Time To Show Off Your Personal Playoff Prognosticatorial Proficiency

OK everyone, the regular season is behind us and now it’s time for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs…and it’s also the time to show off your personal playoff prognosticatorial proficiency! Oh, and I checked with my lawyer…it is perfectly legal in the state of Georgia to display your “Quad-P” in public.

So don’t be afraid…don’t be shy. Show it off with pride!

As is customary…I’ll go first.


#1 Boston vs. #8 Montreal:The Bruins finished the regular season 53-19-10 and their 116 points were just one shy of winning the Presidents Cup. Montreal is in with 93 points, winning the tie-breaker with the Florida Panthers. Boston lost the first game between the two 4-3, then took the remaining five by a combined score of 20-9. Andrei Markov being out certainly doesn’t help matters for either the Habs. It’s a re-match of last year’s #1-#8 matchup, only the roles were reversed. Then, the Boston Bruins took the highly favored Canadiens to a seventh game in what was a very entertaining series. Too bad Montreal won’t be able to return the favor.

Boston in 6

#2 Washinton vs. #7 NY Rangers: If I had to pick one series of the eight that screams “sweep”, in my mind it’s this one. The Caps had the third best G/G stat at 3.29, New York scores goals at a 2.44 per game clip, 28th in the NHL. While the Caps sport the NHL’s 2nd-best power play at 25.2%, the Rangers can counter that with their top-rated penalty kill unit, (87.8%). But Washington will dominate them 5 on 5. I hate predicting sweeps, so I’ll give New York one game. But don’t be stunned if it’s over in four.

Washington in 5

#3 New Jersey vs. #6 Carolina: OK, here is my upset special of the opening round. The Canes blow into the post-season winners of eight of their last ten games. The Devils have been mediocre at best these past couple of weeks…and I don’t know if New Jersey can just flip back on the switch against these guys. Also, Carolina has the goaltending that can go toe-to-toe with Marty the Magnificent. The Hurricanes are my “sleeper” pick in the east as I think they’ll go deep. The Canes won the first three matches before the Devils took the last one last Saturday…which was the only time they scored more than twice against the Canes.

Carolina in 6

#4 Pittsburgh vs. #5 Philadelphia: On paper, this is one that looks to be like a knock-down, drag-out slobber-knocker…and I don’t think it’ll dissapoint. They both finished with 99 points but the Penguins get the home ice advantage because of more wins. Pittsburgh won the season series 4-2, but three were one-goal affairs and two were decided by a pair of goals. Philly scored 264 goals this season, Pittsburgh scored 264. The Flyers let up 238 goals, the Pens 239. Can’t get more even-er that that, but I’m gonna go with the Flyers….after 3 overtimes in the deciding seventh game.

Philadelphia in 7

If I’m correct, that would set up round two matchups of Boston vs. Carolina and Washington vs. Philadelphia. Those would be fun and I’d like the Bruins and Caps there.


#1 San Jose vs. #8 Anaheim: The Duck have at least one thing going for them here. They have played the Presidents Cup winning Sharks six times this season with San Jose wining four of them…so they at least aren’t going to be surprised by anything. San Jose, however, didn’t get to a record of 53-18-11 for nothing though. They surrendered only 204 goals, (second best to Boston), and only five times have they lost at home in regulation…Anaheim being one of those teams to accomplish the feat with a 5-2 win in the Shark Tank on April 4.

San Jose in 6

#2 Detroit vs. #7 Columbus: And finally the Columbus Blue Jackets have qualified for the playoffs…and it only took them eight years to do so. Heck, it only took the Thrashers seven. But after the series is over, the CBJs will probably have something Atlanta doesn’t, an actual playoff win… maybe two. Columbus actually split the six games played against Detroit, including an 8-2 whacking of the Wings on March 7. Much like Anaheim, they at least have familiarity of their favored opponents on their side. And much like Anaheim, it won’t really matter against The Big Red Borg.

Detroit in 6

#3Vancouver vs. #6 St. Louis: Ah, more new blood in the playoffs coming from the west. The Blues return to the post-season festivities for the first time since the lockout. They split the four games with the Canucks in which they each one one and lost one on home ice. Their overall road record for these teams are 18-18-5 for the Blues and a very impressive 21-15-5 for the Canucks outside of British Columbia. The goalie matchup should be a good one to watch…Chris Mason, (27-21-7, 2.41 GAA, .916 SV% & 6 SO) vs. Roberto Luongo, (33-13-7, 2.34 GAA, .920 SV% & 9 SO). If for no other reason, that’s why I’d like to see this series go the distance.

Vancouver in 7

#4 Chicago vs. #5 Calgary: The Flames had it all going for them. They had a 13 point lead over Vancouver in February and then picked up Olli Jokinen when Phoenix tossed in the towel at the trade deadline. They then went 8-11-0 down the stretch while the Canucks were getting hot. All they had to do was hold on to a 13-point lead. All they had to do was beat Vancouver last Tuesday…or Edmonton last Friday and they would have won the division, been the three-seed and faced St. Louis with home ice advantage. They didn’t and now they get Chicago and their 46-24-12 record for 104 points with the deciding game seven to be played in the windy city. It won’t come to that anyhow.

Chicago in 6

If the above turns out to be so, then San Jose would draw Chicago in round two while the Red Wings get Vancouver. I’d see the Sharks advancing in a great series with the Blackhawks and Detroit’s goalkeeping woes being exposed by Luongo and the Canucks.

Thus, for the finals I project that this year we’ll get a Stanley Cup Finals that will pit the best team in the east against the best of the west…Sharks vs. Bruins.

There…I’ve shown you mine. Now show me yours.

45 comments Add your comment


April 13th, 2009
1:25 pm

round 1 upset, rangers in 6, Caps goaltending woes will rear its ugly head.
pittsburgh win series with help from league(officials, refs), Cindy Crotchby will be babied
Boston is a no brainer, 5 games
can’t pick againt Mar-TAN BROOOOO DUER


April 13th, 2009
1:38 pm

Blogging at Hockey Buzz? Geez, I thought you knew your stuff, but I guess you don’t.

Done reading here.


April 13th, 2009
1:41 pm

First round:


Bruins win in 6.
Rangers win in 6.
Hurricanes win in 7.
Penguins in 7. Though I don’t feel confident in this one — Philly’s much meaner.


Sharks in 4.
Detroit in 6.
St. Louis in 7.
Chicago in 5.

And I really can’t go to the end…I assume that it will be the Sharks vs. somebody, but I’m not sure who the somebody would be.


April 13th, 2009
2:07 pm

Agree with you for the most part Rawhide, but I have a few dissenting points of view:

Boston over MTL in 5 games, not 6
Caps over Ranjerks in 6 games, not 5 due to Lundqvist’s heroics
Canes over Devils in 7 games, could be an epic series
Philly over PITT in 6 games thanks to superior def forwards

Sharks over AHM in 6 games
DET over the CBJ’s in 6 games, thought about picking the upset but Col is only a mediocre 9-9 since the trade deadline
The Couve over STL in 5 games, Keith T has a solid series though
Cal-GARY over CHI in 6 hard-fought, ugly games

Should be an interesting first round, but the 2nd round is what I’m really looking forward to assuming most of the “chalk” advances!

Big Shooter

April 13th, 2009
2:14 pm



April 13th, 2009
2:18 pm

Is it October yet?


April 13th, 2009
2:27 pm

Sure heard about a lot of “HOPE” and “DREAMS” in that finale on TV… You want to give your fans “HOPE” and “DREAMS”???

Then **FIRE WADDELL** like you should have done this morning!!!



April 13th, 2009
2:54 pm

I think First round will be:
Boston win in 4. Yep, just sweep Canadians.
Washington win in 5. Unfortantely, Ovy and company will not help Kovy win Gold Medal again. :-(
NJ win in 6. Broduer will be crazy in PO.
Philly win in 7. Malkin and Gonchar will help Kovy :-)

Sharks win in 5. Duks is not strong to keep up.
Detroit win 4. It will be same sweep by Thrashers got it in 2007. :-(
Blues win in 7. I want to see Twins come here and Play with Kovy next season.
Chickago win in 7. Younger player will keep more energy.

I hope Final game will be between Washington and Detroit. :-)


April 13th, 2009
3:23 pm

Bruins over Canadiens in 5
Caps over Rangers in 5
Devils over Canes in 7
Pens over Flyers in 6

Sharks over Ducks in 5
Wings sweep Jackets
Canucks over Blues in 7
Blackhawks over Flames in 6


April 13th, 2009
3:27 pm

Bah-stuhn in FIVE

Jesery in SEVEN

Pittsbugh in SEVEN, (echoing Dwayne’s comments regarding Sid-the-Crybaby).

Washington in SIX

Big Red Borg in FIVE

Sharks bite off a SIX game win

Flames in SEVEN

Vancoooooouver in FIVE

Oh and Rawhide, did you know that you are a 2009 Peacock Award winner for Best Commentary via The Blueland Chronicle?


Spud Webb

April 13th, 2009
3:41 pm

Canadiens (HATEM) in 7, caps sweep rangers. Devils in 5, I said it!!! Flyers over the sissies in 6!!!!!
Ducks SHOCK the sharks in 7. Wings over jackets in 5. Blues (hot as anyone) take the canucks in 6. and hawks sweep the flames! Unless Phanuef WAKES UP.
Harry Kalas died today, sad, sad day for sports!


April 13th, 2009
4:00 pm

Boston in five
Washington in seven
Carolina in five
Flyers in six.

Sharks in five
Wings in six
Blues in seven
Blackhawks in seven


April 13th, 2009
4:49 pm

Boston over Montreal in 5
Washington over New York in 6
New Jersey over Carolina in 5
Pittsburgh over Philly in 7

San Jose over Anaheim in 4
Detroit over Columbus in 5
St. Louis over Vancouver in 6
Chicago over Calgary in 7


April 13th, 2009
5:43 pm

NO WAY the Blackhawks beat the FLAMES… NOT happening!


April 13th, 2009
6:17 pm

I’m sticking with my successful NCAA bracket plan of picking (to win) all the teams that I really want TO LOSE (yes, the NCAA team I least wanted to win – the heels – won it all). That being said – here goes:

Bahston over ‘abs in 4 (I’m a Quebec’er by marriage)
Rangers over Caps in 5 (Payback for the Thrashers sole playoff run)
Joisey over Canes in 6 (I’m a NC’er by domicile)
Pens over Phlyers in 4 (Anyone but ‘the child’, please)

Then (I think) that sets up:
Rangers over Bahston in 4 (more payback)
Pens over Joisey in 6 (again – just can’t take more of ‘the child’)

And: Pens over Rangers in 7 (can they both lose…please?)

Sharks eat Ducks in 7 (no skin in this one)
Wangs over BJs in 7 (RWs edge out the desire for company in the ‘no playoff wins” dept)
Blues beat Cah-nucks in 5 (still paying the Blues trade bill in ATL)
ChiHawks over Flames in 5 (still an Atlanta Flames fan from years past)

Then (I believe that sets up):
Sharks over ChiHawks in 7 (no skin)
Wangs over Cah-nucks in 4 (RWs payback for Hossa picking them over us)

Wangs over Sharks in 4 (more payback for Hossa)

For the cup:
Wangs over Pens in 7 (again – can they both lose, please?)

Again: I’m sticking with my successful NCAA bracket plan of picking (to win) all the teams that I really want TO LOSE.

Frosty the snowman

April 13th, 2009
6:27 pm

Brendan, I am gonna say Kovy signs with another team as a free agent. Washington


April 13th, 2009
8:01 pm

Bill seems to be far too modest to hawk his new fan blog over at http://www.hockeybuzz.com

I have no such good sense of decorum. Bill’s inaugural column there, titled “Kovy Speaks – So Who’s Listening?” is here:

Give the man a hand and some support!


April 13th, 2009
8:16 pm


Boston over Montreal in 5
Carolina over NJ in 6
Rangers over Washington in 7
Pittsburg over Philadephia in 7

San Jose over Anaheim in 6
Columbus over Detroit in 7
Chicago over Calgary in 5
St. Louis over Vancouver in 7


April 13th, 2009
8:17 pm

Although, I would personally like to see PITT over DET in the finals just to see Hossa lose to his old team, that would be sweet justice.


April 13th, 2009
8:18 pm

St. Louis has an outside chance at an upset. Carolina and Philadelphia will win thier series. Other than that team with home ice will take the series.


April 13th, 2009
8:45 pm

Frosty, can I assume you mean July 1, 2010? And do you want to time a time of day, just in case someone else picks Washington, July 1, 2010?

Rawhide, Excellent picks. We differ on a few, but not many. So, here goes:

Boston in six. Yes, six. Why? Just so the Bruins can clinch it in Montreal! Actually, why not pick a sweep? Well, these are the playoffs, and the Bruins are the Bruins in the playoffs. I won’t pick them to sweep anybody. But I will pick them to win. Historically, the Habs OWN Boston in the postseason. When the Habs lose, is GM Bob Gainey fired??? Last year, the Habs were the #1 seed. This year, they limped into the playoffs and had to fire Head Coach Guy Carbonneau. They probably wish they hadn’t dealt Huet to the Capitals for a 2nd round pick at the 2008 trade deadline, leaving Halak and Price to carry the load. Jus’ sayin’.

Washington is my pick to win the East, so obviously … I’m taking Capitals in the 1st round. I like ‘em in 5 games over the Rangers. Tortorella will have to work some magic for the Broadway Blueshirts to take this series. I don’t see it happening. Though, watching Sean Avery mess with Ovechkin will be fun. ;)

The New Jersey Devils are also a solid pick to win the East this year. But it’s not going to be an easy road for them. I will take the Devils over the ‘Canes in seven spirited games. Carolina is the East’s only “non-traditional market” among the playoff field. Is it wrong to cheer for them, as the South’s representative? Oh, don’t call DC “southern.” You know better than that. The SOUTH begins at Richmond, VA. And ya know it.

Pittsburgh is the defending Eastern Conference Champions. In my opinion, and mine only, perhaps, they tanked it this year, trying to get Therrien fired. Mission accomplished, but much later than I think the Penguins players thought. But once Therrien was gone, and somebody look this up, from that moment on … they were one of the top 3 teams in the NHL, record-wise. That’s my opinion. I didn’t verify that. Last year, the Penguins and Flyers tangled for the Eastern Conference Championship. The results will be the same. Penguins win. I’ll sayyy, in six games.

I think the San Jose Sharks didn’t want to face Anaheim. This is not the same Duck team that won the Cup in 2007. But they’re not “fodder” either. I think this series will be extended to six games, same as Rawhide’s pick. Looking forward to watching Chris Pronger’s next suspension. Shall we start a pool for how many games his upcoming “inappropriate hit” or Stake Stomp the NHL will levy?

I have to take Detroit over Columbus. But, the Blue Jackets play the Red Wings tough. I think they split the season series. I think Columbus will get two wins. So, Red Wings in six. Even though, technically, I’ve give the goaltending edge to Columbus.

Vancouver vs. St. Louis. What do I do here??? This is the toughest series to pick, for me. St. Louis is the best 2nd-half season record. They have stellar goaltending. I’m tempted to take the Blues. But, I won’t. I have to think Luongo is the difference, along with some of the more playoff-tested Canucks. I still look for Keith Tkachuk to show himself to be a money player in the series. Canucks in seven.

Finally, my upset special. Calgary over the Chicago Blackhawks in six or seven games. I can’t make up my mind. Calgary hasn’t won a playoff series since 2004. I can’t even remember the last time Chicago won a playoff series. I want to say it was 1995 or 1996. This is a good Blackhawk team. But they’re not playoff-tested. They’ll that experience in this series. Watch out for Chicago next year, even if it’s with Huet instead of the ‘Bulin Wall in the 2010 playoffs.


April 13th, 2009
9:30 pm

Kracker – Thanks for the free pub for my hockeybuzz post! :lol:

Everyone – Just an FYI…the Gwinnett Gladiators will host games 3 and 4 of their opening round playoff series against the Florida Everblades on Thursday night and Friday night. They trail the best-of-seven series 2-0 after dropping game two 3-2 in OT.


April 13th, 2009
10:13 pm

Boston in 4.
Washington in 5.
New Jersey in 6.
Philadelphia in 7.

San Jose in 7.
Detroit in 4.
Vancouver in 6.
Chicago in 5.


April 13th, 2009
11:06 pm

I hope the pens loose to the Flyers (even if Philly constantly kicks our butts) and I WANT the Wings to win it all. It would make my home a very happy place for the rest of the summer. But then again I’m horrible at picking so it might be the exact opposite.

Hanson Brothers

April 14th, 2009
12:50 am

Boston in 7
Washington in 4
Pittsburgh in 5
Carolina in 5

San Jose in 4
Detroit in 6
St. Louis in 7
Chicago in 4


April 14th, 2009
9:11 am

Back from Hilton Head, where I got to share some beers with hockey fans at the Salty Dog at the South Beach Marina. Some really cool guys…got a Pens fan to admit Crosby was a cry baby and that he gets away with murder. Got my dinner and drinks paid for by the nice gentleman from Cininnati after Miami choked in that final minute against BU. What a game!

Boston over Montreal in 5 – Price / Halak vs. Thomas….puhleez!

Washington over New York in 5…Ovie beats the tar out of Avery in fight. Avery runs to his fashion mag job and claims otherwise in print

New Jersey over Carolina in 6 – two words – Martin Brodeur. The only Carolina on my mind this spring is an island just north of Savannah.

Philadelphia over Pissboig in 6 – teams often fail badly in the playoffs prior to becoming a champ. This is Pitts year to tank.

San Jose over Anaheim in 5 – Pronger…Pronger – YOU SUCK!

Detroit over Columbus in 6 – but a sweep wouldn’t surprise me. CLB is a good young team, but this IS the Wings and these ARE the playoffs.

Vancouver over St. Louis in 6 – The Sedin sisters swan song in Vancouver doesn’t end just yet against a game Blues squad.

Calgary over Chicago in 7 – picked this with my heart…GO FLAMES GO!

Hip Czech

April 14th, 2009
9:21 am

I know this is supposed to be about playoff predictions…but interesting quote from Knobler’s article about Thrashers offseason priorities…Kovy says:

“I want to see them do something to get everybody better, the whole organization. If I feel like we’re in the right direction, for sure I think we’ll figure out a way to sign a new deal.”

Hmmm, is that a offhand attempt to say GET RID OF WADDELL?

Keeping on topic:

Boston in 5
Washington in 5
Carolina in 7
Pittsburgh in 7 (this one’s gonna be a war)

Upset special – Anaheim in 7
Detroit in 6
Chicago in 6
Vancouver in 5


April 14th, 2009
9:48 am

Draft lottery is tonight at 8. Please use all good luck charms and superstitions today to assist positive karma for the boys in blue.

Downtown ATL

April 14th, 2009
10:19 am


Bruins win in 5.
Caps win in 6.
Devils win in 5.
Penguins in 6.


Sharks in 5.
Detroit in 7.
Vancouver in 6.
Calgary in 6.

Frosty the snowman

April 14th, 2009
10:30 am

Brendan, yes July 1st. no time

Buzilla in CT

April 14th, 2009
11:48 am

Devils in 16 (4 straight sweeps)


April 14th, 2009
12:07 pm

Nice job on the new blog Rawhide. Does everyone feel that Anderson has a better idea of the specific players this team needs on the roster than Waddell? I say that based on the system he prefers to run and telling Waddell to pick up Pevs off waivers. Would Waddell have thought to pick up Pevs without Anderson’s input?

So in other words, does Kovy want a new GM too? I know I do.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 14th, 2009
12:45 pm

“Does everyone feel that Anderson has a better idea of the specific players this team needs on the roster than Waddell?”

In some instances yes. The point though, or the one I’d emphasize, is that Anderson’s job is to identify players that he’s seen in the past that are an improvement for his system. The other side of that equation is a GM willing to take such advice and act on it.

Waddell admittedly listened to his headcoach about a waiver acquisition, and it paid off. Waddell should be commended for using every source of advice available to him (in this case his head coach) and Anderson should be commended for identifying a talent that he clearly could incorporate successfully into his team’s system.

I know everyone wants a new GM, but using Peverley as an example of his failings is missing the big picture of the situation. Sure, they only got him because the team was 29th at that time (meaning only one team could claim him before Atlanta did)…but the evidence of a working relationship between coach and GM, and it paying off for the betterment of the team, is something that should be applauded, in my opinion.


April 14th, 2009
1:00 pm

Since **Jason(Darkhorse)** brought it up I seen a gal this morning who is a season ticket holder and was at the meeting a while back and she said the Kovy made the statement that “if DW goes he goes too”. Was anyone else there to hear that? I have not seen that reported anywhere.

Thrashy Thrashy

April 14th, 2009
1:23 pm

If Waddell will do the right things as GM (pick guys like Little and Bogo, listen to the advice of his coaches in order to pick up a guy like Peverley, etc.), he can overcome his awful past. It’s just terribly difficult for any of us to believe that the man is capable of being good at his job. An honest assessment says that Waddell should have been canned, at best, after the team failed to win a playoff game. At worst (or best for us, I guess), it should have been many years ago.

Waddell hasn’t earned the right to lead this team to the playoffs again, but a good offseason this year and it is possible, strange as it seems to 99% of us, that a newly-transformed Waddell just might have been kicked in the head by a magic hockey knowledge donkey. A poor offseason means he should have been fired seven years ago.


April 14th, 2009
2:51 pm

Nope. DONNIE had his chances… Let the record speak for itself, like it would be judged upon by any other team in any other sport… Time’s up for WADDELL…


April 14th, 2009
3:38 pm

Boston vs Montreal : I have a feeling that would be a short serie and I go with Boston in 5.

Washington vs New York Rangers : Again I see Washington in 5. I doubt Avery would have any impact on this serie but Ovechkin will definitively have an impact on the serie result.

New Jersey vs Caroline : Hurricane in 6. Both team went into opposite direction since March. In fact, I can see the Canes go all the way to the SC.

Pens vs Flyers : As much as I hate the Flyers for unknown reason, I hate the Pens more for a known reason and I predict Flyers in 7. None of those two team will survive the second round however.

San Jose vs Anaheim : San Jose in 6. Thornton will start slow but Nabokov will make this serie quite easy for the Sharks.

Detroit vs Columbus : Detroit in 4, just so that Columbus don’t have a PO win like us! I know, I am evil :p

Vancouver vs St.Louis : St.Louis will win in 7. That is my underdog here!

Chicago vs Calgary : Calgary in 7. Only Canadian team to make it into second round!

That’s my prediction!


April 14th, 2009
8:10 pm

Awating the lottery results….wearing Kovy sweater :)


April 14th, 2009
8:21 pm

Thrashers will draft 4th overall. Islanders, as expected, have won.


April 14th, 2009
8:22 pm

Thrashers pick 4th.

NYI -1
Lightning -2
Avs – 3
Atlanta – 4
Kings – 5

Tony C.

April 14th, 2009
8:53 pm

So #1 and #2 picks would seem to be what we’ve all assumed for most of the season: Tavares, then Hedman (Who knows what The Wang will do-but still…). That puts an interesting choice @ #3.

The Avalanche need everything, but most especially the need goaltending. I would’ve put their Defence need higher, but after watching their call-ups basically shut down SanJose Sharks (in the Sharks’ barn no less), I’m thinking they need help in net the most.

Now there are going to be some pretty good UFA goalies out there, but with $30M tied up in just 13 players, I don’t know that Colorado can land one of the “big fish” UFA Goalies….Maybe we could send them Pavelec/Lehtonen and another (top) prospect plus our 3rd-rounder (for Schneider) for the #3 pick?

I doubt it, but I would hope the fellas upstairs give it a shot-I want Duschene and Kane. If I had to pick just one, I’m picking Kane-he’s got loads more sandpaper and most of the guys from the Vancouver Giants seem to transition pretty well to the NHL (Lucic would be the poster boy after this season).


April 15th, 2009
7:15 am

Tony, I suppose that’s a possibility. Assuming, of course, our first rounder goes the other way.

Pavs will probably get the door, in any case. I can’t see the organization shipping Lehtonen out.


April 15th, 2009
6:02 pm



April 15th, 2009
7:13 pm

I agree with all of your picks for both Conferences, so I’m not going to rehash them all out. But I’m going to go a couple of steps further and predict the Cup Finals…

Boston vs. Detroit with Boston winning in 7.


April 15th, 2009
7:35 pm

I like the following teams in the first round

Boston in 5.
Washington in 5.
Carolina in 6.
Philadelphia in 7.

San Jose in 6.
Detroit in 5.
St. Louis in 7.
Chicago in 5.
Sure wish the Thrashers were in it!