Thursday, April 22, 2004

Stanley Cup Quarter Finals Predictions

Well.. the first round was really exciting.. time now for my predictions for round two! I got most of them right! Montreal really surprised me.

Western Conference
Detroit v. Calgary

The age is starting to catch up with Detroit. But their greatest weakness can be their greatest strength. Detroit's veteran leadership got them through the first round. Stevy Y, Hull, and Lang have been solid. Calgary is the best story of the year. Iginla is the star that he should be and it's been a while since Calgary has had anything to root for. Matter of fact, The last time the Flames and Wings met in the playoffs, the Flames were in the old Omni in Atlanta. Prediction: Wings in 6
San Jose v. Colorado
What a difference a coach and a year make! San Jose has been in the playoffs before, but never this high. The "shark tank" will be rocking tonight! Selane and Granato will treat it like a homecomming as they both have played for the Sharks. The Avs think that 4th place is a fluke and hopes to make it to the Conference finals. The have the firepower, but will the Sharks no-name defense eat them alive?
Prediction: Sharks in 5

Eastern Conference
Tampa Bay v. Montreal
Montreal faked their way into the second round. The controversial Ribiero move cost a lot of luster from the "storied" Montreal legacy. Tampa Bay is just happy to be there! However, in a reversal of fortunes, Tampa is the king of the eastern hill. Martin St. Louis for Tampa is getting a lot of pundits to dub him Hart Trophy and Lady Bing at the end of the year. Prediction: Lightning in 6
Philidelphia v. Toronto
It's deja vu all over again! These two teams met last year with the Flyers on top. "The Flyers are a team that you don't have to work hard for to hate," said Toronto coach Pat Quinn. You can't ask for any better bulletin board material. Flyers are banking on their goalies and the "blackhawk line" to pull them through. Roenick, Amonte, and Zhamnov were all teammates in the windy city.
Prediction: Leafs in 6 - hopefully.
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