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Quarterfinal playoff predictions.

It’s Day 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. For the sheer amusement of dear readers, my predictions along with those of some trusted colleagues:

 

Eastern Conference quarterfinals

No. 1 Capitals over No. 8 Rangers in 5 games

No. 7 Sabres over No. 2 Flyers in 6 games

No. 3 Bruins over No. 6 Canadiens in 5 games

No. 4 Penguins over No. 5 Lightning in 7 games

Western conference quarterfinals

No. 8 Blackhawks over No. 1 Canucks in 6 games

No. 2 Sharks over No. 7 Kings in 6 games

No. 6 Coyotes over No. 3 Red Wings in 6 games

No. 4 Ducks over No. 5 Predators in 7 games

Stanley Cup Final

No. 4 Ducks over No. 3 Bruins in 6 games

Playoff MVP: Ryan Getzlaf, Ducks

Craig Custance, Sporting News

Eastern Conference quarterfinals

No. 1 Capitals over No. 8 Rangers in 5 games

No. 2 Flyers over No. 7 Sabers in 7 games

No. 3 Bruins over No. 6 Canadiens in 6 games

No. 5 Lightning over No. 4 Penguins in 7 games

Western Conference quarterfinals

No. 1 Canucks over No. 8 Blackhawks in 6 games

No. 2 Sharks over No. 7 Kings in 4 games

No. 6 Coyotes over No. 3 Red Wings in 7 games

No. 4 Ducks over No. 5 Predators in 7 games

Stanley Cup Final

No. 1 Canucks over No. 2 Flyers in 7 games

Playoff MVP: Ryan Kesler, Canucks

Nicholas Cotsonika of Yahoo! Sports

Eastern Conference quarterfinals

No. 1 Capitals over No. 8 Rangers in 6 games

No. 7 Sabres over No. 2 Flyers in 7 games

No. 3 Bruins over No. 3 Canadiens in 5 games

No. 5 Lightning over No. 4 Penguins in 6 games

Western Conference quarterfinals

No. 1 Canucks over No. 8 Blackhawks in 6 games

No. 2 Sharks over No. 7 Kings in 5 games

No. 3 Red Wings over No. 6 Coyotes in 6 games

No. 5 Predators over No. 4 Ducks in 7 games

Bucky Gleason, Buffalo News

Eastern Conference quarterfinals

No. 1 Capitals over No. 8 Rangers in 5 games

No. 7 Sabres over No. 2 Flyers in 6 games

No. 3 Bruins over No. 6 Canadiens in 5 games

No. 4 Penguins over No. 5 Lightning in 7 games

“Hey, exactly the same there, games and all,” Gleason said. “FYI: You agreeing with me is bad for you.”

Western Conference quarterfinals

No. 1 Canucks over No. 5 Blackhawks in 5 games

No. 2 Sharks over No. 7 Kings in 6 games

No. 6 Coyotes over No. 3 Red Wings in 6 games

No. 4 Ducks over No. 5 Predators in 6 games

Stanley Cup Final

No. 1 Canucks over No. 3 Bruins

Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib

Comments

  1. Al says:

    I can envision the Pens going to the finals by going 7 games at each stage. Only 1 team in the NHL had more wins than the Pens. Nobody seems to be impressed with the Pens over that. They could have easily packed it in, especially after Malkin went down. The Bylsma effect is huge – this team also had the fewest total losses in the East. There is something to be said for those and I believe the Pens will make the finals and could be the surprise to win it all. Writers are too focused on offense. Defense wins championships.

  2. Nathan says:

    Al, playing 28 games in the playoffs takes an enormous toll, too much. There’s never been a team who won the cup that’s gone to 7 games in each series for a reason.

    Teams need a reprieve in there to rest and heal. There needs to be a short series somewhere in there, preferably going into the finals (’09 sweep against the Hurricanes).

  3. Paul says:

    Al, wake up…wake up…

  4. Ryan says:

    When Crosby and Malkin along with Letestu, Kunitz, Asham, Tangradi, etc were down for a stretch in February, everyone expected the Pens to pack it in. The best example of the attitude on this team lies in what Mike Rupp said recently:

  5. Kris says:

    Big Al, the pens had 10 shootout wins to balloon their total. They’ll need to score an actual goal in OT to win in the playoffs and that will be difficult to do without Sid. I think they CAN make a deep run but it’s going to be tough for them to score. They cant win 4 long series w/ 1-0, 2-1 games. Too many bounces to count on and too much to ask overall

  6. Jerry Leech says:

    I believe the Penguins will win the 1st round in 7 games, shorter would be better but Tampa Bay has always played tough against the Penguins. It would be nice to see someone lose above the Penguins so they can get home ice for the 2nd round. They will need it because Brooks Orpik is due back and after being suspended for 14 games and the 1st round of playoffs I imagine he’s probably going to try and hurt the 1st poor soul he sees with their head down and put the Penguins in the hole again against the power play. If the Penguins keep Orpik on the bench and do not let him play, the Penguins will win the Stanley Cup. They are playing winning hockey without 2 of their Superstars and 1 of their Idiots, this team has alot more superstars than the management realizes and they deserve the Stanley Cup. GO PENGUINS, PGH loves you.

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