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2014 NHL Playoffs: East/West Finals Picks

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We may be a tad late with our Eastern and Western Finals picks for these NHL playoffs, but that’s because we were so in-depth with our thoughts and analysis to make these predictions, especially Bobby. Last round, Shane and I both went 3-for-4, Brook, who was in the lead, went 2-for-4, and Bobby was 1-for-4 (why did you take Minnesota my friend?). Entering the conference finals, that means Brook and Shane are tied at 9-for-13 in total, I’m at 7-for-13, and Bobby has been officially eliminated from a chance to win, as he’s now 4-for-13. As first place and bragging rights are still very much up for grabs, here are our picks for the conference finals.

Brook’s Picks

Blackhawks vs. Kings -

In a battle of the defending Stanley Cup champion vs. the 2012 winner, I think we have the best match up of the playoffs yet. LA seems to be clicking right now with Kopitar and Gaborik becoming the best duo since Batman and Robin. Quick has shown to be a little inconsistent and at the other end, Crawford had a number of good efforts against the Wild. This will come down to LA’s physical play vs. Chicago’s speed.

 

Kings in 7

Canadiens vs. Rangers -

In a conference final no one saw coming, we will see a battle of two of the best goalies in the NHL. No goalie has been better and more important to his team this playoffs than Carey Price. The Rangers are well coached and have been getting a boost on and off the ice from Marty St. Louis. If Rick Nash shows up the Rangers can win this. I am going with my favourite team here, the Habs, as I feel they are playing so well and, at this point, objectivity is thrown out the window!

Canadiens in 7

Shane’s Picks

Blackhawks vs. Kings -

I’m drunk, but did Anaheim coach Boudreau really start a rookie goalie with only a few games under his belt against the Kings last round? Weird. Quick has been hot ever since the comeback, but I’m going to take the reigning Stanley Cup winners to move on to the finals.

Kings in 7

Canadiens vs. Rangers -

After an old time hockey 7 game victory over their rival’s in Boston, it’s hard for me to bet against Les Habitants. I think the ghosts of champions past will push Montreal over the hump and into the final for the first time since 93.

Canadiens in 7

Bonus Pick: Though it won’t count toward the final total, Shane gave his Memorial Cup pick as well, taking Edmonton over London in the final, with the rationale of, and I quote, “Guelph sucks.”

oilkingsth (Bonus Pick: Shane takes Edmonton to win the Memorial Cup)

Bobby’s Pick’s

Bobby kept his picks short and sweet, stating Rangers in 7 and Blackhawks in 7. Considering he has a correct prediction percentage of 31%, this may be the best strategy. (Sorry to keep bringing that up Bobby)

Nick’s Pick’s

Blackhawks vs. Kings – While Johnny Quick has been receiving all the attention in terms of clutch goaltending, where is the praise for Corey Crawford? The man has been a rock as usual for Chicago, and he stymied the Kings in game one. While L.A. has found a scoring touch that had eluded them all season, I don’t think they have what takes to knock off the defending champs.

Blackhawks in 6

crawth  (Crawford stoned the Kings in game 1)

Canadiens vs. Rangers – Everything is going right for the Rangers at the moment. They’re riding the emotional wave from the loss of St. Louis’ mother, King Henrik is an absolute brick wall between the pipes, and they’re getting contributions from all four lines, heck, even Rick Nash scored. As for the Habs, even though they were impressive in defeating Boston (which I still can;t believe happened), they looked physically and emotionally drained in game one. The Canadiens live and die by Carey Price, and if he’s hurt, that spells almost sure doom for the Habs. Regardless of Price’s health, I still see the Broadway Blueshirts meeting Chicago in the final.

Rangers in 6

Bonus Pick: I’ll make a Memorial Cup prediction as well, taking Guelph over Val D’or in the final.

Photo credits to: espn.com, zimbio.com, and winnipegsun.com

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