Admin note: No goal breakdown from last night’s game. Sorry about that.
We’re more than halfway through the playoffs and the Rangers are still not only breathing, but breathing a bit easier today after a slaughter yesterday. As always, below are our super knowledgeable predictions, and I think most of us were shaking our way through the ECF guesses. Share yours with us in the comments.
ECF: New York vs. Montreal
Kevin’s Pick: Rangers in 7. Well, we know it’s going 7 either way. Carey Price is probably the one guy on the planet that’s Henrik Lundqvist’s equal right now, so I’m terrified of him. But I think the tragedy with Martin St. Louis was a real rallying point for this team and that momentum is going to carry the Blueshirts.
Becky’s Pick: Rangers in 6. I know, no seventh game? But they’re bonded as a team and it’s incredible. It seems as though they can read each other’s minds out there, and that paired with Hank being hotter than the sun right now makes for a trip to the Cup Finals and a spike in blood pressure medication in the tri-state area.
Dave’s Pick: Rangers in 6. I know the teams are almost mirror images of each other, but the Rangers are rolling after winning 3 straight and finally have their full team with Kreider back. If/when Nash gets going (I predict 4 goals from him this series), the Habs won’t be able to match the scoring depth.
Chris’ Pick: Rangers in 5. An emotional push, great momentum, better depth and an advantage in goal that could be huge if Price misses any time. The Rangers may be peaking at just the right time. We hope.
Suit’s Pick: Rangers in 7. I picked Pittsburgh to advance. Glad I was wrong. Now it’s time for the boys to step up their game a notch. Special teams and playing the right way is going to decide this series.
WCF: Los Angeles vs. Chicago
Kevin’s Pick: Blackhawks in 7. I could see this one going either way, too, so let’s just say I’m not super confident in my picks. That said, the Blackhawks just have too much, and any game that gets to OT will be promptly ended by Pat Kane.
Becky’s Pick: Kings in 6. When they’re on, they’re on. This team does not like to be pushed against a wall the way they’ve been throughout these playoffs, and I think the Hawks are a little too cocky to notice that a team can actually take them down.
Dave’s Pick: Hawks in 7. I’m sticking to my original prediction of Rangers/Hawks in the Finals. The Hawks are so talented, but Quick could easily steal this series if he silences Kane and Toews.
Chris’ Pick: Hawks in 7. Talent wins out. The hawks have the best collection of forwards in the league and aren’t out matched defensively by the Kings either. Only in goal do the kings have an apparent advantage yet Crawford has proven to play well in the playoffs. The Kings will stay with the Hawks but offensive depth wins out.
Suit’s Pick: Hawks in 7. The Kings have a deeper team now than when they won the Cup and they’re stacked with a lot of skilled players. Yet, their offense still isn’t as dynamic as the Hawks who can beat you in so many different ways. The only reason I’m not picking the Hawks to finish them off earlier is because of Quick. Both these teams could beat whoever comes out of the East.