2014 Stanley Cup Predictions

Stanley Cup Playoff time…one of my favorite times of the year.

Here are my predictions for the Stanley Cup Playoff run.

I’ll do two brackets: One that is my fantasy bracket as if I controlled the world and one that is my let’s look at the facts and figures of the season, players, etc bracket.

I’m not a professional in the world of hockey so yeah, my feelings as a fan of hockey does weigh in.

Fantasy Bracket (comments on why):
East Round One:
BOS-DET: Detroit in 6 (I’m a Wings fan, in Fantasy world, they win everything.)
TBL-MTL: Tampa in 5 (This is for one of my besties. I can’t pick against her team.)
PIT-CBJ: Columbus in 7 (I hate Crosby.)
NYR-PHI: New York in 6 (I’m also a Rangers fan, again in Fantasy world, they win everything.)

East Round Two:
DET-TBL: Detroit in 7 (Gotta pull for my favorite team over my friends.)
CBJ-NYR: New York in 5 (See above note)

East Round Three:
DET-NYR: New York in 6 (As a fan of both teams, I would love to see this match up. Either could win and I’d be a happy fan, but I think NYR’s 4 Line is stronger than DET’s “Kid Line”)

West Round One:
COL-MIN: Colorado in 5 (I just love Colorado’s can do, we got this attitude.)
STL-CHI: St. Louis in 6 (I dislike Chicago)
ANA-DAL: Dallas in 7 (Tyler Sequin, my superstar fantasy hockey player. He saved my ass more than once.)
SJS-LAK: San Jose in 7 (No specific fantasy bracket reason for this one.)

West Round Two:
COL-STL: Colorado in 7 (See above for Colorado.)
DAL-SJS: Dallas in 5 (See above for Dallas.)

West Round Three:
COL-DAL: Colorado in 6 (Seriously, their attitude. Why not us?)

East vs West for the Cup:
NYR-COL: New York in 6 (I’m a Rangers fan, duh.)

Honest To Goodness Bracket (comments if any):
East Round One:
BOS-DET: Boston in 7 (I’m a Wings fan and even if we beat Boston 3 out 4 games in the season, I do believe it will be a miracle to come out of Round 1 alive)
TBL-MTL: Tampa in 6
PIT-CBJ: Pittsburg in 5 (I’d almost say the Pens would sweep, but Columbus has some fight in them and I respect that.)
NYR-PHI: New York in 6 (This will be a tough battle. Philly is a gritty and dirty team. I am so freaking excited for this match up of all the match ups in the first round.)

East Round Two:
BOS-TBL: Tampa in 7 (As hard as Boston plays, Tampa has that underdog spirit and with Stamkos healthy, I think he’s hungrier than ever for a Cup.)
PIT-NYR: New York in 7 (Again, this will be a tough battle, but I think the Rangers will find a way to knock the Pens out by the skin of their teeth. They’ve been kicked out of the playoffs one too many times and I don’t think this year they’ll go down without a war.)

East Round Three:
TBL-NYR: New York in 5

West Round One:
COL-MIN: Colorado in 5 (I just like Colorado’s team this year.)
STL-CHI: Chicago in 7
ANA-DAL: Dallas in 7
SJS-LAK: San Jose in 7

West Round Two:
COL-CHI: Colorado in 7
DAL-SJS: San Jose in 5

West Round Three:
COL-SJS: Chicago in 6

East vs West for the Cup:
NYR-CHI: New York in 7 (by the skin of their teeth)


Teemu Selanne’s Victory Lap

No matter what team you were a fan of, all hockey fans know that Teemu Selanne made an impact on the sport. The Anaheim Ducks will miss Teemu Selanne greatly as well as the sport itself.

Watch his victory lap where he was named 1st, 2nd, and 3rd star of the game and the skated with Avalanche goalie Giguere

OPINION: Detroit Red Wings 23rd Playoffs

First and foremost, congratulations to the Detroit Red Wings for making their 23rd Playoffs. Their impressive 23 year streak has not been broken and this was the year it looked as if it were going to be broken. With a litany of injuries to the seasoned members of the team, the not so season members of the team and without the superstars of the team like that of Zetterberg and Datsyuk for a lot of the season, it seemed the 23rd year might be elusive, but the boys in red and white rallied and are playoff bound.

As a Detroit Red Wings Fan, I am excited to see the team make the playoffs. There’s nothing better than seeing your team battle game after game for the prized Stanley Cup. It can bring a range of emotions from happiness to sadness and tears of joy and tears of bittersweet loss. As a Red Wings fan, as much as I am excited, a part of my hockey loving heart holds skepticism.

A lot of skepticism.

I honestly feel if we made it out of the first round against the Boston Bruins, it will be nothing short of a miracle. Yes other Red Wings fans can argue with me that when we played Boston during the season we won 3 of 4 games, but the Bruins are kind of like a fine wine…as the season has progressed they have gotten better. Even when they’re bad, they’re still good. They just win more than they lose. To date Boston has won 54, lost 18, and lost 9 in OT/Shoot Out. To date Detroit has won 38, lost 28, and lost 15 in OT/Shoot Out.

Boston is a gritty and hard playing team. Detroit’s young line, aka “Kid Line” doesn’t have the same grind as Boston does. I applause Detroit’s “Kid-Line,” because I feel without them they would not be in the Playoffs. There is no doubt that players like Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar, Luke Glendening, Tomas Jurco, and the rest of the Grand Rapids Griffins call ups have been vital if not key to the Red Wings turn around in my opinion. (Noteworthy: the “Kid-Line” is roughly the same age as the Red Wings’ 23 year streak.) I’d like to say I have faith in the young ones to carry the team through the post season but their shoulders alone cannot carry the burden. The season members of the team need to step up and do what they do best and I don’t feel like they have. If seasoned members of the team regain that fire in their belly and the “Kid-Line” remains tenacious and daring, then just maybe as a Detroit Red Wings fan, I’ll see them lift the Stanley Cup.