I feel like a kid on Christmas when looking at this year’s first round matchups. You have your usual suspects, as well as some fresh new faces this postseason, both of which are sure to be a blast to watch. So, without further ado, I’m about to drop some bold predictions…
Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings
Dougie Hamilton will have more points than Pavel Datsyuk…. Yeah, I said it. Boston simply seems to have it all at the moment. Detroit will be lucky if they don’t get swept.
Bruins in five.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens
Ryan Malone will be cleared of all charges just in time to net the game seven overtime winner.
Lightning in seven.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
James Neal will undergo emergency reconstruction surgery after kneeing the Blue Jacket’s Brandon Dubinsky in the face. They will replace his entire knee with a new, state of the art, titanium prosthetic. Neal will return in the second round stronger than ever.
Pens in five.
New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Henrik Lundqvist will have a save percentage under .900, Ray Emery’s will be half that.
Rangers in six.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild
Parise and Suter will be working on their short game by May 1st.
Avalanche in five.
St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks
David Backes and T.J. Oshie combine for more points than Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Chicago’s secondary scoring will be heavily relied upon with Toews’ injuries obviously affecting his performance.
Blackhawks in seven.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars
Jonas Hiller will lose the starting position in Anaheim’s net. Anaheim will lose their first game at home, forcing Bruce Boudreau to make a hard decision.
Ducks in six.
San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings
Here’s a bold prediction…San Jose Chokes! Although San Jose will out shoot Los Angeles in every game, their inconsistent goaltending will be their downfall.
Kings in seven.
Anyone have any bold predictions of their own? Leave some comments!