Stanley Cup Predictions Are for April Fools, Volume I

April 1st, 2010 by MJ Kasprzak Leave a reply »
Only a fool tries to predict the historically anything-can-and-will-happen NHL playoffs before the season is even over.

Have you ever met me? There is nothing I do not foolishly believe I can analyze!

And to some extent, I can back it up: I have not wavered from the 16 teams I predicted making the playoffs, only in the order they will be seeded.

To keep this from being too long an article, Volume I will start with the playoff picks for the Eastern Conference:

Washington Capitals over Montreal Canadiens in five games. The Caps have unprecedented scoring in the post-lockout era, and are not significantly worse in the defensive end than Les Habitants. This is really no contest.

Buffalo Sabres over Philadelphia Flyers in seven games. The Sabres will rely on one of the best coaches and goalies in the world to compensate for their lack of star talent. But do not count out the Flyers, who have shown playoff mettle and have one of the deepest group of skaters in the league—both forwards and defence. This spells seven games, and Game Seven is tough to win on the road (last year's Penguins, with two such road wins, notwiths ...

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