Wednesday, May 7, 2008

2008 Playoffs: Third Round Predictions

The Dallas/SJ game on Sunday was unbelievable and I've been in hockey withdrawal every since. I don't know what I'm going to do once the playoffs are over...

Just in case you forgot, I was 4 for 8 in my first round predictions but I was 4 for 4 in my second round predictions. Woohoo!! That means...I got lucky. Let's see if my luck can continue:

Eastern Conference
(2) Pittsburgh v. (6) Philly
Philly in 7

I honestly have no idea who's going to win this series. Every time I think Pitt will win I begin to have doubts. Yet I also have doubts about Philly's capabilities to knock out Pittsburgh. Because I don't want my prediction to be "I don't know", I'm going to say that Philly has a slight edge over Pittsburgh. I think Biron is a better goaltender than M-A Fleury and I also don't think MAF and the rest of the Pens have really been tested yet in the playoffs. Pittsburgh may have two really solid forward lines, but I think Philly has more depth across all four lines. Both teams have a very aggressive, in-your-face power play so it'll be interesting to see how each team's PK unit will be able to hold up in this series. I think Philly has more toughness and grit, which could potentially wear down the Pens and possibly be a deciding factor in what should be a great series.

Western Conference
(1) Detroit v. (5) Dallas
Dallas in 6

I was way off in my number of games prediction for the Detroit/Colorado series. But then again, did anyone honestly think Detroit was going to spank Colorado? I think that series will end up hurting Detroit in this round because while the Red Wings coasted to four easy victories, Dallas is on a huge upswing from their battles with San Jose. I've backed Dallas since the start of the playoffs and I'm not letting go of them. I become more and more a fan of the team every time I watch them play. I didn't know much about Morrow last year and was confused why Modano was stripped of the captaincy so that Morrow could take it. Now, I have no question in my mind why Morrow is the captain of the Dallas squad. If you haven't watched him play in the playoffs yet you're depriving yourself of some really good skills, heart, determination, and leadership. I think Dallas can kick out Detroit and advance to the Cup Finals.


Kirsten said...

I think the Flyers are literally going to kill the Penguins, and I can't say that I will be sad about that fact.

The Wings are ballin' right now, I don't see the Stars being able to slow their roll.

k.m.stiles said...

sooo...Detroit looked really good tonight.

Kirsten said...

For real. They were insane tonight.

KingsCast Hockey Podcast said...

Clearly I will never be betting with you in Vegas. You are the Dan Cloutier of playoff predictions :-) I never thought we'd see two possible sweeps. The Finals are going to be amazing. I say Detroit in 7!

k.m.stiles said...

So my 3rd round predictions are way off, whatever...let's not forget I got all of them correct in the 2nd round!

I really hope at least one of the series will go to five games because I want to watch hockey this weekend!

I agree about the Finals. They're going to be ridiculously good.