When in doubt, go with the coach.
Last season the Ducks were better than the Kings, but one thing the Kings had going for them was Darryl Sutter. One thing the Ducks had going against them was Bruce Boudreau. That worked out perfectly.
This season several teams are going into the playoffs with “rookie” coaches. I’m going with the veterans here and it looks like a Ducks/Kings final. Anyone thinking the Ducks are making it to the finals with Boudreau, is an idiot.
BLUES VS MINNESOTA
The wild weren’t even considered to be in the playoffs before they acquired Dubnyk. He never came back down to earth. The Blues were one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup but their goaltending tandem was always a question mark. To me, it doesn’t matter who the players are here, I’m going with Hitchcock over Yeo every day of the week. BLUES IN 6
NASHVILLE VS CHICAGO
Nashville has been on a slide lately. They’re also beat up. Peter Laviolette is experienced in the post season but he also has a tendency to wear out his players which is exactly what happened down the stretch. Chicago doesn’t lose here. They’re just way too experienced here to lose to this bunch. CHICAGO IN 5
CALGARY VS VANCOUVER
How the hell Vancouver is in these playoffs is a mystery to me. Credit Dejardins because it certainly isn’t the players minus Kesler. They just don’t have enough depth. Calgary has had an amazing season despite losing their captain. 2This one goes the distance and its a coin flip as to who wins. CALGARY IN 7
DUCKS VS WINNIPEG
There is nothing I’m going to love more than to see Dustin B crushing the fuck out of the Ducks. They got Kesler and have 2 pretty deep lines. The Jets have done it all season with smoke and mirrors and some lucky goaltending. They’ll take way too many penalties and the Ducks win this series because of power plays. DUCKS IN 5
HABS VS SENATORS
Cary Price vs The Hamburglar. The Sens have been one of the greatest stories this season. They even played the Habs well all season but the gild is off the lily and I’m going with the much more experienced Montreal team. HABS IN 6
PITTSBURGH VS RANGERS
Barring injuries, the Rangers should return to the finals this season. They have a great coach. Pittsburgh does not. This series is ugly.
RANGERS IN 4
DETROIT VS TAMPA BAY
I like Detroit’s coach better than Tampa’s coach but the Lightning have way too much fire power and the goaltending question mark in Detroit is enough for me. TAMPA BAY IN 7
CAPITALS VS ISLANDERS
Tough call here as the Caps and their goaltending have been on fire all year. Have never been a fan of Jack C and no neck is a better coach but I just can’t see the Caps defense stopping all of the Islanders forwards. ISLANDERS IN 7