The Silver Bullet

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The Sweet Sixteen of the NHL

The playoffs are here and, as promised, it’s time to get in waist deep, and make some predictions for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

First lets take a look at the Series Matchups for the Quarterfinals, and make some predictions.

Eastern Conference:

#1 Buffalo vs. #8 New York Islanders

It’s hard not to root for the President’s trophy winners. Their rabid beginning to the season set the stage for them to make a run at the best record in the NHL. Danny Briere, Jason Pominville, and Thomas Vanek will lead the scoring for the leagues highest goal scoring squad.

Prediction: I don’t think there’s a question about Buffalo in a landslide. Sabres in five.

 

#2 New Jersey vs. #7 Tampa Bay

The Lightening still have the flash of Vincent Lacavalier who followed up Jonny Cheechoo in snatching the Richard Trophy, but it will take a miracle for him to get by like-wall Marty Brodeur. The TB offense will win one or two games for the blue and white, but disgruntled goal tending and New Jersey’s star keeper will provide four winds for the Devils.

Prediction: The Devils GM may only be able to take them to the second round as coach, but he’ll get them there. Devils in Six.

 

#3 Atlanta vs. #6 New York Rangers

Jaromir Jagr will win, and it’s about time. The Atlanta Thrashers stumble into the playoffs as the South East division champions and will attempt to utilize recent acquisitions Kieth Tkachuk and Alexei Zhitnik to put together a playoff run. Unfortunately, you cannot argue with Jagr brilliance, and that may be the only reason the Rangers advance.

Prediction: Lundqvist may look like the hero, but Jagr driving this ship to the elite eight. Rangers in Five.

 

#4 Ottawa vs. #5 Pittsburgh

The old mainstay about the Senators and their playoff blunders will end here. Daniel Afredsson, and tough guy keeper Ray Emery should provide the spark. The magnificent duo of Malkin and Crosby is the most inspiring story for the NHL season. Crosby’s first Ross trophy will look good in his case, but the Senators will dispatch him early in these playoffs.

Prediction: Pittsburgh’s turnaround is a great story, but it may be a year too soon for total dominance. An entertaining series though. Senators in six.

 

Western Conference

#1 Detroit vs. #8 Calgary

I may regret this choice, but I love the upset factor in this series. Yes, the Flames stumbled into the playoffs losing four in a row, but Daryll Sutter hasn’t lost his General Manager grip on this squad and they may just show up to play. Sutter’s dominance in the playoffs isn’t unnoticed as he knows the best way to get away with junk in the post season. Detroit’s stars always show up to play, but have a curse on them. Holmstom, Datsyuk, and Hockeytown will have to wait another year.

Prediction: Kipper will steal three games this series, Detroit will blow one. Flames in Seven.

 

#2 Anaheim vs. #7 Minnesota

The Ducks have the most dominant defensive front-line in the game. J.S. Giguere has the goods in net and Bryz has got his back. Marion Gaborik will provide a scoring spark for a pesky Wild team, but I don’t think they’ll be able to bring down the pounding post season Pronger and Teemu’s illegal stick.

Prediction: The Ducks will dominate but will let Minnesota back in for a challenge. Ducks in Six.

 

#3 Vancouver vs. #6 Dallas

For some reason, the Stars were my most feared opponent for the entire season. I shuddered at every one of eight instances we faced them, yet, here i just don’t feel it. The Stars haven’t given me much hope heading into the post season, and a late season bout and strong showings by Luongo make me believe in this Canucklehead squad.

Prediction: Mike Modano is still hanging around, but Dallas wont be. Canukleheads in Seven.

 

#4 Nashville vs. #5 San Jose

Obviously, the most exciting matchup here at The Bullet, and this one will be close. I’m a homer, and i won’t deny it, but i can’t stop the uneasy feeling I have about this First Round rematch. The players in this one will be Vokoun, Forsberg, and Timonen vs. Thornton, Nabokov, and Marleau. Big. Fast, young forwards not afraid of making a hit will prevail in this bout, but not without spilling some blood and taking some hits of their own.

 

 

Prediction: They are the better team in a better division, the Standing don’t dictate the results in this case. Sharks in Seven.

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April 10, 2007 - Posted by | danharris, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Sports, thesilverbullet

2 Comments »

  1. Good predictions. We only differ on two series’.

    I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see the Ducks win, but I think Minny might take the series. It should go to at least 6 games, however.

    Check out my predictions on my blog, if you’d like

    -Matt
    http://www.mattgunn.ca

    Comment by mattgunn | April 10, 2007 | Reply

  2. Pretty amazing we agree on all 8 series. I did a playoff preview on Hardcore Sports Radio channel 186 and broke down each matchup. I have put my money where my mouth is so hopefully these series work out.

    Eric

    Comment by Eric | April 11, 2007 | Reply


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