For our preview of each series we are just going to tell what we think about it and that's about it. We were going to do a prediction for each series but then decided not to because it was too difficult to get our thoughts together.
What a tough playoff series coming up for everyone.
(1) Boston Bruins / (4) Carolina Hurricanes
Can there be a harder series to predict? Seriously, we don't even know who will come out of this alive because both teams are really good. And regular season doesn't count, it never does.
This will probably be the best series that we have no stake in.
Offense against offense. Goaltender battles. We can't wait.
(2) Washington Capitals / (3) Pittsburgh Penguins
LeTude has been preaching a positive attitude since the Rangers lost in heartbreaking fashion and we found out that the Penguins would be playing the Capitals.
It's been hard but we've found a couple of things to be positive about...
1. Danny B won't let us down.
2. Our captain actually plays games and isn't inserted into the line-up when a player is suspended.
3. Our Russians are better than their Russians.
4. The Pens have been past the first round of the play offs before.
5. Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby won't let us down.
Hopefully no one dies and/or isn't maimed by the Capitals during the series. That's really all we can wish for.
The Sid vs Ovie articles are already being generated. Count us sick. We'd rather have the swine flu than link or read any of those articles. What a bunch of garbage.
There is no comparison.
(1) Detroit Red Wings / (4) Anaheim Ducks
Are you sure that the Ducks were 8th in the West? Because they sure as hell don't play like it. The Wings have a beast on their hands. We just wonder how it will turn out this time.
Maybe Corey Fairy will be heard threatening Pavel Datsyuk and Mikael Samuelsson. Maybe Chris Pronger/Rob Niedermayer will annihilate Tomas Holmstrom again. Maybe Niklas Kronwall will show up and take out Bobby Ryan.
This may be the only time that we will be actively cheering for Anaheim.
(2) Vancouver Canucks / (3) Chicago Blackhawks
Wow. Can we just call this series 'The Hair-Pullers vs The Little Boys"? Is that fair? Maybe not but it's what we thought of when this series was decided.
The Hawks showed that they were not afraid of being physical when they literally beat on the Flames. Matt Walker played Game 6 with a messed up hand. They came back to win Game 2 and almost did the same for Game 3.
Hawks never say die. They don't give up, ever. And that's why we love them.
The Canucks had a relatively easy series against the inexperienced Blues and whether that is a good or bad thing remains to be seen.
You should know who we are pulling for in this series.
Let's do this.