Of course I had the Coyotes top 2 in the Pacific division and making the post season. Who I had winning it was a team only I out of all my peers chose was different. I had the Anaheim Ducks going from worst to first.
I cited many of the things they did well on offense and the underrated Jonas Hiller. Their first line is deadly and as good as any in the Pacific. After the season I was right about the Ducks but didn’t think the Kings would make the playoffs at all. Swap the Coyotes and Kings and I nailed this division and MOST of the playoff contenders.
As far as predictions for the post season I cant see anyone but Pittsburgh coming out of the East.
But hey I’m a WEST guy. I really have little confidence in the Red Wings and Canucks. I think they are both early outs and will get Anaheim and San Jose to advance and represent the Pacific deep in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
I do not like the Kings and have the Blues knocking them out in 6 games.
Ok enough is enough. The Blackhawks are playing like a team of destiny this season. I had them winning the Stanley Cup after the first meeting with Phoenix.
If it is anything but the Blackhawks and Penguins it will be a surprise to me. Anaheim will battle but lose to Chicago in 6 games in the West finals. The darkhorse in the East to me is the Ottawa Senators. They are getting that playoff effort from goal and scoring just enough to win. Not a fan of the Capitals and the Rangers cannot let King Hen do it all.
So although it has been a disappointing season for Phoenix, doesn’t mean there isn’t some great hockey going on. LOL at Vancouver. Looks like another early exit for them. MOVE THE TEAM!