2013 NHL Playoff Predictions

 

 

The NHL Playoffs – The Great Unknown
by Allyus Fritz

If there is one thing we know about the NHL playoffs it’s this: anyone can win it all. Unlike the NBA where there are only three or four teams that have a realistic chance to win the championship each year, the NHL is an unpredictable tournament.  Last year the Los Angeles Kings defied history and became the first 8 seed to win the Stanley Cup. The Kings were also the first team to beat the 1,2 and 3 seeds in the same playoffs. An 8 seed hadn’t made the Cup final since the Edmonton Oilers during the 2005-06 season. The Chris Pronger led Oilers would lose to the Carolina Hurricanes in 7 games.

Could this happen again? Of course it could. The seeding doesn’t matter nearly as much as it does in other sports. It’s almost a question of who is going to make a run as opposed to if. Who is this year’s dark horse? The Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators have strong chances to pull upsets as 7 seeds, but I don’t see either of the 8 seeds pulling out a miracle.

The west is very top heavy, while out east playoff mainstays such as the Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils all find themselves sitting at home this post season. In fact, four of the eight 2nd round teams from last year didn’t even make the playoffs.

Even though the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins were the two best teams in the NHL this season, them playing in the Stanley Cup final is not a guarantee. Both teams will need to stay healthy, while the Pens need Sidney Crosby to return and be his pre-injury self.

Here are the first round matchups and my predictions.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

1. Chicago Blackhawks vs. 8 Minnesota Wild

Does anything really need to be said? The ‘Hawks are the best team in the west.

Prediction: Blackhawks in 4

2. Anaheim Ducks vs. 7 Detroit Red Wings

The Ducks were 1-2 against the Wings this season. Detroit has played well down the stretch, however Ryan Getzlaf and the ageless Teemu Selanne will be ready for the inconsistent Wings. The Ducks won’t stumble out the gate.

Prediction: Ducks in 6

3. Vancouver Canucks vs. 6 San Jose Sharks

Let the battle of the perennial chokers commence.  These two squads consistently have loaded rosters and fail to bring home the bacon.  San Jose has never given me a reason for me to invest any confidence in them.  Ryan Kesler is back and the brothers Sedin will be ready to roll.  In the end, the Canucks are the better team and win the long series.

Prediction: Canucks in 7

4. St. Louis vs. 5 Los Angeles Kings

The Kings swept the Blues out of the playoffs in last year’s 2nd round.  L.A. followed that up by beating St. Louis in their three games this season by the combined score of 14-7. Over the past two seasons the Blues have lost 10 of their 11 games against the Kings. L.A.’s size negates the speed of playmakers Andy McDonald and Kevin Shattenkirk. Something about this series screams an upset, however I doubt the Blues can withstand the Kings and rack up four wins. The Kings own the Blues.

Prediction: Kings in 6

EASTERN CONFERENCE

1. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 8 New York Islanders

This series will not be as lopsided as it might appear on paper, but Pittsburgh simply has too much depth to get upset. The Islanders must do what Philadelphia did last year, which is use their big bodies and try to beat Pittsburgh up as much as possible. The Isles won’t win the close games.

Prediction: Penguins in 5

2. Montreal Canadiens vs. 7 Ottawa Senators

If there is going to be an upset in this year’s playoffs it will be by the Senators. Ottawa’s Craig Anderson will outduel his counterpart in goal, Montreal’s Carey Price, who isn’t fairing as well as he was earlier in the year. After a season full of injuries, something finally goes right for Ottawa.

Prediction: Senators in 7

3. Washington Capitals vs. 6 New York Rangers

It seems like these squads play every year. It took the Rangers 7 games to beat the Caps in the Conference semis last season. This year will be different. The Caps will ride Alex Ovechkin into the 2nd round. Rangers stars Henrik Lundqvist and Rick Nash won’t be able to do enough.

Prediction: Capitals in 7

4. Boston Bruins vs. 5 Toronto Maple Leafs

The Bruins have more playoff experience than the Leafs, who haven’t been invited to the dance since 2004. Both of these teams don’t like to pushed around. The Leafs led the NHL in penalty minutes and the Bruins finished fourth. If you’re looking for a series with plenty of fighting and tough guys, this one’s it. The Bruins haven’t been playing well as of late, including a 4-2 loss against Ottawa to close out the regular season. I still think the Bruins have a playoff run left in them.

Prediction: Bruins in 6

Allyus is a soon to be graduating journalism student at the University of Missouri. A native of Quincy, Illinois, Allyus grew up a fan of St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Bulls. Feel free to engage with him on his Facebook and Twitter pages.

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NHL Playoff Predictions for April 30, 2013

 

The NHL Playoffs begin tonight!

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NHL Playoff Predictions for April 30, 2013:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Wild 28% 1 +190
Blackhawks 72% 3 -230
Kings 45% 1 +110
Blues 55% 2 -130
Red Wings 42% 2 +135
Ducks 58% 3 -155

Today’s spokesmodel is Claudia Romani.

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-Chicago Blackhawks over Minnesota Wild

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NHL Predictions for April 28, 2013

 

NHL Results
Yesterday: – SU (%)
In 2013: – SU (%)

NHL Predictions for April 28, 2013:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Senators 47% 1 +160
Bruins 53% 2 -180

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NHL Predictions for April 27, 2013

 

NHL Results
Yesterday: 1-3 SU (25%)
In 2013: – SU (%)

NHL Predictions for April 27, 2013:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Devils 37% 2 +160
Rangers 63% 3 -180
Panthers 34% 2 +160
Lightning 66% 4 -180
Predators 32% 1 +205
Blue Jackets 68% 3 -245
Bruins 48% 2 -130
Capitals 52% 3 +110
Hurricanes 41% 2 +175
Penguins 59% 3 -210
Flyers 44% 1 +155
Senators 56% 2 -175
Canadiens 48% 2 -115
Maple Leafs 52% 3 -105
Wild 55% 3 -145
Avalanche 45% 2 +125
Blackhawks 43% 2 +140
Blues 57% 3 -160
Red Wings 52% 3 -130
Stars 48% 2 +110
Canucks 52% 4 -130
Oilers 48% 3 +110
Coyotes 42% 2 +140
Ducks 58% 3 -160
Sharks 45% 2 +130
Kings 55% 3 -150

Today’s spokesmodel is Jenna Lynn.

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-Hometown: Hartsburg,  MO
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-Tampa Bay Lightning over Florida Panthers

-Washington Capitals over Boston Bruins

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NHL Predictions for April 26, 2013

 

NHL Results
Yesterday: – SU (%)
In 2013: – SU (%)

NHL Predictions for April 26, 2013:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Islanders 52% 3 -125
Sabres 48% 2 +105
Oilers 47% 2 +170
Wild 53% 3 -200
Flames 41% 1 +200
Blackhawks 59% 2 -240
Avalanche 38% 1 +145
Coyotes 62% 3 -165

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Hometown: Winfield, MO
Favorite Sport: Baseball
Favorite Sports Team: St.Louis Cardinals

Our FREE NHL Pick for April 26, 2013:

-Phoenix Coyotes over Colorado Avalanche

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NHL Predictions for April 25, 2013

 

NHL Results
Yesterday: 3-1 SU (75%)
In 2013: – SU (%)

NHL Predictions for April 25, 2013:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Islanders 47% 3 -105
Flyers 53% 4 -115
Maple Leafs 55% 3 -160
Panthers 45% 2 +140
Penguins 52% 3 -125
Devils 48% 2 +105
Predators 42% 2 +180
Red Wings 58% 3 -220
Canadiens 48% 2 -110
Jets 52% 3 -110
Flames 45% 1 +180
Blues 55% 2 -220
Blue Jackets 41% 2 +110
Stars 59% 3 -130
Ducks 38% 3 +135
Canucks 62% 4 -155
Lightning 36% 1 +190
Bruins 64% 3 -230

 

Today’s spokesmodel is Shanti.

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Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Favorite sports team: Lakers
Favorite sport: Cheerleading
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Our FREE NHL Picks for April 25, 2013:

-Boston Bruins over Tampa Bay Lightning

-St. Louis Blues over Calgary Flames

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NHL Predictions for April 24, 2013

 

NHL Results
Yesterday: – SU (%)
In 2013: – SU (%)

NHL Predictions for April , 2013:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Maple Leafs 51% 3 -105
Lightning 49% 2 -115
Kings 44% 2 +115
Red Wings 56% 3 -135
Blackhawks 52% 5 -160
Oilers 48% 4 +140
Sharks 45% 2 -105
Coyotes 55% 3 -115

Today’s spokesmodel is Kelli Serio.

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-Phoenix Coyotes over San Jose Sharks

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NHL Predictions for April 23, 2013

 

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In 2013: – SU (%)

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NHL Predictions for April 23, 2013:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Jets 39% 2 +170
Capitals 61% 3 -200
Canadiens 52% 2 -130
Devils 48% 1 +110
Islanders 53% 3 -142
Hurricanes 47% 2 +132
Bruins 48% 3 -135
Flyers 52% 4 +128
Rangers 58% 3 -230
Panthers 42% 1 +190
Flames 45% 2 +125
Predators 55% 3 -145
Avalanche 35% 1 +190
Blues 65% 3 -230
Kings 51% 3 -115
Wild 49% 2 -105
Stars 42% 2 +160
Sharks 58% 3 -180
Sabres 35% 2 +190
Penguins 65% 3 -230

Today’s spokesmodel is Portia Riggins.

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-Favorite Sport: Basketball
-Favorite Sports Team: Lakers

Our FREE NHL Picks for April 23, 2013:

-St. Louis Blues over Colorado Avalanche

-Washington Capitals over Winnipeg Jets

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NHL Predictions for April 22, 2013

 

NHL Results
Yesterday: – SU (%)
In 2013: – SU (%)

NHL Predictions for April 22, 2013:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Jets 52% 3 -115
Sabres 48% 2 -105
Penguins 47% 2 -120
Senators 53% 3 +100
Coyotes 45% 1 +135
Red Wings 55% 2 -155
Ducks 49% 2 -125
Oilers 51% 3 +105
Blackhawks 46% 3 +100
Canucks 54% 4 -120

Today’s spokesmodel is Jackie Salimen.

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-Favorite Sport: soccer  and Volleyball
-Favorite Sports Team: Inter  Milan (soccer)

Our FREE NHL Picks for April 22, 2013:

-Detroit Red Wings over Phoenix Coyotes

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NHL Predictions for April 21, 2013

 

NHL Results
Yesterday: – SU (%)
In 2013: – SU (%)

NHL Predictions for April 21, 2013:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Panthers 32% 1 +240
Bruins 68% 3 -280
Devils 36% 2 +165
Rangers 64% 3 -185
Flames 35% 2 +190
Wild 65% 4 -230
Hurricanes 42% 2 +140
Lightning 58% 3 -160
Blues 51% 3 -160
Avalanche 49% 2 +140
Blue Jackets 40% 3 +150
Sharks 60% 4 -170
Ducks 48% 2 -120
Oilers 52% 3 +100
Stars 39% 2 +170
Kings 61% 3 -200

 

Today’s spokesmodel is Stephany Lynn.

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-Favorite Sport: Football
-Favorite Sports Team: Philadelphia Eagles

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Our FREE NHL Picks for April 21, 2013:

-Boston Bruins over Florida Panthers

-New York Rangers over New Jersey Devils

-Minnesota Wild over Calgary Flames

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