New Hockey News: The mystery of the disappearing goal-scorer in playoffs. A few reasons why it happens.
Well, it’s that time of the year again – meaningless playoff prediction time. “Meaningless,” of course, because pretty much every year a monkey out-picks most of the pundits (that would be TSN’s esteembed member of the panel “Maggie”).
It’s not that they’re (we’re?) idiots, but a seven game series is a lot to forecast – injuries play a huge factor in determining the winner, and who knows – if one goalie is having marital issues, or the wrong guy can’t sleep one night, anything….it can go in a different direction than we all expect.
My picks post on Wednesday on Puck Daddy, but hint hint: the kid didn’t pick a whole lotta underdogs. (I believe I wrote the line in my blurb for PD “they’re called upsets for a reason.”)
Speaking of the playoff matchups, I absolutely love them, don’t you?
Canucks and Blackhawks is beautiful, especially if you’re a Canucks fan. They’re going to beat the Hawks, of that I’m fairly sure. And that’s a hump this team has been looking to get over after the past couple years. It will be that momentous event that allows them to believe in themselves in the post season. I just hope it’s not a long series, for their sake – as Dave Lozo wrote today, the last 32 teams to win round one in seven games have NOT won the cup. Win early, or don’t bother.
Boston at Montreal? Yes please. This was the only series I predicted a sweep in. Boston is the most intimidating team in the NHL, and in playoffs, a group of small skill guys aren’t going to want to tangle with these bullies. I picked the B’s to go deep.
Phoenix/Detroit rematch? Penguins/Lightning? Capitals/Rangers? It came down to the final day, and worked out exactly as I would’ve hand picked ‘em.
Speaking of Lozo, loved his tweet “pretty sure this video is the reason the internet was invented.”
It just may have been. If you enjoyed that, check out the one of him shuffling across a crosswalk. I’ve got the exact same shoes, but dude moves ‘em a little better than I do.
I’ll be covering all the Phoenix Coyotes home games, and trying to find a neat story from the night. Whether that be the great fans, a thrown snake or whatever, my Puck Daddy columns will be Coyotes-Red Wings based after they play in Phoenix (so fans, get out there in full force and make my job easier, please).
BBHL finals: we tied 4-4-4.
Tiebreaker: our previous game
Bad news: I lost
It’s a wonderful time of the year. NHL PLAYOFFS WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO