Have you hit your predictions for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs? If so, do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? Raise your right hand and say “I swear”. And no nonsense in that pak. We are watching you! Take it for granted.
Maybe I forgot at the age, but I can’t remember ever seeing a first-round series as exciting and exciting as this year.
Yes, there are one -sided matches, but the comedy turkeys have found a way to get back to the next encounter.
We got goals and more goals!
And with mass penalties also, something new in the playoffs.
I don’t know about you, but I like it.
Although I took a vacation last week, the weather was nice, I remained staring at my television.
five to eight
I hear you ask me for my predictions.
I predicted in the exact number of games the victories of the Florida Panthers (at six against Washington), the Tampa Bay Lightning (at seven against the Leafs) and the Edmonton Oilers (at seven against the Los Angeles Kings).
The Calgary Flames need seven games, instead of six, to eliminate the Dallas Stars.
As for the Colorado Avalanche, they buried the Predators in four games, while I received a win on the Nashville team.
The Avalanche is on a mission, say so.
For the second year in a row, this will be my pick for the final cup against the Lightning.
Finally, I made a mistake with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and Minnesota Wild.
I expect the Penguins to win seven games against the Rangers. It was a small overtime goal that hit the scales in New York’s favor in the final game.
The Wild, which I chose to defeat St. Louis Blues in seven games, slipped after six games.
Pay attention to the numbers!
We get all the statistics we want, not always the best team on paper wins the Stanley Cup.
I will always remember a statement by Wayne Gretzky when the National League invited fans to identify the 10 greatest champion teams in the Stanley Cup as part of its centenary celebration.
Like any poll of its kind, exercise is subjective.
The results were as follows:
- 1 – the Edmonton Oilers from 1984-85;
- 2 – the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1991-92;
- 3 – the 1976-77 Canadiens, who suffered just eight losses in the regular season;
- 4 – the Oilers of 1987-1988;
- 5 – the Oilers from 1986-1987;
- 6 – the Detroit Red Wings from 1997-98;
- 7 – the New York Islanders from 1982-83;
- 8 – the Canadian of 1977-1978;
- 9 – the Oilers of 1983-1984;
- 10 – the Red Wings of 2001-2002.
Fans of Oilers captain Gretzky’s big team voted in large numbers.
The Canadian of 1971
Gretzky, the NHL spokesman for his 100th birthday, however, said something interesting about the Canadiens when the ballot was announced.
It was at a press conference before a game in the 2017 Finals in Nashville, a series that the Predators battled against the Penguins
He cited the 1970-1971 edition of the Canadiens, which thwarted predictions by eliminating the first round of Big Bad Bruins from my manager Jean-Claude Grenier with a rookie on goal called Ken Dryden, to finally get into the big cup.
What is special about this group? I asked Gretzky.
“It’s not the best team, but it’s the most united,” he replied.
“That’s what I wanted to put on the Oilers when I became captain. »
This is probably the best award paid to the formation of the CH, of which Jean Béliveau is the captain.
Mr. must have been pleased. Béliveau when he heard where he was, he wanted to be remembered as a good teammate.
No betting questions!
But make no mistake about the eight teams that will answer the weight of the second-round playoffs. They didn’t steal their place and we should still be holding on to the edge of our seats.
My picks: the Lightning at seven against the Panthers; the Hurricanes at six against the Rangers; the Avalanche at six against the Blues; and the Flames at seven against the Oilers.
Don’t expect me, however, to put a penny on it.
Besides Avalanche, maybe …