Tuesday, May 14, 2013

2013 Stanley Cup Semifinal series predictions

(1) Chicago vs. (7) Detroit
Pick: Chicago in 6
Reason: The Red Wings found a way against the Ducks to persevere. It wasn't easy but Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Jimmy Howard and company found a way. But this is a different beast. Chicago won all four regular series meetings. They disposed Minnesota in relatively easy fashion. Detroit pushes them but the Blackhawks are too deep, too talented. Howard can steal games. So can Corey Crawford.
(5) Los Angeles vs. San Jose (6)
Pick: Los Angeles in 7
Reason: The Kings were pushed by the Blues, pushed hard. But they found a way in six one-goal games. The Sharks were impressive in sweeping Vancouver. They have young, vibrant legs to help the veterans overcome any potential shortcomings. San Jose can win this but Jonathan Quick found himself down the stretch and against the Blues. He's the difference even though Antti Niemi's been good..

(1) Pittsburgh vs. (7) Ottawa
Pick: Pittsburgh in 7
Reason: The Senators were dominating in disposing of Montreal in the quarters. They've been doing it the hard way all season long and continue to persevere despite injuries. But I've felt all along if the Penguins get any kind of goaltending (Tomas Vokoun to the rescue), they're going to be a problem for anyone. When they flip on the switch, they score at will. Just ask the Islanders. Craig Anderson can steal games but Penguins too talented.
(4) Boston vs. (6) N.Y. Rangers
Pick: N.Y. Rangers in 6
Reason: Where have I written this before ... oh yeah here -- Henrik Lundqvist. When the Rangers' backs were against the wall against Washington, Lundqvist threw a pair of shutouts at Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals. The Bruins are more rounded, deeper than the Caps and were able to find a miracle against Toronto. This could go either way but I like the Blueshirts.

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