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2010 Playoff Predictions

From the people who brought you such bold predictions such as the Edmonton Oilers making the playoffs this year comes’s 2010 Playoff Predictions! Tomorrow we will do an in-depth analysis of the Canucks-Kings series, but in the meantime, lets take a look at the other seven series that begin tonight.

Western Conference:

(1) San Jose Sharks vs (8) Colorado Avalanche

The Sharks will win if: they anything like the team that finished 1st in the Western Conference. The Sharks are a team known to choke in the playoffs (most notably Joe Thornton and Evgeni Nabokov) but they usually get past the first round. They should beat an undermanned Avalanche squad that is just happy to be in the playoffs.

The Avalanche will win if: their youthful exuberance overwhelms a ‘nervous about choking again’ Sharks squad. They’ll also need Craig Anderson to steal a game or two.

What everyone is talking about: The Sharks choke jobs in years past.

What nobody is talking about: The Sharks and Avalanche actually split their season series with two wins a piece.

Prediction: San Jose might choke, but not in round 1. Sharks in 5.

(2) Chicago Blackhawks vs (7) Nashville Predators

The Blackhawks will win if: their goaltending and defense holds up. The Hawks are loaded up front with a whole lot of scoring prowess but they’re going with unproven Antti Niemi between the pipes and have injuries to Brian Campbell and Kim Johnsson on defense.  Luckily for them, Nashville has trouble scoring goals.

The Predators will win if: they can keep scoring chances down. You know, Jacques Lemaire style. The Preds have a strong defense and work ethic, so if they can limit scoring chances while taking advantage of shaky Hawks goaltending, they might pull off the upset.

What everyone is talking about: Chicago’s goaltending

What nobody is talking about: Chicago team defense. The Hawks gave up the fewest shots on goal by any team this year.

Prediction: Chicago has too much fire power, Nashville doesn’t have enough. Blackhawks in 5.

(4) Phoenix Coyotes vs (5) Detroit Red Wings

The Coyotes will win if: they can find a way to score goals and get all-world goaltending from Ilya Bryzgalov.

The Red Wings will win if: Jimmy Howard doesn’t crumble under the pressure of the playoffs.

What everyone is talking about: The roll the Red Wings are on.

What nobody is talking about: The Coyotes did not, in fact, use smoke and mirrors this season.

Prediction: The Coyotes are the biggest underdog with home ice advantage in the history of the league and for good reason. The Wings are an elite team that finished low in the standings due to their injuries early on. With that said, the Coyotes finished with the third most points in the conference for a reason and will give them a test. Red Wings in 6.

(1) Washington Capitals vs (8) Montreal Canadiens

The Capitals will win if: they get any kind of goaltending and have some semblance of team defense.

The Canadiens will win if: Jaroslav Halak plays out of his mind and they get a lot of power play goals. A Jose Theodore meltdown might help too.

What everyone is talking about: The banter going back and forth between Jose Theodore and Tomas Pleckanec.

What nobody is talking about: The discrepency between the Habs power play (ranked 2nd) and the Capitals penalty kill (ranked 25th).

Prediction: I don’t know if it’s just something about the history of the Habs or what, but I think that Montreal could steal a couple of games. Capitals in 6.

(2) New Jersey Devils vs (7) Philadelphia Flyers

The Devils will win if: Martin Brodeur doesn’t meltdown like he did last year and the Devils play that suffocating Jacques Lemaire system.

The Flyers will win if: they get goaltending. They have a stacked lineup but Brian Boucher is their goalie.

What everyone is talking about: Brodeur vs Boucher.

What nobody is talking about: The offense from the Flyers defense (Pronger, Carle, Timonen) vs the lack of offense from the Devils D.

Prediction: The Devils will win, but Flyers will take a couple on home ice. Devils in 6.

(3) Buffalo Sabres vs (6) Boston Bruins

The Sabres will win if: they can score. The Bruins are great defensively.

The Bruins will win if: they can score! The Bruins have trouble scoring and Ryan Miller is perhaps the best goaltender in the world.

What everyone is talking about: The lack of goal scoring that will take place.

What nobody is talking about: The Bruins style is suited for the playoffs.

Prediction: Upset time. The Bruins find a way to score goals and physically dominate the Sabres. Bruins in 7.

(4) Pittsburgh Penguins vs (5) Ottawa Senators

The Penguins will win if: Crosby and Malkin get any kind of help from their wingers.

The Senators will win if: they Philips and Volchenkov can shutdown Crosby.

What everyone is talking about: The championship swagger of the Penguins.

What nobody is talking about: The home record of the Sens (26-11-4)

Prediction: Bad matchup for the Sens. Penguins in 6.

3 Response to 2010 Playoff Predictions

  1. Round 2 Playoff Predictions | on April 29, 2010

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  2. Mauricio on November 21, 2012

    Andrew, I am serious about the Wings and their ruirercng octopi! Because it is an actual rule (albeit against the home team):63.4 Objects Thrown on the Ice In the event that objects are thrown on the ice that interfere with the progress of the game, the Referee shall blow the whistle and stop the play and the puck shall be faced-off at a face-off spot in the zone nearest to the spot where play is stopped. When objects are thrown on the ice during a stoppage in play, including after the scoring of a goal, the Referee shall have announced over the public address system that any further occurrences will result in a bench minor penalty being assessed to the home Team. Articles thrown onto the ice following a special occasion (i.e. hat trick) will not result in a bench minor penalty being assessed.Now throwing anything on the ice to disrupt the game does deserve an initial warning, and then a penalty. But thinking of the rule and fans, the “misdirection” by a home fan just isn’t a good excuse. Firstly, it would penalize the home team, so why would he do it? Secondly, it would be a jab at his own team, so why would he rile up the opposition? If the rule penalizes the road team, you can be sure Wings fans wouldn’t risk it on the road because they would know it could hurt their team.I saw it happen at Phoenix in game 1 or 2 stoppage late in the game, and seem to remember hearing the warning. But just because it’s a Wings tradition, both home and on the road, I don’t think it should be allowed. Everyone knows it’s a Wings fan at work, and it just annoys me that they routinely get away with it.

    • Rob on November 27, 2012

      Cammmmannn Mauricio, that's no fun!


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