Here at BSB, we’re always using “expertise” and “knowledge” and “total guesses” to bring you news and our views on goings on around the Rangers organization and all around the NHL. A few of us have broken down our individual predictions for each of the Round 1 playoff series. We’ll be doing this as each round advances. Enjoy.
Detroit vs Boston
Kevin’s Pick: Bruins in 7. I love the way the Red Wings are playing right now and probably would have taken them over any other team in the Eastern Conference, but this is a nightmare matchup for Detroit.
Dave’s Pick: Bruins in 6….The Wings are one of the hottest teams and are finally healthy, but the Bruins are just that good. The Bs have the advantage in every aspect of the game except Datsyuk dangles.
Justin’s Pick: Bruins in 6…I think Jimmy Howard will give the Wings a fighting chance, but at the end of the day, Boston is just too deep, physical and skilled.
Becky’s Pick: Bruins in 5. I see the Wings as contenders always, with talent, skill and leadership. Are they hot right now? Sure are. But then again, the Bruins haven’t slowed down at all this season.
Chris’ Pick:Bruins in 5.The Bruins will walk all over the Red Wings. The Bruins are deeper in every area when both teams are fully fit. With the injuries (i.e. Zetterberg) that the Red Wings have – and have had – It was a an achievement in itself that they crawled into the playoffs. The Bruins are close to the top of the league right now and have been for some time meanwhile, the Red Wings have just really begun to re-build on the fly. This shouldn’t be a close match-up.
Chris’ Pick:Rangers in 5. My heart and my head are thinking the same. The Rangers have a much better defensive unit, a huge advantage in net (goes without saying), they have a deeper set of forwards and are a more disciplined team. The Flyers have a chance if Steve Mason is healthy and continues to steal games. They have a chance if they can play so physically that they get under the Rangers skin and if Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux are too hot to handle.Giroux hasn’t set the world alight against the Rangers so it’s a big ask to do so all of a sudden in the glare of the playoffs. The Rangers will have too much for a talented but flawed Flyers team.
Dave’s Pick: Hawks in 7…The Blues have lost 6 straight, but are one of the best puck possession teams (53.1% Fenwick-For) and have Ryan Miller in net. Problem is Chicago is a better puck possession team (55.2% Fenwick-For) and have much more talent up front. This is going to be a fantastic series.
Chris’ Pick: Hawks in 7. If the Sharks-Kings series doesn’t convince you which conference is the strongest then this series just adds weight to what is a one sided argument. Another two clubs with legitimate designs on the Cup and another series that’s too close to call. With the injuries the Hawks are enduring it would be hard to pick them if it wasn’t for the Blues iffy form. This will be a marathon of a series. The size and physical nature and defensive depth of theBlues will help them edge an incredibly tight series by the odd goal here or there.