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.
Conference Semis starts tonight on CNBC. NHL.com provides the coverage of each series.
In reviewing my Conference Quarterfinals picks, I picked 6 of 8 series correctly.
Pens win in 6. Actual: Pens in 6.
Canadiens in 6. Actual: Senators in 5.
Rangers win it in 7. Actual: Rangers in 7
Bruins in 6. Actual: Bruins in 7.
Blackhawks in 6. Actual: Blackhawks in 5.
Ducks in 6. Actual: Red Wings in 7.
Sharks in 6. Actual: Sharks in 4.
Kings win in 7. Actual: Kings in 6.
I picked a total of 50 games in the first round, but only 47 games were played. There were a lot of overtime games in the first round, so I expect to see more in this upcoming round.
For my picks in the Conference Semis,
Penguins faced more adversity than the Senators did in the first round. Ottawa did surprised me with their play in their series with the Canadiens. Although the Pens swept the season series against Senators, it will be tougher this time. I would not be surprised if the Senator take this series, but I will stick with the Pens in 6.
East version of an Original 6 series. Any original series should be good to watch. The Rangers have the edge in goal tending but the Bruins’ top line is producing. This battle may decide who wins this series. Typically it is goal tending that wins series, so Ranges in 7.
The last version of an Original 6 series in the West, since Detroit moves to the East next season. The Hawks played pretty well against the Red Wings this year, but this series should be a classic to watch. I still like the Blackhawks to win it in 6.
Expect many of these games going into overtime, so rest may work to the Sharks’ advantage after their sweep of the Canucks. Yet, the Kings got back on track after dropping the first two games against the Blues. With Sharks playing well, I see them winning in 6.
Tonight is the beginning of the re-match of last year’s Stanley Cup between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins. One difference from last year’s final is Marian Hossa and Ty Conklin are Red Wing players instead of a Penguin players. Will these players achieve their dream of raising the Cup with their new team?
In last round, I was 1-1 in my predictions. I have an overall record of 8-6. I believe that the Red Wings will win this series. But, if the Penguins play like they did in the Eastern Conference Finals, they have a great chance of accomplishing what the Edmonton Oilers did 25 years ago, win the cup after losing it in the prior year.
I am expecting this series to go seven games. So, that is why I am going with the Red Wings. They have home ice. With their defense healed and ready to go, I do believe that their veteran defensemen can stop the Pens top guns. This true as long as they remain healthy. I do foresee injuries playing a part in this series. If the Red Wings lose players on the blue line for more than two games in row, the Pens have a good chance to win the series. And a lot of Pens I know will be real happy to see the Cup back in Pittsburgh.
The NHL has announced the start time of Game 2, so the schedule has finalized as follows:
GAME 1: SAT. MAY 30, PIT @ DET, 8PM, NBC, CBC, RDS
GAME 2: SUN. MAY 31, PIT @ DET, 8PM, NBC, CBC, RDS
GAME 3: TUE JUN 2, DET @ PIT, 8PM, VS, CBC, RDS
GAME 4: THU JUN 4, DET @ PIT, 8PM, VS, CBC, RDS
*GAME 5: SAT. JUN 6, PIT @ DET, 8PM, NBC, CBC, RDS
*GAME 6: TUE JUN 9, DET @ PIT, 8PM, NBC, CBC, RDS*GAME 7: FRI. JUN 12, PIT @ DET, 8PM, NBC, CBC, RDS
Enjoy the series.
I learned this afternoon while driving for dinner tonight that long-time Meet the Press host and NBC Washington Bureau Chief Tim Russert died apparently of a heart attack at age 59. He held the longest tenure of the NBC’s Meet the Press. He will definitely be missed. He was the best interviewer in news journalism with his hard nose questions.
IMHO, this is a big blow to NBC News. This will continue their downward spiral in news reporting.
Update 14 June 2008 10:59 AM ET:
Lot of tributes being reported around of the web. Check some of them out:
Rush Limbaugh Statement on Tim Russert’s Death: “It’s just a shame. Tim was a regular guy with that perpetual smile he wore naturally all the time. He loved life and got everything he could out of it. Whether it was at dinner here in Florida while his son was taking golf lessons, or on the set of Meet The Press, Tim was always the same with me: genuine. He never condescended to anyone and was the consummate professional. He will be hard to replace. He was the closest thing there was at any of the networks to an objective journalist.”
The NHL has release the schedule for the Stanley Cup Quarterfinals. Here are the match-ups:
Montreal vs Boston
Pittsburgh vs Ottawa
Washington vs Philadelphia
New Jersey vs New York Rangers
Detroit vs Nashville
San Jose vs Calgary
Minnesota vs Colorado
Anaheim vs Dallas
In the States, NBC and Versus will be broadcasting the playoffs. It is sad that we will miss most of the Montreal-Boston, a Original Six series, and the Pittsburgh-Ottawa series. Canadian fans are sure lucky. These series should be good.
My picks would be Montreal in 6, Pittsburgh in 7, Washington in 5, New Jersey 7, Detroit in 5, San Jose in 6, Colorado in 7, and Dallas in 7.