Second Round Results
Right: Chicago and Boston
Wrong: Los Angeles and Pittsburgh
Playoff record: 7-5
Third Round Picks
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins: After struggling to get by their first round opponents, the Penguins and Bruins finished off the Senators and Rangers easily in Round 2. Nobody has a rest advantage _ both have had a week off. The Penguins have all the big names. The Bruins have all the balance and the physical attributes. The Bruins will hit Pittsburgh players every chance they get. That will be the challenge for the Penguins: Can they handle the physical play of the Bruins? Goaltending will be key. In that department, I will take Tuukka Rask. Pick: Bruins in 6.
Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks: The Hawks were able to shake loose and score an incredible comeback from a 3-1 deficit vs. the Red Wings in Round 2. The Kings didn’t have it much easier, it took them seven games to beat those pesky San Jose Sharks. The challenge for Los Angeles will be simple: Can they handle the scoring threats the Hawks have? Hard to say. The best goalie remaining in the playoffs is the Kings’ Jonathan Quick. Can’t describe his style, but he gets the job done. My thinking is the Hawks prevail because they just have more depth through the lineup. Pick: Hawks in 6.
There you have it: A Stanley Cup final between two Original Six teams. Let’s make our picks. Bobby, I’d like you to start of the proceedings. I want Kev, Choker, Pav, Dennis, Vis, Mike, and OD to chip in is as well.