Puck Daddy makes their NHL Playoff Predictions
If you watched any of last night's opening games, you saw some excellent hockey. If you didn't, you may have woken up to a complete surprise.
Most of the favorite teams lost last night. The Penguins went down to the Ottawa Senators, 5-4, in a game that saw very few shots on goal by the Pens, and relatively few by the Sens. In fact, after the first period the shots were 11-8 in favor of the Sens.
Philadelphia then took down the New Jersey Devils, although that decision wasn't as much of a surprise as the others.
Phoenix took on Detroit and beat them, holding the Wings to the 2 goals they scored in the first period, while scoring one in each of the three. The "never win in the Playoffs" San Jose Sharks had a handful with the Colorado Avalanche, and were never able to get ahead of the game. They tied it in the third period but Stewart got the game winner past Nabokov late in the third, and the Sharks were unable to come back with a tying goal.
Tonight, the next round of series gets under way, with the Los Angeles Kings meeting with the Vancouver Canucks. Now the Editor at Puck Daddy, Greg Wyshinski, and the Assistant Editor, Sean Leahy, have declared that the Vancouver Canucks will win the Stanley Cup. Of course, the other writers haven't made so much of a bold jump away from the favorites, the Washington Capitals, Detroit Red Wings or the Pittsburgh Penguins, but if you want to read some "out there' kind of predictions, have at it.
And of course, we'll see how it all turns out. While we're at it, what are your predictions? I'm going with the Capitals and the Kings (or maybe Coyotes) in the final. I just haven't figured out who's going to win it all. One thing for sure, if the rest of the playoff games are like last night's, I won't be watching much of anything else until June.