Tuesday, May 29, 2012

NHL Stanley Cup Finals Predictions

You know... these posts are much more fun when the Bruins are still playing.

I picked eight out of 12 series in the first two rounds combined.  There were two series in the Conference Finals round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and wouldn't you know it I picked them both correctly.

I picked the former parent club of the former Lowell Devils, better known as the New Jersey Devils over the New York Rangers and I was right.  Want to know something?  It feels good to bet against New York and win.  It feels good in a special way that only a Boston fan can understand.  Granted the Devils are practically a New York team, but what are you going to do?  9/13

I picked the former parent club of the former Lowell Lock Monsters, better known as the Los Angeles Kings over the Phoenix Coyotes.  Phoenix, where ice is more myth than fact.  Yeah, I know that Southern California is a desert too, but let's be real... Hockey in Phoenix is wrong.  I know there are three or four actual Coyotes fans living in Arizona, but having an NHL team in Phoenix is just a little offensive.  Florida, Tennessee, and Southern California are all offensive too, but somehow they aren't nearly as insulting as Phoenix.  But I digress...  The Kings have now beaten the #1 seed in the West in five games, the #2 team in four games, and the #3 team in five games.  I'm not the least bit surprised.  I never doubted this one for even a fraction of a second.  10/14.

And now for my prediction for the Stanley Cup Finals.  Given the previous paragraph (and the last two predictions posts) I think you can guess where this one is going.

New Jersey Devils vs Los Angeles Kings: Quick against Brodeur.  It sounds like deja vu from the last round, with the young gun goalie matched up against the aging giant.  Damn I love a good cliche!  The Devils have been awesome in this post season.  Really top notch.  The Kings have been better.  I don't see the Kings taking their fourth 3-0 series lead here.  I think this is going to be a much tougher series than they've become accustomed to.  Still, they are rolling like no team I've ever seen.  The Devils will lose in six or seven and the Kings will hoist the Stanley Cup.

There you have it.

Go Kings!

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