Obviously the playoffs aren’t as much fun when your team is quietly imploding on the sidelines. Still, this is a Canadian sports blog and we’d be remiss not to have something about the Stanley Cup playoffs, which I’m told actually start today.
They are better then most people give them credit for. Except Blackhawk fans, who generally give them way too much credit.
If Phoenix wins the Stanley Cup, do they get to hang the banner in whatever city the team plays in next year? Because that would be kind of awesome.
My pick: Coyotes in 5.
Detroit Red Wings
All I’ve been hearing for the last few days is that you should never bet against the Red Wings. People are saying this because there is really no logical reason they should win this series.
You can probably make some good coin making bets with everyone who says “Never bet against the Red Wings.” Seriously: bet against the Red Wings.
My pick: Preds in 5.
Los Angeles Kings
If my ridiculously-offensively-talented-on-paper hockey team isn’t scoring goals, you know who I don’t hire as a coach? Darryl Sutter.
Fuck. Those guys.
My pick: Canucks in 6. (But really, fuck those guys.)
San Jose Sharks
In bizarro world the Sharks are very mediocre in the regular season and dominate the playoffs. But this isn’t bizarro world and this team is just not that great.
St. Louis Blues
Ken Hitchcock has made a deal with the Devil. Never bet against Ken Hitchcock and Satan.
My pick: Blues in 4.
You know how when Canadian teams go on playoff runs and they sort of become “Canada’s team”? Can you honestly see that applying here at all?
New York Rangers
The Rangers could very well go all the way this year. Sadly, it won’t be worth it unless Torts is in “Full Crazy” mode for at least three of four rounds.
My pick: Rangers in 4.
If someone bothers to tell these guys that they are some of the most talented hockey players in the world, look out. However, the Caps don’t exactly scream “good communication.”
Clearly this is a team destined to repeat. Wait, what do you mean Marty Turco isn’t allowed to play?!!
My pick: Bruins in 7.
New Jersey Devils
Um, no. Seriously.
Welcome back, your dreams were your ticket out. Welcome back,
to that same old place that you laughed about.
My pick: Panthers in 5.
Something, something, Crosby. Something, something Malkin.
Congrats, Flyers! You just had a fantastic 103-point season playing in one of the toughest divisions in hockey, and your reward is getting matched against a team that wins even when its best players are hurt.
My pick: Pens in 5.