Detroit vs Anaheim
Once again, Goldie has been sniffing too much Pacific sea air, and is getting wrapped up climbing on the Ducks “bandwagon”. Although JS Giguere has been virtually flawless so far this playoff season, he is bound to give up a bad goal sooner or later. I like Dominik Hasek in this series. Experience matters, and the older Red Wings will show the young Ducklings just what playoff hockey is all about. Red Wings have home ice advantage and will utilize to perfection. Mike Babcock will out coach Randy Carlyle, Detroit’s super stars Pavel Datsyuk and Thomas Holmstrom will out-perform the Duck’s all-stars Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermeyer. Oh, and don’t be surprised if Teemu Selanne takes a “European Vacation” up against Norris Trophy candidate Nik Lidstrom. Expect a fast, physical series…….Ducks drown in the Pacific, Wings fly high! Detroit in 7 Buffalo vs Ottawa
Ottawa is on a mission, Buffalo was lucky to get by the Rangers in round 2. This series will probably produce the eventual Stanley Cup winner. Senators possess the best line in hockey. The Heatley/Spezza/Alfredsson line has combined for 16 goals and 37 points so far through the first 2 rounds. They dominated Sid “the Kid” Crosby and the Penguins in the opening round series, and crushed the Devils in five games in round 2. Who can stop them? I like Buffalo’s mobile defense, led by Brian Campbell
, but the Sabres have shown a disregard for team defense in this year’s playoffs, and rely on all out offense from Drury and Briere and company. Coach Lindy Ruff will lose what’s left of his blond locks over the next week and a half. The Sens' Ray Emery will be series MVP in goal, and the Boys from Lake Erie’s shore will “choke” on a chicken wing bone….Ottawa in 6
Here we are with the 2 best teams, clearly, in the West battling for a shot at the big prize. Anaheim and Detroit will likely play a thrilling series that will match the Wings' experience against the Ducks' young forwards. While Anaheim has playoff tested veterans like Chris Pronger, the Niedermayers, Teemu Selanne and goalie JS Giguere, he'll be a free agent by the way, it's been the young group up front that has been the difference. Emerging NHL stars Ryan Getlaf, Dustin Penner and Corey Perry outwork the opposition, play smart and wear the opponent down during playoff overtimes. The Ducks have made it look easy so far eliminating Minnesota and Vancouver in 5 games. In Detroit they face a team with much more offense than the previous 2 opponents. And the Red Wings have been through the wars before. Scoring defenseman Mattheiu Schneider is out and that will hurt. Chris Chelios is still solid but he's so old he played against Randy Moller! So did Dominick Hasek for that matter! It'll be a thrilling series but in the end the Ducks will prove to be too deep and win the series in 6. Anaheim and Buffalo, the 2 best teams in the NHL will battle for the Stanley Cup. The coaches, Anaheim's Randy Carlysle and the Sabres Lindy Ruff were honest, lunchpail defensemen and it's no coincidence the have their teams in this position. Buffalo and Anaheim have been knocking on the door and one will finally knock it down! Anaheim in 6
Buffalo vs. Ottawa
The Eastern conference finals are set with the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators set to play for a shot at the Cup. The Sabres won one of the best playoff series in years against the Rangers. It was a 6 game thriller with the final 5 games decided by a goal. In game 5 New York led 1-0 with less than 10 seconds left. Buffalo's Chris Drury scored to tie it and the Sabres won in overtime. The winner of game 5 in a tied series wins the series 80 percent of the time and this was no exception. Game 6 was a thriller with the Sabres winning 5-4 at Madison Square Garden.
Ottawa enters the finals on a much different level as they breezed by the Devils in 5 games in the 2nd round. The Senators seem to be clicking in every facet of the game but their road has been filling with small speed bumps and nothing more. In the opening round Ottawa beat a defenseless Penguins and then took out the goalless Devils. Now, the Senators are stuck with the well balanced Sabres. Buffalo is on a mission after losing game 7 of the East finals last year. Ottawa has had its share of playoff failure over the years but they won't go down because of poor play this time around. The Sabres have the clutch Chris Drury and he will be the difference with a game 7 power play game winner! Sabres play for the Cup, beating Ottawa in 7.
Ottawa in 7