Flames vs Sharks – San Jose in 6
They have to win. Period. The addition of Brian Campbell was exactly what was needed for this team to push over the edges. They have every piece of a Stanley Cup contender.
Avalanche vs Wild – Colorado in 7
This is a toss up. The Wild really wanted to play Anaheim, but they didn’t get that match-up. IF, Colorado can stay healthy, they’ll win this series. Plus, I love a feel-good story, and what better story this year than the resurgence of Jose Theodore, whom we had all left for dead.
Predators vs Wings – Wings in 5
Nashville will try and be physical with the Wings, but it won’t work. They are too small and weak themselves. Still, it’s a surprise to see them in the playoffs, so they may push this to 6 games.
Ducks vs Stars – Ducks in 6
The Stars just don’t have it together yet. Plus I’m still put out by the fact they won the Richards sweepstakes. Go rot Dallas.
Penguins vs Senators – Penguins in 5
A reversal of fortunes from last year. This time, Sid the Kid has Malkin the Monster and a complete cast of superheroes to take charge and dominate this series beginning to end.
Rangers vs Devils – Rangers in 6
Devils are playing the same game they did 15 years ago. Albeit with their 420th coach, but who’s counting. I despised them then, and still do. The only thing Rangers are really missing is a puck moving defenseman to get the puck out of their end. Fortunately for them, they have all-star Henrik to save them when they turn it over.
Canadiens vs Bruins – Habs in 4
Bruins might have made the playoffs, but they have nothing to give against a well balanced Montreal team. Nothing.
Capitals vs Flyers – Capitals in 6
Flyers are too beat up and haven’t found their groove for a long long time. Caps have been absolutely flying since Boudreau took over. They’ll keep that up in the first round an roll over the Flyers.
The Chief Canuck