This is what everyone loves to do as we gear up for the first of four
rounds of playoff hockey: throw a dart at the wall and hope we can come
close to predicting the outcomes of each series.
So we are, Pro Hockey Talk’s predictions for 2010 NHL Conference
(1) Washington Capitals vs. (8) Montreal
Season series (Tied 2-2)
Montreal 3 @ Washington 2
Nov. 28: Washington 4 @ Montreal 3
Jan. 5: Montreal 2 @ Washington 4
Washington 5 @ Montreal 6 (OT)
Canadiens, who have a decent shot of scaring the Capitals. But
Washington is too hungry and too talented. Washington in 5.
James: I have to admit that I’m surprised so many
people are picking the Habs. Is this just for attention? Did someone not
get hugged enough growing up? Washington in 5.
Joe: This will be Washington’s test, at team that has great goaltending, a semi-adherence to defensive hockey and some scoring touch. Caps will still win but it’ll be annoying for them. Washington in 6.
(2) New Jersey Devils vs. (7) Philadelphia
Season series (Philadelphia won 5-1)
3: Philadelphia 5 @ New Jersey 2
Nov. 16: New Jersey 2 @
Dec. 12: Philadelphia 1 @ New Jersey 4
8: New Jersey 2 @ Philadelphia 3
Feb. 10: Philadelphia 3
@ New Jersey 2 (OT)
March 28: New Jersey 1 @ Philadelphia 5
Brandon: If the Flyers had any sort of
reliable goaltending, I’d be seriously tempted to go with the fellas
from Broad St. Yet Boucher has been too inconsistent; is Michael
Leighton better? New Jersey in 6.
James: The Devils haven’t been a great
playoff team since the lockout, but thankfully the Flyers are an
absolute mess. That being said, don’t discount the Flyers’ overall
talent in this one. New Jersey in 6.
Joe: I don’t trust Brian Boucher in the playoffs, but I do think he can steal a couple of games. New Jersey in 6.
More after the jump.
(3) Buffalo Sabres vs (6) Boston Bruins (full
Season series (Boston won 4-2)
Buffalo 2 @ Boston 4
Nov. 20: Boston 2 @ Buffalo 1
29: Boston 1 @ Buffalo 2
Feb. 9: Boston 3 @ Buffalo 2
29: Buffalo 3 @ Boston 2
April 8: Buffalo 1 @ Boston 3
Brandon: Of all the teams for the Sabres
to get, it had to be Boston. The Bruins match up perfectly with Buffalo,
in what will be an extremely low scoring series. Buffalo in 7.
James: Nothing makes more sense to me than
the Bruins ending their season at home; they barely went over .500 in
Beantown (18-17-6). People assume that the Sabres lack firepower because
they don’t have a big name star, but they have too much offensive depth
for Boston. Buffalo in 6.
will be a slow, bleeding death for the Sabres against a dreadfully
boring team that can get by with one or two goals a game. Unless
Olympics Ryan Miller shows up, the Sabres are going to struggle. Boston
(4) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (5) Ottawa Senators (full
Season series (Tied 2-2)
Pittsburgh 4 @ Ottawa 1
Nov. 19: Pittsburgh 2 @ Ottawa 6
23: Ottawa 2 @ Pittsburgh 8
Jan. 28: Ottawa 4 @
Brandon: Upset special! The Penguins were
too inconsistent at the end of the season, while the Senators finally
pulled it together in front of Brian Elliott. The Senators get first
round revenge for 2008, against a tired and pressured Penguins team. Ottawa
James: If I were to pick an upset in the
East, it would be this. The Senators are frisky and the Penguins are
tired. That being said, Evgeni Malkin hasn’t been right all year
from 113 points to 77 points), so if he gets things together the
Penguins are dangerous. Again. Pittsburgh in 6.
that wants to pick a sweep never does and says it’ll end in five games.
Screw that noise. Pens in four over a brutally over matched Sens team. Pittsburgh