2014 Playoff Matchups And My Picks
Boston in 7 – I think the Bruins are the best team in the East and nothing will stop me from thinking that. That being said, I expect Detroit to make things as difficult as possible.
Tampa Bay in 6 – The Lightning have a bunch of players day to day (Salo, Filppula, Hedman, Purcell, and Palat) that I expect to see in the lineup when the playoffs start along with Ben Bishop’s season ending injury. Montreal is slightly worse off with Gorges, Moen, and Weise having missed 15, 6, and 6 games respectively. On top of that, Tampa Bay just feels like the better team.
Pittsburgh in 5 – One of two things happens, either Pittsburgh begins yet another playoff collapse and finds themselves in a quick hole, or they bulldoze Columbus. I’m predicting the latter.
NYR in 6 – Two perennial playoff disappointments, neither of whom I trust. The Rangers have had the upper hand in the season series so I’m going with them.
Minnesota in 6 – We should have had an awesome Western Conference playoffs, but instead we’ll see two of the best teams eliminated in the first round. Weird series between Colorado and Minnesota. Backing the somewhat more experienced Wild on a hunch.
Chicago in 5 – As far as I know T.J. Oshie is still out with a concussion. Barring a crazy performance from Ryan Miller, the Blues will exit early.
Anaheim in 7 – Dallas is a terrifying team to face in the first round and if they had drawn Colorado I’d probably be picking them. Otherwise, I think they’re clearly one of the worst teams in the playoffs.
Los Angeles in 7 – The winner of this series is winning the Stanley Cup. My heart says Sharks, but my head says Kings. However if San Jose can exorcise their demons early by beating LA, I think they’ll cruise.