Playoff Predictions: Round One

2014 contenders for Lord Stanley
2014 contenders for Lord Stanley

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.

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Becky’s Pick: Rangers in 6. The only way this goes any further is if the Rangers do that thing where they can’t score against a backup goalie and Emery comes into play. The Rangers are just more balanced and won’t lose their heads as often as the Flyers will.

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.

Minnesota vs Colorado
Kevin’s Pick: Avalanche in 7. Colorado may have a tougher time than expected without two of its top three centers – Matt Duchene and John Mitchell – but the Avalanche wasn’t a fluke this season.
Dave’s Pick: Avs in 5…The Avs will have an issue without Duchene and Mitchell, and their whopping 102.2 PDO will be exposed in later rounds, but Minnesota isn’t the team to do it.
Justin’s Pick: Avalanche in 6…I’ve really enjoyed watching the Av’s resurgence this season, but I’m not 100% sold yet.  The Wild have a resilient group, who I think will give Colorado a real fight.  I think the Av’s come out on top.
Becky’s Pick: Avs in 6. I really want to have them winning in 5 but I think they’ll miss Duchene more than we realize. They play tough and they’re skilled. I think if any team has a chance of going against Boston this year, it’s Colorado.
Chris’ Pick:Avalanche in 6. This series will come down to which team has the better goaltending and it’s clearly a strength for the Avalanche right now. Varlamov has begun to realise his obvious potential and has justified the Avalanche’s faith in him. Will the absence of Matt Duchene be an issue? Of course, but when you can fall back on Paul Statsny, Nathan McKinnon and Ryan O’Reilly you’re pretty well set.
Chicago vs St Louis
Kevin’s Pick: Blackhawks in 7. Talk about a heavyweight showdown! These might be the two best teams in the Western Conference, but Chicago has been through the ringer and knows what it takes to win in the postseason. The Blues just aren’t playing well at the wrong time.

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.

Justin’s Pick: Blues in 7…I know the Hawks are the trendy pick here, since the Blues have limped in to the playoffs.  I’m rolling the dice here because most of the key guys missing for the Blues are day-to-day.  I also think Ryan Miller gets it together and turns in another one of his big stage performances.
Becky’s Pick: Blues in 7. I’m stickin with Justin here; the Blues may have struggled in their past two weeks of play, but with Backes, Oshie, Sobotka and Tarasenko coming back early in the first round, I think they’ll get it together. The team was too skilled all year to simply fold, plus with their record vs the Hawks all year (3-2-0 with one loss in their abysmal phase), this is the series to watch from the West.

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.

Dallas vs Anaheim
Kevin’s Pick: Ducks in 5. I like the Stars a lot, but the Ducks come in waves and will be too much for Dallas to handle. Seguin and Benn could catch fire and help Dallas steal a game or two early, but winning four of seven over a team as deep and talented as Anaheim is too much to ask.
Dave’s Pick: Ducks in 7…The Stars are no pushover, and can match the top-end talent of the Ducks with Seguin and Benn. In the end, the team with the better goaltending is going to take this series. I’ll give the benefit of the doubt to the Ducks, but they are another high-PDO (103.4) team that barely breaks the 50% mark in Fenwick-For.
Justin’s Pick: Ducks in 6…The Stars are a little too one-note to beat a power house like the Ducks.  I think the upstart Stars will give it a run, but I think the talent wins out here.
Becky’s Pick: Stars in 6. My bold upset here, but Dallas have been playing really well lately and seem like a serious powerhouse. I don’t have much to go on here other than pure faith, but I truly believe Dallas will make it to the second round.
Chris’ Pick:Ducks in 5. This may be the easiest series in the West to call. Yes, the Stars have a few talented players in Seguin and Benn and have several talented youngsters learning on the job but how do you bet against Perry and Getzlaf? The Ducks are dipper, more skilled and have better goaltending especially when factoring in their depth. The Stars will be grateful to acquire so much needed playoff experience but will be brushed aside by the powerful Ducks.
Los Angeles vs San Jose
Kevin’s Pick: Sharks in 7. I could see this one going either way, but the Sharks really feel different to me this season. This will be a war until the very end, but I think San Jose has enough to move on.
Dave’s Pick: Kings in 7…This is also going to be a great series. The Kings are the best puck possession team in the league (56.7% Fenwick-For), but the Sharks are #3 (54.6%). They are both talented, deep, and have solid goaltending. This one is a coin flip. In Game 7, I give the edge to Jonathan Quick.
Justin’s Pick: Kings in 7…I keep going back and forth about whether this or the Blues/Hawks series was the toughest to predict.  These are very even teams on paper, and at some point you’d think the Sharks would get over the hump, right?  I’m not ready to bite on that yet….
Becky’s Pick: Sharks in 7. Jumping on the “in 7” bandwagon, this will be a great series to watch. I think the Sharks have enough offensive talent to get past Quick, especially with a rejuvenated Pavelski tossing goals in left and right. This one will be fun to watch for sure.
Chris’ Pick: Sharks in 7. This series is why we all love hockey, isn’t it? Two powerhouse teams, two rivals, two Cup contenders forced to slug it out in the early rounds again. The Sharks are the popular pick for the Cup while who would bet against the Kings, their defense and Jon Quick after what they’ve already accomplished in the playoffs. These teams don’t like each other and it could be a physically grueling encounter. The Sharks may have an X-factor with the return of super rookie Tomas Hertl but either way, teams don’t seem to be able to cope with Joe Pavelski and that will continue in this series.

11 thoughts on “Playoff Predictions: Round One

  • Apr 16, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Good to see the entire staff that picked (The Suit doesn’t pick?)have the Rangers. There’d be a mini-mutiny otherwise.

    This looks like a good place to post my picks (like anyone cares):

    Boston – Too good
    Montreal – They have to face the Bruins, right?
    Pittsburgh – Sidney Crosby
    New York – Homer

    Colorado – Don’t trust Avs, but I trust Bryz even less
    Chicago – Fading Blues don’t have the health or offense to match up
    Anaheim – Getzlaf/Perry too much for Dallas
    San Jose – It’s their year in the WC

    • Apr 16, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      Wow…eerily similar thoughts. Not only do I have the same picks as you (sans Pens), but nodded to every one of your one liners.

  • Apr 16, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Awesome read guys. Here’s my picks:



    The Jackets are my upset pick which I firmly decided to go with after seeing Fleury’s performance this past Saturday against the Flyers. Classic springtime Fleury.

    The hardest one here for me to pick was Hawks > Blues. The Blues have been my call pretty much all year, but their recent skid and injury laden line up don’t bode well for them in a very tough 1st round match up.

    Sharks > Kings was about as equally as tough to call…. but i have the Sharks going all the way this year, and the run will start with them knocking out the Kings.

  • Apr 16, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Red Wings will beat Boston. They beat them every time they played them this year except for once I believe.

  • Apr 16, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Bruins in 7
    TB in 7
    Columbus in 7
    Rangers in 6 (if Emery, 5)
    Colorado in 5
    St. Louis in 7
    Anaheim in 4
    LA in 5 (Sharks roll over again, Thornton Syndrome)

  • Apr 16, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Yep, Wings over Bruins.

  • Apr 16, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Don’t forget: blues should be healthy soon

  • Apr 16, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Hopefully no one notices my typo.. For the record I’ve gone with blues in 7 yet have written hawks in 7. This is what happen when you write on the fly in work!….

  • Apr 16, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    How’s Brassard??? Anybody else think he’s important???

  • Apr 16, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I think the Bruins will dispose of the Red Wings in 5. Blue jackets will make it closed but I got pesky penguins in 7. Rangers in 6. Tampa and Habs will go to the wire, but I pick Montreal even though I hate them.

    Here out west, the Ducks are for real and sweep dallas in 4. The grinding Kings will prevail over the Sharks in 7. Minny will surprise and beat the AV in 6 while St Louis outscores the Hawks and wins their series in 6.

    Let the playoffs begin

  • Apr 17, 2014 at 12:49 am

    The up and down pace of the first two Eastern series should bode well for the Blueshirts, eh?

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