2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview


Eastern Conference

Wild Card Team #2 vs. Atlantic Division Winner

Detroit Red Wings vs. Boston Bruins

Players to Watch: F Pavel Datsyuk Red Wings and F Patrice Bergeron Bruins

Who Wins: Bruins in 6 games

Atlantic Division #3 vs. Atlantic Division #2

Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Players to Watch: G Carey Price Canadiens and G Ben Bishop Lightning

Who Wins: Canadiens in 6 games

Wild Card Team #1 vs. Metropolitan Division Winner

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Players to Watch: F Ryan Johansen Blue Jackets and G Marc-Andre Fleury Penguins

Who Wins: Penguins in 5 games

Metropolitan Division #3 vs. Metropolitan Division #2

Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers

Players to Watch: F Claude Giroux Flyers and D Ryan McDonagh Rangers

Who Wins: Flyers in 7 games

Western Conference

Wild Card Team #2 vs. Pacific Division Winner

Dallas Stars vs. Anaheim Ducks

Players to Watch: F Tyler Seguin Stars and G Jonas Hiller Ducks

Who Wins: Ducks in 6 games

Pacific Division #3 vs. Pacific Division #2

Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks

Players to Watch: F Anze Kopitar Kings and F Joe Pavelski Sharks

Who Wins: Kings in 7 games

Wild Card Team #1 vs. Central Division Winner

Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche

Players to Watch: F Zach Parise Wild and F Nathan McKinnon Avalanche

Who Wins: Avalanche in 6 games

Central Division #3 vs. Central Division #2

Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues

Players to Watch: D Duncan Keith Blackhawks and D Alex Pietrangelo Blues

Who Wins: Blackhawks in 7 games

2014 MLB World Series & Awards Predictions

MLB Awards

NL MVP – C Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals

AL MVP – OF Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels

NL Cy Young – Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants

AL Cy Young – David Price Tampa Bay Rays

NL Rookie of the Year – SS Javier Baez Chicago Cubs

AL Rookie of the Year – 1B Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox

NL Manager of the Year – Mike Matheny St. Louis Cardinals

AL Manager of the Year – Bob Melvin Oakland Athletics

Postseason Projections

NL Division Winners – Dodgers, Cardinals, Nationals

NL Wild Card Winners – Braves, Pirates

AL Division Winners – Tigers, Red Sox, Athletics

AL Wild Card Winners – Rays, Rangers

ALCS – Tigers over Red Sox

NLCS – Cardinals over Dodgers

World Series – Cardinals over Tigers

American League East

* – indicates new to team
AVG – Batting Average
ERA – Earned Run Average
HR – Home Runs
RBI – Runs Batted In
SV – Saves

1. Boston Red Sox
They’ve built a solid foundation to say competitive for many years.
2. Tampa Bay Rays
Their pitching is solid, but their lineup needs to score more runs.
3. New York Yankees
A lot of spending, but losing Rivera will be their downfall.
4. Baltimore Orioles
It’s a solid lineup, but their bullpen has a few weak spots.
5. Toronto Blue Jays
Standing pat this offseason might have been a mistake. Continue reading

National League East

* – indicates new to team
AVG – Batting Average
ERA – Earned Run Average
HR – Home Runs
RBI – Runs Batted In
SV – Saves

1. Washington Nationals
Far too much talent to have a repeat of last season.
2. Atlanta Braves
Lots of pitching, but their lineup has some holes to fill.
3. Philadelphia Phillies
If Rollins, Utley and Howard return to form they might contend.
4. New York Mets
Having a healthy Matt Harvey would put them in contention.
5. Miami Marlins
Loads of talent on the way now and for many more seasons. Continue reading

American League Central

* – indicates new to team
AVG – Batting Average
ERA – Earned Run Average
HR – Home Runs
RBI – Runs Batted In
SV – Saves

1. Detroit Tigers
Signing Joe Nathan was the best offseason acquisition.
2. Kansas City Royals
This is their make or break year with James Shields’ free agency looming.
3. Cleveland Indians
Too many pitching questions brings them back to the middle of the pack.
4. Chicago White Sox
A lot of upside, but the rotation falters after Chris Sale.
5. Minnesota Twins
Some encouraging moves in the rotation, but where’s the power in the lineup? Continue reading