Surprising Playoff Race

As you look at the playoff race, their are a lot of new and surprising teams in it like San Jose, Calgary, Nashville, Tampa Bay, and Buffalo, But the question is are they for real…….?Now of course no one knows that yet, but here’s my breakdown and predictions for these teams:

Tampa Bay

Now riding like an 11 game unbeaten streak, this team looks too hot too stop! This team now looks like the team to beat (sorry New Jersey) and may be the surprising team like the ducks and wild last year, or the Canes of two years ago. But can they beat teams like Philly, New Jersey, Toronto, or Ottawa? I don’t think so but they might, if they can get goal production from players other than St. Louis, Lecavelier, Richards, and Stillman.

PREDICTION: 2nd round exit


In the hunt for 8th spot in the east, and what do you know, if they get it the chances are they play Tampa. So I’m not expecting much from this team if they make it. They’re just not there when it comes playoff time. Unless guys like Satan, Briere, Drury, Dumont, and Hecht, outplay the fantastic four from Tampa (St. Louis, Lecavelier, Richards, and Stillman) They shouldn’t get past the 1st round.

PREDICTION: 1st round exit


Don’t seem to have the depth, but are still winning.

And if you’re winning then you must be doing something right. Jarome Iginla is obviously the leader on this team and without him I don’t think they’d be where they are now. This team could play anyone because there is only a 3 point difference between 6th place (Calgary) and 9th place (St. Louis). If season were to end today the Flames would be playing the Sharks. Man, would that ever be a series. 2 teams who don’t look like they could make it to the second round, would.

PREDICTION: 1st round exit


With acquisitions like Steve Sullivan, Sergei Zholtok, and Brad Bombardir, this team is definitely going for it! With Sullivan just on fire and everything else going right, I think this team will make it to the second round as long as they don’t play top 2 seeds Colorado or Detroit in the first round. The problem is they probably will. This is my favorite out of the five for an upset. I think the GM of this team, David Poile has done a great job acquiring players, and Barry Trotz has done a great job coaching them.

PREDICTION: 1st round exit

San Jose

If they can pull off winning the Pacific Division, that would be a great accomplishment, for this young team that just started rebuilding last year. All the players are playing exceptionally well, especially, Patrik Marleau, Nils Ekman, Marco Sturm, Johnathan Cheechoo, and Alyn McCauley.

Getting third place in the conference would give them home advantage for at least the first round or maybe more which would be great.

PREDICTION: 2nd round exit

Also here’s how I think the playoffs will end up:

Eastern Conference

1. Tampa Bay

2. Toronto

3. Philadelphia

4. Ottawa

5. Boston

6. New Jersey

7. Montreal

8. N.Y. Islanders

Tampa over Islanders in 5

Toronto over Montreal in 5

Philly over New Jersey in 7

Ottawa over Boston in 6

Ottawa over Tampa in 6

Toronto over Philly in 7

Toronto over Ottawa in 7

Western Conference

1. Detroit

2. Colorado

3. San Jose

4. Vancouver

5. Dallas

6. Calgary

7. Nashville

8. Los Angeles

Detroit over Los Angeles in 6

Colorado over Nashville in 6

San Jose over Calgary in 7

Vancouver over Dallas in 7

Detroit over Vancouver in 6

Colorado over San Jose in 6

Colorado over Detroit in 7

Stanley Cup Finals

Toronto over Colorado in 7


118 Responses to Surprising Playoff Race

  1. Hahliday says:

    I’m glad that you can write proficiently, but it didn’t look like it. That’s the first comment of yours I’ve read. Obviously, that was my horrendous mistake.

    Also, Detroit may have better 3rd/4th lines than Colorado. That doesn’t mean Colorado lacks depth though. My point was that they have plenty of players who are capable of playing at a high level in the playoffs. In comparison to the other 19 teams that could make the playoffs, Colorado has more depth than most of them. If you can only say that one team has more depth, then I suppose Colorado is doing pretty well.

    PS – I can’t defend Jim *****mins; he flat out sucks. I hope he gets cut, but he’s Granato’s boy.


  2. cwthrash says:

    “If I could just put my two cents in here…

    I really couldn’t give a damn one way or the other.”

    I kid, as always.

    But you win the prize if you can tell me what show and character that quote came from. Think beer and great opening lines.

  3. habs_punk says:

    why is montreal considered behind the elite? they’re 9 points ahead of the isles, and tied with jersey and only three points behind the leafs. it seems to me they are a lot closer to the “elite” teams then they are to the lower echelon ones.

  4. jpmac says:

    WOW if Montreal is so far behind the elite then that must mean that NJ and Toronto are too. And with Toronto’s remaing schedule(something like 2 vs Buffalo, 2 vs Boston, 1 vs Philly, 1 vs Colarado, 1 vs Tampa Bay, 2 vs ottawa, and one versus Atlanta. Toronto is not a shoe in for home ice advantage. everyone of those games, except three are against elite teams in the league, and toronto has had trouble with the Sabres. SO DON”T COUNT YOUR CHICKENS BEFORE THEY HATCH.

  5. sensman99 says:

    I’ve got a feeling they’ll be beaten… do the numbers 1967 and 37 ring a bell?


  6. sensman99 says:


  7. Furlong19 says:

    that’s BS. Official don’t favour them. If there’s a penalty they call it. You just think they’re dirty because you’re a phille fan and because of what Havlat did in the playoffs last year and what he did on Recchi this year. And how Hitch***** came out and said they are dirty. He’s entitled to his opinion.

  8. hockeyhead says:

    geez, another leaf fanatic. boy, counting out those dreaded bruins all ready. dropping from third to fifth in ten games. how are those leafs going to win the cup when they’ve been faltering of late. 3-2 loss to pit at home. tomorrow nights tilt will tell us something. as with any predictions, they can be bold. you stick your neck out. that’s cool but with all you leaf fans and your way of thinking age before beauty. they won’t last mission 16. too damn old. eddies back.? oh and just wait until bergeron and samsonov are back in the bruins line up. you know they have the least amount of reg. losses in the league right? actually it is probably better that people don’t take the bruins seriously. less pressure.

  9. Furlong19 says:

    This is honestly the best Habs team in a long time. They’ve improved pretty much everywhere.

    Goalie – Theodore is having a terrific rebound season and is easily one of the best in the NHL.

    Defence – Souray had had breakout year. Plus Brisebois has picked up his game big time.

    Offence – They have 2 very lethal first lines. Kovalev/Ryder/ribeiro and Koivu/Zednik/Perrault. They have never use to have that good offence. This team is big time improved from one year ago. I tip my hat to Gainey and Julien. Good job.

  10. 24cups says:

    Ha ha ha!!! Yeah! like the time Rivet kicked Marchment’s ass or last night when Langdon completely kicked Domi’s ass!!! I forgot that oldies have short and long term memory problems!!! When you get punched like that i guess it’s normal!

  11. 24cups says:

    Ha ha ha you’re too funny!!! You’re saying that we have to beat the leafs to be in the elite pack!!!!!!! If Pitsburgh can beat TORONTO, anyone can beat TORONTO. Anyway OLD SHNOCKS means TORONTO, not GLORY!!! Good luck and good dissapointment!!!…

    …pss elite pack… …funny…

  12. 24cups says:

    Where is TORONTO in the elite pack???


    1 y – TAMPA BAY* 72 41 18 8 5 95 215 166 20-8-4-2 21-10-4-3 8-1-1-0

    2 PHILADELPHIA* 74 37 17 14 6 94 211 168 23-7-3-3 14-10-11-3 4-2-3-1

    3 BOSTON* 72 35 16 14 7 91 184 163 15-9-8-2 20-7-6-5 5-2-2-1

    4 OTTAWA 72 38 20 9 5 90 235 160 22-7-5-4 16-13-4-1 4-5-1-0

    5 TORONTO 72 38 22 9 3 88 208 182 20-12-2-2 18-10-7-1 4-6-0-0

    6 MONTREAL 73 38 26 6 3 85 190 168 20-11-4-1 18-15-2-2 8-1-0-1

    7 NEW JERSEY 71 36 22 11 2 85 177 146 19-12-4-1 17-10-7-1 4-5-0-1

    8 NY ISLANDERS 71 31 26 10 4 76 199 186 21-10-3-1 10-16-7-3 2-4-2-2

    elite pack ???? Do someone get it ???

  13. TheCoach says:

    If Philly proved that they’re tough enough by beating Toronto, than Ottawa obviously proved that they are tough enough by beating Philly.

    Every series is a tough series, therefore if a team can’t make it through one series they will never be able to win the cup. The road to the cup is not easy, and one of the challenges a team has to overcome is being able to battle through injuries to win. Philly hasn’t proven that.

  14. kingbobert says:

    Hmmm every seems to think montreal is a warm up. Last time they killed Boston the team was 10 times worst than it is now. Need i remind you when they won the cup in 93 they had almost the same formula as they do now? A hot rookie a hot goaltender and 2 hot centers one being the captain and another as good if not better and although not the best defence they still performed…

    Look and compare the 93 team and todays team and you’ll see simalarities and see that teh team is better than in 93 aswell

    Tampa is only good cause they’re in a shitty division…sure i would of said that too if they werent competing from the presidents trophy…which mean you’re on top of the rest of the league

    As it stands right now

    -Tamba over Isles in 7..i think the isles will be tough

    -Habs over philly in 6…philie’s a great team just lacking a good goalie…no match for Theo

    -Jersey over Boston in 5 Raycroft is awsome but this wont be their year…the cup is in the near future for the bruins though

    -ottawa over toronto in 6…Francis, belfour, leetch nieuwendyk all break a hip, Tucker will miss 3 games with a broken nail cause he’ll be trying to argue it as assault to the nhl for 3 games and Kidd will let in 12 goals in 1…ga…no wait period

    Lets hed on to the west shall we

    -Detroit over nashville in 4 is there a doubt here

    -Colorado over LA in 6

    -about San Jose and Calgary i cant pick i see them as similar teams…San jose might have a small edge in experience but then again calgary might have that edge in goaltending

    Vancouver over dallas in 6…then vcancouver gets swept in the 2nd round

  15. PeterPuck says:

    This from a team that has played below 500 since the all star break? they have gone 500 for feb, 500 for march so far and you think that they will finish second? Come on, but what do you except from a leaf fan……asylum time for you i think………

    The leafs will finish no higher than 6th and probably will finish 7th………they wont even meet the Habs in the 1st round, it will go like this









    Tampa beats the Sabres in 5

    Flyers beat the Leafs in 5

    Habs defeat the Bruins in 7

    Ottawa defeats the devils in 6

    Habs beat Tampa in 7

    Flyers beat Ottawa in 7

    Flyers beat Habs in 6

  16. garyroberts7 says:

    Does Toronto over Ottawa 3 times ring a bell? Don’t go against the Leafs when your team is worse!

  17. garyroberts7 says:

    Your missing Nolan and Nieuwendyk, and Ponikarovsky is amazing now!

    Look at this:

    Toronto get

    Ron Francis, Ken Klee, Brian Leetch, Ed Belfour, Trevor Kidd, Owen Nolan, Joe Nieuwendyk, Calle Johansson and now you can fit in Alexei Ponikarovsky!

    Ottawa get

    Peter Bondra and Greg De Vries, and now Jason Spezza. How is Ottawa now better?

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