
|Predators – Red Wings||Predators in 7|