NHL Playoffs Continue!
I have not made a "prediction" on the outcome of every game being played during the NHL Playoffs. This is due to life requiring me away from the keyboard.
Here's where I'm at with those I have picked and the actual results:
Washington v Toronto -Pick: Winner: Washington; Score 2-1 / Result: Winner Toronto; Score: 3 in 2OT
Chicago Blackhawks v Nashville Predators -Pick: Blackhawks 2 - 1 / Result: Winner: Nashville, Score 5-0.
Nashville won the next two games and won this match-up in 4 straight. I don't know what happened to Chicago in the playoffs, but they were brutalized by Nashville and I don't think anyone expected Nashville to take this series, let alone playing the high caliber game they've been playing. Could they steamroll the other teams they''ll play and bring The Cup to Nashville? You bet they could.
Calgary v Ducks - Pick: Winner: Ducks; Score 3- 2 / Result: Ducks 3; Calgary 2. I nailed this one. This is the only one correct prediction I made for games on the 15th.
NY Rangers v Montreal - Pick: Winner: Rangers; Score 3 - 1 / Result: Montreal 3 - 1
Rangers took this series 4-2 by winning the next 3 games.
Penguins v Columbus - Pick: Winner: Penguins; Score 1 - 0 / Result: Pittsburgh 5 - 4 in OT
The Penguins beat the Blue Jackets 4 - 1 and win this series. The Penguins, like Nashville, may indeed be the team to take Stanley home and if so, it would be two Cups in a row for the Penguins. Penguins v Nashville could end up being the two teams competing for The Cup.
MN Wild v St. Louis Blues - Pick. Wild 3 - 1 / Result: St. Louis 3 -1
The Blues closed the series Saturday the 22nd with a 4-3 win in OT
My prognostication: St. Louis is good, but not good enough to make to the finals. Cross them off the list of competing for Stanley. Very sad for the Wild - they rebounded in playing, but it was too late.
Edmonton Oilers v San Jose Sharks - Pick: Sharks 2-1 in OT / Result: Oilers 1-0
Late game Saturday night between Oilers 3 and Sharks 1.
The Western Conference winners are: St. Louis, Nashville, Anaheim and OILERS OR SHARKS
The Eastern Conference winners are: N.Y. Rangers and the Penguins.
As of the publishing of this post, two series play today, Sunday the 23rd: Ottawa is at Boston and Washington plays at Toronto. Both Washington and Ottawa lead their series by 3-2.
Sunday the 23rd Predictions
Boston is on home ice. They tie the series up 3-3 with a 4-3 win in one OT.
Maple Leafs are on home ice. They also tie their series 3-3 with a 3-2 win in one OT.
For the Western Conference
games, the only one I got right - and I nailed it exactly - was the 3-2 win by the Ducks over Calgary.
For the Eastern Conference
: games, again, I picked only one game correctly, Pittsburgh beating the Columbus Blue Jackets. My predicted outcome of this game was the Penguins winning 1-0, however, the actual score was 5-.4.
Conference Playoff Picks
: Nashville vs The Ducks.
WILD CARD: St. Louis; they may have that unknown and undefinable "Cup Fever" that propels them against all opponents even though above I said to cross them off the list. That's why
they're a Wild
: The Penguins vs The Rangers.
WILD CARD: Boston. Why? I never underestimate the Bruins ability in turning into an unbeatable team when push comes to shove.
[EDIT]: as I publish this the Senators have 2, Boston 1 - with one minute remaining.]
I'll add up how well (or badly) I'm doing with my Pick offline and hopefully will publish an update on Monday.
[EDIT]: Ottawa won 2-1; Ottawa leads series 3-2.
Boston plays at Ottawa next on April 23
Pick: Ottawa; Score 4-3 in OT
Washington plays in Toronto (I think) in a late game tonight
Washington leads series 3-2.
Pick: Toronto (if they're on home ice); Score: 4-3 in OT.
Punctuation fixed 5-3-2017