Vancouver over the Kings in a sweep, just to get hopes up. Luongo doesn’t flake out until the second round.
St Louis over San Jose. I don’t trust the Sharks to get their shit together. Could go long, though.
Phoenix and Chicago. If Toews plays, then the Hawks in 5. If not, this series goes as long as Mike Smith lets it. If he can play shutdown, Phoenix advances. If not, the Hawks will find a way to win.
Detroit and Nashville. I want to pick Nashville, but this one is probably a coin flip, with different players coming up big every game. The stars will be stars, but the “secondary” stars decide it. I hope this one is a long series.
New York Rangers in a squash, in 4, over the Sens. Lundquist plays too well for Ottawa to get going.
Boston over Washington, in 6. I feel like the Caps can put together one or two games where they catch Thomas cheating too much and hang 5-6 goals on the board. Then the hammer drops. Cue Drowning Pool’s “Bodies”.
EVERYONE is picking the Devils over the Panthers, which makes me nervous. However, I think my boys can make it through. Say it goes 6.
Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Cue AC/DC’s “If You Want Blood”. I think the Penguins survive, mostly on Fluery’s back. I hope this one goes 7, and I want none of the members of either team talking to the media during this series. Shut up and go.