By JD Lagrange – Admittedly, I am horrible at predictions. Back in October, it didn’t stop me from making a fool of myself by trying to predict the standings in each of the four Divisions in the NHL. Now, it’s time for part-two of this humiliating and humbling prediction trap, by announcing my Stanley Cup playoffs’ predictions. No need to say that some of the teams that I had in the playoffs, like the Canadiens, won’t be part of this round!
But first, let’s look at how I did with my October predictions. On a side note, wouldn’t it be fun if everyone did that instead of claiming, months later, that had predicted something without proof? I’m a strong believer in accountability. That and I also believe that you must learn to laugh at yourself before doing that to others. But I regress.
For the most part, I’m pretty happy although the Metropolitan Division made me look like a fool… and God knows I don’t need help for that, particularly not when it comes to predictions!
I wasn’t expecting the Capitals, the Islanders, the Flyers, the Golden Knights and obviously the Canadiens from falling that low. Two seasons ago, I had predicted the Flames to win their division but they performed very poorly. I certainly wasn’t expecting them to bounce back like they did. Nor was I expecting that big of a leap by the Rangers.
Boston Bruins vs Carolina Hurricanes
As much as it pains me to say (I hate the Bruins), Tom Dundon doesn’t deserve to win a playoffs’ series. I take the Bruins in 7.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Toronto Maple Leafs
The Lightning will keep the tradition alive and will eliminate the Leafs, preventing them from winning a playoffs’ round for the 18th consecutive season. I take Tampa in 6. Wouldn’t it be funny if the Leafs were up 3-1 to lose… again?
Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers
The Pens have a lot of experience in their line-up but I like the Rangers’ defense and goaltending better. For that reason, I take the Rags in 6.
Washington Capitals vs Florida Panthers
Goaltending has been an issue in Washington this season and it won’t be any better against a deep and powerful team like Florida. Pulling for you, big Ben Chiarot!
St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild
Minny will continue its Cinderella season with one of the best goaltending tandem in the NHL. The Wild has a big, physical team, built for playoffs’ hockey. I take them in 6.
Los Angeles Kings vs Edmonton Oilers
The Oilers have added quality grit with Evander Kane but their goaltending is still very questionable. It should be a very series to watch, particularly Danault against McDavid and Draisaitl. The Kings will prevail in 6.
Nashville Predators vs Colorado Avalanche
This won’t even be close. The Avalanche will sweep that series and rest for round two. So yes, Colorado in 4. Go Lehky!
Dallas Stars vs Calgary Flames
This one shouldn’t be close either. The Flames are too deep and if Markstrom stays healthy, he’s hard to beat. I’ll give one win to Dallas so Calgary in 5.
There you have it folks. If you wish, write your prediction in the comments section and we can compare notes after round one. Oh and don’t forget that the NHL Draft Lottery is happening on May 10th!
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