Wednesday, June 12, 2013

2013 Stanley Cup Final prediction

(1) Chicago vs. (4) Boston
Pick: Boston in 6
Reason: This will be a helluva series. Both teams are playing at their best right now, so it's fitting that they decide this with hockey's prized holy grail on the line. But I'm going with Boston to win its second Stanley Cup in three years and seventh overall. I thought the Pittsburgh Penguins were an offensive machine and the Bruins held them to two goals ... in four games! That's borderline sickening and downright good. And although the Blackhawks were impressive in dispatching the LA Kings in five games, there were some stretches of play the Kings were able to control, as strange as that sounds in a five-game series defeat. I just see Zdeno Chara as a difference-maker, and the likes of David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand will score the timely goals needed to persevere. And this will be a heck of a story to see the ageless Jaromir Jagr win his third Cup overall, with the last coming 21 years ago -- that's astounding. Tuukka Rask and Corey Crawford will wash each other out. Both are playing so well. Both teams are so balanced from top to bottom, but I give the edge to Boston's group. I just find the Bruins' forwards to be a little better defensively. And some of the aforementioned guys seem to find ways to score timely goals. They'll look to neutralize Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews and Co. Chicago plays its best with speed. Boston seems to have the know-how in slowing that style down. Should be a great series. Enjoy!

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