The first round of the playoffs yielded some interesting results. Habs Blog playoff predictions went 5-3 and correctly called Anaheim over Calgary in 7 games but missed the Oilers upset over the Wings as well as the Avs over the Stars.
The new NHL wanted parity and an even playing field for all teams. The Western Conference saw seeds 1, 2, 3 and 4 all lose to the lower ranked teams. How’s that for parity? That includes President’s Trophy winners the Detroit Red Wings losing to the 8th place Oilers who barely qualified for the playoffs.
Proving that rankings mean absolutely nothing and each team is as good as the next in the Playoffs. Can you really call them upsets anymore? Does every team have an equal chance once the puck drops in Game 1? Should we pay more attention to the teams who are playing strongly down the stretch and less attention to their actual ranking?
Anaheim was one of the hottest teams in the last half or last third of the season. They were victorious. Same for San Jose over Nashville. And we all know the Devils haven’t lost a game in ages.
In the East all the top seeds won their series. Not without a couple scares, but the top teams prevailed.
Looking at the next round the crop just gets better and winners harder to call. Let’s take another shot.
|(1) Ottawa vs
|(2) Carolina vs
||(3) New Jersey
|(5) San Jose vs
|(6) Anaheim vs
Buffalo looked like the most dangerous team for a while and in the first round embarrassed the Flyers. I still have them as my Cup pick.
Ottawa will fight it out and make it exciting but Ray Emery is about to be exposed for what he is.
So in the East we get a real blue collar battle. The armpit of America Buffalo vs the Swamp Devils.
Edmonton and San Jose will probably be the toughest series. Edmonton is sky high after putting away the Wings but San Jose might have the more complete team. As always whichever goaltender comes up a bit better will make the difference.
Anaheim is a complete team. Well coached and disciplined. I can’t see Jose Theodore really being able to win another 4 games.
So on the west side it’s a straight up California match up. Get ready to be tired at work if you plan on watching every 10 or 11pm start in the next round.