KINGS VS SAN JOSE
Simply put, the Kings are a better team. Last season they got hot at the right time and won it all. Guess what? Quick is hot again and although the defense isn’t as strong the Kings are still only a 5th place team and are motivated in the playoffs.
They want to exact revenge from 2 seasons ago when they didn’t have Kopitar.
The Kings are TOUGHER at home than San Jose is. All this talk about San Jose only lost 2 games at home. WRONG. They had FIVE overtime/shootout LOSSES. That’s SEVEN losses at home vs the Kings 5.
Joe Thornton. In 79 post season games with the Sharks, Joe has only FIFTEEN goals. Kopitar has played 26 games and has 10.
You can’t tell me San Jose’s defense is better than the Kings.
KINGS IN 5
DETROIT VS CHICAGO
I successfully predicted Detroit over Anaheim for one simple reason. Bruce Boudreau sucks as a post season coach and Mike Babcock severely outcoached him. Joel Queneville is also a good coach but he is not a better coach than Babcock. In the end, I think Chicago has too many weapons and much better 3rd and 4th lines.
CHICAGO IN 5
OTTAWA VS PENGUINS
Penguins swept the series with Ottawa but they were without the services of Erik Karlsson among others. Pittsburgh barely got by the Islanders. If the Isles had the Kings defense and goaltending, it would be an upset. Ottawa is just as tough, if not tougher than the Isles and they’re gonna give Pittsburgh a run for their money. I think they’re hot right now and they upset the Pens.
OTTAWA IN 6
RANGERS VS BOSTON
If Toronto blocked shots the way the Rangers do, they would be playing the Rangers and not Boston. The B’s are without 3 defensemen and the Rangers seem to be getting hot at the right time. If Rick Nash would just get his head out of his ass, the Rangers should roll Boston.
RANGERS IN 5