Yes the playoffs are here! And like every other Canadian I am ready for some good ol' time hockey. I've already plastic wrapped the tv to keep it protected from the spit and anything else that might be projected at the tv in anger (note to self...it will not be protected from blunt objects, keep Best Buy flyer close by just in case.) I think there are some very exciting matchups in the first round. The one I'll be watching the most naturally, as a sens fan, will be the Pittsburgh vs. Ottawa series. This should be a real barn burner if you ask me. High scoring, exciting hockey. By the end of the series the goal judge should have a sore hand from having to light the lamp so many times. My prediction is Ottawa in 5
But it won't be the only exciting matchup. Atlanta is in the playoffs for the first time and they will have a difficult time with the Rangers. NY is getting some key goaltending at a crucial time and it could be the X factor to get them into the 2nd Round. I like NY in 6
Calgary vs. Detroit should be a very physcial series as everybody and their dog knows that Sutter's boys (even though he's the GM they are still Sutter's boys) will bring it for 60 minutes and not let up. Detroit has a lot more sandpaper than they did when the last lost to Calgary in 04. It will be interesting to see how Dom "flopper" Hasek plays for Detroit (assuming he doesn't pull a groin and sit on the bench for the series). I like Calgary in 6
And last but certainly not least the San Jose vs. Nashville series is gonna suck...why? Because these are two fantastic teams and it's a shame that one of them will be sent home after the first round. Nashville opened the vault to land Foppa before the deadline and SJ got Guerin and Rivet for their cup run. I could see this series going back and forth and being a very close series. I like Nashville in 7 only because I truly believe Foppa is going to find another gear and make believers out of everybody who wrote him off while in Philly.
Well let's sit back relax and crack a cold one (or ten). The playoffs start tonight...time the annual empty beer case pyramid.