Playoff Predictions

Now that the matchups are set, I am gonna lay down my predictions for this years playoffs…..feel free to make your own as well, that’s the fun part!

Western Conference

Round One

1 Dallas Stars vs. 8 Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton is a very good, young team. However, even without Guerin, the Stars should dismantle the Oil machine. Stars in 6.

2 Detroit Red Wings vs. 7 Anaheim Mighty Ducks

Hmmm….possibly the best matchup for the Wings. The Ducks aren’t overly physical, which should benefit the Wings older players. In the previous 2 meetings in the playoffs, Detroit swept both times. With thier depth, I expect it to be Sweep #3. Red Wings in 4.

3 Colorado Avalanche vs. 6 Minnesota Wild

Quite possibly the most interesting matchup. Colorado couldn’t get it going for the longest time, and Minnesota wasn’t expected to be in the playoffs at the beginning of the year. Call me crazy, but I think Minnesota’s boring style could pull off the upset. Wild in 6.

4 Vancouver Canucks vs. 5 St. Louis Blues

The Canucks should’ve won thier division, plain and simple. The Blues don’t have the smarts to play well, or with class, when it counts. Stupid penalties will cost them, as the Canucks will take advantage. Canucks in 5.

Eastern Conference

Round One

1 Ottawa Senators vs. 8 New York Islanders

The return of Yashin….again. He will never live down his contract standoff, and the Sens are explosive. Without a clear-cut number one goalie, the Isles are doomed. Senators in 5.

2 New Jersey Devils vs. 7 Boston Bruins

The Bruins are getting alot of positive press these days, but really, they had alot of trouble locking up that playoff berth. With Broduer in net, I don’t see them pulling off the upset. Devils in 6.

3 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. 6 Washington Capitals

The Caps have the experience, the Lightning have the youthfull enthusiasm. Should be a great series…..great in terms of Southeast Division hockey. Capitals in 7.

4 Philadelphia Flyers vs. 5 Toronto Maple Leafs

The Leafs were major players at the deadline….unfortunately, thier acquisitions are dropping like flies. Belfour has played great, but, I think Hitchcock’s system and a great series by Roman Cechmanek lead the Flyers to Round Two. Flyers in 7.

Western Conference

Round 2

1 Dallas Stars vs. 6 Minnesota Wild

Ah, another interesting series. I don’t think the Wild could pull off another upset though. The Stars, as said before, are just too strong for many teams to handle. Stars in 5.

2 Detroit Red Wings vs. 4 Vancouver Canucks

The re-match of last year’s opening round series. I think the Canucks made great strides this year, but, I still think they are a year away from making the big step forward. Red Wings in 7.

Eastern Conference

Round 2

1 Ottawa Senators vs. 6 Washington Capitals

The Senators and Capitals……call it the battle of the lawmakers. Always remember that the Senate rules the capital, thus, I say Senators in 6.

2 New Jersey Devils vs. 4 Philadelphia Flyers

A great second round matchup and a throw back to the Wales Conference battles. I am a strong believer in the Flyers this year, and I think they keep motoring along. Flyers in 6.

Conference Finals

Western Conference

1 Dallas Stars vs. 2 Detroit Red Wings

The Clash of the Titans. In a series that may be as good as Detroit/Colorado from a year ago, I think the skill for skill aspect of the skaters is a wash. In what will be a goaltender-decided series, I think CuJo takes the series over Turco. Red Wings in 6.

Eastern Conference

1 Ottawa Senators vs. 4 Philadelphia Flyers

Sadly, I think this is where the Canadian boat gets off. The Sens will not fall easily to Philadelphia, but Philly has alot of good weapons, and Ottawa, I think, will fall just short. Philadelphia in 7.

Stanley Cup Final

Detroit Red Wings vs. Philadelphia Flyers

The re-match of 1997 should be more competitive. In what will be a tightly played defensive struggle, I think it will come down to bounces to separate the two teams. To call it either way is difficult, so we’ll just go with the alphabetical order way to pick it (lol). Detroit in 7.

Let the replies begin!


112 Responses to Playoff Predictions

  1. burky says:

    woops, just noticed that now, i’ll say Stars in 7

  2. bruinfan37 says:

    I am going to tell everyone why Boston is very capable of upsetting NJ. The biggest reason is Samsonov. He completes 3 very solid lines. Thornton, Murray, and Knuble. Knuble is playing wonderful with those 2, and if hes producing, don’t change it (which they aren’t). Samsonov, stumpel, mcinnis. stumpel finally has a great winger. with a playmaker like him, and sergei? mcinnis, who knows with him, but this line payed off in their first game together combining for 7 points. This is one hell of a third line (i know i’ll get heat for sayin that), lapointe, rolston, axelsson. Rolston is a great center, with 27 goals and 59 points (not bad for a third line center). lapointe is a very physical player, and in the last 10 games or so in the season, has decided to score some goals (a trick on brodeur). Axelsson is also a great winger. He is a perfect third line player, who along with rolston, are 2 of the best penalty killers in the league….

    Now, Hackett… If he starts game 1 (may not bcuz of injury), he’ll play great this series. If he can play the way he did when he was in Montreal earlier this season, watch out devils…..

  3. oilersofthefuture says:

    No u all got it all wrong

    oilers over big D in 6 games

    Ducks over Mo town in 7 games

    Avalanche in 4games over the quakers

    vancouver over st louis in 7 games

    Ottawa in 4 over the isles

    Devils in 5 over Bean Town(no great goalie)

    Caps over the bolts in 6

    philly over toronto in7 games

    this is gonna happen u watch

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    Philly over colorado in the cup finals in 7 games

  4. oilersofthefuture says:

    Yo brother me and u in the same mind thought maybe our oil will win

    oil in 6 for sure brother

  5. TC_4 says:

    A Canadian persons dream playoff:

    Sens in 4

    B’s in 7

    Ligtning in 7

    Leafs in 4

    Oilers in 4

    Ducks in 7

    Avs in 7

    Nucks in 4

    Sens in 4

    Leafs in 4

    Nucks in 4

    Oilers in 4

    Leafs in 7

    Oilers in 7

    Oilers in 7

    Ok, so it’s an Oilers fans dream, but you can replace the last two rounds with whoever you like, you get the picture.

  6. AmericasteamRedWings says:

    they want their idiot back.

    Schneider is signed through next summer.

    Yzerman has already said he is coming back for a year.

    Fedorov said he is “absolutely confident” that he will return.

    Moron.

  7. DaAvs says:

    Your comments are as ignorant as they are stupid. Colorado has more then one sport. Broncos have not made the playoffs in 3 years. Yet every game is a sell out. Rockies still are mid-pack in attendance even though they’ve not done anything except make the last seed in the playoffs in one of their 10 years. 96 was the last time the Nuggets did anything, before that even further back. Yet they still draw a good fan base. They were predicted the worst team in the league but they still get watched and get support. This city is a SPORTS town because it supports it’s teams. The Colorado Rockies came before this state’s population dramtically expanded. When the Avs are downhill, I’ll be routing just as much for them. I mean, I still watch the Denver Nuggets.

    Where are all the Tigers fans? When was the last time the Lions sold out? Tell me what was the average attendance through the 80s for the Red Wings?

  8. Weidner says:

    1 Dallas Stars vs. 8 Edmonton Oilers

    2 Detroit Red Wings vs. 7 Anaheim Mighty Ducks

    3 Colorado Avalanche vs. 6 Minnesota Wild

    4 Vancouver Canucks vs. 5 St. Louis Blues

    1 Ottawa Senators vs. 8 New York Islanders

    2 New Jersey Devils vs. 7 Boston Bruins

    3 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. 6 Washington Capitals

    4 Philadelphia Flyers vs. 5 Toronto Maple Leafs

    Dallas in 5

    Detroit in 6

    Colorado in 7

    Vancouver in 5

    Ottawa in 6

    Boston in 7

    Tampa Bay in 6

    Philadelphia in 5

    2nd Round

    Dallas vs. Vancouver

    Detroit vs. Colorado

    Ottawa vs. Boston

    Tampa Bay vs. Philadelphia

    Dallas in 7

    Detroit in 6

    Ottawa in 5

    Philadelphia in 6

    3rd Round

    Dallas vs. Detroit

    Ottawa vs. Philadelphia

    Dallas in 6

    Philadelphia in 6

    Stanley Cup Final

    Dallas vs. Philadelphia

    Hitchcock leads his new team over his old team. This could be one of the greatest finals ever. This one should go the distance. Flyers win in 7 games.

  9. Oilspill says:

    so far i’m looking pretty good there rushing….did you see the weak goals scored on turco? are the oilers winning the series? YOU BET and we’re gonna pound the stars again friday night. Because we’re bigger (cept hatcher and he’s a tool) faster (‘cept modano who i really respect as a player) and don’t take stupid penalties like the Oil used to.

    This year the oilers will win this series…IN 5!

  10. ocptmycpt says:

    For those of you who have predicted that the Wings will sweep the Ducks…Have you even seen the Ducks play this year or are their games played past your bedtime? There is no doubt that the Wings are a good team, but there is no chance that they will win in 4.

    I can’t wait til next year when Selanne is back on the team.

  11. ocptmycpt says:

    Ducks 2-1…I rest my case

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