Thursday, April 15, 2010

Playoff Predictions: Eastern Conference


Ovechkin & The Caps should have their way vs. the Habs


EASTERN CONFERENCE

I predicted six out of the eight playoff teams in the East.  Unfortunately, none of them in their correct seeds.  Although, I did predict a Flyers/Devils first-round matchup.

(1) Washington Capitals v. (8) Montreal Canadians

The Caps are on a mission.  Washington's wide-open style actually works to Montreal's advantage but Halak will have to steal this series.  Ovechkin and Co. will be too much for the Habs.  CAPITALS IN FIVE.

(2) New Jersey Devils v. (7) Philadelphia Flyers

There's something to be said about a team earning their playoff birth on the last day of the regular season in a shootout.  The Flyers may have a bit of momentum on their side going into this series.  Both team's have a great group of forwards but the Flyers defense is superior with Chris Pronger and Kimmo Timmonen.  The Devils have the advantage in net with Martin Brodeur looking to avenge his embarrassing performance in last year's postseason.  And as they always say, goaltending wins series.  DEVILS IN SIX.

(3) Buffalo Sabres v. (6) Boston Bruins

The Bruins are short-handed playing without their number one center Marc Savard.  The Bruins are led by Vezina favorite and Olympic hero Ryan Miller.  Rookie Tuukka Rask has been equally good for Boston who has struggled to score this season after the departure of leading-goal scorer Phil Kessel.  Watching two giants on the blueline for each team should be fun to watch; as the Bruins' 6'9 Zdeno Chara goes up against the Sabres' 6'8 Tyler Myers.  Either way, Ryan Miller won't let Buffalo lose this series.  SABRES IN FIVE.

(4) Pittsburgh Penguins v. (5) Ottawa Senators

Marc-Andre Fleury has struggled to find consistency all year but the Penguins are just too deep.  With Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar healthy; the Penguins attack is too strong for the Senators short-handed blueline in a seven-game series.  The Pens will take this series easily.  PENGUINS IN FIVE.

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