Now, now. Before you blast me for being a homer, an uneducated hockey fan or Pens-hater, keep in mind a few things. These are my rapid fire picks. I took a whole :60 (if that) to select the way the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs would Plinko their way to the top (or bottom if you’re really following the Price Is Right analogy). I have the Hawks going to the Finals again and I’m not alone. After watching the Sportsnet panelist during their Playoff Edition show, there were a handful of variations in the experts selections for finalists this year. The Hawks and Bruins were the common theme. However, some selected the Blues, Kings and one even picked the Avalanche to win the Cup.
The vegas odds (as per Bodog) are as follows:
Boston Bruins – 7/2
St. Louis Blues – 6/1
Pittsburgh Penguins – 7/1
Chicago Blackhawks – 9/1
San Jose Sharks – 9/1
Also, note, that I made these selections in anticipation of the annual Hockey Pool (run by a couple of beauties – Doug and Jamie), which is a grouped selection of individual players. Therefore, my selections were in due part of trying to strategize with a couple unpopular or not as common teams to give me the edge (hence the Rangers to the Finals pick).
I will have a more comprehensive breakdown in the coming days, but this is my “at a glance” picks. Of course, as someone posting on a public forum, I undoubtably reserve the right to change my picks and/or post a laundry list of excuses as to why my picks failed miserably.
(Jonathan) Quick, you have :60, what’s your bracket look like?
~ I didn’t list my winner in the bracket (screenshot courtesy of NHL.com’s contest), but if Toews and Kane are healthy as most speculate, then there’s a very good chance of repeating. Many factors have to take place though like monster performances by Crawford, secondary support Bickell/Shaw/Saad and a group effort on strong defensive play by the backend.
~ I will focus on a deep dive of everyone’s favourite series reading here, the Blackhawks and Blues. It’s going to be a battle and a real test for the good guys. So let’s here your predictions and why? The best responses will make it into my next segment.
Ty Cam out!
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About the Author: I am a rare Chicago Blackhawks fan from Canada, one might describe me as a hockey connoisseur and a solid checking line centre to your local rec hockey team. I once lived in a town of 500 people and now work in the hockey mecca that is Toronto. I work in the wonderful world of Advertising and these opinions are one of my own and not of my company - don't get it twisted.